Often overlooked when designing the perfect shower, a good quality shower door is essential to keep warm and avoid leaks. And if space is at a premium, a sliding option is a great choice.
So how do you know you’re choosing one that will work in your bathroom? By reading on, of course!
Here, we’ll look at seven of the best sliding shower doors out there. And we’ll consider the features to check out before you make your final decision.
So let’s get started!
The Best Sliding Shower Door of 2019
1. WOODBRIDGE MBSDC6076C Frameless Sliding Shower
If you’ve got the cash to splash, Woodbridge’s model MBSDC6076C is a very stylish option.
It’s completely frameless, and will look fabulous in minimalist interiors. There’s a choice of chrome or matt black fittings. These are the long bar handle and large, solid rollers at the top.
The width is adjustable from 56 to 60 inches, and the height is 75 inches. That’s perfect for a walk-in wet room, although a separate matching shower base is available if you want one.
The walk-in area is between 22 and 26 inches wide, so you won’t have to sidle in.
The door is reversible, so you can install it to open on either the left or right as you prefer. And if you’re installing in a new-build where the building may still be moving, there’s some give. The doors can be adjusted by up to three eights of an inch to compensate.
The door movement here is very smooth. There are no jerky stop-start issues. And you won’t need a lot of strength to pull it open or closed. The top rail support anchors the installation firmly to the wall.
The glass is three eighths of an inch thick, and tempered for safety. The frameless design provides an illusion of space, and it’s easy enough to keep clean.
All the hardware is made of stainless steel, so you won’t have to worry about rust or chipping.
It comes with an installation manual, but it’s not as clear as it could be. And be aware that this is definitely a two-person job!
These doors are very heavy, and you don’t want to break them. You’ll need a stud behind any tiles where the support bar mounts. And make sure you have a good set of drill bits and some caulk too.
Persevere, though, and you’ll get a high-quality set of sliding doors. And although they’re pricey, they’re still a fraction of the price you’d pay at a specialist glass contractor.
2. SUNNY SHOWER Frameless Door Double Sliding Shower Enclosure Budget Pick
The Sunny Shower sliding door enclosure measures 60 inches wide by 72 inches tall. Cutting the guard rail will allow you to adjust that width down to 58.5 inches.
In this case, both the glass door panels will slide across. That gives you the option of installing so that the door opens either to the left or the right.
There’s a single handle on the outside. It’s a long bar, and it’s mounted proud enough to act as a towel rail if you wish. Once inside, there are two knobs to slide back the door.
There’s a choice of two finishes for the fixings. Pick from shiny polished chrome, or a more subtle brushed nickel.
The door moves noiselessly, and the clear seal at the bottom prevents water leaking out. The frame is made of aluminum and the glass is tempered and safety-certified. It’s a quarter of an inch thick, and all the edges are curved for safety.
If you need to adjust the length of the top and bottom rails, it’s easily done with a hacksaw.
Just be prepared to persevere if you’re installing this yourself – the instructions aren’t the best. For those who aren’t confident in their DIY skills, this really isn’t the best choice. Save yourself some heartache and get in a professional.
This is a very economically priced option, but it still looks smart. If you’re looking for an attractive assembly with clean lines that won’t break the bank, it should make your shortlist.
3. DreamLine Enigma-X Frameless Sliding Shower Door Our Top Pick
Dreamline’s Enigma-X sliding shower door is available in a choice of different finishes. Select from bushed or polished stainless steel, or a colorway known as “tuxedo”. The latter contrasts stainless steel with black accents.
It consists of a fixed panel and a sliding door. It can be installed to open from either the right or left, depending on what will best suit your bathroom. There are vinyl strips on the edges of the door and panel to minimize the risk of leaks at the overlap.
The width can be adjusted from a minimum of 56 to a maximum of 60 inches. The opening space will be between 23 and 27 inches accordingly.
But note that, while you can vary the width, this model requires perfectly straight walls. If your home doesn’t have those, pick a different shower door.
The height is 76 inches, making this one of the tallest doors on the market. If you’re tall, or share your home with someone who is, it’s a good choice.
You’ll need a minimum threshold depth of 2.75 inches for effective installation. A slim-line shower base that will fit the bill is sold separately.
The glass is good quality – three eighths of an inch thick and strong. It’s certified for safe use in showers. And like other showers from Dreamline, the glass is coated in ClearMax – a coating that resists staining from hard water.
