Discover The Best Mixer Shower: Top 10 Mixer Valves Reviewed – UK Guide

Best Shower Mixer Valve

So, you are in eager search of a new shower mixer, but not sure where to start because of the array of different types and brands on offer? Not to worry….

In this guide we focus purely on the shower mixers, both regular and thermostatic models, so if you are looking for power showers, electric showers or digital showers then check out our other guides featured on the website.

We spent nearly 40 hours analysing over 60 popular UK models to find a mixer that suits all price ranges in different designs and configurations, such as concealed and surfaced mounted mixers:

Build quality, functionality and of course features.

Below you will see the shower mixers that ticked all the boxes, ultimately it was the Hansgrohe Exostat 1001 CL which earned our Editor’s Choice award as it scored highly in all the areas we look for when choosing the best shower mixer.

And if our editors and budget pick are not for you? Don’t worry, we’ve picked an assortment of shower mixers to suit all budgets and requirements.

Our Best Shower Mixer Picks

Editor’s Choice – A Great Allrounder with Eco-Friendliness

Hansgrohe Ecostat 1001 CL Thermostatic Shower Mixer

Hansgrohe Ecostat 1001 CL Thermostatic Shower Mixer
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The first unit in the list is this Hansgrohe Ecostat unit (note: we have two other Hansgrohe units in the list). This is a thermostatic unit that promises to provide constant water temperature and volume throughout its lifetime.

Since this is a thermostatic unit, you can pre-set the temperature to ensure that you or your family won’t suffer unpleasant cold shocks or scalding. Even if someone is flushing the toilet elsewhere, you will constantly receive the temperature that you desire

The unit is designed for high-pressure systems only and is perfect to use if a combi boiler.

Strong points:
  • Thermostat lock – The unit features a safety lock set at 40 degrees Celsius. It automatically locks at that temperature, ensuring that your family is protected against scalding-hot water and no cold water shocks over the head either.
  • Ecostop button – This feature limits water consumption to 10 litres per minute.
  • Bath-tub end mountable – You can fit this unit onto your bath rim, provided that you purchase pillar unions, which you can also purchase from the supplier.
  • Controls are easy to turn
  • Gradual and safe temperature change from hot to cold and vice versa
Technical specifications:
  • Thermostatic Mixer Bar
  • Package weight and dimensions – 10 x 29.6 x 6.8 cm; 2.36 Kilograms
  • Maximum pressure – 10 bar (minimum = 1 bar)
  • Finish – Polished
  • Material – Handles made of metal
  • Plug Profile/Installation – Deck mount

This Hansgrohe Ecostat scores the highest for environmental sensitivity and protection.

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Best Shower Mixer Bar with Anti Scalding

Bristan H0920 FRENZY Contemporary Cool Touch Bar Mixer

Bristan H0920 FRENZY Contemporary Cool Touch Bar Mixer
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The Bristan H0920 FRENZY (another Bristan unit is featured later) is the master of providing cool technology that ensures users are perfectly safe from getting burned. This is the unit we found to have the ultimate scalding-free protection.

There is a flexibility feature where, whatever pressure system you have, the unit can just perfectly blend in. Good for both low-pressure and high-pressure systems.

Easy installation is a strong point for this unit, though some customers reported a weird noise and loose thermostat fitting after a short period of use. This is the only reason this model doesn’t make top spot.

However, the manufacturer claims that they perform over 20,000 cycles of rigorous test on their products. Sad thing is, we have no way of confirming the claim.

Strong points:
  • Cool touch technology – There is no way you will ever touch a hot valve with this unit. The technology makes cool water surround hot water during use, and there is a separate set of controls for flow and temperature.
  • Wall-fixing kit supplied – One of this unit’s strongest selling points is the installation kit that comes with it. Easy installation is guaranteed.
  • Aesthetics – The unit comes in a sleek shiny, chrome-plated finish.
Technical specifications:
  • Non-Thermostatic Mixer Bar
  • Package weight and dimensions – Shower valve only; 1.75 kilograms
  • Maximum pressure – suitable for combi boiler
  • Finish – Chrome
  • Material – Chrome, brass
  • Plug Profile/Installation – Wall mount
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Best Value for Money Surfaced Mounted Shower Mixer

Hansgrohe Focus Shower Mixer

Hansgrohe Focus Shower Mixer
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Compared to its brother the Ecostat featured above, this Hansgrohe Focus unit comes with a flow rate of 22 litres per minute. In case you’re looking for a higher flow rate but still with high-pressure and from the same brand, this is it.

However, the Focus does not come with a thermostat unlike the Ecostat. So, this unit is a mechanical mixer. Despite that, the temperature control for this unit is good and it regulates the temperature easily.

On the side of functionality, this is a unit you can attach above your bathtub or on the wall in your shower. A simple no frills wall mounted shower mixer

Strong points:
  • Handle – Comes with one lever that controls both water flow and temperature
  • Installation – A well-made product and easy to install. Great value for money.
  • Aesthetics – Attractive, modern design
Technical specifications:
  • Standard Lever Non-Thermostatic Mixer
  • Package weight and dimensions – 25 x 20.3 x 16.1 cm; 1.99 Kilograms
  • Maximum pressure – 10 bar (minimum = 1 bar)
  • Finish – Polished
  • Material – Chrome
  • Plug Profile/Installation – Wall mount

This chrome-made unit comes with an affordable pricing, high flow rate, easy installation system and easy temperature control.

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Best Easy Clean Single Lever Mixer with a 5 Year Warranty

GROHE BauEdge | Bathroom Faucet – Single Lever Shower Mixer

GROHE BauEdge | Bathroom Faucet - Single Lever Shower Mixer
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The GROHE BauEdge (we feature another Grohe unit below) is a German-manufactured single-lever shower mixer that also comes with a reasonable price tag, but it stands out the most in the aspect of ease of cleaning. Thanks to its Starlight feature.

The Starlight features a chrome coating, which provides a bright surface that resists scratches and stains while maintaining its original shine. This unit only needs wiping with a dry cloth for maintenance.

This Grohe unit also boasts of its SilkMove feature. With this feature, the unit allows for the smoothest and the most precise lever drive.

