Should you choose a bath or a shower for your new bathroom installation?

When it comes to choosing a new bathroom, the choices are endless. There’s more to think about than decor and colour schemes. Perhaps your family has grown, or your children have flown the nest since you last updated you bathroom? Maybe you’re finally treating yourself to that en-suite you’ve always dreamt about, or maybe you’ve recently moved house and it’s time put your stamp on the property. Whatever your reasons might be, you’re already halfway there. If you’re reading this blog you might be considering Assett Plumbing as your local Northampton plumbers, and we must say, you’ve made the right choice!

We understand the importance of choosing the right bathroom. It’s not just picking out and installing a toilet! And one of the questions we get asked over and over again is whether to choose a shower, or a bath, or indeed both!

Bath or a shower? Ask your local Northampton plumber.

There’s nothing quite like running a bath at the end of a long day with bubbles, candles and a little music. A bath is a small luxury, there’s no doubt about that. But there are a few points to consider before diving straight in!


Health benefits

Baths can help reduce pain and improve blood circulation - no wonder they’re so relaxing! Showers on the other hand can be great for hydrotherapy, as you can have a stream of warm water, followed by a burst of cold. This technique is said to relieve tension and invigorate the body.


Baths typically use more water

A regular shower pumps out 10 litres per minute, so a 10-minute shower uses roughly 100 litres of water, however, the average bath uses about 200 litres of water. This makes a shower a great money-saving alternative to bath, assuming you’re not spending 20 minutes in the shower. If that is the case, a half full bath would be more cost-effective!


Baths make you cleaner

Having a good soak in the bath removes dead skin cells, something that a shower can’t do. Even if you scrub in the shower, it won’t have the same effect, as your skin needs to properly soak first. This makes a bath the best way to get clean.


Showers take up less space

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a large bathroom, and a shower can make an excellent space saving solution. The average bath is 1.2 meters long and 0.8 meters wide. This makes a bath easily the biggest part of a new bathroom suite, so it’s certainly worth getting the tape measure out and checking just how much space a bathtub would take up in the bathroom. Even if it fits, will you still have enough space to fit in a toilet and sink without the room feeling cramped?


Showers are faster

When it comes to having a shower, all you need to do is turn it on and hop straight in! This is great if you’re in a rush and need to get ready quickly. A bath however takes a little more time to run, but that does give you a little more time to find a good book to read whilst you’re in there.


If you’re unsure on whether to choose a shower or a bath, or indeed both, please don’t hesitate to contact us. As your local Northampton plumber, we’d be more than happy to take a look at your space and advise you accordingly. What it comes down to though is personal preference and what suits you, your home and your lifestyle.