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Everyone needs a shower door or an alternative to keep the rest of the bathroom dry. Since shower doors hardly have a problem with moisture and thus mould, it is hard to imagine our everyday life without them.

We want to help you make your purchase decision easier and find a suitable shower door. Therefore, we have collected information and compared our favourites. The purchase criteria of shower doors, different types of shower doors and frequently asked questions are covered in our article.




Summary

  • Important purchase criteria for shower doors are ease of installation, seal, cleaning and material. High-quality material and workmanship influence the seal and installation of the shower door and can make cleaning easier.
  • Shower doors are suitable for everyone as they protect the bathroom from wetness and are hygienic.
  • There are three main types of shower doors that differ in appearance but all serve the same purpose.

The Best Shower Door: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for shower doors

Next, you will find a list of criteria that will help you find the shower door that meets your needs.

The criteria to help you make your decision include:

You have to decide for yourself how important the individual points are, but we will give you a rough overview. The following paragraphs explain exactly what you should look for when making your purchase.

Seal

Shower doors are there to protect the bathroom from water. Leaky doors can cause unpleasant odours and mould. Care should be taken to ensure that they are properly sealed.

Material

High-quality materials are the be-all and end-all when buying a shower door. The glass, seal and frame of the door play a particularly important role. The durability of cheap models is often limited, and you can develop a limescale or mould problem after only a short time.

Assembly

Easy installation is one of the most important buying criteria, because most people do the installation of the shower door themselves. If a professional is needed to install the shower door, then there will be an extra cost.

Cleaning

Cleaning should not be difficult, but with lower quality this is often the case. In theory, high quality materials should be less prone to staining and should not need to be cleaned as often. Cleaning the door regularly can prevent mould and limescale build-up.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about the shower door answered

In the following paragraphs, we answer frequently asked questions and give you an overview of facts worth knowing about shower doors.

Who are shower doors suitable for?

Since the purpose of shower doors is to keep the water in the shower or bathtub, shower doors are actually suitable for everyone.

Duschtür

Dishwashing liquid, vinegar and limescale cleaner are commonly used products to descale shower doors. How often you need to do this depends on the quality of the door's materials. (Image source: congerdesign/ pixabay)

For hygienic reasons, shower curtains are now rarely used, even though they are much cheaper.

What types of shower doors are there?

In general, there are 3 different types of shower doors:

  • Swing door: A flexible shower door that is a combination of an interior and exterior door. This saves space and increases safety and flexibility. The main disadvantage of swing doors is that they have to be made to measure, which also leads to higher costs.
  • Interior door: A flexible door that opens inwards. This is best for smaller bathrooms, as interior doors save space. However, every centimetre counts with interior doors.
  • Folding door: A door that isfolded in half. This is best for small or angular bathrooms. However, the hinges and joints on folding doors need to be maintained and you don't have a continuous glass surface.

All of these doors have their advantages and disadvantages that need to be weighed up before deciding on a particular model. Mostly it depends on how much space you have, as they hardly differ in the way they work.

How much does a shower door cost?

There is a very wide range of prices for shower doors. The price depends on the cost of the materials used, the type of shower door, the brand, etc. Almost all shower doors function in the same way and have comparable properties.

Where to buy Price range
Online €40-€1000
Retail €60-€1200

Whether you want to buy them online or in a retail store, the normal price range of shower doors is between €40 and €1000. If you want custom-made, it will of course cost extra.

How do I descale a shower door?

The limescale that collects on the shower door must be removed regularly. If not, it can lead to stubborn limescale stains. There are various agents for descaling. Dishwashing detergent, vinegar or limescale cleaner are often used.

It is also known that hot water generally leaves more limescale stains than cold water. Rinsing your shower door with cold water and drying it with a rubber squeegee often saves cleaning.

Conclusion

It is up to you which model you ultimately choose. You should weigh up which points are most important to you. For example, how much space you have, how often you are willing to clean your shower door, whether you like an opaque model with a little more privacy and, of course, how much you want to spend.

The advantages and benefits of a shower door are obvious. And don't forget, besides the water, the heat also stays in the cabin while you shower. So if you don't have one in your bathroom yet, what are you waiting for!

(Cover photo: 123rf / Iriana Shiyan)

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