Are you building or renovating your bathroom? Starting out or just starting over? You should really take a look at using a shower kit.
Quick and easy to install, a shower kit can save you time & money. A shower kit can also be a great option for smaller bathrooms.
A number of years ago, prefabricated and ready to install shower kits only came in limited designs and colors, but now a wide variety of color and design options are available. Top of the line shower kits can now give the regular tiled shower a real run for their money.
Get great value-for-money and great design with a shower kit. Make your shower great.
Buyer’s Guide to the Best Shower Kits
What is a shower kit?
Made of fiberglass or acrylic, a shower kit is a prefabricated shower cubicle that is ready to be installed the moment you have it delivered to your home. Shower kits come as either a seamless one-piece construction or as multiple pieces which fit and seal together. Generally speaking, seamless one-piece kits are only used for new home builds or room extensions. This is because it can be difficult to get a full shower through completed doors and frames. For renovation and remodelling bathroom projects generally a multi-piece kit is used. This way you can actually get the kit into your house without any hassles.
A shower kit comes with everything you need for the shower. The shower pan or floor, solid side panels and sometimes with shower doors or a bathtub. Some shower kits are sold in three pieces – the wall set, the front frame and door, and the shower base. This is to allow flexibility for consumers – perhaps you’d like to tile the rear walls but not the floor, or vice versa.
Check to see whether the shower head and tapware is included – usually you will need to purchase shower heads and tap fittings separately.
Shower kits should be installed per their specific instructions though will generally be installed using adhesive glue, screws, clips and bathroom sealant caulk.
Advantages of a shower kit
Easy to clean. As there are few seals and no tile grout, a shower kit shower is very easy to clean. Just be sure to avoid using any bathroom cleaning products like CLR that are not designed to be used on fiberglass.
Easy to install. A shower kit is much quicker, easier and cheaper to install than building a tiled shower from scratch.
Quick to install. No waiting for tile adhesive to set and dry, not cutting tiles, no grout work, less mess etc saves you a heap of time.
Better for DIY. As it is easier and quicker to install, you’ll get a better shower as a beginner to DIY renovations. Compared to tiling ceramic tiles, which can be very unforgiving, a shower kit is easier to install and more forgiving of mistakes.
Cost effective. Because its easy to install, paying a professional installer to fit a shower kit will be cheaper than hiring a professional tiler.
Good for small bathrooms. Shower kits offer compact designs which work great in small bathroom corners and nooks. Shower kits can make the most efficient use of space in your bathroom.
Light in weight. You need good solid flooring to hold a heavy tiled shower. A light weight shower kit option might be better for second floor bathrooms or houses with weaker joists.
Less chance of cracking. Houses move a little or a lot over time depending on how reactive your ground soil is and how good your house foundations are. With a fiberglass shower floor, your shower will flex with any movement instead of cracking and leaking.
How do I find the best shower kit for me?
One-piece or multi-piece. If you’re building a new home or extension, I’d go with one-piece as it is nice to have fewer joins. Otherwise, go with a multi-piece kit so you can get the parts into your bathroom in the first place!
Style & design. Take your time to find the right design for your bathroom. You don’t have as much choice as compared to a tiled shower, but there is still a large range to choose from.
Round or square base? Up to your own personal taste really, though a round shower doesn’t look great when it’s installed in the corner of a room, unless it has square walls for two of the sides.
Is it easy to install? Check out the reviews and product details regarding installation instructions.
Quality. You can’t go wrong when you buy a reputable brand with good reviews.
Reviews of the top 5 shower kits
The OVE Breeze-36 is a large, corner shower unit that is ready to be installed in your home. It’s a multi piece kit, with featuring acrylic back walls with storage shelves built into and an acrylic base. There are no pre-drilled holes for tapware in this unit, allowing you to use the space however fits best with your bathroom.
By opting for a sliding door and a rounded front, it’s much easier to use this shower in tight spaces, whilst not sacrificing the amount of space in the shower or leaving the user feeling claustrophobic when in the shower.
The DreamLine Prime kit is another 36″ corner shower with a rounded front. The rear walls and base are all white acrylic, however the wall panels feature a tile pattern on them, to add a bit of visual interest to the design. There are also two glass shelves that mount in the corner, to provide a suitable space to store shower essentials.
The double sliding door makes it every easy to get into this shower, regardless of what might be installed next to it in a smaller bathroom – and the rounded front makes it feel much larger inside than it looks.
If you’re looking to do a bath to shower conversion, or just like the idea of having a little more space in your shower, then the DreamLine Infinity-Z could be just what you’re looking for. It’s 32″ deep and is 60″ wide but can be shortened down to as little as 56″ wide if you have a slightly smaller area.
This is a full kit, which includes the wall panels and base, as well as the shower door/screen. As with many of the other shower kits, it features a sliding door which means it’s great for rooms of any size.
Like its big brother above, the Ove Breeze-34 is a complete unit with walls and a shower door that is ready to be unpacked and installed into your bathroom. Whether you’re building a new shower, or renovating an existing bathroom, the OVE Breeze units make it really simple to install a shower in a matter of hours, rather than days as no tiling is required.
With no predrilled holes, you can choose exactly where to install the tapware and shower head in this unit, to suit your bathroom’s design and your personal preferences. It’s a solid performer, which is why two of these units feature in our top 5.
A strong competitor to the American Standard kit above, this shower kit from Sterling Plumbing is designed for tight spaces – it takes up just 30″ x 30″ in the corner of a room. It can be affixed direct to the studs in your wall frames, and makes the most of the limited space that it takes up.
This kit has a hinged door, and has three shelves in the back corner of the shower to store essentials like shampoo, conditioner and body wash. No holes have been pre-drilled for your tapware, so they can be placed wherever is convenient to your existing water pipes.