Best Shower Enclosures to Complement your Bathroom
Your shower is likely a focal point of your bathoom and so it should be. It’s a place for you to get clean and also enjoy a nice warm soak at the end of a long day. However, just as important to the shower it is the enclosure that contains your shower. It’s important to find an enclosure that does a good job at protecting the rest of your bathroom from water damage whilst keeping you warm and looking great at the same time. There’s a lot to take into consideration when it comes to buying a good shower.
Whether it’s for a corner shower or any other variation of shower, we’ve put together a guide detailing our favourite options when it comes to the best shower enclosures to complement your bathroom in 2016. We’ve also provided some pretty important advice that you’ll want to take into consideration when picking your own shower enclosure. So whether you’re looking for our definitive advice around the best option or just some useful advice, you’ll find exactly that in this article.
Our experts know everything there is to know about corner shower kits and other types of shower enclosure, so you’re in safe hands with the advice in this article.
What is a Shower Enclosure?
The clue is very much in the name when it comes to explaining what exactly a shower enclosure is. It’s basically an enclosure that’s designed to enclose your shower. Whether your shower is an individual cubicle option or something that’s designed as part of your corner bathtub, you’ll find a shower enclosure to be incredibly useful. In essence, they’re designed so that water doesn’t leak out into the rest of the bathroom when you’re having a shower. At the same time, most shower enclosures are designed to trap heat into the shower and prevent you from getting cold whilst showering.
In terms of the fitting over the average shower enclosure, you’ll find that most of these enclosures are mounted to either the ceiling or the floor of your bathroom. This means that they’re able to fully enclose your shower and provide the aforementioned benefits. However, in recent years, we’ve also seen more elegant shower enclosure designs that stray away from the traditional design to provide a modern and sleek looking fixture for the bathroom. Perfect for those who really care about the interior design of their bathroom.
Looking more at the designs shower enclosures for corner showers and you’ll find that they come as one of a number of different fills. Some shower enclosures tend to be completely transparent to allow you to see the rest of the bathroom whilst showering. However, there’s one key issue with this and that’s the fact that a transparent enclosure provides little or no privacy. With that in mind, a popular alternative filling for the shower enclosure is either frosted glass or completely opaque glass. Whilst not looking as good as a transparent option, they provide privacy whilst you’re showering.
Why buy a Shower Enclosure?
We’ve already touched on some of the key reasons why a good shower enclosure is an integral addition to your bathroom in the above section of this article. However, it’s also worth gaining a more detailed idea of why owners of corner shower units also need to add a good shower enclosure to their bathroom.
One of the key reasons why you need to invest in a good shower enclosure is to enclose the water inside of your shower. As you’re likely aware, it can often be the case when you’re showering that water simply splashes off your body and soaks the rest of the room. This can especially be the case with open showers and showering in a bath tub. With that in mind, you’re going to need a shower enclosure to prevent this from happening. In fact, you’ll find that most shower enclosures are designed to completely seal the water into your shower space. This means that the water in your shower can’t leak out and soak the rest of your bathroom. You might not think of water leaking to be all that much of an issue when showering, but try showering without a proper enclosure and you’ll soon notice it is.
That being said, whilst all of the above is incredibly important, it’s worth keeping in mind that preventing your bathroom from getting wet isn’t the only reason to invest in a shower enclosure. They can also be used to bring a good deal of privacy to your corner shower stall. As you’re likely aware, there’s nothing more embarrassing than being in the shower and finding someone walk in on you. The privacy provided by most shower enclosures prevents this from being an issue. As we’ve already mentioned, you’ll find that most enclosures are covered in either frosted or opaque glass. However, if you’re not all that worried about privacy, you’ll easily be able to opt for a transparent option.
Finally, you might also recall that we’ve mentioned a good shower enclosure can be a fantastic focal point to your bathroom. Whilst the shower is typically just something that exists in your bathroom, a good enclosure can bring some much needed attention to your shower and leave it looking great at the same time. This is especially the case if you’re looking to make your corner tub shower appear much more prominent. It’s no surprise that many people consider a shower enclosure to almost as important as the shower itself.
In all, you likely didn’t think that there was so many valid reasons behind needing a good shower enclosure. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible to effectively use a shower without having a shower enclosure. With that in mind, it doesn’t matter what type of shower you have in your bathroom, you’ll need to keep an enclosure in mind when installing it. Luckily, there’s plenty of great options out there when it comes to picking a good shower enclosure as you’ll find through the following sections of this article.
