The shower cabins shown below have the 3 core showering functions of over head monsoon shower, hand shower and body jets. If you are seeking one with a steam room function, those models can be viewed HERE.
Shower cabins and hydro showers; view 100 models below in various shapes & sizes...
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Small Corner Shower Cabins: Open At The Top...
These "all-in-one" shower cabins are free-standing & self-contained models..
No fixings to the walls or floors required with these shower cabins
Our shower cabins, pods & hydro showers are by Insignia, Vidalux & Lisna Waters.
Large corner shower cabins, that are open at the top....
Small Corner Shower Cabins - Fully Enclosed
In this section, we're showing the fully enclosed, shower cabin range with popular sizes of 800mm x 800mm and 900mm x 900mm up to 1000mm x 1000m. These models all have roof panels that house the overhead monsoon shower and extractor fan, plus the speaker if the model is fitted with FM radio. All the showers have low-step quadrant tray profiles, for fitting into a corner. There are choices of interior finish on the shower cabins, ranging from white acrylic and tinted mirror glass, to either white or black glass plus all are self contained and free standing models.
Most shower cabins have non-see through glass panels, so no need for tiling...
Shower cabins, pods and hydro showers in corner, offset and rectangular styles.....
Large corner shower cabins that are fully enclosed......
Corner shower cabins 800mm x 800mm, 900mm x 900mm & 1000mm x 1000mm
Fully enclosed shower cabins have a monsoon shower & lights in the roof panel...
Insignia shower cabins...here below are the childrens design range.
Elongated, offset Shower Cabins - Open Top
Introduced below, are the "open at the top" elongated or offset shower cabin range which by default, are all designed to fit into a corner of the room. These complete showers are longer down one side and thus provide more interior space and are available in either Left or Right handed units. The predominant size is 1200mm x 800mm and the interior finish ranges from white acrylic and tinted mirror glass, to either white or black glass.
The offset shower cabins are designed to fit a Left or Right hand corner position...
Elongated, offset Shower Cabins - Fully Enclosed
In this section are the fully enclosed, elongated or off-set shower cabin range which by default, are all designed to fit into a corner of the room. These showers are longer down one side and thus provide more interior space and are available in either Left or Right handed option. All have roof panels that house the overhead shower plus the speaker if the model is fitted with FM radio. Low-step quadrant tray profiles are the norm, for fitting into a corner.
Hydro Plus have custom colours for back panels, frame, column & optional floor & stool.
Insignia Offset Shower Cabins - 2 Sizes: 1100 x 700 and 1200 x 800 + 2 Ranges: Premium [PR] & Platinum [PL]....
Insignia 1200 x 800 Offset Shower Cabins- Premium [PR] and Platinum [PL]
Hydro shower cabins in various rectangular shapes...
Rectangular shower cabins have clear glass doors and side panels
Rectangular shaped shower cabins in various sizes
Twin shower cabins for two people to share:)
Shower cabins, pods & hydro showers from Insignia, Vidalux & Lisna Waters....
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Open at the top shower cabins or fully enclosed?
Shower cabins shown directly below first, are the "open at the top" shower cabins ranging from 800mm x 800mm up to 1000mm x 1000mm quadrant models, which are low-step tray profiles, for corner fitting. Interior finishes range from tinted mirror glass, to either white or black glass. Larger models in other shapes & fully enclosed shower cabins are further down this page & include 900mm x 900mm, 1100mm x 700mm and 1200mm x 800mm.....
There are three main showering functions.....
Nearly all the shower cabinets and pods featured on this page, come with an overhead monsoon shower, hand riser shower and back jets as standard showering functions. Some models are open at the top and others are fully enclosed; there are mixer type and thermostatically controlled valves and one range of shower pods, can be fitted with an electric shower of your choice, if required. The new Insignia 2nd Generation Showers, provide plenty of scope for customers seeking multiple design options.
Corner quadrant shower cabins + rectangular and offset..
There is a good choice of sizes and shapes in our all in one, free-standing shower cabins & these range from 800mm x 800mm up to the 1000mm x 1000mm quadrant models; 1200mm x 800mm elongated shower cubicles and several rectangular and square shower pods. As with all free-standing, self-contained showers, please ensure there is 40cm additional space in front and at one side for assembly, installation and future servicing access to the back. View all below or for by individual UK brands, please see:-
Insignia Models - Lisna Waters Range - Vidalux Models
Additional shower cabin options to perhaps consider.....
