Buyer's Guide & Information

Frameless Shower Doors Reviewed For Modern Design

Modernize your bathroom with these top-rated frameless shower doors!

by PlumberJohn

If you’re looking for an inexpensive and big change for your bathroom, then you may want to look into changing your shower door. It can be daunting since there are so many styles and brands to choose from.

We recommend checking out frameless shower doors since they are the most modern style on the market. Check out our buyer’s guide to find the best option for you.

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Product

Dimensions

Door Walk In

Glass Type

Check Price

WoodBridge Framelss 3/8' Sliding Shower Door...

Woodbridge MBSDC6076C

48 x 76 inches

20 inches

Clear

VIGO VG6041CHCL7274 Elan 68 – 72 Inch...

Vigo VG6041CHCL7274 Elan

72 x 74 inches

31.5 inches

Clear

DreamLine Unidoor Plus 58-58 1/2 in. W x 72...

DreamLine Unidoor Plus SHDR-245807210-06

58 x 72 inches

27 inches

Clear

24'-28' Frameless Shower Door with Brushed...

Tropical Art Glass Inc.

28 x 72 inches

inches

Clear

DreamLine Mirage-X 44-48 in. W x 72 in. H...

DreamLine Mirage-X SHDR1948723L01

48 x 72 inches

20.5 inches

Clear

Aston Langham 56' to 60' x 75' Completely...

Aston Langham SDR978F-SS-60-10

60 x 75 inches

26.8 inches

Clear and frosted

DreamLine Elegance 58-60 in. W x 72 in. H...

DreamLine Elegance SHDR4158720-04

60 x 72 inches

26.5 inches

Clear


Why Go Frameless?

More recently, people have been switching to a modern shower enclosure instead of an old curtain or door. The most advanced type on the market currently is a frameless shower door. They are generally heavier tempered glass and do not require a metal frame compared to framed shower doors.

One advantage of a frameless shower door is that it eliminates the need for a shower curtain, which can develop mold and other grime. Frameless shower doors also tend to make a shower look more spacious. They are the most elegant and modern aesthetic that you can add to your bathroom.


Frameless Shower Door Buyer’s Guide

Dimensions and Configuration

One of the most important things to do before you go shopping is to take thorough measurements of your shower space. You should measure the height and width of your area. This will determine the size and type of door that you can get. If you have a corner shower, then your door options will be different than a standard walk-in shower or one with a tub.

Material and Durability

One factor that will determine the durability of your shower door is the thickness of the glass. In general, the thicker the glass, the more sturdy it will be. Keep in mind that it needs to swing or slide easily, as well. The most popular type of glass is tempered, so that it lasts longer. 

Entry Design

The setup of your current shower will determine the type of entry for your next frameless shower door. The main types include swing, dual sliding, single sliding, rolling, and panel type. A swing shower door opens either inward or outward like a typical bedroom door. A single sliding door has one stationary panel and one that slides open. A dual sliding door has two panels that open from both sides of the shower. A rolling shower door is one that has its track assembly on rollers overhead.

Glass Type

The type of glass that you choose for your frameless door will depend on your style preference. The main types of glass are clear, frosted, rain, textured, and tinted. Clear is the most popular glass type, and it resembles a standard bedroom window. Frosted glass has a slight haze to it and offers slightly more privacy. Rain texture offers more privacy than frosted. It features textures that run vertically on the shower door. Textured shower doors are not as common, but they often have small patterns on them. Tinted glass is the least common type. It resembles a pair of light sunglasses or the windows on your car.

glass type

Shower Door Type

The kind of door that you get will be dependent upon the entry style of your shower. The main types are curved, neo-angle, bi-fold, hinged, and bypass sliding. Curved doors fit into a corner shower and are U-shaped. Neo-angle doors also fit into a corner shower, but they are not as curved. Bi-fold doors fold in half when you open them. Hinged or swing shower doors open inward or outward. They are best for larger bathrooms. Bypass sliding doors are best for showers with tubs.

Ease of Installation and Maintenance

Frameless shower doors are normally more expensive and more challenging to install. The glass is heavier, and there’s no frame to use as a guide. Most of the doors in our list below can be installed by yourself with the help of another person. Check the instructions before purchase to see if you need to hire a professional. Frameless shower doors are simple to maintain by regular cleaning. Most of the doors we reviewed come with a clear coating to help prevent build-up.

Price and Warranty

In our list of the top products, we have included something for every budget and style. Frameless doors are slightly more expensive than framed doors. Keep in mind your budget and select the best product from our list below. Every door we have included also comes with a warranty in case something happens.


