So, lets settle this debate once and for all.

What is better? Spapanel or Aquapanel?

What is more cost effective?

What looks better?

Which one will provide you with a better return on your investment?

Lets get all the facts out there about the two bathroom panel products which are dominating the panel market.

Aquapanel, a Laminex product which has been on the market for a long time and can be purchased from Bunnings.

Spapanel, the new kid on the block, having a strong track record in the UK for the past 15 years, being on the Australian market for the past 2 years, how could it possibly compete with Aquapanel?

Lets give a quick summary on both products:


Aquapanel:(sourced 2/06/18)

Laminex Aquapanel wet area panelling can provide the perfect solution for applications including bathroom walls, laundry splashbacks and lining for showers. The wet area laminate lining serves as an economical alternative to traditional ceramic tiles, with the non-porous nature of the material and the absence of grout reducing the risk of mould.

Aquapanel is suitable for both domestic and commercial contexts.
– Suitable for DIY installation
– Available in a range of colours and finishes
– Available in five fixing system profiles.
– Non-porous material/no grout reduces risk of mould
– 7 year limited warranty.



A marine grade plywood structure with a high pressure plastic laminate finish, the alternative solution to tiles in the bathroom, shower, laundries any wet area in a residential or commercial space.

Having a non-porous surface, and a seamless grout-free joining system, with no need for joining strips, it is the ideal product for an aeshtetically pleasing , cost effective bathroom.
– Available in 45 colours, finishes and textures
– No joining strips
– Grout- free seamless join system
– DIY suitable
– Removes need to Sheet, waterproof and tile
– 15 year product warranty
– Sustainably sourced materials



The Price Comparison:

Aquapanel 1200x2400mm = $198 ($68.per sqm)
Spapanel 1200x2400mm = $480 ($166 per sqm)

So based on the those prices, the clear choice is Aquapanel right? because it is cheaper….well lets just keep reading

Have a read of a previous blog when it comes to pricing comparisons between spapanel and tiles.



Installation Comparison:

Aquapanel is installed after bathroom walls have already been sheeted and waterproof, so in essence, Aquapanel is just a replacement for tiles turning out to being a $68 per sqm tile, with only a 7 year warranty.

With no real savings on the installation process.

Spapanel removes the need for sheeting and waterproofing, saves on having multiple trades being on site. (saving on trades and time = saving $$$)

Spapanel is installed directly onto frame work and is installed in 1 day. Taking 3 -4 days out of the equation when compared to tiles or Aquapanel.

Backed by a 15 year product warranty,



Now the interpretation of aesthetics, is different for every user, so here ill point out the differences in aesthetic appeals.

Aquapanel: Has the ability to have a tile pattern embossed, with a general gloss finish, possibly there may be some matte finishes in the range with varying colours.

Still has a joining strip along a long wall.

Spapanel: While it does now have the ability to have a tile look effect, it does however allow for a range of Gloss, Matte and textured finishes across its range. Varying from marble and stone finishes to timber textured panels and other gloss finishes.

While maintaining a grout – free, seamless joining system, without the need for joining strips.


Better return on your investment?

Again, do the sums on the products and their comparison for time, verse cost and outcome.

Look at product warranties, and what confidence the products manufacturer has in it’s own product.

Look at finishes, their appearance and appeal, also take in effect general wear and tear.



At the end of the day, it is you, the clients choice. if you choose Aquapanel, go straight to Bunnings and get started.

If you choose Spapanel, contact us and we will be more than happy to walk you through our showroom and see what colours and finishes appeal to you.

6 replies
  1. eclipse68
    eclipse68 says:

    Ideal for the lining of walls in wet areas such as bathrooms, showers and laundries, these wall panels are available in a range of stylish colours to suit your decor. They are easy to install with normal woodworking tools.

  2. NyomiJ
    NyomiJ says:

    Thanks for clearing up a few things I was wondering about. Great article. SpaPanel seems the right fit for me. I’ll be in touch. Cheers.

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