What are the Different Types of Bathroom Mirror?

A bathroom mirror is the one holy trinity in your bathroom, along with the sink and shower or bath. Your bathroom is simply incomplete without it.

Traditionally, your bathroom mirror would be positioned directly above your basin, however, this is not always possible owing to the layout of your room. As a result, you may have to position your mirror elsewhere or incorporate it into a cabinet.

Whichever you choose, a mirror is essential to a bathroom, whether it’s for checking you haven’t got toothpaste over yourself while brushing or making a final adjustment to your hair when heading out.

Plumbworld has a range of bathroom mirrors in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to choose from. So, before you buy, read on to find out more about the perfect mirror for your bathroom…

Why do I need a bathroom mirror?

A bathroom is incomplete without a mirror, and it serves multiple purposes beyond helping you look your best or set you up for the day ahead.

A bathroom mirror can also play its part in making your bathroom appear larger by reflecting the light and space around. This forms an optical illusion of extending your bathroom and provides more natural light, thereby making the space look bigger.

Read more: How to Make Your Small Bathroom Look Larger

Moving on from this, though, can you imagine not having a mirror? It helps when brushing your teeth, having a wash, fixing your hair as well as primping and preening. It’s vital to every bathroom.

Can I use a regular mirror in the bathroom?

You can, however, it depends on the use of your bathroom and how much steam or humidity is created during daily use.

Bathrooms, particularly those with a shower, will be humid and develop a considerable amount of steam which can damage a mirror over time if it is not moisture-resistant. Therefore, the frame of a regular mirror can deteriorate along with the mirror itself.

Croydex Hang 'N' Lock Wyncham LED Illuminated Mirror With Demister

When it comes to bathroom mirrors, quality counts for a great deal.

What size should a bathroom mirror be?

When choosing a bathroom mirror, it is important to consider function as well as proportions. This will provide balance to your bathroom and avoid an over or undersized mirror.

If the mirror is to be positioned above your sink or vanity unit, the general rule is that it should not be wider than the unit. When buying a vanity unit, consider purchasing your mirror at the same time so it is tailor-made to the sink itself.

Alpine Specto Bevelled Edge Bathroom Mirror

An alternative, if you are buying a mirror at a different time to the unit, is to buy a mirror that is roughly 80% the width of your vanity unit or basin.

For the height of a mirror, if it is to go above a vanity unit, you should consider the height of those who will be using it. Your mirror should be a few feet in height - one foot above and below the eyeline of those who will be using it, ideally.

This guide is a functional one and if you want to go larger, you can, this will provide more viewing angles and make the bathroom look more open.

What are the types of bathroom mirror?

Bathroom vanity mirrors are split into five distinct types to fit every space and budget available.

The bathroom mirror types are:

  • Wall bathroom mirrors
  • Illuminated bathroom mirrors
  • Bluetooth bathroom mirrors
  • Bathroom mirrors with shaving sockets
  • Mirrored bathroom cabinets

Read on to find out about each type of bathroom vanity mirror…

Wall bathroom mirrors

Wall bathroom mirrors come in a variety of shapes and sizes, though there are two more common styles, the popular rectangular mirror and round vanity mirrors.

They are the more basic option for mirrors in the bathroom. However, wall mirrors are easy-to-install, including their own instructions, and match every decor thanks to their universal designs.

Alpine Splendida Bevelled Edge Bathroom Mirror

Rectangular and round mirrors are the most in-demand and on-trend styles available with frames, bevelled edges or polished edges. Some are even available with LED backlighting. This variety makes them a perfect option for all budgetary requirements.

Single or double mirrors?

With wall-hung bathroom mirrors, you have the option of doubling-up on your vanity mirrors.

This is ideal if you have a double basin or vanity cabinet for a ‘his and her’ sink design. You can hang the mirrors to appear over each basin. Alternatively, a single wide mirror will also work well, however, two narrow mirrors will give the illusion of more vertical space.

Multiple mirrors will even work if you just have the single basin but a large vanity unit. If the basin is over to one side, adding a second mirror will make it look more balanced.

Illuminated bathroom mirrors

Illuminated bathroom mirrors come with LED lights built into the mirror that can illuminate the entire bathroom and even mimic natural daylight.

Lights are positioned around the sides or the top of the mirror, to provide perfect lighting while shaving. By using LEDs, these mirrors will not need their bulbs changing as often as conventional lighting due to their efficiency.

Artis Aqua LED Illuminated Mirror

Illuminated mirrors with Plumbworld are available in two designs: as a plug-in system for the mains electricity or with a battery pack. They are especially useful in bathrooms that do not have a window or source of natural light - such as those built into an extension. The light illuminated mirrors will emit is similar to natural light, therefore creating a bright space.

