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Brands for new bathroom

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Gredawarha, Mar 5, 2019.

  1. Gredawarha

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 22, 2017

    Posts: 139

    Afternoon all

    If you were buying new bathroom items, what brands or suppliers would you go to. Not looking for super high end but want to avoid anything crap, prefer good quality but value for money rather than cheapest.

    If anyone has been through the process of a new bathroom in the post few years and would recommend anyone I'd love to know.

    We're looking at ripping out our current bathroom completely and replacing everything.

    Missus is in charge (keeps her happy) and it's looking like we will buy the sink, bath, shower etc and the guys who did our kitchen will install.

    I know nothing about bathrooms but the missus will just pick what she line the look of. IfI like to be able to point her toward a website, shop or brand and then let her pick so I know we're buying reasonably good quality items.

    Thanks

    Darren
     
  2. RockLobster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 2, 2007

    Posts: 1,688

    I'll be interested in this too. I've just had my kitchen done as it was a minefield buying the kitchen. Wren, Magnet, etc love plucking random large numbers out of thin air and saying that is the final price. I'm starting to find the same with local bathroom suppliers.
     
  3. Gredawarha

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 22, 2017

    Posts: 139

    Good luck with the kitchen hunting. Ours is pretty much done, going to do some LED strips myself and the builders have a bit of touching up to do but they're doing that when they are back to do the bathroom.

    I should really post pictures of the kitchen in the kitchen thread I created.

    For what it's worth we ended up using DIY Kitchens for our kitchen.
     
  4. bloodiedathame

    Soldato

    Joined: May 11, 2007

    Posts: 7,318

    Location: Surrey

    We got ours from Bathstore, not overly pleased with the quality of the stuff if I'm honest. Coated chipboard in a bathroom is a stupid idea. Water-resistant my arse.
     
  5. Gredawarha

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 22, 2017

    Posts: 139

    Yes I did a search before posting and found some comments along the line of "avoid bathstore".
     
  6. RockLobster

    Wise Guy

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    Posts: 1,688

    Sorry misunderstanding. Our kitchen is finished thank god. Again we went with DIY Kitchens who were fantastic. Ours is on their facebook page, see post - 19 February at 08:00. Now we are searching for bathroom stuff.
     
  7. Gredawarha

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 22, 2017

    Posts: 139

    No need to apologise, my mistake.

    Seems like you're in a similar position to us then.
     
  8. RockLobster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 2, 2007

    Posts: 1,688

    Have you measured up? Since measuring up with narrowed down what we can have. We are going for an 1800x800 bath which limits our options furniture wise.
     
  9. robj20

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 9, 2007

    Posts: 7,569

    Location: Manchester

    I'm doing our bathroom this year. 3 walls will have multipanel on them. The remaining wall plastered and painted.
    The ceiling will be multipanel ceiling panels.
    Having a Carron bath nice and sturdy.
    Aqualisa Q Smart shower that also fills the bath so no taps on the bath nice and clean.
    Toilet will be an Ideal rimless.
    Basin not decided yet.
    Also fitting a 150mm extractor fan on the loft.
     
  10. RockLobster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 2, 2007

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    I've been looking on soak for bathroom furniture but who knows if it's actually any good. For the bath, etc I'm trying to stick to known brands.
     
  11. Hedge

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 16,978

    Location: Somewhere in the middle.

    Depends a lot on budget I guess. I like the bathroom setups from Abacus.
     
  12. Gredawarha

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 22, 2017

    Posts: 139

    Yes, unlike the kitchen we've not argued about layout so we know what's going where and therefore size but I don't have any measurements to hand.
     
  13. Russinating

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 27, 2005

    Posts: 15,097

    Location: Bristol

    Had no problems with Victoria Plumbing. Decent quality, good designs, value for money.
     
  14. TripleT

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

    Posts: 9,214

    Location: Manchester City Centre

    I work for a biggish online bathroom retailer. A competitor to soak, VP, etc but I'm not allowed to plug...

    Both soak and Victorian Plumbing are decent and reasonablely priced. Ceramics, baths, taps, heating are all fine quality wise. I know their suppliers. Soak will be cheaper I'd imagine as they source and import themselves (like us) Victorian Plumbing source from UK suppliers but the products ultimately come from the far East still (nothing wrong with that though, branded items do too)

    Baths and shower trays typically come from UK though.

    Furniture is a difficult one as wood in bathrooms generally does mix. Try and find a painted vanity rather than a veneered and it will be a safer bet.

    Any questions just ask and I'll do my best.

    Check eBay for Soak, the prices are normally a but cheaper.
     
  15. RockLobster

    Wise Guy

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    Triple I assume you meant wood does not mix? Also is a Cleargreen sustain bath any good? We are limited with baths as we want a 1800x800.
     
  16. TripleT

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Manchester City Centre

    What's the rational for sticking with know brands for the bath out of interest? It's probably the most basic bit.

    Us and Soak use "branded" baths from the UK but are sold as own brand. Trojan baths based in Huddersfield. So don't be too concerned.
     
  17. TripleT

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Manchester City Centre

    Yer they're good, "reinforced" but a bit overkill really but if you want peace of mind then fine.

    We sell 1800x800 for £149.97, £154.97 or £189.97 dependant of design - Single / Double ended. So don't feel like you're restricted.
     
  18. RockLobster

    Wise Guy

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    We were told they are ideal for a shower over it - i.e. no flex.
     
  19. TripleT

    Sgarrista

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    Posts: 9,214

    Location: Manchester City Centre

    Sorry yes. If you're going to splash out on something I'd do it on a vanity. Ceramics, baths and heating you can get cheaper and the quality will be fine
     
  20. TripleT

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Manchester City Centre

    True, but all baths have legs underneath and they're designed to hold a couple of hundred litres (kg's) of water plus a person... It's not like "standard" baths are flimsey!

    I'd prefer to spend the extra towards a very nice vanity instead, depends on your overall budget.