I loved the concept of this and purchased it as a luxury item for my new bathroom. I purchased it in Jan 2012. I also purchased the recommended mould remover. Mould started to appear within 6 months. I used the recommended product which didn't work. I had to make an enquiry for a replacement screen by August 2012. I then purchased another screen some months later. Within months this one was covered in mould despite using the recommended product. I have lived with the mould growing up the screen for months and need to replace again. Yes you can put it away but the screen is now harder and more difficult to fold and close in the unit properly. I don't have a choice but to replace because if I remove the whole unit the whole bathroom would need re-tiling. The reason for writing this review is because I now have to consider forking out for another screen!!
I have had my Outasight Shower screen for just over a year now and after 6/7 months mould started to appear. I have used the recommended mould remover purchased direct from Outasight at a cost of £15 but it has not worked. I think the idea is fantastic, but disappointed with how long the quality of the screen has lasted. The only advantage is that I can close the screen away, however it is a little more difficult as the screen is harder therefore making it more difficult to put away. I feel the replacement screens are a little expensive at £50 direct from Outasight especially if I have to replace it yearly, however the price is cheaper than some of the other sites.
After doing up our bathroom we bought a glass screen for the shower but water ended up everywhere! Found this on the internet and love it! After 3 years it is only now showing small spots of mould and thats likely because I NEVER clean it! Its great for small bathrooms and it folds away neatly and easily making our small bathroom appear bigger than if a screen or standard curtain were fitted. Having used normal shower curtains in the past, the mould resistance is quite amazing in comparision. Away to go and buy a replacement curtain and will see if I clean this one regularly how long I can make it last!
With two young children I didn't want a glass shower screen and a shower curtain would have looked messy in our new modern bathroom. The outasight is just a brilliant idea, it folds away tidily is barely noticeable and everyone comments on what a fab idea it is. We have no prob with mould - I leave it open to dry and an occasional spray with mould and mildew remover we've had it over a year and it still looks brand new. It also extends much further down the bath then a screen and we've never had any probs with leaks. Honestly I was really unsure whether to buy one but so glad I did
BRILLIANT!!! So neat - we have a very small bathroom, so no room for a separate shower - Now I can use the bath without any obstructions like glass screen or fabric curtains getting in the way of my chill out time!!!SO FANTASTIC- WELL WORTH INVESTING IN!! Easy to fit and so neat. Thanks Lee!!
Early last year I'd had enough of living with our mouldy, shabby bathroom. After 10 years it was time for a complete refit. I loathe most types of DIY and hubby's aversion to DIY is even stronger. So I found a good bathroom refit contractor and set to work researching bathroom products.
I had no idea how long this would take or what was involved. I thought I'd just have to search for a toilet, bath and sink. But I hadn't taken into account things like tiles, radiator, shower, mirrors, shelves and even bottletraps and wastes. Just the range of taps alone is astounding. And for every item you're looking for, there are hundreds of different brands, styles and prices on even more websites.
I did most of my research online with a few visits to bathroom showrooms. However, one of my biggest problems was the shower screen. We have a tiny bathroom so a separate shower and bath wasn't an option. I'd already chosen a contemporary chrome overhead shower which is situated over the bath.
~~~ Choosing the Right Shower Screen ~~~
I knew I didn't want a shower curtain as all our previous curtains have ended up looking revolting and even the trip through the washing machine couldn't restore them. I decided it would have to be a shower screen of some sort. As to be expected, there are many types. Usually they're made from reinforced glass, ranging from rigid panes of glass that don't move to glass doors that swing inwards or outwards through to frames that have four or five folds and fold back against the wall.
Although I wanted a shower screen, I wasn't happy with the traditional glass screen that sits on the bath. For a start it would appear to cut the bathroom in two and because our toilet is right next to the bath this would have the effect of making the room appear smaller. Secondly, with three children, two of whom are particularly boisterous, I was sure it would only be a matter of time before one of them fell into the glass door. Also, glass is completely transparent, and with only one toilet, I can guarantee the minute I get in the shower, someone will want to use it at the same time, and I do like my privacy in the shower!
A door opening inwards or outwards presented the same problem. So a folding back against the wall option seemed like my best bet as some of them did come with frosted effect glass. However, when measuring up various bits and pieces, it turned out that even with the shower screen folded right back to the wall, it still took up quite a lot of depth from the wall and widthways would almost reach the taps.
