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Find the Best Shower Trays – All Shapes and Sizes and Finishes

Find the Best Shower Trays – All Shapes and Sizes and Finishes

There are three main things you need to look for when you are buying your shower – the enclosure, the tray, and the showerhead. We already have guides for the enclosures and showerheads, and now it is time to sort out the perfect tray for your perfect bathroom.

There are actually two main types of shower tray; those that are low-profile (or flat), and those that are on risers (or adjustable). The difference between them is that the former needs the waste to be installed into your flooring, and the latter has the waste above ground but under the shower floor.

Other than that, you just have to choose a type of tray that matches the enclosure you are going to buy in terms of size and shape. It can be a little confusing though, and we are here to help you learn more about the different types of tray as well as what makes the best one.

In order to help you find the best shower trays UK, we have put this guide together, compiling all of the relevant shower tray reviews in one place so that you can find the perfect one for your shower. 

What’s the Best Shower Tray Material? 

This is not an easy question to answer, because when you get down to it, there are actually benefits and downsides to each material that is on offer. However, by breaking them down for you, we hope that you will be able to select the one that will work best for you.

Ceramic

These used to be the most common and popular on the market, and they are still available at very low prices. They are also very durable and resistant to wear over time, which is part of what made them so widely used. However, they are also exceptionally heavy and take an incredibly long time to manufacture.

Acrylic

This is also known as ABS and is an exceptionally popular and affordable material. The shape is very flexible, and the tray lightweight – making it really easy to carry around and install.

Another little benefit is that they actually feel warm when you step on them. However, they can be a little flimsy, and they do not always feel as robust as other types when you get in the shower. 

Marble

These trays are beautiful and incredibly reliable, but they are also expensive and require quite a large bank account to make them affordable. Additionally, they are heavy and require at least two people to carry them without risk of it breaking. 

Stone

This is another popular option, and one that can also come in a number of shapes and sizes. They are often strong and reliable, but also capped with acrylic to leave that warm touch when you get in. They can also be constructed in such a way that they are very thing, and the only real downside is that most of them are very heavy.

Sizing Guide 

Before you can buy a shower tray, you need to know the exact size that you will need. It is important to remember that most trays are measured in millimetres (mm), so you will need the numbers on hand when you are browsing.

Careful attention should be paid to the measuring process, as incorrect measurements can lead to disappointment when you go to install it. Here are some of the issues it can cause:

  • Flooding and leaks 
  • Mould and mildew growth 
  • Water damage 
  • Expensive repairs (due to flooding)
  • Health issues (mould and mildew)

So, when you are looking for your next shower tray, make sure you are accurate with all of the measurements you take; including the shower door if you select one that opens outwardly. 

Also Read: Installing Concealed Shower Valve Mixer

Shower Tray Shapes 

There are so many different shapes available, and this is because the tray needs to be able to fit snugly against the wall in order to create a watertight seal and maximise the space it is using. Here is a list of the different shapes you will find on the market:

  • Square. A flexible choice that suits many different door and enclosure styles. 
  • Rectangular. Bigger and more spacious, and also tends to use sliding doors only. 
  • Quadrant. Also known as the corner shower. Can be curved or straight, with a variety of doors. 
  • P-shape. Usually designed for bathrooms with an unusual shape. 
  • D-shape. Usually customised for bathrooms with a shape that is different than normal. 
  • Pentangle. An uncommon design, but one that suits bathrooms with odd shapes. 

Contemporary Shower Trays 

Everyone likes the modern look in their bathroom, and that is why we have gathered so many stylish and sleek shower trays for you to browse through.

Sleek and shiny is all the rage right now, and so are contrasting colours, which is why we have done our best to cater to those with a contemporary style (as well as giving options to those who do not). Stone and acrylic are great options for this, not just because they look great, but because the shape can be fully adjusted as well. 

Also Read: Types of Shower for Home

Best Shower Tray for Concrete Floor - Soak

Concrete floors are not always the easiest to cater to, but we have a number of shower trays that will fit in perfectly. 

This is one of them, and if you are searching for a good quality shower tray, you don’t need to look any further. Just take a peek at the reviews below and see for yourself. 

The Good

This particular shower tray has been made for quadrant, or corner, showers, meaning that it is curved perfectly for sliding into corners. 

It measures in at 1200x900mm, and there is no variety in size, but this is a standard for the type of shower. It has a nice depth as well, meaning that the step into the shower remains quite slow so that you don’t need to worry about tripping over.

It can actually be turned into an adjustable tray because of the feet that it is supplied with, and this is part of what makes it so perfect for concrete floors (you don’t need to cut a hatch into the floor).

It is also made to be easy to install in terms of the waste, and the feet help to make that process faster. Not to mention it has a fantastically glossy finish that will make your bathroom shine. 

The Not So Good

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

Our View

This shower tray comes at a really reasonable price, which is great if you are looking to set yourself a budget when you begin your bathroom renovation plans.