Strong points:
  • Ease of cleaning and low maintenance – A piece of dry cloth is all you need to keep it shiny, clean, stain-free, and scratch-free.
  • Pocket-friendly – One of the cheapest options in the market
  • SilkMove experience – Sturdy construction with a handle that turns slickly when adjusting the temperature or when switching from bath to shower
Technical specifications:
  • Standard Lever Non-Thermostatic Mixer
  • Package weight and dimensions – 16 x 20 x 12 cm; 1.44 Kilograms
  • Maximum pressure – 1 to 5 bar
  • Finish – Chrome
  • Material – Ceramic
  • Plug Profile/Installation – Wall mount

With its shiny finish and high resistance to stain and scratches, cleaning and maintaining the BauEdge definitely becomes the most time-efficient and easiest of tasks to do.

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Best Concealed Thermostatic Mixer – Fits Most Recess Depths

Bristan AR3 SHCVO C Artisan Recessed Thermostatic Dual Control Shower Valve

Bristan AR3 SHCVO C Artisan Recessed Thermostatic Dual Control Shower Valve
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At a little over twice the price of its brother Bristan FRENZY, the Bristan AR3 SHCVO thermostatic control shower valve is made for a range of cavity sizes (45 – 75 mm) and water supply temperature. The coldest that it can supply is 5 degrees Celsius and the hottest 80 degrees Celsius.

The unit comes with a flow rate of only 8 litres per minute at 0.2 bar. True enough, you can significantly lower your water bill with this unit, but just in case the need comes, you can switch to a higher-pressure rate of 5 bar for flexibility.

The look is modern and sophisticated. The slight downside is a lot of its inside is plastic and ceramic with chrome material on the plate.

Strong points:
  • Wide range of cavity for flexibility
  • Wide range of temperature for water supply
  • Aesthetics – Generally very good looking
Technical specifications:
  • Concealed Thermostatic Mixer Valve
  • Package weight and dimensions – 30.4 x 20.19 x 16.79 cm; 1 Kilogram
  • Maximum pressure – 5 bar (minimum working pressure = 0.2 bar)
  • Finish – Polished
  • Material – Brass, ceramic
  • Plug Profile/Installation – Wall mount

Best attribute: Fits most mounting cavities

The wide range of cavity sizes that this unit fits makes it the best option to choose for people with different shower systems and sizes in their home or business.
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Best High End Concealed Shower Mixer From a Top Brand

GROHE 34224000 | Avensys Modern Dual Control Shower Mixer

GROHE 34224000 | Avensys Modern Dual Control Shower Mixer
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Coming in with a good build quality and top-notch performance is this Grohe unit. While it comes with a different fixing approach to the usual thermostatic units, this model is comparatively easier to mount in place, and when it is mounted, it will give your shower setup that stunning and crisp feel.

Reinforcing the easy fit installation is the presence of two outlets – one at the bottom and one at the top. You can use either of the two to connect to your shower outlet. One of them has a blanking screw cap. Just swap it over and you can use the other outlet that suits your configuration.

This Grohe unit works for both low and high pressure and can work for a combi boiler. This is also a unit that is easy to clean and is scratch-resistant.

Strong points:
  • Installation – Easy to install and comes with a different mounting approach
  • Finish – Deep-layered chrome surface creates a mirror-like sheen
  • Suitable for all plumbing requirements
Technical specifications:
  • Thermostatic Concealed Shower Mixer
  • Package weight and dimensions – 23.8 x 19.8 x 15.6 cm; 4.2 Kilograms
  • Maximum pressure – 5 bar (minimum = 0.1 bar)
  • Finish – Polished
  • Material – Copper, nickel and chrome
  • Plug Profile/Installation – Single-hole, deck mount
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Best Budget Thermostatic Mixer Bar

Solepearl Chrome Thermostatic Shower Mixer Modern Thermostatic Bar Shower Mixer

Solepearl Chrome Thermostatic Shower Mixer Modern Thermostatic Bar Shower Mixer
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This is a unit that comes with superb thermostatic control balancing hot and cold temperature in no time. This is why many users say that any manual manipulation or adjustment is not necessary with this model.

Accommodating a range of hot- and cold-inlet distance of 140 mm to 170 mm, this unit is comparably easy to install. Just connect the left water inlet and the right.

For a budget model this ticks nearly all the boxes, but not to be compared the higher build quality brans featured above.

Nonetheless, this mixer is easy to install and comes with an impressive design.
Strong points:
  • Aesthetics and construction – Well-designed and slim
  • Temperature – Quick balancing of hot and cold temperature
  • Installation – Accommodates a wide range of inlet distance
Technical specifications:
  • Thermostatic Mixer Bar
  • Package weight and dimensions – 38.61 x 10.67 x 7.87 cm; 1.44 Kilograms
  • Maximum pressure – 5 bar (minimum = 1 bar)
  • Finish – Polished
  • Material – Chrome-plated brass
  • Plug Profile/Installation – Wall mount

Best attribute: Apart from the Price – Intelligent temperature control

The Solepearl comes with a technology that automatically balances temperature and maintains desirable temperature level in a quick time.
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Best Thermostatic Mixer with Duel Outlets

Hansgrohe ShowerSelect Thermostatic Mixer for 2 Outlets

Hansgrohe ShowerSelect Thermostatic Mixer for 2 Outlets
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ShowerSelect is probably the most expensive unit from Hansgrohe and one of the priciest models available in the market, but for good reason. Designed for high-pressure shower systems, it comes with a great an awesome design, is easy to use, and cleans well with just cloth and water.

In addition, it controls temperature well and the 2 outlets which is ideal if you want an overhead monsoon shower and a hand shower. Simply select the push button and it will turn the 2 outlets on and off.

This is a wall-concealed system, so the base unit should be hidden in the wall behind the plaster. The appearance is tidy and produces a timeless ambience in the shower room.

Strong points:
  • Installation – Concealed installation, helping create a neat and uncluttered setup
  • Scald safe – Comes with a safety stop at 40 degrees Celsius
  • Accessories – Comes with handle, mixing unit, mounting rail, and hand shower
Technical specifications:
  • Concealed Thermostatic Mixer with Dual Outlets
  • Package weight and dimensions – 5.4 x 15.5 x 15.5 cm; 1.47 Kilograms
  • Maximum pressure – 10 bar (minimum = 1 bar)
  • Finish – Metal cover and finish
  • Material – Knobs made of metal
  • Plug Profile/Installation – Concealed installation

Best attribute: Duel Output Premium Valve

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What to Look For In A Mixer Shower

Before rushing into this purchase, take a couple of minutes to consider your options and all of the factors associated with each. Here is a breakdown of the most important factors.

