There are many shower panels out there, but not too many that are more elegant than this one. The copper-colored brass finish (on a stainless steel body) is a real design statement for those who don't want chrome finish. The overhead jets (there are 50! 5 across and 10 long, in a rectangular pattern) really deliver the water in a broad and incredibly powerful rainhead fashion. Extremely satisfying and even therapeutic. I can spend a loooong time under this baby! I knew I got the big efficient water heater for a reason, and this is it. The handheld is equally powerful but with a more focused pattern from the cool wand. I think you could knock somebody's eye out with this baby! The waterfall feature at the very tip top is more a novelty than anything else, as are the two horizontal jet spray patterns which are powerful enough in their own right but aren't necessarily going to hit your body in all the desired places, if you know what I mean. This needs to be taken into consideration when deciding how high up on the wall to install the panel, because none of the jets are adjustable to where they spray, only how hard they spray. This is a high-end top-quality panel with solid all-metal controls that work independently of each other, so you can get a car-wash effect going if you have good water pressure. Very easy to install too, it just hangs on a simple bracket that takes two screws to attach to wall. You have to pay close attention to where you need the supply line stub-outs from the wall though, because there's limited free space for these connections to "nest" in the back of the panel. We installed vertical shut-off valves to each of these lines but had to remove the handles after opening the valves (immediately before hanging the panel). The instructions don't say to do this, but I can't imagine any plumbing installation NOT having valves at the location itself. Overall, I don't think shower panels get any better than this.
I bought my first one elsewhere but am buying a 2nd one from Overstock. This is really nice, and works great WITH ONE CAVEAT. When it was first installed we only got scalding hot, or freezing cold water--it was as if the mixer didn't work at all. Our plumber didn't know what was wrong, our GC said it was defective. But I carefully read the manual and noticed the minimum/maximum water pressure ratings, and asked the plumber to test ours. It turned out that our house's water pressure was significantly higher (about 30psi higher!) than the max recommended for this unit. We had a pressure reducer installed, and the panel started working perfectly! We also talked to our neighbors and they said they had to have pressure reducers installed as well, that they had "blown out" expensive Moen fixtures previously. So I guess we're blessed with good water pressure, but that made this panel completely fail, possibly even dangerously so if your hot water is hot enough. But now it's really great, the whole family loves using it (we currently only have 1 working shower!). The finishes on it are really nice. The internals of it are less substantial than some of the high-end (think $2000+) shower panels I looked at, but for the price, I think this was pretty excellent. And as I mentioned, I'm buying a 2nd one to get the other bathroom up and running!
I have not installed the item yet. I received a different item than pictured here, but pretty close. This is a pleasant surprise. For this price point I would not expect the hand shoer to be a solid brass material, but it is. It came in brushed stainless steel with polished chrome accents. The build quality as I can see is unexpectedly excellent. I can't say something abiut its workings yet...
We bought a brushed nickel finish shower panel for our new bathroom. It was easy to install because it's mounted on the outside of the wall rather than drilling holes as the traditional would. It looks great. We received lots of compliments. The only thing I would complain about it is the packaging process. They need to check the merchandise for any damages first before packing and shipping it out. The fixture had a tiny indention on one side. Luckily it's facing the wall so no one would notice it except for me.
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