Bathroom suites buying guide

When you’re planning a new bathroom it makes sense to buy a suite. Not only does it ensure that your fittings match each other, it saves you money too.  Suites are available to suit any kind of bathroom, whether you’re looking to build or renovate an en-suite, update a family bathroom or create a wet room in your home. You can buy suites with a standalone bath, a shower enclosure or a shower bath – whatever suits your needs. 

Posted by: Sunny, 03rd July 2019

 

What is a bathroom suite?

A suite describes a combination of two or more bathroom fixtures that match. They always include a toilet and a basin – perfect for a small cloakroom – and for a larger room you can add on a matching bath or shower. 

The idea is that each item has features in common with the others. So a square toilet base would match a square shaped basin and pedestal. Or there maybe a design feature that repeats across all products such as ridging or a signature curve.

 

 

Choosing the type of suite

First, you need to work out what you need – and what will fit – in your new bathroom space. The norm is for every home to have at least one bath, which is worth bearing in mind if you think you might look to sell your house in the future. 

If you’re in your forever home, feel free to choose what works best for you. Some people just don’t feel the love for a bath – while for others there’s nothing better than a good long soak.

 

Bath suites

There are a few options for your bath suite. You can choose a straight bath – the main choice if you’re not planning to have a shower above it – with a matching toilet and basin. 

If you are looking to combine a shower and a bath, there are plenty of suites featuring a P or L shaped bath. Both are designed to provide a decent bath with additional space and screening around one end for the shower. It’s the perfect blend of a bath and a shower enclosure. The main decision then is whether the shower will go at the left-hand or right-hand end of the bath.

Whether you choose a P shape or L shape depends largely on whether you prefer a square or curved look to your bathroom suite. Note that you need to choose the shower itself separately. 
If you’re looking for more of a ‘feature’ bath, such as a roll-top, double ended bath or a D shape bath, you can choose these separately or as part of a suite. In most cases there are matching basins and toilets to maintain a common theme.  

Examples include the contemporary Isla Freestanding Bath with Albi Suite and the more traditional Cambridge Freestanding Bath Suite

There are plenty of bath suites to choose from, whether you like a modern look or a more classic feel. 

 

Shower suites

If your home already has a bath or you’re just not a fan, you might prefer to opt for a shower enclosure suite. These suites provide you with a toilet, a basin and a shower enclosure, all with a matching design. The main decision is the shape of the shower enclosure that you prefer. Generally, the options are a square or rectangular shower tray, or a quadrant shape which features a curved edge. Depending on your preference, you then need to decide whether you want the shower door to slide open or pivot on a hinge. Bear in mind that a bi-fold door might be a good space saving option. A fourth option is a wetroom panel, which is fixed in place. There is no moving door with this type.

 

Cloakroom suites

A cloakroom suite is designed for a smaller toilet space, providing a toilet and a basin. Depending on space, you can choose between two separate units, or a single all-in-one set, which provides toilet, basin and cupboard space all together. This can be a great space saver and gives a smart, clean look to any small bathroom.

 

 

Vanity unit, pedestal or wall hung sink?

We offer a wide range of bathroom suites to match any taste or storage need. Once you’ve chosen your bath or shower enclosure, the next decision is whether you will have a pedestal basin or a vanity unit. A vanity unit provides useful storage as well as hiding pipework for the sink. 

You can choose between a wall hanging unit or one that stands on the floor. If a vanity unit suite appeals to you, take a look at our furniture bathroom suites. There are all kinds of style options, from wood-effect units, grey panelling, white or cream ranges.

A vanity unit doesn’t appeal to everyone, though. Many people prefer a pedestal basin for simple elegance. The pedestal hides pipework and waste and keeps everything clean and dust free. 
Other options are wall hung sinks, which are a great space saver and their clean lines give a good sense of space as the floor beneath is kept clear. You could also consider a counter-top basin – although these are less commonly available as part of a suite. 

 

Modern or traditional

There are lots of different ranges to choose from to suit every taste. Whether you’re seeking the clean lines of a modern suite or the timeless style of a traditional bathroom, there are plenty of options. 

If a vanity unit appeals to you there are various colour options too, including white, grey, cream and wood effects. 

 

What's included in a bathroom suite?

Always check what is and isn’t included in the suite you’re interested in. Most will include a toilet, basin, bath or shower enclosure. You’ll need to buy the shower itself separately as well as taps, fixings, wastes and traps. 

We make it easy to see what’s in and out of the deal at the bottom of each suite page.

 

How much do bathroom suites cost?

There are bathroom suites to suit every budget, from high end luxury to good value basics. With our Essential Range you can pick up a bath suite for less than £189. It’s ideal for a first time buyer or a buy-to-let property. 

 

What do I need to consider before I order?

It’s so easy to purchase your bathroom suite, but make sure you’ve done some important checks before you click the ‘buy’ button. 

First, if you’re replacing your bathroom, will the suite join up with your existing plumbing? It’s far cheaper to keep the various fixtures in the same place, to save having to re-plumb all the pipework.  

It makes sense to create a detailed, scale drawing of your bathroom and make sure everything will fit in – don’t just hope! 

If it’s a new bathroom, show your plumber your bathroom plans and get them to flag any concerns or issues before you order. 

 

What else will I need?

Your bathroom isn’t complete without a few other optional extras. Will you need a new radiator?  A heated towel rail or panel radiator can add a real touch of luxury, as well as keeping you cosy on those cold winter mornings. 

Don’t forget your shower system and taps. Choose from concealed shower sets, exposed showers, a rainfall shower head or handheld option.

There are taps to suite every budget and taste, from traditional cross head taps to waterfall-style mixers. Choose between wall mounted taps or countertop – and have a look at the latest trend for black taps.
Every bathroom needs at least one mirror – and a mirrored cabinet is a great way to combine that with some useful storage. There are lots of options if you’d like to integrate lighting too, with an LED mirror cabinet. Bear in mind that unless you go for one of our battery powered LED mirrors, you’ll need an electric supply in the position where this would be fitted.  

Once you’ve considered all the accessories, all that’s left to get is a good set of fluffy new towels! 

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