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Electric Shower. 9.5kW. Mira Play is an electric shower range featuring fresh, contemporary styling, available in three distinct looks and with easy to use controls. Mira Play suits any bathroom - and any mood.

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      12.03.2014 10:11
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      An efficient way of getting cleaner

      What do you want from a shower? Basically, to be cleaner at the end of the process. I don't think it's oversharing to say that this is exactly what you get with this shower! I bought it a few years ago, and had it installed by a professional, so can't comment on that aspect other than to say that as far as I know there were no problems in doing so.

      The Mira Play has several controls. One allows you to select between Low, Medium and High settings; it's only ever been used on High, but a quick check shows that it works as you expect, with the other two producing a cooler jet for the same throughput of water. There's also a dial running from hot to cold, labelled with the usual red and blue stripes. Towards the hot end, the jet of water is much less fierce, I presume because the temperature is regulated by altering the amount of cold water being mixed in. Finally there is an On/Off button at the base of the unit, in addition to the isolation pull cord outside the cabinet. I particularly wanted a shower with this feature, as it means you can leave the other settings for temperature as you like them, and is also easier for children to use without risk of them scalding themselves.

      The base unit sits on the wall, with a standard length hose ending in a hose, with a slideable rail for standing it in. The end can be rotated to produce wider or narrower jets of water, which works pretty well. The water reaches it's operating temperature quite quickly, perhaps 10-15 seconds, so you don't have to stand there very long before it's safe to use it without risk of being frozen or boiled. At 9.5kW this is at the top end of power for normal showers, and produces a perfectly adequate jet at a decent temperature.

      The only puzzling thing is the name: I don't generally play in the shower, just get wet and soapy, so perhaps this one isn't aimed at me!

      At around £180 it isn't the cheapest option, but it works well, and we've had no problems whatsoever with it, so it is well made, and so I would recommend it. There's an otherwise identical shower with a slightly lower power rating available, which is quite a bit cheaper; personally I've found that rating a little bit underpowered and the experience nowhere near as good in the past, but if pennies are important that would be an option, given that it has the same excellent control system.

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