Shower cabins with many functions – the dream of many. However, such devices may not install anyone. This is due to their high cost, the need to dismantle the bathroom and install the cabin (it is this option that most apartment buildings are available). Consider the main nuances and varieties of shower panels.
Shower panel – open design without pallet. This is a compact functional device with several options that can replace the shower cabin or mounted on the wall next to the bathroom. Its cost is much lower than the price of shower cabins with similar capabilities, and the installation is simpler and more operational. Due to the presence of a variety of design design, you can choose a device for any interior.
Composite elements of panels is a housing, equipment and additional accessories. The core is based on acrylic, aluminum alloy or special glass. They are characterized by durability, water resistance. Under the interior equipment means shower watering cans, nozzles, various nozzles and a mixer, as well as a control system. The latter can be mechanical (manual) or e-one (in this case, it is equipped with a display).
More expensive devices are usually completed with additional accessories. It can be a seat, shelves, backlight, built-in radio.
As a rule, the panels have 2 shower watering cans: upper (static) and manual (fixed in a special holder, connected to the mixer by hose). Some manufacturers inexpensive models equip only hand shower. Depending on the method, and more precisely, the installation location is distinguished by 3 versions of shower panels.
- Angle. Used primarily for small rooms. Allows you to get the maximum comfort of procedure under limited space.
- Natural. Can be mounted anywhere in the room, so it is usually used for large rooms. Wall panels are also built-in.
- Universal. Unlike the first two, it is installed at the request of the user (in the corner, on the wall).
Based on the design features, the following types of devices are distinguished.
Represent a block on which all the buttons and control handles are located. The convenience of such systems is the simpler installation (it is enough to fix and connect the panel).
Design, the elements of which are installed separately. Despite the more laborious installation process, such systems allow you to configure each item in accordance with your own preferences. For example, it is possible to adjust the autonomous shower in accordance with the growth. When using monolithic analogs it is impossible.
Depending on which the mixer is equipped with a panel, several species are isolated.
The mixers with the expulsion are suitable for those who use not only the shower, but also takes the bath. Devices with water puffs in the bathroom allow you to quickly dial the required amount of water, not spreading splashes around.
With sensory control
High-precision devices in which you can up to degree to set the necessary water temperature. Such varieties are distinguished by convenience, they are somewhat unusual, but already marked by a high assessment of specialists.
With thermostatic mixer
Their feature is the ability to set the desired temperature, which will later be exhibited automatically. Users of such a model do not face the problem of a sudden change in temperature in the Talking Procession. This is due to the fact that the thermostat present in the system does not respond to a change in pressure in pipes with an increase or decrease in temperature.
By type of levers
In devices with a mixer, the latter can be one-dimensional (the water temperature is regulated by changing the position of the lever in the horizontal direction, the degree of pressure – its vertical movement) and traditional dual-perk (equipped with cold and hot water valves).
Speaking about the types of panels, it should be noted that this unit has 3 classes.
The device of this class has a plastic or acrylic panel, 1-4 nozzles, providing a point massage. Characterized by the smallest cost.
More qualitative and functional devices from acrylic or aluminum. Equipped with 2 types of nozzles: side (their quantity ranges from 4 to 6) and central (usually 3, intended for back massage).
The most expensive option, the equipment of which is the same as in the “Medium” panels. The difference is to be able to ask a different rhythm of the injectors.
Depending on the availability of certain options, devices are:
Such models can be located above the bathroom or directly on the wall (when the panel does not imply jointly applying it with the bathroom). The hydromassage panel has a set of nozzles, of which water jets are beaten under different pressure.
- allow to improve blood circulation;
- Enhance immunity;
- help in combating overweight and cellulite;
- Help to remove stress.
Devices with hydromassage function are equipped with a manual or upper shower, a mixer, nozzles and a system that allows you to change the mode of pressure. More expensive units are completed with backlight, they can have a radio, folding seat. The presence of the latter is more advantage because it allows you to make the procedure more enjoyable and convenient.
With a tropical shower
The procedure for making a soul resembles a walk in the rain. Large drops are gently falling from above, slowly staining through the body. Maximum relaxation during swimming guaranteed. Due to the wide surface of the shower and a special type of water holes, the effect of a tropical shower is created.
Water color during the procedure may change. This feature, like the backlight, is found in more expensive models. “Tropical shower” can have several modes. The most popular is the mode in which drops have an average size (rain effect), an uninterrupted jet (sensation of the waterfall) is noted, as well as the mode of supplying small droplets (water dust).
If the classification is based on the principle of management, the panels have different management.
- Electronic. Such devices are more expensive, they are equipped with a special display, provide an opportunity with an accuracy of 1 degree to change the water temperature, turn on the backlight, change the operation mode of the nozzles.
- Mechanical. These are simpler and less functional models.
