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What to choose – bath or shower

When arranging a bathroom, you will inevitably encounter a lot of small and large worries and troubles. And immediately you will face the question of choosing plumbing equipment. Bath or shower – which is better to please all households? To decide, you need to study the advantages and disadvantages of both options, compare these plumbing fixtures.

Occupied floor space

Tiny bathrooms, alas, remain the main trouble of our apartments. But we use this room not only for washing, so we also want to place here a washing machine, and a basket for dirty laundry, and all kinds of shelves and cabinets for storing everything you need. Do you have to give up something? Give up the bath in favor of a shower cabin, and then even in a modest bathroom, for sure, there is a place for all of the above.

Moreover, for a bath in which you can relax by stretching your legs, there are often simply not enough meters: the owners of such “doll” apartments, as a rule, have to be content with a medium-sized bowl, where it will no longer be possible to lie down. If, when creating a project, architects thought about anything but the comfort of future residents, as a result of which the bathroom turned out to belong, but narrow, a shower cabin becomes the only acceptable solution.

A shower stall is usually advertised as a great space-saving option, and it is. However, before making a final decision, we strongly recommend that you visit a plumbing store and take a closer look at the showers. It will be good if, having received the consent of the sellers, you even get up in the cabin that you intend to purchase. With a high probability, you will find that a modest cabin is not very convenient for you, and a spacious one is already so large that the desired space savings become illusory.

In addition, do not forget that the height of the shower cabin is at least two meters. Being placed in the bathroom of a typical apartment, where the ceilings are usually quite low, will create a feeling of tightness, even if it occupies a small area.

Let’s also remember such wealth as shampoos, shower gels, scrubs, masks, creams … I would like all this (or almost all) to be at hand during washing. Above the bath, you can hang a shelf and more than one, and on the sides of the bath itself, you can place a lot of jars and tubes. In the shower, of course, you can also hang shelves, but, firstly, they will “eat up” a lot of space in an already cramped cabin, and secondly, be prepared for the fact that, due to the cramped space, you will regularly something to hurt and drop.

Good food for thought…

Water consumption

The widespread introduction of individual water meters has finally made us seriously think about saving, and in the dispute between the bathroom and the shower, a new argument has appeared. The volume of a medium-sized bath is about 200 liters. This is the amount of water you will spend on bathing. Nightly repetition of this procedure for many may be too expensive.

Those who prefer to rinse in the shower spend three to four times less water, which means that installing a shower cabin leads to a significant reduction in utility bills, which means it is beneficial for the family budget.

Here again the word “but” appears … We used the verb “rinse” above for a reason, which implies that you will spend a few minutes in the shower just to wash the dirt and sweat off your body. If you prefer not to rush anywhere if you love to sing while in the shower, if you like to stand under tight jets of water for a long time, then this means that you spend no less water each time than you need to fill the bath. Of course, there can be no talk of savings in this case.


What is the bath for? Of course, for water-hygienic procedures. The answer is correct, but not complete. Russian people tend to look for alternative ways to use things and objects that seem to have quite specific functions, and the bath is no exception. So, we consider…

First, the tub is washable. Of course, almost every home today has a washing machine. However, sometimes there is a need to wash some voluminous and heavy things – curtains, bedspreads, winter clothes, etc. This is where a large tub comes in handy. Here you can also place a basin with things made of delicate fabrics, which many housewives simply do not dare to entrust to the washing machine.

Secondly, in the bathroom, if necessary, you can wash the dishes. Of course, there is a kitchen sink for these purposes. But how to peel it off without pouring water on the floor, a baking sheet? Or wash a ten-liter pan that simply does not fit in the sink?

Thirdly, a bath is an indispensable thing for dog breeders. Furry pets need to be bathed periodically, and paws need to be washed after each walk. And if you can try to bathe a Chihuahua, Toy Terrier, or Pekingese in a basin, then what about the owners of large dogs?

Fourthly, the bath allows you to store a supply of water if necessary. In our country, an announcement on the entrance door about a planned or emergency shutdown of water is almost a common thing. It happens that cold water is turned off for a day or even more. And without water, as you know, neither there nor here. What to do? In anticipation of the upcoming “drought” just fill the capacious bathtub.

Fifth, a bath will help prolong the life of the flowers. After all, do they sometimes give you bouquets? Well, at least on the occasion of a major event, for example, an anniversary? (Although, for sure, there are still romantics who shower their women with roses for no reason …) How I want to keep this splendor longer! And for this, flowers that stand in a vase during the day are best left in cool water at night. And here the bath helps out again.

And how, in addition to washing, you can use the shower? In which of the above situations can she come to the rescue? Alas, the shower room cannot boast of such versatility …

When it comes to comparing a bathtub and a shower stall, one more function of the bathtub can be mentioned: it can play the role of … a shower. If you do not have time or desire to bask in warm water, you can take a shower in the bathroom. All you need for this is a curtain that will prevent water pouring from a watering can from getting on the floor. The ability to replace your direct competitor is one-sided: you can take a shower in the bathroom, but you can’t swim in the shower.

What is best for children

In families with small children, the question “What to choose – a bath or a shower?” doesn’t even get up. For young parents, the answer is obvious – definitely a bath.

