Last Updated on December 27, 2019 by Terry Ohara
There are bath people and there are shower people, and whether you belong to the first or the latter, the choice is mostly a matter of personal taste. However, there are some pros and cons between each of those, and if you are considering remodeling your bath or moving into a new house or apartment, I would suggest you take a look at the benefits and caveats of each type. But at the end of the day, it will still depend on your needs, space, and personal needs.
Installation and Cost
The first thing you should consider is the installation process of your new shower or bathtub. Generally, I would say that tubs are easier and cheaper to install, and you can opt for a high-end model and the value for the price would be great. However, opting for a shower can get a little more expensive, and if you already have a bathtub and want to convert things get even harder, as they require different plumbing and we know hourly rates for plumbers these days. However, the conversion from the shower to the bathtub is easier. We recommend you read our best soaking bathtubs buying guide to learn more.
Who is going to use it?
Another thing that you should strongly consider is – who’ll use this bathroom. For example, if it is a guest room bathroom, you can opt for a shower for convenience and space. However, if it is for the master bathroom, you should probably opt for bathtub for relaxation, quality, and aesthetic value. But then again, bathtubs are not appropriate for children, elderly, or disabled, because they tend to be a little difficult to get in, so you either should invest in a high-end walk-in bathtub or a normal shower.
If you are remodeling your house, you should always check what will bring a higher return on investment. In this instance, most of the buyers are detracted from houses with just showers, and opting for a bathtub in the master bathroom would add plenty of resale value to your house. However, that fact is mostly true for High Cost of Living areas, and if you are remodeling your apartment bathroom and are living in a dense and busy area, the next owners of the house will most likely be younger adults with busy lives, and a bathtub will not be the best choice for them.
For those that want to conserve water, and in my opinion, everybody should care about or dear planet these days, showers are better options as a 10-minute shower will use just about 20 gallons of water, whereas a bathtub will use more than 30 gallons of water. This will also affect the overall costs, as your water and electricity bills will be significantly higher if you utilize a bathtub.
If you have read this article carefully, you probably know what to consider, and what are the pros and cons of both types. However, you should add your personal taste to the factors as well, as bathing and showering is an important part of our routines.