How to choose a faucet for the bathroom with a shower

By Admin | Plumbing And Water Supply
10 April 2016

To learn how to choose a faucet for the bathroom with a shower, not enough to simply come to the shop and listen to advice the seller.Only carefully studied the structural features of the device, the principle of operation of its mechanisms, their advantages and disadvantages, you can make a good choice.

How to choose a faucet in a bathroom with a shower


  1. What type of faucets for the bathroom with a shower is better to choose
  2. distinction and the choice of the switching mechanism shower - spout
  3. Spouts - what are the most convenient for BATH AND shower mixers
  4. nozzle spout: savings or convenience
  5. Choice shower heads
  6. Kinds and types of construction fastening BATH AND shower mixers
  7. steel, brass, ceramic or silumin - choose the best
  8. coating mixers
  9. Manufacturers and Brands
  10. Video:How to choose a faucet

What type mixer with a shower is better to choose

All Faucet can be divided into two groups - a crane pedestal and single-lever mixers.These devices differ

from each other as the controls and mechanisms of providing mixing of water.

Vaneau - shower mixers crane pedestal

crane pedestal mixers are the most popular and easy to manufacture, and therefore cheaper.The name they got the name of the main structural element, with which there is supply and regulation of water flow.

Crane pedestal mixer
crane pedestal BATH AND shower mixer.

devices come in two varieties:

1. Worm - with rubber lip locking.The cuff is attached to the stem, turning the worm gear valve stem extends, closing the hole from which the water comes.

Worm head parts

  • 1. Stem;
  • 2. O-rings;
  • 3. slip ring;
  • 4. Piston;
  • 5. Stop gasket (rubber, silicone);
  • 6. housing;
  • 7. Fatty camera;
  • 8. The protective shell;
  • 9. Screw for locking the pad.

Worm head parts

+ Pros: main advantage of head parts of this type of product is cheap and reliable metal mechanism.In addition to repair of this mixer is very simple.All amounts to replacing the locking sleeve made of thick rubber or silicone.

- Cons: Among the shortcomings should be noted not too easy to use.To obtain the required water temperature and flow rate, you need to spin valve 3-4 times.All this time, the water will pour in vain, so that the economy of the crane rather questionable.Stop periodically cuff starts to leak, but if the change is made with their own hands, it is not such a big problem.

2. Ceramic - have two plates with oblong holes, one of which is fixedly mounted in the housing, and the other is attached to the stem.By rotating the valve and displacing the movable plate, it is possible to combine holes and open access to the water flow.

Ceramic head parts

  • 1. Bracket;
  • 2. Stem;
  • 3. Silencer;
  • 4. The top ceramic plate;
  • 5. Housing axle box;
  • 6. Lower the ceramic plate;
  • 7. The rubber ring;
  • 8. Ceramic head parts assembly.

Ceramic head parts

+ Pros: advantages of ceramic head parts - is primarily a convenience.Turn rod only at 180º (poluoborotny) or 90º (quarter-).The mechanism is reliable and durable, it does not produce unwanted noise and does not require excessive force when opening.

- Cons: Disadvantages - the high cost of the product.Sensitivity to water with solid impurities, which lead to rapid wear of the ceramic plates.Samu head parts is almost impossible to repair, it is necessary to change completely.

IMPORTANT!To prevent rapid failure, ceramic head parts in the water supply pipe cuts strainer.


CONCLUSIONS .If you allow the financial capabilities advisable to purchase a ceramic valve, but if tap water is dirty and small plumbing repairs are not a problem, it is much cheaper to buy a mixer worm head parts.

to independently determine the type of crane pedestal mixer, simply turn the wheel.The ceramic handles rotated only half a turn in the rotation of the worm continues.

Vaneau-shower single lever mixers

achieve the required temperature and the required value of the pressure water jet, in these mixers, occurs by means of the cartridge.The people are called one-armed mixers - management of all processes produced a handle.

Although different from the previous view of the mixer, the principle of cartridge is similar to the work of the ceramic head parts.Mixing and water pressure are carried out by the same ceramic plates rotating relative to one another, with all the attendant advantages and disadvantages.

Single-lever mixers

Cartridge mechanism

has the same principle and basic construction as the ceramic head parts.

consists of two ceramic plates with holes.Lower fixed (A) through which a hot and cold water and has a drain hole and the upper movable (B).

temperature of the water and its head depend on the area of ​​overlapping holes on two plates.

Cartridge mixing mechanism

Thermostat mixers Thermostat mixers

appeared recently, but have already found their customers.The device consists of a panel with buttons for opening and closing the water control switch temperature and water pressure, a hole or tap to exit the jet.

With the integrated software device that supports the intensity of the jet pressure, water temperature, thermomixer is the safest of all the previously listed devices.

Thermostat mixers are:

Electronic - equipped with an LCD screen.The operation of such devices require AC adapter or conventional batteries.

Mixer with electronic thermostat

mechanical - regulatory process with the help of arms and valves.Additional power supply is needed.

Mixer with mechanical thermostat

The principle of operation of such a device is as follows.The water flow into the mixing chamber controls the valve does not respond to the temperature, and flow rate.If the pressure of the flow has become more or less will change accordingly and the capacity of the second gateway.

distinction and the choice of the switching mechanism shower - spout

type-shift shower spout BATH AND shower mixers are:

1. eccentric switching mechanism shower spout .By rotating the handle through the eccentric, there is a movement double rod with rubber gaskets on the edges.Depending on the desired mode closes one of the openings - in the shower or spout.

Cam switching mechanism

+ Pros:

  • mechanism fairly reliable and cheap.Its repair, and the more complete replacement is not difficult.
  • mounted on any type of crane, the main thing that matched diameters and spout attachment mechanism.