  • Price – While many consumers will have a preference regarding how much to spend, price should not be the only judging factor. Instead, you should also consider the factors below.
  • Design – Although all of these showers serve the same purpose, their designs can be diverse. Do you want the valve surface mounted, or concealed behind a wall.
  • Pressure Controls – When choosing a mixer valve, you should consider whether or not you want to be able to control the pressure of your water (for example to reduce water usage) Some of these offer a flow rate controller, but this isn’t available with all.
  • Temperature Controls – Each of these valves will give you the ability to adjust the water’s temperature, but they’ll do so differently. Some will only come with a single temperature lever that you simply lift and turn to the desired temperature, whilst better quality and higher priced models will have a thermostatic cartridge fitted to control the temperature (ideal if you have kids and need to avoid accidental scalding)
  • Installation Difficulty When choosing the best mixer valve for your shower, you’ll need to make sure to consider your skill level. Are you capable of installing a highly complex valve? If not, you might want to opt for one that is much easier to install or hire a professional.
  • Low-pressure system If you have a gravity fed system, rather than the likes of a combi boiler, you will be limited to models that require a low flow rate. Most thermostatic mixer valves require higher levels of pressure and therefore will require a shower pump in line, more details on pumps next.
  • Negative/Positive Head Pump – (You can skip this if you have a combi boiler/pressurised boiler) Check for suitability with the head pump. A negative head pump is used in the case where the pump is located, either at the level or below the cold water tank.

    Otherwise, the pump is located above the cold water tank and the head pump is classified as negative.

    In the products above, the Hansgrohe ShowerSelect requires a negative head pump to match and on the condition that you are running a water pump to supply water to your shower. 

Conclusion

People have different priorities, but whatever you have in your head, still the most important factor to consider is safety especially if you have young kids using the shower. The mixer must offer protection to the family 

On that note, we would pick the thermostatic units as the best shower mixer valves– Hansgrohe Ecostat, Hansgrohe SelectShower, and Bristan FRENZY. These are all thermostatic units that maintain water temperature, so scalding can be prevented.

In the end, as to functionality, we have chosen the Ecostat to be the ultimate winner here.  It is environment-friendly despite its capacity to fit high-pressure systems. Its ability to modify water temperature gradually is also a big plus for us. If you have any questions or would maybe like to share your first hand experience with these or other mixer valves, please leave us a comment below. 

10 Best Shower Enclosures – Inspiring UK Ideas and Buying Guide

10 Best Shower Enclosures – Inspiring UK Ideas and Buying Guide
10 Best Shower Enclosures – Inspiring UK Ideas and Buying Guide

Choosing the right shower head is one thing, but the enclosure is a whole new kettle of fish. There are so many to look at, and a number of factors that you need to take into consideration before you go ahead and buy one. In many ways, it is the most important bathroom-related decision.

When you, or a guest, first steps into the bathroom the shower enclosure will be one of the first things they see, and you want them to be impressed – you should feel pleased with the way your bathroom looks.

A good shower enclosure will bring all the aesthetics you need, as long as you pick the one that is both the right size and design for the room in question. It can feel a little overwhelming when you first start to search though.

This is why we are here – to help you learn more about shower enclosures, as well as which one is going to be right for you. In order to help you find the best shower enclosures in UK, we have put this guide together, compiling all of the relevant shower enclosure reviews in one place so that you can find the one that will bring your bathroom to life.  

Shower Enclosure by Size 

Before you do anything, you need to measure up your bathroom to see what size shower enclosure you are going to need. There is a whole load of different sizes out there, as well as shapes, so you are definitely going to find one that suits your bathroom perfectly.

While there is an abundance of different sizes out there, here are some of the most common ones so that you get a rough idea:

  • 700x700mm

  • 760x760mm

  • 800x800mm

  • 900x900mm

  • 1500x700mm

There are bigger and smaller sizes out there, and ones that have a different length and width, but a lot of it depends on the type of enclosure you are looking at. These figures are for a standard square shower. 

Quality Quick Release Shower Door Rollers 

This isn’t something you can expect to find on the cheap models of shower enclosure, but it is a feature you need to look for when you spend a little extra. Metal bodied rollers are so important, and the bearings should be stainless steel as opposed to plastic.

They allow the doors to open smoothly and in silence, which is the complete opposite to the cheaper plastic rollers. The metal ones also last a lot longer than their plastic counterparts, so they won’t need to be replaced as often.

You can even get them pre-fitted to the door, which is a massive help because they are the most annoying part to try and get on. You may even find that the rollers are covered under warranty, or that the enclosure comes with spares, and this is often a huge bonus. 

Reduce Hassle with Easy Fit Shower Enclosures 

Most shower enclosures need two people to fit them, but this isn’t always possible, and that is why so many companies have created models that can be easily fitted by one person.

These not only take a lot of the stress out, but they can be fit solely by you, and you won’t need to hire a plumber in order to get it installed and hooked up. 

Branded or Unbranded Products?

This is a pretty big question that leaves people feeling quite divided, because it is such a personal choice. The great benefit of an unbranded shower enclosure (or general product) is that they are usually a lot cheaper to buy, and this can really save you some cash.

However, there is so much that you don’t know about them. Where did it come from? Where was it manufactured? What is it actually made of? All of these are questions that an unbranded product is very unlikely to answer, and you also have no idea how durable it is or if it will even last.

With a branded shower enclosure you will have to spend more, but you will be assured that it is safe to use and know everything about it. 

Cut and Shaped Glass Detailing 

This is a really gorgeous feature that is relatively new for shower enclosures, and while it can cost a bit more, the results are so worth it. What the process of cut and shaped glass means is that there are rounded profiles or cut-outs that allow the rollers to sit on the edge of the shower glass.

It means that you need less parts, gives it an amazing aesthetic, and also helps to improve the longevity of the enclosure. 

No Need to Clean with Easy Clean Glass Coatings 

Honestly, this is such a revolutionary thing to me, and I don’t know how I managed without it. Easy clean glass is not a lazy option as there are plenty of us out there that work long hours and just don’t have the time to do a thorough shower clean on top of everything else.

Of course, this glass does need to be cleaned, but the effort required is minimal when compared to standard glass. The very basics of how this works is that shower glass is actually filled with tiny dips that can only be seen under a microscope, and so water droplets, dirt, and bacteria all get stuck in them quite easily.

The coating fills these dips in to create a smooth surface, which allows the water to just run down smoothly and therefore means that a lot less ends up getting stuck there. It needs a lot less cleaning, and when you do go to do it, the process is so much faster and easier.

