bathrooms

Travis Perkins Bathrooms Review – Which?

We asked nearly 4,000 bathroom owners about their experiences of buying their bathroom so that we can compare and rank popular brands, including B&Q, Victoria Plum and Bathstore.

The well-known company with the best customer score got a brilliant 80%. The 58% customer score for the poorest-performing company is a stark contrast to this impressive rating.

We calculate our overall score by asking people how satisfied they are on a seven-point scale from very poor to excellent, as well as whether they would recommend the company.

We also ask people to rate the company for important factors, on the same scale, so we can award star ratings for each aspect of service. For each company and area we rate, we need a minimum of 30 responses.

Which? members can log in to unlock this page and see how Travis Perkins was rated. If you’re not a member, you can join Which? now to gain instant access.

Head to our best and worst bathroom companies page to find out how Travis Perkins compares with other brands, including another trade-provider, Wolseley.

Travis Perkins bathroom suites

Click through our picture gallery below to see a range of Travis Perkins bathrooms across various prices and styles.

Travis Perkins offers a wide range of building materials, plumbing supplies and tools. Its trade prices are lower than if you buy direct, so it might be worth finding an installer who can buy the bathroom you want. 

It only sells a few complete suites on its website, which are from Twyford, Roca, Armitage Shanks and Iflo. Iflo is its exclusive range sold only through the Travis Perkins Group, which includes Travis

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Bathstore Bathrooms Review – Which?

We’ve surveyed more than 3,700 bathroom company customers to find out how Bathstore’s bathrooms compare with rival brands, such as B&Q, Soak and Victoria Plum.

To get a rounded picture of people’s experiences, we asked them about the process of buying their bathroom and what they thought of the bathroom itself. 

Overall, the top-scoring company in our survey got a customer score of 80% and the bottom just 58%. Meanwhile, the lowest-scoring bathroom got 61% and the highest a fantastic 89%.

Which? members can log in to unlock the tables below to see how Bathstore was rated as a retailer and how its bathrooms themselves fared. You can also read comments from Bathstore bathroom owners. 

If you’re not a member, you can join Which? now to gain instant access.

Bathstore went into administration in June 2019, but was rescued by Homebase. These ratings are from before Bathstore was bought out.

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Visit our page on the best and worst bathroom companies page to see how Bathstore’s bathrooms compare with those from other brands.

Bathstore bathroom fixtures 

To see how other companies in our survey fared, visit our page on bathroom fixtures and fittings

Bathstore customer comments

We asked Bathstore customers to give us more details about their experiences. 

Log in or join Which? to unlock the tables above and customer comments, as well as all the ratings in this guide and the rest of the Which? website.

Bathstore bathroom suites

Click through our picture gallery below to see a range of Bathstore bathrooms across various prices and styles.

Bathstore used to have everything you might need for your bathroom – suites, flooring, heating

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Better Bathrooms Review – Which?

2019 has been a difficult year for Better Bathrooms, having gone into administration early in the year. It still trades online after being bought by Buy It Direct.

Better Bathrooms used to have a number of showrooms and trade counters, but these were all closed in early 2019. 

The company’s new owner – which also owns Furniture 123, Laptops Direct and Appliances Direct, among other brands – sells its products online with the same betterbathrooms.com address.

Because of its recent difficulties, we haven’t rated Better Bathrooms this year. But read on to find out how we rated Better Bathrooms previously, as well as information on what products it sells and services it now offers.

You can find out how other bathroom companies, including Soak, Victorian Plumbing and Homebase, were rated by their customers this year on our best and worst bathroom companies page.

If you’ve bought from Better Bathrooms or another company that’s gone into administration, such as Bathstore, read our advice on what to do if a retailer goes into administration.

Better Bathrooms reviews – 2018

Which? members can log in to see how Better Bathrooms was rated in our 2018 survey of more than 3,000 bathroom customers. If you’re not a member, you can join Which? now to gain instant access. This will also unlock all other ratings and reviews in this guide and across the site.

Better Bathrooms suites

Click through our picture gallery below to see a range of Better Bathrooms bathrooms across various prices and styles.

Better Bathrooms has a wide range of bathroom suites, fittings, accessories, tiles and showers (see more below) and sells to both consumers and

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Updating Bathrooms on a Budget

No matter how tight your budget (or the restrictions on decorating), there’s a way to give your bathroom a new lease of life.

Our tips include low-cost refreshes you can make in just a couple of hours, plus tactics to keep the cost down even if you need to make bigger changes.

If you want to get an idea of the cost of a new bathroom, our page on planning and buying a bathroom suite reveals the average cost for different-sized rooms. 

Clean and regrout

A build-up of grime, limescale and mould can quickly make any bathroom look tired, so your first step in any budget bathroom makeover should be to give everything a thorough clean. You can buy specialist products from supermarkets and DIY stores to shift tough dirt.

If that doesn’t do the trick, try an anti-mould grout-reviving pen on any stubborn patches. They come in a variety of colours to match what you already have, or – if you’re very patient and have a steady hand – to allow you to change the colour of your grouting.

‘My bath and surrounding tiling was in good condition. It just needed thoroughly cleaning and descaling.’

Alternatively, if you have a lot of tiling, you could bite the bullet and redo the grouting. If you go down this route, look for a product that will help prevent staining and mould growth in the future.

Upgrade your bathroom tiles

If regrouting or painting tiles isn’t practical, replacing them could give your bathroom a much-needed style boost. To get good value, make sure you use them wisely.

‘Tiling the entire bathroom is expensive,’ says Terry Ward from Ward Brothers Bathrooms Ltd, a bathroom fitting firm endorsed by Which? Trusted Traders. ‘Can you get away with only tiling around the bath, shower

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Labour announces ban on conversion therapy, plan to help provide gender-neutral bathrooms in schools



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The Labour Party has announced several policies to help New Zealanders “live free of discrimination” based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The policies include banning conversion therapy and working with schools to provide gender-neutral bathrooms.

The party’s Rainbow spokesperson Tāmati Coffey says more work needs to be done to “keep moving towards a more inclusive New Zealand”.

“We will pass a law to ban the harmful practice of conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is based on the misguided idea that people are wrong or broken because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This is fundamentally wrong,” he said.

“Conversion therapy has been linked to severe adverse mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation.

“It is a practice that causes harm and is out of place in the kind, inclusive and modern country we are.”

Two petitions were presented to Parliament in 2018 calling for a ban on conversion therapy. The Justice Select Committee responded at the time by saying that while there was agreement that conversion therapy was harmful, “more work needs to be done” before any decision is taken to ban it.

Labour MP Grant Robertson says it hasn’t banned the practice during its three years of governing because there wasn’t “full government support” for it.

“What we are now saying though is this will be something we will push in government and we will pass legislation,” he said.

“The kind of practices that attempt to change or suppress somebody’s sexuality are wrong and we need to make sure that we send a very clear message about that.”

Along with the ban, Labour MP Louisa Wall says the party will also

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