It doesn’t mean you won’t need to clean, but it does make the task much easier. It’s still sensible to remove the water from the glass with a squeegee after showering.
There’s only one option with the glass here, and that’s a clear finish. If you’re looking for something frosted, this won’t be for you.
4. VIGO Elan Sliding Frameless Shower Door
Larger than the Woodbridge doors, VIGO’s Elan model share many of the same characteristics.
The width in this case can be adjusted between 68 and 72 inches. If you’re looking for doors to fit a larger wet room, these could be a good choice. The opening area is between 27.5 and 31.5 inches.
The door height is 74 inches. It can be installed so that the door opens either on the left or the right.
The outer door handle is a solid brass bar with a silver finish. It’s mounted on pre-drilled glass and its clean lines give a contemporary effect. It’s not quite as pretty on the inside, however, where there’s a standard knob.
The other fittings are all made of brushed 304 stainless steel to complete the modernist aesthetic. And of course, you won’t have to worry about corrosion or pitting to the surface.
As with the Woodbridge version, the door can be adjusted by up to three eighths of an inch after installation. If your new home is still settling, you won’t have to worry about gaps in a few months’ time.
The glass is three eighths of an inch thick and it’s tempered for safety and resilience. The rollers are beautifully smooth, and the door opens in near silence.
There are full length clear door strips to avoid leaks. The door comes with a one-year warranty on the strips, and a limited lifetime warranty on other materials and construction.
Bear in mind that you’ll be dealing with large, heavy panes of glass here – so installation isn’t easy. It will require two people, and suction cups will make life a lot easier. Read all the instructions through before you start, and expect to spend around four to five hours on the job.
Alternatively, get in the specialists. People familiar with these doors can cut the installation time to a couple of hours.
But whatever approach you take to installation, make sure you measure your space carefully before you order. The whole package weighs well over 150 pounds – so sending it back will be costly!
5. Delta Shower Doors SD3172323 Windemere
Delta’s Windermere shower door comes with a range of different finishes.
It’s a semi-frameless design, which we think works best in classically styled bathrooms. The installation is 59 3/8 inches wide and 70 inches tall.
There’s a choice of different finishes for the glass. Choose plain for a simple, timeless appearance. Niebla is slightly more transclucent, while Rain gives the appearance of peering through – you’ve guessed it – rain. The final option is Transition, which has frosted horizontal stripes across the glass.
There’s a choice of finishes when it comes to the track too. Pick from shiny chrome, brushed nickel or dark bronze. The track is reversible. If you want a more contemporary finish, install it with the flat face outwards. For traditional bathrooms, choose the grooved side instead.
And finally, you can pick from three different style of handle: Classic, Trinsic or Windermere. Windermere offers a neat bonus – the handle doubles as a towel rail.
The door and panel are made of certified tempered glass, and they’re a quarter of an inch thick. They’re also treated with Delta Spot Guard, a clever coating that resists staining. If you’re in an area with hard water, this is a real bonus.
The whole package comes with a limited five-year warranty for peace of mind.
And unlike some of the other doors on our list, this isn’t too much of an installation challenge. The instructions are clear, and you won’t need to be a DIY expert to pull it off. Just make sure you read through everything first and assemble the right tools.
So is there anything not to like?
Well, at 70 inches, the doors here aren’t as tall as others. If you share your home with a loftier shower user, they’ll need to watch their head. Forget to do so, and they’ll end up getting a smack from the overhead rail.
6. DreamLine Encore Bypass Shower Door
If you’re looking for a bypass shower door, consider the Encore from DreamLine.
The bypass design means that both halves of the shower will open from left or right. That makes it very user-friendly. And it also provides plenty of opening space for anyone of a bigger build – between 23.5 and 27.5 inches.
The dimensions are between 56 and 60 inches wide (the width can be trimmed if needed) and 76 inches tall. That generous height will also reduce the chances of taller shower users hitting their heads on the frame.
There’s three eighths of an inch of wriggle room to deal with walls that aren’t perfectly straight. That also gives you the option to adjust them after installation. If you’re installing in a new-build that’s still settling, that’s a valuable feature.
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to the frame finish. Chrome is modern and shiny, whilst brushed nickel is contemporary yet more subtle. Oil rubbed bronze looks great with more traditional decor, while satin black offers clean, sharp lines.
Be aware, though, that the different finishes come with different warranty lengths. Chrome and brushed nickel have a limited lifetime warranty, but it’s only a year for the bronze and black.
