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Showers vs. Tubs: A Comparative Guide

Elderly Woman Touching the Jet Holes in Walk-In Tub

Written By: Safe Step Tub

May 8, 2020

Tubs and showers obviously serve many of the same basic purposes. Whether you prefer to shower or take a bath, ultimately, the point is to get clean. Relaxation and recovery can be helped with a warm bath or shower as well. However, there are some differences and considerations that could make the choice easier for you.


In bathrooms, space is often at a premium. If your bathroom is already cramped or you simply don’t have a lot of floor space to use, a shower is probably the better option. Showers generally require around nine square feet of floor space. However, most tubs require 13 square feet. Clearly, showers win if you only want to save room. A walk-in tub could be a possible compromise. Yes, they’re designed for senior citizens and to accommodate people with limited mobility. They also require about the same amount of floor space as a shower installation.

Accessibility is always something to think about. If you have seniors at home or anyone with impaired mobility, a walk-in shower or walk-in tub could be a great idea. If accessibility doesn’t matter for you, it comes down to your habits. A walk-in shower will save you a bit of floor space, and it’ll meet your needs. Provided that it’s a shared bathroom, be sure to consider others in the home as well. Even if you don’t like to take a bath, someone else might.


Tubs are ideal for relaxation. If you want to be able to lean back, relax, and let your muscles get warm in the water, nothing beats a tub. Bath beads, bath bombs, and bath oils are specifically designed for tubs, not showers. Yes, a shower will get you clean. A soothing bath helps to reinvigorate and empower you. If your focus is on restoration and renewal, not merely getting clean, a tub is your best choice.


A shower is quick and effective. If you have a limited schedule or you simply don’t enjoy taking a bath, a shower is a smart decision. You always have the option of installing a rain shower or a massage shower head if you prefer. Showers do give you some flexibility, even though it’s never a true substitute for a tub.


If you want the best of both worlds, a shower and tub combo is ideal. With a shower and tub combo, you always have the option to take a bath or have a quick shower. You don’t have to decide between one or the other. It’s a simple solution to a problem that you could simply avoid in the first place.


For many customers, choosing a product made in the USA is a major factor. Luckily, there are some excellent tub and shower companies that do manufacture in the United States. Otherwise, it comes down to your key considerations and personal preference. If you have several people in the home, be sure to speak with everyone who might be using that bathroom. This will help point you in the right direction. If no one can come to an agreement, a shower and tub combo could be a great way to avoid disappointing anyone.

A bathtub shower is a great investment. If you have seniors in the home, you might consider a walk-in tub or walk-in shower as well. Contact Safe Step Walk-In Tub Company at (800) 346-6616 if you have any questions or would like to learn more about great tubs and showers that are made in the USA.

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