“ Brand: 1 / Type: Bathroom „
I am moving in with my boyfriend next month, so we have been upgrading certain aspects of the flat in preparation. My boyfriend loves having baths, however I'm more of a 'shower, wash and go girl' and I've known for months that his £4.99 push on shower head just wasn't going to do when I was living there full time, so a few months ago we started to research mixer showers.
*********** Why did you choose this model? ************
At the moment money is tight - we aren't in a position to fit an electric shower so we decided that a mixer would be the best option.
If you are looking for a shower head with the rail then you will find that the prices can be rather expensive, going up to around £150, this just wasn't possible within our budge and if I had that kind of money to spend then I would probably fit an electric shower. However, when I noticed this particular model I thought it seemed perfect, so I started to do some research.
I found that we could buy the 1 Setting Anti-Clogged Hand Shower for £24.99 and, according to reviews on DIY sites - it would be quite easy to fit. People also reported that the set looked good and that it was very effective with a good water pressure.
*********** Fitting ***********
Neither myself or my boyfriend are particularly good at DIY, I don't have a clue about anything practical and he usually calls on a friend to complete tricky jobs, so I was a little concerned that we wouldn't be able to fit this shower ourselves.
We took the instructions out - everything was explained in writing and there were also little illustrations that explain how you attach the rail fixture to the wall. To be honest I don't think the instructions were written very clearly and the pictures took a while to decipher, so it took us a good five minutes to figure out how to attach the rail fittings correctly. We ended up figuring this out by trial and error, working out how it would be possible for us to hammer a nail into it and attach the fittings to the wall, because it wasn't obvious after reading the instructions.
Once we had worked out how to attach the fittings we decided how high we wanted the rail. The instructions say that you should account for the tallest person in the house when deciding upon this, but unless you have amazing water pressure I would advise you to put the rail as low as possible.
We have plasterboard around out shower so we used a hammer to attach the shower rail fittings, but you will need a drill if you have tiles.
We attached the top fitting first, followed by the lower one. It took my boyfriend about five minutes to fit each part securely and the rail then slotted securely in between.
The shower head and mixer fitting was very easy to attach to our Victorian-style taps and it fitted perfectly. You do not have to remove this fitting once it is attached - there is a button that you either push or pull to determine if the water flows through the showerhead or out of the tap at the front of the fitting.
When you turn the water on you may notice a leak neat the shower head and down near the taps. We found that it was easy to rectify this problem by inserting the two washers that were provided within the pack.
Once we had hooked the shower head onto the rail the instillation process was completed - overall this took about twenty minutes.
The product was relatively easy to fit - even a DIY novice could manage it.
*********** My opinion *********
This mixer shower certainly looks the part - the chrome finish makes the product look more expensive than it actually is and the soap dish is a nice additional feature.
However I have one major issue with this product - it doesn't work well if you have don't have a strong hot water pressure. Our hot water doesn't come out very quickly, which resulted in the water dripping from the shower head when it was sat on the rail. I have researched this problem and it seems that flats typically have low hot water pressure because of where the boiler is situated and I haven't found a way to rectify this. Although the shower head gains enough pressure to wash when it is at hip level it is a little annoying, because the devise was bought so that we could stand under it.
If you live in a house and you have strong water pressure then maybe you should look into buying this item, but flat owners should stay away.
Three out of five stars.