The Triton T80 showers are very slimline and attractive completely insulated in white plastic with a Chrome bar to hold up the shower head and the soap dish. My particular model of Triton T80 is the Triton T80Z Fast-Fit which is available in 10.5 kW / 8.5 kW or 9.5 kW power levels. The one in my bathroom is 8.5 kW which is the lowest power version that is available in this line of Triton showers. It is sufficient for my needs as I rarely get particularly dirty in my line of work and don't partake in outdoor sports. I did have to get the fuses sorted by an electrician as the ones in my 160 year old house didn't quite meet the standards required for this powerful a shower.
The head of the shower is 4" in diameter so you get a decent coverage, but you're not looking at much more than a Bar of pressure from the water flow. As I said though, this is more than enough for my needs. The shower head is connected to the shower unit by a 1.25m long stainless steel hose which is reasonably flexible, so you can have the shower head a reasonable distance from the unit if space next to it is limited. As with most showers, the water feed has to be cold and piped from the mains. The shower is simply switched on by pressing a button, although there are temperature settings on a dial which can be turned from bottom left (blue) to bottom right (red). Not particularly helpful I don't feel. There is also the option of a cold, or lukewarm shower or the obvious warm one, but whoever has other than a warm shower; that's just stuff for crazy people! I also have a little pull cord in my bathroom to turn off the electricity to the shower, but let's be honest, who really turns this off to save pennies per year?
You can purchase on of these showers for £104 from the Triton Showers website for the 8.5 kW model (£109 for 9.5 kW or £114 for 10.5 kW). Buying direct from Triton does seem to be the cheapest way to get them, although I believe I got mine from B&Q, where on their website today they are sale for £128.
Would I recommend the Triton T80 Electric Shower?
It certainly does the job, although I recommend you buy direct from Triton as you'll get a 2-year guarantee.
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This showers is a 9.5kwh, but there is a 8.5kwh and a 10.5kwh versions, they are both the same in looks, the only difference being that 1 kwh in power.
The front of the unit is white in colour, (although the back is too, and the bits that comes with it), and houses two dials, a larger one nearer the bottom and a smaller one just above that one.
The larger dial is the temperature gauge, using simple numbers to set the heat levels
The smaller on is the power setting, cold, economy and high,
Nearer the top of the front, there is the actual power button that, when pressed in, gets the pump and heater going inside so that the shower does what is supposed to do.
There are two little red lights that are on the front too, near the start/stop button. These give warnings over low water pressure and auto-started.
This shower came with all the accessories, the shower head, the hose retaining ring, which doubled as a soap dish, and the tube that the shower head slides up and down, together with the clamp to lock it into place.
It was a doddle to fit, especially as it had a few access points for both the water and the electricity, which meant that I did not have to be drilling or sawing holes out of the plastic body willy-nilly. I simple used the pre-set sections, snapping them out of the body where I needed to.
The hose is a good length, about a metre or so, and slides easily through the hole int eh soap dish....
Once up and running it was a great little shower, and, even though it was the same size and power as my previous Creda shower, this one seemed to that much more powerful, even when the shower head was set on the softer shower, rather that the massage setting. There are another two settings, four in total, for the shower head, Standard, (Maxi), ultra, needle and massage, (jet). With each setting found with the twist of the shower spray head.
Cleaning is simple and, as in all showers, it's important to clean the shower head on a regular basis. You even get a lovely little tool to take the sprat section out of the shower head in order to de-scale it when it needs it.
This is one of those electric showers that does exactly what it is supposed to do and it does it very well indeed.
The price of this shower is around the £100 mark, for the 9.5kwh, with the prices varying for the other KWH
Well, it's definitely wet - how wild it is, well that's up to you.
Good points ***
Really simple 2 knob control - how hot do you want it - how fast do you want it. You do not need to be thinking about anything more taxing at 5AM or midnight in my opinion.
Quick to reach temperature - sounds silly, but we have another electric shower which is ancient and it seems to take about a minute of flow before it is at a stable temperature. We have a water meter so this is not good - wastes electricity too if you are not showering.
Stable temperature - once you are in the shower this is key - this until tolerates a toilet flush withour a drop in power or scalding your skin off which is, well... nice.
Easy to clean and wipe down - nice smooth surface
The shower head leaks from the hose connector - the unit is not old and does not get abused, but despite getting a new washer it still leaks - not a big issue as it only leaks when in use, but it is a little irritating.
Seems like a good make and hasn't broken down so worth a look.
The performance and control on the Triton T80,makes it among the very best, value for money electric showers around. It is also one of the best selling showers around. The features of the T80 include a three-mode shower spray head. It also has a start stop/button. When you are happy with the temperature that you have selected you just press the start/stop button, so the next time you want a shower it will always give you the perfect temperature every time. The T80 is very stylish and all controls are conveniently positioned. At 8.5 kW and £119+vat the Triton T80 is exellent quality and good value for money.
I have had a Triton Opal for a year and a half now, and it has been superb. Lovley hot, powerful, showers (probably due to the fact that it is 9.5kW - don't go for anything lower if you have the wiring in place for this). It has an economy mode which uses half the power, but obviously you get less water out for the same temperature as on full power. This has only been useful in the height of summer when the cold water has been warm and I wanted a cooler shower anyway. The shower was relativly easy to fit. If you already have a shower it is a simple case of putting the pipe on to the unit with a nut and olive and putting the wires in. The pipe can come from behind or below, and the electricity can come from behind or above. The unit is easy to fix to the wall, as is the shower head and rail. The unit is slimline, which is nice in the bathroom because it takes up less space, but it is not any harder to install. Last week tradgedy struck and the shower stopped working. I called up Triton and they said that an engineer could not come round for 7 days. I was a bit annoyed, but didn't really have a choice. They couldn't say what time he would come, but he could call half an hour before he turned up. Sure enough, he called at 8.30 am, and turned up half an hour later - I consider this to be very good these days. Few companies ever manage to keep their apointments with me. It turned out that the circuit board had blown, so the engineer gave us a new, upgraded shower instead, all fitted under the 2 year guarantee. The shower that we got instead is a Topaz T100i. The only difference between this and our old shower is that there is a digital display of the heat setting. I do not see this as any advantage whatsoever. The numbers are not a temperature setting, just a measure of how far round the dial is! I can look at a dial an see where it is, I do not need a set of electronic numbers to look at. I wouldn't reccomend paying extra just
for that. The dial is also slightly stiffer to turn because it is a geared mechanism rather than a direct control, but that may wear in. Other than that, it still gives a great shower, lots of hot water instantly on demand, and easy to control. It has good hidden features too like temperature stability in case someone else turns the cold water on, a saftey check every time it is powered up, and an indicator that it is time to clean the shower head.Over all I am very pleased both with the shower and the after sales service.