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Buying Guide

For Bathroom

How to choose a quality shower panel?

Several criteria for consideration when choosing a shower panel:

1. Brand

Look for professional brand with long history, international approvals and sound country of origin. You can rest assure of high quality and reliability, also be peace-of-mind in case of spare part ordering.

2. Total enjoyment - Full shower at the same time

  • You may want showering experience with not just handshower, but also choice of rainshower on top or hydromessage jets at the side! Or would it be cascade waterfall headshower…
  • You can have all these, simultaneously, if the shower panel is controlled by individual control valves instead of one diverter valve.

3. Home Spa

Create your private home spa with steam function? With relaxing Chromotherapy or Aromatherapy? How about radio or your favorite music from your smart phone via Bluetooth? Why don't you have it all!

4. Thermostatic function

Have unpleasant experience of water temperature fluctuation during your shower? Look for shower panel with thermostatic function. Not only can provide you a great shower with stable temperature against water pressure and water supply temperature fluctuations, but it will also protect your family from scalding of sudden water temperature increase!

5. Space saving

Space is precious, there are few tricks you may want to choose from a shower panel: control button at the side instead of at the front, slim shower panel as thin as 3cm, built-in seat and shelves…; Corner-mounted solution with short headshower projection (to avoid shower room door hitting the panel); Built-in spout as water source for bucket…

6. Size for installation

Installation along the bathtub? It is possible for shower panel with short height. (can be as short as 58cm)

7. Material and outlook design

Wide choices shall be available, from chrome-plated, Corian, stainless steel, to Aluminium and even stone-looking finish. From classic, modern to minimalistic design…

8. Wall-hacking

Go for exposed system if you do not want to hack the wall with concealed parts installed behind the wall (save installation hassle, also easy to dismantle and reinstall to new home)

9. Reliable supplier

Professional supplier provides onsite checking in advance to guarantee perfect functioning, enough power supply, and adequate space in advance. Also installation and dismantle services.

How to choose a quality Sauna or Hammam Cabin?

A number of factors should consider when choosing a Sauna or Hammam Cabin:

1. Brand

Look for professional brand with long history, international approvals and sound country of origin.

2. Steam Bath or Sauna

Go for Hammam if you want high humidity (relative humidity over 99%) and medium temperature (40-50 degree Celsius); Go for Sauna instead if high temperature (over 80 degree Celsius) and low humidity (relative humidity less than 20%) is what you want.

3. Space

Depends on the space, you can choose from a multi-purpose cabin, to a small steam box, steam generator or even an integrated shower panel with steam function.

4. Size for Installation

Aware of additional space required for air-exhaust and maintenance.

5. Wall-hacking

Go for exposed system if you do not want to hack the wall with concealed parts installed behind the wall. (save installation hassle, also easy to dismantle and reinstall to new home)

6. Material

To be safe, energy-saving and have fast system activation, look for high grade materials with high density and low water/heat absorption. Example, import wood without wood-eye (e.g. Abachi, Fir), Corian etc…

7. Power

More space is served, higher power is needed for satisfactory result. E.g. for Steam bath, 1m3 requires around 0.8-1.2KW (depends on insulation of cabin). Cabin solution however comes already with stove or steam generator with matching power.

8. Power Supply and Current Requirement

Check if your household can support single-phase or three-phase power, also if enough current to support (amp). Other high-powered electrical appliances in the household, e.g. air-conditioner, heater will affect and have to be calculated as a package.

9. Cabling

Use appropriate cable according to the power and current requirements, to avoid cabling overheat.

10. Water Supply and Drainage

You need suitable water supply (temperature and pressure), as well as water drainage to support the system.

11. Accessories

Build your private dream cabin! Wide options are available, from Chromotherapy, Aromatherapy, blue-tooth connection, water/heat resistant audio system, shower system, to seat, towel rail and shelves. Perfect enjoyment is guaranteed.

12. Reliable Supplier

Professional supplier provides onsite checking in advance to guarantee perfect functioning, enough power supply, and adequate space in advance. Also installation and dismantle services.

Why to choose enameled steel bath tub?

Good quality enameled steel bathtub is made from high-grade stainless steel, then coated with bonding agent and a number of enameled coatings on top. Unique benefits of enameled steel bathtub:

  • Much more even surface (versus traditional cast-iron bathtub)
  • Wider choice on thickness and size
  • Value for money
  • Guarantee years of quality on shininess, scratch-resistant
  • Highly recyclable and environmental friendly during manufacturing process, and therefore widely used in Europe over other materials

For Kitchen

How to choose a quality sink?

