I see there's already a thread on decent quality bath taps so that might be handy eventually, but what about the bath, toilet & washbasin? What brands should I be looking at there? I want something that is going to last for a good few years.
Find ones you locally like the look of at your budget? Bath wise, I’d always go steel from Kaldewei or Bette (depending on which has the size you need, my bath is shorter and wider than standard). Basin wise, do you want pedestal, wall mounted, fitted in a unit? Ditto the loo, what style do you need, I had to have close coupled fitted in a unit due to the positioning of the plumbing.
I’m in the process of replacing my cracked Sottini basin, I’ve gone for a Twyford model from City Plumbing (local, part of Travis Perkins) as it best matches the size and shape of current.
I’ve ordered a Bristan and Hansgrohe tap, need to see which I prefer (not been able to find the Bristan in store to handle).
other than the basin my Sottini loo, and Kaldewei bath are going strong (fitted end 2004, I know because tiler got stuck in Thailand due to the tsunami!)
I've got a Hansgrohe basin tap set sat here looking for a good home. Only used for one month due to cockup on part of plumber. Will last years and years. Suitable for combi type systems. Taps cost £120 new, but I'll take £50 posted just to see them go somewhere to be used. Can do piccies if needed!!!
I installed a Wickes Portland toilet 8 years ago with ease. Cost £50 plus extra for Pan Connector and Flexi hose etc. Still going strong with no issues. Make sure you upgrade the seat from day 1 though.
Well, I read a review of an Armitage Shanks toilet by a plumber who pointed out that the valves, etc were of poor quality & that he would always replace them rather than fit the toilet with the standard ones.
And I expect that a cheaper plastic bath may not be as strong as a better quality one.
I wouldn't be surprised if a new B&Q suite was poorer quality than your 20 year old one. There are lots of things that haven't been improved over the years - just got cheaper 'cos people expect to replace them after only a few years.
When we replaced our bathroom suite 11 years ago we bought a Carronite bath. Thicker than the usual plastic baths and has never moved as our old bath did. Basin and toilet are Utopia, all have proved very good.
I’ve done a few bathrooms in my time. Quality is something you see in the construction and if parts fit together easily, quickly, and without trouble.
Rak has never let me down unlike some B&Q offerings. Wickes do/did a toilet around the £100 which is all one piece of porcelain so no doughnut leaks and is far better in real life than it’s pictures.