The Pros and Cons of Replacing Your Bath With a Shower

Updated on April 9, 2019

There's a common assumption that bathrooms are supposed to have baths, and if you're the traditional type, you may agree. However, more and more homeowners are getting rid of the bath and just keeping a shower.

If you're lucky enough to have two bathrooms, then obviously you can try both out, but this is for those who only have enough space for only one or the other.

We got rid of the bath in our bathroom years ago, and while we sometimes miss it, there are plenty of benefits to going down this route. You could obviously go down the showerbath route if you want both. The option to use either is great, but if you want the proper shower experience and want to take advantage of the benefits listed below then you're better off getting rid of the bath altogether.

Positives of Getting Rid of Your Bathtub

  • Free up some space: Baths take up a huge amount of space in your bathroom, especially if you're living in an apartment where the bathroom isn't that large to begin with. Showers can be placed in the corner, giving you breathing space in the rest of the bathroom. This makes it less cramped, more relaxing, and gives you the ability to use the free space for something else, such as a storage unit.
  • More variety: While there are a number of finishes, shapes, and sizes of baths available, there's even more variety available when it comes to showers. You can choose shower enclosures with pivot, Inline, sliding, and other shower doors, while shapes extend from the simple square or rectangle to quadrant and pentagon. You only have to do a quick search for shower enclosures to see at the huge variety of styles on offer, where even the glass can be customised to your heart's content. Finally there are also walk-in showers and the ability to turn your bathroom into a wet room.
  • A shower-only enclosure can have lots of special new features: If you're only putting a shower over your bath, not only do you have to be careful about high pressure, but you also can't add the advanced features that modern showers incorporate. However, when you're building a shower-only enclosure, you can go for simple overhead detachable handsets, multijets that take care of every portion of your body with different types of water pressures, built-in radios, and even showers where the water can change colour (through the use of LEDs).
  • Showers save time: It's obviously a lot quicker to have a shower than it is to run a bath. A quick shower also gives you a good burst of energy that sets you up for the day. Plus, if you ever wash your hair in the bath, you know just how awkward it can be, and I've always felt cleaner all-round when I've had a shower instead of a bath.
  • Showers save water: This is something that's on everyone's minds at the moment, whether the reason is environmental or economical. Obviously the amount of water you use will depend on how long your shower is, but a quick 5 minute shower will use less water than filling up a tub.

Negatives to Having a Shower Only

  • Baths are extremely relaxing: That's not to say showers can't be relaxing, especially if you add massage jets, but there's nothing better than coming home from hard day's work and slowly lowering yourself into a nice warm bath. Plus, you can add aromatherapy bath salts to help sooth aches and pains, and kids can enjoy bubble baths.
  • Baths are better for the family: If you've ever tried giving your little one a shower, then you'll know how much of a hassle it can be. Baths are fun for kids; they see it as playtime and that helps parents get them washed. Small kids usually don't enjoy water on their heads, so you'll be saving yourself a lot of grief if you stick with the bath (plus, if you have more than one small child there's enough room in a bath to bathe them at the same time).
  • Baths add value to your home. Not having a bath could mean its harder to sell your home: Families may shy away from buying if you only have a shower, partly due to the above reason. Elderly people also prefer baths as it's easier for them to bathe than shower.
  • Installing a shower enclosure is expensive: When you take into account that you have to buy the enclosure, the actual shower, a shower tray, and install the shower with tile or lined walls, a shower is probably going to turn out to be quite expensive. But if you can get a bath as part of a bathroom suite, including a sink and a toilet, that may be more cost-effective.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


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