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7 Best Shower Panel Systems of 2021

Best Shower Panel System

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The shower panel system is a new type of shower accessory that incorporates multiple shower components and multiple water modes in one device so as to deliver a unique showering experience.

Indeed, a shower panel system can have a main rainfall showerhead, spouts that emit water jets at high speed and a handheld showerhead all in one device.

One of the greatest advantages of the shower panel system is its ability to not only clean the body in record time but also its multiple adjustments that can also provide a massage and relaxation to your tired muscles.

In addition, the shower panel system is designed in such a way that it is aesthetically pleasing and will immediately add some modernity to your bathroom. Coupled with the fact that most shower panel systems are made from high-grade stainless steel that will not corrode, and will last you a long time.

But best, due to efficient internal designs, the shower panel system also consumes less water when compared to a regular handheld and rainfall showerhead combo. This will allow you to conserve water and reduce your water bill.

If you are looking for such a shower accessory, then we have reviewed some of the best shower panel systems on the market to below. Let’s see which shower panel is right for you.

7 Best Shower Panel Systems – Review

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PRODUCT

FEATURES

Blue Ocean SPA392M

1. Blue Ocean SPA392M (Best Overall)

  • Affordable and great value
  • Versatile. It contains many shower modes
  • Inbuilt thermostatic valve
  • Front water temperature display
Blue Ocean SPV878392H

2. Blue Ocean SPV878392H (Versatile & Competitively Priced)

  • Competitively priced
  • Versatile. It has 8 waterspouts and 4 valve functions
  • Looks great with a blue mirror shine
  • Each water spouts work independently
Ello&Allo Stainless Steel

3. Ello&Allo Stainless Steel (Aesthetically Pleasing)

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Made from high-grade stainless steel for durability
  • Equipped with a purple mood light
Blue Ocean SPS8727

4. Blue Ocean SPS8727 (Powerful Water Pressure)

  • Generates a powerful water pressure
  • Versatile spout functionality
  • The handles are located to the side
Golden Vantage SP0046

5. Golden Vantage SP0046 (Durable & Long-lasting)

  • Durable and long-lasting build construction
  • Efficient water usage
  • Solid 1-year warranty
Dreamline SHCM-25780

6. Dreamline SHCM-25780 (Easy to Install by Beginners)

  • Easy to install by beginners
  • Contains 3 water controls and 6 body sprays
  • Equipped with a thermostatic valve
AKDY 787392B

7. AKDY 787392B (Modern & Sleek Design)

  • Aesthetically pleasing design
  • Multiple shower functions
  • Water temperature display at the front

PRODUCT

1. Blue Ocean SPA392M

(Best Overall)

Blue Ocean SPA392M
  • Affordable and great value
  • Versatile. It contains many shower modes
  • Inbuilt thermostatic valve
  • Front water temperature display

2. Blue Ocean SPV878392H

(Versatile & Competitively Priced)

Blue Ocean SPV878392H
  • Competitively priced
  • Versatile. It has 8 waterspouts and 4 valve functions
  • Looks great with a blue mirror shine
  • Each water spouts work independently

3. Ello&Allo Stainless Steel

(Aesthetically Pleasing)

Ello&Allo Stainless Steel
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Made from high-grade stainless steel for durability
  • Equipped with a purple mood light

4. Blue Ocean SPS8727

(Powerful Water Pressure)

Blue Ocean SPS8727
  • Generates a powerful water pressure
  • Versatile spout functionality
  • The handles are located to the side

5. Golden Vantage SP0046

(Durable & Long-lasting)

Golden Vantage SP0046
  • Durable and long-lasting build construction
  • Efficient water usage
  • Solid 1-year warranty

6. Dreamline SHCM-25780

(Easy to Install by Beginners)

Dreamline SHCM-25780
  • Easy to install by beginners
  • Contains 3 water controls and 6 body sprays
  • Equipped with a thermostatic valve

7. AKDY 787392B

(Modern & Sleek Design)

AKDY 787392B
  • Aesthetically pleasing design
  • Multiple shower functions
  • Water temperature display at the front

1. Blue Ocean SPA392M – Best Overall Shower Panel

Blue Ocean SPA392M Shower Panel System

Photo: Blue Ocean

  • Shower Function: Rainfall, Spout, Massage Spray, Handheld
  • Height: 52 inches
  • Material: Aluminum
  • PSI Range: 28 to 72 PSI

This Blue Ocean shower panel system is one of the most versatile and value for money model that you can buy. It comes with no less than 8 adjustable water nozzles that produce a powerful waterjet for massaging your muscles or cleaning your body very quickly with low water consumption.

One of the best things about this panel system is that it has a handy display that will show you the temperature of the water at all times. Talking about temperature, you can easily adjust the temperature as well as the water pressure of this panel system since it has an inbuilt thermostatic valve that can perform an impressive 4 functions.