For the manufacture of the housing use acrylic, aluminum alloy or shockproof glass. Devices based on aluminum alloy have a beautiful steel shade, they can be glossy or matte. All specified materials are distinguished by moisture resistance, corrosion resistant, mechanical strength, safe for humans and have a long service life.
Subtleties of mounting
When installing the panel, it should take into account its future location (above the bathroom, in the private boxing, homemade shower without pallet). In the shower box (closed device), install the panel on the wall or in the corner. If a panel with hydromassage is installed, the floor space before the sewer pipe should be not more than 7 cm. If it is more, you need to install the podium under the cab pallet. Another important point – the presence of sealing in places of joining the panel to the surfaces of the cab. For docking outside the cabin, acrylic is used, inside it – silicone sealants.
If it is decided to make the simplest shower without pallet with your own hands, then initially in the floor should make a water drain hole. After that, the floor is covered with anti-slip tiles, which is laid out at a low angle to the drain hole. Next, it is necessary to collect and install the racks of the fence, after which it is possible to bring water to the panel mixer.
When these works are completed, it remains to connect the system, as well as check for all components to be sealedized.
Manufacturers: Review and reviews
Soul Panel Rating Usually heads the devices of the German company HansGrohe. The manufacturer’s collection has models of all classes, which means that each user will find a device that meets its requirements and financial capabilities. Even the most inexpensive models of this brand have 2 shower wands – manual and upper. 80% of products are equipped with a thermostat for choosing a user (manual or electronically controlled). Product feature is ergonomics, concise and stylish design. The panels are based on high-tech metal alloys resistant to corrosion action, temperature difference and mechanical damage.
Not less purchasing demands of the Italian brand panels Albatros. She is appreciated by the owners of small bathrooms, because there are many angular panels in the collection. Products are characterized by compactness, high quality and duration of operation. Ergonomics and functionality differ and devices of another Italian manufacturer Jacuzzi. For example, the dimensions of the model Rei Make up only 1.43 m in height and 17 cm in width. This model ensures the effect of tropical rain, it is equipped with 4 hydromassage nozzles.
The choice of the buyer offers options with a mechanical mixer and analogs with a thermostat.
Attention deserves brand Grohe. His products – the embodiment of the famous German quality. The choice of buyers is offered systems with top and hand shower, many options. The price depends on the device class, its functionality. All elements, including accessories from ceramic plates, characterize reliability and durability. If you entrust the installation of the panel of the manufacturer’s service center, the product warranty will be 5 years.
Premium shower panels can be found in the company’s collections River. There are quite a lot of models equipped with an emission mixer, all devices have a thermostat. Product feature is a large number of nozzles (in many models their number is the maximum – 6 pieces). Among useful accessories – shelves, mirrors, backlight.
Lovers of comfort and practical solutions will appreciate the shower panels Dorff (Germany). Their devices are inherent in conciseness, ergonomics and maximum functionality. By using durable glass as the basis of the panels, they have a modern, dynamic appearance. These products are characterized by durability.
Another brand, invariably entering the leading position when drawing up the ratings of shower panels – Avek. The manufacturer is Russia, components used in production, brand receives from German suppliers. Buying such a shower panel – an excellent opportunity to get a product of European quality and style at an affordable price. Case and souls of models are made of stainless steel. This is a decent option for small-sized premises (distinguished by ergonomics), with a solid list of options.
If the aesthetic component of the panel is important for you, pay attention to the company’s proposals Gllon. Their devices are always author’s design, exquisite combination of forms and functionality. There are models, the framework of which is made of stained glass, as well as devices in retro style. Those who are looking for more accessible panels can be advised by hydromassage devices from the Czech company Ravak. Her products are a harmonious combination of innovative developments, ease of management and design decisions in the design of aggregates. Among the devices in the middle price range can be called products Byon.
If you are concerned about the consumption of water, choose the models of European manufacturers to save water. The principle of their functioning can be based on a decrease in the amount of water at high flow rate. Other option – the presence of a special mechanism, whose task is to reduce the number of channels of the shower head at high flow rate. The use of such devices allows 10-30% to reduce water consumption. Of course, such a system is somewhat more expensive, but the price will pay off in the first months of using the panel.
Many people are lost when it is worth choosing a shower panel depending on the number of nozzles. From a medical point of view, hydromassage produced by 4 or 6 nozzles is most useful. Better if they are located vertically in 2 rows. This ensures muscle massage on both sides of the spine.
Choosing a panel, pay attention to the design of the divider of water in the watering can (TU part, from where they beat water jets). The optimal watering can be equipped with dunes model (silicone tubes that are inserted into each water hole). Due to their presence of the holes will not be bored with a lime bloom, with insufficient pressure droplets will not unite. The most convenient for use is the shower with a form of watering can in the form of a circle, oval, square. Use the device with a rectangular watering can not always be comfortable.
In the next video you will find the installation of the shower panel GLLON SL094-1 with hydromassage.