A shower cartridge is an important component within a mixer shower. These are usually made from Brass or nylon and come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, colours and designs.
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Important: Before removing a cartridge from a shower, it's important to isolate the water supply to prevent a flood of water out of the shower valve.
Common types of shower cartridge
Diverter Flow cartridge
A fitting used to control the direction of water to various outlets. May also be spelled divertor.
An example would be the Mira Coda/Atom diverter cartridge (1836.170)
Thermostatic cartridge (temperature/mixer cartridges) Thermostatic cartridges are essentially the main "engine" of a mixer shower and regulate the temperature of the water.
An example would be the Mira Excel thermostatic cartridge assembly (903.33).
Some showers have a cartridges which come in a few parts to make up a whole cartridge. Depending on the fault you are facing, you may not need to replace every component in showers which work in this way.
A common example is the Bristan thermostatic half cartridge assembly (SK971006)
The SK971006 is paired with the Sirrus thermostat and piston assembly (SK1500-3) to allow the shower to control the flow and regulate the temperature.
The SK971006's brass body essentially works as a flow valve, whereas the thermal wax element (aka wax capsule) and piston/shuttle assembly work to regulate the temperature.
Commonly this type of configuration is seen in many Bristan/Sirrus and Grohe showers, among others.
For more information on the Sirrus cartridge range see our article on these here.
On a bar mixer shower, the cartridges fit either side of the bar and are located underneath the control knobs. You will usually have a flow/diverter cartridge to control the flow between 1 or two outlets and another to control temperature of the water, known as a thermostatic cartridge.
Some showers have a separate diverter component, to divert the water, independent from the main flow control.
On a mixer shower, there is usually a single thermostatic cartridge which also regulates the flow but depending on the model these can have separate flow cartridges too.
We sell hundreds of cartridges for many showers and can even source cartridges which aren't listed on our website - providing they are still available from major manufacturers.
All of the cartridges listed on our website are here.
For a glossary on shower jargon, see our Shower Spares Glossary.