Both the Bristan pumps Varispeed and the Duraspeed pumps can still be bought new as the older model shape still contrary to what has been said by many suppliers recently who are trying to sell the Stuart Turner versions.
The issue when using the new replacement models is that the pipework will need to be altered to suit which invariably will cost more in time and plumbing costs.
The old Bristan Pumps come branded as Tapstore Pumps but are exactly the same as the older models just with a different non return valve fitted, which is most cases can simply be removed with a pair of long nosed pliers.
Basically you pull out the valve from the outlet of the pump, twist apart the plastic casing and discard of the rubber sheet that is it.
Some of the very old Bristan, New Team and Showerfore models came with different connection hoses for compression fittings you can even still get these versions although slightly more expensive.
You can order them from here.
Bathroom Home Directory is the best local resource.
I love the Bathroom Home Directory, it is a newly launched online directory with a very clever design. It offers the user a way to find local bathroom resources through geo location, so wherever you live you simply visit the site and it will ask you to let it access your location, and ‘bang’ up pop’s local bathroom showrooms, tile shops and bathroom installers all in on one website.
You can find local bathroom showrooms, plumbers, tilers and tile shop all via your location.
It also has a directory of bathroom manufacturers and lots of great contact information. A good blog section for news for products and other industry information.
It will even give you directions to the showroom, also has QR Codes (Quick Response) so you can scan all the places you want to visit.
Hampton by Bristan and open square spout design bathroom taps and mixers, a small but concise range, only three items in the range but priced to sell well. There are two basin mixers a standard monobloc and a tall version and the Hampton bath filler completes the range.
All the items have a waterfall style spout and will require a high pressure to work, the minimum recommended is 1.0bar.
The Hampton basin mixer is currently £135.00, the Hampton tall basin mixer £150.00 and the Hampton bath filler is £177.00 if you are interested in more click here to see the Hampton range
Use bathroom-home.co.uk to find a retailer and installer.
Storm Bathroom Taps
I always get asked “why my new bathroom taps or mixers do not work as well as my old taps” well this is because in the UK there are very few true taps manufacturers most are simply importers and the products available on the market are not manufactured specifically for the low pressure market. So if you have a conventional water system with a cold water storage tank and a hot water cylinder in your airing cupboard then you will need to be careful with your product selection.
I like the way that tapstore.com explain about the high versus low pressure on their information pages which you can view here and the low pressure bathroom tap pages where they point out ranges with explanations that will work on a gravity fed water system.
There are products that will work on low pressure well but always double check the products specified minimum specified pressure rating.
The function of bathroom taps and mixers is so important if you make the wrong decision by the time you use your lovely new bathroom it could be too late the last thing you want is to wait 20 minutes to fill up a bath and by the time you get in it its cold, so take time and care in making the right choice.
Crosswater’s bathroom taps and showers are all made from high quality materials and the selection is second to none, when designing a bathroom the choice of bathroom taps and showers is critical to creating not just the look but also getting the function you require, with Crosswater this is easy as most of the products will work on the various types of water systems around and there are more designs than most other suppliers at the right prices.
To veiw all the Crosswater ranges it is worth a visit to Tapstore to look at the whole selection on offer which has currently a 20% discount available with free delivery.
Electric showers here start from £66.00 for the Galaxy G7000 and go up to the Bristan thermostatic electric shower 10.4 Kw for £391.00 a big price difference so what do you get for your money? Well the answer is simple.
1, Flow – the more the Kilo wattage the faster the flow.http://www.tapstore.com/bristan-glee-8-5-kw-electric-shower-white.html
2, Temperature stabilization – electric showers are quite temperamental and with better quality showers you get better performance control.
3, Looks – you will always pay a premium for a better looking shower.
4, Controls – some electric showers will have knobs to turn and control the shower flow and some will have more expensive buttons which will be electronically controlled.
It is important to note with all electric showers the faster the flow the cooler the water they are essentially an instantaneous water heater so paying more money for a unit of a lower wattage will not be a better quality water flow (Shower).
To view the largest selection of electric showers whether it is for a new installation or a replacement at amazing prices click the link below.
For the best prices on Bristan bathroom taps and showers visit the new dedicated Bristan website launched this week. where you can get a price match promise . 30 day money back guarantee and all products will be with you in two – three days… really worth a look.
This beautiful website has the ranges laid out in front of you with all the best sellers there to see, whether you are looking for Java, Chill or Prism bathroom taps or showers you might even like the traditional values of the 1901 taps and showers.
All products come with a five year guarantee.
To see the new website click here.
Hudson Reed Kubix Bathroom taps and showers have been made with the square edges cut to perfection and are one of their best selling ranges, the angular faces are highly polished and will sit well in any modern bathroom. The monobloc basin mixer , what they describe as a cruciform basin mixer with separate on/off handles a bath filler, a bath shower mixer, and a four hole deck mounted bath shower mixer, one of my favorites is the freestanding bath shower mixer which is thermostatically controlled. There is also a thermostatic shower valve.
To see the full range and check prices click here. current discount 40% from Tapstore.com.
One of Roper Rhodes new tap and shower Ranges is the Stream which follows on from their very successful move into bathroom taps, its shape is curvaceous with a round body and oval end to the lever and spout. The ceramic disc cartridge has a built in flow limit and temperature limiter.
In the Stream range of bathroom taps are mini basin mixers with and without pop up wastes, standard Monobloc basin mixers with and without pop up wastes, a bath filler and a bath shower mixer.
There are also options for thermostatic shower valves with a round bodied surface or recessed thermostatic valve or recessed only dual control 1 way valve or two way valve with rectangular back plates.
To view the whole range and buy click here Prices start from £74.00.
Bristan’s chill bathroom taps and showers are one of the best ranges they produce with the full individual flair in the Danish design, The flatness of the spouts within the range are inspiring, on the handle is a engineered square grip which doubles its function as a flow control. Chill basin mixer tap is sure to excite you into creating a truly contemporary bathroom.
It is not a huge range but it will satisfy most bathing and showering requirements the first and most sold item within the range is the monobloc basin mixer as pictured on the right it is available with or without a pop up waste and also in a taller version without a pop up waste, there is a two hole basin mixer option as well with a neat square escution plateÂ for mounting both the spout and the control valve, you can also use a version with a rectangular base plate to join the spout and the control valve together.
For the bath there is a standard bath shower mixer and five different ways to fill the bath, you can use a simple wall mounted control and spout two versions of a deck mounted bath filler both designed to match the basin mixers. or you could use either the shower valve with built in diverter and a bath filler over flow or the three way shower valve with a stop cock and diverter so you can add a pull out hose for rinsing out the bath or just washing your hair.
Bristan Chill Showers.
There are four opinions for the shower, the first option pictured to the left is a thermostatic shower valve that can be mounted either on the surface or recessed into the wall, it comes complete with a riser rail kit and a really neat stylish single function shower handset.
In the recessed only options which are also thermostatic you have the choice of a dual function with a flow control and a temperature control handle ideal for either a shower kit or a fixed position shower head, then there is a shower valve with diverter so two items can be controlled and my favorite the three way valve (pictured right) which is the same as the diverter option with the added bonus of a stop cock on/off control fitted below the thermostat that can be used simultaneously with either of the top outlets or individually on its own.
There is also a matching range of Chill bathroom accessories, Best Buy From Tapstore.com