Smart Shower vs. Digital Shower: What’s the difference?
Smart Shower vs. Digital Shower: What’s the difference?

Smart Shower vs. Digital Shower: What’s the difference?


Author: Aqualisa


We all know that completing a bathroom refurbishment is a big task, with many things to consider. “Where do I put my bath”, “Which tiles shall I pick”, “Which shower is the best option for me” – the amount of questions you can ask yourself can sometimes seem endless. At Aqualisa, we’re committed to making the shower selection an easy choice and with so many digital and perceived smart showers on the market to choose from, you may be wondering which is the best option for you. Read on to discover the main features and benefits of a true Smart Shower vs Digital Shower or pick up the phone to talk to one of our helpful Customer Service team for some more advice.


What are Digital Showers?

Simply put, a digital shower provides complete control of temperature and water flow within a simple and easy to use controller.

If we want to get technical, we can think about Digital showers as having two halves – the brains and the beauty. The brains of the operation are in the form of a processor unit which is situated away from the shower enclosure, often in the loft. This technology gives you precise control over temperature and flow; our Aqualisa Smart Valve checks the water temperature 10 times every second to make sure the water is just right!

And the beauty? Unlike traditional mixer and electric showers, the processor is situated away from the showering area. By separating the bulky processor from the shower, you are left with a sleek and unobtrusive design that not only looks fantastic but offers flexibility in your bathroom.

Digital showers burst onto the scene back in 2001 when Aqualisa revolutionised showering forever. Our flagship model Quartz set about to challenge conventional ways of showering, offering superb temperature stability, flow control and a simple start/stop option.

So, what is a Smart Shower?

Our Smart Shower range has incorporated everything that made our Digital Showers so popular, enhancing them with new features that compliment the busy lives we all lead. From family safety to water saving, Smart showers really are the next generation in showering.

  • WiFi Enabled

Offering features truly innovative in the smart bathroom category, our new range uses unique WiFi connectivity rather than relying on Bluetooth unlike other app-controlled showers on the    market. This means that you have complete control both inside and outside of the home – you no longer need to be next to your shower to turn it on using an app!

  • Aqualisa App

Whilst it’s great to be able to turn on your shower from the comfort of your bed, the Aqualisa App goes one step further. Set up a ‘Home Hub’ for the whole family and see who’s taking too long in the shower thanks to the intuitive dashboard available on the app. You can even track indicative water costs to see how taking a shorter shower might not only benefit the environment but your back pocket too.

  • Voice Activation

We all know that there are times that you’ve come back from a muddy rain walk and have your hands full – wouldn’t it be great to run your bath just using your voice? All Aqualisa smart showers can be controlled using both Amazon Alexa and Google Smart Home devices, adding both convenience and a pretty cool party trick

I’m considering a mixer shower too. What’s the main benefits of having a Smart shower?

Smart showers provide both environmental and safety advantages over a traditional mixer shower. The advantage of a smart shower installation is that you can set a maximum temperature on the main processor box, providing you with peace of mind that your whole family can have a safe shower with a steady flow. All Aqualisa Smart Valves have optional eco settings to reduce the amount of water being used, as well as our Harmony shower heads offering an Eco shower spray.

Apart from the obvious functional additions, smart shower installations offer far more flexibility than a traditional mixer shower. Not only are you able to achieve a more contemporary look within the shower enclosure, smart showers will work in almost every home environment whether you have a high pressure, combi boiler or gravity fed water supply. Not sure what water system you have? Check out our handy guide to help you on your journey.


But can I really afford a Smart Shower?

Absolutely – we stock a variety of ranges to suit every budget. Head to your local showroom, visit our approved online partners or even call our customer service department if you’d like to find out more.