I love a bath, but my partner prefers to take a shower, so what did we do? We bought a shower bath and had it installed. And as it was not the easiest of tasks I thought it was worth writing about! Depending on the size of your space in the bathroom, what material you want to have, either steel enamelled or acrylic and even if you want a right or left handed bath (yes I did not know you could choose either!) there is plenty of choice.
Most shower baths come in the standard bath size length of 1700mm but if you have a smaller space available you can get them in compact models of 1500mm or even 1200mm. These are as wide as standard baths. Most shower baths are also available as left or right handed models and to see which one you prefer just imagine the bath against the wall and whichever side the curve is on is the ‘hand’. To choose your material, acrylic is lightweight and retains the heat of water very well.
Steel enamelled baths are hard wearing but do not always retain the heat of the water and are easier to chip and damage than acrylic. They are typically more expensive too. As for choosing taps to go with your shower bath, some have pre-drilled holes so that you can choose your own design of taps, but others prefer the flexibility of a no holes design if you like the idea of a sleek wall mounted bath mixer for example.
We have showcased a few shower baths here from a compact size, to a children’s one, a designer range and a full enclosure, to give you an idea of prices and styles.
Full Enclosure Shower Bath
Carron Agenda 1700 x 700 Offset Bath – 185 litres – from £1,388
Available in standard 5mm thickness and world famous Carronite (30 year guarantee) finishes. Bath comes without tap holes (these to be drilled as required). Brassware, bath waste and overflow must also be ordered seperately too (standard length bath wastes required – not extended).
Optional Front and End Panels are available in Carronite finish (see below).
Optional Full Bath Screen is also available to give you a full shower enclosure.
Compact Shower Bath
Heritage Unity 1500 Showerbath Incl Front Panel Screen LH – from £755.47
This left handed shower bath comes with front panel and curved bath screen and without end panel.
Support kit supplied.
There are no tapholes drilled and the bath is in a white finish. Internal length: 1380 mm, Internal width: 580 mm (min) – 770 mm (max), Height (bath inc. panel): 600 mm, Overflow to waste: 370 mm and Water capacity: 220 litres.
Shower bath for Children
Concept Shower Bath 170 x 70cm | E7362 – from £811
Concept 1700 mm Shower Bath Complete with Ideal Waste System – 90 cm at widest.
Designed by the award winning, Royal Designer for Industry, Robin LevienRobin Levien RDI is one of Britain’s most consistently succClick and Clean. The lower wheels and panels can be released to expose the for thorough cleaning. Shallower than other models so handy for younger kids.
Shower Bath Package deal
Avalon Showerbath Package (Left Handed) from £1539.50
Save yourself a huge amount of hassle of sourcing the basin and loo to go with your shower bath by buying an all in one package deal. Provides a spacious and comfortable showering experience without the need for a separate enclosure.
Package includes a 1700 mm x 900 mm Shower Bath with Curved Front Screen (Left Handed) plus Bath Front Panel. Avalon Basin (H 192 mm x W 630 mm x D 470 mm) with Full Pedestal (H 700 mm x W 205 mm x D 180 mm). Avalon Toilet Pan and a water saving, dual flush push button Cistern plus Toilet Seat (H 790 mm x W 370 mm x D 700 mm). Trivor Mono Basin Mixer and Avalon Bath Shower Mixer plus wastes.
All their pottery products come with a 25 year manufacturer’s guarantee and their taps have a 10 year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Designer Shower Bath
Bette Cora Ronda Comfort Shower Bath – was £2856.00 now £2023.00
Beauty beyond imagination can be seen in Cora Ronda Comfort Shower Bath from the creation of Bette. This bath can transform your bathroom in to your most lovable place. The excellent combination of showering and bathing can be sufficed with this bath. Made of solid steel this bath comes to you with a guarantee of 30 years from Bette.
Dimension of this bath is 1600 mm Long x 900 mm Wide.
Available with matching shower screen. Cora Ronda II and Cora Ronda Swing II Shower Screen [Optional]. 30 years guarantee. Supplied with no tap holes.
Image shown is Right Hand Bath.
Bath with firmly moulded apron made of steel or enamel, which saves costly tiling. Bath panels and legs included. Bath is made from 2.4 mm gauge Titanium Steel. White color bath.
Volume : 147 Ltr.