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How To Decide Which Bathroom Accessories Are Right For You

Published on: 11/06/2011 Last Updated: 27/08/2019
Buying Guide On Bathroom Accessories

Bathroom accessories can have a real impact on your bathroom. They can help it to look as modern or as sophisticated as you wish. However, the wrong accessories can make your room look a little out of place. Accessories are the key elements that can make your life easier. These are practical, functional and attractive additions in the overall scheme of things. All you have to do is, wisely analyse certain crucial factors before choosing the right one.

More about accessories

More about accessories

Metal brassware comes with a thick layer of nickel plating, over which the desired finish is applied. This gives a smooth and durable surface look. Bathroom accessories may differ in material, finish and cost, with cheaper products are available at very low prices. These may not give a long-term performance and may not come with the necessary warranty. The priority is to get the best product at most attractive price. When we say “best product”, it means best in quality, functionality and performance. There are some very crucial factors to consider when you buy the right accessories for your bathroom. A thorough evaluation of the area, space, nature, theme and milieu or background is of utmost importance while choosing the right one.

Make an Accessory List

Accessory List

It’s not hard to make a list of things that you need, we often find shopping lists a bit of a doddle, but knowing what you need to create the perfect bathroom can be a lot harder. One of the first things you may want to do is to write a list of those accessories you know you’re going to need. You know you are likely to need a soap dish, a towel rail and somewhere to place your sponge, shower gel and your towel.

You may also want to decide if you are going to have enough room for a waterproof radio, or even a set of tumbler holder. You should also think about your storage needs too as you will need to keep towels, and cleaning products somewhere.

Here are some of the accessories you may want to add to your list so you remember to buy them:

  • A soap and shampoo dispenser
  • Toilet Brush Holder
  • A shower stool if you’re not too good on your feet
  • A mirror that doesn’t fog up when you use your new shower
  • Grab bars that will help you to get a firm grip of the shower doors
  • Free standing shower caddy for shampoo, conditioner, sponges etc
  • A surface to place or somewhere to hang your waterproof radio
  • A sponge rack
  • Towel Holders
  • Soap Dishes
  • Liquid Soap Dispensers

Toilet Brush Holder

Toilet Brush Holder

A toilet brush is an essential tool for cleaning WC bowls and the holder stores it between uses. There are a variety of designs, finishes and colours to choose when it comes to this important accessory.

Why is this an Important Accessory?

It provides a more convenient method of cleaning a WC bowl. The absence of a brush presents a serious hygiene risk. The toilet brush holder prevents the brush from contaminating the bathroom floor with organic waste and chemicals while hiding the brush from view.


Materials used to make this accessory include ceramic, glass, porcelain, slate, stainless steel, chrome plated brass and plastic. Non-porous materials are the most hygienic because they do not absorb unsanitary substances and are easier to clean. Brush bristles, historically made from rigid animal hairs, are usually made of plastic such as nylon. The brush handle can be made from a number of materials, including wood, plastic and metal. Handles made from stainless steel or chrome plated brass are more hygienic than those made from porous wood.


There are a number of styles to choose from. It is better to purchase one that matches the aesthetics of the bathroom. Buyers may be mindful of such things as how the holder interacts with the symmetrical balance, texture and colour coordination of the bathroom interior. Toilet brush box shapes include cylindrical, spherical, tapered, rectangular box-shaped and a range of novel designs.

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Towel Holders

Towel Holders

The Towel Holder is such a simple concept and surprisingly has been around for many years. It was not until 1941 that an American named Haffner patented the first one. Not only are Towel Holders useful, but are also design accessories

Double Bar Towel Rails or holders are used for hanging multiple towels and usually used for large families. Single Bar designs are ideal for smaller spaces. You can even use Swivel Towel Holders, where space is tight with Freestanding racks offering more versatility.

Soap Dishes

Soap Dishes

When shopping for a soap tray, you need to consider the right one for your washroom. A tiny one and the soap is going to drown out the pattern or design. Too huge and it can look awkward. The key is to consider your tastes and requirements to decide on the size of the dish. If you pick your dish around your usual soap size -bearing in mind the size of your sink-it is a good start.

A good tray for your soap can be practical as well as pretty. For starters, soap trays keep your sink free from soap scum, and it beats scrubbing the sink on a weekly basis to remove soap residue, too. These are a good way to tie elements of your bathroom decor together: think patterned curtains, a bath mat and a soap tray can give a really attractive and professional finish to your bathroom.

Which Material You need to Select?

Again, this comes down to individual choice. Aesthetics are important, and picking from among the vast choice on the market can be hard. A ceramic tray can be a great option, and come in many colours and styles. A chrome or glass tray can give a modern, feel to a contemporary bathroom.