If in addition to the main shower features, you'd like to have the benefit of a steam function too, then please see our Steam Showers range. For something rather special - perhaps with a bath and whirlpool feature, plus the steam function, check out the Whirlpool Bath Showers. To create your very own combo steam room and shower in the bathroom, please see the Insignia Steam Room Kits.....access via the links above.
Frequently Asked Questions About Shower Cabins.
NEW VIDALUX SHOWERS CABINS:- The latest shower cabins from Vidalux are the Kontrast range of models. These have Black frames and White interior panels for a very contemporary look and feel. There are open at the top Kontrast models in 800mm, 900mm and 1000mm quadrant shape and an 800mm square version. Additionally, there's a fully enclosed Kontrast shower cabin in both 800mm and 900mm quadrant size. View the Vidalux Kontrast Range here.
INSIGNIA RECTANGULAR SHOWERS:- Insignia now have two additional sizes in rectangular shower cabin and steam models. These are the PR105 & PL105 which measure 1050mm x 850mm and the PR115 & PL115 which measure 1150mm x 850mm. These have clear glass to the front and sides and a front sliding door entry.
The interior back panel comes standard with the Mirrored finish, but there's also the option to change this to one of several Carbon or Matte colours. As with all the Insignia 2nd Generation showers, both are available in Platinum or Premium specification. View the Insignia hydro models here and the with steam models here.
ELECTRIC SHOWER CABINS - The Pure E range from Vidalux as Based upon their already popular Pure valve models The Pure E provides various options in providing customers with an electric shower cabin. Although we had promoted other shower pods for some time that can have an electric unit fitted, the Pure E presents much more scope for those with only a cold water supply.
Large shower cabins, pods and small shower cabin models are available in corner fitting sizes of 800mm x 800mm, 900mm x 900mm and 1000mm x 1000mm are the quadrant shaped models, with more spacious elongated shower cubicle measuring 1200mm x 800mm that comes in either a Left or Right hand style.
There are 6 Triton electric shower unit options for each Pure E model, so flexibility is certainly the key here from Vidalux. Check out the Pure E Electric Shower Cabins here.
Hydro shower cabins, pods and cubicles are made in a several different sizes and the more standard ones are shown below. Shapes include quadrant or corner, offset - also known as elongated, plus rectangular and square. The sizes shown are in mm millimeters and are the dimensions of the shower tray. As a further guide, if you draw that dimension on the floor as a square or rectangle, the the fully assembled shower, will fit that space. The overall heights of the shower cabins can vary, although 2200mm to 2300mm is the average across brands.
800mm x 800mm - 900mm x 900mm - 1000mm x 1000mm - 1100mm x 700mm - 1050mm x 850mm - 1050mm x 1050mm - 1150mm x 850mm - 1200mm x 800mm - 1200mm x 900mm - 1300mm x 1300mm - 1400mm x 1500mm - 1350mm x 850mm - 1500mm x 900mm - 1700mm x 900mm.
You may have noticed when reviewing our models, the words pods and cabinets within our descriptive content, plus other terms such as cabins and enclosures. Indeed, also the references to cubicles and cubicals, units and so forth. From time to time, we do get asked...."so what's the difference" - between all these apparent different types of shower? Well the answer is....NOTHING really - they are simply the various, collective terms both the industry, our specific market and particularly the public, use for when searching for this particular style of all in one, self-contained and free standing type of showering product online. So now you know:)
The buying of a shower cabin, pod or cubicle is without doubt a substantial purchase for most people and with the large and growing volume of models, brands, suppliers and offers available online these days, those historic wise words of "getting what one pays for" is certainly applicable in this context. This not just in terms of the quality in the shower cabins supplied, but also the degree of reliability, customer service, pre and post sales support and the availability of replacement spare parts, should there be a problem with the shower cubicle in the future.
Although the price to be paid will be a major factor for many customers, all those other important elements should also be duly considered to ensure the best ovveral deal is secured, with regards to cost and in terms of product value and service.