Thickness of Glass 

What’s the deal with glass thickness? In short, it will provide you with a more robust shower that can handle a lot more, but it will also tend to get more expensive as the thickness increases. The bare minimum level is 4mm, with the standard being 8mm.

However, you can get glass that goes up to 15mm thick if you have the cash for it. Showering in an enclosure with 8mm glass leaves you feeling more separated from the world than if you are in a 4mm space.

The thicker glass is also heavier, and you should keep this in mind when it comes to installing the enclosure because it will require two people to get it up safely. Similarly, be wary of shower enclosures with anything thicker than 8mm that are cheap – make sure they are up to code and go for the pricier option.

No matter what kind of thickness you want from your glass, you need to make sure that it has been made to the British Safety Standards before you buy it. An additional bonus that shows you are getting the best glass is to look for either of these European Standard codes: EN 12150 and EN14428.

This means that it is shatterproof and will be able to handle a lot more.

What are Shower Enclosures Made of? 

The most common material for the frame of a shower enclosure is stainless-steel, or other metals that do not rust, and a lot of the time you will find they come with a chrome finish for some extra sparkle. This is the most frequently used material, alongside the glass, and you will find that it is even used in frameless shower models.

While the frameless ones don’t use as much metal, and the primary material is glass, they still come with supports that are made from metal so that it can be secured to the wall safely.

If you buy a really cheap shower enclosure, they are often made from plastic – both in terms of the frame and the “glass” windows. Plastic models can still look good, but they aren’t as durable or robust as their metal counterparts.

How long should a shower enclosure last?

How long does it take to get a shower enclosure installed? It should take about two weeks from the time that your shower is measured to the time that your shower enclosure is installed.

Best Shower Enclosure for Small Bathroom – Apollo

Even little bathrooms deserve a shower enclosure that looks amazing while remaining spacious, and that is why we have chosen this model from Apollo.

It’s the best shower enclosure for small bathrooms, and all you need to do is read the reviews below to see why. 

The Good

Measuring in at 700x700mm and with 1850mm of height, this shower enclosure has been designed for smaller spaces, although there is the option to choose larger sizes as well.

It can stand nicely anywhere in your bathroom, even slotting neatly into a corner if you are short on space, and the chrome finish gives it a really modern and refined look that you are sure to love. 

The frameless design has an almost tropical feel, while the hinged shower door remains incredibly robust and durable – so you don’t have to be extra careful when you open it. All of the glass used is 6mm safety glass, which is thick and reliable.

The support arms that are included keep it all standing, and the installation process is very simple, and you can even do it yourself. 

The Not So Good

There have been no negative reviews for this particular shower enclosure so far. 

Our View

One of the best things about this shower enclosure is that it comes at a really good price, and one that can be slipped into most budgets quite comfortably.

It is the perfect size for smaller bathrooms, and the shape means that it can be placed in the corner of really tight ones as well – which is quite convenient.

The fact that there are no negative reviews for it yet shows that customers have had a great experience with it, and many praise the easy installation that saves them money and hassle. 

Also Read:
How to Change Shower Head

Best Walk-In Shower Enclosure - Elite

Walk-in showers are glorious, and there is nothing quite like stepping into one. Spacious and airy, they just bring a whole new level of energy with them – almost like you are outdoors and showering in the wild. If you think this is the experience for you, we suggest having a read of the info below. 

The Good

This shower enclosure comes in three different sizes, each of which is at least 1500mm long – making it a great choice for medium or large bathrooms.

The frame has a silver finish for a modern look as well as an amazing shine, and if you decide to buy the tray that goes with it, you don’t have to worry about it being too tall as it only measures in at 45mm high. 

The glass panels are clear and incredibly easy to clean, as they have been made to help ensure things are a little easier on you, and they come with a lifetime guarantee to give you peace of mind.

The standard thickness for the safety glass walls is 8mm, but you do have the choice to upgrade it to 10mm if you are looking for something really durable that will last a long time. 

The Not So Good

There have been no negative reviews for this shower enclosure so far. 

Our View

This shower enclosure comes at quite a reasonable price, and fits in with a mid-range budget. So, if you are looking to spend a little more on a walk-in model, this could be the best price for shower enclosures for you.

With no negative reviews so far, it gives you a little confidence that customers love it, and the lifetime guarantee on the glass is extra reassurance. Made to last and with a really gorgeous design, this could be the enclosure of your dreams (and it even has the tray).

Best Curved Shower Enclosure - Soak

With a unique design and the ability to fit almost anywhere, a curved shower enclosure could be just what your bathroom has been asking for.

This particular model from Soak has everything you could want for a very good price, so we suggest you have a read below and see what you think of it. 

The Good

This shower enclosure measures in at 800x800mm, which means that it is the ideal fit for smaller bathrooms and can squeeze into little spaces quite nicely.

The curved design also means that if you put it directly into a corner, there is no issue as the doors are located on the actual curve, so you can get out through a smaller space without issue. 

It has 8mm safety glass that has been fully tested for durability, so you know what you are getting when you pick this model up.

Cleaning has also been made easier as the glass is coated in an environmentally-friendly solution that helps it to resist dirt, oil, limescale, and streaks quite effectively. Combined with waterproof properties, it makes for a robust little model. 

The Not So Good

A couple of customers had missing parts, but they were replaced quickly by the company. 

Our View

This shower enclosure does have a lot to offer, and it comes at a low price that can work with most budgets – so you don’t need to break the bank in order to pick up a good-looking curved shower.

While some customers did end up with missing parts, this is very rare, and the company replaced them very quickly. With some fantastic cleaning properties on the glass, and easy installation, it’s hard for this enclosure to go wrong. 

Best Corner Shower Enclosure – Lakes

These are great for small spaces, and if you are searching for the best corner shower for a tight bathroom, this is the place for you to be.

Our top pick from Lakes is sure to meet all your needs, so why not take a look at the information below and maybe pick one up? 

The Good

With this shower enclosure, you can either choose a 760mm model or an 800mm one, both of which are well-suited to smaller spaces.

While it is a corner shower, it is also what is known as a true corner shower enclosure because of the fact the doors are located on the actual corner – so you could install it between two tight walls and still be able to use it freely. 

With 6mm thick safety glass, this enclosure is suitable for use with power showers, so you don’t need to worry if you are fitting it around an existing system. You also have the option to include the tray with your purchase, allowing you to pick up the whole package.

The doors are quick release and very easy to open and close, and it has a good height at 1950mm for those who are quite tall. 

