Shower Cabin: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our big shower enclosure test 2020, where we present you all shower enclosures that we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the web.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best shower enclosure for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. On this page you will also find some important information that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a shower enclosure.

The most important facts in brief

  • Shower cabins are modern and can be found almost everywhere. Depending on your budget you can choose from a wide range of models.
  • Basically, a distinction is made between the usual shower cubicles and the complete shower cubicles, whereby both variants are available in different price categories depending on material, size and additional equipment and accessories.
  • They are a plus especially for people who are constantly busy and in a hurry and cannot find enough time for a long bath, or for people who need easier access to the bathing area.

Shower cubicle test: Favourites of the editors

  • The best classic corner cabin
  • The best quarter circle shower enclosure to save space
  • The best classic complete shower

The best classic corner cabin

If you want a cheap and classic shower enclosure, this model can be a good solution.

The product is compatible with any rectangular shower tray model, depending on its size – as this must be purchased separately. With a choice of different sizes, you can choose exactly the right shower enclosure for your bathroom.

The shower cabin is made of ESG safety glass – 6 mm. It is equipped with two corner sliding doors, which prevent water from leaking when leaving the shower.

The best quarter circle shower enclosure to save space

The best quarter-circle shower enclosure is an easy-care product that is available at a very reasonable price. The model with the dimensions 80×80, 90×90 or 100×100 cm, can very practically fit even in smaller bathrooms.

The cabin is made of durable ESG safety glass – 6mm. The sliding closure slides with the help of highly stable and durable galvanized metal door rollers. The price of the shower tray is not included, so the total price may increase accordingly if required.

This cabin is best suited for you if you do not have a lot of space in the bathroom, as the semicircular shape is much more space-saving.

The best classic complete shower

A simple model that doesn’t take up too much space, but gives you the option of an “all-in-one” product.

The cabin measures 80x80x195 cm, with a low acrylic frame in which you can easily climb. The shower walls are made of 4 mm thick ESG safety glass and thanks to the complete package, d

If you are looking for an easier way to install the shower, this model may be just right for you. A real advantage of the finished cabins is that installation is very quick and easy thanks to the system patented by the manufacturer, as no screws or silicone are required.

Guide: Questions to consider before buying a shower enclosure

What should I consider before buying a shower enclosure?

Shower cabin – it is space-saving, modern and comfortable. But there are a few things to consider before you go into a shop and buy one.

Make sure that you specify all sanitary facilities in advance: appearance, location and size. With this information you can make the right project and calculate the amount of materials needed.

The most important criteria before buying a shower enclosure:

  • The budget – now has the biggest influence on which shower enclosure you can choose. For example, you can choose additional amenities and accessories such as hydromassage, rain shower or radio to enhance comfort.
  • Space availability – you should always look for the space available and check the size of the shower enclosure.
  • Compatibility – In other words, don’t buy a sophisticated shower without making sure that the irrigation, drainage and power supply system supports all the work that needs to be done.
  • Style and design – the preferred type of shower enclosure & the type of glass it is made of (for safety, aesthetic, cleaning and maintenance reasons)

How much is a shower cubicle?

The price of a shower enclosure does not only depend on the design. The shape of the shower, the dimensions and especially the assembly also influence the costs. Depending on the type of shower enclosure, the cost of materials varies considerably.

Although you could theoretically have a shower enclosure for as little as €100, it is important to emphasize again that the individual parts make all the difference. If you already have a shower tray and only need the walls or the door, the price is of course lower.

However, if you have to buy all the parts for a cabin and you also value quality, you should know that a normal price starts at around 500 €, depending on where you buy the cabin.

The price for a professional installation of the shower enclosure depends on your wishes and needs, the consumables used in the process, the degree of complexity and the time required for the work.

Here it depends, for example, on whether an old shower or bathtub with tiles must first be removed.

Where can I buy a shower enclosure?