What to consider when buying a Shower Enclosure?
Before we jump straight into looking at some of our best options when it comes to picking the best enclosure for your corner shower, it’s worth keeping in mind that what everybody needs out of a shower enclosure is different. With that in mind, there’s a number of aspects that you’ll want to keep into consideration when buying the right shower enclosure.
Space – When it comes to picking a good shower enclosure, there’s plenty of fantastic options out there that you could take advantage of. However, there’s one key issue that gets in the way of that choice and that’s space. It’s more than often the case that you just don’t have the space in your bathroom for some of the high-end enclosure options on offer.
With that taken into consideration, you’ll need to carefully measure how much space you have in your bathroom and make a choice in terms of the type of shower enclosure you’re looking for from this information. If you’re limited in terms of space, your best option is undeniably going to be to just opt for a standard shower enclosure. However, those with a little bit more space to work with might want to look at a walk in shower or wet room.
Either way, just make sure that you don’t make an assumptions when it comes to the space that you have for your shower enclosure.
Positioning – The space and position of your shower enclosure both work hand in hand, so you can imagine that you’ll also need to carefully consider exactly where you plan on placing your shower enclosure when you buy it. For example, if you plan on placing your shower in the corner of the bathroom, you’ll want to take advantage of one of the many different corner shower kits out there. However, on the other hand, you might be looking to place your shower enclosure in the centre of the room.
Either way, just make sure that you carefully consider exactly where you’ll be placing your shower enclosure when you come to use. This position will also determine exactly what you need out of your shower enclosure, including whether or not you’ll need a tray or not. If you currently have a shower enclosure, it might be worth taking a look at the position of that unit to gain an idea as to whether or not it’s right for your bathroom.
Type of Glass – We’ve already mentioned that one often overlooked aspect when it comes to buying a shower enclosure is the type of glass used to fill the enclosure. There’s actually a number of different types of glass that can be used when it comes to the actual structure of your showers enclosure and which one you opt with will depend on where you’re shower is located and who will be using it. Just be careful to consider this when picking an enclosure.
Firstly, it’s worth touching on the different specs of glass that can be used in the average shower enclosure for your corner bathtub. You’ll find a number of different thicknesses when browsing for shower enclosure glass, including 8 or 10 mm tempered glass. If you plan on building a strong shower enclosure or wet room though, you might want to opt for something like toughened safety glass.
At the same time, you’ll also want to consider how transparent the glass is. If you’re not too bothered about transparency, it might be the case that transparent glass will do the job just fine. However, those looking for privacy might find a better option in a shower enclosure with either opaque or frosted glass.
In all though, there’s plenty to take into consideration when it comes to picking the best shower enclosure to complement your bathroom this year.
Product 1: Dreamline Prism 34 1/8” by 24 1/8” Frameless Pivot Shower Enclosure
As aforementioned, throughout the course of this article, we’ll also be reviewing a number of different options when it comes to enclosures for corner showers. The first of those products is from Dreamline, a name that you might have already heard of when it comes to fixtures and fittings for your bathroom.
At the core of what this particular shower enclosure offers is a range of different features. These features are clearly designed to make your showering experience all the more enjoyable, so we’ve taken a look at some of our favourite features.
Frameless Glass Design – As we’ve already mentioned, your shower enclosure can provide a pretty exciting focal point in terms of the design of your bathroom. However, in order to accomplish this, your enclosure needs to look great. The best way of achieving a good looking shower enclosure is through a frameless glass design like the one used in the design of this DreamLine Prism shower enclosure.
This particular feature offers exactly what it sounds like. The design of the shower enclosure means that it looks like there’s no frame to the glass used on the enclosure. Whilst this may not be a design choice that’s to everybody’s liking, it definitely looks elegant and simplistic. Plus, the option to choose between Brushed Nickel and Chrome colouring means you can comfortably customise the small amount of frame that this enclosure actually has.
Whilst we have chosen to put an emphasis on this particular feature because of how great it looks, it’s worth noting that a shower enclosure with a frameless glass design is actually much easier to install. If you plan on installing the enclosure yourself at home, you’ll definitely find the design of this enclosure to make your job an awful lot easier.
