by Vivian Garzon

Exploring Different Types of Shower Mixers: Which One Is Right for You?

Exploring Different Types of Shower Mixers: Which One Is Right for You?

When it comes to your showering experience, you want it to make sure it’s "just right. That's where the right shower mixer comes in. It's all about getting the water temperature, water flow, and water pressure just the way you like it.

The right shower mixer tap can turn a pretty basic daily routine into a relaxing retreat. But it's not just about functionality—it's about style too. With sleek minimalist designs and modern finishes like matte black or brushed brass gold, your shower mixer becomes a standout feature in your bathroom design.

In this article, we’ll explore different types of shower mixers, helping you find the perfect match to enhance your shower experience and give your bathroom a modern upgrade.

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What are Shower Mixers?

Exploring Different Types of Shower Mixers: Which One Is Right for You?

Let’s break it down. Shower mixers are what’s behind making your shower time just the way you like it. They play a crucial role in regulating the water temperature and flow, making sure you have the perfect shower experience every time.

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When it comes to functionality, shower mixers have got you covered. They allow precise control over the temperature of the water (cold water and hot water) so you can find that sweet spot with ease. No more jumping in and out of the shower, trying to find that perfect balance, or unpleasant surprises of icy or scalding water.

Water flow is another key aspect that shower mixers handle. With a good mixer, you can adjust the flow to suit your perfect pressure, whether you prefer a gentle waterfall or a powerful flow.

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Shower mixers are also great problem-solvers when it comes to water pressure. If you're dealing with low water pressure, a shower mixer can help boost it and make your shower experience a whole lot better. On the other hand, if you have high water pressure, the mixer allows you to tame it down for a more controlled and comfortable shower.

The Different Types of Shower Mixers

Exploring Different Types of Shower Mixers: Which One Is Right for You?

When it comes to types of shower mixers, there are a couple of options to choose from, each offering its unique features and benefits. Let's take a closer look:

Manual Shower Mixers

These classic shower mixers are the no-frills option that relies on human touch to adjust the water flow and temperature. With simple controls, they offer reliability and straightforward functionality. Manual shower mixers are a popular choice for those who prefer a traditional and hands-on approach to their showering experience.

Thermostatic Shower Mixers

If you're looking to elevate your shower experience, thermostatic mixers are worth considering. These mixers work their magic by maintaining a consistent water temperature, even when there are fluctuations in the water supply. Say goodbye to those sudden shocks of icy or scalding water when someone flushes the toilet or uses another water source in your home. With thermostatic shower mixers, you can enjoy a comfortable shower every time.

Digital Showers

For tech enthusiasts and those who want precise customisation, you’ll love digital showers, Most likely to be found in ultra-modern bathrooms, with a digital interface, these showers allow you to control the water temperature and flow with the ultimate precision. Digital showers offer advanced features such as programmable presets, letting you create a personalised showering experience tailored to your unique showering style.

Choosing the Right Shower Mixer

Ok, but how do you choose the right bathroom wall mixer tap for your needs? Well, here at Buildmat, we think there are three important considerations:

Your Style Preferences

First things first, let's talk style. Your shower mixer isn't just a functional necessity; it can also be a stylish statement in your bathroom. With a wide variety of designs available, you can find a shower mixer that matches your personal taste and complements your bathroom decor. Whether you prefer a sleek and modern look with a single-lever mixer, or a more traditional and timeless vibe with two-lever mixers, there's a style out there that's perfect for you.

Colour Choices

The finish (AKA colour) of your shower mixer can make a significant impact on the overall aesthetics of your bathroom. From classic chrome to trendy matte black and gunmetal, or elegant brushed nickel, the finish adds that final touch of flair to your shower space. To find the right colour for your bathroom, you should choose a finish that matches the rest of your bathroom (like your bathroom tap, towel rails etc).

Extra Features

Beyond style and finish, the extra features of a shower mixer can truly make or break your shower experience. Look out for added features like temperature control, adjustable flow of water and added functions like a handheld shower attachment or a diverter to switch between different water outlets. These features provide versatility and convenience and really take your shower time to the next level.

Which Material is Most Durable?

When it comes to durability, both stainless steel and brass are great options for your shower mixer.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is known for its strength and ability to resist damage. It doesn't easily corrode, rust, or get tarnished, meaning it will withstand the test of time (and a busy bathroom). Cleaning and maintaining stainless steel is also super easy, plus it has a sleek and modern look that will enhance any bathroom style.


Brass is another high quality and durable shower mixer material. It's tough and can handle daily use without wearing out quickly. Brass shower mixers resist corrosion and stay in good shape for a long time. And, over time, brass develops a unique patina that adds to its charm and gives it a timeless appeal.

Choosing the Most Durable Option

Both stainless steel and brass have their own strengths when it comes to durability. Stainless steel is excellent at resisting rust and corrosion, while brass is a tried-and-true material known for its long-lasting performance. The choice between the two depends on your personal preference and the look you want for your bathroom.

Pairing Your Shower Mixer With Your Shower Head & Arm

Creating your perfect shower experience involves more than just choosing the right shower mixer. To complete your setup, you also need to think about your shower head and shower arm. Let's explore how to pair these components together for a seamless shower experience.

Shower Head

When picking a shower head, think about things like water pressure, spray patterns, and water-saving features. If you like a strong and invigorating shower, a rain shower head with larger spray nozzles might be just what you need. If you prefer a targeted and massaging experience, a handheld shower head with adjustable settings could be a good choice. And if you want a balance of different spray patterns, a standard wall-mounted shower head is a reliable option.

Make sure the shower head you choose is compatible with your shower mixer in terms of connections and water flow. This will ensure everything works well together and you don't have any issues with water pressure or functionality.

Shower Arm

The shower arm connects the shower head to the shower mixer, providing stability and positioning the shower head at the right height and angle. When selecting a shower arm, consider its length, style, and finish to match your shower mixer and bathroom decor.

Choose a shower arm that can reach comfortably and allow you to position the shower head where you want it. Also, make sure the connection between the shower arm and shower mixer fits properly to avoid leaks. Remember to think about the style and finish of the shower arm, so it matches or goes well with your shower mixer and other bathroom fixtures.

Bringing it All Together

To create a shower setup that looks good and works well, you need to make sure the shower mixer, shower head, and shower arm all work together. Pay attention to things like connections, water flow, and design to achieve a seamless integration.

If you're not sure about compatibility or how to install everything correctly, it's a good idea to seek help from a professional plumber. They can guide you through the process and make sure everything is set up properly.


What is the difference between shower mixers and shower valves?

Shower mixers control water temperature and flow, while shower valves regulate flow and divert water between outlets.

Can I install a shower mixer myself?

DIY installation depends on your plumbing experience and the complexity of the project. Simple replacements can be done, but complex installations are best left to professional plumbers.

How do I choose a shower mixer for high-pressure systems?

Look for shower mixers designed for high-pressure systems to ensure they can handle the increased water flow.

Do shower mixers come with a warranty?

Yes, most shower mixers come with a warranty that covers manufacturing defects and malfunctions. Check the specifics of the warranty provided by the manufacturer. At Buildmat, our shower mixers come with a 10 year warranty.

Shop Buildmat’s Quality Shower Mixers

When it comes to finding the best shower mixers in Australia, Buildmat is your go-to destination. We offer a wide selection of premium shower mixers that excel in durability, style, and affordability. Whether you have a specific style preference or a budget in mind, we have the perfect option for you. Explore our range of shower mixers online or visit our Melbourne showroom to experience them firsthand.