Please recommend makes of sanitary ware!!

(25 Posts)
BlessedAndGr8fulNoInLaws4Xmas Wed 17-Jun-15 21:28:29

Please help me and recommend a couple of makes of bathroom sanitary ware....
I want quality but don't want to throw money away if it isn't worth it ..
I have looked at Imperial and also Heritage does anybody have experience of these brands or can recommend any others?
I would be really grateful smile.

jugglingmonkey Wed 17-Jun-15 21:37:54

Laufen is great
Duravit very nice too

BlessedAndGr8fulNoInLaws4Xmas Wed 17-Jun-15 22:26:47

Thankyou juggling smile
Any more anybody?

larch101 Thu 18-Jun-15 09:55:59

Is it a bathroom or WC?

When it comes to bathrooms I stick to simple, tried and tested Twyford, they have a 25 year guarantee on sanitary ware, and the new energy range actually looks nice, modern and fresh; bit.ly/1L1T5P0 they do also do showers and baths.

If its a downstairs WC I usually go for something leaning a bit more to the commercial side, with 3 heavy handed men in the house it certainly helps to have something that can handle the abuse. I tend to find it lasts longer.

Though if budget was no issue a Villeroy & Boch bathroom is my dream.

oneflewoutofthecrazynest Thu 18-Jun-15 13:39:11

We have kitted out our 4 bathrooms with Duravit it looks lovely and is great quality smile

oneflewoutofthecrazynest Thu 18-Jun-15 13:41:55

Agree with Villeroy & Bosh we bought 3 of their sinks for our kitchen and utility, they do lovely bathroom stuff too smile

pashmina696 Thu 18-Jun-15 14:24:46

vitra and duravit

DayLillie Thu 18-Jun-15 14:33:45

We have 3 of these.

They take very little water and the hole where the water is is small. Everything sticks, there are constantly skidmarks down the side. Under the water, it gets skanky just from wees. I have to bleach them daily.

Something to avoid wink
www.rakceramics.co.uk/products/Bathrooms/Contemporary/Compact.aspx

Sunnyshores Thu 18-Jun-15 15:37:25

We had Villeroy and Boch in our old house - it was wonderful, but we broke a toilet seat and it cost £300 to replace it! Im sure there must be a nearly as nice thats half the price.

ecosln Thu 18-Jun-15 16:39:29

we are going with Duravit, plenty choice, reasonable price.

also rimless toilets...

Woopsiedaisy Thu 18-Jun-15 16:50:26

Don't touch Villeroy & Bosch !!

I have a beautiful V&B Loo / Sink. All fine until the cistern mechanism broke. You can no longer buy the Cistern mechanism replacement (4 years after fitting). The alternative costs £200 ( a normal cistern mechanism = £30-£40) and doesn't fit properly.

I am now three months, £400 and two plumbers into trying to solve the problem, with an unusable family bathroom.

V&B don't answer calls or emails asking for help and researching on the internet I find I am not alone with this issue.

To make matters worse the weird plumbing arrangements required to fit the Loo in the first place mean that fitting a different make of Loo in order to fix the issue requires that the wall will have to be channelled out and the existing pipe work extended.

I have lost more sleep and money over V&B than I care to think about. Never, ever, again !!!

BlessedAndGr8fulNoInLaws4Xmas Thu 18-Jun-15 20:31:42

Whoopsie - I'm really sorry to hear of your situation - no I wouldn't go with V and B anyway and appreciate your honesty as it just confirms my thoughts anyway .

Agree with PP that you can't get much better quality than Twyford to be honest .

BlessedAndGr8fulNoInLaws4Xmas Thu 18-Jun-15 20:32:33

Daylillie bless you. thanks

BumWad Thu 18-Jun-15 20:36:45

Roca. Affordable and excellent quality

wonkylegs Thu 18-Jun-15 20:38:09

Twyfords or Armatige Shanks are generally reliable.
Highly rate duravit- fab but more expensive.
I have the Rak wc somebody said to avoid and we've never had a problem with ours it's clean (well except for a small boys inability to aim) and its in a kids bathroom
For baths - you can't beat kalweidei, last sooooo well. I had one in old house that still looked brand new after 10yrs.

DayLillie Fri 19-Jun-15 17:00:23

Wonkylegs - maybe I did not link very well. It is this particular one (can't find a photo of the insides though) www.qssupplies.co.uk/bathroom-furniture-shower-taps/6238.htm

I noticed a friend had the exact same one and she says it is a problem too. They use the old separate toilet which works very well for poos! We were just saying how well Victorians used to design these things.

cathcustard Fri 19-Jun-15 17:01:56

We've got Ideal Standard in 2 different ranges. It's not exciting but it's fine.

wonkylegs Fri 19-Jun-15 19:24:10

Ok daylillie ours is very slightly different and is the series600 one, we have 2 of them which are fine, must be a quirk of the one you've got.

Millymollymama Fri 19-Jun-15 19:24:32

Duravit every time. Stylish. Quite like Roca which are a bit cheaper.

Eustace Fri 19-Jun-15 19:47:14

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obsessedwithinteriors Fri 19-Jun-15 19:53:19

Burlington, delighted with mine - absolutely beautiful: www.burlingtonbathrooms.com/

traviata Sat 20-Jun-15 11:50:01

I don't really understand this.

I have never, ever, in all my life and all my multiple homes, experienced any breakdown of the ceramic components of sanitary ware.

Poor design - yes. Such as the flat-bottomed basins that make the water spurt out and shower your trousers, and which are available at every price. Or the elegant WC I once chose which meant the seat could not be replaced.

Unreliable mechanisms - yes, like the V&B cistern problem mentioned above. But a cistern apparatus can be lifted out and replaced with a standard alternative.

So why not just choose the cheapest version of a design you like?

I always buy cheap whiteware and expensive taps.

BlessedAndGr8fulNoInLaws4Xmas Sat 20-Jun-15 11:58:25

Obsessed I went with ALL Burlington hooray smile

obsessedwithinteriors Sat 20-Jun-15 19:57:13

A very good choice Blessed - what range did you go for?

catwithflowers Sun 21-Jun-15 06:15:22

We have just had Burlington sanitary ware installed in our bathroom and also love it smile

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