The Great Bathroom Debate: Shower vs. Tub


Deciding between a bathtub or a shower is a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly. Making this choice, can impact everything from your energy bills to the safety of your family members. For some people, the lifestyle of your family makes the decision is a no-brainer, but if you’re on the fence, we’re here to help break things down for you:

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Space: For most bathrooms, space is at a premium these days. A standard tub can take up a lot more space than a stand-alone shower. The smaller footprint of the shower allows room for other features or additional storage.  Eliminating the tub in favor of the shower also allows homeowners to incorporate a larger, spa-like shower rather than the standard enclosure, while still utilizing less space than the average bathtub.

Energy Efficiency: When it comes to energy efficiency and water conservation, a quick shower always beats a bath. A bathtub holds anywhere from 25-45 gallons of water, where as a modern low-flow showerhead uses about 12.5 gallons of water for an average five minute shower. If water conservation, energy efficiency and saving on your monthly bills is an issue for you, you’ll fare better with a shower.

Resale: Having a home with a shower-only option might hurt you in the long run when it comes time to sell. Many families with small children see the benefit of bathtubs, as they’re often easier to bathe their kids in. If you do plan on selling your home in the near future, keep at least one tub to avoid turning off buyers with families.

Accessibility: Climbing in and out of the bathtub can be difficult for the elderly, the disabled or those with limited mobility. In this case, showers provide a safety and accessibility advantage over bathtubs, particularly showers with a curbless or roll-in design. If someone in your family has difficulty using the tub, a shower may allow them to enjoy independent bathing with less difficulty than using a bathtub

No matter if you choose between a bathtub or a shower, Landmark Design is here to give you the bathroom remodel that fits all of your family’s needs. We have been providing luxury bathroom remodels to clients in the Greenwich area for over 30 years. No matter what design you’re looking for, Landmark Design is committed to delivering superior quality and client satisfaction. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 203-496-3658, and don’t forget to follow us out on Facebook and Twitter, too!