Finding the right temperature for your daily shower can set the tone for the rest of the day. A perfect shower will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and alert. Too cold and the relaxation benefits go out the window. Too hot and you emerge feeling like a boiled lobster.  Your shower valve is the key to finding a flow that’s just right. Choosing a shower valve can be confusing. There are so many options to choose from, and a lot of technical terms to get clear before you buy. We’ve put together this guide to manual shower valves to clear up any confusion.

We work with the best suppliers out there to bring you exceptional quality and unbeatable value. We stock more than 150 different manual shower valves so that you can find the best one for your needs without having to compromise. Whether you need one small fitting or are redoing your whole bathroom, the friendly experts at Bathrooms 365 are always on hand to offer you support and advice. With 30 years of experience, we know what it takes to build your ideal bathroom.


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Manual shower valves are the simplest solution on the market. The cold and hot water inputs are mixed in the valve, and a single manually operated lever controls both the flow and the temperature of the water. One thing to be aware of with manual shower valves is that they have no limit to the temperature and will not shut off automatically in the case of hot or cold water failure. Depending on your water heater this means that your shower could possibly become dangerously hot enough to cause scalds. This may be an issue in a house with small children, where safety issues are paramount, or if you live with many people: someone flushing the toilet or starting the washing machine in another part of the house can result in an unpleasant shock. Manual valves can work well for smaller adult households or when paired with an overflow filler or pull out handset for the bath where it’s not as important to have strict temperature control.

Cost Effective

Manual valves are the most economical choice on the market, and come in a wide range of styles which will complement any interior design. You can find a beautiful, affordable fixture for a fraction of the price you might spend on some thermostatic models.

Concealed or exposed?

You have two choices when picking out a new manual shower valve. In a concealed shower valve, all the plumbing, pipes, and outlets are hidden away behind the wall for a clean, minimalist look. Exposed shower valves have their plumbing “on display” which can suit a modern or industrial themed bathroom.

How to choose the right one?

When selecting a manual shower valve, don’t forget to check the pressure rating. Some models which work with a diverter can only work with high pressure systems, but most will work with either high or low pressure systems of all recognised types, including gravity, mains, pumped and combi boilers. Just make sure that your system falls within the listed minimum and maximum pressure rating for your chosen valve. Where possible, find out the flow rate of the valve. It will give you a clear idea of the performance you can expect