7 Best Frameless Shower Doors Reviewed

1. Woodbridge MBSDC6076C

Best Frameless Shower Door

Dimensions

48 x 76 inches

Door Walk In

20 inches

Glass Type

Clear

Glass Thickness

⅜ inch

Finish

Chrome

Warranty

Yes, lifetime on glass; 2 years on hardware

If you’re looking for the top of the line product, then you may want to check out this option. We chose the Woodbridge Chrome model as the best frameless shower door available. It comes at a reasonable price point and looks elegant in most modern bathrooms.

This Woodbridge model comes with a chrome finish that will match most types of tilework. The underlying hardware is stainless steel so that it won’t rust. This is a sliding door model that comes with an upper assembly track and rollers.

It features one vertical handle on the outside and small notches on the inside to open the door. It is a single sliding door with one stationary panel. It comes with a bottom anti-splash threshold that will prevent any spills outside of the door. The glass is tempered and comes with a clear coat to resist water spots.

We thought that this frameless shower door was ideal for many different bathroom types. Since it is a single sliding panel, it will work well in smaller bathrooms. We liked the simplicity of the upper rolling assembly.

According to Donna Lee from Houzz,

Good price. Beautiful glass door. Just what I wanted.

Pros
  • Single sliding panel for small bathrooms
  • Lifetime warranty on the glass
  • Quiet rolling upper assembly
Cons
  • No towel rack

2. Vigo VG6041CHCL7274 Elan

Best Frameless Sliding Shower Door

Dimensions

72 x 74 inches

Door Walk In

31.5 inches

Glass Type

Clear

Glass Thickness

⅜ inch

Finish

Chrome, stainless steel, matte black, and matte brushed gold

Warranty

Yes, limited lifetime

Another modern feature for shower doors is the sliding design. It saves space and looks elegant. We chose the Vigo Elan as the best frameless sliding shower door. It is similar to the last model that we reviewed, but it comes with a few additional finishes available. 

The Vigo Elan model comes with clear tempered glass. It features Vigo’s RollerDisk technology that will keep the upper assembly sliding design effortless and quiet. Similar to the last model, the Vigo sliding door has one stationary panel and one sliding door.

This model was designed so that you can have the door open from either the left or right side, depending on your preference. It comes in three finish options that will match almost any bathroom. You can get chrome, stainless, matte black, or gold. It has a watertight seal at the bottom to prevent splashing.

We liked that this model came with a few additional finish options compared to its competitors. It allowed for some flexibility when choosing what will match your bathroom tile best. We thought that the design and features were simple and elegant.

As Erika noted in her review,

Beautifully set. Nicely sealed. Shows off interior tile work in the shower very nicely!

Pros
  • Multiple finishes available to choose from
  • RollerDisk technology
  • Reversible to open on left or right side
Cons
  • May take longer to install than expected

3. DreamLine Unidoor Plus SHDR-245807210-06

Best Frameless Hinged Shower Door

Dimensions

58 x 72 inches

Door Walk In

27 inches

Glass Type

Clear

Glass Thickness

⅜ inch

Finish

Brushed nickel, chrome, oil-rubbed bronze, and satin black

Warranty

Yes, limited lifetime

If you have a larger bathroom, then you may not need to install only sliding doors. Many large bathrooms can accommodate hinged doors. We chose the DreamLine Unidoor Plus as the best frameless hinged shower door.

This DreamLine model comes with a clear tempered glass piece. The glass is coated in DreamLine’s ClearMax technology, which is water repellent and stain-resistant.

This model comes with one stationary panel and one hinged panel that opens outward. You have the option to open this door on the left or right side. It comes with solid brass self-closing hinges. The stationary panel is attached by a U-channel that will keep the water inside the shower. It has one vertical handle on the exterior, so it doesn’t include a towel rod.

One thing that we really liked about this DreamLine model is that it looked almost completely transparent. Since there is no upper assembly or rolling track, it looks like just a piece of glass with a handle. It is ideal for making a small shower look larger.

According to Joe from Home Depot,

This shower door is beautiful and very thick. Even after multiple showers, the residue build-up is very minimal. Would highly recommend.

