If you clicked on this article, we assume you’re probably renovating your bathroom or designing it from scratch. In any case, we will help you find the perfect shower kit for your needs. Before anything else, you need to know what we mean by shower kit. A shower kit is an enclosure you use to separate the shower space from the rest of the bathroom. You can also call it a shower cabin or a shower enclosure, and it might be a good idea to use those terms as well when searching for the perfect unit.
However, we’re here to help you save some time. We have gathered a top of the best shower kits you can purchase in 2018, and will list them down for you. For more information on shower kits, scroll down to the bottom of this article. Meanwhile, let’s dive into the products:
DreamLine French Corner 34 1/2 in. D x 34 1/2 in. W, Framed Sliding Shower Enclosure
This design might look peculiar to some people, but it’s actually a pretty elegant and unique style for a shower enclosure. A classic grid design in a black satin finish complements the clear glass doors, which slide to the side in an elegant manner. This design will look great with chic, minimalistic bathrooms, and will certainly become the main piece in your bathroom.
As far as technical specifications go, this enclosure has a 34.5” x 34.5” square as a base, has two sliding and two fixed doors, as well as a magnetic door latch for completely waterproof isolation. The doors are made from ASNI certified tempered glass, and the hardware is aluminum with a black satin finish. The unit is meant to be mounted in the corner of the bathroom and requires at least 1” of flooring threshold depth.
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DreamLineQuatraLux 32 1/4 in. D x 46 5/16 in. W, Frameless Hinged Shower Enclosure
If you want to re-design your bathroom in a minimalistic modern style, nothing beats a shower enclosure with glass walls and chrome details. This one is also pretty huge, and rectangular in shape, measuring 32.5” x 46”. It can be mounted anywhere in the bathroom, as it calls for corner mounting. The doors are made from 3/8” thick tempered glass, and the details have a refined Chrome finish. The hardware is made from quality materials only, including brass and stainless steel – so you can be sure that you’ll never see signs of rust.
The DreamLine Quatra Lux is a frameless glass enclosure, which means there’s not too much variety you could hope for. However, you can still choose among three finishing options – the classic Chrome, a cold Brushed Nickel tone, or a dark Oil Rubbed Bronze. The enclosure comes with a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty included in the price.
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DreamLine Enigma 36 in. D x 56 1/2-60 1/2 in. W, Frameless Sliding Shower Enclosure
Here’s another Dreamline shower enclosure that will surprise you with its exquisite design and high-quality details. The Enigma is pretty similar to the Quatra above, but is even bigger, having a 36” x 60” rectangle as a base. It is also a pretty minimalistic design, having frameless glass doors and silver-colored hardware. The hardware is available in two finishes – Brushed Nickel, and Polished Nickel. What is different about this model is the fact that it has a sliding door instead of an opening one so you might want to get this one if you want to keep the moisture inside the enclosure as much as possible.
This shower kit requires you to have solid flooring and at least 3 ¾” of threshold depth. The doors are made from thick, ½” tempered glass. The model is meant for corner mounting as well, as it only has two glass panels.
The price for this unit includes a limited lifetime warranty. To find out more and read other details about the DreamLine Enigma, click the button below:
OVE Breeze 38 with walls
If you’re looking for the golden mean between high-end and low price shower enclosures, the OVE Breeze 38 might be what you’re looking for. It’s not a just a couple of glass panels, but it’s not a complete shower cabin either. This model has two plastic walls and clear glass sliding doors, as well as a thick acrylic base to cover the plumbing. It looks very elegant and clean, but also high quality – as the doors are not made of plastic, but of high-quality 6mm tempered glass.
The inside walls come with two shelves, and the kit comes with Chrome finish hardware. The price for is definitely worth the money if you want your bathroom to look subtle, yet classy.
