Bristan Quadrato Bathroom Taps – eco water saving

bristan-quadrato-water-saving-tapsWater saving taps do not have to be ugly as the Quadrato from Bristan now proves, the well designed angular lines of the range is a winner when its comes to looks and now with its eco credentials you can save water as well.

At 0.3 bar pressure the basin mixer will still produce 5.9 liters per minute when needed but use the Eco click control and you will get a flow rate of 1.9 liters per minute, even at 1.0bar pressure the eco click cartridge will at full flow produce 10.5 liters per minute and just 3.9 with the eco click control. Tapstore.com’s green policy means that you can get a flow restrictor for higher pressure systems that will make the maximum flow just 9 liters per minute free of charge.

Who said you cannot look good saving the planet.

bristan-quadrato-bath-fillerProducts within the Bristan Quadrato range will be a monobloc basin mixer with pop-up waste £109.00, a monobloc basin mixer with no waste £84.00, a bidet mixer with pop-up waste £93.00, a pair of basin £98.00 and bath taps £117.00, a bath filler £192.00, and a bath shower mixer £236.00.

For special promotional deals Tapstore.com currently running a water saving special on eco taps where you get a massive 30% off RRP and if you mention The Bathroom Designer and buy more than one item from the range you can get an extra 5% till June ’09’.

Electric Heated Towel Rails

Electric heated towel rails are a good alternative if adding adding central heating is not an option, All you need is a 13amp electrical power supply and that is it.

There are not the sizes available unless you special order but for a good selection tapstore.com will be worth a look as they carry lots of different sizes and will also order any of there standard ranges for you if you require.

The heated towel rail shown is the Chelsea 600mm x 1150mm in chrome available from Tapstore.com for £228.05 including delivery mention the bathroom designer and get an extra 5% off.

Shower Head – Choices for your Bathroom

A fixed shower head is now one of the most important features you will choose for your shower or bathroom so lets look at whats available to get the best showering experience for you.

Multifunction shower head choice

If you are looking for an exhilarating shower the a multifunction shower head is for you there are so many out there that you really need to consider what is the right one for you. The spray patterns that are available are massage, mist, pulse, rain, drench, and water saving mode.

Most consumers that purchase a multi function shower head do so leaving the shower head in the rain pattern all of the time ask your self this question first as a multi function shower head simply does not perform as well in a rain pattern as a single function shower head.

Single function shower head choice

The single function shower heads are rain or drench pattern only, they are the best at giving a good volume of water which for a practical shower is really what most people desire, they generally operate at lower pressures and can work as low as 0.1 bar pressure and still give you the function required.

There are now many water saving Eco shower heads on the market that will split or atomise the water flow to give a good spray pattern but higher pressures would be required to obtain the correct function.

Large fixed shower head choice

Previously these were called traditional shower roses available in 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, and even 12″ diameters you can still get the traditional shower roses and they are great but they have limitations, the water jets are a series of drilled holes that can get lime scaled up easily, and they do tend to use a vast amount of water and can either drain all your hot water or if you are on a mains fed system it cannot supply enough water.

The new generation of fixed shower head is both stylish and practical there are some many designs to choose from a round fixed head to square fixed heads, flat chunky you name it its available to you. The added benefit of choosing a modern designed fixed shower head is that you get a large showering drench head without using a huge volume of water. The way the jets are designed they will always hold back some flow even under pressure, the other main benefit is that you will get rub clean jets and that stop lime scale build up and gives the product durability.

With the large shower Heads you will need to choose either a wall arm of at least 300mm or a ceiling arm to connect to the shower head. By having a large fixed shower head you will need to consider the one down side as is with all fixed heads you will not be able to rinse out or clean the shower enclosure or bath that easily so the addition of a handset is always a good idea so it is worthwhile buying a thermostatic shower valve with a built in diverter so that one you have finished invigorating yourself a quick jet from the handset and your done!!!

Mini Basin Mixers – Just right for the cloakroom

Mini Basin Mixers have become all the rage now with manufacturers they are launching more models all the time, I have been looking into this phenomenon and it is based around the common use of smaller cloakroom basins being squeezed into WC’s to create a cloakroom out of a toilet.

I remember when we used to use short reach basin taps for cloakroom basins, but they were very traditional in style now with the modern clean minimalist style being the main stay of the bathroom market smaller monobloc basin mixers are the solution, so I thought I should introduce a few to you.

