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Soak or Shower? What’s the Best Option for Your Remodel?

Posted by Sanjay Kumar on Oct 26, 2018 1:17 AM

Because so many remodeling decisions are both situational and personal, there’s no “right” answer to the question of whether you should install a soaker tub or a shower in your Middletown bathroom remodel.

There are, however, questions that can help you get to the answer that’s right for your remodel.

How Many Bathrooms Do You Have?

If you’re remodeling your home’s one and only bathroom, you may need to let practicality rule the day. For most, this means sticking with the classic tub/shower combo so that you can have both options available for yourself and future buyers. If, however, you’re remodeling a second bathroom, you’ll want to consider going with whatever your other bathroom doesn’t have.

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How Large is My Bathroom?

It goes without saying that the best answer to the question “shower or bathtub?” is both. If you’re remodeling a master bathroom that has the space to accommodate both a soaker bathtub and a walk-in shower, use it. If you’re remodeling a mid-sized bathroom that’s your only bathroom, a shower-tub combo adds the most value. If you’re remodeling a secondary mid-sized bathroom or a small bathroom, a stand-up, walk-in shower is the most practical option.

Is This My Forever Home?

Perhaps the best question you can ask yourself is how long you plan to remain at your current home. If you plan to resell, you’ll get the best market value by retaining at least one bathtub in the home and converting the others into walk-in showers (or installing a shower/tub combo if space is limited). If you plan to live the rest of your life in your home, you can have more freedom to make a decision that suits your lifestyle.

What Suits My Lifestyle Better?

If you have a family with young children or if your grandchildren frequently visit, a bathtub is absolutely indispensable. If this isn’t a consideration and if you have an on-the-go lifestyle, a shower installation is definitely preferable. If your bathtub is your happy place for relaxation after a long day at work, try to fit both a tub and a shower. If your range of motion is limited or you need to install a universal design bathroom, opt for a zero-threshold, walk-in shower with a bench.

How Much is Water Efficiency a Priority for Me?

For some, the question comes down to what’s best for the environment and the pocket book. Energy-efficient shower heads use water at a rate of two gallons per minute, so if you take a ten-minute shower, that’s 20 gallons. The average bath, on the other hand, requires 36 gallons of water to fill the bathtub. If your average shower is only 8 minutes in length, that means you can save about twice as much water in a shower versus a bath.


In sum, while the decision of whether to install a bathtub or shower is ultimately situational and personal, these facts remain true: homes with higher resale values have both baths and showers. Bathtubs are valuable for households with children. Showers save water and have a smaller footprint. Ultimately, many of the factors  that determine whether a shower or bathtub is right for your remodel are situational practicalities.


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