Crosswater Status Bathroom Taps

crosswater-status-bathroom-tapsCrosswater 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.crosswater-status-2-hole-wall-basin-set

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.

Crosswater Love Me Black – Bathroom Taps

crosswater-love-me-black-bathroom-tapsLove 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. crosswater-love-me-black-2-hole-wall-mounted-basin-mixerThat 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.

Bristan Sonique – Bathroom Taps

sonique-bathroom-tapsOne 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 bristan-sonique-bath-fillertwo 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

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.

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

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

Bath Filler Over Flow – Options

The concept of a bath filler over flow is simple, using a control valve to turn on and off the water flow and mix the temperature which will then send a premixed flow of water into the overflow spout and therefore fill up the bath via either a pop up or click clack waste mechanism.

You will hear these described as many differing terms like Exa fill, Extra fill, overflow bath filler, there are two types click clack or clicker where the plug section is pushed once to close the plug and pushed again to open the plug, these tend to project into the bath less but are less reliable or Pop up Bath filler overflow where the plug is operated via a turning knob for opening and closing the waste plug.

The best value for money one I have seen on the market is Tapstore’s own brand one which is manufactured from chrome on brass and comes with a ten year guarantee for £72.00, they also have a click clack version for £72.00 the version that Bathstore sell is just crosswaters one re branded for them as Extra Fill that one is the XT bath filler pop up waste and the Exafill is a Hansgrohe version.

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!!!

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.