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Wonders of Water with hansgrohe Vivenis

Discover the Wonders of Water with the hansgrohe Vivenis Range

hansgrohe are the leading bathroom brand for taps and showers. Founded in 1901 by Hans Grohe the brands passion for water has continue to grow. hansgrohe designs stand the test of time, each drop of water is considered – how it flows and how and when it hits a surface. The ingenuity and innovation in each and every product sets them apart from other manufacturers.

It is this innovation that led to the creation of Vivenis, a bathroom tap that will wow you with a totally new sensation. Think natural waterfall – clear water flowing from a mountain spring. With its slender, curved spout the hansgrohe Vivenis tap emulates a gentle waterfall. The wide spray pattern from the tap will make even washing your hands feel like a moment of indulgence.

Moments of wellbeing at the washbasin

We all live hectic lives and there is little chance to take that relaxing shower or long soak in the bath. Even though it is rituals like these that help us to feel fresh and relaxed and ready to tackle each day. So why shouldn’t washing our hands be a moment for indulgence? Vivenis and its wonderful waterfall spray will give you that feel-good experience – a quick ‘time-out’ moment.

A timeless and elegant style

Vivenis is tasteful in design, the combination of the delicate handle with the wide, flat spout emphasises the natural simplicity of the tap. It uses AirPower technology from hansgrohe. AirPower enriches the water with air, which means the water spray feels luxurious and extraordinarily gentle. The waterfall stream creates gentle and full-bodied water droplets.

Vivenis is available for wash basins, bath tubs and showers. In three finishes: chrome, matt black and matt white.

#wondersof water

Jaylux

Introducing Jaylux Shower and Bathroom Panels

Jaylux are a family-owned UK manufacturer of DuraPanel, the clever alternative to tiling your bathroom space. Jaylux DuraPanel is quick and easy to install, has no need for grout, is easy to clean and allows you to create waterproof walls with seamless joints.

Transform your bathroom with the Jaylux range of naturally inspired surfaces. From beautiful white marble to the stunning new graphite.

What is Jaylux DuraPanel?

Jaylux DuraPanel is a complete waterproof wetwall solution for your bathroom, ensuite and kitchen.

 Charisma Marble

Where is Jaylux DuraPanel made?

DuraPanel is manufactured in the UK, in Jaylux’s very own factory in Perth.

 Travertine

What is Jaylux DuraPanel made of?

Jaylux DuraPanel is made from 9mm waterproof plywood core with a 1mm decorative high pressure laminate bonded to the face of the panel.

 Ferro Graphite

Do the bathroom panels come with a guarantee?

A 10 year manufacturers guarantee is supplied with all bathroom shower panels.

Medium Linen

Why choose Jaylux bathroom panels?

Jaylux bathroom panels are:

  • Completely waterproof with no need for grout
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Suitable to retrofit onto existing tiles
  • Duralock is available for all decors
  • Over 50 decorative finishes are currently available

Jaylux DuraPanel Premium Collection in Dark Linen

Are Jaylux shower panels easy to fit?

The Jaylux DuraPanels are easy to fit. The clever tongue and groove system is machined using the latest technology to ensure precision accuracy. Anyone competent at DIY will be able to install the panels. Simply cut the panels to size and fix them to a wall or even install them over existing tiles.

 Gunmental Shimmer

How do I clean Jaylux DuraPanel?

Use a soft, non-abrasive cloth to clean the shower panels. A little detergent and warm water to wipe down after use should be all that is needed. Any limescale can be cleaned off by using a mild solution of water and white vinegar.

What is the most popular Jaylux Durapanel finish?

DuraPanel White Marble is a best seller. The finishing look is classy and sophisticated. DuraPanel Premium Silver Cloud is also very popular, your wall will resemble a gorgeous silver cloud with a gloss finish.

Update your bathroom with 100% waterproof panels from Jaylux. This superb range of naturally inspired finishes will help you to create the space of your dreams.

Price Watch

Introducing UK Bathrooms Price Watch

In the current economic climate, prices are rising from month to month. Due to manufacturer’s costs increasing constantly, manufacturers are having to increase retail prices and pass some of the cost onto consumers. In some cases, this is often far higher than inflation. Here at UK Bathrooms, we are constantly watching prices and aim to offer some of the best pricing available in the UK.  

