Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 77
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Coordinatorinpink Get what you pay for...
This shower's installation was painful. However, once in place, it worked just fine. Be sure to read through the instruction booklet prior to installation and separate screws carefully as there are two sets that look identical. Be prepared for frustration. Caulk all seams carefully to avoid leaks. Would I recommend this shower? Well, my answer is yes if you're looking for a nice looking, serviceable, inexpensive shower that has terrible instructions.
March 11, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Handymum Serviceable for low-use areas
Cutting to the chase: this is a serviceable shower unit for a low-use area. If you want a shower for your main bath, something you will be using regularly, I'd advise to look for a different unit. If you are not pretty well versed in DIY projects, especially those needing some engineering know-how, I'd advise to look for a different unit. But if you have the time, capabilities and patience and just need an inexpensive shower for a guest room, powder room, hunting shack, etc., this could work well for you.
I needed a corner shower that was inexpensive and could stand up to daily use until my main bathrooms are finished. I chose this unit from the store - purely based on price - without looking at any reviews, and I'm somewhat glad I did, as the negative reviews might have scared me off.
This is by no means a great shower. It is what it's priced to be - serviceable. It has lived up to 10 months of daily use so far, and we're probably still a month or two from finishing the upstairs bathrooms. But it's obviously not an expensive, high-quality unit. However, I have had no issues with leaking as many reviewers did, nor any great issues with peeling caulk.
It did take forever to install, and it was a serious pain in the you-know-what. My dad, who is a retired machinist and extremely capable handyman, did the brunt of the labor. I'm a competent renovator and DIYer, but I was a helper only on this project. Together, we took large chunks of three days to get it completely installed, with lots of time thinking about the best ways to line things up, sealing everything properly, and letting it cure. I would say the instructions are more of a guide, and you need to be comfortable enough with engineering and fabrication to know when to follow the guide and when to do things a little differently to get the best result. That means that even though you might have a licensed contractor install it, he or she might not do a great job. It's also really not something that should be completed in a day - that's just not enough time for your initial seals to cure. If you or your contractor enjoy a slow-paced challenge - look no further!
The good points:
- It's inexpensive, relative to other shower kits. Seems overpriced for what it is, but that's the law of supply and demand, I guess.
- It looks nice once it's in. It makes a small space seem larger, and the chrome and obscure glass are a timeless, classy look.
Most reviewers have already beaten the bad points of this unit to death, but here goes, and maybe I can help mitigate some of the downsides:
- It's rather flimsy, and the whole glass area will wobble every time you open and close the door. Be gentle, and the wobble is minimal. Yank hard and you could damage the seals you worked so hard to get just right.
- The pan is cheaply made, and needs as much reinforcement as you can give it. We did an insulated mortar bed and I still feel a few spots of give, probably just because the styrofoam interior isn't the strongest. Also, it will scratch and mark at the drop of a dime, so protect it during install, and then just try not to drop anything heavy on it. Animals, kids, and coarse cleaning products will definitely create scratches that will eventually look grungy. I have animals and kids, and I didn't protect the pan adequately during install, so mine has gotten a bit beaten up. If how the pan looks matters to you more than it does me, be sure to keep it clean, and consider refinishing it with a quality acrylic/fiberglass finish if you want it to look nice and shiny.
- Sealing it all takes for.e.ver. We used clear acrylic latex plus silicone caulk, applied it as per the manufacturer's recommendations, and I haven't had any issues with the caulk peeling or anything leaking. The very front edge of the bead of caulk on the outside of the door threshold has started to feather a bit, but it was squooshed out quite thin and wide in that area. The main body of the bead hasn't been compromised at all - so it seems to just be a matter of us spreading it out a little too far in that one high-traffic spot. And I haven't met a caulk yet that doesn't discolor and get spots of mold after some time, regardless of how "resistant" it says it is. The damper and darker your bathroom, and the more you use it, the harder the water, the faster that will happen. ALL caulk will need to be replaced at some point.
- The wall panels are cheap and thin, but not hard to get reasonably smooth if you put down a full, raked bed of adhesive (we used clear tub surround adhesive) and take your time. And at least they're light and easy to move around. Once they're up, they look simple, tidy and clean. The built-in shelves are big enough to hold a bottle or two per shelf, and they do shed water reasonably well.
