In this guide we’ll look at the best shower enclosures.
We’ve compared design, door opening mechanism, waterproofing and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is the Best Shower Enclosure?
More Detailed Shower Enclosure Reviews
Elegant Corner Shower Enclosure Review
Introducing one of the best shower enclosures, the Elegant Shower Enclosure, complete with cubicle sliding doors and a corner entry. This shower enclosure is the epitome of luxury, with a spacious 1200 x 800mm interior alongside 6mm certified safety glass.
This shower enclosure is perfectly waterproof, so there’s no chance of you flooding your bathroom and spending your morning mopping. The quick release, twin metal rollers ensure smooth sliding and durability, while the glass panels are reversible, making this shower perfect for any size or shape of bathroom.
With a high gloss acrylic base, reinforced fibreglass and a modern, low profile design, this shower is built to last. It’s extremely easy to install and makes a modern, luxurious statement in any bathroom thanks to its sleek appearance.
Elegant Quadrant Shower Enclosure Review
One of the best quality shower enclosures on the market is the Elegant Quadrant Shower Cubicle Enclosure. This stylish and sophisticated shower will transform your morning, thanks to its spacious 900 x 900mm interior and stunning contemporary look. The curvature of the frame adds a lovely feeling of softness to the bathroom.
With a universal design that looks good in any bathroom, this shower enclosure looks fabulous and performs perfectly. It has passed numerous waterproof tests, while the wide aluminium rail frame gives it that steady and durable structure, as well as 6mm tempered glass.
This shower enclosure is easy to install and clean. The quick release rollers ensure smooth sliding, while the chrome finish stainless steel bar handle is a contemporary touch.
iBath UK Quadrant Shower Enclosure Review
A strong contender for the best quadrant shower enclosure is the iBathUK Sliding Glass Shower Enclosure. This model has a 900 x 900mm interior which, although spacious, makes it ideal for smaller bathrooms and other bathrooms where space is limited. It comes with a quality shower tray and waste, as well as a fixing kit.
This shower enclosure is stylish and contemporary, with a polished frame that can be adjusted up to 20mm inwards for out of line walls. The high quality 6mm toughened safety glass will stand the test of time and is easy to clean, while the cushioned magnetic seal strips prevent damage.
With a 10-year warranty for peace of mind, as well as easy to follow instructions, this is without a doubt one of the best shower enclosures on the market today.
Elegant Sliding Shower Enclosure Review
One of the best shower enclosures for large bathrooms has got to be the Elegant 1700 x 900mm Enclosure. This has a roomy interior that’s perfect if you have a little more space to work with, and the high panels means there’s no risk of overhead spray – hurrah!
This shower is versatile, with reversible doors that can be fitted as either left or right opening. The design is contemporary and minimalist, while the 8 mm tempered safety class comes equipped with Easy Clean to resist watermarks and stains.
With a tray built from sturdy stone resin that’s scratch, chip and discolouration resistant, this is one of the most reliable shower enclosures on the market. It’s also fully waterproof and easy to install.
Elegant Cubicle Shower Enclosure Review
The Elegant Sliding Doors Shower Enclosure is ideal for smaller bathrooms or ensuites. This has a 760 x 760 mm interior with a 380mm entry width. It can be installed in even the smallest of spaces, and the glass panels can be fitted on either the left or right-hand side.
This shower enclosure is compact and contemporary, with high quality aluminium profiles and a bright, modern chrome finish. The stainless steel bar handles are a nice extra touch, while the quick release wheels not only make the shower doors smooth to enter and exit, but also easy to clean.
This shower is easy to install and has a versatile design. The 20mm wall adjustment on both sides accommodates uneven walls, while the waterproof seal will protect your bathroom from flooding, which is always good to know!
Shower Enclosure Buyer’s Guide
Shower enclosures are the ultimate luxury when it comes to bathroom design. With a spacious interior, easy-to-use sliding doors and not a grubby shower curtain in sight, a shower enclosure could be just what you need to transform your bathroom.
Purchasing the perfect shower enclosure for your bathroom can be a little tricky. There’s a whole range of styles and sizes on the market If the decision feels a little overwhelming, you’re in need of our buyer’s guide.
Here’s all you need to know about finding the perfect shower enclosure for your bathroom.
There’s a range of designs on the market, but the main options are quadrant and corner entry, both of which are available in a variety of sizes and shapes.
Quadrant shower enclosures are installed in the corner of the room and have a curved front. These maximise space as they fit snugly into most corners. Corner entry enclosures are similar, but with straight panels as opposed to curved. Walk-in shower enclosures are wonderful if you have more space.
While an enormous shower to sing and dance in each morning is tempting, you’ll need to decide how much space you have to work with before you buy.
If you have the room, a large shower enclosure will feel luxurious and make a standout feature. Smaller options (760 x 760mm) are perfect for small bathrooms or ensuites.
To stop your bathroom flooding every time you use it, it’s imperative that your shower enclosure is waterproof. Look for one from a quality brand with a waterproof seal that has been rigorously tested.
There’s a huge range of door opening mechanisms; you just need to find the best one for your bathroom.
Pivot doors open the same way a normal shower would and while these are easy to use, they protrude into the bathroom, so ensure you have enough space. Bi-fold doors are space saving and perfect for smaller bathrooms.
Sliding doors will suit virtually any shower and are primarily used for quadrant enclosures. Sliding doors provide you with ample space to step in and out of the shower, so are good if you have less mobility.
Doors that can be fitted on both the left and right-hand side are more versatile and fit a wide range of styles and sizes of bathrooms.
Shower enclosures are generally made from toughened safety glass, in 8mm, 6mm or 4mm thickness. The 8mm glass will be the most expensive but is seriously durable and tough. 6mm is reliable, sturdy and more affordable, while 4mm glass is primarily used for frameless enclosures.
Some shower enclosures come with Easy Clean glass that does exactly what it says on the tin. This coating prevents the build-up of dirt, grime, oil and limescale, as well as reducing stains.
Most shower enclosures come with the option of a tray. Contemporary trays are lightweight, durable and stylish, and usually made of ceramic, resin or acrylic.
Low profile shower trays are great for easy access to the shower and look very neat. Shower trays higher above the ground will give you more room for plumbing but can feel a little less modern.
A quality shower enclosure will come with a warranty of at least a few years. If you opt for a shower enclosure with toughened glass and quality hinges, it should last for year. However, a warranty will provide additional peace of mind.
What size shower enclosure do I need?
The size of your shower enclosure will depend on the space you have available, as well as the layout of your bathroom.
If there’s not much space, go for a smaller quadrant enclosure or one with bi-fold doors. Those with larger bathrooms can opt for something bigger. Remember to measure the height as well as the depth and width of the space you have available.
How to seal a shower enclosure?
Sealing a shower enclosure is essential when it comes to preventing leaks in your bathroom. Sealant need only be applied to the outside of the shower.
You can do this with a caulk gun. Rest the opening of the tube against the seam of the shower, moving slowly so that all the gaps are filled. Then, once you have applied the sealant to every joint, smooth it out and allow it to sit for 24 hours before you use the shower.
The ultimate statement of luxury, a shower enclosure is a valuable addition to any bathroom – and they’re available in a huge range of styles, sizes and finishes. For its spacious interior, quality materials and easy to use sliding doors, the Elegant 1200 x 800 mm Enclosure is the best on the market.