Our mornings are filled with the uncontrollable. Whether that’s the weather, the Monday morning traffic or the broken coffee machine. What we can control however, is our morning shower - now even more so if you decide to go with a digital shower.
The days of fiddling around with a temperature dial that only has two options - freezing cold or scorching hot - are over. It’s time for your bathroom to go digital. As if connected fridges, voice activated lights and smart doorbells aren’t enough, the evolution of digital showers is turning an everyday task into something far more luxurious.
What is a Digital Shower?
Digital showers are the latest must-have item to make showering that little bit more special. Essentially, it’s a shower controlled by a remote control digital receiver. This means that instead of struggling to get your temperature dial to the exact right temperature, only to accidentally knock it out of place and be rewarded with a shower hotter than the sun, you can now choose your temperature to the exact degree.
Other features of digital showers include touchscreen displays or colour coded lighting systems which tell you when your shower is at the perfect temperature. Depending on how much you fancy paying, you can also get digital showers which tell you the flow rate, as well as the ability to save the perfect temperature and flow rate for each family member. What can we say? Whilst they may be perfect for sharing families, they’re perhaps not so ideal for your mortgage payments.
How do Digital Showers Work?
Digital showers work essentially in the same way as mixer showers. They draw hot and cold water together, mixing them inside the digital receiver until they reach the perfect temperature. Controlled by a thermostat, this means there will be no random spikes in temperature and they are far more accurate than simple mixer showers.
Contrary to popular belief, digital showers are not the same as smart showers. While smart showers are in fact digital, they usually come with a few more extra features. This may include an app which allows you to turn the shower on and off, as well as the ability to adjust the temperature from your phone. It may also allow you to set the duration of your shower if you are short on time, or play music. While smart showers generally work the same way as digital showers, they are more ‘connected’ in a sense - usually offering more than a remote-controlled temperature gauge.
Can Anyone Have a Digital Shower?
You don’t have to be particularly tech-savvy to get your head around digital showers, and they are compatible with all types of water system - provided you heat your water via an immersion heater, gravity feed or a boiler system. Digital showers can be used with virtually any water pressure since they come in both low and high pressure variations.
Gravity System or Combination Boiler?
A gravity-fed water supply, essentially a water tank in your loft, will require a different shower to those with a combi-boiler. Gravity-fed showers build water pressure by flowing down from the tank to the shower, and these will only work with a pump to boost water flow. This sounds like more faff than it really is and digital showers can be purchased specifically for a gravity-fed water supply. Combination boilers on the other hand, will not require a pump to boost water flow. Instead, you will need to purchase a digital shower suitable for high pressure.
Which Digital Shower is Best?
So, you know how they work and you’ve decided to dive in. Here are our top digital shower brands to transform your showering experience.
Bathroom Brands Digital Showers
Bathroom Brands Digital is leading the evolution of digital showers. Their showers are modern and luxurious, offering a shower experience that’ll make getting up in the morning a hell of a lot easier - and leaving for work that little bit harder. Their showers ensure precise control - whether that’s the perfect temperature or flow speed, meaning your shower is exactly how you want it before you even step into the cubicle.
While Bathroom Brands Digital may not be as well-known as Aqualisa or Mira digital showers, the quality is absolutely on a par and they offer a slightly cheaper alternative to the very latest Mira and Aqualisa models.
There’s a wide range of Bathroom Brands Digital products on Drench. For the ultimate luxury, we recommend this Classic 1910 2 Outlet Shower Head. The traditional design combined with modern technology makes this the perfect oxymoron. The built-in thermistor checks the temperature of the water 10 times a second to ensure your shower is perfect from start to finish. If there are disturbances in the water supply, the device will automatically shut off, and the self-cleaning mode makes it easy to maintain and get that brand-new feeling every day. And that’s not all - the LED lights will transform from blue to red to signify that the shower has reached your desired temperature. It pairs perfectly with any of Bathroom Brands Digital’s digital shower remote controls that you can place outside of the shower for total control.
One of our favourites is this 2025 Shower Remote Control, which is the perfect addition to your new digital shower. All you need to do is place it within a 10m range of your shower, and you’ll be rewarded with ultimate control over your bath or shower without needing to fuss around with any temperature dials once you’re under the water.
So, what does it do? Well this little device will turn on your shower and heat it to a pre-set temperature of 41 degrees. This can be adjusted either way if you feel like a hotter or cooler shower. It can also start filling your bath, and divert water flow between shower heads. The contemporary finish means it looks at home in any modern-styled bathroom. It also comes with a 5-year standard warranty.
Aqualisa digital showers are hugely popular and to be honest, we can see why. As a brand, they are reliable and reputable, letting the quality of their products speak for themselves. Aqualisa offer a range of smart, electric and mixer showers for a diverse range of needs. Whilst you may pay more for an Aqualisa digital shower than you might for other brands, their popularity speaks for itself and you can be sure that you are getting something high quality and luxurious.
Mira digital showers are another brand regarded as one of the best ones out there. They’ve got a range of digital showers to suit all needs - from smart showers complete with a smartphone app, to warm up mode, to a digital shower remote in every style and design under the sun. if you can think of it, Mira have done it - albeit with a slightly higher price tag!
Mira digital showers are the ones to go for if you want something truly unique and modern. Offering precise control at the touch of a button and both minimalist and more traditional designs, Mira have a digital shower to suit every bathroom. Check out the Mira Digital Shower range here.
Harbour Push Button Showers
Another fantastic brand of showers is Harbour, who offer a range of push button showers. While these might not have quite the glamour of the remote controlled digital showers sold by Bathroom Brands Digital or Mira, they are a great alternative for people who don’t want to go fully digital.
A full-blown digital shower for many people, simply isn’t feasible. Harbour provide a lower-cost alternative which still gives you that modern feel without the price tag. We love the Harbour Push Button Triple Outlet Shower Valve. It’s made from solid brass and has a beautiful chrome finish, meaning it’s perfectly suited to your modern bathroom. The push buttons can be used to control 3 water outlets at the same time - either a fixed shower head, shower handset or wall mounted bath filler.
For added luxury there is precision temperature dial, meaning your shower will always be the perfect temperature. If the hot or cold water fail, the anti-scald device will kick in and shut off the valve to protect you from scorching heat or an icy blast. Finally, it comes with a lifetime guarantee and can be used with a shower pump.
At less than half the price of most digital showers, the Harbour Push button is a perfect alternative to the wonderful, yet eye-wateringly costly, digital showers on the market.