Bathroom Taps – Latest Releases

wd4-monobloc-basin-mixer2WD4 from Tapstore.com is the latest range of Mixers to be released under their own brand label, they have a cutting edge design that surpasses all that I have seen available for the price range, with a perfect symmetrical cut spout and lever with the precise engineering you would expect from a high end designed tap.

The monobloc basin mixer with pop up waste as seen in the image on the left is going on sale for just £143.00 the price you would expect to pay for a mid range mixer.

It is a fully comprehensive range with a seven different basin mixers and nine bath fillers and shower mixers from deck mounted to freestanding bath shower mixers.

The WD4 is surely going to set the bathroom tap world alight to see the full range visit WD4 Bathroom taps at Tapstore.com and you will not be disappointed.

Voyager Bathroom Taps – Value for money

The Voyager Bathroom Taps from Crosswater are neat and concise it has georgous curves and an smooth operating lever control that mimics the curves of the body of the mixers, in the range their is the monobloc basin mixer that comes without a pop up waste also available in a tall monobloc basin mixer, a monobloc bidet mixer tap, a bath filler and a bath shower mixer, they also have in the range a wall mounted 2 hole basin set or you could use the separate spout and manual mixer valve which could also be used for a manual shower, and for a bath filling and or shower option use the manual shower valve with built in diverter.

The Voyager monobloc basin mixer RRP £139.00 and is available from Tapstore.com for £105.70

Bar Shower Valves – the best deals online

I do not know how they do it a Bristan Artisan thermostatic bar shower valve for just £76.00, well it is the latest version Bristan has redesigned for 2008 with its up to date eco friendly water saving mode which can be over-ridden for that extra showering boost.

I do think this shower is a massive improvement on the last model which was one of there best selling shower valves, I feel there are going to be onto a winner with the latest version too.

This shower will function on water pressures as low as 0.1bar and work right upto 5bar so what ever your water system you will get a great showering experience.

Best Buy Tapstore.com £76.00

Bristan Blade Bathroom Taps

The Bristan Blade range of bathroom taps does represent very good value for money for a low pressure range of mixers and fillers, Bristans blade taps will work on both high ad low pressures which is unusual nowadays they have a neat styling with a tubular design that should stand the test of time.

In this small range they have a Monobloc basin mixer, a bidet mixer both basin and bath taps, a bath shower mixer and a bath filler.

RRP Blade Basin Mixer £114.00 inc VAT

Shower Caddy – Corner Baskets

I have a pet hate for leaving shower gel’s, soap, flannels and shampoo lying around the bath tub or showering area, so why not use one of these shower caddies The first one on the left is a chrome double corner deep basket it is a fantastic option for storing your soap or bathroom essentials whilst keeping them close to hand and neatly stored.

There is plenty of room to leave shampoo bottles standing upright in the bottom basket. a real family solution.

If you wanted to create a neat solution without using a double then why not pick and mix by using two or even three separate corner baskets to create a shower caddy and fix them to the bathroom wall at the heights you prefer.

As an example I have chosen the Dakota corner and selected the deep basket as they come from the same range, you could also use two the same size which would work just as well.

Double Corner Deep Corner Basket £30.34
Dakota Shower Caddy Corner Basket £29.36
Shower Caddy Deep Corner Basket £16.64

All available From Tapstore.com

Shower Valves – Recessed

Recessed shower valves are harder to install but look certainly neater in design and are better in performance. Why I hear you ask?

The Crosswater Totti thermostatic shower valve (left) is a nice example of a crosshead shower valve with a ten year guarantee and will function well right down to 0.2bar pressure. available from tapstore for £252.00.

I also like there Bristan Artisan shower at only £99.00 it is a bargain it comes with a 5 year guarantee and is thermostatic as well the handles and front plate are not as good a quality as with the crosswater valve but for less than half the price who would worry.

Both available from Tapstore.com

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!!!

Qube Bathroom Accessories – From Bristan

Bathroom accessories are the most important finishing touch for your bathroom so I am going to look into Bristan Qube bathroom accessories to add a stylish finish to the room of your dreams.

The Qube has simple clean lines that have square connotations to all the pieces in the range, all made from good quality chrome plating on a brass finish the have been manufactured to last.

With a WC roll holder at just £18.00 they are price to reach the most frugal customers of today’s market and are a huge hit with the designers on a tight budget.

Bristan Qube bathroom accessories in the range.

  • Qube toilet roll holder.
  • Qube towel ring.
  • Qube frosted Glass soap dish.
  • Qube frosted glass soap dispenser.
  • Qube frosted glass tumbler.
  • Qube single towel rail.
  • Qube double towel rail.
  • Qube frosted glass shelf.
  • Qube robe hook.
  • Qube light pull.
  • Storm Bathroom Taps – From Roper Rhodes

    Roper Rhodes Storm bathroom taps are pound for pound the best value for money bathroom taps on the market today, I have been looking at the quality of many bathroom taps and testing the functionality as well as considering the price tag these are the reasons why my vote goes to the Storm Bathroom tap range.

    The chroming quality is very good something to look out for in cheaper ranges, the flow rate on the low pressure items is better than most other low pressure models of single lever mixer taps, for a mass produced Chinese import product the consistency of brass casting is very good, and the valve technology is exceptional the ceramic disc cartridge mixing valve for the mono-bloc basin mixer has a flow limiter built in restricting the volume of water that can be used (especially required for higher pressure systems) the temperature on the hot side can also be restricted making hotter stored water safer to use.

    Products in the Storm bathroom tap range: *Note the basin mixers come both with and without pop up wastes.

  • Storm mini basin mixers.
  • Storm tall basin mixers.
  • Storm Basin taps.
  • Storm mono bloc bidet mixer.
  • Storm bath filler.
  • Storm Bath shower mixer.
  • G-Type Bathroom Taps – From Bristan

    The G – Type Bathroom taps from Bristan are engineered to perfection with a slide control operation on the range for hot and cold flow and temperatures. This is an original way of operating the mixers and it works a treat as the temperature controls are exacting to say the least.

    In the Bristan G-Type range is a monobloc basin mixer as shown on the left, a three hole basin mixer for the larger basin, the most stunning wall mounted bath filler, a conventional wall mounted bath shower mixer, and a thermostatic bath shower mixer with the style and functionality as well of being able to have a fully thermostatic shower over your bathing area, and just to top off the range if thats not enough for you there is the stand out in a crowd freestanding bath shower mixer to satisfy the larger bathrooms.

    RRP £293.00 G-Type Monobloc Basin Mixer

    Best Buy Tapstore.com £205.00