The Not So Good

There have been no negative reviews for this model of shower enclosure so far. 

Our View

This shower enclosure comes at a great price, and one that many in the mid-range bracket can afford very comfortably. With no negative reviews so far, it is one of the best shower enclosures out there, and the way it has been designed is proof of that.

With the genius corner doors, your new shower can be installed in even the tightest spaces – all while leaving enough room to wash comfortably. Overall, it is an excellent choice for any bathroom. 

Best Quadrant Shower Enclosure - Lakes

Another curved shower, these really are the trending enclosure at the moment, and it’s no wonder when you consider how sleek and stylish these models are.

If quadrant showers are your thing, you’re going to want to take a good, long, look at this particular model before it gets away. 

The Good

This shower enclosure measures in at 900mm, making it suitable for medium and large bathrooms that need a model with extra room.

This particular one also comes with some great options, like the ability to buy a shower tray to go with it, or a plumbing kit for easy and regular maintenance at an additional cost. 

You can also choose to have a silver or white finish, depending on your preference. The doors open using handles, and do so very smoothly for an effortless showering experience.

The glass is easy to clean and is made from 8mm safety glass for durability and a solid finish. It also has an eco-friendly coating on the glass to resist dirt, limescale, and bacteria, keeping things cleaner for you, and also taking a lot of your work away to make things easier. 

The Not So Good

Some customers felt that the price for this model is quite high. 

Our View

This shower enclosure comes from an excellent brand, and is definitely priced for those with some extra cash. While there are some that found this model too expensive, you are paying for the quality, and it really shines through with this one.

It is a good size, has loads of handy extras that can be added on, and there are no other negative reviews that this time to say it is anything short of excellent. It’s a solid choice, and one of the best quadrant shower enclosures. 

Further Reading:
Small Shower Room Design Ideas

Best Budget Shower Enclosure – Wickes

Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a good shower that is equally good quality, and this model that we have chosen from Wickes ticks all the boxes.

So, if you are strapped for cash or simply don’t want to pay a lot, this could be the perfect solution for you. 

The Good

This rectangular shower enclosure measures in at 760mm, so it’s a good one to go for if you have a small bathroom, and has a height of 1860mm.

It has a white frame surrounding it, as well as clear glass that comes in at 4mm thick for safety and reliability. 

It does not come with a tray, but there are plenty available to buy separately at really low prices to stop you spending too much. The door opens using a handle, but it can be fit to suit both left-handed and right-handed people – offering comfort and ease to every customer.

The magnetic strips along the seams of the frame and door provide a tight waterproof seal to prevent any leakage while you wash, and the adjustable profile means that you can fit it to an uneven wall if necessary, for more versatility. 

The Not So Good

There have been no complaints about this particular shower enclosure so far. 

Our View

This shower enclosure comes at a truly budget price, and one you won’t regret spending because you are still getting great quality from it.

There are no negative reviews so far, and all the positive ones talk about is how good the enclosure is, but also how you can install it yourself and without professional help.

It’s small, but also mighty, and it is able to offer you everything you need in order to get back on track and start enjoying your showers again, but without spending a fortune. 

Best Luxury Shower Enclosure – Milano Vaso

We all deserve to have some luxury in our lives, and when we shower, we should feel good about it and not as though we need to get through it quickly.

This luxury shower enclosure has exactly what you need to feel good about yourself again, and you can learn its secrets by reading about it below. 

The Good

This shower enclosure comes in a variety of sizes, starting from 900mm and going all the way up to 1500 – so you know that you can get a luxury model regardless of the size of your bathroom.

Made from stainless steel and with a brushed finished, it screams modern and will spice up your room perfectly. 

It even comes with thick easy-clean glass to make life easier for you. It’s a walk-in shower with no door or step, making it simple and easy for anyone to use.

The best part is the fact that it comes with both the tray and the shower tower, providing you with the complete package to get started quickly. The tower contains push controls for the shower head, with loads of water spray settings for you to choose from and even a little shelf for toiletries. 

The Not So Good

There are no negative reviews for this shower enclosure at the moment. 

Our View

This shower enclosure does come at a higher price, but when you look at the amount it comes with, it is hardly a surprise. This isn’t just a stunning walk-in enclosure, it is also the actual shower tower, head, and tray, providing you with a fully-functioning bathroom set to play with.

When you look at that, it is no wonder there have been no negative reviews for it, and there are so many great features for you to use and love. It could be the best purchase you make this year. 

Further Models of Shower Enclosure 

Here are some further models of shower enclosure for you to look at, just in case the ones above do not quite meet your requirements.

Best Sliding Door Shower Enclosure – John Lewis 

This rectangular shower enclosure has a stunning silver finish that leaves the whole room sparkling as well as a semi-frameless design that gives it a strong modern aesthetic to fit any bathroom style.

The straight sliding door means that it is easy to access and step into, and you are assured smooth and fluid movement when you go to open it.

The toughened safety glass ensures durability throughout its life, and the sliding mechanism has been made with your convenience in mind as it is very easy to clean. It is a medium-sized enclosure that should suit most bathrooms quite nicely. 

Best Frameless Shower Enclosure – Mode Harrison

A frameless look is what so many are after, especially as it gives the impression of floating glass when you first enter the room.

It is a larger enclosure, meaning that it has a good amount of room for movement, and so it is not suited to small bathrooms – although there are smaller models available. 

Despite being frameless, this enclosure remains incredibly sturdy and reliable, with 8mm safety glass that offers you peace of mind and a robust place to wash.

The door can be fitted for right- or left-hand entry, and it comes at quite a modest price when you consider this as well as the overall size. 

Best Shower Enclosure for Elderly – Kudos

All too often, the needs of older people are forgotten when it comes to showers, and that is why we have looked long and hard for a perfectly suitable model.

This particular shower enclosure does not have any steps, so you can walk right in without fear of tripping over as you do so. The sliding door makes entry even easier, and the robust design means that it can withstand quite a lot.

The finger-pull handle reduces strain on the hands when you go to open it, and the glass is resistant to limescale and scum to make cleaning a lot easier for you.

Easy to install and at a good price, it is the perfect match for older people that want a quality and reliable enclosure. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been able to help you discover the best shower enclosure in UK for you, and the shower enclosure reviews have ensured that you are able to find the kind of shower enclosure you were looking for, both in terms of the size, shape, and features.

With this guide, the most important thing to us was that we were able to present you with a good number of options to look at – whether you have a small bathroom that needs a little enclosure, or you want one that has specific features.