Shower cubicles are available in specialist shops and DIY stores and in many online shops.
Some would prefer to go to a shop and take a closer look at the cubicle before buying. However, if you prefer to shop online or want to see the options available first, this is a list of the most popular online stores for buying a shower enclosure:

obi.com
bauhaus.com
hornbach.com
schools.com
ikea.co.uk
toom.de
amazon.com

Depending on the type of cabin and taste, you can buy online or in the shop a manufactured shower enclosure or individual parts for an individual bathroom design.

What are the correct dimensions for my shower enclosure?

This is about the principle the bigger the better.
Most showers are available in the dimensions 70 × 70 cm, 80 × 80 cm or 90 × 90 cm, but there are also other dimensions for those who have more space in the bathroom.
To create an idea, you can use the following general data as a guide:

3 m² bathroom – cabin with a shower tray of 80 × 80 cm
4-5 m² bathroom – cabin with a shower tray of 90 × 90 cm
Over 6 m² bathroom – you already have several options, including the corner or rectangular bathroom cabin

The shower tray can vary depending on the depth. A shower tray that is too shallow can increase the risk of water escaping from the door, while a deeper one makes it more difficult to enter the cabin.

We distinguish four sizes, from which you can choose the optimal solution according to your taste and needs:

What are the alternatives to a shower cubicle?

Sometimes showering in a shower cubicle is either not suitable or available for everyone. In the following we present the most common alternatives for a shower cubicle that you can consider.

For the bathtub – If the space in the bathroom is limited and you want to have the bathtub, but also like the idea of the shower. Then you should take a closer look at the topic of bathtub separation.

Here you will find an introduction for the main alternatives:

  • Bathtub top – Most models are simple partitions that protect the floor from splashing water. The simplicity makes these models very accessible and installation is often easy.
  • Shower curtain – cheap, easy to install and with a variety of designs.
  • Shower roller blind – similar to the shower curtain, is an effective splash protection for the bathtub. It is quickly installed, it is fixed to the ceiling and it remains hidden in the roller box when it is not in use.

Walk-in cabins or open shower – in general these are simple shower doors with mounting frame and threshold. These prevent the water from escaping from the shower. The other three sides of the cabin are limited by the walls of the room.

Decision: What types of shower enclosures are available and which one is right for me?

What distinguishes a shower enclosure and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The usual shower cabin can also be called a cabin with a fixed wall.

These cabins are usually installed at the corner of the bathroom and the two walls of the room are used for two sides of the cabin. The rest is limited by a glass wall and the shower door.

They normally consist of a water tap and the shower head. They are a good compromise solution between a prefabricated cabin and a custom-made shower in terms of installation, cost and dimensions.

Advantages

Can be designed and built to customer specifications
Takes up little space
Ensures low water consumption
Easy to use for older people or people with movement disorders

Disadvantages

Incorrect installation can lead to leaks
A lower quality can lead to accidents (e.g. slipping)

What are the characteristics of a complete shower or a ready-to-use shower and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Prefabricated shower enclosures are the simplest and most accessible shower enclosures, which are usually cast in one piece. Of course there are also multi-part models.

The installation is simple, but you should not expect large dimensions or customization possibilities.

Advantages

Custom-fit cabin parts
Multifunctional options
Low ordering effort
Quick and easy installation

Disadvantages

Limited design possibilities
Availability only in predefined dimensions
Bulky – difficult to handle in confined spaces

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate shower enclosures based on these factors

In the following we will show you on the basis of which aspects you can decide between the multitude of possible shower cabins.

The criteria you can use to compare shower enclosure models include

  • Material
  • Shape of the cabin
  • Door opening

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important for the individual criteria.

Material

In general, shower enclosures are made of metal, glass or plastic.

Plastic shower doors and walls: acrylic or plexiglass are available in many different designs.

Here you have the price advantage and a high breakage resistance, as well as a large selection of different surface structures and colours. Furthermore the plastic is scratch-resistant.

Another option for the walls and the shower door is made of real glass.