Sink is an indispensable element of a modern kitchen. There are a number of considerations to take into account when choosing a quality sink:

1. Awards, International Approval and Country of Origin

Consider brands with international design awards, professional certifications, and sound country of origin. These will give you more confidence on the quality of the sink.

2. Design

Look for a sink with outlook design, style and color best suit for your overall kitchen design.

3. Material

Several kinds of material choices for kitchen sink nowadays, i.e. stainless steel, granite, composite material etc.

  • Granite - a natural material that is hard, can withstand external impact and high temperature, corrosion-resistant, color resistant, and easy to clean. The higher percentage of granite, the better is the quality. Also look for those with technology to inhibit bacteria growth.
  • Composite material – revolutionary from car industry. It is strong, lightweight, easy to clean and value for money.
  • Stainless steel - the most popular material. It has a timeless quality. The durability that helps the look best for years. And it is highly resistant to stain and rust - plus it won't chip, craze, flake or break. However, look for high grade stainless steel SS304DDQ.

4. Installation Method

Sink Installation has 3 different types: Inset, Flushmount and Undermount. Inset is the most popular installation - practical and easy; Flushmount is sophisticated design that enhances the look of the worktop; Undermount sinks allow for smooth, uninterrupted surfaces, which give an edgeless finish that is easy to clean and is perfectly integrated into the kitchen environment.

5. Size

It is essential to check the cabinet size of your kitchen to ensure the sink will fit.

6. Others

Consider the sink depth, whether have sound pad and water drain board.

7. Accessories

The space of home is becoming more and more precious. How to utilize the kitchen space is become a crucial factor. Different accessories can accommodate different usages, you can then turn the sink into an ultimate multi-purpose workstation.

Why to choose power system for kitchen?

Kitchen is not just a working place nowadays, but more a social place for gathering and enjoyment. There are more and more kitchen related appliances and even lifestyle gadgets you would need to power up in kitchen. Be it a kettle, blender, toaster or even a bread-maker…with no exception of course for your smart phone or IPad with movie, cooking receipt or skype running! In all these situations, you will need power system, specially design for kitchen application, stylish yet functional and safe!

1. Safety-First priority

Take products only with international approval (e.g. BS1363-2, BS5733), preferably with individual fuse for all power points.

2. Brands

Look for brand with long history, international approval and sound country of origin.

3. Variety of need

You would need connection points for UK13A plug, USB charger, or even HMDI port…

4. Quality matters

Sure you want the system be safe, do not overheat, no risk of fire, and not shaky after installation…which are common problems of some products in the market.

5. Installation

You need options and flexibility for mounting on counter-top, under or even at the side of the kitchen cabinet, island kitchen etc… You would like it to pop-up only when being used; Besides, it is nice for easy and quick dismantle design, in case you want to do a throughout kitchen clean up.

For Public Washroom

How to choose a sensor-operated fitting for public washrooms?

Touchless fittings have been getting more and more popular in Hong Kong, which greatly reduce the risk of cross-infection, and cost for water as well as energy consumption. The mostly employed technology is infra-red sensoring. Below a handy check list of choosing a sensor-operated fitting for washroom for consideration:

1. Brand

Choose reliable brand with advance technology and sound project references, particularly can handle markets with "not so good" water quality, so as to minimize chance of malfunction and maintenance.

2. Power supply

  • Most of the products in the market are either A/C or D/C operated, however there is brand can offer AC/DC version, the battery power comes in immediately against AC power failure.
  • For WC application, product with manual override will be a good choice for keeping the toilet hygiene before maintenance is done.

3. Saving on running costs

  • On top of water and energy saving, products with higher reliability and easier installation will save you money on installation and daily maintenance.
  • Choose products with technology which adjust the sensor distance automatically, particularly those with PSD (Position Sensitive Device) technology which minimize chance of malfunctions due to extreme color variation in the washroom environment (e.g. black or white outfit)

4. High reliability and low maintenance

  • Common problem of sensor-operated fittings are either "cannot switch on" or "cannot stop" water flow, this is due to the water impurity in the water supply which blocks the tiny water channel within the fitting. Brand with strong experience and proven success in particular market, for example China, will be a good choice.
  • Products with international approval, e.g. CE is preferred.

5. Application for different site situations

Wide choice shall be available to suit site situations, e.g. deck-mounted VS wall-mounted; basin/urinal/WC/soap dispenser/hand-dryer fittings as a package; big or small, long or short spout projection; sensor-eye on body or integrated in spout; working water pressure as low as 0.5 bar…

6. Product outlook design

Look for options in terms of finishing materials (chrome-plated, stainless steel, tempered-glass, plastic etc…) and outlook design which suit your washroom design, attain high-end image and uplift your property value.

7. Reliable supplier

Professional supplier has experienced sales & technical team for design/product advice support and after-sales services.

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