We have gathered all of the most important types of enclosure and put them together in one place for you to browse through, complete with a detailed set of advice packed full of tips for making the right choice. As a result, we are confident you will find just what you are searching for.

What did you think of our shower enclosure guide? Are there any that you would have liked to see or recommended? We love hearing from you, so make sure to leave us a message in the comments below. 

Best Shower Cleaner? Top Tips How to Clean Shower Glass

What is the Best Shower Cleaner? Top Tips How to Clean Shower Glass

What is the Best Shower Cleaner? Top Tips How to Clean Shower Glass

There is little more satisfying than cleaning your shower glass, especially when it’s quite cloudy and grimy.

Once you have it looking clear and sparkling, you can stand back and congratulate yourself for your hard work and effort, and you can actually enjoy your next shower without being surrounded by grime, scum, and mildew.

To help you make the most of your time spent cleaning, we have created this detailed guide to washing your shower glass – with all of the latest tips and advice to ensure the process is a smooth one. 

It’s time to don your cleaning clothes, slip the marigolds on, and grab your cleaning supplies, because we are going to get into every little corner of your shower glass and make it shine. 

1. Cleaner Pick

wet & forget shower clean

Wet & Forget Shower

2. Squeege Pick

Gutewerk shower squeegee

Gutewerk Squeegee

Use the Right Products for Your Shower

It is so important to make sure you are using the right products when cleaning your shower glass. We also understand that it can be difficult to know if you are making the right choices because the supermarket shelves are lined with so many products it can leave you feeling a bit dizzy and confused.

Picking the right product for the job doesn’t have to be hard though, and if you take a moment to read the packaging you will be able to determine which one is going to be right for your bathroom, and you may find the label has some helpful tips for the best results.

You don’t even have to use chemicals in order to clean your shower glass, and you might find that natural solutions are the best option for you – something we explore further later on. 

The Essential Equipment for Cleaning Showers

There are a few cleaning essentials that you should have in your home at all times, as these will be able to help you get top results when you are scrubbing it down (gently, of course). Here’s a quick list of the things you should have, and the reason why:

  • Soft sponges. These are great for quick cleaning jobs, especially if you are performing regular maintenance on your shower. Make sure they are soft though as any rough sides could damage your glass. We reccomend these high quality sponges

  • Squeegee. We look at these further in the next section, but they are an absolute must in any bathroom, and are able to remove excess water without leaving a mark. We use this easy, sleek design squeegee.

  • Microfibre cloths. Another thing we look at in the next section, these cloths are incredibly soft and gentle on the glass, making them ideal for washing and drying tasks alike. Take a look at these thick plush microfibre cloths. 

  • Empty spray bottles. These are incredibly handy to have around when you make your own natural solutions, or if your cleaning product doesn’t come in a spray bottle. It is always a good idea to have two of these hanging around. We always use this bottle spray to clean, as its easy to use and gives a continuous stram of spray.

Squeegees and Microfiber Cloths for Cleaning Showers

In my humble opinion, squeegees are one of the greatest inventions when it comes to cleaning your shower, and they work amazingly when finishing off the glass so that you are left with a clear and streak-free look.

Are there loads of different types of squeegee on the market? Yes. Do they all work pretty much the same? Yes again. It doesn’t matter what kind of handle or fancy feature it has, they are essentially the same thing, and they will all do an excellent job if used correctly.

In order to make the most of your squeegee, you should run it down the length of the shower after rinsing the product of your choice off. This will remove the excess water, but also ensure that there are no streaks once it dries.

You just have to remember to always drag it down so that it dries without marks. You can even use them to prevent watermarks and stains from occurring on the glass.

The microfibre cloths have been praised for their soft touch and ability to reach even the most difficult and tight areas, but what we also forget is how gentle they are on the glass, as well as how effective they are when cleaning and drying.

They can get rid of water spots effortlessly, and provide the perfect finish that won’t leave a single streak should you decide to dry the glass after cleaning. You should always have multiple cloths to hand, and they should be washed once a week. 

Also Read: Tips for Removing Mould on Shower

Best Shower Cleaners 

Keeping on top of things every day means that the overall cleaning is much easier and faster in the long-run. So, after your deep clean, you can use a daily shower cleaner to top things up after each daily use of the shower. All you need to do is provide the glass with a quick misting and wipe it down after.

You can pick these daily products up from the supermarket, or just use one of the natural concoctions that we take you through a little later. It’s the best way to avoid regular deep cleaning and keep your glass looking amazing. 


wet & forget shower clean

Wet & Foret shower cleaner spray. Using this shower cleaner is exceptionally simple. Once you have had a shower, turn the nozzle on the spray bottle to the ‘on’ position.

Once this is done, you can begin to spray a light mist over all of the wet surfaces, including the glass enclosure simply once a week.

After that you just leave it, there is no need to scrub or rinse. It removes limescale from the glass and helps to prevent a build-up of it in the future.


cramer shower glass cleaner

Cramer Shower Glass Cleaner. This product works much the same as the Wet & forget version. But with this cleaner you need to spray after each shower you have to prevent the build-up of limescale, soap, and scum on your shower glass.

There is no need for it to be scrubbed, wiped, or rinsed at any point (unless you spray too much) and it will not leave streaks or marks if the right amount is applied.


Ecogurus limescale remover

Ecogurus daily shower cleaner. This nifty cleaner works in the same manner as the other supermarket brands. Spray a light mist after showering each time and leave it.

There is no need for scrubbing or rinsing at any point. However, do not over apply it as this could cause streaking to occur.

It will prevent the build-up of limescale and other soapy scums, and will also leave the glass of your enclosure sparkling. Plus, like all the other brands, it is very reasonably priced.

Make Your Own Daily Shower Spray 

Now we can get into the ways in which you can create your own daily shower spray, which is especially good if you want to avoid the chemicals found in supermarket brands.

Plus, using natural ingredients is much kinder to the environment, and often just as good at keeping things clean and free from bacteria. So, how do you make this amazing spray? Just follow the instructions below:

  • Take half a cup of hydrogen peroxide, half a cup of rubbing alcohol, a teaspoon of dish soap, and a tablespoon of dishwasher powder, before mixing it all in a spray bottle. 

  • Once all the ingredients are in, fill the rest of the bottle with water and screw the cap on. Then, shake it very gently to combine the ingredients without causing them to foam. 

  • Store it away from sunlight, as the sun can cause the hydrogen peroxide to lose its cleaning attributes. 