Firstly the Logic mini monobloc basin mixer from Crosswater (pictured above right) RRP £169.00 with its cubist design is minimal and simple.

Next is the Java mini basin mixer from Bristan (Pictured left). Delicately arched, the understated design this Java basin tap borrows from nature, imitating the gentle flow of water flowing leisurely downstream RRP £116.00.

Then we have the Storm Mini monobloc basin mixer the cheapest of the three taps featured, The Storm basin mixer tap will provide you with the ultimate in clean lines and with it’s single lever handle at an amazing price. The design of this basin tap will not only meet all the design criteria for the modern, minimalist bathroom it is also fitted with an Eco water saving device that can be adjusted to limit your water flow rate and your water temperature. RRP £83.00.

Save up to 30% off of buying a mini basin mixer from Tapstore.com

Bathroom Heated Towel Rails – Diana

With the Diana heated towel rail you get the style and design all in one package that will last for years to come, The simple rounded rails and square appearance of the Diana will make an immediate impact in any bathroom. This handmade brass with a high quality chrome coated towel rail gives an excellent heat output, more that a steel towel rail and will not rot in years to come. Being made from brass it is suitable for all plumbing systems direct or indirect and will stand the test of time.

RRP £876.00 best buy Tapstore.com £613.00

The One – Crosswater Bathroom Taps

The One from Crosswater is a new concept in basin mixers, the idea is when the body of the tap is pulled towards you the water flow is turned on and when swung to the left its hot and to the right its cold.

A design innovation in brassware from Crosswater and the One monobloc basin mixer certainly is that.

You will need a high pressure water system 1 bar minimum to get the best performance from the One bathroom taps, in the range is a tall basin mixer, a 3 hole basin set, 2 wall mount basin mixers one with a shelf, bidet mixer, a wall mounted bath shower mixer, there are also manual valves for showering and bath filling operations.

The One Monobloc Basin Mixer RRP £349.00 tapstore.com £279.00.

If you mention The Bathroom Designer you can get another 5%.

Led Shower Heads – Rio from Crosswater

 Crosswater’s Rio Led Shower head will defiantly impress your guests, a new experience for all with the coloured lights appearing to move around the streams of water, It is 400mm in diameter mains powered and comes with an electronic key pad that controls the 96 LED lights with 12 different program modes.

The shower head is made from Chrome plated solid brass and is an ultra thin design and manufactured from the highest specification. It requires 3.0 bar pressure as a minimum pressure.

The Crosswater Rio Led shower head comes with a 15 year Guarantee.

RRP £2499.00

Towel Rails – Curved

Curved heated towel rails are selling in far greater numbers now as bathroom designers are getting bored of the flat look, they are in fact far more practical as there is more clearance behind the heated towel rail for placing towels neatly.

A little trick I learnt for placing towels on the radiator for displaying heated towel rails in my showroom has stayed with me today as it is not only a great look but there are other hidden benefits.

Here’s the tip, hang the towel (folded length ways) over the first gap in the rails then tuck into the second gap so that the towel is behind the rail, it not only looks neat it also makes the heat project forward.

The towel rail Shown is the Greenwich from Tapstore which is 600mm wide and comes in at a very reasonable £66.00 in white and £121.00 in chrome. It is available in both 500 and 600mm wide versions and in heights ranging from 770 up to 1755mm.

Guaranteed for 5 years.

RRP £175.00 in chrome.

Bristan Arc – Bathroom Taps

If you want to be different then this is the product for you, These Arc bathroom taps from Bristan are available in chrome only and include a playful spout design throughout offering an interesting contrast to their tubular main bodies. The ceramic disc valves with joystick action allows for easy operation and durability.

The Arc from Bristan is a fairly limited range with only this monobloc basin mixer and a bath shower mixer or a thermostatic bath shower mixer available in the range.

RRP Monobloc Basin Mixer £226.00

Basin Mixer – Rio Monobloc a Bristan Best seller

Bristan have been selling the Rio Monobloc Basin Mixer for some four years now and its still one of thier best sellers, it has a simple cross head style handle and is very reasonable in price, with a truly eclectic look, indeed it is a celebration of all that’s best in modern bathroom design.

Being suitable for both high and low pressured water systems it will work just as well in any bathroom design.

With Bristan products being guaranteed for five years this gives the consumer peace of mind with a cheaper priced bathroom taps.

RRP £127.00 for the basin mixer.