Techflow Pumps – Turbo Range

techflow-turbo-pumpsThe Techflow Turbo Range of brass ended pumps are a great choice for the professional plumbers, If you are wanting to install a pump that wont leak or fail electrically then this is the beast for you. they are built with strong induction motors with solid brass impellers so durability is the key word in its design and if you compare these pumps with other brands it is a quiet alternative.

A great little feature of this product is that there is a flow switch sensitivity adjustment on the outlet of the pump which gives you a small amount of movement in how much flow activates the product.

There has been no compromise in the construction of the impeller casing using a thicker casting of brass making a quieter pump. I have used the 1.0 bar single impeller fitted in a cupboard in my office and I can hear it, when I previously had a Stuart Turner pump fitted and I could not say the same.

These are suitable for shower installations whole house pumping and if you select the negative head pumps version loft conversions alike and in my mind I would not fit anything else.

The Techflow Turbo range consists of a 1, 2, 3, and 4.0bar options in both single ended and twin ended with the choice of both positive and negative head.

If you are interested in further information and prices then look at the full selection on the link here.

Bristan Prism Taps

bristan-prism-basin-mixerBristan Prism Bathroom Taps are now available at amazing prices from Tapstore.Com, they have long since been the best selling range from Bristan the UK’s biggest tap manufacturer.

In this very extensive range are Prism basin taps, monobloc basin mixers both with and without pop up wastes. Tall monobloc basin mixers that are ideal for freestanding bowls, three hole wall mounted taps and three hole deck mounted. Take a look at the newly launched and very minimal single lever basin filler. For the bathing area they have Bristan Prism bath taps a bath filler a bath shower mixer stunning new additions to this ever popular range include the Prism single lever wall mounted bath filler, a three hole wall mounted bath filler. And for those who want to ensure safety for their children and family the stunning thermostatic bath shower mixer (as shown on the right), guaranteed to protect against scalding. To finish off the collection a monobloc one hole bath filler.

bristan-prism-thermostatic-bath-shower-mixerAll these items in one range that is complemented by the matching thermostatic showers and valves which includes both recessed and surface mounted options.

Now this is how to make some real savings Tapstore.com have put together some Prism packs that include a choice bathroom taps and showers with fixed heads, kits and even the latest bath overflow fillers that deliver savings up to an impressive £337.00.

RS2 Bathroom Taps – From Tapstore.com

rs2_bathroom_tapsThe RS2 Range of bathroom taps are the latest tapstore own brand range of bathroom taps designed to give the discerning consumer the highest quality brass ware for a very reasonable price.

No compromise has been made in bringing this range of taps and showers to the market the angular lines cut by the range are sharp and concise.

The RS2 basin mixer with pop up waste as seen in the image on the left is going to be on sale for £139.00 which is amazing value for the quality of this product.

rs2_freestanding-bath-shower-mixerIn the range will also be a tall monobloc basin mixer a basin mixer with a side lever, three hole wall and deck mounted basin mixers, separate basin and bath taps, there is also a monobloc bidet mixer.

For the bathing area there are lots of great choices starting with deck mounted bath filler and bath shower mixer, 3 and 5 hole bath sets, even a freestanding bath shower mixer ( as in image ) or you can make up your own configuration with the separate diverters and side bodies.

rs2-deluxe-multifunction-showerWith showering always in tapstore’s mind they have made sure that the RS2 comes with all you would need to complete the design in full, there is a recessed thermostatic shower valve options from 1, 2, or 3 way or a surface mounted thermostatic bar shower valve, or the stunning RS2 deluxe multifunction shower with its rectangular shower head and showering handset (as shown).

To see the complete range visit Tapstore.com if you decide this is the range for you mention the bathroom designer and grab an extra 5% discount.

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!!!

Water Saving Showers – Satinjet Awatea from Deva

Deva have launched the award winning Awatea Satin Jet water saving shower head, what’s new about this eco water saving shower head I hear you ask?

Well its not a simple case of restrictive flow as with most water saving shower heads it is a truly new concept, I first saw this shower head in London at the bathroom show and I was fully impressed with its performance, that’s what makes it different, how it works is by using it’s twin jet technology, The twin jets oppose each other water smashes into the opposing jet stream creating 3000 tiny water droplets per second delivering a wide spray pattern giving a truly drenching feeling. It also encumbers a massage setting if the soft drenching is not suiting your mood the then just switch over with the push button.

Whilst in the water saving mode the handset will only use 9 liters per minute, it is available as both a shower handset and a fixed shower head.

To the indigenous Maori of New Zealand, Awatea means moving from darkness to light, the awakening of a new dawn.

RRP £80.00 Awatea Shower Handset, RRP £99.00 Awatea Fixed Shower Head

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

Salamander Pumps – to boost your shower performence

When it comes to shower pumps the Salamander RSP 50 is a good choice as it is quiet and reliable, out of all of Salamanders ranges of booster pumps I think this is the cream of the crop, Why I hear you ask? Several reasons, it’s centrifugal so it is quiet, it’s 15mm pipe connections so its just perfect for a standard thermostatic shower valve and small shower head, it’s flow rate is exceptional for a 1.5 bar pump and it’s cheap.

With lots of other pumps available in their product ranges they do have more powerful models for more demanding applications.

RRP £240.88.

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.

Large Square Shower Head – Reflect From Crosswater

With this Reflect shower head from Crosswater set a new design standard, manufactured to the highest quality brass with chrome plating it delivers the ultimate in modern, minimalist design that will not only grace your new bathroom or shower room but provide a centrepiece that offers a luxurious showering experience.

At 300 x 430mm it will wow the shower user and at only 4mm thick its slimline design you will be the envy of all who grace the bathroom or wetroom of your dreams.

You will need at least 2.0bar pressure to get the best function out of this shower head.

Guaranteed for 10 years. RRP £599.00

Shower Valves – QL2 Designer Range

Introducing the QL2 Shower Valve and rectangular shower head from Tapstore.com this product was shown to me by tapstore recently and I loved it, the quality of the thermostatically operated shower valve was evident immediately, the front plate is made from 6mm solid brass chrome plated the handles are also solid brass chrome plated, the valve cartridge is temperature sensitive to 1°c and is as smooth as a baby’s bum in control.

To compliment the shower valve they have put this together with their QL2 shower head (200mm x 145mm) also made from solid brass with chrome plating and rub clean jet nozzles to aide the cleaning of lime scale build up, the head measures 200mm x 145mm and is only 10mm think.

The square shower arm is 400mm long.

This QL2 shower valve and QL2 Head pack is suitable for both high and low pressure water systems and requires a minimum operating pressure of 0.2 bar.

Guaranteed for 10 Years, RRP £670.00, Tapstore’s current autumn sale price £489.00.

*There is a special extra 5% discount on the whole QL2 range if you mention The Bathroom Designer website on any orders before Christmas.