There is nothing worse than planning your new dream bathroom, adding everything to your basket and then when you are ready to purchase finding that some of the items you were hoping for now have increased in price by sometimes 20%. If budgets are tight it might mean that you cannot get exactly the bathroom you dreamed of.

UKB Price Watch has been set up to keep our customers informed of any planned changes to prices. As soon as we know, our customers will know.

Over the next few months, some brands have announced price increases between 2.5% and 20%. We’ve already added this information to our website, we’ll add others as and when we are notified.

If you have the space and you are planning a new bathroom in the next few months it may be worth purchasing now before any more price increases and storing goods until you are ready.

Our team will continuously chase manufacturers to get the latest in terms of planned price increases so we can let our customers know as quickly as possible.

Multipanel shower wall panels

Create the most beautiful bathroom space with Multipanel fully waterproof bathroom wall panels. Multipanel’s luxurious and contemporary wall panel collections are available in a range of sizes and finishes, including Multipanel classic marble, Multipanel arctic stone and Multipanel driftwood in grey oak.

Featuring Multipanel Linda Barker Collection Panel in Dolce Macchiato

This innovative product range also offers Multipanel bath and shower seal kit and Multipanel Hydrolock. Hydrolock is a unique tongue and groove installation system which ensures a smooth, almost seamless finish. The new Multipanel Linda Barker Collection has been carefully curated by the interior designer to offer a stylish alternative to tiles.

What is Multipanel?

Multipanel is part of the Grant Westfield Group and is the UK’s leading brand of waterproof wall panels. Multipanel panels are perfect for the shower, bathroom and kitchen.

Featuring Multipanel Linda Barker Collection Panel in Ferro Graphite

What is Multipanel made of?

Multipanel wall panels are constructed with a water-resistant hardwood plywood core certified to British Standards. The panels are bonded under controlled conditions with a high-pressure decorative laminate to the face.

Can Multipanel be used on floors and ceilings?

Multipanel wall panels maybe too heavy for the ceiling so are not recommended. As the wall panels are not slip resistant we would not advise using on your floor. Check out the Multipanel ceiling panels and Multipanel click flooring.

How to fit Multipanel?

Multipanel waterproof wall panels are designed to make installation simple and effective. For the best result we recommend that plywood panels are joined together using the unique Hydrolock tongue and groove joining system. Using this system means that panels can be installed directly onto almost any surface. Including uneven walls and over the top of old tiles. Multipanel High Grab Adhesive should be used for a safe and secure fit.

Multipanel installation tips

Here are a few handy tips when installing Multipanel waterproof wall panels:

  • Install on the top of shower trays or baths using a Multipanel seal kit
  • Match the profile colour to your shower enclosure and shower fittings
  • Seal your installation using one of the Multipanel colour match sealants
  • Carefully measure the area to select the correct panel width.  Don’t forget the Hydrolock joint reduces the finished face by 20mm.
  • Any panel off cuts can be used behind basins for a coordinated look. Ensure you seal all exposed edges with profiles and silicon.

How to clean Multipanel

Cleaning Multipanel waterproof shower panels is easy. Use a micro-fibre cloth, warm water and a non-abrasive detergent. In most cases a wipe down after use is sufficient and any limescale can be removed by using a soft cloth and a solution of household white wine vinegar and water 1/10.

Why use Multipanel?

Multipanel products enjoy 5-star UK reviews and here’s why:

  • Easy to keep clean
  • Fully waterproof
  • Quick and easy to install
  • 30-year manufacturer warranty
  • Almost seamless joint worth Hydrolock
  • Can be installed over old tiles

Multipanel – helping to protect our forests for the future

Multipanel uses timber from responsibly managed forests. Their finished products comply with globally recognised ecological, social and economic standards.

Multipanel’s unique Hydrolock system

Mutlipanel created Hydrolock to make the best visual outcome possible when using their wall panels. The Hydrolock edge is precisely engineered and allows the panels to be joined together to create an almost seamless expanse of waterproof walls and without the use of mid-joints.

Hydrolock panels are easy to install and boast an industry leading 6mm tolerance. The Hydrolock panels are available in a range of widths:

  • 2400 x 598 mm
  • 2400 x 900 mm
  • 2400 x 1200 mm

Multipanel Tile Collection

The Tile Collection by Multipanel offered the UK’s first tile effect wall panel to be Made in Britain. Compromising stunning solid colours, beautiful marbles and gorgeous minerals. This collection presents a modern, vibrant palette that will complement a range of bathroom styles and designs.

