Shower Column: Review & Recommendations

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

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 column.

The most important facts in brief

  • The shower ritual is probably part of everyone’s everyday life. For everyone there is the perfect shower column for the relaxing or even refreshing experience.
  • The choice of shower columns is huge, so you should pay attention to different criteria such as type, material and other equipment.
  • Which of course limits the search a bit and possibly makes it easier for you to choose, is to set a certain price limit.

Shower column test: Editors’ favourites

  • The best shower column for wellness in your own bathroom
  • The best shower column with massage jets
  • The best easy to install shower column

The best shower column for wellness in your own bathroom

The Elbe shower system made of stainless steel has a shower column with thermostat. The shower is also equipped with a rain shower and a hand shower.

The best shower column with massage jets

The noble shower panel is made of high quality stainless steel and the hand shower is made of solid brass. The shower panel offers much more luxury than a normal shower column.

Besides a waterfall function, the shower panel also offers two large massage units.

The best easy to install shower column

The original wellness shower “Porto” is a very high quality shower system. The shower column is made of heavy brass and the hand shower and head shower are equipped with antique lime knobs.

This model is without fitting and is mounted on an existing fitting.

Guide: Questions you should consider before buying a shower column

What is a shower column?

A shower column consists of various water showers and often replaces the existing fitting with hand shower of the wet room. The shower column consists of a long pipe, depending on the design.
A shower panel is a special type of shower column. A shower panel is a flat construction that is attached to the wall and at the top of which there is an overhead shower in many models.

Shower panels are often much more luxuriously equipped than normal shower columns. However, many shower columns also have hand showers that can be removed in addition to the overhead showers.

Thus, shower columns have all the components of a shower system.

The overhead shower that is most likely to trigger pure wellness is the rain shower. With its many small glands it triggers the soft feeling of summer rain.

Depending on the model, the tap is integrated into the shower column to control the water strength and temperature. An additional fitting is then no longer necessary.

Many of these integrated fittings have a thermostat that maintains the selected temperature.

Room temperature
Thermostat

What do you need to pay particular attention to with shower columns?

The first thing you should do is to choose the right shower column. Which functions are most important to you?
If you’re the less complicated type, one shower head and several massage showers are probably enough.
If you want to have an unforgettable showering experience and spend a lot of time in the bathroom, then you should consider a splash or waterfall shower and LED lighting.
Of course, the design that matches your taste in interior design plays a very important role. Your bathroom should also be a beautiful place in your living space, so the material is also crucial.

What does a shower column cost?

Shower columns are offered in almost all price ranges. Usually they start at 20 euros, but can also go into the four-figure range.
Good quality can be expected from around 150 euros. Cheaper shower columns are not so much to recommend, as the price reduction also influences the quality of the product.
Of course, the price also depends on the material and the additional features of the shower column. Shower columns with the extras thermostat and LED light are usually more expensive than conventional shower columns.
Shower panels are often more expensive, because they are often like a small private wellness area, with different extra glands etc.
So you can decide for yourself how much luxury you want for your shower experience and which extras are important to you with a shower column. There is something for everyone.

Where can you buy a shower column?

You can buy shower columns in specialist shops, DIY stores, retail stores or online.
As many buyers like to test the quality of domestic products personally and DIY stores have an inspiring effect, DIY stores are still very popular.
However, it is certainly a good idea to compare prices directly on the internet. You can usually find much cheaper offers for shower columns.
Since the popularity of shower columns is constantly increasing, there are numerous manufacturers and companies that offer the wellness product:

Amazon.com
EBay.com
Hornbach
Bauhaus

All shower columns that we present on our site have a link to at least one of these shops, so that you can immediately strike when you have found a panel that suits you.

Decision part: What types of shower columns are there and which one is right for you?

In general, there are three different types of shower columns. However, the categories can also overlap.

  • Shower column with bathtub fitting
  • Shower column with single lever mixer
  • Shower column with thermostatic tap

What distinguishes a shower column with bathtub fitting and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If your shower column is to be used in combination with a bathtub, a model with a bathtub fitting or bathtub thermostat is recommended.

The selection is not as large as for shower fittings. But if you want to have an extra flow source in your bathtub this is of course the right option.

So you can also have the right shower experience in the bathtub with overhead shower.

Advantages

Shower integrated in bathtub
Additional flow source
More space-saving than an extra shower
Bathtub experience becomes even more relaxing

Disadvantages

Reduced supply
Uniforms are getting harder
Space for overhead shower in bathtub must be provided

What distinguishes a shower column with single-lever mixer and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If you do not want to spend extra money on a thermostat, we strongly recommend the shower column with the single-lever mixer.

You can easily and comfortably set a pleasant water temperature with it. The lever mixer responds immediately to changes and reliably keeps them at the set level.

A prerequisite for this is that you have correctly connected the shower system to the cold and hot water connections in your bathroom.