- Cons:

  • rubber pads wear out quickly.
  • Significant dimensions of the product, if the attachment of the mixer should be carried high above the bathtub.
  • With frequent rotations spout connections become loose and need to be constantly tightened, not to leak.

2. With a cartridge switching mechanism shower spout .The mechanism represented by one device - print cartridge.


+ Pros:

  • mechanism is the most reliable and durable, it simply and quickly replaced.
  • has an attractive design simple easy operation, small size.

- Cons:

  • cartridge itself can not be repaired, after the failure of full replacement.
  • There may be some compatibility issues "universal" cartridge of repair kits.It is recommended to purchase only part of the same company as the manufacturer of the mixer.

3. with ball diverter switch shower spout .The main unit - a ball with holes, located between the two O-rings.Water entering the one of the side openings of the ball goes into a shower spout or through another.

Ball gear shift shower - spout

+ Pros:

  • considered the most reliable and durable for today.

- Cons:

  • deviator mechanism is integrated into the body of the mixer is not folding.If the switch fails, its repair is not possible, it is necessary to change the whole mixer.

4. cork diverter switch shower spout .The principle of operation of the device is similar to the eccentric.But the action of the locking mechanism is not rotary, and raise or lower a kind of cap.

Cork switching mechanism shower - spout

+ Pros:

  • device looks very compact and stylish.
  • dimensions of the mixer does not increase.
  • Switching is done quite easily, provided that the design includes raised projections.

- Cons:

  • Difficult to repair, it is very difficult to get the necessary parts.

By type mechanisms mixers shower spout are built-in and external:

1. mixers with built-in .

Mixer with integrated diverter

+ Pros:

advantages built mechanism is very compact mixer, reliability and no leaks.Besides managing the majority of models with built-produced single movement: by pressing or turning the lever.

- Cons:

The main disadvantage is the complexity of the repair, the exception is only the cartridge mixer where just need to replace the entire mechanism.For some models, after the failure of deviator replace the full mixer.

2. Faucets with external mechanisms .

External diverter

+ Pros:

external mechanism mounted between the mixer and spout, with an additional outlet for shower hose.Their main advantage - the ease of installation, maintenance and replacement.

- Cons:

They are quite difficult to use, mixers them are not very aesthetic appearance, for mounting the crane must be at a considerable height above the bath.If the valve is located between the bathtub and sink and the spout is constantly moving, the use of external deviator quite doubtful, as he quickly begins to loosen joints and flow from the movement.

Spouts - what are the most suitable for shower mixers BATH AND

most popular model of mixers for bathrooms - with a long spout.In the case where a bathroom sink and basin are close to each other, the installation of an additional tap over the sink is not required.Swivel spout saves money during the installation of the devices, but requires additional investment during the operation.Frequent turning manipulations lead to a weakening of the connection spout with a mixer.Buying a mixer with swivel spout, pay attention to the angle of movement of the device and the length of the tap.The best option of more than 30 cm with a wide range.

Short Spouts appeared in the bathroom later than long, but managed to find its niche.The main advantage of these models - a small area of ​​space required and the ability to install directly on the edge of the bath.In small rooms a short spout Mixer can be very useful.

The choice depends on the length of the crane placement washbasins and bathroom, on the square footage of the room itself, the planned location of the mixer.

nozzle spout: savings or convenience

choosing the appropriate model, pay attention to the spout nozzle.The design of the nozzle can be of two types: an aerator or shower Lake.

first option saves more water consumption.The aerator occurs so-called "cavitation effect": mixing water with the air flow.If you are not fully open the tap, the output is a good water pressure.

second is used in two modes: a shower or spray.The water flow is divided into a plurality of streams, excluding the effect of the spray.

preferred the second option, more economical - first.

Choice shower heads

Selecting watering cans shower is huge.Wondering how to choose the faucet for the bathroom, check out the sights and functional features of shower heads.A variety of features, design, irrigation area, the material - how to make the right choice?

most popular materials - plastic or metal.Metal watering durable and more expensive.Plastic - cheaper, but with less durability, easy to break.

Modern shower heads simply must have multiple modes of feeding and spraying water.The jets can be intense, drip, massage - pay attention to the number and variety of modes.

Lake without adjustment


Lake adjustable modes


Plant type shower heads: wall, ceiling or manual.Choose handmade - take care of the holder.

Kinds and types of construction fastening BATH AND shower mixers

Mounting options faucets for bath and shower can be as follows:

On the wall


classic and most used method of installation designs.Recommended height - 20-30 cm with respect to the edge of a bathtub.When choosing the length of the spout, make sure that the jet of water fell not on the edge, and in the bathtub.

At a special reception


applied in the case of the location of the bath away from the wall.The complexity of installation is justified interesting interior bathroom.

on board bath


gaining popularity method of attachment.It is used for baths complex structure with ready-made holes for the mixer.If you wish, you can make your own holes.

on the floor


rare and expensive installation method used in design projects.

steel, brass, ceramic or silumin - choose the best

Equipping the bathroom, pay attention not only to the principle of operation, design and method of attachment of the mixer.Be sure to ask your vendors what material it is made:

  • Stainless steel - this is the most practical and the most popular option.Mixer steel is reliable, durable, inexpensive, it looks good in any interior.
  • brass or bronze have a longer lifetime, stylish look, but also more expensive.
  • Pottery attracted varied design, interesting shapes.Disadvantages include brittleness and high price;
  • Silumin - cheap, but most unreliable material.Lifetime mixer any configuration 1-2 years.

If you need a high-quality mixer, work well and smoothly - stop choice on brass or steel.It was not clear moments?