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Triton - try-it-on before you buy
on 4 September 2011
We all know the moment when we need to replace our shower - the water goes cold and wont warm up or doesn't come out at all. Buying a part is as expensive as buying a new one: then the fun begins. Like for like replacement means minimal re-plumbing, re-wiring and re-drilling fixing screws. But surveying the Triton scene on-line reveals dozens of similarly referenced and very similar looking models, none of them with exactly the same reference (if you know it) of the original (especially if you've been lucky enough to have a decent few years service out of your old one - which I had: a Triton workhorse that gave great showers). This is where you have to be very careful though because you can't simply upgrade the power of an electric shower without considering the rating of the wiring and the fuse spur that the existing shower runs from. Just going up from 8.5kW to 10Kw could be more than the tolerance of both. So its not just a question of physical matching, but also electrical matching within a complex and varied choice available.
Search around a bit (not just the Amazon site) and you can often find a technical plan that shows the input and output water and electrical flow points and overall dimensions that will help identify whether a proposed new one will fit the existing water and power connections. Don't just rely on the outside look and any cursory statement that it is 'fully compatible' in the product description from the retailer.
For me, the Triton Seville 8.5Kw was the closest match physically and it was the same power rating as the one that was being replaced. It really does have multiple access points for connecting up and this was a real boon, making it extremely simple to install in place of the old one. It looks good and the controls are all easy to use with a three position top dial selector for cold showers (perish the thought!), a single red bar (I guess an economy setting for use in the summer, if we ever have one, when warm water will suffice) and two bars for use when the incoming water is quite cold. The lower dial is a progressive heating selector.
The overall look is very similar to the old one but in use it gives noticeably lower water pressure and heat power than the old one. Its not so bad as to reject it, but its not so good that I would recommend it. Hence my title: triton - try-it-on before you buy. What I mean is that it might be a good idea, if you have the opportunity, to ask around and have a look on line to see if you can see an example of the proposed shower in use before buying. There are a lot of variables though, like your home water pressure itself, that might make this an inexact science, but at least you might get an idea of the spray form and the heating power available. I'm going to have a check through the pipes in case there is any debris or lime caught in the flow that is causing the lower performance and I'll also try moving the shower head unit up and down a bit in case that is a problem.
Rating based on reasonable price, good delivery timing (was forecast for three weeks delivery but came in a week and I was kept informed very well of this change), looks good, easy to install, does what it says, but not quite as good as the previous one in performance, although adequate for a shower.