Deep Cleaning for Showers

There are going to be times when a deep clean is what your shower glass needs, because life doesn’t always give us the option to maintain things on a daily basis.

When this happens, you are going to need to put in a fair amount of elbow grease, and you will also find that your squeegee and cloths will not be enough to get it back to a perfectly clean state.

A lot of this is because soap scum will have gathered on the glass, which can cause mold in the shower and this is not something that wants to go away without a fight. So, what can you do to deep clean your shower?

  • Use a magic eraser sponge or dryer sheets to gently scrub the glass and get rid of both soap scum and hard water stains. Many people swear by these two items, and they are able to work wonders on several areas in the home – including stained paintwork. 

  • Spray the door with white vinegar to break down the soap scum and water stains on the glass. Then, rinse it off and wipe down afterwards to prevent streaking. You can repeat this several times to get really stubborn areas. 

  • Use a bathroom cleaner that contains chemicals from the supermarket. These will work really quickly on the scum, and break it down easily. Often, you only need one application, and if your shower glass is in a really bad state, you might want to save a little time by using these. All you need to do is spray, scrub, rinse, and dry.

A Natural Alternative 

Going for the natural solution can be beneficial for a few reasons. The first is that it is cost-effective, mostly because you are likely to have the ingredients in your cupboard already. Even if you don’t, they cost hardly anything to buy and will last you a long time.

Secondly, they work really well and tend to be gentler on your glass than chemicals. Finally, it is kinder to the environment and far less damaging than using supermarket cleaners. So, here are our top natural alternatives: 

#1 White vinegar

It is the most popular home cleaning ingredient, but for a reason. It has antibacterial properties, disinfects, and is able to break down pretty much any kind of grime that dares to invade your home.

You can fill a spray bottle with pure white vinegar if you have a really tricky area to clean, or you can dilute it with water if you don’t something quite that strong.

Once you have applied it to the glass (leave it for a few minutes on stubborn areas), take a soft sponge and gently scrub the area. Then, rinse it off with warm water, and you’ll be left with a lovely clear pane. 

#2 Baking soda

This is another formidable and popular product for cleaning in the home, and it really is a force to be reckoned with. If you mix it with water and create a paste, you can make a scrub that will see scum and grime go running in no time.

Apply the paste to a soft sponge and then use it to really scrub the glass. Afterwards, rinse it with white vinegar, then warm water, and you can have shiny clear glass. 

Long-Term Solutions for Cleaning Showers

This refers to protecting your shower glass in the long-term, especially if the idea of regular maintenance is not something you feel you can commit to. Obviously, you will still need to clean your shower, but the added protection takes some of the stress away.

It can also prevent scum and watermarks from forming because they won’t be able to stick to the glass. Why? Because of the shower screen protector that you can install.

Usually, these kits come in packs where you gently rub the protector onto the glass after you have finished cleaning it. These then work for an allotted period of time (depending on the manufacturer) to prevent the growth of scum and watermarks on the glass.

You can buy both chemical and natural products as well, giving everyone the chance to choose something they are comfortable with. Application, maintenance, and reapplication tend to be very easy as well. 

Further Reading: Sloping Roof Shower Enclosures

Cleaning Those Pesky Metal Tracks 

The tracks, or rollers, at the bottom of your shower doors, are the perfect place for grime and bacteria to grow and thrive. Plus, they are so often forgotten about that they can become quite filthy very quickly.

They can be really hard to clean, and this is much of the reason they get neglected, but it certainly isn’t an impossible task. Here are a few quick and easy steps:

  • Plug up any holes or gaps in the roller tracks so that you are left with a secure trough. 

  • Pour pure white vinegar into the tracks until they are filled to the top, and then leave the vinegar there overnight.

  • In the morning, release the vinegar, rinse the area, and wipe the rollers clean. They will be left looking shiny and beautiful without you needed to go to extremes like removing the doors. 

Ban the Bar Soap 

I hate soap bars, and many others are beginning to realise that they are actually the reason their shower needs to be cleaned so much. This is because bar soap contains talc, and this creates the build-up of scum that overtakes your shower and leaves the glass (and floor) looking grimy, filmy, and generally dirty.

If you are insistent on keeping your bar soap, we suggest that you find a brand that does not use talc in their ingredients, as this will massively reduce any build-up and the need for extreme cleaning.

Personally, liquid soap is the best way to go for avoiding scum. Then the only thing left to worry about are the watermarks – and there’s no way to stop them from happening. 

FAQ's

Q: How can you clean cloudy shower glass?

AWhite Vinegar

  1. Pour a 50/50 ratio of vinegar to water in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray on the glass.
  3. Wipe with a clean cloth.

To Conclude

We hope that this guide has been helpful when trying to determine which method is the best for cleaning your shower glass and getting it to look brand new again. There are so many things you can do, big and small, to keep your glass looking fresh, but also to ensure that it is maintained.

From chemical sprays to natural solutions, there is a tip for everyone in this guide. All you need to do is grab your cleaning supplies and get to work. What did you think of our guide to cleaning shower glass?

Did it contain everything you needed to get the job done, or are there a few tips and tricks you felt we missed? We love hearing from you, so make sure to leave us a message in the comments below. 

What are the Best Drain Unblockers? DIY Guide to Unblocking Your Drain

What-are-The-Best-Drain-Unblockers-DIY-Guide-to-Unblocking-Your-Drains
What are the Best Drain Unblockers? DIY Guide to Unblocking Your Drain

You turn on the shower or prepare to do the dishes, and instead of being met by the usual fast-draining water, you get a backed up plug, and you simply can’t get rid of it. When your drain is blocked, it can be stressful and incredibly inconvenient, but we have an excellent solution for you.

Drain unblocker is the way to go when you are struggling to get things flowing normally again. Using them is pretty simple, but knowing which one to use can be a more troubling task.

There are so many different types of drain unblocker out there, but also a whole load of blockages that need different care and attention. So, which one do you use and how are you supposed to tackle it?

That’s why we are here to lend some assistance, not just with unblocking advice, but also the products you need. 

In order to help you find the best drain unblocker UK, we have put this guide together, compiling all of the relevant drain unblocker reviews in one place so that you can find the one that will fix all of your pipe problems. 

Which Drain Cleaner Works Best? 

We have so many drain cleaners that we absolutely love, but which one is the best? In the product section at the end, you can read about all of our top picks and why we have chosen them, but I’ll give you a little preview.

Editor's Pick

Scotch is a powerful solution that works quickly - A great all rounder for  around £10. 