If you want portability, there is a handheld shower head that comes with a long stainless-steel hose. But for a more relaxing shower experience, you can use the waterfall or rainfall mode or choose any of the 4 water modes that they shower panel system comes equipped with.

We have no problem nominating this model as the best overall shower panel in this review. It has a nice set of features, a reasonable price, and is very versatile.

The only issues we have with this model is that the hose is a bit fragile and not heavy-duty. Additionally, it can be difficult to get warranty on this shower panel.

Pros:

  • More affordable when compared to others. Value for money
  • Versatile. Comes with many shower modes for a rewarding showering experience
  • Thermostatic valve allows you to control the water temperature and the water pressure
  • The display shows that the water temperature at all times

Cons:

  • The hose does not have the best build construction
  • Difficult to get a warranty on this product

2. Blue Ocean SPV878392H – Versatile and Competitively Priced

Blue Ocean SPV878392H Shower Panel System

Photo: Blue Ocean

  • Shower Function: Rainfall, Spout, Massage Spray, Handheld
  • Height: 52 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • PSI Range: 28 to 72 PSI

This model is a carbon-copy of the Blue Ocean SPA392M shower panel system we have just reviewed above. Just like the other model, it is reasonably priced and versatile.

However, this unit has a blue mirror shine while the other has the typical polished stainless-steel look. In terms of functionality, they are the same units.

You will see the same 4 valve function that allows you to not only control the temperature of the water but also its pressure. For ease of use, the front panel is equipped with a waterproof display that shows the temperature of the water.

Furthermore, this panel is equipped with 8 water spouts that can create power water jets on demand. They are also efficiently designed and will not cause water wastage.

But just like the previous model, the best feature of this panel is that each unit of this panel, from the rainfall shower head to the handheld shower head work independently. This provides you with a lot of flexible in the way you can shower.

The only caveats with this model is that some parts of the shower head may rust over time because they are not corrosion resistant. Also, there is no clear markings on the selection knobs so making adjustments to the water pressure or temperature may be difficult at first.

Pros:

  • Comes with an inbuilt valve. No need to purchase separately
  • Versatile. You get 8 water spouts and 4 valve functions
  • Aesthetically pleasing. Looks amazing
  • Each component work independently for more flexibility

Cons:

  • Parts of the shower head is not corrosion resistant
  • The selected knobs do not have clear markings

3. Ello&Allo Stainless Steel – Aesthetically Pleasing

Ello&Allo Stainless Steel Shower Panel System

Photo: Ello&Allo

  • Shower Function: Rainfall, Waterfall, Spout, Massage Spray, Handheld
  • Height: 59 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • PSI Range: 29 to 73 PSI

The Ello&Allo is a gorgeous shower panel system that focuses on looks and functionality. It has a brushed nickel mirror finish that makes it look premium and underneath it’s made from high-grade stainless steel that is durable and long-lasting.

One of the best features of this panel remains its illuminated rainfall shower head that emits a pleasant purple light. This purple color is very relaxing, especially if you choose to switch off the bathroom light as this will create a superb mood for showering.

Further, this shower panel system is quite versatile as it provides you with no less than 6 different water functions, ranging from the rainfall to a massage spray. We also like the square handheld shower head which is very ergonomic and quite functional as it outputs a high-water pressure.

Talking about pressure, the PSI range of this shower panel system is quite decent, and you will not need an extra water pump to power this system as the minimum water pressure requirement is only 29 PSI which is achievable in most homes.

However, this model is a bit difficult to install by beginners, so you may need some patience when installing it if this is your first shower panel installation. Also, the shower head LED mood lights are not very durable.

Pros:

  • Made from a high-grade steel. Durable and long-lasting
  • Aesthetically pleasing. Sleek and modern design
  • Bright purple light provides you with a very relaxing mood for your shower
  • Backed by a 2-years manufacturer warranty

Cons:

  • A little bit difficult to install by beginners
  • The LED light may stop working over time

4. Blue Ocean SPS8727 – Powerful Water Pressure

Blue Ocean SPS8727 Thermostatic Shower Panel System

Photo: Blue Ocean

  • Shower Function: Rainfall, Waterfall, Spout, Handheld
  • Height: 66.5 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • PSI Range: 28 to 72 PSI

The main focus of this shower panel system from Blue Ocean is on simplicity and functionality. This is a tall shower panel system that measures an impressive 66.5 inches. This allows it to produce a powerful water pressure that provides a satisfactory showering experience.

Additionally, one of the main distinctive features of this shower panel is that it has the adjustment handle located to the side of the panel and you can adjust 4 sets of water nozzles individually. 

It can output a uniform water spray that will help clean your body faster and also limit water wastage as this is a very efficient shower panel system. You can choose to make the spouts work simultaneously or individually, depending on your choosing.