Cheap shower cabins and cubicles is not something we sell here at Smart Price. However, what we are able to supply is top quality self-contained shower cabins at very competitive prices that are priced low based on high volume manufacturing, but without cutting corners on end product quality. Furthermore, us and our brand partners are likely among the largest and more successful suppliers and re-sellers in the UK with in excess of 16 years of specific experience within this product sector.
On an initial review, a shower cabin seen online may appear to be great value but do check the following is provided along with the purchase: a) Quality product with a good specification - see our manufacturing guide further down this article. b) Installation and Operational Guides for shower cabins provided c) A technical support Help Line number for direct advice regarding installations. d) After sales service provided e) The Warranty duration and terms f) The availability of replacement spare parts post warranty period.
Shower Glass:- The shower cabin, cubicle and enclosure models are compliant with ISO9001, CE and fitted with safetly glass. This between 5mm and 6mm and subjected to safety tests to ensure in circumstances where if the glass should break, that this will fragment into very small pieces, free of any sharp edges. Unless specified otherwise, this will apply to glass doors, front panels and rear panels if applicable.
Shower Frames:- In general, the outer frames on shower cabins and cubicles are manufactured in 1.2mm aluminium unless otherwise stated. This provides good stability and structural support and finishes can include polished or powder coated silver, black etc. On cheap shower cabins of inferior quality, check for frames made of plastic that have been paint sprayed to give the outwards appearance of aluminium as these are not as long lasting or sturdy.
Shower Trays:- The trays on most free-standing shower cabins are made from reinforced acrylic and should be further strengthened and supported by a steel frame underneath that is bonded to the tray and also incorporates adjustable feet for leveling purposes. Excluding ultra low tray versions, a shower tray base that is not supported on a steel frame can cause flexing and cracking plus the unbalancing of the occupant during use. Most trays come in a standard white finish and a good number of manufactures, can also supply an optional slatted floor insert that can be lifted in and out for cleaning purposes.
Shower Connections:- Shower cabins and cubicles require one hot and one cold supply, a waste outlet and if the unit has lights and FM radio etc; a 13amp power supply will also be needed. On units supplied through us, connections are behind the control tower - either in the corner on quadrant shower cabins or in the centre on rectangular models. Most suppliers include long 15mm flexible connectors for the hot and cold supply and a flexible waste pipe.
When one first commences searching the web for a shower cabin or cubicle to purchase, it soon becomes apparent just how many suppliers and resources there are. These can likely include Insignia Outlet and Steam Shower Store, JTSpas and Victorian Plumbing to mention but a few.
The next realisation, is that many seem to sell at least some of the same enclosures and cabins which is also true. Now whilst the number of years trading online; reviews and feedback, plus service and support are all in our view, key factors in making your choice of where to buy, for many purchasers it is still the price to be paid, that is the main deciding factor.
So whether you've reviewed those retailers noted above or other outlets such as Better Bathrooms and Heat & Plumb, Rubber Duck or Victoria Plum....ALWAYS contact us, Smart Price Warehouse on 0208-166-5994 for our BEST price of the day and also check our Discount Code Page too.
Well, Smart Price have been online suppliers of shower cabins since 2006 and they are even more popular now, than back then. So yes, they are a good idea and well worth it too, as an excellent solution for either replacing an existing shower or bath and for adding an extra shower into a bedroom. Once they are assembled and connected, a shower cabin is an all-in-one unit that is fully self-contained and free standing too. What's more, the glass interior panels are non-see through, so there's no need to tile behind the shower cabins.
Most quality shower cabins are generally quite straight forward to assemble and install. Only basic tools are required for the assembly, as they fit togther in the main, with a selection of bolts, nuts and screws. Certainly you'll need some DIY experience and knowledge but if you can put together an Ikea flat-packed wardrobe or kithen units, assembling a shower cabin should be easy. Beyond this, you can get a plumber to carry out the water connections and if the shower cabin has electronics and lights etc., a Part P qualified electrician should be employed for the electrical work.
We are often asked if there are shower cabins with electric shower and the answer is yes! The Vidalux brand, produce an electric shower version of their popular Pure range and these are called the Pure E.