Best Drain Unblocker for Hair – Scotch

Our favourite drain cleaner has to be Scotch. It’s powerful, works quickly, and can get rid of everything from kitchen grease to hair that is blocking up the shower drain. It is safe to use on multiple drains and pipes within your home, and you even have the choice to buy it in bulk if you want.

Due to its strength and the speed at which it works, it gets our vote for the best out there. Here are our top five drain unblockers for you to take a quick look at: Scotch, Buster, HG, Mr Muscle, PAL.

You can find each of these brands in the product area below with detailed reviews to help you make the best decision. 

Also Read: Great Rainfall Showerheads

How Do You Clear a Clogged Waste Pipe? 

These are particularly frustrating, and it is important to know how to get them clear and running smoothly again. Below, we have a few pieces of advice so that you are better informed and able to carry the task out yourself. 

#1 Using Chemicals 

Pretty much every drain unblocker you pick up in the store is made of different chemicals mixed together, and this is what makes them so good at clearing drains and getting the water running freely again.

The application is simple, just follow the instructions on the back of the packet and rinse the drain with boiling water afterwards. You can find all of our favourites in the product section. 

#2 Using Natural Solutions 

If you don’t fancy using chemicals to clear your drain, there are a few natural solutions that might be able to fix the problem, more on that later where we detail the best natural DIY solution for unblocking your drains.

#3 Using Tools 

Sometimes you can get rid of a blockage using specific tools that have been designed to slide down the drain and hook these things out.

They tend to be pretty cheap, and you can read more about them in one of the sections below. One of our favourite tools is even in the product review area for you to look at. 

#4 Removing the Waste Trap (Kitchen Sink)

When drain unblocker hasn’t worked on your kitchen sink, removing the waste trap might be the only option left for you. Before you unscrew this little bend, put a basin under it so that it can catch anything that falls out, and then remove it.

Empty the contents out and give it a quick scrub before screwing it back on and testing the drain out to make sure everything is flowing smoothly. 

#5 Calling the Plumber Out 

If every method above has failed to clear your drain, you are going to need the professionals to come out and take a look at things.

A plumber will be able to determine if there is a more severe issue that needs to be addressed, like tree roots growing into the pipes, or a really packed blockage that needs a more invasive approach in order for it to be removed. 

Also Read: Best Shower Drain Hair Catchers

Does Caustic Soda Dissolve Hair?

This particular chemical is pretty powerful, and it can dissolve almost anything that is natural – including hair (a paintbrush made with hair will last less than 20 seconds when dipped in caustic soda).

This isn’t all though, as it has been known to dissolve skin and can even remove fingerprints from your hands, as well as burn the skin horribly.

This is why you should always wear gloves and safety goggles when using it, because while it is incredibly effective on drains, it can also cause a lot of damage to your skin and body.

It does, however, practically guarantee that you will have a good drain unblocking experience when you use it, just make sure you check that it can be used with your piping and drain before you buy it as there might be restrictions due to the strength of the product.  You can get a tub of caustic soda at a reasonable deal here

How Do You Unblock a Shower Drain Naturally? 

There are a few ways you can unblock a shower drain naturally – it depends on how severe the clog is and what you have available to you at the time. Here are some of the natural methods that we find work best for you to flick through. 

#1 Boiling Water 

This is often the simplest fix for minor clogs in your drain, and if it is small enough, you should find that this solves everything. All you need to do is fill the kettle up, boil it, and then steadily pour the entire thing down the drain.

The heat of the water is usually enough to remove scum and grunge, or separate small blockages so that the drain is left clear and flowing smoothly again. 

#2 Vinegar and Baking Soda 

This is a really good natural solution for tougher clogs, and it can work pretty well if you don’t want to use chemicals on your drain. First, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to loosen things up a little, and then pour half a cup of baking soda down after it.

Let it sit for a few minutes before you get a cup of white vinegar and mix it with a little hot water and pour it into the drain. Leave it for around 15 minutes, and then rinse it out thoroughly with hot water. It also deodorises the drain to get rid of any odours that might be lingering.

Drain Unblocker Tools 

If you want to try using a few tools to unblock your drain, it is important to select the right one for the job, and we have compiled a great selection of them for you to read more about so that you are better informed. 

#1 Hooks

This method isn’t great for things like mineral deposits, but it is ideal for hair and other such blockages. One of the oldest methods, it has a good rate of success, and it can even be performed with a coat hanger (although we would recommend an official kit).

All you need to do is gently slide it down the drain and try to hook any blockages that you find down there before pulling them out. 

#2 Plumber’s Snake 

This is also a great tool to get your hands on, and provides a pretty cheap way to try and unblock your drain – although it may not be suitable for use with all clogs.

The process is simple; you just need to slide the snake down the drain until you reach the blockage. Once there, twist the handle, and the snake will grab onto it so that you can pull it out – a bit like a fancy hook. 

You can pick one of these up from Amazon for around a tenner - click here

#3 Plunger 

The success rate of this method really does depend on the type of blockage you are dealing with, but it could leave you pleasantly surprised – plus, it’s really cheap so always worth a shot.

The secret to plunging your shower is to do so with great strength and vigour, because you won’t get any results with gentle effort. For maximum suction, you can also try lacing the outer edge with Vaseline as this will improve the grip.  Available from many high street retailers and Homebase, but we love this one for around £5 , it a tint compact plunger but as you will see from customer reviews it a must have for under the kitchen sink.

Symptoms of a Clogged Shower Drain

Here are some of the symptoms of a clogged shower drain you should be looking out for regularly – the earlier you catch it, the easier it will be to fix: 

  • Slow draining (or no draining)

  • An unpleasant odour 

Honestly, there are not many symptoms, and you will usually only realise that you have a blockage when you are in the shower and find your feet are completely covered by the water.

At this point, probably take action, or the blockage will only get worse and potentially cause damage to your pipes – that’s why we have a selection of unblockers for you below.

Sometimes, you might notice a bad odour first as organic material clings to the inside of your drain, but this is not a particularly common first sign that your drain is clogged. 

How to Prevent Future Clogs 

There is little more frustrating than a clogged drain, and so knowing how to prevent them from happening in the first place is really handy. Here are a few tips for avoiding drain clogs (or trying to) in the future:

  • Get a drain catcher for hair and debris to cover the drain when in the shower or washing dishes in the kitchen.

  • Invest in a good soap holder to prevent lumps from falling down the drain, but also to prevent accidents from happening (such as slipping over).