Are showers better than baths? The question of bath vs shower is one that never ends. There will always be some on the side of a long soak in the tub, and others on the side of a refreshing shower. If you’re trying to decide whether to keep your tub, upgrade your shower, or keep both, this article can help you consider all the bath vs shower pros and cons.


Choose a Tub for Young Children

Couples or individuals without children might not realize how helpful a tub can be for bathing children. If you’re planning to start a family, have more children or are likely to sell your home to a family with children, a tub is often seen by parents as a must-have for any bathroom. There are alternative options for bathing young children, for example using a portable bath tub inside the shower, or choosing a large walk in shower with movable shower heads and a seat that’s safe enough for a child to sit on while you help them wash. However, many families will see a home without a tub as one that falls short of their needs. As such, choosing to remove your tub may limit potential buyers.

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A tub can make bathing young children easier


Choose a Shower for Aging-in Place

Just as a tub may be essential for those with young children, a spacious walk in shower with a seat may be what senior residents need to safely enjoy bathing at home. If you’re ready to make changes to age in place, removing your tub could be a necessary and beneficial choice for you. However, it is possible that upgrading to a walk-in tub instead of getting rid of the tub altogether might be the most beneficial solution.


In-Home Luxury

One of the main reasons people choose to keep a tub is the idea of luxury associated with it. If you are remodeling your bathroom, one option is to upgrade to a more luxurious tub, rather than get rid of it completely. If your tub was more appealing, would you be more inclined to use it? Choosing a freestanding tub, or a tub with jets, can make a huge difference to how much you enjoy your time in the tub, and whether it becomes a worthwhile bathroom fixture.

On the other hand, if you love to shower, a tub is not the only way to create luxury in your bathroom. High end, luxury showers are also increasingly popular. Choose a large walk in shower, rain shower or steam shower.

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A tub can be seem as a luxurious addition to your bathroom


Space and Efficiency

Space and efficiency are some of the main reasons people considering the merits of bath vs shower, choose to remove their bathtub. Taking a bath usually uses more water than a shower, making the bath a less environmentally friendly and less cost effective choice. Taking a bath also takes more time, including the time to run the water and relax in the tub.

Removing the tub offers the promise of more space for a larger shower, cabinets, or whatever you envisage in your newly remodeled bathroom.

Remodeling your bathroom means you get to choose whether a bath vs shower is right for you – or if you’re lucky enough to have the space, maybe both! Reliable Home Improvement can help you make the decision that’s right for you and craft the perfect bathroom to meet your needs. Contact Reliable Home Improvement to get started!

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