With no negative reviews at this point in time, there is an extra level of confidence when you go to buy it, and it is perfectly suited to most standard corner showers.

With a riser kit included, it really does have everything you need to make the most of things – especially in homes with concrete floors. 

Best Shower Tray for Wooden Floor – Milano

While we would never recommend a wooden floor in your bathroom (it only takes one flood to ruin the entire thing), there are plenty of shower trays that are perfectly suited to wood flooring. If this is what you are searching for, take a look at the reviews below and see what we have to offer. 

The Good

This shower tray features an incredibly low profile, meaning that you can step in and out of it and barely notice the little step you will need to take.

The graphite slate finish gives it a really bold and modern feel, and the dark colour is ideal for a sharp contrast within the bathroom. 

Strong and durable, you can rely on it to withstand any pressure, and it still remains very lightweight. There are even feet included if you don’t want to fiddle with your wood floors in order to install it, and this means that there is no need to cut a hatch in the ground either.

The waste is even included in the price, so there is no need to worry about buying it separately. It is also reversible, meaning that it can be fitted any way you like, and there is a ten-year guarantee included for peace of mind. 

The Not So Good

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

Our View

This shower tray comes at a good price, and there is a whole load of different sizes that you can choose from so that you can select the one that fits your chosen enclosure or shower space best.

With no negative reviews, there is nothing we can say against this great tray, and it remains both a solid and reliable option for anyone looking to mix things up in their bathroom. It’s worth a look. 

Best Shower Tray with Upstands – Wickes

Upstands refer to the feet that are underneath adjustable, or riser, shower trays. These let you attach the waste easily, and without needing to cut into your floor.

So, if this is the kind of thing you are searching for, take some time to read through the reviews and see if it’s the right choice for you. 

The Good

This shower tray is rectangular and measures in at 1200mm by 800mm, and while there aren’t any other sizes available, this is one of the standards. 

The tray depth is 45mm, which means you can really enjoy the water flowing around your feet while you shower. Even though it is made from stone, it remains 30% lighter than most other stone trays on the market for your convenience.

The surface of the tray has been designed to be incredibly reliable and sturdy, with a coating that is resistant to scratching and chips, as well as a high-gloss that will give your bathroom the kind of glow you dreamed of.

The easy plumbing kit provided makes the installation process a lot easier, and the riser kit means that you have the option to not cut into the floor, which would potentially damage it. 

The Not So Good

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

Our View

Once again, we have found a shower enclosure that comes at a really good and reasonable price, making it affordable for most, so you can slip it into your budget.

The lack of negative reviews is always an encouraging factor as well, and the whole unit is incredibly easy for you to install alone. Just make sure you have someone there with you because it can be a little heavy. Overall, a superb option. 

Best Shower Tray for Wet Room – Orchard

Most wet rooms will need a shower floor as well, and it’s important to find one that will cover the required area while also allowing for the freedom and space that the wet room design allows.

You can take some time to review our top choice below and see if it will be right for your bathroom. 

The Good

This shower tray is rectangular and comes in two different sizes, giving you a little more flexibility when it comes to fitting it in your home. 

It has a central drain, for quick and easy drainage while you are washing, ad it can even be cut to size if you find that it does not quite fit your desired space. It is also highly adhesive, sticking to the surface and remaining in place after it has been installed.

As a little bonus, the material it is made from is also fully recyclable, which means it has a kinder impact on the environment.

It is even suitable for use on wood floors, which is great if you have a wooden wet room planned. It is completely waterproof, a ready to tile surface, and it can even prevent the build-up of mould and mildew, so you have one less thing to worry about.

The Not So Good

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

Our View

This shower tray comes at a reasonable price, and even the larger model isn’t actually much more than the smaller one. It has a great look and feel, as well as being kinder to the environment than most other models on the market.

It even has resistance to mould and mildew, which is perfect if the idea of cleaning your shower more than once a week feels like too much effort (it certainly does for me). Overall, it’s a great and innovative option. 

Best Shower Tray Walk-In – Simpsons

Walk-in showers are a lot like wet rooms because they offer so much space and freedom when you step inside them.

Shower trays are still a must though if you want a watertight situation, and that is why we have selected an excellent model for you to take a look at. Have a sneaky look and see. 

The Good

This shower tray measures in at 1000mm by 800mm, but there are other sizes available if you are interested in them.

The tray itself is 25mm deep as well, giving it a low profile for a really sleek look that will give your bathroom a look that is both modern and minimalist. 

There is also a riser kit included if you fancy having it elevated for easy waste access instead of in your flooring. The tough gel that coats the surface makes it resistant to scratching and general damage, offering an extra level of protection that you will be thankful for.

It can also be fitted on concrete and wooden floors for extra flexibility, and there is the choice to have a stylish chrome drain cover included if you want it. With a lifetime guarantee, you are also offered complete peace of mind. 

The Not So Good

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

Our View

This shower tray is priced well, and is great for those who want something at a moderate price. It’s large and spacious, which is ideal for a walk-in shower, and the fact that there are currently no negative reviews is very encouraging.