They are available in 800, 900 and 1000 quadrant; 800 and 900 square and 1200 x 800 offset. A cold water feed only is required to feed the Triton Electric Shower unit, which is supplied in 3 attractive style choices and two sizes 8.5kw and 9.5kw. View here:-
For many customers today, self contained shower cubicles that are also free-standing, are a popular choice. Also known as self contained shower cabins, once assembled and installed the interior glass panels are non-see through. This means there's no need to tile behind the shower and hence no mess or addtional costs.
Most self contained shower cubicles can be assembled and installed within one day and can be a great addition to any bathroom, en-suite or bedroom.
Currently in the UK, our open at the top and free-standing shower cabins cost from £629 to £699 depending on the size and shape chosen. Fully enclosed shower cabins with a roof panel cost from £679 for a 800mm x 800mm quadrant model, up to £1739 for a 1400mm x 900mm.
Popular choices are Vidulux Shower Cabins and Insignia Showers
With our type of self-contained and free standing shower cabins, very few companies actually supply the product and install this for you as well. Hence most are supply only but quite often, a recommended installer can be located on trade websites such a CheckaTrade.com.
Also if you have some DIY skills, assembling a shower cabin can be quite a straightforward process. Certainly is you've had some experience of building flat-pack furniture, you can manage put a shower cabin together. Afterall, assembling the unit is 80% of the work, so perhaps consider doing this if you have the skill-set and then employ a plumber for the water connections and an electrician for any electrical work that may be required.
.LeakFree shower cabins are changing the free-standing shower industry with their clever tray design. This is making them the smart choice for bathrooms, ensuites, and other wet areas
Water stays within the shower area, without leaking out on to bathroom floor and this is down to the innovative LeakFree shower tray pioneered by UK company Insignia.
In essence, it is the design and construction of the tray itself that makes the difference. The tray incorporates a 60-millimeter raised lip that contains and supports the entire lower framework. Hence any water that should escape, flows back into the tray and down the drain by strategically positioned raised sections. Despite its simplicity, a shower tray of this type had never been implemented previously.
No sorry, we don't maintain a list of nationwide shower fitters but as previously mentioned, you can assemble the shower cabin yourself if you're good at DIY; have a fair degree of patience and can follow the Installation Guide.
If not, ask around family, friends and neighbours if they can suggest a local plumber or installer. Alternatively, have a look on the Notice boards at places such as B & Q, Homebase and Wickes etc. Also, a search online at sites such as CheckaTrade, RatedPeople and TrustedBuilder may help in locating a local shower cabins installer.
Yes, most shower cabin schematics will show an extra 400mm space around the shower is required. Note that this is mostly for assembly and installation purposes. Arriving flat packed, the shower is assembled in the room away from the wall so in practice, the 400mm spaces are simply for the installer to get down the side and behind the unit to put it together and to make the water connections at the back.
Once completed, the shower is then pushed back into the required operational position - this is much akin to a washing machine or dishwasher. The aforementioned 400mm space, should idealy be maintained though. The back of the shower where the water connections are, may need to accessed in the future and you'll to be to slide the shower out again. Accordingly, it is advisable not to "trap" the shower cabins in their position with a fixed WC or hand basis etc.
1. Aways take the shower tray outside first, to hand fill this with water to test for potential leaks. Usually, damage to an acrylic shower tray is obvious when unpacking from the box - but not always. Water testing will immediately highlight any hairline cracks or splits in the tray that may not be clearly visible. Best to find any tray leakage issues BEFORE the shower is fully assembled:)
2. Although shower cabins are assembled away from the wall, it is most important after water testing, to level the tray in both ways in the FINAL position where the shower will actually reside ongoing.
3. Next, fully plumb in the tray.....ensure the waste outlet in the tray is fitted correctly and sealed; attach and seal the flexible waste hose to the waste outlet and to your exit waste pipe. Then hand fill the tray with water again....this time, to ensure the water flows to and out down the waste outlet; along the flexible waste pipe and to your exit pipe and the drain.....check for leaks and fix if need be! As before, it's far easier to remedy any tray plumbing issues BEFORE the extra weight of all the glass is added on top of the tray.
For your bathroom, en-suite or even a bedroom, a shower cabin is one of the most worthwhile investments you can make. All your showering needs are met in a simple, all-in-one unit and you can get even more than the basics, thanks to features like LED control panels, built-in music and lighting. Shower cabins include the shower system, enclosure and tray all in one package. Once assembled, due to the non-see through internal panels, you won't need to tile the walls behind the shower.
