A shower-tub combo.

Shower vs. Bathtub: Which Should You Upgrade to?

We all love a good bathroom upgrade. Seriously, who wouldn’t want the bathroom of their dreams? If you’ve been putting off some much needed home upgrades the past few months but you’re ready now, your bathroom is a great place to start. If you think about it, bathrooms are one of the most used rooms in your home. It’s the first room you step into after waking up in the morning and the last room you’re in before heading to bed at night.

If you’re ready to start your bathroom upgrades, you’re probably thinking about what kind of shower or bathtub you want to install. Keep reading to find out the benefits of each and how we can help you decide which option best fits your needs!


Cheaper to Install

If you’re on a budget, tubs are relatively less expensive than walk-in showers. On average, the cost to install a standard tub is typically around $3,000, whereas a walk-in shower can cost up to $6,000 or more. It’s important to keep in mind that standard bathtubs and shower stalls are less costly, but whirlpool tubs and walk-in showers are priced a bit higher.

Resale Value

Installing a bathtub in your bathroom can increase the value of your home and attract more homebuyers if you were ever to put your house on the market. Typically, when a home is listed as having a “full bathroom,” that means there is a bathtub and homebuyers are more inclined to look at houses that have full bathrooms. Specifically, if there are families with young children or plan on having kids in the near future, they know that bathing children in tubs is much more convenient than showers.


While showers are best for when you want to be in and out, you don’t quite get the amount of luxury you would have relaxing in a tub. Freestanding tubs can be the centerpiece of any bathroom and there’s nothing like enjoying a hot bubble bath at the end of a long day.


Space Saving

Both shower stalls and walk-in showers will typically take up about 9 square feet, while tubs can take up to 13 square feet. If you live in a small space with an even smaller bathroom, a shower might be the best option for you. If you replace your tub with a shower stall or walk-in shower, you’ll have more room for bathroom storage or even a vanity.

Saves Water

Like we mentioned before, showers are great for when you want to be in and out. Quick body showers will use significantly less water than filling up a bathtub for when you want to enjoy a relaxing bath. This results in a less expensive water bill all while you’re conserving water at the same time.


If you or someone you live with is elderly or has any mobility issues, showers will probably best fit your needs. If you have a bathtub, they will need to lift up their legs with most likely no railing or handle to hold on to, which is a safety hazard. With walk-in showers or shower stalls, all they need to do is open the shower door and step in.


Showers are relatively easier to clean because cleaning the glass door is much more manageable than bending down and scrubbing the floor of a tub. While you’ll probably clean the shower floor as well, the space is still smaller than a tub and cleaning the fixture will be much more comfortable and less time consuming.

Shower-Tub Combo

If you can’t decide between a walk-in shower or standalone tub, there’s still the shower-tub combo! These fixtures can also come with a glass door for easier cleaning, which will also save you money in the long run on shower curtain replacements. If your bathroom size allows you to have a shower-tub combo fit comfortably, this option is definitely one to consider.

Let us help you with your bathroom upgrades! At DoneRite Plumbing & Drain, LLC, we offer a variety of options and can help meet your needs all while staying within your budget. Contact us today for more information on our shower and tub installation services!