The Tec crosshead bathroom taps and showers from Hudson Reed are really well formed good quality brass ware.
With the cross head shaped handle and a huge selection to choose from the Tec is certainly good value for money.
For choices you get the monobloc basin mixer with swivel spout (pictured left) or the same mixer tap with with a small spout, a large and small spout cruciform basin mixer with two handles, a separate pairs of basin and bath taps, a three hole deck mounted basin mixer with pop up waste or a three hole wall mounted basin mixer, for the bath you have a three hole deck mounted bath filler or a 4 hole bath shower mixer with pullout hose. For a different approach use the Tec Crosshead Free flow Bath Filler Pop up Waste or utilize the minimalist standpipes with handset holder.
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For the Hudson Reed Tec showers there are just as many options with a massive 7 thermostatic shower valves to choose from starting with the Tec Pura thermostatic shower valve a neat rectangular back plate for shower head or handset and hose, you could also choose the same Tec Pura shower valve with diverter, or if you want to operate two items at the same time then use the Tec Pura triple shower valve with diverter this shower valve the middle handle controls your temperature and the top and bottom handles control water flow. The bottom handle controls flow to a single outlet and the top handle diverts water flow between two single outlets, or for just two outlets the Tec Pura triple valve with two stop cocks.
There are many more choices for showering available if you wish to see all of them please click here.
Crosswater have launched Status Bathroom Taps an unusual slant with this range it has some harsh angles with some subtle curves in between built and designed with a very well engineered feel as with all Crosswater’s products offering a certain quality and durability.
The choices with in the Status Range stating with the Status Monobloc basin mixer that comes with no pop-up waste so be sure to select a click clack waste as an addition, also you have a mini basin mixer for the cloakroom or smaller basins, there is a tall monobloc basin mixer for freestanding bowls or for a three hole basin you have the 3 hole basin set with a very imposing spout, just to finish off the basin mixer range there is a wall mounted 2 hole basin mixer (as shown below) which is my personal favorite.
To allow for baths you have a choice of a bath shower mixer or bath filler with a 3 hole bath filler or a 5 hole bath shower mixer set, they have a set of deck mounted side bodies which you can match up with the Status bath spout for separate parts.
For showering the range is quite limited there is just a manual shower valve or manual shower valve with diverter available which tend to be used more as bath fillersnow a days the diverter model could also be used to fill up a bath and also divert to a shower handset.
The Crosswater monobloc basin mixer RRP £189.00 best buy Tapstore.com £132.00.
Love Me Black from Crosswater is a Matt black bathroom tap range that has caused a stir in designing bathrooms over the last year, there is definitely something sexy about them. The range is not huge but has the important elements you would require to finish the high end shower room en suite or family bathroom.
Items available in the range are as follows, Love Me Black monobloc basin mixer ( as seen in the above image), a wall mounted 2 hole basin set, a tall monobloc basin mixer Idea for free standing basins, a Monobloc bath filler, and a monbloc bath shower mixer with an unusual twist, a pull out shower handset which comes out of the bath itself. That completes the taps range the there are matching Love Me Black thermostatic shower valves and a choice of either a dual control thermostatic recessed valve or they also have a valve that can operate two items at the same time with two stop cocks and a temperature control. There are two options of fixed shower heads either a round or square 220mm to drench yourself with and as a final compliment there is a selection of basin and bath wastes. an unslotted click clack basin waste or a slotted basin waste (for basins with an over flow), there is a bath click clack waste and a bath click clack waste and overflow filler combined all finished in the Matt black to match.
Water 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.
Products 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’.
The 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 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.
All 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.
Buying a shower pump is not easy nowaday’s, Here is a quick guide to help you choose.
There are two different types of shower pump centrifugal and regenerative, centrifugal are quieter and more efficient, regenerative are cheaper and easier to install.
You should choose the pump based on the size of the plumbing pipes where it is going to be fitted, i.e if you have 15mm pipes where the pump is to be fitted then use a 15mm pump and if your pipes are 22mm then use a 22mm pump. The pressure of a pump should be matched to the equipment it is pumping too, If the product states that it requires 2.0 bar pressure then purchase 2.0bar and above shower pump.
Try to plan the pump installation so that the pump will be sited as close to the hot water cylinder as possible, if you are fitting the pump in the loft or above the hot water cylinder regenerative pumps are a better solution as they tend to be less effected by the air that can accumilate above the hot water cylinders.
Top right Image is a regenerative Salamander CT50 contract shower pump and bottom right is the Salamander centrifugal RSP50 centrifugal Shower pump.
One of the best selling bathroom tap ranges currently is the Sonique from Bristan, sales have gone through the roof with this range, it is very well priced and launched in perfect timing with today’s current financial climate.
It is a minimal design with a delicate single lever operation and slight round body making it fit easily with most modern bathroom designs.
The Sonique Monobloc Basin Mixer with pop up waste (Pictured left) is retail priced at only £76.00 which is a snip and is accompanied in the range with a two handled basin mixer with pop up waste, separate hot and cold pairs of basin and bath pillar taps, for the bath is a bath filler and a bath shower mixer. Just to complete the range they have also launched the Sonique mini thermostatic shower valve that can be either surface mounted or recessed into the wall, it comes complete with a wall outlet elbow, shower hose and adjustable riser rail priced at only £205.00 retail price.
Best Buy – Sonique Basin Mixer £51.88 From Tapstore.com
The 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.
In 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.
With 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.
Just a little tip to keeping you warm in your bathroom when thinking of which Heated towel rail to choose think taller, when there is little space to fit your bathroom heating in then choose the tallest towel rail as you can easily compromise on the height but not the width of area, buy selecting a tall rail you are much more likely to get the correct heating output to satisfy the bathroom or shower room with the desired temperature you require.
This Towel rail from Tapstore.com measures only 300mm wide but stands up 1800mm leaving more space for the towels and allows the heat to radiate at the same time.
Best Price Tapstore.com £204.00