By default, most cabin showers come with three key showering features. There is an overhead monsoon or rain shower, a hand shower on a riser bar, and several jets that massage the body and back. Hand showers and back jets normally have adjustable nozzles to increase or decrease the angle and pressure of the water spray. The hand shower when in the riser bar means the height of this can be variable. Also, this is usually detachable from the riser bar, enabling the lower body areas to be easily showered.
You can choose any location for your shower cabin, and as mentioned you don't need to tile the walls behind the cabin. This is why shower cabins are so popular because they are completely non-see through from the inside. The shower cabin is a complete, self-contained and free-standing unit. It is also for this reason that installing a shower cabin is relatively straight forward and not dissimilar to installing a dishwasher or washing machine. There are only a few connections to make i.e. hot and cold water supply and the waste outlet. Only if there are features like internal lighting and FM radio etc is an electrical connection also required.
Many shower cabins have additional features that make them an attractive choice. There are a variety of options available, including, but not limited to: multi-function mixer valve, Bluetooth connectivity and/or FM radio, easy glide doors, magnetic door closures, digital control panels variable body jets, monsoon and hand showers, chromotherapy lighting, and so forth. Perhaps you're simply looking for a shower solution and decide to add some extra luxury features, or perhaps you've always wanted a shower with an integrated music facility. No matter what, investing in a shower cabin is a worthwhile investment and excellent value.
While there are many places you could try and source self-contained shower cabins, most of the larger well-known DIY stores and bathroom shops tend to focus more on traditional and custom built shower installations. Accordingly, online retailers certainly have the edge with this type of showering product and here at Smart Price Warehouse, we have been supplying customers since 2006. Special offers are always available from leading brands in this field, such as Insignia, Vidalux, and Lisna Waters.
A quadrant shower cabin has two right angled side panels of equal length i.e. 800mm x 800mm, 900mm x 900mm, 1000mm x 1000mm etc., with a curved front frame section that connects to the two side panels. This front frame assembly houses the shower doors, which on our style of shower cabin are sliding doors, thus providing the shower entrance in the middle of the curved frame section. Once assembled, the quadrant shower cabin fits into a Left or Right hand corner position and hence why these are often referred to as as corner shower cabins.
An offset or elongated shower cabin, is similar to the quadrant shower cabin and again has two right angled side panels. With the offset models though, the side panels are not of equal length and with our style of shower cabin, typical sizes are 1100mm x 700mm, 1200mm x 800mm and 1200mm x 900mm. A front frame again connects the two side panels; part of this is straight and part is curved with the latter section housing the glass sliding doors and entrance.
The offset shower also fits into a Left or Right hand corner position but extra care needs to be taken when ordering. Unlike the quadrant shower, the offset models are handed and the correct hand for the intended corner position, needs to be chosen when ordering. As a guide, when looking at the Left Hand offset model from the front, the right angled end is on Left and the curved end where the doors are, is on the Right side. In reverse, on the Right Hand offset model when looking from the front, the right angled end is on Right and the curved end where the doors are, is on the Left side.
Of course, everyone knows what a rectangular shape is and with our type of rectangular shower cabin, available sizes include 1400mm x 900mm, 1200mm x 900mm, 1200mm x 800mm, 1150mm x 850mm and 1050mm x 850mm. These models can be fitted into any position along a wall, be this in the middle; left or right of center and even up to a corner position if need be. Point to remember though, is that rectangular shower cabin models are mostly clear glass. On our types of shower, only the back panel is non see through - mostly either Mirrored, White or Black Glass, with the shower cabin sides, doors and front panels being Clear Glass.
Across the brands that we sell here at Smart Price Warehouse, the average tray height is approximately 150mm. Allowing a further 22m for the height of the lower frame cross member, this makes a total "step up and over" height of 172mm. Of course once a lifted foot is placed inside the shower, the tray floor/base is higher, so the "step down" height is circa 47mm. For the less mobile customer, tray height is important and particularly so for the disabled. Unfortunately, our type of shower cabins do not come with a low tray or wet room style of access. This is because the waste outlet on these free-standing models, is housed between the floor and the underneath of the shower tray. With the long flexible waste pipe, this set-up means the installed shower can easily slide out for future servicing and rear access if required.