Best, the stainless-steel build construction of this shower panel system is excellent. It is both aesthetically pleasing and quite durable. This is not the type of shower accessory that you will need to replace every year. We highly recommend it!

But, this unit does not have the versatility regarding water modes when compared to other models. In addition, its height of 66.5 inches means that you will need a tall bathroom during installation.

Pros:

  • Produces a superior water pressure
  • Excellent build construction. Durable and long-lasting
  • Spouts can work simultaneously or individually, in a set of 4
  • The handles are located to the side and do not take space in front of the unit

Cons:

  • Requires a tall bathroom wall for installation
  • Limited in terms of water function

5. Golden Vantage SP0046 – Durable and Long-lasting

Golden Vantage 63" Shower Panel System

Photo: Golden Vantage

  • Shower Function: Rainfall, Waterfall, Spout, Handheld
  • Height: 63 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • PSI Range: 29 to 72.7 PSI

When it comes to durability, few models can beat the Golden Vantage SP0046. It is made from a high-grade stainless steel that is very durable and long-lasting.

Moreover, this model is quite similar to the Blue Ocean shower panel we have reviewed above. However, it has one major distinction. The 6 handles of this panel are located right at the front and not to the sides. Handles located at the front are more popular, especially in the units we have chosen to showcase in our shower panel system review thus far.

Best, the manufacturer has been able to decrease the height of the Golden Vantage to 63 inches. This allows you to install it more easily in smaller bathrooms without sacrificing water pressure.

The water efficiency of this shower panel system is superb as it is able to output a high-water pressure in all of its shower heads. When it comes to the shower function, you will have no problem there as well.

The only problems with it is that the nozzles are small and can get clogged over time. It may need regular cleaning. Also, this shower panel is a bit difficult to install by beginners.

Pros:

  • Stainless steel build construction. Durable and long-lasting
  • Good water pressure and efficient in water usage
  • Comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty

Cons:

  • The nozzles are very small can easily get clogged
  • Installation is not easy when compared to other models

6. Dreamline SHCM-25780 – Easy to Install by Beginners

Dreamline SHCM-25780 Shower Panel System

Photo: Dreamline

  • Shower Function: Rainfall, Spout, Handheld
  • Height: 55.5 inches
  • Material: Aluminum
  • PSI Range: 35 PSI minimum

The Dreamline SHCM-25780 is a premium-grade shower panel that is easy to install by beginners. This is mostly because most of the parts of this model are prebuilt and it is quite simple in design which makes installation easier.

Indeed, despite its simplistic look, this is a premium shower panel system that focuses mostly on functionality, ease of use, ease of installation, and durability.

This panel is built from anodized aluminum that is not only durable and long-lasting but looks also great. And even if it does not have as many shower functions when compared to other models, it still has the bare minimum to be highly functional. You get a rainfall, spout and a handheld shower head in this panel.

Altogether, it can also perform up to 6 different body sprays, and each function can be adjusted individually by use of the 3 handles located right at the front of this shower panel.

But one great thing about this model is that it comes with a thermostatic valve that will allow you to adjust the water temperature right from the panel. Very easy and convenient!

The only issue here is the price, as this model is quite expensive. It also needs a fairly high water pressure of at least 35 PSI for it to work adequately.

Pros:

  • Easy to install by beginners
  • Looks great while being very durable
  • Versatile. You can adjust between 3 water controls and 6 body sprays
  • It has a thermostatic valve for adjusting the water temperature

Cons:

  • The price. It is expensive
  • It needs a high-water pressure of 35 PSI minimum for it to function properly

7. AKDY 787392B – Modern and Sleek Shower Panel

AKDY 787392B Massage Shower Panel System

Photo: AKDY

  • Shower Function: Rainfall, Spout, Massage Spray, Handheld
  • Height: 52 inches
  • Material: Aluminum
  • PSI Range: 29 inches to 72.7 PSI

When it comes to aesthetics, this AKDY shower panel system is hard to beat. It has a front black tempered glass surface and a gorgeous rainfall shower head that equally has a glass backdrop. It is very modern looking with a sleek design. Furthermore, it will immediately uplift the look of your bathroom.

But this shower panel is not just about looks. It is quite efficient and functional as well. You will find multiple water modes in this model that will deliver a unique showering experience. Moreover, you can easily make adjustments to each water units like the shower heads or spouts individually.

If your muscles are feeling tired or aching, go ahead and activate the spout spray function that will eject a high-pressure mist full the spouts the massage your muscles. Moreover, this panel has a front temperature display that will show you the water temperature at a glance.

You can also switch between cold and hot water quite easily using the front handle as this panel has a thermostatic valve at the back. All in all, if you care about looks and functionality, this AKDY is an excellent model to consider for your bathroom.

Just keep in mind that parts of this shower panel made from "tempered glass" may easily break, so you need to be careful with this unit.