Thick Tempered Glass – You might recall in an earlier section of this article that we already briefly covered the different types of glass that you’ll come across when it comes to the materials that shower enclosures are made with. This particular shower enclosure from DreamLine is truly no exception to that trend, being made with great quality thick tempered glass and some of the best glass that we’ve seen from any shower enclosure. If you really care about the quality of glass surrounding your corner shower unit, you’ll definitely appreciate the fantastic build quality of this product.
This thick glass also bolsters the effect that your shower enclosure has. It means that you needn’t worry about leaking out of the shower and can keep your bathroom as protected as possible from water damage whilst you’re showering. You’ll find this to be particularly useful if you’ve carefully decorated your bathroom and want to protect it.
Self-Assembly – Arguably one of the biggest selling factors of this particular shower enclosure is the fact that you can comfortably assemble and install it yourself at home. That’s right, there’s no need to hire the services of a plumbing specialist; upon arrival, you’ll be able to simply take the shower enclosure out of the box and fix it up. Perfect if you’re looking to save some money on the installation process or just save some time.
This easy self-assembly is largely helped by the shower enclosures frameless glass design. This design means that there’s less complicated parts to install when it comes to the assembly of your shower enclosure, which in turn means that you’ll be saving some serious time when it comes to installing the product. The product becomes even easier to install when it comes to replacing your current shower enclosure with this one. This is down to the product’s size, which is largely in tune with most other products on the market. In all, it’s nice to see that DreamLine have remembered that many people will be installing their own shower enclosure with this product and that’s something we’d love to see more of.
Five Year Manufacturer Warranty – Your shower enclosure is important to you and it’s already pretty clear that DreamLine understand this. With that in mind, you likely think it to be incredibly important that you’re completely covered should something do wrong. If that’s something that you’re looking for out of your shower enclosure, you’ll definitely find the protection you’re looking for in the product’s five year manufacturer warranty. It goes without saying that this is one of the most extensive warranty that we’ve seen any shower enclosure manufacturer bundle with their product.
That being said, it’s worth keeping in mind that included here is a limited warranty. This means that during the five year period, you obviously won’t be compensated for damage that you’ve inflicted on the product. However, should you feel that DreamLine’s shower enclosure isn’t being effective in what it’s designed for, you’ll be able to return the product and claim a refund from the manufacturer.
Many shower enclosure manufacturers provide a warranty with their products, but we don’t see many that go to an extent of five years. With that in mind, you’ll find a fantastic product in this DreamLine shower enclosure if you’re looking for ultimate protection.
Many of the above listed features are pros in their own right. However, we’ve also taken a closer look at some of the best pros you’ll be able to take advantage of when it comes to installing this enclosure in your corner shower stall:
- This is definitely one of the best looking shower enclosures that we’ve looked at and reviewed. This is largely down to the enclosure’s frameless glass design that is almost guaranteed to look fantastic in just about any bathroom.
- If you’re not looking to employ the services of a professional when it comes to installing your shower enclosure, you’ll be able to comfortably take advantage of this shower enclosure’s self-assembly options for easy assembly at home.
- Five year warranty is definitely one of the most comprehensive warranties that we’ve seen included with any product of this kind. Perfect if you plan on keeping and using this shower enclosure for a good while and want to enjoy full protection.
Whilst there’s a number of pros behind using this shower enclosure to protect your shower and bathroom, there’s also some cons that you’ll want to keep in mind at the same time:
- Whilst this is a shower enclosure that is designed to fit into almost any space, some customers have reported that this definitely isn’t the case. In fact, for some people, spacing has been left between the bottom bar of the enclosure and the door, leaving the bathroom susceptible to leaking.
- The product’s included warranty is definitely comprehensive in terms of the time frame it offers, however, that comprehensiveness doesn’t exactly transition over to using the product. It’s become apparent that when some customers have come to using their warranty, they’ve had a number of issues with DreamLine.
What do customers say about this product?
When it comes to what other customers have to say about using this enclosure with their corner tub shower, we’ve largely touched on many of the negative opinions in the above section. It’s definitely the case that this shower enclosure isn’t going to be completely compatible with every space and you may have issues when it comes to redeeming your warranty. However, many other customers have pointed out that if you’re able to overlook these issues, you’ll find that there’s plenty of strong support for DreamLine’s enclosure.