It’s stylish and modern while still remaining functional and robust; features that are key when looking into a new tray. Plus, the varied installation options provide some added flexibility. 

Best Price Shower Tray - Apollo

The best price doesn’t always refer to the lowest one, and in this case, it is certainly the truth. It may not be the budget model you were expecting, but it certainly leaves an impression.

On the hunt for value for money? Look no further, we have everything you need right here and waiting for you. 

The Good

This shower tray features a rectangular design and a low-profile, which makes it great for using in a walk-in shower, or possibly even a wet room.

It measures in at a standard 1700mmx800mm, which means that it is suited for use in most bathroom spaces and enclosures. 

It is also made from acrylic, but remains incredibly tough and durable, as well as resistant to scratching due to the protective gel. One of the key features of this shower tray is the drying area. This is the perfect place to stand and dry off after your shower so that you don’t soak the floor.

It also provides a comfortable space to do so, and adds a little something extra to your bathroom. The waste is not included with this particular model, but there are loads of options, as well as the choice to use the existing waste. 

The Not So Good

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

Our View

This shower tray may not be the cheapest, but it certainly is one of the best in terms of price and value. Made to be robust and durable, it also has the added bonus of a drying area that is sure to make life a little bit easier for you.

The lack of negative reviews is also reassuring, as is the flood of praise from customers about this particular tray. Ideal for those who want to install a low-profile shower tray, this could be exactly what you have been searching for. 

Best Acrylic Shower Tray – Simpsons

Acrylic is a commonly used material for shower trays because it is so reliable, and while we have had quite a few models made from this in this section, the choice we have made here is at the top of our list.

So, if acrylic is your thing, you are going to want to take the time to read the reviews below. 

The Good

This shower tray measures in at 900mmx900mm, and while there are no other options available in terms of size, this is one of the common standards you will find when searching for an enclosure. 

For an additional fee, you also have the option to buy the tray in a stunning slate grey – it’s whatever will suit your bathroom the best. Plus, it’s low-profile with a good 35mm depth.

The high-quality acrylic material that the tray is made from is not only easy to clean, but also resistant to scratches and has a delightful gloss finish.

There is the option to purchase the tray with the waste or without it, as well as panels if you feel that you will need them. With a steel frame structure for additional rigidity, it remains an incredibly reliable and sturdy shower tray. 

The Not So Good

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

Our View

This shower tray comes at a great price, and one that can be afforded on most budgets (when bought without the extra features and in the classic white).

Coupled with the lack of negative reviews, it makes for a formidable choice when you are looking to select the shower tray that is going to be best for your home.

With some great little features added in and a really slim design, it’s an excellent low-profile option that is sure to change the way you shower. 

Further Models of Shower Tray

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

Best Anti-Slip Shower Tray – JT Fusion 

This shower tray is made from acrylic stone resin, and double skinned to ensure that it is incredibly strong and reliable when in use.

There is even the option to purchase a separate riser kit if you need to have the waste located under the shower as opposed to cutting into the floor.

It is also coated with an anti-slip coating so that you can have your shower without worrying about falling over while you do so. It has a great 45mm depth, which is ideal if you enjoy a really deep basin when you are washing.

Made in the UK and with a 25-year guarantee, the price might be a little high, but it is worth it for the quality. 

Best Low-Profile Shower Tray - Simpsons

With an ultra-low-profile, this shower tray makes stepping under the water an effortless breeze, and you will barely notice the tray as you walk in.

Made from natural stone resin, it has a gorgeous and clean finish that sparkles – making your bathroom the centre of attention. It can be fitted on concrete or wooden floors with ease, and even comes with the waste included in the price.

The gel coating on the surface of the tray makes it more durable and resistant to damage. There is a whole range of sizes available as well, so you can find the one that fits your shower perfectly. Plus, the price is really reasonable too, which is always a bonus. 

Best Budget Shower Tray – Aurora

This is another shower tray that comes with a riser kit, giving you the choice to either install the waste within your floor or above it – whatever works best for you.

It is made from stone resin with an acrylic capping, making it both durable and reliable, as well as giving it a modern look. It is a corner tray, which is great for corner enclosures, and the price is incredibly low; so, you can afford it even on a budget.

It comes with everything you need, including the waste, allowing you to install it quickly so that you can hop in and enjoy your shower more. There are also various sizes available, so practically every shower is catered to. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been able to help you discover the best shower trays UK for you, and the shower tray reviews have ensured that you are able to find the perfect shower tray to help you get squeaky clean after a long day.

As always, the most important thing to us is that you are presented with products that come from reliable and reputable companies, which is why we have only chosen the ones we know will leave you with a good experience.

Whether you need a shower tray that comes with a rise kit, will fit a corner enclosure, or is more suited to a wet room, we have exactly what you need in our extensive product list. Plus, we have taken the time to select a great range of prices so that practically every budget can be provided for.

What did you think of our shower tray 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. 

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