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9 November 2021

Best and worst bathroom brands

Before you invest in a new bathroom, find out which companies we rate highly for value for money, quality, durability and delivery
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Adam Snook
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We've surveyed 6,732 people to calculate customer scores for big-name bathroom companies such as B&Q, Homebase, Ikea, Roca, Victoria Plum, Villeroy & Boch and Wickes.

We asked questions and calculated scores and ratings for two key aspects of buying a bathroom:

  1. The process of buying a bathroom from a retailer, including range, quality of advice and delivery. 
  2. The quality and value for money of products from leading bathroom brands.  

Some fared better than others. The top, well-known bathroom retailer gained a customer score of 84%; the poorest performer got just 64%

The top-scoring bathroom brands achieved an impressive 87% for their products, while the brand at the bottom of the table got just 65%.

Which? members can log in now to unlock the scores in the table below. If you're not already a member, you can join Which? to get instant access to this and all our ratings and reviews from across the site.

Bathroom retailers rated

RetailerCustomer ScoreQuality of adviceRange of bathroom suitesEase of arranging deliveryDealing with problemsQuality of deliveryValue for Money
Argos (224)
B&Q (1,174)
Bathstore (400)
Better Bathrooms (113)
Easy Bathrooms (30)
Homebase (237)
Ikea (296)

The results are based on an online survey of 6,732 members of the Which? Connect panel and members of the public, conducted in June and July 2021. A ‘-’ means that not enough responses to include a star rating. Sample sizes in brackets.

Which? overall customer scores are based on how satisfied customers are with their experience with the bathroom shop overall and whether or not they'd recommend it. 

Our star ratings come from separately asking customers to rate the providers for each element on a seven-point scale from very poor to excellent.

If you're looking for a reliable independent bathroom company or installer in your area, head to Which? Trusted Traders, where you can find recommended companies that have passed our stringent checks. 

You can also use our Trusted Traders search tool below to find reliable local traders.

Bathroom brands rated

Which? members can log in now to reveal the scores and ratings in the table below. Alternatively, you can join Which? to get instant access to entire guide and the rest of the Which? website.

BrandCustomer ScoreQuality of products overallQuality of finish (scuffs, marks etc)DurabilityValue for money
Arcade (68)
Argos (128)
Armitage Shanks (440)
B&Q (541)
Bathstore (173)
Better Bathrooms (49)
Bristan (55)

The results are based on an online survey of 6,732 members of the Which? Connect panel and members of the public, conducted in June and July 2021. Sample sizes in brackets.

For a detailed breakdown of how individual components of a bathroom suite, such as baths, sinks and taps, were rated by their owners, take a look at our review of the best and worst bathroom fixtures and fittings.

And to complete your bathroom design, check out our guide to bathroom furniture, where we reveal ratings for the companies' cabinets and vanity units, plus advice on how to make the most of the space in your bathroom.

Best power shower and electric shower brands

As well as rating bathroom retailers and brands, we've put power and electric showers under the Which? spotlight. 

Power shower survey

We asked more than 3,000 Which? members about the electric or power showers that they own, using their feedback to give major shower brands, such as Mira and Triton, an overall score, plus star ratings.  

We also scored each brand for reliability based on how likely its showers are to experience a fault and how quickly any faults crop up (brands are penalised more severely if this happens soon after purchase). 

Check our showers brand guide to discover which brands have the most satisfied customers and which are least likely to experience a fault.

Electric showers on test

We also put individual electric showers through their paces in the Which? test lab, testing how powerful each model is and whether you could get an unpleasant surprise if someone turning a a tap on elsewhere in the house makes the water temperature rise or fall.

Avoid a disappointing trickle or wildly fluctuating temperatures by choosing a Best Buy electric shower.

How Which? rates bathroom brands

In June and July 2021 we asked 6,732 members of the Which? Connect panel and members of the public about bathrooms they had bought in the past 10 years and their experiences with the company they bought from. 

This included rating retailers for the buying process, such as how knowledgeable the staff were and how good they were at dealing with problems, plus the quality and durability of the bathroom itself. 

For someone to be able to rate a brand's bathroom overall, they needed to have bought at least three of the following items: taps, bath, toilet, shower enclosure or cabinets. We also asked people to rate these individual components.