Walk-in Showers or Tubs: Which is a Better Choice?
The choice between a bathtub and a walk-in shower can be a tough one, especially if your contractor has given you the glad tiding that your washroom is large enough to accommodate a moderate-sized bathtub. Previously, walk-in showers were considered a substitute for bathtubs in small bathrooms. But these days, the choice between a bathtub and a walk-in shower is more of a lifestyle choice.
Families that live a busy life prefer to have walk-in showers rather than bathtubs. They consider bathtubs to be a waste of space because they hardly have the time to lie down in their bathtubs and enjoy a relaxing, warm, foamy bath. Whereas, families that have aging parents or toddlers prefer to have at least one bathtub because neither senior citizens nor toddlers can stand for a long time in the cold, slippery, walk-in showers. They need a place to sit and wash themselves clean.
There are several more reasons to be considered before we give you our verdict on which is a better choice, the walk-in showers or tubs?
1. Cleaning and Hygiene
If you are a hygiene freak and a germaphobe, then you must read this point very carefully. Walk-in showers are more hygienic than bathtubs for two reasons. Firstly, walk-in showers are a lot easier to clean than bathtubs. Walk-in showers are basically glass cubicles that can be cleaned the same way we clean the rest of our washroom. But the nooks and corners of a bathtub are difficult to clean. This is where the grime and germs accumulate. If not cleaned properly and regularly, this grime and germs can mix with your bathing water and cause skin allergies.
Similarly, the constant use of bubble baths, bath bombs, other chemicals, and stagnant water in the bathtubs can be harmful to our skin. Excessive usage of liquid soaps and bubble baths can leave our skin dry and itchy. Whereas, while taking quick showers in walk-in showers, we use a limited amount of water and soap. It helps to keep our skin safe and moist.
2. Water Usage
If you are someone whose priority is to conserve water, then a walk-in shower is ideal for you. Unlike the bathtub, walk-in showers do not use over 30 gallons of water. Most standard bathtubs can hold nearly 40 gallons of water. For taking a bath in a bathtub, it needs to be filled at least three quarters. 30 gallons is approximately 113 liters of water. So, during one bath in a bathtub, we waste 113 liters of water or more because afterward, most people wash their bodies with running water. However, in a walk-in shower, on average, we use around 20 gallons of water for a 10minutes long shower. The usage of water in a walk-in shower decreases further if the showerhead is water efficient and automatic.
3. Your Budget
If, however, your limited budget is a constraint, then we will advise you to install a bathtub because bathtubs are cheaper to install as compared to building a walk-in shower. To install a tub, you will need between $1000 and $5000. In contrast, a walk-in shower can cost you anywhere between $4000 and $10,000. So, on average, a bathtub will cost you $2500, and a walk-in shower will cost you $6000. Bathtubs also have a higher resale value. Whereas, a walk-in shower cannot be dismantled and sold as a product.
Looking and the pros and cons of both, the walk-in showers as well as the bathtubs, we have decided that walk-in showers are indeed a better choice. They occupy less space, conserve water, and are more hygienic as compared to bathtubs. Bathtubs, on the other hand, are a waste of space if you are not going to take long, relaxing baths in them every day. Even though they are cheaper to install and kids friendly, bathtubs are difficult to clean, use more water, and occupy more space. Therefore, in our current lifestyles, walk-in showers are a more practical option as compared to bathtubs.
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