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Since we live in our rented flat (not even a year yet), we've got second Triton shower so far (both models T70si), and I know already once we have our own place this model is definitely not what I'm going to buy (although considering other reviews Triton looks like a reputable shower manufacturer)
The shower was installed by plumbers so I can't revew much there, however the Screwfix website says it has top, bottom, side and rear water and cable pipe entries (whatever that means). It is 8.5kW and has quite a strong water flow to compare with electric showers I have experienced before, no complaints there.
It is white in colour, and has dimensions 208 x 110 x 300mm - very basic shower which screams BUDGET just as you look at it. Normally it comes with 2 year warranty.
I have no idea how long it has been installed when we came to our flat, but it looked quite new. After couple months, while taking shower, hot water stopped running (cold was ok). Plumber that came to check the damage told us (and showed us), the electric wires were completely burnt and melted inside, and also plastic cover has been melted on top. We were told not to use even cold water until shower is replaced, as there is a danger of fire. Well, I'm not sure is this normal with other, more expensive/better quality showers, but it sure scared me!
There are two rotary controls - one for power and one for temperature. I like the sensitivity of temperature control, you can nicely set it up for not too cold and not too warm (I found this to be a problem with some previous showers I have used). The power control is pretty much useless - I cannot see any difference between high and low setting.
Sure our landlord bought this shower for us, but checking on-line stores, it costs around £60-£85, which I find very cheap. All in all, it is not completely rubbish, it works fine for a daily showering and is ok for rented accommodation, but if I was to buy an electric shower, this is NOT what I would consider nor recommend.
We've had our 10.5kw Triton Opal shower for just over two years, but it is now dead. I've tested that power is getting to it, and it is, but that's as far as I can go with the limited knowledge I have. Triton suggested an engineer visit us, but with the call-out charge plus any parts, we'd be looking at at least the cost of a new one (my thoughts based on the £109 we paid for ours at Homebase) plus we'd get warranty, etc.
However, now I've spent a few days shopping around for a replacement (like-for-like as I dont want more holes and more messing about with pipe-work) and I'm pleased to say that Homebase still stock them. So do Argos and a few other places, but at £159 or thereabouts. I accept that things go up a bit after a couple of years, but what about Homebase's current "half price sale"? They're currently running a half price promition on the Triton Opal.... half of £320!!!
Anyone out there paid £320 for theirs?
I doubt many (any) have, as it seems to be "double-the-price-to-half-the-price-to-tempt-the-gullable-customer" time at Homebase.
What's useful to know, though, is that the Triton "Trance" and "Bewitched" models also share the same back panel assembly, so if anyone else out there wants a replacement to fit the holes of their defunct Opal, there those are suitable alternatives and certainly fall a long way short of £320
We bought a house in January 2002 that had had a Triton Ivory II power shower installed a year previously. It was great, pressure was fine, good temperature control, a good variety of different flows through the head and all together no complaints. Unfortunately after about six months the temperature started to fluctuate dramatically. A week or so later my husband was in the shower and it literally went up in smoke. The water went from scalding hot to freezing cold in a matter of seconds, there was a of crackling noise from the box and then smoke started to ooze out of the sides. Closer inspection revealed some of the wires inside had fused together and melted part of the inside of the unit. As it was only just out of warranty we figured we wouldn’t hard to get another one the same and install it ourselves, negating the need to buy new fittings etc. Unfortunately they had re-launched this model and the new and improved version was a different size and shape and had the fittings in different places. So we bought a different Triton shower! Despite the rather short life of the first shower we still bought another Triton as they seem to be good value for money, readily available and efficient.
My friend has got a Triton power shower, they are ideal if you have got a seperate shower cubicle, unfortunately I haven't got a shower, because I prefer a mice long soak in a hot bath to a shower. My friend says they are a lot better than the ordinary showers and you have to have them connected to your exsisting hot and cold water supplies. They have a pump to boost the flow of water so if you like a really powerful spray then this is the one for you. When you buy this shower it comes complete with a 4 mode shower head, a flexible hose a riser rail, a soap dish and all the fixtures and fitting needed to install it. My friends husband is not very good at DIY but he said that the set of instructions included in the shower were very clear, and easy to understand, unlike some things you buy and cannot make head not tail of the instructions. Some things I've bought have had things missing such as handles and screws, which spoils things as you buy something and then can't use it until the maufacterers have sent you the missing parts. My house is only small, and even if I wanted to I havn't got room for a shower, I suppose I will have to stick to long soaks for the time being.
Beware, if your Triton breaks down fixing or replacing it can be an expensive and time consuming task. The Triton power shower that was in the house I bought a year ago broke recently. As the shower and bathroom was installed in the year before it was sold to me this makes the unit outside of the original one year warranty period but still less than 2 years old when it broke. I have no information as to whether or not an extended warranty was taken out by the previous owners but Triton are unable to tell customers if the unit is under warrantly because this is managed by another company that they won't cross check with. The cost of a replacement from Triton seems to be very expensive coupled with extortionate charges for an engineer to come and install the part also if you have any problems Triton are very keen to charge you to sort them out. Also why don't these companies realise that its not just the inconveniance and expense of the broken shower but to fix means taking holiday time of work to wait for an engineer.
I purchased a Triton Power Shower from Index Extra Mail Order Catalogue, in September 1997, we purchased this as a replacement to a shower that broke down just after we moved into our house, the shower was installed thorough the catalogues installers, who were pleasant and friendly. Earlier this year the shower packed up, which was very scary, as I was using it at the time, it got very loud, and the smell of electrically burning was really strong. Luckily I had taken out a three year Insurance on it. I phoned the insurance company to say the shower had broken down, they arrange for a new shower to be sent, but I was left with the bill for having it plumbed back in.