You often find that in the modern home full of individuals of all ages that one shower and one setting simply is not suitable for all. Young ones may have issues of use with higher shower units, whereas adults may take issue with a shower head installed at shoulder level. The Ana Bath SS5450CBN aims to reduce this issue considerably, providing you with a fixed and handheld shower head that will cater to your each and every need. It comes with multiple shower modes and should definitely be considered if you are in the market for a cheap and incredibly flexible alternative.
As previously mentioned, this shower unit comes with two shower heads. Whereas some modern showers go for size over practicality, the opposite is very much true of the SS5450CBN. Finished in an attractive brushed nickel style plastic wrap that looks great in most bathrooms in most homes, both shower heads are some 5 inches across and come with over 50 jets each, meaning they look slimline, modern yet incredibly effective when installed upon your wall.
The joining and diversion mechanism follows the same path, looking slimline yet incredibly eye catching and the connector hose between the shower and the tap unit is also finished in the same brushed nickel style, which gives a good sense of continuity to the unit. It looks just as good through a proper glass shower door or cubicle.
The installation process on paper is just as attractive a proposition as the appearance of the unit as a whole. The unit when unpacked comes with easy to screw bolts that connect right up to your tap mount and there is a good solid feel to the unit when installing and indeed once installed. Each and every item feels solid to the tough and if you ever need to dismount the unit you can do so in well under two minutes.
Some users have noted that the installation of the water diverter system is not ideal and indeed does not work particularly well under high pressures. This is an issue Ana Bath are aware of, although they will charge a premium 20% fee for refitting the unit which is far from ideal.
Thankfully other aspects of the SS5450CBN are incredibly desirable and make it a great option for consideration. You can upgrade the unit at any time thanks to supplied tools and advice available in the unboxing of the unit, and in terms of raw performance the figures are also impressive.
Both heads of the shower operate at some 2.3 gallons of water per minute. Whilst this is fine if just one head is in use, with both running water consumption is very high and will add considerably to flexible water bills. This being said, the pressure is good even with both heads running and there are 5 unique modes that you can choose from for each head. These range from a soothing, near drizzle like effect to a pulsating massage and straight rain shower modes, entirely dependant upon your mood and needs.
The reliability of this unit is also noteworthy. Even with the diverter unit untouched and thus somewhat prone to faults, the shower unit itself can easily operate for over 3 years or more and internal plastic parts have been reported as not wearing out whatsoever despite frequent use. Combine this with the solid feel of the shower and you have a by and large quality product.
- The unit is attractive in design and the dual shower head configuration is eye catching in the best possible way
- Good pressure is generated from both heads, even when both are running
- 5 unique shower modes, available for both heads is more than a lot of single head showers
- Good reliability of some parts reported
- The water divider unit. It is flimsy and does not install 100%, even with professional help
- A little expensive
The Ana bath SS5450CBN offers a different way to shower that should be considered if you have people of multiple heights and ages in your family home. The performance is good, the unit is sleek and attractive and cleaning it is also easy. The water divider is poor, so you may wish to think twice before you purchase. I hope that this Ana Bath SS5450CBN review has been helpful.