If you are looking for the appearance of tiles but are fed up of the maintenance of grout then the Tile Collection is just for you. Etched with a beautiful 2.5mm pale grey grout line into each of the Tile Collection decors. Choose from a wide choice of marble or mineral or opt for Dust Grey, Monument Grey or Alpine White tile effect finish.

Multipanel Neutrals Collection

The Multipanel Neutrals Collection work perfectly with the boldness of the Multipanel feature walls. The Neutral Collection includes a delicate balance of neutral tones. Think painted walls with a smooth eggshell finish. Designed perfectly to pair with Tile, Linda Barker and Classic Collections so that you can create your new unique bathroom space. For example, Multipanel Clay paired with Multipanel Linda Barker Dolce Macchiato works beautifully for an elegant, sophisticated look.

Multipanel Linda Barker Collection

This collection has been carefully curated by interior designer Linda Barker and is exclusive to Multipanel. The collection takes inspiration from the natural world with marble, granite and wood panels that truly look and feel like the real thing.

Within this collection are beautiful finishes to create a really gorgeous space from Multipanel Salvaged Plank Elm to Multipanel Jet Noir. One of the most popular choices from this collection is the Multipanel Linda Barker Calacatta Marble.

 

Multipanel Classic Collection

The Classic Collection says what it is on the tin. A collection of classical beauties – earth, stone and gloss panels designed to suit any bathroom. The stone decors give an elegant gloss finish for an upmarket, high-end feel from Classic Marble to Travertine. Multipanel have given a textured finish to stone with Multipanel Riven Marble and Multipanel Riven Slate. There are 3 other textured stone finish options. We adore the modern gloss panels of Contemporary – the range includes a choice of 8 finishes from Natural White to Stardust.

Whatever your style, Multipanel offer a luxurious and modern way to decorate your bathroom that is 100% waterproof and easy to maintain, no more mouldy grout to sort out!

Japandi Bathrooms

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Interior designers across the globe are loving Japandi – the simple and functional shared focus from Japan and Scandinavia.

Japanese and Scandinavia styling

More and more of us are wanting a spa-like bathroom. The zen-like, tranquil settings of the natural hot springs found throughout Japan provide inspiration.

Scandinavia or ‘Scandi’ style bathrooms with their minimalist, sleek and functional offering have also become hugely popular, this popularity has been further influenced with crime dramas such as The Bridge, The Killing, Thin Blue Line and The Valhalla Murders! And don’t we all like a good shop at Ikea!

Whilst there are obvious differences, Scandi and Japanese styles have lots in common. For instance, they both make use of organic, natural materials and both use textures resulting in a contemporary, simplistic look.

Let’s have a look at what Japandi is

Japandi is a fusion of styles from both Japan and Scandinavia. To understand this further we need to consider three concepts; wabi-sabi, lagom and hygge.

Wabi-sabi translates from Japanese as ‘finding the beauty in imperfection’. Think of a natural form that is far from perfect yet still beautiful because of its imperfections. Such as a piece of oak with splits, growth rings, irregular grains and knots. These imperfections make each piece of wood unique, adding character and enhancing the beauty of this natural material.

Lagom comes from the Swedish proverb “lagom ar bast” meaning “just enough”. Lagom translates to keeping simple and free of clutter.

Hygge is a Norwegian/Danish word and is more of a feeling that you get when you are home, when you are warm and cosy, happy and relaxed. Imagine being in front of a roaring log fire, sat on a gorgeous sheepskin rug – that is hygge.

Japanese and Scandinavian – similarities in design

Both Japanese and Scandinavian cultures place high value on quality and workmanship and produce minimalistic, simple furniture. Both also use organic, natural materials such as wood, stone and glass. Similarities in design can also be found in the use of natural colours, with both favouring a neutral palette for their interior design.

What are the features of Japandi styling?

Japandi features the use of natural, organic materials and natural colours. Styling is simple and uncluttered and sustainability is at the heart of Japandi with items built to last, handmade yet functional pieces are used wherever possible.

