Both the Bristan pumps Varispeed and the Duraspeed pumps can still be bought new as the older model shape still contrary to what has been said by many suppliers recently who are trying to sell the Stuart Turner versions.
The issue when using the new replacement models is that the pipework will need to be altered to suit which invariably will cost more in time and plumbing costs.
The old Bristan Pumps come branded as Tapstore Pumps but are exactly the same as the older models just with a different non return valve fitted, which is most cases can simply be removed with a pair of long nosed pliers.
Basically you pull out the valve from the outlet of the pump, twist apart the plastic casing and discard of the rubber sheet that is it.
Some of the very old Bristan, New Team and Showerfore models came with different connection hoses for compression fittings you can even still get these versions although slightly more expensive.
You can order them from here.
This 1.5 bar twin shower booster pump is a great deal quieter than most of its rivals and boasts a centrifugal design which gives great all round performance if you hurry it is available from tapstore.com for just £99.00, there is also a 2.0bar version available for£119.00.
Both come complete with 4 x 15mm flexible connection hoses, and power lead.
This pump is continuously rated unlike most of its rivals.
Pumps both hot and cold water at the same time.
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The Techflow Turbo Range of brass ended pumps are a great choice for the professional plumbers, If you are wanting to install a pump that wont leak or fail electrically then this is the beast for you. they are built with strong induction motors with solid brass impellers so durability is the key word in its design and if you compare these pumps with other brands it is a quiet alternative.
A great little feature of this product is that there is a flow switch sensitivity adjustment on the outlet of the pump which gives you a small amount of movement in how much flow activates the product.
There has been no compromise in the construction of the impeller casing using a thicker casting of brass making a quieter pump. I have used the 1.0 bar single impeller fitted in a cupboard in my office and I can hear it, when I previously had a Stuart Turner pump fitted and I could not say the same.
These are suitable for shower installations whole house pumping and if you select the negative head pumps version loft conversions alike and in my mind I would not fit anything else.
The Techflow Turbo range consists of a 1, 2, 3, and 4.0bar options in both single ended and twin ended with the choice of both positive and negative head.
If you are interested in further information and prices then look at the full selection on the link here.
Buying a shower pump is not easy nowaday’s, Here is a quick guide to help you choose.
There are two different types of shower pump centrifugal and regenerative, centrifugal are quieter and more efficient, regenerative are cheaper and easier to install.
You should choose the pump based on the size of the plumbing pipes where it is going to be fitted, i.e if you have 15mm pipes where the pump is to be fitted then use a 15mm pump and if your pipes are 22mm then use a 22mm pump. The pressure of a pump should be matched to the equipment it is pumping too, If the product states that it requires 2.0 bar pressure then purchase 2.0bar and above shower pump.
Try to plan the pump installation so that the pump will be sited as close to the hot water cylinder as possible, if you are fitting the pump in the loft or above the hot water cylinder regenerative pumps are a better solution as they tend to be less effected by the air that can accumilate above the hot water cylinders.
Top right Image is a regenerative Salamander CT50 contract shower pump and bottom right is the Salamander centrifugal RSP50 centrifugal Shower pump.
When it comes to shower pumps the Salamander RSP 50 is a good choice as it is quiet and reliable, out of all of Salamanders ranges of booster pumps I think this is the cream of the crop, Why I hear you ask? Several reasons, it’s centrifugal so it is quiet, it’s 15mm pipe connections so its just perfect for a standard thermostatic shower valve and small shower head, it’s flow rate is exceptional for a 1.5 bar pump and it’s cheap.
With lots of other pumps available in their product ranges they do have more powerful models for more demanding applications.