Explaining whether you are a shower person or a bathtub person is much like explaining whether you are a
dog person or a cat person. It is largely a matter of personal taste. But when you are deciding whether you
want a shower or a bathtub in your most personal space, there are several factors to consider.
There is no simple answer to the question of which is more energy and cost efficient, a shower or a bathtub.
An average bathtub holds between 25 and 40 gallons of water, but the typical bath is about 30 gallons, allowing
for the body's displacement of water. A 10-minute shower with a new low-flow shower head, by contrast, will use
about 20 gallons of water.
A bathtub is almost a necessity in homes with small children because parents will want a tub to bathe the
child rather than a shower. On the other hand, both seniors and people who have limited mobility can have
difficulty stepping into and out of a bathtub. However, showers, especially those featuring grab bars, a
non-slip surface, and a seat, are preferred by many who have mobility issues.
A new shower or bathtub begins with the removal of the old fixture. Plumbing changes,
electrical wiring and other considerations are taken into your plan.