Buying Guide: Shower Wastes

Shower wastes play an essential role in maintaining a clean and efficient drainage system in your bathroom. When choosing the right shower waste for your needs, there are several factors to consider. This buying guide will provide you with the necessary information to make an informed decision.

What we'll cover in this Buying Guide:

Types of Shower Wastes

There are different types of shower wastes available on the market in New Zealand. The most common types include:

1. Point Drain

These are the standard wastes that fit directly into the shower drain. They often feature a removable cover for easy cleaning. They can be located in the centre of the tray or in an offset position.

2. Liner Shower Drains or Channel Drains

These are long, narrow drains that run along the edge of the shower area. They provide a modern and sleek look to your bathroom.

3. Tile Insert Drains

These drains allow you to install tiles directly over the drain, creating a seamless and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Drain Size and Compatibility

Before purchasing a shower waste, you need to know the size of your shower drain. The most common sizes in New Zealand are 40mm and 50mm. Ensure that the waste you choose is compatible with the size of your drain to ensure a proper fit and functionality.


Shower wastes can be made from different materials, including plastic, stainless steel, and brass. Each material has its own advantages. Plastic wastes are affordable and resistant to corrosion, while stainless steel and brass wastes offer durability and also display a more premium look. Consider your budget and aesthetic preferences when choosing the material.

Water Flow Rate

The water flow rate is an important consideration when selecting a shower waste. If possible, opt for a waste with a higher flow rate to prevent water from backing up in your shower.

Easy Installation and Maintenance

Look for shower wastes that are easy to install and maintain. Some wastes come with installation instructions and require minimal tools, making them DIY-friendly. Additionally, choose a waste that is easy to clean and remove blockages from, as this will ensure the longevity and efficiency of your drainage system.

Clean regularly to avoid a clogged shower waste

Clogging is a common issue in shower drains, if not cleaned regularly. We recommend you clean your shower waste once a week. To minimize clogs, consider shower wastes with anti-clogging features such as built-in filters or hair catchers. For example, our point drains come with a cleverly designed inner cup that catches hair and soap build up that may accumulate, making it easier to remove and clean. If your shower waste is currently clogged, then take a look at our blog ‘How to Get Rid of My Shower Drain Smell?’

Price & Warranty

Like any product you may purchase, it is always a good idea to set a budget for your shower waste purchase. Prices can vary depending on the type, material, and brand. Compare different options and choose a product that offers a good balance between quality and price. Additionally, check the warranty offered by the manufacturer to ensure you’re covered in case of any defects or issues.

Brand Reputation

Consider purchasing shower wastes from reputable brands known for their quality and reliability. Research customer reviews and ratings to gauge the performance and durability of the product. Established brands often provide better customer support and after-sales service.

In Conclusion

By considering these factors, you can choose a shower waste that meets your needs in terms of functionality, durability, and aesthetics. Remember to measure your drain size, prioritize water flow rate, and select a material and type that suits your bathroom style. With proper research and consideration, you’ll be able to find the perfect shower waste for your bathroom.


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