It is hard to imagine how you can bathe a newborn baby in the shower, who needs especially careful care for delicate skin. A simple ablution under jets of water will not allow you to do this fully. In addition, by refusing a bath in favor of a shower, you deprive the baby of his first pool, and swimming is very useful for strengthening the muscular corset.

So? In a year, in three, in five? For a long time, the baby will need the help of mom or dad while washing – to lather his back, rinse his hair, peel off his knees blackened from crawling on the ground and his belly painted with felt-tip pens … In the shower, you have to do this with one hand, because the other will have to hold a removable watering can so as not to get wet and do not flood the floor outside the cab. We warn those who are just planning to have a baby: some preschoolers often manage to get dirty so that only a long soak in the bathroom can save the situation.

Now let’s try to look at this question through the eyes of a child. What do you think your child would prefer? Undoubtedly, the child will be much more willing to play in the bathroom than to take a shower. After all, a bath is not just a vessel filled with water, but a small sea – a source of delight and joy. Be sure – the child will not exchange a bath for anything.

Accessibility for people with disabilities

We talked about children, it’s time to remember about parents. Most older people will undoubtedly give preference to a shower cabin. The fact is that over the years, the mobility of the joints decreases, the strength of the muscles decreases, and it becomes more and more difficult for an elderly person to overcome such an obstacle as the side of the bath. The same problem is faced by people with various injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Entering the bath for them can be an overwhelming and even dangerous task.

Getting into the shower is much easier. If necessary, you can even refuse a low pallet by arranging a drain right at the floor level. If it’s hard for a loved one to stand while washing in the shower, you can buy a shower with a seat. In addition, such a seat will allow you not to worry that an old man may suddenly feel dizzy during water procedures.

Recall also that with some ailments, the bath does fall into the list of taboos. First of all, we are talking about people with high blood pressure and/or cardiovascular diseases. Immersion in hot water can lead to a serious deterioration in their well-being, but being in the shower is not contraindicated for them.


Nothing better than water will allow you to relax and unwind after a hard day. The effectiveness of relaxation largely depends on which water procedures you have chosen.

A shower cabin will easily allow you to relax your body and soul. Substitute your tired muscles under the directed jets of water, beating under strong pressure from wall nozzles, and in a few minutes, you will feel as wonderful as after a professional massage session.

By the way, the nozzles can be mounted at different levels, which will allow every member of the family, including the smallest ones, to regularly enjoy such hydromassage. The soft pressure of the water pouring from the ceiling shower will create the effect of summer rain and help calm overexcited nerves. Some models are equipped with steam generators, which allow you to simulate the microclimate of a bath inside the shower cabin.

As you can see, it is quite possible to relax in the shower. But how can it compare with the opportunities that a bath gives you? Only in the bathroom can you lie down calmly with your eyes closed and your legs stretched out. Only in the bathroom you can soak up the fragrant foam and enjoy the smell of essential oils. Only in the bath your skin is deeply steamed, which guarantees the preservation of its elasticity and blooming appearance, and gives you a feeling of lightness and good mood. Only in the bathroom, finally, you can retire with your favorite book – here, for sure, no one will distract you.

And in the bathroom, you can spend pleasant moments alone with your soulmate. Is it possible for you to enjoy the flickering of candles in your soul? Drink champagne? Did throwing rose petals on the waves? Have intimate conversations, after all? It is unlikely that you will choose a shower cabin if you still have at least a little romance left in you.

Equipped with additional features

In terms of the richness of the functionality, the bath cannot be compared with a modern shower cabin. The first is just a snow-white container without any frills, while the second is a bit like a spaceship. Using the buttons on the shower control panel, you can control the temperature of the water, its pressure, and the method of delivery.

Smart sensors will give the command to give out a portion of liquid soap as soon as you bring your hand to the dispenser. Manufacturers even took care of those who love
Of course, the more additional features a shower cabin is equipped with, the higher its cost. But no matter what you go to feel like the lord of the water.

Care and cleaning

Every hostess wants a place where hygiene procedures are carried out to sparkle clean, but, alas, not everyone has a free minute to polish. What is easier to clean – the smooth surfaces of the bathtub or the numerous protrusions of the technical elements of the shower cabin, which also has high walls? The answer, we think, is obvious.

Drops of water on the transparent walls of the shower cabin, if they are not wiped off on time, turn into unaesthetic stains. However, you will not limit yourself to wiping the walls and doors of the cabin after each session of water procedures. Each time the cabin must be thoroughly dried without fail: insufficient ventilation in an enclosed space leads to the rapid reproduction of various microorganisms and, as a result, to the appearance of fungus, mold, and unpleasant odors.

Final comparison and conclusion

So, after weighing all the pros and cons, you can decide what to choose – a bath or a shower. There is no single answer to this question. You will have to make the final decision yourself. As you may have noticed, the pros and cons of each option are approximately equal, which means that you will not only have to focus on the advantages and disadvantages of this or that type of plumbing equipment but also understand what you want yourself.

Are you a supporter of a calm and measured lifestyle? Do you think that the best way to relieve tension and stress is to soak in warm water? Then a traditional hot tub, as if created for you to relax, is undoubtedly your choice.

Do you love the speed of modern life? Do you consider yourself to be a practical and constantly in a hurry people, for whom water procedures are just a hygienic norm? We do not doubt that you will give preference to a stylish shower cabin – a modern solution for a dynamic life.

Harvey B. Larkins
Harvey B. Larkins
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