It’s the age-old question of bathroom remodels; a shower or a tub. If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, then we’ve got a quick round up of the pros and cons to help you decide between a tub and a shower for your home.


Showers can be much more economical than bathtubs as they use less water, making them a cheaper option to run. They are also used more often in most households compared to tubs, meaning you really get your money’s worth from them. However, you should also think about the resale value, as omitting a tub from your bathroom could put off families from buying from you.

Showers are much more accessible for anyone with mobility issues, so they are ideal for aging in place renovations. They can also be fitted with grab rails and other features that help make them more accommodating.


For families with babies or small children, a bathtub is likely to be a necessity as it is the perfect place to bathe them safely and comfortably. On the other hand, households with elderly or disabled members could struggle to safely get into and out of a tub. You have a wide range of choice when it comes to bathtubs with lots of different shapes and sizes available to suit your own tastes and needs.

The downside to bathtubs is that they can take a long time and a lot of hot water to fill. So, you’ll need to make sure that your hot water tank is large enough to suit the size of your bath. Energy efficiency may also be a concern relating to this.

What’s your motivation?

When considering all the pros and cons listed above and deciding whether a tub or a shower is better for your bathroom remodel, it is important to remember the original motivation behind your bathroom remodel. If you decided to remodel to improve the style of your bathroom, then go ahead and choose whichever you feel will suit the design of the room the best. However, if you’re remodeling to accommodate for an aging relative, then installing a new bathtub could be a waste of money.

Think about other factors individual to your situation, such as:

Will you actually use a tub?

Will you be selling your house?

How much space do you have?

Who will be using the bathroom?

There’s no universal answer to which is better, a shower or a tub, so you have to look at your unique circumstances and assess which will suit you. Whether that’s a tub, a shower, or a combination of the two. If you need any more help planning a bathroom renovation, then contact us at HousePro Home Improvement. We serve North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad, including Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.