In this guide we’ll look at the best shower trays.
We’ve compared material, ease of installation, durability and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is the Best Shower Tray?
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Perfect Rectangular Stone Shower Tray Review
The Perfect 1500 x 800mm Stone Shower Tray is the best shower tray on the market. The 30mm height makes it low profile and slimline, meaning you’ll have easy access to the shower. Low profile trays are also very modern and give the illusion of a bigger room so are ideal if you have a smaller bathroom.
Designed to look great in any bathroom, this tray is made from heavy duty stone resin that looks superb and stands the test of time. It’s resistant to rust, smears and stains, while the white finish is contemporary and stylish. Ideal for walk-in shower enclosures, this has excellent drainage and it’s easy to fit. It comes with the waste included, so you don’t need to shop around for additional parts.
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Home Standard Graphite Slate Effect Shower Tray Review
The best shower tray for modern bathrooms is easily the Home Standard Slate Effect Tray. This stunning shower tray has a textured graphite slate effect which gives it a stylish and unique look. The 27mm thickness makes it ultra-low profile which adds to the contemporary feel.
Manufactured from stone resin that stands the test of time, this shower tray is extremely durable. It’s strong, sleek and scratch-resistant, with a stylish chrome grate included. Despite the weight, this is easy to install, and it comes with a 90mm integrated waste.
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Bath & Homes Quadrant Stone Shower Tray Review
The Bath & Homes Square Shower Tray is the best anti-slip shower tray for smaller bathrooms. Measuring just 1200 x 800 mm, this will bring a little luxury to those smaller shower enclosures, so your bathroom can look fantastic, no matter its size.
Despite the small dimensions, this shower tray is both stylish and practical. The 40mm height makes it easy to get in and out of the shower, while the tray has a flat underside to make it easy to install. The tray is very long lasting, made from a durable polyurethane resin that complies with EU standards, while the white finish ensures it looks sleek and sophisticated in any style of bathroom, so you don’t have to worry about it not suiting the look and feel of the room.
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MX Elements Rectangle Stone Shower Tray Review
The MX Elements Rectangular Shower Tray is another best quality shower tray. This tray looks at home in any modern bathroom, and is perfect for larger showers or walk-in enclosures. Despite the larger size, it’s low profile – with just a 40mm height for easy access to the shower. No more stumbling blearily into the shower first thing in the morning!
This comes with a 25-year guarantee, which is a testament to its excellent quality and means complete peace of mind. It’s made from stone resin and has a bright white finish that stays shiny for years to come. While it is heavy, it’s easy to install. It comes with a waste included.
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Elegant Rectangular Stone Shower Tray Review
Introducing the Elegant Rectangular Stone Tray; perfect for large shower enclosures. It’s easy to install, with a flat underside, and the bases are fibreglass reinforced for extra durability. The glossy acrylic finish safeguards against stains and corrosion for easy maintenance year after year.
At just 40mm high, this tray is one of the sleekest on the market. It’s got a lovely sophisticated and contemporary look, and it’s made in the UK. A 90mm waste trap is included, while the plug is located in the corner for excellent drainage and a sleek finish.
Shower Tray Buyer’s Guide
A shower tray isn’t something people often put much thought into, but there’s a whole range of shapes, sizes and designs on the market, and you need to be sure the shower tray you buy fits your enclosure.
Struggling to decide on the best shower tray? Here’s what to look out for.
The shape of your shower tray will need to match your enclosure, as well as your bathroom. Square shower trays are very versatile and can be used with a variety of showers, including those with bifold doors. Square trays are perfect for smaller bathrooms and showers.
Rectangular shower trays are ideal if you have a larger enclosure and bathroom. They give you more room to stretch out, sing, and dance while you shower! There’s a range of other shapes available, but square and rectangular are the most common.
Shower trays are available in a few different materials. Acrylic capped stone resin is the most common. These are seriously scratch resistant and durable, plus they’re easy to clean, although they are very heavy. Fully acrylic shower trays are also durable and contemporary, and are non-slip even when wet – so extra safe for kids and elderly people.
The size of your shower tray will be determined by the size of the enclosure. Remember that if you have a smaller bathroom, a shower enclosure that’s too large will make the space seem smaller. Opt for a minimalist shower enclosure and tray if you have less space to work with.
Slippery shower trays are extremely dangerous, so it’s essential that your tray is anti-slip. While some are equipped with an anti-slip finish, those made from acrylic are naturally non-slippery. Ensure you check reviews before you buy.
Ease of Installation
Trays with a flat underside are very easy to install, and those with the waste included are even easier. Some stone resin shower trays are very heavy, which can make them harder to install, though the payoff is that they are more durable.
Shower trays made from stone resin are the most durable, but they are very heavy. These are resistant to rust, stains and corrosion. If you’re worried about the durability of your shower tray, go for one with a warranty.
The best shower tray will drain at a rate of around 25L per minute. Go for one that’s slightly sloped to encourage the water towards and into the drain.
How to fit a shower tray?
Place your tray where you’d like to install it to check the space and clearance. Draw around the edges with a pencil then cut a hole into the floor to fit the tray (this should absolutely be done by a professional if you are worried!). Cut an access hatch next to the tray for access to the waste.
Attach the waste to the tray by following the instructions, then mix some mortar to a firm consistency and apply to the hole you have cut. Place the tray on top of the mortar, and check that it’s level. Then leave to dry for 24 hours.
While it’s drying, connect the trap to the waste via the access hatch. Finally, seal around the edges of the tray using a silicone sealant.
How to seal a shower tray?
To seal a shower tray, ensure the entire area is dry and clean. Then use a sealant gun to apply an even layer of sealant, starting from the inner corner of the shower and working outwards. There should be no gaps in the sealant.
Once you’ve done the entire tray, smooth the sealant using a spoon and leave to dry for 24 hours.
Need the perfect shower tray to go with your brand new enclosure? Shower trays can be a big investment, but once you’ve got the right one it should stand the test of time. If you’re struggling to find the best shower tray, the Perfect Rectangular Stone Shower Tray is a reliable choice thanks to its low-profile design, white finish and 90mm fast flow waste.