Ever wish your shower was digital and you could just set it for a temperature

@writersedge (22579)
United States
November 1, 2008 9:01am CST
and be done with it? It always seems like the temperature is too hot or too cold on mine. I don't seem to notice this too much in the summer, but in the fall and winter, I notice it a lot. Part of the problem, I think, is that we have well water and we live in the North. I also have a hot water heater in the basement that may range in temperature a little bit, but the well and all the pipes to it, I think the temps range there much more. So do you wish you had a digital shower? I don't think they make such a thing, but if they did, that would help keep things from being too hot or too cold. Ever have someone flush the toilet or turn on the washer when you're in the shower? Something to nutralize the effects of that would be nice. Ever go to a camp or place with showers that had timers on them? You turn the dial and when the dial gets back to the top, you're out of water? I think that is like three minutes. I had to turn the dial three times. Once to get wet. Then I soaped up. Then dial again to wash off. Then put shampoo in my hair and then the dial to rince off again. Before you say I could have done both, I had a ton of hair way back then. I bet that rotating dial saved that camp a lot of money. I sure wanted to hurry up. What devises do you think would be a big help in a shower? Do you have one? I'm strange, I think the soap dish and the shampoo holders are great devises that I have. Do you have an idea for something that may not exist, but you think should be developed?
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17 responses
• United States
2 Nov 08
I actually have a way to set the temperature in my shower and leave it and it is great. I'm lucky enough to have a bathroom all to myself. A bathroom can be hard to get in to with a wife and three daughters. :) My shower has a knob for hot and a knob for cold and a knob in the middle to adjust between the two. I set the knob in the middle where I want it and then I can just turn the hot and cold all the way on and it automatically goes to that temperature. It is truly awesome. :)
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Nov 08
I want a shower like this! Where do I get it?
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• United States
2 Nov 08
It's made by Delta and I got mine at Lowe's. You can get it at most home improvement stores.
@busyB4 (875)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Hey thats cool! I didnt know they had something like that. WOuld help keep from getting burned also
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
1 Nov 08
That would be great, especially if they come up with one where if someone flushes or turns on another water source, that you don't freeze/get burned..I hate that, but if they did come up with something like that, we probably couldn't afford it..In fact we went out last night looking at sink fixtures and couldn't believe that people actually spend that kind of money..All I need is a simple fixture and for that it runs 50 plus dollars..(This is just the knobs and faucet, not the plumbing part)
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Where did you go looking for the fixtures?
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• United States
2 Nov 08
Lowes..But I wonder, maybe I can get a better deal online somewhere??
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
1 Nov 08
Wow that is a neat idea. Then you could just get in and the water be the right temp. Sometimes when I am in a hury, I just jump in and get started. That can really wake you! A shower with a timer may be good for the environment. But I have never used one.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Only at one camp that I went to did they have that kind of shower. Yes, if you can't wait to jump in,you will be either very cold or very hot, probably very cold. Take care
@calajane (1005)
• Poland
1 Nov 08
To be honest it never crossed my mind. Numbers that stand for various tempretures never told me much. I have to feel the water on my sking to be able to tell whether or not I want it hotter or colder. Plus the same temperature feels different depending on how hot/cold is outside or in the bathroom. But digital shower would have other advantages. Like a built-in radio for example . My friend has one like that and let me tell you, it's awesome
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Radio and hot water, I'd never get out! It might vary 5 to 10 degrees based on the seasons, I can see that, but it's digital you could adjust it. I move my shower a hair and it goes from too cold to too hot, I move it a hair back and the same problem. So I either have to freeze or boil. I can spend my entire shower time trying to get a temp I can stand. Summer isn't too bad, but the farther along we get into winter, the worse it gets. TAke care
@xtedaxcvg (3191)
• Philippines
1 Nov 08
If I were to invent a device for showering, I'd make one that somehow detects a person's body temp and applies the appropriate temperature to the water it's gonna dish out. There would also be "saved" settings of temperatures on the shower and you can label them. So let's say it's really humid and you want a really cold shower - you just press on one of your saved settings and voila, you get to have a really cool shower according to your preference.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Yeah, that would be a neat invention. Take care
@cndn420 (2062)
• Canada
1 Nov 08
well that sounds like a great idea! it would be nice to set and forget it, but on the other hand, for me personally i like hot showers, but when my body gets used to the heat i like to make the water hotter.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Well if it's digital, you could still change it to hotter if you wanted. It just wouldn't start at freezing or boiling. Take care
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
1 Nov 08
There ya go. This sounds like a winner. I'd buy something of this nature and attach to the shower. The water in our shower starts so cold that I actually stand outside until it warms up. I mean stand outside the shower not outside the house..lol We don't have any problems now with water pressure while showering. Years ago we did so when one of the kids flushed the toilet while I was in the shower, the pressure would decrease. Was much better after we replaced the hot water heater. Really like your idea.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Nov 08
When I first moved here, we had horrible water pressure. Could only have one thing going at any one time. But we put a new well in and the water per minute coming from it was way above the min. standard. We couldn't believe the difference. Then it started to have problems again. So we bought a new pump because the poor old one couldn't handle it. Yesm instantly correct temperature could save time, money, etc. Take care
@rvangeld (334)
• United States
3 Nov 08
That would be nice, when you just barely try to make it cooler because the watr is too hot, then the water is absolutely freezing, that happens to me a lot when I am taking a shower.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
3 Nov 08
Glad I'm not the only one who has this problem, my husband seems to think I am.