When you imagine Japandi style then think harmony, tranquility and relaxation.  Your Japandi bathroom will be the place where you can chill and de-stress.

How to get the Japandi look

The main thing to remember when you’re creating your Japandi bathroom is to keep it simple, don’t crowd the room, don’t overdress the space. Choose your fixtures and fitting with care, buying pieces that are durable and that will stand the test of time.

Keep your colour palette neutral to achieve the Japandi look. Add plants to enhance the natural feel of your bathroom. Opt for ambient lighting and use organic materials in your design such as a wooden vanity unit or shelving.  Granite and stone are other natural materials that work well to achieve the Japandi style.

A freestanding bath with clean lines will work beautifully. Remember the bigger the bath the more precious water you will use. We love the Villeroy and Boch Theano Freestanding Bath which comes in two sizes.

Your shower area should be kept minimal, try to incorporate those natural elements and remember that Japandi style is also about balance light and dark. Choose a black framed shower panel such as the Crosswater Design 8 Matt Black Walk In Shower Panel. Introduce texture with natural materials such as the Crosswater Arena 1000mm Wall-Hung Vanity Unit in Modern Oak.

The Villeroy and Boch Antheus Wall Hung Rimless WC will sit (excuse the pun) beautifully in your Japandi bathroom with its clean modern lines. This toilet’s rimless bowl technology eliminates the rim from the inside of the toilet bowl, thanks to the newly developed flush type. Not only does the toilet look more great but hygiene is improved as the rimless bowl is 95% more hygienic than a normal toilet bowl.

How to accessorise your Japandi bathroom

This is an easy one – as you need to keep your accessories to a minimum. Think functional, for instance toilet brush holder, soap dish, toilet roll holder – and keep other clutter tucked away. Use natural wicker baskets if you need extra storage space – they are ideal to hide away extra toilet rolls and hand towels!

Bath mats and bathroom towels should be neutral in colour.  But don’t forget the odd plant or two will enhance the space.

If you want to find out more about Japandi styling visit our Japandi Bathroom Ideas Inspiration page.

UK Bathrooms working hard to limit our environmental impact

UK Bathrooms understands the need to make choices that help sustain the world that sustains us. As a business we work to limit our environmental impact. We continually strive for improvement to exceed our environmental targets and to reduce our carbon footprint.

Responsible Sourcing

We require our suppliers to share our commitment to social and environmental responsibility.  Our business partners bring quality products that have been manufactured and sourced through ethical means.

Sustainable Packaging

We seek to package all of our products in an efficient and sustainable manner by using recycled content, as well as biodegradable and lighter materials, in an effort to minimise waste.

All waste is segregated into recyclables and non-recyclables and we aim to recycle anything that possibly can be.

Our packaging materials and our packaging systems are under constant review as we strive to limit our environmental impact. We use 100% recycled cardboard boxes and cardboard edging. Our pallet deliveries to our customers are wrapped in a fully recyclable Sugar Cane wrap. Our packaging tapes are also 100% recyclable as is the bubble wrap that we use.

Customers will soon see a new label with every delivery, making it easier for them to determine how to best recycle that particular packages’ materials. Enabling our customers to make more informed decisions around how to best dispose of the packaging their purchases come in.

Energy Efficiency 

At UK Bathrooms we understand that climate change is without a doubt one of the most pressing challenges facing the planet today. We all have a responsibility to reduce the impact our operations have on the plant in the creation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Ever-evolving Sustainability Journey

Our sustainability journey is ever-evolving in this climate-challenged world.

 

Co-ordinate your ensuite style with Abacus Concepts

The best choice of luxury bathroom brands

Planning a new en-suite can be confusing when there are so many luxury bathroom brands available. If you are aiming for an ultra-co-ordinated look then consider Abacus Bathrooms.

A complete bathroom approach from Abacus

Abacus is one of the leading UK manufacturers of quality bathroom and wetroom products.  They have a ‘complete bathroom’ approach. From the hidden wetroom products that will make the room 100% watertight to the bathroom toilet brush.

Introducing Abacus Concepts

The Abacus Bathroom Concept ranges begin with Concept Simple S2 and include Concept Shaker, Concept Noir, Concept Pure, Concept Cloud and for finishing touches – Concept Accessories.