A number of customers have gone on to praise just how great this product looks. In fact, many customers have stated that this is the best looking shower enclosure that they’ve come across. If you really care about how your bathroom looks, it’s yet again apparent that this is a product you’re going to enjoy. In fact, customers have been keen to point out that this isn’t just a shower enclosure that looks great, it also feels great. You can definitely feel the quality of that thick tempered glass and you’ll definitely feel that the rest of your bathroom is protected by water damage from the shower.
Product 2: OVE Breeze-34-Withwalls Premium 34-Inch Shower Kit with Acrylic Base
In comparison to the previous shower enclosure that we’ve reviewed in this article, this is definitely a much more expensive product. However, are you going to be getting a better quality product for your money? We’ll discuss that and more in our review.
For the above $1000 price tag of this enclosure, you can likely imagine that it’s going to bring a number of advantages to your corner shower. A lot of those advantages come through the product’s features, which we’ve taken a closer look at.
Crystal Clear Glass – When it comes to the design of your shower enclosure, you’re likely already aware that there’s a number of different glass types that you can opt for. We’ve discussed some of those glass types at length in an above section of this article. Whilst opaque and frosted glass are designed to provide you with completely privacy whilst you’re showering, you definitely won’t find that here. This particular enclosure uses crystal clear glass that looks fantastic and means that anyone can see into your shower.
If you’re living on your own, you’ll definitely find that this crystal clear glass to look fantastic and add ultimately more space to your bathroom. However, you’ll really want to consider how much privacy you need from your shower before deciding whether or not the crystal clear glass works for you. In all though, if you don’t need the privacy offered by opaque or frosted glass, nothing looks quite as sleek or open as this crystal clear glass. Plus, you’ll definitely find that clear glass reduces the space that your shower take up in the bathroom and gives the impression of a more spacious bathroom. That fact gives this shower enclosure a big advantage when it comes to being used in smaller bathrooms.
Range of Sizes – As you’re likely already aware, everybody’s shower space is different and it’s pretty clear that OVE understand this with their corner shower kits. So much so that you’ll find that their products are designed to work with a range of spaces. In terms of this particular shower enclosure unit, we’ve taken a look at the 34-inch variety of the product. However, you should find a variant that suits your shower space, with 31-inch, 36-inch and 38-inch varieties of the product also available.
It’s not that often that we see a shower enclosure so versatile in terms of the different options it provides customers with. There’s nothing more disappointing than buying a fantastic looking new enclosure for your shower or corner bathtub, only to find that the sizing just isn’t correct. However, the different available sizes of this product mean that the enclosure will comfortably fit your shower. That being said, you’ll need to make sure that you carefully measure the size of your shower space and pick a size that’s correct for you, especially if you’ve already got the framework in place for a shower enclosure.
Tempered Glass – Whilst the design of your shower enclosure is undeniably very important, you’re likely also aware that it’s important for the product to be of a good quality. You’re likely also already aware that in order to achieve good quality, the shower enclosure needs to be of appropriate thickness. A good thickness in the glass of your shower enclosure provides plenty of support for the shower space whilst also protecting your bathroom from water that might leak from the shower space and damage your bathroom. A good tick amount of glass in your shower enclosure can definitely go a long way.
If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll find it in this product from OVE. Its thick tempered glass comes in at a thickness of around 6mm. This means that there’s very minimal chance of water leaking out of your shower and into the bathroom. If you’ve got a great looking bathroom and want to protect that space, you’ll definitely appreciate how far a good thickness of glass in your enclosure can go. In fact, it’s pretty impressive that OVE have managed to maintain this thickness whilst also keen that crystal clear transparency.
Painless Installation – When you’ve spent a good deal of money on an enclosure for your shower, there’s a good chance that you won’t want to pay out for a professional to install your new enclosure. It’ll cost you a fortune and means that you’ll have to wait a good while before you’re able to get started using the enclosure. With that in mind, you’ll be pleased to hear that OVE’s option offers painless installation that means you can quickly and easily install your enclosure at home without any professional knowledge. OVE have provided clear and concise instructions to follow that even beginners will be able to utilise.
In fact, this particular shower enclosure is so easy to install that we’ve seen a number of industry professionals actually buying the product in bathrooms they fit. This is because it pretty simply slots into place with very little fuss and effort on your part. This is definitely a refreshing change in comparison to the complicated process that we’ve seen some shower enclosures put customers through. It also means that you’ll save some serious money not employing the services of a professional bathroom fitter.
