QB FAQs: Shower Panel or Shower Pipe?

You don’t have room in your shower – or your budget – for a full-fledged customized shower system. But you do love the idea of multiple shower heads and a luxurious shower. Pipe dream (pun fully intended), right?

Nope! You can have the shower that you dream of without rearranging your bathroom or your finances. A shower panel or shower pipe is the answer to your dilemma. Here’s how you figure out which one works best for you:

Shower panel

A shower panel consists of a panel – a long, fixed column that affixes to the shower wall and attaches to the existing shower head protrusion – with various available configurations.

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Ariel A104 Shower Panel

A typical panel has a combination of an overhead shower head (standard or rain), handheld shower, and/or body sprays.

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Ariel A303 Shower Panel

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DreamLine Shower Column

Shower panels are easy to install – all you need is a hot/cold pipe. It’s an inexpensive alternative to customized showers, which require multiple valves and additional plumbing.

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DreamLine Shower Column

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Vigo Shower Panel with 6 Jets, Rain Shower & Handshower

Some panels have a tub spout as well for combination tub/shower units.

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Vigo Shower Panel with 6 Jets, Shower Head, Handshower, & Tub Spout

The downside: you can’t arrange the sprays and heads as you would with a custom shower system; you’ll need to find a panel that suits your preferences.

Shower pipe

If you find shower panels cumbersome or unattractive, a shower pipe may be a better option.

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Hansgrohe Raindance S 240 Showerpipe

Shower pipes install much like shower panels: all you need is a hot/cold pipe. Everything is mounted on the shower wall as opposed to inside of it, saving you installation hassles and additional valves.

A shower pipe is sleeker and less obtrusive than shower panels. Unlike the shower panel, a shower pipe only has an overhead shower and hand shower, so if you want body sprays, choose a panel rather than a pipe.

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Nameeks Remer Liberty Showerpipe System

Grohe’s Retro-Fit shower system allows you to choose your configuration: it may be ordered with or without heads, so you can customize the fittings if you so desire. It’s designed to use your existing shower head and valve for easy retrofitting. An added bonus: you can use the head and hand showers simultaneously, which is not possible in every shower system.

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Grohe Retro-Fit Shower System

See? You can  have that “custom” shower without breaking the bank! Which will you choose?

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