Liquid Dispensers

Soap Dishes

Most commercial bathrooms come with soap dispensers. These accessories dispense liquid soap, which is a more hygienic alternative to ordinary soap. Products displayed below come with different mechanisms.

Manual & Automatic

Manual dispensers come in bottles with a pump. The manual mechanism can be used to dispense liquid, foam or even powder. Some work by using a large button, which releases liquid when pressed while others work using a lever mechanism. These are suited to domestic set-ups. The Automatic Dispensers are hands-free and powered by batteries. These work with a touch-free mechanism that dispenses liquid or foam using sensors. Sensors detect hand motions and activate to release soap or sanitizer and other cleaners. Ideal for commercial areas to maintain hygiene and keep germs at bay.


Like every other bathroom product, accessories bring value both in terms of looks and functionality. Apart from homes, accessories find extensive use in commercial establishments like restrooms and hotels. There is a multitude of choices to choose from when it comes to their material and its quality.

  • Plastic:Plastic or PVC is a popular material used in the manufacture of manual dispensers. Their advantage is that they come in a range of colours, are cheap and can be easily replaced. On the downside, plastic models are easily worn out and can also be easily vandalized or destroyed.
  • Metal:Metal units are heavier and more durable than plastic. Therefore, when mounting to a wall, these need to be installed with secure fixings. Due to moisture in the bathroom, the surface of the metal gathers grime build-up and must be wiped clean. They suffer less wear and tear and are extremely long-lasting.
  • Ceramic:When it comes to aesthetics, there is nothing that quite matches the look of ceramic. Besides, ceramic seems to merge with the look of the sanitary ware in the bathroom. Dispensers made of ceramic are normally manual and come in a sea of gorgeous colours. Easy to clean and maintain their only drawback is easy shattering if dropped accidentally. To prevent that, these may be securely fastened to the wall.

Our Liquid Dispenser's Picks

Roper Rhodes Stream

Roper Rhodes Stream Soap Dispenser

Cast in durable brass, this high quality dispenser ensures safe and hygienic use for the full family. Fabricated from fine quality material and jazzed up in a chrome finish, it will instantly update the room’s decor. Suitable for use in homes and offices, it can be mounted to the wall for convenience.

Crosswater Central

Crosswater Central Soap Dispenser

This product from Crosswater, assures safe, hygienic use without any wasting. This bathroom wonder is manufactured from high quality ceramic held together by a chrome finished holder. Its presence will add not only brilliance but also style. Having an elegant oblong form, the wall mounted installation is suitable for use at homes and offices alike. Superior in build, it will last you for years to come.


If you, as a homeowner, wish to buy a good quality product, you can have a perception that an expensive product is always of good quality. This may not always be the case. Inexpensive products also perform the same way as expensive products. Therefore, you are advised to check the price and utility of a product or accessory that you may wish to buy for your bathroom. There may be some products loaded with features that may not be entirely of use to you, and you end up paying more for the additional features. So, all you have to do is compare the products that are available, with these points in mind, to make a wise decision in choosing the right product at the right price.

The Brand

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Usually, the perception about brands is, if it’s a reputed and well-known one and has got a massive presence in the market, it is going to perform well, and you end up paying more. Although this is true most often, sometimes a lesser known name may perform equally well. It is better to compare the advantages in terms of functionality of the products.

Cost effectiveness of the product

Third - Cost effectiveness

The term cost effectiveness is always most commonly used in the business of buying and selling products. Ironically, we don’t evaluate that in the true sense. For most of us, cost-effectiveness is something available reasonably cheap, absolutely regardless of the performance and durability features. The emphasis here is, do we ask for a warranty or guarantee for the products, or we just choose them as they are available cheap, but without any assurance of longevity.

If you’re planning a total renovation of your home, then it is advisable to opt for products that come with a lifetime warranty, for they can be effective even if you happen to relocate your flat or apartment frequently. This is important as accessories like bathroom mirrors, bathroom lights, rugs and few more things can be replaced, if they are under warranty or guarantee. Prioritizing quality, performance and cost should be on top of the list while planning to get the best product, but before all that, you need to make a blue print of your bathroom or restroom, for which you intend to buy accessories.

Style up your Room

Minimal style accessories can be an ideal choice. For vintage style bathrooms, a combination of wooden with chrome finish can be an ideal choice. Washrooms that have gold taps can have matching gold plated products. Selecting an accessory, that fuse well, with the decor can be a smart choice.

Sarabeth Asaff

Reviewed By: Sarabeth Asaff
Sarabeth Asaff is a former kitchen and bathroom designer who now works as a home and garden industry writer and expert. She has a working knowledge of all areas of the home improvement industry, and specializes in functional design and material advice.

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