How to Choose a Bathroom Suite: A Buyer’s Guide
Published: 6th Sep 2023Read Time: 6 min
The Bathroom Showroom prides itself on the wide range of stunning bathroom suites we have. This ensures we can help everyone create their dream bathroom with ease. Yet, we also know that having so many can make it hard to select just one suite! Here, our handy bathroom suite buying guide will help you get started on your bathroom journey.
What Size of Bathroom Do You Have?
For cloakrooms, ensuites and very small bathrooms look for space-saving suites with corner basins, slimline furniture, wall-hung toilets, and mirrored cabinets. For larger bathrooms, where storage solutions and furniture is essential, consider furniture ranges that offer increased practicality and necessities for a more spacious bathroom.
Who Will Be Using the Bathroom?
Think about how many people are going to use the bathroom and what their needs might be. For example, with a family bathroom, you might require your suite to be durable and easy to maintain. If it’s an ensuite for the master bedroom, perhaps you can prioritise luxury and style.
What Bathroom Style Do Your Prefer?
Consider what style you prefer, modern and contemporary, or classic and traditional. If you prefer a more modern look aim for suites with clean lines, angled forms and showstopper centrepieces like the Roca Modo Collection, or the iflo Serino Collection. To achieve a contemporary look you could select wall-hung toilets, vessel basins, and waterfall taps with a digital shower in a frameless enclosure to complete the look.
If traditional styles are more to your taste, take a look at our Victorian-style suites, such as the iflo Herita or any of the Heritage suites. Featuring roll-top baths, high cistern toilets, and mixer showers with rain shower heads, these bathroom suites perfectly complement timeless designs.
Select the Best Toilet for Your Bathroom
There are three types of toilet to choose from: close coupled (open or closed back), back to wall toilets, and wall hung toilets. If you have a small bathroom, wall hung toilets are a great option as they give the illusion of more space. If your bathroom is not limited by space, the choice is yours. Wall hung and back to wall toilets would work well in contemporary style bathrooms, and close coupled toilets are most commonly used in traditional style bathrooms.
If you're looking for more advice about choosing the right toilet, our toilet buyer’s guide has all the information you need.
Choose the Best Type of Basin
The most common type of basin is a basin with a pedestal. These are available in a variety of shapes and sizes with various base options - full pedestal, semi-pedestal and bottle trap.
However, if you opt for bathroom furniture, there are a few more basin options. Countertops simply sit on top of the furniture unit, semi-recessed basins generally offer a deeper bowl and stylish contract between basin and worktop, and vessel basins sit on top of a worktop to give an exceptionally modern look.
If you’re buying a basin and a toilet we always recommend buying the two units from the same collection to ensure the shades match. This is because if the ceramic is made using different raw materials the shades of sanitaryware may be different. We've got more handy hints and tips in our basin buyer’s guide.
Consider The Best Bath Choice
If you’d like a statement piece in your bathroom and you have the floor space available, consider a freestanding bath. We’ve got a range of both traditional roll top freestanding baths, or more modern styles like the Onyx and Aruba choices.
Straight baths, like the iflo Breton, are available in round or square and single or double-ended, and shower baths, like the iflo Metz, are a great solution for where space is limited. Read our bath buyer’s guide to find out more about the different styles and shapes of baths available.
Opt for the Best Shower - Bathroom Suites With Shower
There are four main types of showers to choose from. Concealed showers have a valve concealed behind a wall. Exposed showers have an exposed valve that takes a hot and cold water feed. Electric showers heat the water by passing a cold water feed through a heating element. And digital showers use a control unit or your smartphone to control the temperature and water flow.
If your shower is in a separate enclosure rather than over a shower bath, consider what shower enclosure you’d like, such as a conventional fully framed enclosure, a semi-frameless, or a frameless shower enclosure.
Our shower’s guide is packed full of useful information to help you choose the right style for your bathroom.
Bathroom Suites Complete - Don’t Forget Bathroom Accessories for the Final Touches
When planning your dream bathroom, it’s easy to forget the final touches that really bring your bathroom to life. Choose practical and well-designed mirrors, cabinets, lighting, towel rails and accessories to bring the whole bathroom together. You can even add a little luxury to your new bathroom suite with underfloor heating. Be sure to speak to your Showroom Manager about our ranges and let us make your dream bathroom a reality.