Rated 2.3 out of 5 by 85
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 5.0 out of 5.0 by Denise shower I have had .
this shower is the best one I,ve had yet . Hope it lasts a long time. I went from a claw foot tub n shower that I had for 15 yrs. had to get in and out of by using a foot stole . I was in fear of falling out of. my husband is a carpenter. he used carpenter adheasive glue n caulking everywhere so there would not be any leaks. all n all I love my new shower /bathroom. He even put in grab bars for me.
July 15, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Cottagedweller Trouble from the start
Had the product professionally installed at the cottage. Despite multiple caulking efforts over the course of 3 years product still leaked. (Also Disassembly and re-assembly). Determined leaks are coming through factory seals on glass casing. Fortunately it's not the main shower and when needed we can use it with towels around it to catch leaks. Warranty has passed. Check your install carefully for defects. Overall looks good.
July 15, 2015
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 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 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 1.0 out of 5.0 by mrstchr Poor quality
We purchased this shower stall kit when we added another master bath to our house. It was installed by a contractor who had commented at the time that it was difficult to install. The walls are incredibly thin, and after just a couple of years we have spider cracks on both walls. The strip at the bottom of the door cracked within 6 months and was not replaceable. We purchased this because of price, but I wish we would have spent a little more for better quality! At this point we will have to replace and pray there is no major damage behind the walls...
September 5, 2015