The Concept Noir black washstand comes complete with a Villeroy and Boch Memento washbasin. It’s stylish, bang on trend and gives off a New York urban vibe. Also have a look at the Abacus Concept Cloud Shelf with towel hangers. Teamed with the 80cm wide shelf with the 80 cm wide Concept Cloud Base Unit in matching Oak this is a stunning piece for any modern bathroom.

Colour your bathroom

This is where Abacus Bathrooms get clever – with their ‘Colour Your Bathroom’. Match the matt black finish of the towel hangers to a wall mounted Iso Basin Mixer, Basin Waste and Designer Bottle Trap Kit.  A superb Line LED Mirror with touch control and demister is available in a choice of frame finishes to match in with the brassware and complete the ultra-coordinated look.

Shower components

Opt for a matt black 2-way shower mixer, back plate and 2-way Universal Easi-Box Shower Valve. The Abacus Emotion Round Fixed Shower Head at 250mm with co-ordinating Emotion Slide Rail and fixed wall arm are all available in matt black. The Emotion Microphone Handshower head and hose will complete your shower brassware needs.

Abacus have a walk in 900mm wetroom screen with a 350mm return panel, available in a range of finishes to again perfectly co-ordinate. Along with a range of contemporary wall hung toilets, frames and flush plates.

Bathroom accessories

Save a little budget for the finishing touches, bathroom accessories. Add an Abacus Pure toilet roll holder and robe hook .

What material should my new bath be made of?

What should my new bath be made of? Acrylic or Steel?

We often get asked what is the best material for a bath to be made of. Here we look at the two main types of material for a bathtub, Acrylic and Steel. This will hopefully help you decide which is the best choice for you.

The bathroom industry has moved on in leaps and bounds when it comes to the old bath in front of the stove every Sunday! Nowadays there is a plethora of baths available, from luxury freestanding baths to whirlpool tubs.  But choosing which one is right for you and your family isn’t so easy. You need to consider the style of bathtub, the design and the size as well as the material the tub is made from.

So what materials are baths made from?

Most contemporary baths are made from one of just two main materials:

  • Acrylic which is a synthetic plastic material
  • Steel which is a hardwearing metal alloy

However, in your search for a new bath you can also find baths made from cast iron, stone, tin, copper and nickel.  Before making your choice, let’s have a look at the two most popular baths acrylic and steel.

What are the benefits of an acrylic bath?

Cheaper

Acrylic baths are the number one choice in the modern bathroom. They cost less than a steel bath to manufacture so they are cheaper than a steel bath.

Strong and durable

An acrylic bath is just as strong as a steel bath, usually being reinforced with glass fibre. No longer do acrylic baths suffer from flexibility, modern manufacturing methods resolved this some time ago. If you want a bath that is strong and durable at a budget price then an acrylic bath is the right choice for you.  The material is also highly resistant to staining and scratches so it’s a great option for a busy family bathroom.

Feels warm

One added benefit which you may not think of is that an acrylic bath feels so much warmer to the touch than a steel bath.

What are the benefits of a bath made from steel?

Whilst not as popular as the acrylic bath, steel baths are our next best seller and benefit from a number of key points.

Retain warmth

So, a steel bath may not be a warm to touch as an acrylic bath but it will retain heat for longer. Great if you like a very long soak in the bath.

Designer look

Steel is a more traditional material and can add that designer look you may long for. They also feel more solid because of the nature of the material. There are some gorgeous baths made from steel with clean lines and stylish appearance.

Coated in enamel

To achieve a crisp white finish a steel bath is coated with enamel. While this gives your new steel bath a great aesthetic the bath may chip or scratch a little more easily, this just means you have to be a little more careful. With care a steel bath will last for years.

Green credentials

Steel can be recycled, so when the time comes for you to replace your steel bath you can still do your bit to save the planet.

Let’s recap…

Acrylic baths

  • Cheaper, lower priced
  • Hardwearing and resistant to stains and scratches
  • Warm to touch
  • Great choice in sizes and shapes
  • Brilliant for families and everyday use

Steel baths

  • Great designer options
  • Good for careful owners
  • Strong solid construction
  • Bright white enamel coating
  • Retains heat

Some further questions and answers

Are metal baths better than acrylic?

Both options have advantages and the choice is down to your own personal requirements.  For example: if you have a family and the bath is going to be used by everyone every day then acrylic will not scratch or stain as much as a steel bath.