I'd almost given up my search and was going to go for the folding glass screen when I came across the Outasight shower curtain. I'd never heard of this or seen anything about it. I was very excited when I found it but was rather sceptical at first. However, it had been an exhibit at the Ideal Home Show and there were plenty of very positive testimonials from satisfied customers.
~~~ The Designer ~~~
Apparently the man who designed the Outasight, Lee Brown, had come up against all the same problems as me when refitting his own bathroom, and therefore set to work designing a solution and came up with the Outasight which he has patented. There is a small amount of information about him on the bathroom marquee website (http://www.outasightbyleebrown.co.uk/index.html).
~~~ Outasight Vital Statistics ~~~
The Outasight Shower curtain is designed to foldaway so you barely notice it. Its overall measurements are 1425mm high and 1472mm lengthways when open, 63mm in width and 50mm in depth. It comes in a choice of two colours, white or polished silver. I personally chose the white.
The shower curtain itself is white and opaque. So far this is the only choice in curtain colour. It's an unusual material, a bit like PVC but more rigid, obviously waterproof and folds together like a fan.
~~~ How to Use It ~~~
It's simple to operate. You just pull up the outside casing until it's at right angles to the side against the wall. It opens smoothly with a gas assisted strut which then locks the arm at right angles to the casing against the wall. This forms an arm along which the curtain hangs. Then you unclip the curtain and slide it along the arm. While you're showering you need to make sure the bottom of the curtain hangs inside the bath rim, the same as you would with a regular curtain. This prevents water from splashing onto the floor.
When you've finished showering, just push it back against the wall, clip it shut then fold the arm back down. You don't even need to wait until the curtain is dry to do this.
This is a big advantage over regular foldaway screens and curtain as the Outasight has a fantastic ability to remain mould free. All you have to do is spray over the curtain with mould and mildew spray once or twice a month. And that's it!
~~~ Where is it Suitable? ~~~
The Outasight is designed to fit most straight baths. The only instances where it may not be possible to install the Outasight would be with a curved bath, or one with taps close to the edges of the bath. Also if there are any raised bits on the bath such as a soap dish, it wouldn't fit. You need to have a flat wall to which you must fix the casing.
~~~Installing the Outasight ~~~
As I didn't personally install the Outasight, I can't provide too much information here. However, there is plenty of advice on the website and a clear instruction guide is provided with the curtain. Additionally, my bathroom contractor who did fit the Outasight and who, by the way, had never come across one in his life, had no problems whatsoever. He told me it was totally straightforward to install.
~~~ Cost and Where to Buy ~~~
The Outasight is available at a few places. I originally found it at http://www.bathroommarquee.co.uk/outasight.htm but actually ended up buying it from an eBay shop. It was new not second hand.
It generally costs around £170 plus postage.
~~ My Experiences ~~~
My family have been using this screen daily for the past five months and we are 100% delighted with it. Not only does it look smart and discrete when folded against the wall, it has lived up to all its claims.
The overall length is very good and runs almost to the end of our bath (1500mm) and longer than most shower screens. As long as we remember to make sure the bottom of the curtain hangs inside the bath, we've had no leakages outside the bath onto the floor. My daughter did once leave it hanging outside the bath and the result was one very wet floor. But that wasn't the fault of the Outasight and it was a lesson learned by my daughter.
I found it hard to believe I would be able to fold it away while still soaking wet without attracting the dreaded mould. But as stated on the website, we have had no traces of mould or mildew on the curtain. I have been spraying it twice a month with the recommended spray.
The arm part of the shower is very easy to operate. My older children are able to lift it and close it quite easily but it's a little too high up for my youngest to reach on her own. I feel that we need to be quite careful with opening and closing it though because it seems like it would be easy to break by forcing it to the left or right instead of straight up and down. It does say on the website that they aren't recommended for commercial use as excessive leverage on the arm can lead to damage.
It's simple to slide the curtain back and fold into its casing. If you follow the instruction video on the website, it works like a charm. I do have a problem with opening it though. Half way down the curtain is a small handle which you should hold to pull the curtain out. However, when I hold the curtain there, it doesn't move. I need to grab the curtain from the top to make it slide along the rail. But that's the only negative comment I have to make.
In case any part of the Outasight does become damaged, it's very reassuring to know that replacements can be bought for every individual part.
I'm so glad I found this Outasight shower curtain. I certainly wouldn't have come across it if it hadn't been for some very extensive researching on my part on the Internet. At the time of writing, I see they are currently out of stock due to popular demand. They are expecting a shipment in soon and I can only assume that many more people are discovering this fantastic invention.