Everything Included – The final feature we’re discussing in this review isn’t so much a feature but something that we feel is a big selling factor for the product. That selling point is the fact that the product includes everything you need to get started. Whilst you’ll find that some corner shower kits are simply comprised of just the door. In our review, we’ve found that OVE have included acrylic walls, base and door in this package.
Not only that, but the package also includes everything you need to install your brand new corner shower unit. Whilst this product will set you back a bit more than other options on the market, it includes absolutely everything you need.
If the above features sound like this product is in line with what you’re looking for out of a shower enclosure, then you’ll want to pay close attention to the below pros. We’ve listed some of the most prominent of those pros in this section of the review:
- Completely crystal clear glass looks absolutely fantastic and gives the impression that your bathroom has a lot more space than it does. That being said, you’ll need to consider whether or not you can deal with the lack of privacy it offers.
- Whilst some shower enclosures only come containing the door that you need for your shower, you’ll find everything included here, included acrylic walls and a proper base. Which in turn should save you some serious money.
- Painless installation means that you won’t need to employ the services of professionals to install your shower enclosure and you’ll be able to it yourself at home. This should definitely save you some time and money in the process.
Whilst there’s a good number of pros to this particular shower enclosure from OVE, there’s also a few cons that you’ll want to consider when deciding whether it’s right for you:
- When you take into consideration the quality of materials used in the construction of this shower enclosure, you can likely imagine that the product will cost you considerably more than other alternatives on the market. That being said, if you have the money to spend on it, this is a shower enclosure well worth your buying.
- One of the major purposes of the product is to prevent water leakage from your shower and into your bathroom, however, the instructions don’t mention that you might need caulk in order to accomplish this effectively. Which is a bit of a disappointment considering this package is said to included “everything”.
What do customers say about this product?
When it comes to high-end shower enclosures, the general perception amongst customers around this particular product is that it offers a good sturdy structure for the price. This is largely helped by the product’s crystal clear glass and other good quality features. That being said, some customers have been seen to complain that they would have liked to have had the option of a frosted or opaque version of the product. We’d definitely agree that this is something we would also like to have seen in terms of this particular product.
Generally speaking though, customers have praised this as a good choice for anyone with a small bathroom. The different sizes available in terms of the product mean that you’ll be able to choose an option that works for your bathroom. At the same time, customers have gone on to state that no matter which size they choose, they found the shower enclosure to be pretty simplistic to install and there’s no need to hire a contractor to do the job.
In all, there’s a good perception of this product amongst customers who have purchased it and we’d find it very difficult to disagree with this testament.
Product 3: DreamLine Solo 31 3/8” by 31 3/8” Frameless Sliding Shower Enclosure
The third product that we’re reviewing in our guide to the best shower enclosures to complement your bathroom in 2016 is another option from DreamLine. However, we’d argue that this particular shower enclosure is pretty different to the aforementioned product. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bring with it a range of unique features. So how does this enclosure fair for corner showers? Read on into our review to find out more.
As aforementioned, at the core of what this DreamLine shower enclosure offers is a range of different features. They comprise to make a range of unique selling factors that you’ll want to take into consideration when choosing your next shower enclosure. We’ve taken a more detailed look at some of our favourite of those features.
Walk-In Design – For too many people, getting in and out of the shower is an everyday struggle. This is particularly an issue for the elderly and those with mobility problems. With that in mind, you’ll be pleased to hear that this particular shower enclosure from DreamLine takes advantage of a walk-in design. This essentially means that the shower enclosure is low down enough to be simply stepped in and out of with ease. It may not be a feature that you necessarily need but you’ll definitely quickly find that it makes your life much easier.
A walk-in design isn’t something that we see an awful lot of when it comes to shower enclosures, unless that’s with products designed specifically for mobility. However, you should find that even if you don’t suffer from mobility issues, the walk-in design of the shower enclosure will just make life easier. We’re big fans of pieces of bathroom installation that make your life easier and your showering experience more enjoyable. Plus, the fact that this product comes in at the same price of other options in DreamLine’s range, means that you aren’t going to be paying an extra premium price for use of this walk-in design.
Range of Sizes – Not every bathroom space is the same and with this product, it’s pretty clear that DreamLine understand this. Whilst you’ll find that some shower enclosures are available as a single size option, this product is very different. It offers a couple of key different sizes that you can choose from depending on how big your bathroom is. Those particular sizes come in at W 31 x L 31 x H 72 and W36 x L 36 x H 72. These are too largely different sizes that you can choose from for largely different bathrooms.