The answer is below, but before we discuss why you should buy a shower cabin, let's determine what kind you should purchase. It's almost certain that the bathroom and shower are hectic in a family with a couple of adults plus small or teenage children.
To put it simply, choose a shower cabin that is durable and sturdy enough to stand up to frequent, constant use. Foot traffic into and out of the shower and many opening and closing doors contribute to this. It would be best if you bought a cabin made of tough, quality materials. In addition, if your bathroom is compact and small, consider designs that save space.
There are many reasons why people should purchase shower cabins. This product's benefits will be that it offers a more modern and sophisticated solution to everyday showering. Also, shower cabins instantly transform your bathroom into a luxurious and elegant space. Water splashing anywhere else on the bathroom floor is also prevented by the "all one piece" feature. Regarding safety, stepping into and out of the shower is easy due to the array of styles and designs available.
Purchasing a shower cabin - essential points:
To make the right decision when purchasing a shower cabin, you should consider several factors. For both the size of the shower itself and the room required for assembly and installation, determining the size of your bathroom is very important. You must also decide if it should be installed in the main family bathroom, in an ensuite, or perhaps even in a bedroom. Showers come in various shapes and sizes, although the one that works best for your bathroom will be the one that fits your needs. It is also worth considering that putting a shower cabin in a bedroom can help reduce traffic in the main bathroom and the morning waiting times.
Additionally, you'll need to consider your bathroom's height, both from floor to ceiling - and sliding doors are a smart choice if you want a shower cabin in a corner since as they're convenient and save space. There are other options you may consider after determining size and shape.
Various colours and finishes are available for interior panels, including mirrors, whites, blacks, mattes, and carbons, so that they can match a wide range of bathroom decors. Black, silver, and chrome shower cabin frames are available. Assembling a shower cabin can be done by clicking together or screwing together. Built-in magnetic door seals also prevent water from escaping the enclosure.
Shower cabin glass types and thicknesses:
Depending on the glass thickness and safety rating, a shower's cost can vary greatly. The showers are manufactured with safety glass. Essentially, this means that on profound impact, the shower glass will shatter into tiny pieces, just like a broken windscreen on a car. Showers are typically constructed with three thicknesses of glass: 4mm (budget-friendly), 5 to 6mm (mid-range), and 8mm (top-end). The standard safety glass used in self-contained shower cabins is 5mm. It is also essential to consider the wheels, rollers, and hinges when determining the quality of a shower cabin.
Coatings and treatments to protect glass:
Several shower cabin manufacturers seal their glass with protective coatings to make cleaning easier. In the manufacturing process, this helps eliminate any dirt, mildew, or residual grime. You can restore the shine to the glass if you wipe this it with a damp cloth and a glass cleaner. A similar cleaning effect can also be achieved with glass protector products. They help maintain the cleanliness of the glass after installation.
DIY or professional installation of the shower cabin?:
To install a shower cabin, you will need patience, a lot of tools, and experience with DIY projects. You should also consider the possibility that mistakes can happen if you do it yourself. Hiring an experienced installer, in the long run, is beneficial because you will save time and money. Most time is spent assembling the shower cabin. The next step is to install the plumbing and electrical systems, depending on the model. PartP qualified electricians are required to perform electrical work in the home by law.
Yes, a self-contained shower cabin can be used as a normal shower. These cabins are designed to be easy to install and maintain, eliminating the need for additional plumbing or tiling. Additionally, many of these cabins come with built-in features such as adjustable temperature settings and massage jets that can provide an enhanced showering experience. With correct maintenance and care, you can enjoy all the benefits of having a standard shower in your own home without the hassle and expense of extra installation work. All-in-one shower cabins are a convenient and cost-effective way to enjoy the showering experience.
Furthermore, shower cabins are available in an array of shapes and sizes, meaning that there is one perfect for any space or budget. Whether you're looking for a modern look or something more traditional, shower cabin manufacturers have options to suit your tastes. With all the advantages associated with shower cabins, it's easy to see why they are becoming increasingly popular as a substitute to traditional shower installations.
Ultimately, installing a self-contained shower cabin is an excellent option when looking to upgrade your bathroom, and it can provide many years of service if properly cared for. From ease of installation to enhanced features and showering experiences, shower cabins are a great way to save time and money while enjoying all the benefits of a normal shower.
