So, you have decided to remodel the bathroom and you have the best shower walls on your mind.
They look stunning, are easy to install (or so you believe), low on maintenance and most importantly, will be a permanent solution to grout.
Only, you cannot make up your mind on which one to choose.
If the hard-selling sales guy at the store is to be believed, then only the most obscenely expensive, one-piece shower walls can ensure that you end up with the grout free wall that you’d originally envisioned.
Everything else is a gimcrack that will have you crouching on your knees, scrub brush in hand, in less than three months.
The caveat is that most people aren’t willing to spend that kind of dough. Add the expense of getting the shower walls professionally installed and you have just blown past your original remodel budget by about 60%.
We know just what you feel. We have been there and pondered for months on what would be a cost-effective and easier alternative to those ridiculously expensive shower walls. Finally, we decided to dig up some information for ourselves.
Guess what we discovered? The best bathtub walls are not expensive at all. In fact, they are far from it. And everything that the sales rep told you is probably half-baked.
That’s precisely why we created this guide to help you with your purchase and shopping decision.
To help you further with your decision-making process, we have selected some of the best shower walls in the market currently.
These are from Kohler’s famed Choreograph range of shower walls. Each one is made of Kohler’s patented composite material and has near flawless customer ratings to back them up with.
Here we go.
Kohler Choreograph Reviews 2018
60″ x 32″ x 72″
60″ x 32″ x 72″
48″ x 36″ x 96″
60″ x 36″ x 96
KOHLER K-97618 Choreograph 60″ x 32″ x 72″ Shower Wall Kit
First up, we have the Kohler K-97618, a stunning, three-piece shower wall that mimics natural stone in its finish.
It has an off-white background with contrasting, deep veins that run diagonally as well as randomly across the surface. Kohler calls the color Crosscut Biscuit.
The colors are muted and hence, blending these with your existing bathtub or fixtures should not be a problem at all.
The Kohler Choreograph shower wall kit includes everything that you need for an easy and fast installation.
There are three walls, two of which are 32” x 72”, whereas the third one is 60” x 72”.
Two 72” corner joints are thrown in for a seamless installation.
The walls are about 3/8” thick which make them easy to modify or cut if need be. And the joints ensure that the caulk and silicone are neatly concealed.
All shower walls from the Choreograph range have a factory finish. This eliminates the need for edges or wall trims. Personally, we like them just fine. But that’s subjective, right?
Just in case you don’t like the finish, you can always buy aftermarket trim kits that fit these walls.
Most people opt for solid shower walls to get a permanent solution to grout.
The seamless design of these Kohler walls clubbed with the perfect smooth finish leave very little room for grout or mold.
These are also extremely easy to clean. All that it takes is a few rubs with a squeegee and you should have them sparkling new again.
One of the best things about the collection is that there are tons and tons of accessories from Kohler that blend in effortlessly with these shower walls.
- Superb aesthetics
- Three-piece wall system
- Heavy duty composite material
- Mimics natural stone with the veined patterns
- Subdued, muted colors for easy blending with existing tub and fixtures
- Smooth finish for easy cleaning
- Caulk and silicone gets concealed
- Factory finished walls eliminate the need for trims
- Easily trimmable for fixtures
- Lots of compatible accessories available from Kohler
Things to watch out for
- Always inspect the box before you sign the document. Despite being extremely durable, sometimes the walls can get cracked in shipping.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a veined, natural stone look for your shower remodel, then the Kohler Choreograph K-97618 should be on your wish list. It is backed by Kohler’s excellent quality construction. Hard to go wrong with this.
KOHLER K-97619 Choreograph 60″ x 32″ x 72″ Shower Wall Kit
The Kohler K-96719 is another stunning shower wall from the Choreograph range.
Kohler has two different finishes in the Choreography collection both of which mimic natural stone patterns. Our first pick was the crosscut design which has a smoother and muted finish. This one is the sandbar cut, which features darker, horizontal vein cut patterns running across the panels.
Although it looks like a natural stone with grooves, there are no actual grooves on the pattern. It has a smooth, matte finish that makes it almost impervious to grout and mold.
Durable Serica material composite
One of the reasons why Kohler’s range of bathtub walls are touted to last forever is because of their proprietary composite material called Serica. For the uninitiated, it is a blend of crushed stone and fiber reinforcements which give it unparalleled durability.