@rvangeld (334)
• United States
4 Nov 08
O it happens to me all the time, or it sculds you if you turn it hotter.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
2 Nov 08
Your wish for a digital shower appears very tempting to me too,though I have never thought of it before.But yes,often when I am taking a shower,I have often found it difficult to set the correct temperature while turning the knobs resulting in getting hit by a spray of water which is too hot or too cold water.And this uasually happens when I want to take a hurried shower too..Yes a digital shower appears to be the right answer........So best of luck to both of us...may our dreams soon come true...ha..ha...
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Someone above you seems to think there is one already. Will have to look into this more. If you can dream it, seems that they can build it. Take care
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
2 Nov 08
well, lets get our fingers crossed and hope for the best......
@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
1 Nov 08
I had a bench put in mine so I can shower with out pain in my feet - well, I do stand a little to get parts I can't reach while sitting, but the rest of the time....
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Good idea, the bench. How's the water temperatures?
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
2 Nov 08
I get so bent outta shape if they do anything to the water else where in the house they know better than to flush or start washers if I'm in the shower.
@Zeddzz (77)
• United States
4 Nov 08
For me the temperature in the shower is a problem during the winter as well, but I know it's because my body gets used to the temperature over some parts of my body where the water is continuously running, then the other parts get cold as my house tend to be far colder than the shower is during the winter. Unfortunately a digital temperature setting wouldn't help with that. =(
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
4 Nov 08
That's true. I tend to wait until the heater has been on in the bathroom and the dryer, too. That way the air is warmer in the bathroom. Thanks and take care.
@bdugas (3582)
• United States
3 Nov 08
I like you agree that there should be someway to keep the temp of the water at a desired temperature till you get done with your shower, first it is too hot then you turn it down and all of a sudden you got cold water.While it might be alright in the summer it can give you quite a chill in the winter time. Then hubby got to turn the water on in the kitchen, freeze time or hot water hitting you on your back. We haveone of those big rainshower heads on ours, with the long spray head on the end. We have a dog and that is the only way that I can wash him with his long hair, he too knows the change in the water when it goes from hot to cold. I would love to have one of those walk in baths they are showing on Tv now. But I think they are out of my price range. I think they could put like fronts on the shelves that hold the shampoo and soap, that way when your eyes are full of shampoo and you trying to put it back it doesn't fall into the tub and you trying not to step on it, or the soap in the tub so you can step on it and fall. What i really would like is a thermo spa, yea would be nice.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
3 Nov 08
A thermospa would be nice, all that stuff is out of my price range, too. I think some of the new molded showers do have a place for soap. Thanks and take care.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
2 Nov 08
I believe they have something like that only it is mechanical and is called a tempering valve. It is more to prevent scaling so the water will not get too hot but I had always assumed it would keep the temperature constant as well. An electronic system might work well but might also. They also have on-demand hot water heaters which are supposed to be better also. The hot water tank a long way from the shower can be a problem. These units are always sensing water flow and heating the water to a constant preset temperature.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Tempering valve sounds interesting, wonder if they could modify one to keep a person from freezing, but still, keeping a person from scaulding is very, very good. Thanks and take care.
@getnbuy (1315)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Invent that digital shower. You will become a milionaire!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Nov 08
According to response #11 we're almost there now. Thanks and take care.
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
1 Nov 08
Yes, I do wish that I could set it at an temperature and forget about it. I would like for the temperature to be not too cold nor too hot. I like it to be very relaxing on an mild temperature. I want to be able to enjoy my shower and baths.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Nov 08
Thanks for your response, so we agree that it would really be nice to set the temp somehow. Thanks and take care.
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@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Hello writersedge. I am sure there is some sort of invention that the wealthy have in their homes where they have "instant hot water." I do think there is some sort of special way a plumber can route your water at the faucet to keep circulating until it's warm before it comes out of the faucet. I think I've read about it somewhere. I think your digital shower is a great idea. We live in FL and it's so weird because the water never gets really hot or really cold. It's strange. We just went for a quick trip up north and it was so surprising to turn on the hot and have hot water right then. I even commented on it to my husband. I said, "I guess I forgot that we used to get hot water when we turned on the faucet." On the positive side, we have 2 bathrooms and people can take showers, flush toilets, or whatever at the same time and it has no effect on the shower water temperature or flow. I'm glad of that. When we have guests, it's nice not to have to worry about the things you mentioned. Your camp situation sounds like it saved a lot of water. Since we are always in a conserve water stance down here, we tend to take 3 or 4 minute showers anyway. I can't think of any new shower-related device, but I do like all the energy- and water-saving products they've come up with lately.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Yes, controled flows and aerators are helping out a lot. Some people have gray water systems, too. Thanks and take care.
@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Nov 08
I think they do have those digital temp showers. I just will never be able to afford them. I think I have been in all of the other situations that you describe.Also to lakes where the water was all solar heated. Actually the YMCA here has a shower that you pull down on a chain, like it flushes the shower. It stops by itself. I think it might help you to put that pipe insulation on your water pipes, if you have not done so already. I think I need to go turn up the heat, this discussion made me a little cool.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Mind over matter, with out minds, the temps really matter. That is a different shower that you have experienced. I haven't had the pull chain type exactly. I did hear screaming at a religious camp. Rain barrel on top of a shower, pull the closure across, after a cool night and a warm to hot morning in Arkansas, you can imagine. That's why the scream. Think I like solar heated water better. Take care.