If you’re not quite sure of what size to opt for when it comes to picking a shower enclosure for your bathroom, your best bet is to carefully measure the size of your current enclosure. This will give you a good idea of what works in your bathroom and which of the size options work for you. Either way, you’ll find that either of the available sizes of this particular shower enclosure should fit comfortably within your bathroom. Plus, both sizes are designed to be easy to install without any prior professional knowledge or experience.
Door Only – This point in our review isn’t so much a feature but a factor of this shower enclosure that we feel mentioning and that’s the fact that this a door only. Whilst you’ll find that some shower enclosures come packaged with base pieces and side walls, this particular option doesn’t. However, you will be able to do use the door with other products in DreamLine’s range to complete the shower enclosure experience. That’s only if you need these parts at all though – it might be the case that you’re just looking for a door to use with your current shower enclosure and that does the job here.
You’re likely wondering why on earth you’d choose to buy this limited product over another option. That’s because you’ll quickly find that this is considerably cheaper than other similar shower enclosures on the market. If you’re not looking to waste money on aspects of your corner shower that you already have, you’ll find yourself to save some cash here. In all, it’s nice to see that DreamLine have given their customers the option to choose not to buy the aspects of the shower enclosure that they already have and save some money too.
Five Year Warranty – A final aspect of this shower enclosure that’s worth mentioning in our review is the five year warranty that it comes bundled with. When you’re spending a fairly large amount of money on such a product for your bathroom, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re fully protected and the five year warranty included here does just that.
At the same time, it’s also worth mentioning that DreamLine advertise this as a limited warranty, which is completely to be expected with a warranty that lasts a five year period. It means that you’ll be able to claim for a range of issues with your shower enclosure, but you’ll need to remember that there’s some things that you can’t claim for. Generally speaking though, the five year warranty that DreamLine offer across a number of their shower enclosure products tends to be pretty comprehensive.
If you’re looking for that extra bit of peace of mind when it comes to your shower enclosure, the five year warranty awarded here definitely couldn’t hurt. Although, we’d still recommend that you be cautious when making a claim on your warranty and make sure that you’re completely within the parameters that DreamLine have set out. In all, a five year warranty is another fantastic addition to a fantastic product here.
If the above features make this sound like the best enclosure option for your corner shower unit, you’ll likely want to hear all of the pros that comprise this product. With that in mind, we’ve laid out some of our top pros that you’ll want to keep in mind when deciding if this is the right shower enclosure option for you or not:
- Walk-in design isn’t something that we see from many shower enclosures on the market and not necessarily a featured adopted by many products that aren’t specifically designed for those with mobility issues. However, you’ll definitely find that just walking into your shower makes life easier and more enjoyable.
- There’s a couple of key choices when it comes to the size of your shower enclosure and we’re pretty comfortable that one of these choices will work for you. With that in mind, it doesn’t matter what the size of your bathroom is.
- Five year warranty is again a fantastic advantage of buying a product from DreamLine. This means that you can use your shower enclosure comfortably knowing that if you have an issue, you’re covered.
As you’re aware from the above section, there’s a good number of pros to installing this particular shower enclosure in your bathroom. However, before deciding whether to buy it or not, you’ll want to take into consideration some of the below cons:
- As aforementioned, the fact that this is just the door part of a shower enclosure could either be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it. If you don’t need those additional pieces, you’ll save some serious money with this option. However, those who need side panels and a base will have to pay extra for those products.
- Whilst the couple of included size options here stand a good chance of working with your bathroom space, you’ll still need to make sure that you measure up the space you have in case those size options don’t fit. In all, it would have been nice to see a greater range of sizes much like with other products we’ve reviewed.
What do customers say about this product?
The views of customers who have purchased this particular shower enclosure are largely in line with what we’ve already said about the product in this review. The majority of customers are largely satisfied that the product works well in the space they have and they found fitting it into the space to be just as easy. So you can likely imagine that most customers were pleased with the provided product dimension information.
It’s not just the product dimensions that customers were pleased with however, the general consensus is that this is a good quality product. It’s been made with great glass and customers definitely love the five year warranty that comes part of the package. So much so that we’ve struggled to come across a customer who has had anything but a good experience with this product and that alone should give you some peace of mind. If you truly care about what other customers say in regards to this product, just one look at Amazon’s reviews for the product and you’ll find it pretty promising.
