Showers vs. Bathtubs: Which Is Right for You?

Posted on October 19, 2017 in Bathtub Installation

Whether you just built a house and need a new bathtub or shower, or are contemplating transforming one into the other, our bath installation experts are here to help.


If you’re focused on a bathroom with bold design, the good news is you can choose either a bathtub or a shower and make a statement. Both come in a variety of styles, shapes, colors, and with various accents to complement the rest of the bathroom.

Water Usage

Because bathtubs are large and must be filled before they can be used, they require much more water than showers. On average, a full bathtub uses about 70 gallons of water while a five-minute shower uses about 18 gallons of water. This means you’ll probably experience a higher water and energy bill with a bathtub. If conserving water is what appeals to you, you can also get a low-flow shower head that uses even less water during your showers.

Resale Value

If you know you’re going to eventually sell your home, you may want to think of the appeal a bathtub has versus a shower. In a master bathroom, most buyers hope for a bathtub. If you’re concentrating on a guest bathroom, however, many are fine with just a shower.


When it comes to space, there is usually a significant different between bathtubs and showers. Modern showers come in many different shapes and sizes, so you can usually find one that fits the dimensions of your bathroom. Modern bathtubs, on the other hand, require more space and can’t be comfortably installed in as many places. Which you choose may depend on how large your bathroom is.


You may want to consider children before you decide on a bathtub or shower. If you have children or are planning on having children, a bathtub is usually a better way to go. Children are much easier to bathe in bathtubs than in showers.

Personal Preference

Before you make a decision, think about which element you’d personally prefer. Do you imagine yourself relaxing in a hot bubble bath surrounded by candles or soaking sore muscles after a long day? If so, you may want to consider a bathtub. If all you really want is a fast and easy way to clean yourself, then a shower should be just fine.

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