How to choose a shower mixer
Shower faucets and bathtub faucets have many similarities, such as function, use environment, etc., and there are many commonalities in selecting products. The biggest difference between them is that the bathtub faucet has a lower outlet, while the shower faucet is generally not. Some shower faucets now have a lower outlet for easy washing of towels and hot water supply tanks. But even then, it is not recommended to replace the shower faucet with a bathtub faucet. Because the handle of the bathtub faucet is generally horizontal, during the shower, it is very likely that the horizontal faucet is accidentally touched, causing the water temperature to rise or fall sharply. The handle of the shower faucet is generally vertical and is less prone to misuse. However, even the vertical faucet will be lifted during use, and there is still the possibility of operational errors in the narrow shower room. Therefore, the shower faucet is one of the products we recommend using thermostats. The thermostatic faucet not only makes the handle not easy to operate by locking the temperature, but even if the external water pressure changes, or the cold water stops immediately, it will not be burnt, which is very safe. The shower faucet needs to be equipped with a hand shower. If the bathroom is large, consider using a shower head with a shower (shower column). This shower column is more comfortable with a large top spray. The shower faucet with two handles, such as the left hand is hot water, the right hand is cold water, the logo is clear, easy to use, more suitable for the elderly or children. The shape of the single handle is relatively good, the shape is simple, and the rotating hot water is adjusted to the left and right. The operation is convenient but needs to be used carefully to avoid burning.
Material: It is recommended to use a full copper shower faucet. The process of copper faucets is now very mature, occupying a large share of the market. The true copper faucet handle, decorative nut, switching valve, wall cover, connecting nut and eccentric joint, water spout housing and other components are made of brass. After plating, it is not only beautiful and heavy, but also durable. It is necessary to ask in detail whether it is a true copper faucet, or whether the main body is made entirely of copper. In most cases, it is possible to distinguish whether it is a full copper faucet by weight and sound. The copper faucet is generally heavier and the sound is dull and low.
Spool: The spool should use the high quality brand valve core at home and abroad. If you use a thermostatic faucet, the quality of the spool is extremely important. Using inferior materials, making a rough thermostatic valve core may cause the water temperature to be unstable during use. More dangerous is damage, resulting in burns. There are two main thermostatic spools in the market: one is a Wax Element spool and the other is a Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) spring. At present, domestic paraffin is a commonly used product and the price is cheap. Memory alloys reflect faster, but at a higher price for high-end products. The choice of thermostatic faucet must be based on the principle of insufficiency. Inferior thermostats may malfunction during use, resulting in a sudden increase or decrease in water temperature, with serious consequences.
For faucets for showers or bathtubs, try to avoid the use of square faucets with sharp corners. Such faucets may look good, but there are great safety hazards. Because if the body slips and the body touches such a pointed faucet, the consequences are very serious.
Nowadays, many new shower or bathtub faucets use automatic water separators, which only need to be lightly operated to realize the water discharge of the sewer, shower and top spray, which is more convenient than the traditional pull-type water separator.
Most shower or bathtub faucets use double-hole water inlets due to the installation method. Due to the excellent thermal conductivity of copper, this way hot water will cause the outer shell of the faucet to heat when flowing through the inner pipe of the faucet. I believe that many consumers have the experience of being able to control the faucet with carelessness when they wash their hair. Use a concealed faucet to bury the main body of the faucet in the wall to avoid this. However, the concealed faucet also has a disadvantage of high price and difficulty in maintenance. Some manufacturers have begun to solve this problem by improving the internal piping of the faucet by allowing cold water to pass through the outer layer of the faucet and the hot water passing through the inner layer.
Some shower faucets have a lower water outlet and can be rotated 360°. This kind of faucet can also be used for washing the shower function at the same time as the shower function. However, it should be noted that shower faucets and bathtub faucets with water outlets are similar, but it is best not to mix them.