What is the best material for a bath?

Acrylic is the most popular material for a bath because of its hardwearing properties and because it is usually at a lower price than a steel bath. However again this is down to your personal choice and your lifestyle, a steel bath may offer a more stylish look to complement your bathroom.

Will an acrylic bath stain or go yellow?

A good quality acrylic bathtub will not stain or go yellow, they are also resistant to scratches so ideal to use daily.

Which bath is easier to care for and maintain?

Acrylic is a tougher material and is more resistant to scratches and stains but both steel and acrylic are relatively easy to care for. Regular washing with a non-abrasive cleaner and sponge will keep them in great condition.

Shop baths

You’ll find a great range of quality acrylic and steel baths at UK Bathrooms, baths to suit all budgets and personal requirements.

For standard bath size information check out our blog.

Guide to configuring your shower space

Creating The Perfect Contemporary Shower Space

If you’re looking to create the perfect shower space then consider Crosswaters 10mm options available from UK Bathrooms.

Crosswater have introduced their Gallery 10 and Optix 10 showering solutions so that you and your family can enjoy the ultimate shower experience. Both ranges are made from the highest quality materials and using toughened 10mm glass.

Configuring your shower room can seem a little daunting, with a wide choice available across both Optix 10 and Gallery 10

This guide will help you to make the right choices so that you end up with the perfect showering space.

Gallery 10 allows you to create a luxury walk-in shower whilst Optix 10 offer a range of shower enclosures. If you have chosen a walk-in shower space then Gallery 10 is the range for you.

Gallery 10 – Walk-in Shower Space

First of all, you need to decide the location for your shower space. This could be a corner or recess space, or it could be on a straight open wall. Measure the space you have chosen and select the correctly sized glass panel to fit. We recommend that you allow a minimum of 500 mm entry space.  The Gallery 10 collection offers glass panels to suit all shapes, sizes and spaces giving you a huge amount of flexibility with your shower design.

Additional Stabilising Fixings

Once you have selected your glass panel you may need to consider the option of stabilising fixings, these will depend on your chosen configuration but may include:

  • Glass to glass seal – this will allow you to join two glass panels together
  • Wall profile – this will support a glass panel up to 500mm without a bracing bar
  • Glass to wall bracing bar – this connects your glass panel to the wall and can support panels up to 1400mm
  • Glass to ceiling bracing bar – this connects your glass panel to the ceiling and can support panels up to 1000mm
  • T bracing bar – this is a ‘T’ shaped bar which will connect two glass panels up to 1000mm to a wall

Optional Deflectors

You can then decide whether you need to reduce splash by adding optional deflectors. Any overspray will be minimised by adding fixed or hinged deflector panels.  A hinged deflector shower panel works on 180-degree hinges, great for shower access. While fixed deflector panels remain in a permanent position.

A Gallery 10 walk in shower configuration will be based on your choice of shower base. Gallery 10 walk ins can be set up with the use of a shower tray or the panels can be installed on a tiled bathroom floor – again allowing you a great deal of design flexibility.

Choice of Colour Finish

The Gallery 10 collection is available in a choice of 4 fabulous finishes – Brushed Brass, Polished Stainless Steel, Matt black or Brushed Stainless Steel – choose one of these to match with your bathroom colour scheme. The Matt Black finish looks stunning in a monochrome design and the Brushed Brass works perfectly with the on-trend green and pale pink hues.

Whichever you choose don’t forget you can complete your look with colour-matching MPRO shower brassware, including shower heads, flexible handsets, shower valves and bathroom accessories.

Optix 10 Shower Enclosures

If you opt for Optix 10 luxury shower enclosures then once you’ve decided on your shower location, you’ll need to measure the space so that you can then work out what is the most suitable enclosure or your contemporary bathroom. Consider who will be using the shower and what kind of shower experience you would like to create.

Choose Shower Door Type

You can then choose one of four door types from Crosswaters Optix 10 collection:

  • A single sliding door
  • A pivot door
  • A single bath screen with inline panel
  • A pivot with inline panel

A single sliding door is great if you need a space saving efficient solution. Whereas the single bath screen is good if you are looking for a combined bath shower function.  If you’ve planned a larger shower space then opt for the pivot door with an inline panel. Pivot doors a re a great choice as they feature watertight magnetic door seals for seamless integration and a hassle-free showering experience.

