Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer Review

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Alex Richards's review of Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer

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Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer - I spent a week...”

Written on: 20/10/2004 by Alex Richards (1 review written)

Good Points
Contemporary looks, spectacular performance if good mains cold water pressure is available.

Bad Points
Despite instructions stating otherwise, does not work well if cold water supply is from a storage tank unless the tank has at least a 3-4 metre head to the shower spray.

General Comments
Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer - I spent a week trying to make the unit work from a storage tank cold water supply (2 metre head with tank full) this included cleaning out the tank, pipes, and adjusting the stopcock so that the tank was as full as possible. Despite this, pressure at the spray head was pathetic, and the shower would only run cold.

I then ran a mains cold water supply to the mixer unit and wow! Pressure is now much better than a pumped power shower elsewhere in the house, and temperature control is extremely stable with no danger of scalding even at maximum heat settings. I would have given this product an overall rating of 10 stars, if it had not been for the slightly misleading claims regarding suitable water supply.

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Kenevans's Response to Alex Richards's Review

Written on: 06/04/2005

Croydex state that the unit can be used with a cold tank feed, but stipulate clearly a minimum static pressure of 1.5Bar. Equivalent to a 15m head.

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Kenevans's Response to Alex Richards's Review

Written on: 30/11/2005

Keith
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<br>sorry to nit pick, but whilst the bottom of the tank may be a "safe" recommendation for measuring pressure it is not technically correct. Head is measured as the height of the water column, which includes the water in the tank. Clearly a full tank of say 20m in height would produce considerable pressure even if it was sitting at ground level.
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<br>This may now all be academic wrt the H2O shower. My local plumbers merchant recently told me that Croydex have ceased its production.
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<br>Ken

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215687_Keith House's Response to Alex Richards's Review

Written on: 01/11/2005

You say 2 metre head with tank full!!! I think you should know that you measure the head of water from the base of the cold water storage tank not the top of the water level..

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Alex Richards's Response to Alex Richards's Review

Written on: 08/04/2005

Ref comment from Ken Evans.
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<br>My point was that prior to purchasing the Croydex unit the only information that is available from most suppliers is that it is suitable for mains or tank fed systems.
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<br>Only once you open the box do the instructions state that a minimum of 1.5 bar water pressure is required.
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<br>Since I live in a bungalow the only other solution to a mains feed was to lower my shower head mounting point to 1.5 metres below floor level and excavate a pit to install my shower tray.
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<br>Prior to fitting the H20 for the first time I already had reasonable shower pressure and I was not expecting the H20 to degrade the performance.
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<br>As previously stated all's well that ends well, and I have recently installed a second unit in another bathroom also with mains feed and correspondingly good performance.
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<br>Compared to the price of a typical shower mixer the H20 seems very reasonably priced, but there is a distinct lack of useful installation information available prior to purchase, & I find that typical sales outlets (previously B&Q), Argos etc. are not very knowledgable.
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<br>Perhaps Croydex could provide an information leaflet to stockists, or consider using stockists who are able to give more helpful advice on the unit?

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