The glass is tempered for safety and is 5/16ths of an inch thick. It has a coating too to make cleaning easier. In this case, it’s called ClearMax. It’s designed to resist stains, including from hard water. If you want to cut down on time scrubbing in the bathroom, it’s a real plus.
Just bear in mind that when you’re installing the door, you’ll need to get the coating on the right side! You of course wanting it facing into the shower.
There should be stickers to help you identify which side is which, but we’ve heard of cases where they’re missing. If you experience that problem, contact the manufacturer. They’ll be able to advise you how to determine which side has the coating.
Setting that to one side, installation experiences vary widely. We’d recommend employing a contractor if you’re not sure your DIY skills are up to the challenge.
7. ELEGANT SHOWERS Semi-frameless Bypass Sliding Shower Doors
Another bypass design, this offering from Elegant Showers is semi-frameless.
There’s a little bit of scope to adjust the width, though not as much as with other models. You can shave up to 1.5 inches off the 60 inch width if needed. The height is 72 inches. And the walk-in space is a generous 30.25 inches – significantly wider than many of its rivals.
It is possible to cut the rails to make them narrower – but you will have a bigger overlap between the doors. Anything more than an inch or so will start to look odd. So if your space is much smaller, choose a different door.
There are clear vinyl sealing strips along all the edges to avoid leaks. The rollers are stainless steel, and clamp securely to the glass. A long handle on the outside of the door makes it easy to slide into place.
The frame is finished in chrome, giving a sharp finish that works particularly well in contemporary bathrooms.
This is another product where we’ve heard very different accounts of the installation experience. The instructions are based around pictures rather than words. Some people have found it straightforward, others anything but.
This isn’t, though, an expensive shower door. So you may feel that spending some money on professional installation is a wise approach.
And it comes with a two-year warranty for peace of mind.
So you’ve read all the reviews, but you’re not sure which shower door to go for. Never fear, we’re here to help! Check out our buying guide for the questions you need to answer before making your final choice.
How big does your door need to be?
The most basic question to start with is the size of your shower area. Some shower doors will allow for slight adjustment to the width – up to 4 inches. The width is adjusted by cutting the tracks – so you can make them smaller, but not bigger.
Check the door opening size as well. This will usually vary by the same amount as any possible width adjustment. If you cut down the tracks, the opening will reduce. Make sure it will still be comfortable for the largest person in your household to enter and exit easily.
Remember to check the height too. Sliding shower door assemblies will include a track or reinforcing rods at the top of the door. So if it’s not high enough, taller people will have to remember to duck in and out.
Left or right opening?
The next thing to think about is the configuration of your shower room.
Bypass shower doors have two sliding panels, so it’s possible to get in and out on either side. But if you have a door and a fixed panel, consider which way you want it to open. Make sure you’ll have enough room to step in and out in comfort.
Some shower assemblies can be installed either way around. If you choose one with coated glass, just make sure you install it with the coating on the inside. There are usually stickers to help you work out which way the panels need to go.
How challenging is installation?
Installing shower doors isn’t the easiest job in the world. If you plan to do it yourself, check that the instruction manual is clear. And read through to the end before you start to make sure that you have all the necessary tools.
The bigger the shower door, the heavier it will be. But even smaller doors are pretty weighty. And although the glass is toughened, it won’t withstand being dropped. So enlist the help of a friend to make sure you can move it safely.
And if you’re in any doubt about whether your DIY skills are up to the job, hire a professional. It will cost more – but you’ll be spared the expense of removing a poorly installed door and starting again. And your blood pressure will thank you for it.
What about maintenance?
Finally, consider maintenance. Glass shower doors look great, but they need to be kept clean. Look for options with easy-clean coatings to make the task easier. That’s particularly important if you’re in an area that has hard water.
And remember that even easy-clean coatings don’t mean the doors clean themselves! Invest in a squeegee to remove excess water from the glass after every shower. It only takes a few seconds and will keep your shower looking great.
Let’s go shopping!
That brings us to the end of our guide to the best sliding shower doors out there. We hope you’ve found one that’s right for you.
Whichever shower door you choose, make sure you’re confident about the dimensions before you buy. And if you’re in any doubt about installation, save yourself the hassle and get in the professionals.
Our top pick is the Dreamline Enigma-X. It’s modern and attractive, comes in a range of finishes, and opens to either the left or right. And the ClearMax coating makes cleaning a breeze.
But if that doesn’t work for you, there are lots of other great options out there. Happy shopping!