Product 4: Heirloom Complete Shower Room
The last product that we’re reviewing in this article is a little bit different to the average corner shower stall and in a pretty interesting way too. That’s in the respect that this is actually a pre-built complete shower room to install in your bathroom.
In order to create their complete shower room, Heirloom have really gone out in terms of features. If you think this might be a great option to install within your bathroom, you’ll want to pay close attention to the features that we’ve laid out below.
Complete Shower Room – There’s one key feature of this particular shower enclosure that you’ll likely want to know more about and that’s the fact that this is a complete shower room. You’re likely already aware of what a shower room is; basically a room specifically designed for showering in. Considering the space they take up and the expense that they come in at, you likely didn’t think you’d be able to afford a shower room. However, Heirloom’s product here promises to install a completely pre-plumbed and ready to go shower room that can be installed into your bathroom.
This isn’t a shower room by halves either, it’s a fully-fledged experience that you’d usually expect to see in the spa. This is largely down to the enclosure’s seating ledge that allows you to sit down and enjoy the shower’s various nozzles. If you’re looking to experience your shower from every angle, you’ll definitely find that and more here.
As far as luxury showering goes, it doesn’t get much better than Heirloom’s Complete Shower Room. When they say that this is the complete showering experience, Heirloom truly aren’t lying. It’s designed with plenty of space and a good number of features to provide you with one of the best showers that you’ll have in your life. If you truly love showering and are looking for a good deal of enjoyment at the end of a long day, you’ll be pleased to hear that Heirloom’s product gives you your own complete shower room.
Completely Adjustable – Everybody needs something different out of their showering experience and you’d expect any manufacturer of corner shower enclosures to understand this. Thankfully, Heirloom fall exactly into that category of manufacturer. This particular shower room product is designed to be completely adjustable to your needs. Plus, you’ll be pleased to hear that this adjustability extends across the shower, with users even being able to properly adjust the feet of the shower.
This adjustability is perfect if you struggle with mobility and need some help in terms of getting in and out of the shower. You’d usually expect to have to have a shower professionally installed for this level of mobility.
In all, you’ll find how adjustable this product is to be useful whether you struggle with mobility issues or not. It’s definitely one of the most flexible shower enclosures that we’ve taken a look at and the fact that it’s also a complete shower room truly seals the deal. Rarely do we come across a shower enclosure that offers the best of both worlds, but you can purchase this product with the comfortable knowledge that it does. Whether it’s for use with mobility issues or not, you’ll find the adjustability to be useful here.
Massagers – When it comes to your showering experience, there’s a good chance that you expect to come out clean. However, you also want to enjoy your showering experience, particularly at the end of a long day. That’s exactly where the massagers that Heirloom have included with this shower room come in. They’re located around the seating area of the shower room in order to massage your back and foot whilst you’re having a shower. There’s a good few massagers too, so no matter how large your body is, you’ll get a good massage.
Although, it’s worth considering that this massaging functionality will add a considerable amount of cost to the already pretty costly unit from Heirloom. If you’re not interested in or don’t this massaging functionality, you might not be all that keen on paying for it. Still, it can’t help to have this functionality here if you need it at the end of a long day. In all, just remember to consider whether or not you need massagers before deciding whether or not to buy this shower enclosure. If you do need those massagers, we’d find it difficult not to recommend Heirloom’s product.
Installation – As you’ve likely already gathered over the course of this review, as far as enclosures go for corner shower units, this is a pretty complicated one. With that in mind, you’d expect it to be a pretty complicated unit to install. However, from our time with this product from Heirloom we’ve found to be anything but. The product is completely pre-plumbed, meaning all you have to do is essentially plug it in. It’s completely self-contained and comes as a pre-built unit that you can just place where you see fit. In fact, we’d possibly go as far to say that this unit is considerably easier to install than most standard enclosures.
How you go about installing the product will largely depend on the space you’re installing it into and whether or not that space is ready for the unit. Heirloom do advertise that you should easily be able to install their Complete Shower Room without the need to hire the services of a professional. However, there is a chance that you might struggle and may need to bring in a contractor. However, we’re pretty certain that you already have a good idea of what you need to do in order to go about installing the Heirloom Complete Shower Room.