Many illuminated bathroom mirrors also feature a handy auto-demisting technology, which is particularly handy on a cold day and you can’t see yourself in the mirror after a shower. No longer do you have to wipe the mirror down with a towel; built-in demister pads eliminate large patches of steam on your mirror, allowing you to get on with your daily routine.

Bluetooth bathroom mirrors

Bringing the future to the here and now, Bluetooth bathroom mirrors reflect the modern times we live in by providing the ability to sync your phone or music device to it.

Like an illuminated mirror, Bluetooth bathroom mirrors are fitted with LED lighting to mimic natural light. However, Bluetooth vanity mirrors go one step further on the technology route by allowing you to play your favourite songs any time of the day or night without the device getting wet.

Cassellie LED Illuminated Multicolour Mirror With Demister, Bluetooth & Speakers

Some of the Bluetooth mirrors at Plumbworld even come with a digital clock to ensure you’re never late again, while they are wired straight into your mains electrical system. This ensures you don’t have to worry about installing, nor replacing the lighting bulbs regularly due to the super-efficient LED lighting.

Like the illuminated bathroom mirrors, all Bluetooth mirrors also include the auto-demisting feature. If you find you can’t see yourself in the mirror after a shower, a built-in demister pad will eliminate patches of steam on your mirror, meaning constantly wiping it down with a towel is a thing of the past.

Bathroom mirrors with shaving sockets

If you’re after a true two-in-one, multi-function mirror, a bathroom mirror with a shaving socket may be just what you need.

A vanity mirror with shaving sockets feature a clever socket integrated into the side, so you can charge your electric bathroom essentials, such as a toothbrush. This offers you the chance to charge items in the bathroom for quicker use or if they’re low on battery power.

Hudson Reed Panorama Backlit Touch Sensor Mirror- Demister, Shaver Socket & Clock

With bathroom mirrors featuring a socket meeting industry safety standards, they also have illuminating panels built-in to provide lighting similar to natural light. This means you have the complete 21st-century shaving mirror for your bathroom. Like illuminated and Bluetooth mirrors, LED lighting ensures that even bathrooms without a window can be bathed in natural light.

Some of the vanity mirrors with sockets sold at Plumbworld also include an auto-demisting feature. This technology ensures that a built-in demister pad will remove patches of steam on your mirror following a shower or hot water usage.

Mirrored bathroom cabinets

A mirrored bathroom cabinet takes multi-functioning to another level, combining valuable shelf space, storage and a mirror into a single stunning design.

Mirrored bathroom cabinets are almost unmatched in their benefits. This combines the storage and mirror purposes, but in doing so, you get a much larger mirror. This can, therefore, enhance the lighting of your bathroom by using its larger surface area to reflect natural light.

Aurora Double Door Grey Gloss Mirror Cabinet

The mirror also acts as the door to the cabinet, which can store your toiletries and any medication that’s kept out of arm's length of children. Remember to choose a larger mirror vanity cabinet if you want your bathroom to appear brighter. More storage space and a large mirror in one, it’s a bargain.

If you have a smaller bathroom, a mirrored vanity cabinet should be high on your shopping list when transforming the space, while many include lights and sockets built-in for electrical appliances like a shaver or toothbrush.

Where do you hang a bathroom mirror?

Conventional wisdom says that for a standard wall-hung bathroom mirror, you should position it above your vanity unit or basin.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible for a variety of reasons - such as a window, a window ledge being immediately behind your basin or other layout limitations.

You’ll need to make sure that your wall can take the weight of the mirror, no matter which type you choose, and there are no pipes or wiring immediately behind where you want to place it. If you are installing a mirror which has an electrical socket or that plugs into the mains, it may be best to get a professional.

You should be aware of a bathroom’s zones when fitting a mirror, which are explained below:

  • Zone 1: the area directly above Zone 0 - your bath, basin or shower - limited vertically to 2.25m above the bottom of the bath or shower. Zone 1 does not include Zone 0.
  • Zone 2: is the same height as Zone 1 - 2.25m - extended to 0.6m around the bath, basin or shower, vertically and horizontally.
  • Zone 3: This is the area that doesn’t fall under any other zones, basically, the ‘safer’ parts of your bathroom.

Anything outside of zones 1 and 2 is safe to install a mirror onto, provided, as mentioned, there are no wires or pipes in this area.

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How much is a bathroom mirror?

A bathroom mirror can vary in price, depending on the type and size you choose.

Typically, standard wall-hung mirrors will be the cheapest as they do not include any additional features, such as lighting or Bluetooth.

Bluetooth bathroom mirrors will often be the most expensive due to the technology they include, such as Bluetooth and LED lighting.

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