Pros:

  • Aesthetically pleasing. Looks stunning
  • Multiple shower functions. Able to deliver a superior showering experience
  • Water temperature display at the front

Cons:

  • The tempered glass is fragile and may easily get damaged

How to Buy the Best Shower Panel System

How to Buy a Shower Panel System

1.  Material

The material used in the construction of the shower panel system is one of the most important aspects to consider. This is because it will dictate the durability and longevity of the shower panel. In most cases, a top-rated shower panel system will use stainless steel in its build construction.

Stainless steel is a durable metal that is aesthetically pleasing and will not corrode when it comes in contact with water, even if it is for an extended period of time. Additionally, stainless steel is also very easy to clean, and all you have to do is simply wipe it with a piece of cloth for it to shine like new again.

2. Height

On average, the shower panel system measures around 52 inches, but it comes in varying sizes. The height of the shower panel system will depend on your own height and the height of your bathroom wall.

If you are a tall person, then evidently go with a tall shower panel system like the Blue Ocean SPS8727 or simply mount it higher on the wall during installation.

A tip when installing the shower panel system is to leave a distance of at least 10 inches from the rainfall shower head to your own head. This will ensure that you get a decent waterfall or rainfall effect that requires gravity for it to work.

3. Water pressure

When compared to your traditional shower head, the shower panel system is a demanding shower accessory in terms of water pressure. Indeed, it needs a minimum amount of water pressure for it to be functional.

Moreover, you cannot exceed a maximum water pressure, or it may damage the shower panel system. You may need to install a shower valve to control the water pressure. Or even better, go with a shower panel system that already comes with a shower mixing valve to save some money.

4. Additional Features

Since the shower panel system is quite expensive, it is best to choose a model that comes with additional features to make it more value for money. For example, go with a model that is versatile and offers multiple water modes like rainfall, waterfall, handheld, etc.

Moreover, if you suffer from muscle pain, then you can go with a model that has additional water spouts for massages. In any case, you should always go with a shower panel system that is all-inclusive and comes with all installation accessories right out of the box.

5. Easy to install

You do not have to go through a complex installation process with the shower panel system. Thankfully, this shower accessory is all-inclusive which means that the only thing you have to do to install it is to connect your plumbing system to the backside of the shower panel.

In any case, most top-rated shower panel systems on the market come with a detailed instruction manual that will show you how to install the system. Therefore, keep an eye out for any mention of an installation manual from the manufacturer.

How to Install the Shower Panel System

How to Install the Shower Panel System

Photo: Nuie

Installing the shower panel system is not very difficult. Here is a stepwise manner on how to proceed:

Step 1 - Get Access to Your Plumbing System

Before you start making the installation for the shower panel system, you need to get access to your plumbing system which is normally located behind your bathroom wall.

You may need to break a small section of the wall to get to the water pipes and if you do, make a small incision in the wall using a cutting power tool. You should cut a hole that is smaller than the width and height of the shower panel system.

This is because once you install the shower panel system, it will then hide this hole in the wall and provide a seamless appearance.

Step 2 - Connect the Pipes

Once you have gain access to the plumbing system, connect the pipes to the connectors of your shower panel system.

If your shower panel system comes with an inbuilt valve, use that for the connection as this valve will help regulate both the water temperature as well as the water pressure that you can, later on, adjust on your shower panel system.

In most cases, your panel should use regular 1/2 male to female connectors for the installation. Don’t forget to use plumber’s tape to prevent leaking.

Step 3 - Connect the Wires

A few shower panel systems use electricity. So, you may need to connect the electrical part as well. If you don’t have any live wires near your installation zone, you will need to bring an electric wire extension to that location.

Once you have connected the wires and secured them with insulation tape, you are now ready to mount the shower panel system on your wall.

Step 4 - Place the Panel on the Wall

With the valve connected to your plumbing system, and your electrical system done, you can now install the shower panel to the wall. Don’t forget that the rainfall shower head of the panel should be at least 10 inches or higher than your head.

In order to install the panel system, it should normally come with screws that will allow you to secure the trim to the wall. If you’re not sure how to do it, you can always check your shower panel system’s instruction manual on the correct procedure.

You should now be done with the installation process of the shower panel system. As you can see, it is not very difficult at all, and anyone can do it.

Conclusion

The shower panel is both an elegant and an efficient way of taking a shower. Indeed, the multiple nozzles that the shower panel comes equipped with will deliver an unparalleled experience that you cannot get from a regular handheld shower head.

And if you are still unsure which model to get, then consider theBlue Ocean SPA392M. It is the best overall shower panel in this review for a good reason.

You also cannot go wrong with the Blue Ocean SPV878392H because it has a very competitive price and quite versatile.

Sources

  1. How to Install a Shower Panel - Signature Hardware
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