Bath or Shower - The Great Debate

By Rob

25th Nov 2013

3 mins read

Bathroom Ideas

The Bath Vs Shower debate has taken place for years. But which one really is best? We take a look at what could be right for you...

bath or shower

● Pros and Cons
● Best of both worlds

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Bath or Shower?

In today’s increasingly fast-paced world, the idea of soaking into hot baths for an hour or so after a long day at work is becoming more of a luxury than a necessity.

It is rare to truly find the time to enjoy a relaxing bath what with busy work schedules, looking after the kids, and getting ready for those big nights out. It is fair to say that in the modern environment, taking showers has become the popular way to get clean, mainly due to the fact that it’s much quicker and more convenient than bathing.

The reality is that more and more of us are now replacing our baths with showers.

But it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. People are still installing and enjoying bathtubs despite the demands modern living can bring. There are many reasons for this, which we are going to take a look at here.

Pros and Cons

One of the key reasons why baths are still desirable is that they look fantastic.

Integrating a contemporary bathtub into modern themed bathrooms will create a great visual effect, while if you are more interested in beautiful traditional designed baths, placing one in period bathrooms will look timeless.

Another example of why baths are still being bought is that they give off an air of luxury that showers can sometimes fail to capture.

However, there are tower showers available that are extremely luxurious, including such things as body jets and steam functions in their design. Some even have Bluetooth integration so you can sing along to your favourite songs while scrubbing away.

For the ultimate relaxing experience, there is little that can beat the feeling of slipping into a warm bath and daydreaming the time away, but there are some showers that can achieve the same sensation.

Naturally, there are some important questions to be asked when considering which option to install in your bathroom.

It is a good idea to choose what’s right for your particular lifestyle, after all, there’s no point having the most stylish bathtub available if you never have the time to actually use it!

You also need to take into account the amount of space you have to spare, as some 
free standing baths can take up a fair bit of room, which of course is impractical.

Having a bath, however, may be beneficial if you have young children, which is something to take into consideration. Showers are obviously more practical for day-to-day use, especially in smaller bathrooms; however, they just don’t capture the magic of running a bath somehow.

Another element to consider is will removing a bathtub to install a shower actually have a negative impact on the value of your property?

A good guide to deciding on which item will suit the home best is to take into account the age and location of the house.

If for example, you live in an old house in the countryside then a traditional bathtub will look correct, whereas a modern shower system may look completely out of tone with the rest of the décor. You have to think carefully about whether this may put potential future buyers off.

Popular styles of bathtubs include the endlessly charming traditional freestanding baths, as well as slipper baths and contemporary double ended freestanding bathtubs.

Each of these particular designs is guaranteed to transform your bathroom into an idyllic place to be. Current shower trends include sleek modern looking units that will complete any trendy bathroom, and more traditional styled rigid riser showers and valves that exude class and sophistication.

Decide on what is best for you depending on what direction you would like to take your overall theme.

Best of both worlds

Of course, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a choice at all. Why not have the benefits of both?

There are many bathtubs, such as L shaped shower baths, that can easily accommodate having a shower placed above them. This means that you can quickly shower before work, but have the bonus of being able to take a well-deserved long soak at the weekend. Ultimately, it all comes down to what suits your personal needs.

If you have a family, think about what’s best in order for everyone to enjoy the experience. Regardless of whether you install a shower or a bathtub, there are an abundance of styles that are sure to make your bathroom a genuinely wonderful place to be.

Which do you prefer, a quick shower or a relaxing bath? Why not get in touch with us on FacebookTwitter or Google+ and let us know your thoughts. 



Rob is part of the resident bathroom bloggers team here at Victorian Plumbing. Rob loves writing in depth bathroom buying guides and is renowned for his expert 'how to' step-by-step DIY guides. He can also be found posting about the latest bathroom trends and ideas and also hunting out bargains and savings for our customers.

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