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Sterling Plumbing 2375-42N-G05 Solitaire Neo Angle Shower Kit
Last but not least, here’s an option that is perfect for mall bathroom. This kit only measures 30 x 30” in the base, yet has an elegant and sharp design that won’t look foreign in any bathroom. This kit consists of two white polystyrene walls, a base, as well as three glass panels. The glass panels are made from high quality ¼” tempered glass, but the door doesn’t come with any kind of handle to help you open it easier. While it might not be that big of a deal, it will require you to clean it way more often if you keep touching it with your hands. However, seems like Sterling Plumbing has thought about that, and they’ve covered the glass in the so-called Clean Coat, which is a layer that protects the glass from water streaking and fingerprints, keeping a brand new aspect.
The price for this unit can be found here:
These were our top recommendations when it comes to shower enclosures. It might not be an easy task to choose one for yourself, especially if you’ve never dealt with plumbing or installing stuff before. That’s why we’ve prepared a short guide to help you choose the best shower kit for you and your family. Before anything else, let’s point out what a shower kit or enclosure actually is. A shower kit is what you’d usually call the cubicle than encloses the space where you shower. It usually consists of two walls, and one or two doors, which can be made from materials like glass, acrylic, or plastic.
Why purchase a shower kit? I mean, you could always buy a bathtub or a completely equipped shower cabin instead… However, getting a separate enclosure has its perks as well. You can choose how you organize the shower panel, shower head, massagers, mirror, and other accessories yourself. You can also choose your own high-quality pieces, and not rely on the plastic parts that usually comes with shower kits. You can even customize the design of your bathroom, as shower enclosures usually have a classic and minimal design that leaves enough room for your fantasy.
If you opt for a separate shower kit, you’ll be able to enjoy a number of advantages. They include an easier (or cheaper, if you prefer to pay a professional) installation, more possibilities when it comes to assembling your own shower, a simple, yet elegant aspect, and a great solution for smaller bathrooms. This last point is extremely important – these shower enclosures are sometimes the only option for those who cannot fit a whole bathtub in their bathroom, but still, want to preserve a classy aspect that you can’t achieve with a sliding plastic door alone. This brings us to the last section of this article, which is a short guide on how to choose the best shower enclosure for your bathroom. Here’s what you should be paying attention to:
All shower enclosures will have every single measurement listed in the description. Make sure you’ve measured the space in your own bath, and are considering the width, length, and height when choosing your shower kit.
We could go on and on about how important it is to go for high-quality materials over cheaper ones, but we also realize how important it is to stay within your budget. With shower kits, there’s this rule of thumb that goes: the higher quality the materials, the heavier the kit. Take this into consideration, especially if you’re planning to have the kit in an apartment or on an upper floor. Also, remember that installing a huge glass door will be much harder than sliding an acrylic one in place.
With style, it’s always a question of personal preference. You can’t really indicate a style that works perfectly for everyone. However, what you need to know is that there are two main styles – the ones with sliding doors, and the ones with French doors, also known as your typical folding door. Sliding doors are general better for shower kits, and let us explain why. For once, they ensure less water leaking, grace to the sliding mechanism. Second, they are less likely to be affected by weakened mounts or pull down the whole construction due to the weight. However, if you do prefer a French door, make sure it has a handle to avoid touching it all the time (and having to clean it every other day.)
Pre-assembled or not?
Pre-assembled models certainly have their perks. You or the plumber won’t have to do anything else but connect them to the plumbing in your bathroom, and you’ll have a completely functional enclosure in a matter of minutes. However, pre-assembled kits might be hard to get through doors and up the stairs, so you might want to think twice if you don’t want to end up with that shower kit being too wide to fit through the doors of your bathroom.
If you’re looking for a good quality mid-range option, you’ll have to be ready to put down around $1000. You can also find cheaper shower kits, but those will generally be made from plastic parts, and won’t have any kind of warranty to protect your purchase. A $1000 shower kit will have real glass doors, acrylic threshold and walls, and high-quality hardware that you’ll be able to enjoy for a long time.
This is pretty much everything you need to know before buying a shower kit for your new (or redesigned) bathroom. We hope our top served as a source of inspiration for you, or you even found the perfect shower kit among these products.