Ever seen Kohler’s commercials? You can see a guy going at one of these shower walls with a hammer. That’s how durable these are.
At the same time, the matte finish and perfect rendition of natural stone make it easy to blend with any décor theme.
Tailor-made for DIY installation
While product manuals talk about professional installation, any DIYer with a basic set of tools like a table saw or a hole saw should be able to install this easily. Just ensure that you set up a basic jig that applies pressure on the panel until the adhesive dries.
The panels are in fact, designed for at-home installation and in-field trimming. So, you should not face any problems customizing it to fit your shower.
You can even install it directly over the tiles.
All outside edges and joints are covered with the joints provided in the package. This gives you a perfect, professionally-installed finish and aesthetics.
Why we love this
- Darker, sandcut pattern
- Three-piece design
- DIY installation possible
- In-field trimming possible
- Can be installed directly over tiles
- Durable Serica composite material
- Blend of crushed stone and fiber
- Smooth, matte finish
- Easy to customize according to the size of the shower
- Joints included in the package for covering caulk and silicone
Things to watch out for
- Same as the earlier model. Just keep an eye for in-transit damage or even manufacturing defects. Please remember that minute variations in the patterns are completely normal with shower walls like these.
Conclusion: Another winner from Kohler’s Choreograph range. Just pick the look that best fits your bathroom décor.
KOHLER K-97614 Choreograph 48″ x 36″ x 96″
The next one is the Kohler K-97614, a large-sized three-piece shower wall kit. This one has two 36” x 96” walls and one 48” x 96” wall making it perfect for large bathrooms with extended shower areas.
Unlike the earlier two designs, this one is plain white. So, if you hate wrecking your brains thinking about color-matching the panels with the color of your tub or sink or other fixtures, you can go with this one.
It’s a no-brainer. White blends with just about anything.
Off-White with accents available
While the manufacturer mentions the color as white, it is not exactly pure white. It’s an off-white color. You have the option to buy accent panels in a different color to accentuate the look of the design.
Ditto with the joints which are available color-matched in white or in metallic colors which provide a neat contrast.
One of the caveats about white panels is that they need more frequent cleaning because they can be unapologetic about stains or dust. But Kohler’s Choreograph range of shower walls is ridiculously easy to clean. All it takes is a quick wipe with a cloth.
In the rare event that the panel gets damaged, you can contact Kohler’s ASR network for easy assistance and on-site repair. Kohler has one of the most reputed customer service teams in the business and service issues are sorted in record time.
A dishwasher-safe range of accessories
Being a large-sized shower wall, most people look to accessorize the Kohler K-97614. There are a whole range of color matched and contrasting accessories available for purchase. The color-matched ones, in particular, create a perfectly seamless look when paired against the white background.
All accessories are dishwasher safe.
If you are unsure whether the white Kohler choreograph is the one for your shower area, you can always request for a sample. Kohler usually ships it out in a couple of weeks.
So plan beforehand.
- Large-sized shower walls
- Perfect for customizing according to the size of the shower area
- Blends easily with existing fixtures and tub
- Easy to clean
- In-field trimming and alterations possible
- Easy to install
- Comes with matching corners to create a seamless look
- Lots of matching accessories
Things to watch out for
- In transit damage, frequent upkeep (Although easy)
Conclusion: Have a large-sized shower area with grout-filled tiles or punctured walls that beg for an upgrade? Give the Kohler Choreograph White large shower walls a try. You won’t be disappointed one bit.
KOHLER K-97616-T02 Cord Texture Choreograph 60″ x 36″ x 96
We also highly recommend the Kohler K-97616-TO2, especially for homeowners who find the plain white one too simple for their liking.
This one has a cord texture in the same white background. That’s like a series of closely knit horizontal lines that runs throughout the walls.
It adds a certain charm to the design that some people find lacking in the plain white finish.
Everything else is identical to the earlier model. It is a three-panel design with two 36” x 96” walls and one 48” x 96” wall, it is made of durable Serica composite and has a color-matched joint system that hides caulk and silicone.
Installation is extremely easy and professional help from Kohler is just a phone call away.
If you didn’t like the white, maybe the Cord Texture will catch your fancy.
Give it a shot folks!