The final word: If I hadn't been on such a tight budget, I would have gone for something a bit sturdier and simpler to install, but that being said, this unit has done its job for almost a year with no problems. And other than replacing grungy caulk at some point, it should similarly serve in its low-use capacity for years to come.
March 5, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DKRAF Terrible instructions, but serviceable.
The installation process is pretty brutal if you haven't done one before. We had better luck puzzling out how some parts went together ourselves than by reading the instructions.
The bushing for the door doesn't seem to be tall enough. Had to use our own shim (neoprene washer would be best) to raise the door far enough to close easily.
If I was to do this again, I'd spend a bit more money to get a better-designed kit, and probably buy the surround and door/walls separately. As it is, it's perfectly workable if you're on a tight budget, just be prepared for a long installation process.
January 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ivan good value on product
I shopped everywhere before deciding on this shower. Its size, quality and cost were the deciding factor in my final purchase
February 28, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by sharon very disappointed
I bought my shower when remodeling my bathroom, the shower went up with some issues but fairly easy. I had problems with it leaking in the corners,,,but fixed this...have had it less than two years and it has spider cracks in floor and one of the sides near a bend in the molding is cracked...I am very upset..i had tiled the floor to the bath room to fit the shower so every thing looks so great...the thought of taking the shower out knowing it will destroy the floor and not to mention more cost for remoldeling again.... very disappointed....i did my research and was sure this was a good product... having issues even getting the warrenty coverage..
October 19, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JeremyH17 Neo-Angle Shower Kit
Although this kit has bad reveiws, I think it could be best resolved by addressing the most common complaints: 1- cracked shower pan- when intalling the pan to the drain, first measure the distance of the air gap on the bottom side of the pan, then take a small bag of quickrete or other small agg ready-mix, and pour a small mound mid-way from the wall and the drain, and about twice the height as the internal pan dims, then rest the pan on top of the mound and press down while oscillating the pan side-to-side until pan is all the way to the floor (this will reinforce the pan and will limit damaging deflection in the pan material) 2- leaks from joints and walls- first, the walls need to be extremely well adhered to the base wall (which should be green board or hardy), second, do not just use standard caulking! The best results come from using a polyseam seal caulking on the flange points (full coverage of flange) then (after dried) overlap the joints with clear silicone (use a latex gloved hand to smooth out- but first spray the bead with windex or other glass cleaner first- this will keep your profile smooth and the silicone from sticking to your glove).
So, with about another $25 in materials, your shower kit will be able to last for much longer with much less problems.
January 15, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DreadShowering DO NOT BUY!!!
It is such a hassle to shower now because of the mess I have to clean up after. I remodeled my bathroom in August of 2012 and have had issues with this shower since day 1. It constantly leaks no matter how many times I have re-caulked and sealed every corner and seam. This morning, the floor of it cracked to the point of not even being able to use it. I am a contractor and know how to install showers properly so it being improperly installed is not the issue. Do yourself a favor and do not buy a cheap shower, it is worth spending more money one a first shower rather than having to go back and completely remodel your bathroom again because of the water damage and mold.
April 16, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by dryphusdog Some helpful tips
Tip One: This product is as people described - Cheap. But it works! I installed this shower over ten years ago and had major problems with caulk not sticking to shower pan. After three failed attempts using the caulk stated in the instructions, I called the Manufacture and they told me to go to True Value or Ace Hardware and use a Caulk called LEXEL. It finally worked and stayed put. It is a little different consistency than most caulks and is harder to tool, but for smoothing use a tight rubber glove and your finger and keep dipping it into mineral spirits smooth out the Lexel keeping a wet edge. Have a lot of strong paper towels for clean up of excess caulk. Cleans well with towel soaked with mineral spirits and little elbow grease. Tip Two: Empty Wall Panel Glue on a palette before spreading with "V" notched trowel. Work time is short and you don't have enough time for the caulk gun to squeeze out curvy beads and then tool. Cut the tip completely off and empty the cartridge onto palette, lay on wall with wide putty knife and get to work with the "V" trowel. One panel at a time! Tip Three: Do not use double stick tape on panels as an accessory holder (hooks, shampoo dispenser, etc.). Over time the Wall Panel adhesive weakens and when you decide to pull your old accessory holder off the wall panel, you will end up ripping a chunk of the wall panel right off the wall when your old accessory holder peels off!
September 15, 2013