If you're considering installing a shower cabin in your home, it is important to research the various options available and determine which one is best suited for your needs and budget. With careful consideration, you can ensure that you get the most from your shower cabin installation.
Modern shower cabins offer an all-in-one solution for enjoying a luxurious and invigorating shower experience. These free-standing systems typically feature three showering options, including an overhead monsoon shower, a hand shower on a riser bar and back or body jets. To use the system, simply turn on your showers valve. Once activated and the water is flowing, you can switch between the various features by turning the selector knob located on the valve. Enjoy different water pressures from each feature to create customised shower experiences that are tailored to your needs. With an all-in-one shower cabin, you can enjoy ultimate relaxation and pleasure with your daily shower routine.
For those seeking a more advanced experience, there are also pressurised self-contained shower cabins with features such as FM and DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Plus, chromotherapy lighting provides an ambient atmosphere that adds to the therapeutic effects of your showering session. Fully enclosed models provide additional safety for users and offer a comprehensive range of showering options for both relaxation and invigoration.
Experience the comfort, convenience and luxury of modern all-in-one shower cabins: turning your daily routine into an enjoyable experience!
In the main, most of the all-in-one style shower cabins we sell are indeed thermostatically controlled these days. Still, it is always advisable to check the model's specification details. A thermostatic shower is one that, once you've made the required settings, will automatically maintain the selected water temperature each time you go to use it.
In general, this country has three core types of water supply systems that will function with thermostatic showers. These are hot water systems fed from the mains and combi boilers. They are very evident in many homes today. However, water flow can be interrupted if others at the property turn on a tap or start up an appliance such as a washing machine or dishwasher. This issue can be overcome by fitting a pressure equalising valve during the installation process of the shower cabin.
Older style, gravity-fed boilers tend to be more reliable for balanced flow, but in most cases, a pump will need to be fitted with this type of system to achieve the optimum pressure for the hot and cold water flowing to the shower. Overall though, thermostatic shower valves are a desirable shower feature for maintaining safe and reliable temperatures.
So what's the deal with a thermostatic shower?
Before the water flows to the showerhead, the thermostatic valve amalgamates the hot and cold water supply in the correct ratio as per the temperature settings. Because temperature and pressure are related, this function also maintains steady water circulation. Hence should the cold water supply drop below a safe level, modern thermostatic showers automatically trigger a safety shut-off to prevent scalding.
Thermostatic showers achieve the correct temperature by drawing hot water from the boiler system, mixing this with the appropriate amount of cold water. Conversely, electric showers heat cold water from the mains in much the same way as electric kettles function.
What are the core components of a thermostatic valve?
Shower valves with thermostatic controls have four major parts. These are the piston, thermostatic element, temperature control, and return spring. Valves in a shower cabin also have three operational control knobs. One is the on/off for stopping and starting the water flow. The second is the diverter control knob to switch between the three showering functions - rain shower, hand shower, or back jets.
As a final control knob, the temperature can be adjusted. The thermostatic element measures the water temperature when it starts to flow and responds accordingly. Heat expands the thermostatic element, which raises the thermostatic valve when the water is hotter.
The thermostatic element control a piston and a return spring. The shower cabin temperatures are kept consistent by moving them across the bores for hot and cold water. When the element expands, the hot bore will be covered if the temperature rises above a safe level; for example, if there's an issue with the cold water supply.
The cleanliness of a shower cabin not only makes it look great but also plays a crucial role in maintaining one's health. You will discover here how a reliable bathroom cleaner and a little can transform your mouldy, dirty shower. A PH-neutral cleaner should be used on any metal rails or metal components of the shower enclosure in the same manner as a regular shower enclosure. Now let's get to the helpful stuff so that, in the end, you will have shining, shimmering glass, showerheads and accessories that you, the family, and your guests will truly appreciate.
A grimy shower is not an appealing look
It is imperative to keep your bathroom area well-ventilated. In a moist, damp environment, your shower's chrome-plated features deteriorate, and you will have difficulty returning them to their former shine. You can use an air extractor fan/exhaust fan vented to the outside if it's needed to help clear out moist air. However, it is as simple as opening the door and windows after each use in most homes. Ensure your bathroom or en-suite is maintained at a humidity level of 35+- to 55+%. Nevertheless, it's still critical to regularly clean your shower cabin, even if this and the bathroom is well ventilated.