Pros
  • ClearMax coating on the glass
  • Solid brass self-closing hinges
  • U-channel to prevent water splashes
Cons
  • Not ideal for smaller bathrooms

4. Tropical Art Glass Inc.

Best Budget Option

Dimensions

28 x 72 inches

Door Walk In

inches

Glass Type

Clear

Glass Thickness

⅜ inch

Finish

Brushed nickel or chrome

Warranty

Yes, 5 years

Every homeowner likes to save money when remodeling their home. That’s why we included a reasonably priced option for our readers. We chose the hinged frameless door from Tropical Art Glass as the best budget option. This company will also accept custom orders if you need a specialty door.

This shower door is designed for small showers since it is only 28 inches wide. Tropical Art Glass does have larger custom options available as well. This frameless door comes in a hinged design that opens to the left or right, depending on your needs and preferences. It includes one vertical handle to open and close the door.

It also comes with splash resistant bottom channels to ensure that all of the water stays inside the shower. This also prevents mold and grime build up over time. The hardware comes in either a chrome or brushed nickel finish that will match most modern tile designs. It comes with self-closing hinges that are quiet and durable.

We liked that this hinged shower door is designed as simple as possible to save money for homeowners. Although it is simple, it is sleek and elegant. We liked that the bottom channels prevented water spillage and mold build-up.

Pros
  • Custom designs available
  • Self-closing hinges
  • Two finish choices
Cons
  • Might not work if you need a dedicated stationary panel

5. DreamLine Mirage-X SHDR1948723L01

Best Frameless Glass Shower Door

Dimensions

48 x 72 inches

Door Walk In

20.5 inches

Glass Type

Clear

Glass Thickness

⅜ inch

Finish

Brushed nickel and chrome

Warranty

Yes, limited lifetime

Here we have another option from DreamLine that will fit well with most standard square or rectangle showers. We chose the DreamLine Mirage-X as the best frameless glass shower door. It comes with many features that the previous DreamLine model comes with, except this one is a sliding model. 

The DreamLine Mirage-X comes with a lower track assembly that slides either to the left or right, depending on your preference. It comes with one stationary panel that is held in place by a unique L-bar design. This design gives an unobstructed view and structural support.

This model comes with the same ClearMax coating as the other model, which prevents water stains and grime. Since this model comes in a sliding design, it may work well in a small bathroom that won’t work with a hinged door.

We thought that this DreamLine model was ideal for small bathrooms with its sliding door design. We liked that it came with a lower track assembly, which was less visible than an upper rolling assembly. It created an almost invisible panel.

As Joel noted,

“I got the mirage x shower doors for my master shower. We wanted all glass with as little framing as possible. The glass is thick and super heavy, not cheap thin glass you typically see.”

Pros
  • Lower assembly sliding track
  • Great for small bathrooms
  • ClearMax coating to prevent stains
Cons
  • Requires DreamLine SlimBase installation

6. Aston Langham SDR978F-SS-60-10

Best Frosted Glass Option

Dimensions

60 x 75 inches

Door Walk In

26.8 inches

Glass Type

Clear and frosted

Glass Thickness

⅜ inch

Finish

Chrome, stainless steel, and oil-rubbed bronze

Warranty

Yes, 5 years

If you’re looking for an option that is not the typical clear glass that you find on many of the products, then you may want to check out this model. We named the Aston Langham shower door as the best frosted glass option. It comes with all of the elegance that you’d expect but with a little more privacy.

This Aston Langham shower door comes with frosted glass and multiple different finish options such as oil-rubbed bronze, chrome, and stainless steel. There’s an option for every type of bathroom. This model comes in a completely frameless design with an upper rolling assembly track.

It has four wheels on a curved rolling track to keep it quiet and easy to move. It comes with one vertical handle on the exterior, so it does not double as a towel rack. This model is reversible so that you can set the door up to slide from the left or right-hand side. The stationary panel can also be moved to either side, depending on your bathroom configuration.

We liked that this model came in a frosted glass option. Many of the other models that we previously reviewed only had a clear glass option. This type of frameless shower door will add a bit more privacy to your bathroom.

Pros
  • Frosted glass for added privacy
  • Four rollers on a round bar
  • Reversible design
Cons
  • Does not include an anti-splash rim

7. DreamLine Elegance SHDR4158720-04

Best Rated Frameless Pivot Shower Door

Dimensions

60 x 72 inches

Door Walk In

26.5 inches

Glass Type

Clear

Glass Thickness

⅜ inch

Finish

Brushed nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze

Warranty

Yes, limited lifetime

Most of the shower doors on our list have been sliding doors. If you’re looking for a different type of opening, then you should check out this model. We chose the DreamLine Elegance as the best rated frameless pivot shower door. It is the only model on our list that is a pivot shower door.

