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. 

Unsure on your cartridge or part required? Why not try to identify your shower? 

See our article for more assistance with this.

Important: Before removing a cartridge from a shower, it's important to isolate the water supply to prevent a flood of water from the shower valve.

Common shower cartridge types

Flow cartridge 

(also known as an on/off or control cartridge)

Flow cartridges control the speed of the water emitted from the shower head. An example would be the Triton flow control cartridge (83308450)

These cartridges have many designs, find the full range here.

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)

(Some manufacturers, such as Grohe, may call these cartridges aquadimmers.) 

These cartridges have many designs, find the full range here.

Thermostatic cartridge 

(temperature/mixer cartridges)

Thermostatic cartridges are essentially the main "engine" of a mixer shower and regulate the temperature of the water. 

It can compensate for variations in the temperature and/or pressure of the incoming water supplies, to maintain a selected blended temperature.

 An example would be the Mira Excel thermostatic cartridge assembly (903.33).

These cartridges have many designs, find the full range here.

Half cartridges

Some cartridges comprise of a few parts which make up a whole cartridge. Depending on the fault you are facing, you may not need to replace every component of a cartridge that works 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, you would have a flow (sometimes a diverter) cartridge and thermostatic cartridge, which fit either side of the bar. You can get to these by removing the control knobs on each side.  

Some bar showers with a rainfall head have a separate diverter component within the rigid riser bar, independent from the main flow control.
Most 'mixer showers' have a single thermostatic cartridge which also regulates the flow, however, depending on the model these can sometimes 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.