Assuming you can’t afford to have both at the same time, which is the best option for you? Well that depends on several factors. Do you know that many of the older shower models consume an average of approximately 5 gallons of water every minute? That means if you are in there for around 5 minutes you may have used 25 gallons. On the other hand, a bath can take between 30 to 40 gallons to fill, but you can stay in it for ages. So, how should you decide which option is the most suitable?
- What sort of space have you got? If your bathroom is small, a shower cubicle may be the only answer unless you want to try and contort yourself into a tiny bath. The days when baths were long and narrow have changed; it may be that you should consider a corner unit or oval bath.
- Do you have a disability? Then it may be worth looking into a walk-in shower or even one that allows for wheelchair access and can be folded back against the wall to provide more space to move. There are also small seated baths with sealed watertight doors for people who cannot raise their legs high or lay down flat.
- Do you like to be in and out quickly, achieving an effective wash and rinse without wasting too much time? This would suit a busy professional who has little time to relax.
- A bath allows for long and lazy soaks, possibly with aromatherapy bath salts, a cool drink and a good book. Not only is this good for relieving stress and strain after a busy day, but it may actually help to alleviate conditions like arthritis, back pain and headaches.
- Costing always comes into any plans to improve your home. Not only is it the equipment but also the plumbing required which may be more expensive than the other alternative. Also you need to consider accessories such as a Jacuzzi fitted in the bath or whole-body shower heads.
- Remember that your situation may change. Do you share facilities or are you going to wish you had thought ahead? It may be that at some stage an aging parent may have to come and live with you, requiring special needs. Have you taken into account young children who can’t reach things or even babies that may appear in the next year or so? What facilities are you going to need then?
There are going to be occasions when you wished you had decided on the alternative, but over a period of time most of us have regular patterns of behaviour, so decide what is convenient for you most of the time.