Though exposed shower valves have experienced a surge in popularity in recent years, concealed shower valves will always be the preferred choice of those keen to cut the clutter.

Hidden behind the wall of your shower, the only visible parts of a concealed valve are its controls which are usually mounted to a sleek faceplate. This makes them the ideal valve for particularly tight spaces and provides a tidier, seamless look.

So if you often find yourself accidentally clashing with a clumsy protruding valve, or simply need to make your shower appear more streamlined, we’ve listed a few of our recommended concealed shower valve choices below.

Have a penchant for DIY? Keep on reading for a concise guide on how to fit a concealed shower valve yourself.

Choosing a Concealed Shower Valve

With hundreds of stylish concealed shower valves available on site, we’re certain you’ll find one to suit your tastes. However, as you’re spoilt for choice, we thought it’d be best if we recommended a handful of our favourites to help you out:

For traditional bathrooms: The Trafalgar Traditional Twin Concealed Thermostatic Shower Valve

With its single crosshead temperature handle and a classical lever for adjusting the flow, this concealed shower valve from Trafalgar simply epitomises the decorative yet functional designs of traditional bathroom style.

Trafalgar Traditional Twin Concealed Thermostatic Shower Valve | Concealed Shower Valve Installation
All of that big traditional bathroom style yet in a compact concealed shower valve.

A thermostatic valve, the Trafalgar provides precise control of your showering experience. We particularly love how good it looks when combined with traditional wall mounted shower heads.

For modern bathrooms: The Arezzo Square Modern Concealed Twin Shower Valve

Over the past few years, matte black tapware and showers have swiftly started to replace chrome in stylish, modern bathrooms. The on-trend finish offers a unique dark accent to standard bright bathrooms. It’s just as easy to keep looking clean too.

Arezzo Round Modern Twin Concealed Shower Valve | Concealed Shower Valve Installation
Simple darker touches in the form of a matte black valve, for instance, can quickly provide your bathroom with a striking contrast.

The elegant temperature and flow dials of the Arezzo valve offer the same precise control as traditional crossheads, allowing you to find your favoured setting with ease. For peace of mind, the entire valve is constructed of dependable solid brass.

A designer option: The Hudson Reed Tec Pura Plus Concealed Thermostatic Triple Shower Valve with Diverter

Effortlessly blending both traditional and modern design cues, this Hudson Reed Tec Pura Plus concealed valve is a standout option for those concerned with achieving a high-end look. The sleek mirror-finished faceplate is equipped with two standard controls and a dedicated crosshead valve for adjusting the temperature.

Hudson Reed Tec Pura Plus Concealed Thermostatic Triple Shower Valve with Diverter | How to Install a Concealed Shower Valve
A stylish triple concealed valve, such as this Hudson Reed option, will give your bathroom more functionality.

A triple valve, this designer choice gives you extra functionality allowing you to switch between two separate shower accessories, use them simultaneously, or even switch to a third option. This additional valve does, however, make installation a little more complicated. So, if opting for a triple valve we recommend leaving the job to a qualified plumber.

How to Install a Concealed Shower Valve in 5 Steps

Found a valve to your liking? It’s time for the tricky bit. We’ve broken down the process into several more easily digestible steps, but be aware, concealed shower valve installation is not the simplest of DIY jobs!

Before you start, we advise taking a look at our huge shower plumbing section for anything you may have missed. You’ll find everything from concealed shower valve mounting brackets to flexible outlet pipes.

*Installing a concealed shower valve requires prior knowledge of plumbing and will require you to create a false wall in order to hide pipework. Use a qualified plumber if you are not confident in doing so.

1. Prep Your Water System - To avoid any dramatic scares, it is crucial that you turn off your water supply and flush your home’s water system before attempting any work.

2. Measure a False Wall - Here’s where the fun begins! Remove your current shower valve and strip the wall behind it down to the brick. Then, use highly accurate measurements to map out your false wall, with channels to house your hot and cold supplies as well as the concealed mixer valve itself.

3. Route Your Plumbing - Install tee junctions for your hot and cold feed if your piping does not already have them. Next, make sure that your copper tails and pipes pass through the backboard to help keep them in place when it comes to placing plasterboard over them.

4. Stabilise Your Work - Ever heard a metallic rattling sound while showering? This will have likely been due to poorly stabilised plumbing. It’s essential when installing a concealed valve to ensure that all copper and plastic parts are unable to move. Use the proper pipe clamps for your specific pipes and check that everything fits snugly before installing your plasterboard wall. A number of valves come with their own concealed shower valve mounting brackets; be sure to use them if yours does.

5. Concealed Shower Valve Installation - Once you have installed your plasterboard wall, follow your valve manufacturer’s instructions to fit your concealed shower valve. Once you’re satisfied that everything is in working order, you can finish the plasterboard wall with stylish wall tiles or one of our bathroom wall panels.

Found our guide on how to install a concealed shower valve helpful Ready to pick out your own? Check out our comprehensive range of concealed valves, with designs to suit all manner of stylish bathrooms. Want more bathroom tips? Try our guide on How to Identify Your Home's Water System & Pick the Right Shower for It.