Shower Tray Or Tiled Floor Installation

An Optix 10 shower enclosure also allows you to either install a shower tray or install directly onto a tiled floor. And you can enjoy further design flexibility in the three colour finishes available Brushed Brass, Brushed Stainless Steel and Polished Stainless Steel.

Creating a luxury contemporary shower space is easier than it’s ever been with Crosswaters Gallery 10 and Optix 10 showering spaces.

 

 

 

How to choose the best radiator for your home

Choosing the best radiator can be somewhat daunting for many of us. UK Bathrooms have put together this little buying guide to help you decide which radiator you need.

We all like to be warm and cosy in our homes, no matter which room or space we spend time in – and one thing that we need to get right is the heating. Room temperature settings are very much a personal choice – according to the World Health Organisation 18 degrees is the comfortable setting for healthy adults! A little cool perhaps for some!

This simple guide looks at the best brands, designs, colours, functions, styles etc so that you can easily find the best radiator for any of the rooms in your home, whatever their size and shape!

There is a plethora of radiators available which as I say can be somewhat daunting but the good news is this massive choice means if you get it right you’ll end up with the best radiator for your home. Consider best type of fuel, location for your new radiator, heat output required for the space, finish and style.

 

 

 

One of the first questions you should ask is where is the radiator going, which room and where inside the room.

Best radiator for your living room

Your living room/lounge is the room where you most want to be warm, cosy and be able to relax and feel comfortable. It may well be one of the rooms where you need a radiator to fit in with your décor and style more. As your living room is usually one of the larger rooms in your house you’ll need to consider BTU Rating of suitable radiators, 5000 or higher being the most favoured. When narrowing down the choice think about your style, traditional or contemporary? Traditional column radiators look amazing in a more traditional setting and vertical flat panels look great in a contemporary styled room. Check out the Zehnder Charleston Horizontal Column Radiator for that more traditional look or the Apollo Milano Horizontal Flat Panel Radiator for a more contemporary style.

Best radiator for your bedroom

A small – medium sized bedroom will need a radiator with a BTU rating of 1000-3000, larger bedrooms will need more. Radiator designs can be matched to your style easily. Opt for a designer radiator from leading brand Bisque. Arteplano is a real eye-catcher and a work of art. Available in a copper or brass finish this ultra-modern minimalist wall hung radiator is available in 3 sizes with a BTU of up to 3548.

 

Best radiator for your bathroom

Heated towel rails are by far our biggest sellers for bathroom heating.  And again there is a great choice of these available on our website. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to not check the heat output of their towel radiator. Believing this will be good enough to heat the room. Check your BTU rating to make sure the heat output is sufficient. Or include underfloor heating in your bathroom makeover and so only using your heated towel warmer to do what it says on the tin!

 

What radiator fuel type should I opt for?

When you have decided where your radiator is to be located in your home and what style of radiator you want then you need to think about what is the best radiator fuel type. Central heating radiators use water heated by the central heating system. Electric radiators obviously need an electrical feed and you can also buy dual fuel radiators which use both. Especially useful in the summer months when your central heating may be switched off but still need to dry towels.

Heat output and BTU rating

Usually the bigger the radiator the higher the BTU rating. Meaning that the larger radiators give more heat output. If the BTU rating is high enough to heat the room you can be more flexible on where you actually position your new radiator. As a rule the best place would be in a central location so that heat is more evenly distributed.

What are the best radiator brands?

When it comes to radiator brands then UK Bathrooms offers the best of the best. With leading radiator brands such as Zehnder Bisque, SBH, JIS or Apollo. All are renowned names within the radiator industry. Many of the leading bathroom brands also produce great radiators that can be used in rooms other than the bathroom too. Burlington, Crosswater and Abacus included. UK Bathrooms have our own Essentials range of radiators at great prices.

Best colour for radiators

If you intend for your radiator to be part of your room design and style then the colour and finish is going to be important. Nowadays there is a vast choice in radiator colours. Some brands such as Zehnder offer a personalised colour service where you can match the colour of your radiator perfectly to your colour scheme. Popular with customers are the moment are the coloured radiators in brushed brass, gold, pink and blue finishes.


Buy the best radiator you can afford. It needs to last and to perform as well as look good!