In all, installation of Heirloom’s shower room isn’t that much more difficult that installing the standard shower enclosure. It might be the case that you need a professional contractor in order to do so, or you may just be able to do it at home by yourself.
As we’ve already laid out, this is a pretty remarkable product in terms of the features and functionality that it offers. With that in mind, you can likely imagine that there’s a good few pros to buying it, which we’ve laid out below:
- Very different to the average corner shower stall enclosure in the respect that you’re getting a complete shower room here. In fact, we’d argue that the experience the product provides in on par with what you’d get from a spa experiences.
- Despite being a pretty complicated bit of kit, you’ll be pleased to hear that Heirloom have made sure their product is still incredibly easy to install. Even if you don’t have any professional knowledge when it comes to bathroom fitting, you should easily be able to hook up the corresponding pipes of this particular unit.
- The adjustability of the product and the fact that it provides plenty of space for support, including a seating area makes this a great product for anyone who suffers with mobility issues. That being said, you’ll still find this product to be an incredible option even if you don’t need it for mobility support.
Whilst there’s a good number of pros or reasons why you should invest and install this Heirloom Complete Shower Room in your bathroom, there’s still a good few cons that you’ll need keep in mind before taking the plunge and deciding if this is the right product for you:
- In terms of many of the features of this product, it’s worth keeping in mind that you might be paying for functionality that you don’t necessarily need here. This is especially the case when it comes to the massaging function of the shower. You’ll need to consider if you need these features before buying.
- Whilst being pretty simple to install, you’ll find the instructions to be pretty unclear. So much so that some customers have had to bring in a professional to install the unit simply because they’re unable to understand the instructions provided here.
What do customers say about this product?
When it comes to what customers think about Heirloom’s offering in the shower enclosure space, the general consensus is that this is a product that looks nice and offers functionality. You can likely imagine that because of its unique uses and pretty high price point, it’s not one of the bestselling products on the market. That being said, customers who did purchase the product absolutely love what they see and what it offers.
However, there’s a key issue that we’ve seen a number of customers pointing out and that’s the fact that the screws and parts included for installation are pretty cheap. If you really want to make sure that your Heirloom Complete Shower Room is properly installed and safely too, you might want to invest in your own screws. However, that’s not to say that you won’t be able to use the included screws with this product and not have a problem.
How to clean a Shower Enclosure?
From the options that we’ve listed above, you should comfortably be able to pick and install a good shower enclosure. However, it’s just as important to make that you look after your shower enclosure. So what’s the best way to clean such a product? Well, our recommendation would be to clean it regularly and generally keep it clean.
If you want to make sure that you’re keeping your shower enclosure clean, your best option is to give it a quick clean off after every single use. This should stop any deep-setting dirt and grime from building up within the enclosure and should at the same time, make your job a lot easier when it comes to giving it a deeper clean. You can do so by simply just giving the shower enclosure a quick spray off and making sure you can see no physical grime.
Whilst it is pretty important to keep your shower enclosure clean, it goes without saying that you’re sometimes going to need to give the enclosure a much deeper clean. Doing so isn’t as difficult as you might think and simply requires a bit of elbow grease. Your best option for doing so is to use a bleach specifically designed for cleaning the bathroom and just making sure that you scrub out any grime or dirt. That being said, it’s important to make sure that you clean any bleach away before you go on to use the shower.
In all, it can often be the case that you forget to keep your shower enclosure clean. However, they’re an area known to harbour dirt and that’s something that you want to avoid when it comes to the space you wash in. If you really love your shower and it’s enclosure, remember to keep it nice and clean.
In conclusion, there’s an awful lot to take in from this article. You’re likely more than aware of what a good enclosure can do for your corner shower, but it’s also incredibly important to make sure that you pick the right option. There’s a lot of variation in terms of the options available when it comes to picking a good shower enclosure. Whether it’s a pretty standard sliding door option or the aforementioned shower room, you can’t go far wrong with many of the options that we’ve reviewed in this article.
When it comes to picking an appropriate enclosure for your shower, stick with the advice that we’ve provided around corner shower kits in this article. At the same time, you’ll also want to remember to look after your enclosure.
If there’s one fixture that you really need in order to bring out the best in your bathroom, it’s a corner shower unit. They protect your bathroom from water damage whilst also adding space and generally looking great. Whether you don’t already have an enclosure installed or you’re just looking to replace your current option, remember to take the above information into consideration when buying yours.