Posted on October 30, 2017 by the Pebble Grey Team

Shower Buying Guide

All bathrooms, whether they be traditional or modern, need a shower. This concept seems simple, but when it comes to making a purchase the process may seem a little more complicated. You may expect everything you need to come in one package, which is an avenue you can explore, but if you want more freedom and customisation you can build your shower part by part. This is the path that may require some guidance from our handy guide…


01. Different Parts

Valve – A valve can be aptly described as a basin for showers, and does everything that would be expected from that role. The valve is what is used to control the flow and, more often than not, the temperature of your water. There are lots of different styles and functions that can be explored surrounding valves, which will be touched upon further along this guide.

Fixed Head – The fixed head is probably what comes to mind when you think of a shower, and is the part that drops water from above you. They come in a variety of different shapes and are either mounted to the ceiling, a wall or an arm (see below).

Arm – An arm is used to connect a shower head to the water supply through your wall or ceiling. Like most parts, these come in a selection of styles and shapes to suit your bathroom.

Handset – In contrast to a fixed head which is, well, fixed, a handset is free to be picked up and held over you as you desire.

Body Jet – Body jets can be added to your shower set up to create a more luxurious experience. They shoot powerful yet relaxing jets of water directly at your body, and can be arranged how you like if purchased separately. Alternatively, they can be found as part of many of our shower panels.

Rail – This is like the spine of the shower, and holds everything up. This sounds simple enough, but there are actually some distinct differences between the two main types of rails, which we will address further in this guide.

Panel – Shower panels are an all-in-one option that tend to be very sleek, modern and stylish. Each individual component is attached to one singular panel, which is topped by a large fixed head.

02. Rail Type

Unless you’ve opted for a shower panel, you’re probably going to need a rail. These are generally categorised by slider rails and rigid risers, and both have their own distinctive features. A slider rail allows you to change the height of the shower head, meaning that taller showerers don’t have to duck underneath, and the shorter of us no longer have to stretch to reach that sweet spot of the spray.

Alternatively, a rigid riser is non-adjustable, but many prefer the way they look as they tend to be more minimalist and modern in design.

03. Valve Type

When looking through our range of valves at Pebble Grey, you may notice that some look very different from the others. That is because some have been designed to be concealed, whilst some will be exposed.

Concealed valves are considered a little more modern as you can only see the plate and handles, rather than the pipework that is visible with an exposed valve. Not all walls are thick enough to accommodate a concealed valve, which typically require at least 100mm of space. However, you shouldn’t be too disappointed if you find that you don’t have the space, as the exposed valves at Pebble Grey have still been beautifully designed, and will look even better than the concealed valves in a traditionally styled bathroom.

04. Water Pressure

When looking through the Pebble Grey shower range, you may notice that all products can be categorised by water pressure. This is because certain showers are only suitable for certain pressure systems, i.e. low, medium or high. Check out this guide for more information, including how to find out what your home’s water pressure reading is.


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