Bathtubs and showers both come in a variety of styles. You can choose from claw-foot, freestanding, soaking, whirlpool and walk-in. Showers can come as stalls enclosed with doors or curtains or walk-in showers without doors or curtains.
Bathtubs and showers also come in many materials. Tubs can be made from a range of acrylic to enamel coated cast iron. Showers are available in materials from fiberglass to natural stone.
Both also offer therapeutic water flow options. Whirlpool tubs feature jets that blast massaging water. Showers can be equipped with showerheads that release water soothingly.
A bathtub can cost anywhere from $400 to $8,000 to install, meanwhile a shower ranges from $450 to $10,000. Standard bathtubs and showers are on the cheapest end while whirlpool tubs and walk-in showers are the most expensive.
The majority of homebuyers are opposed to a master bathroom that does not have a bathtub. Another huge factor is that many buyers who have or are expecting kids are opposed to a house without a bathtub.
A standard/walk-in shower takes up nine square feet on average, whereas a tub takes up 13 square feet. The extra space saved could be used for more bathroom storage features, for example a double vanity.
Showers are more accessible for the elderly, persons with mobility issues, and the wheelchair bound. Features such as grab bars and benches also make showers more user-friendly.
On average, you use 2.1 gallons of water per minute in a shower with a low flow showerhead, amounting to 17 gallons for an average 8 minute shower. As long as you can keep your shower under 12 minutes, your water consumption will be lower than a bath. An average bath holds 25-40 gallons of water and a whirlpool bath can hold up to 100 gallons.