Enjoy a clean and healthy experience
A moist environment encourages bacterial and viral growth. Health experts warn that mould, dampness, and other contaminants can pose a health risk. Despite its widespread resistance, many folks are still sensitive to its risks. These people are susceptible to lung diseases and allergies, which can be severe and should be avoided entirely. Various other symptoms accompany such illnesses, including irritation to the eyes, throat, and skin, difficulty breathing, wheezing, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, and coughing.
Keep the glass looking pristine.
Those who live in hard water regions are more likely to develop limescale deposits on shower cabin glass in the medium to long term. The process will be faster if multiple family members use a hydro shower cabin daily. The sparkle and clear finish of shower glass can also be ruined by shampoo and soap residue that accumulates over time. In order to prevent these stubborn residues from building up on the glass, it is recommended that excess water and soap deposits are removed after every use. Rather than using ordinary, soap-based cleaning products, though, a standard glass cleaner to revive the glass is best.
Once the glass cleaner has been applied to the glass, wipe it all over but let it sit for a short while so that it can take effect. Next, rub some kitchen towel or a soft cloth against the glass in a circular motion. However, if limescale is present and stubborn to remove, apply extra pressure with the rubbing. You could even spray more glass cleaner onto that area, if required, before buffing up all the glass to a clear, sparkling, and streak-free finish. Maintaining a high level of attention and cleaning the glass often, this way it will be easier in the long run and quicker. This will enable you to keep the shower cabin glass fresh and clean looking.
Clean and functioning shower heads
Our all-in-one shower cabins have three main showering features: a monsoon or rain shower overhead, a hand shower, and body jets. Especially in hard water areas, these can quickly become clogged and grimy over time. When left unchecked, limescale and mould can cause shower heads and jets to become blocked. To assist in resolving such issues, first, unscrew the shower heads and take out all the parts from the inside. This way, cleaning and brushing away all unwanted dirt and particles will be easier.
To loosen limescale and dirt, immerse all the pieces in a bowl of white type vinegar for 30 minutes. To remove excessive limescale buildup, leave this overnight to soak. Afterward, clean out the spray nozzle holes and shower head parts with an old toothbrush to remove dirt. If deposits remain stubborn, use a thin wire and poke this into the holes of the spray nozzle, repeating if necessary. Once the nozzles have been cleaned and buffed, screw the shower heads back together. Install everything back into place in the shower, and run the water through to make sure everything is working correctly.
Maintaining a thermostatic shower valve
The easiest way to avoid problems with thermostatic shower valves in shower cabins, is to keep it clean. Cleaning is particularly relevant if you live in a hard-water area. It is advisable to fit a water softener in such circumstances. If this is not possible, you must be thorough about treating limescale. To do this, remove the thermostatic shower cartridge and soak it in at least 50% vinegar plus water. Use neat vinegar if you can live with the smell. Alternatively, you can buy shower descaling products. They won't necessarily be any more robust, but they may smell better. Leave the thermostatic shower cartridge to soak for at least an hour and then replace it. At the same time, it would also be a good idea to soak your shower head.
How to repair a thermostatic shower valve.
In principle, many thermostatic shower valves can be repaired or replaced. As the quality of the thermostatic shower valve increases, so does the likelihood that you'll be able to undertake at least some repairs or employ a professional to do this for you. In practice, depending on the problem and the overall condition and age of the existing shower, you may decide that acquiring a new shower model is more straightforward, affordable, and effective in the long term.
Suppose you need help with your hydro shower cabin keeping the right temperature. In that case, you should look at other possible issues before concluding that there's a problem with your thermostatic shower valve. In particular, check for blockages in the showerhead, shower hose, and inlet filters. These are possible even in soft-water areas. If you live in a hard-water area, you're back to the known issues with limescale.
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If you're seeking an installer, plumber or electrician try CheckaTrade and Rated People. For general information on plumbing visit CIPHE and electrical information visit Electrical Safety. For replacement parts for steam showers visit SSP here and for associations related to building and construction visit BritAccoc here. Design Council are here plus here for a list of Bathroom Associations that may be helpful.