This DreamLine model comes with clear glass and three different finish options. It is similar to the other DreamLine models in that it comes with the ClearMax glass coating, which repels water and limescale build-up. Another bonus feature of this model is that it comes with two glass shelves to store shampoo and conditioner.

This is the only model on our list that includes storage shelves. It comes with solid brass pivot hardware that won’t rust over time. It has one stationary panel that can be placed on either the left or right-hand side to allow the door to open either way.

One thing that we liked about this DreamLine model is that it includes two glass shelves that can be placed in your shower to store body wash. This is a unique feature of this package that we thought was a nice bonus. 

“Looks great and it’s exactly what I expected.”

Pros
  • Pivot shower door
  • Includes two storage shelves
  • ClearMax glass coating
Cons
  • Requires the SlimBase for installation

Frameless Shower Doors vs. Other Framing Options

Both of these options have pros and cons, but which one is better for you? Frameless shower doors are more modern and sleek. They can often make a small shower look much bigger. They show off the tile work in your bathroom. Frameless doors corrode less than framed shower doors. They are often more expensive and more difficult to install, however.

On the other hand, framed shower doors are less prone to leaking. They are easier to install and less expensive than frameless shower doors.

If you are looking for something in between a frameless and traditional shower door, you may want to check out a semi-frameless shower door. They have a smaller frame than a framed door, but bigger than a frameless door. Semi-frameless doors are lighter and easier to install. They do not offer the same unobstructed view as frameless doors do.


Frameless Shower Doors Cost Calculator

Now that you’ve chosen the next addition to your bathroom, I’m sure you are wondering how much this will cost you. In general, frameless shower doors are the most expensive style on the market due to their design and glass thickness. As you can see from our list of reviewed products above, they can range from $400 to $900.

The price of a frameless shower door depends on the style, type of glass, and brand. The thicker the tempered glass, the more expensive the shower door will be. If you choose a clear, patterned, or HD glass, then the price of your door will go up. The cost of installation can be anywhere from $500 to $800 and can take about 2 to 5 hours.

Frameless Shower Woodbridge

How to Install a Frameless Shower Door

We recommend hiring a professional or at least having two people if you plan to do it yourself. You will need a few tools such as a drill, silicone putty, hack saw, and a level.

  1. 1
    If you have an upper track assembly frameless door, then you should first measure the width of your shower and cut the assembly rod accordingly with a hack saw. Mark guide holes on the wall so that you can screw the assembly rod into the wall. 

***Note: If you have a lower track assembly frameless shower door, then you will follow the same steps but on the base of your shower.

  1. 2
    Install the support hardware onto the upper assembly rod by placing the roller disks into position and screwing them in.
  2. 3
    Attach the roller disks to the shower door by marking guide holes and screwing them in. There should already be a cut out for the brass hardware.
  3. 4
    This is the most difficult step since frameless shower doors are heavy. This step will require the assistance of another person. Lift the glass panels onto the upper assembly track.

People Also Ask (FAQs)

Who makes the best frameless shower doors?

We reviewed the top products on the market, and DreamLine, Vigo, and Woodbridge tend to come out on top. They have a track record for high-quality glass, customer service, and frameless shower door hardware.

Do frameless shower doors leak?

How do you seal frameless shower doors? Most of the frameless shower doors on our list come with anti-leak protections such as U-channels, splash guards, or bumpers. You should seal your shower door with silicone plumber’s putty. You can also purchase extra splash guards for your shower.

Are frameless shower doors worth it?

In our opinion, it is worth it to purchase a frameless shower door. Once installed, they will last a lifetime. They will increase the value and aesthetic appeal of your bathroom.

Are frameless shower doors safe to use?

Yes, they are just as safe as using any other type of shower door. All of the products listed above come with shatter-resistant glass so that you don’t have to worry about breaking the shower door.

What’s the best way to clean frameless shower doors?

Although most of the frameless shower doors that we reviewed above come with a protective coating to prevent soap scum, you will still need to wash them occasionally. We recommend using baking soda, vinegar, or a specialized cleaner combined with a scrub brush.

Where can I find the best price on frameless shower doors?

We recommend shopping on Amazon for all of your frameless shower door parts and accessories.


Conclusion

In this buyer’s guide, we have reviewed the top frameless shower doors on the market. We have also provided you with tips on installation and a helpful cost calculator.

In our opinion, the best frameless shower door is the Woodbridge MBSDC6076C. It comes with a single sliding panel to fit any size bathroom and a lifetime warranty.

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