Bathtub vs Shower: What to Choose?

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By Oriana Kirby
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Bathtub vs Shower: What to Choose?

When you walk into any bathroom, one of the first things you notice is the bathtub – or the shower. It’s an important part of any house, so you should be very careful when choosing it.

When remodeling a bathroom, the bathtub or shower is the piece that will have the most impact overall, since it is something that would take up space and is quite costly. The choice between the two is hard, though. Both of them are beneficial in their own way. So, which one should you go for? If you’re having a hard time making a decision, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Price

The costs for buying and installing a bathtub vs a shower are different. In general, a tub will be the more expensive option. Installing a bathtub may cost you between $1,100 and $1,800 if you’re designing a new bathroom and/or adding new fixtures. Meanwhile, installing a shower can cost you from $815 to $930.

Of course, the price is influenced by multiple other factors. Depending on where you live and what type of bathtub or shower you choose, the cost may increase or decrease. For instance, a custom-built shower will be pricier than a prefabricated one. The same can be said about bathtubs.

So, if you’re on a budget, pick something depending on the price and how affordable it is for you. Keep in mind that you will also have to pay for someone to install it, especially if you’re not good at such installations yourself.

Bathtub vs Shower

  • Space

One of the most important considerations is the available space. Bathtubs, in particular, take a considerable amount of space. Therefore, you have to measure your bathroom space and figure out if a bathtub is your best option, or if you should consider a shower.

Tubs take more floor space and even wall space in case of a built-in bathtub. But freestanding tubs may take a lot of space too. With a shower, though, you will have the option to mount it without taking up half of the shower room.

If your house has a smaller bathroom, then you might need to install a shower. If space is not an issue, you can check out multiple types of bathtubs and install whichever you like. That’s not to say you can’t have both, though. If you have the money and space, a shower-tub combo will be the best option.

  • Water Use

Aside from the price of the tub/shower and installation, you should also consider the water cost. This is where showers and tubs are quite different because of their water consumption.

In general, a shower is going to use about 20-30 gallons of water. Meanwhile, a whirlpool tub or deep soaker can consume as much as 80-100 gallons – or even more, if it’s a bigger tub. At the same time, you should consider how much time you spend in the shower. Normally, about 20 gallons of water will be consumed if you use a low-flow showerhead during a 10-minute shower.

If you take longer showers, you will end up consuming a lot if you install a shower cabin. So, in this case, there won’t be that much difference between a shower and a tub.

Still, generally speaking, you will spend less money on water if you choose to get a shower.  On the other hand, if comfort is more important and you love spending a lot of time in hot and bubbly water, then a tub is a better idea.

  • Type of People Using the Bathroom

If you live together with elderly people with walking problems or disabled people, then a walk-in shower is going to be a more convenient option for them. Also, if you live on your own, but you are a busy person, a shower will be better for you too.

However, if you have children, a bathtub could be a better alternative since washing the babies and toddlers in a shower cabin would not work.

Still not sure which one to choose? Consider all the aspects mentioned above when looking for a bathtub or a shower and don’t forget to do your own research and read plenty of reviews. This will help you make the right choice and have the bathroom of your dreams.

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