Bathroom Dilemma: Should You Get a Shower Or a Bathtub? 

In Manila, many people take a shower or bath several times a day because the heat causes one to be all sweaty and sticky. The bathroom is undoubtedly one of the most important rooms in the house and bath time provides relaxation and respite from the world.

There are many ways to take a bath, and the two most common ones are to shower or to soak in a bathtub. Which do you need? Well, that’s the tricky part. You might really want a bathtub, but is it the best option for your house? The same goes for standing showers.

In this article, we explore the frequently overlooked aspects of both options to help you make a more informed decision.


Bathtubs require a lot more space than showers. The smallest tubs measure about 72 inches long and 30 inches wide, which is fine if you have a spacious bathroom in your home, or are planning to expand your bathroom.

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However, if you’re staying in a space constrained apartment, then a shower stall would be a better bet as showers only occupy a maximum of 36 inches by 48 inches, making room for other fixtures and features. If you don’t want to settle for a regular shower stall, you can opt to install a spa shower system with multiple creative shower heads.

Water Conservation

Bathtubs use much more water than showers. If you only have a bathtub that doesn’t have a shower built into it, you can always install a shower system at the head of your tub or add a shower area so you don’t have to fill the tub up for a bath every day, and have the option of showering instead.

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If you have a shower but want to conserve more water, then you can install a low-flow shower head. Contact our plumbers on for quotes.

Safety and Accessibility

While bathtubs offer a fun bath time alternative for small children, it can pose challenges for the elderly, disabled and those with limited mobility. Tubs also tend to be very slippery and you’ll need to place nonslip mats in the tub and directly outside it to help maintain stability as you climb in and out. In certain places, a handle bar will come in handy as well.

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Showers are easier to access. In order to increase safety, install tiles or flooring that offer more grip, rather than smooth tiles. Our contractors can help you with that.

Home Resale Value

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Families, especially those with children, often prefer a home with a bath tub as it allows them to bathe their children more easily. Frankly, homes with bathtubs or both tubs and showers tend to sell more easily and at a higher price compared to homes with just a shower stall.

How Much Time Do You Have?

Let’s not forget that time is precious! Bathtubs take very long to fill up and you’ll have to wait patiently, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea especially if you come home tired and just want to feel refreshed in a jiffy. However, if you’re looking for long, relaxing soaks to soothe your tired muscles, a bathtub is perfect for that.

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Showers are more suitable for those who live rather fast paced lives and want a quick cool down after a work day or a weekend outing and don’t really appreciate long hours spent soaking in a tub.

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If you really can’t decide between bath tubs and a shower, why not have both in your home (if you can fit them in that is). Both tubs and showers have their own benefits and are suitable for different needs depending on your situation. To help you renovate and beautify your bathroom, you can always reach out to some of the professional renovators here on Submit a request, wait for quotes and compare profiles! 

written by Michelle Chee