Safety glass is considerably heavier than plastic, but this also makes the cabin shower (the fittings and frames) more stable. You can find transparent, semi-transparent or decorated versions and it is scratch-resistant.

The significantly higher price pays off in the long term due to the durability of the entire construction, and safety glass cannot be broken.

It is important to pay attention to the thickness of the glass:

  • 3 mm – This is the minimum thickness that the glass for the shower enclosure must have. So you get quality at a reasonable price.
  • 5 mm – This version offers durability, safety and is very durable. It is a medium version at a slightly higher price than the previous one.
  • 8mm – If you are looking for a higher quality option, an 8mm glass shower enclosure is the best, but also the most expensive – robust and durable.

The choice of material for the shower tray is equally important:

  • Acrylic – They are the cheapest option on the market. These are light and flexible in design, but are scratch sensitive. The fact that they are light makes them easy to install, and the fact that they feel warm makes them more comfortable.
  • Steel enamel – Is easy to clean, scratch-resistant and offers not only a wide range of different colours but also a wide price range from cheap to expensive. One disadvantage would be that it feels cool on the feet.
  • Ceramic – The same material is used as for washbasins, toilets or bathtubs. They are very high quality and heavy, so it is more expensive and the design possibilities are limited.
  • Stone – A stone based material mixed with resin is poured into a shower tray. These tubs are a middle solution between ceramic and acrylic materials.
    They are wear-resistant and stronger than the acrylic versions.

Shower cubicle designs and models

The shape of the shower cubicle is important, because besides the aesthetic aspect it can save space in the bathroom.

The corner solution gives you the opportunity to make the bathroom space as efficient as possible and is therefore the most frequently chosen option. Depending on their shape, shower enclosures can be square, semicircular, rectangular, D-shaped or round.

About the most popular shower enclosure models:

  • Semicircular cabins – are ideal for corners and can be used together with a semicircular frame placed at right angles between two walls.
  • Square cabins – suitable for corner positioning as well as for easy positioning on the wall. This type of cabin can have 1, 2 or 3 sides with one or more openings.

Different doors for different requirements

Another very important criterion when choosing a shower is the locking system. When choosing the door opening, you should consider not only the design but also the functionality.

There are three main types of shower doors:

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about the shower

How does the installation of a shower enclosure work?

For proper installation, you should first follow the steps in the Installation Instructions, as different models of showers may require different grommets.

We have also compiled a compact list to give you a general overview of the most important phases in the installation of a shower enclosure.

The installation of the shower enclosure is done in the following steps:

  • Fixing the shower frame
  • Fixing the profiles to the wall
  • Mounting the side glass panels
  • Adding the doors
  • Siliconization

The different shower enclosure models (size and weight) may require more than one person for installation.

For better understanding, we have provided more information below, explaining each step of the installation, including the correct method for sealing the shower enclosure.

Here you can see a video showing all the steps to build a corner shower.

How do I clean a shower enclosure?

Limestone and soap residues that accumulate on the glass surfaces of the shower can be removed with lime and grease solvent.

To prevent this, it is advisable to dry the glass with a squeegee or cloth after each use. This will also prevent mould from forming by keeping the walls dry.

If you want to use natural products, here you will find a list of options to choose from depending on your problem:

The best solution to remove limestone and soap deposits is to use a mild acid that does not attack the glass but reliably removes deposits.

To do this, you must prepare a mixture of 100 ml water and 200 ml white vinegar in a container. Soak a cloth with this solution and wipe the glass walls of the shower. You can also use a spray to spread the solution over the cabin.

Let the vinegar soak in for a quarter of an hour and then rub the walls of the shower cubicle well with a damp cloth. Rinse everything with water and that’s it, everything is clean.

A substitute for vinegar can be lemon juice. Put the juice into a vaporizer and mix it with some water. You can spray the booth with it, then rinse and wipe it down.

Finally, the mildew stains that appear at the joints of the cabin can also be cleaned with water and essential oil from tea trees.

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