Advantages

Less expensive than thermostat
Easy to operate
Temperature and water jet adjustment are together

Disadvantages

Complicated connection
Suitable temperature must be found by trial and error
Temperature can be influenced by other devices

What distinguishes a shower column with thermostatic faucet and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Surely you know it with conventional shower columns, you are standing in the shower and someone starts washing dishes and the shower suddenly gets cold.

Thermostats put an end to that. You can adjust the shower temperature without affecting other devices that require water.

With the thermostat, the shower temperature is also not influenced by other devices. Higher quality shower panels often have a built-in shower thermostat, which mixes hot and cold water so that the desired temperature is maintained at a constant level.

Advantages

Independent heat regulation
Does not affect other devices
Is not influenced by other devices
Precise temperature setting possible

Disadvantages

More expensive
More difficult to install

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

In the following we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate shower columns. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular shower column is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Material
  • Shower hose length
  • Further features
  • Equipment
  • Brand

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

Material

Before you want to buy a shower column, you should inform yourself well about different materials. We have prepared a small list for you.

There is a lot of choice so it can be a little overkill at first but once you get the hang of it you will find the right material for your shower column.

Apart from stability, aesthetics also play a major role. Should your bathroom have an Asian touch or should it be traditional?

Here is a table of materials with their advantages and disadvantages:

Shower hose length

This criterion is quite easy to forget, but is relevant when buying your shower column. Before you make the purchase, you should know who will use the shower, because height is very important for choosing the ideal length of the shower hose.

In online shops, this criterion is often specified as a filter and it is worth checking with specialist dealers. In general, there are sizes from about 60cm up to 200cm.

However, these masses have nothing to do with the shower column. This should of course also be mounted at your height. Often shower columns also have adjusters, with which you can adjust the hand shower as an overhead shower, according to your wishes.

Further features

Nowadays, shower columns usually have many properties. We inform you here with a short list of other features that will influence your purchase.

  • 2-way switch
  • 3-way switch
  • Antikalk-System
  • Shower-integrated swivel
  • Height-adjustable hand shower
  • Height-adjustable shower holder
  • Einfache Reinigung/Schnellreinigung
  • LED change
  • Stainless steel
  • Swivel head shower
  • Safety locks at certain temperatures
  • Riser tube height adjustable

Properties may be missing from this list. But you can see here how varied the offer is and what else you have to pay attention to besides the material. In general, it can be said that shower columns with many other properties often have higher prices.

Performance

The radiant intensity of your shower column can greatly influence your shower experience. Although it may sound banal, this is a very relevant point to remember.

At lower pressures and jets you spend more time than necessary removing the shampoo from your hair because the performance is weak.

In addition to the time lost, you also consume more electricity. These are negative side effects that should be avoided at all costs.

With some shower columns the jet intensity can be adjusted manually. Depending on your budget, it is advisable to consider this first.

Brand

Shower columns are now offered by many different brands. Whether only in online trade or in tree markets, usually there are many brands available.

So you can choose the brands according to your price budget and style. With luxurious, well-known brands, however, it is unfortunately often the case that you don’t just pay for the high quality of the shower column, but for the brand.

Very affordable brand Affordable brand:

  • Mixomat-Kamague
  • Hornbach Grohe
  • Hansgrohe Kludi

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about the shower column

How is a shower column properly maintained?

Since the bathroom is supposed to be used for cleaning and relaxation, it also makes sense that the shower column is cleaned regularly.

The material also determines how often you should clean them. Depending on the hardness of the water, you will have to fight against lime stains, soap residue and fingerprints.

With some shower columns, you can remove the hand shower or overhead shower for easier cleaning.

Are shower columns with LED dangerous?

No, in the meantime the dangerous shower columns, which are operated with electricity from the socket, have been completely banned from the market. The successors include turbine-controlled shower panels, which unfortunately have a few disadvantages.

If the water is very calcareous, its function is very quickly disturbed and sometimes the turbine-controlled shower column makes disturbing noises.

Far more recommendable are shower columns that are battery operated. On average, the batteries only need to be replaced every 2 to 3 years and the battery compartment should be easily accessible

Why the new trend – infrared radiation?

The new trend in the bathroom is probably infrared radiation. In contrast to the sauna, heating with infrared rays is more gentle on the body.

Also the circulation is not stressed so much. The heating stimulates the production of sweat and your harmful substances are washed away directly.

Did you know that a cold shower can get your circulation going?
A cold shower hardens the body and can also strengthen the immune system. It also improves your blood circulation and reduces stress and depression.

It is said that skin respiration should be improved a little and muscle pain should be reduced, but it is important to note that the infrared function can only be used without a glass cabin.

How do I mount a shower column?

We have linked a video here that should help you for your montage. Often an assembly is also offered or you get a special assembly instruction.

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