If you’re thinking of renovating your bathroom, you may be wondering whether to include a shower, bath or a combination of the two – it’s a decision that shouldn’t be take lightly. Many of us enjoy relaxing in the bath after a long day at work, while showers can be both relaxing and practical for family life. To help give you a better idea, we’ve created this helpful guide.
Which is more practical, a bath or shower?
When planning your bathroom project, practicality is no doubt at the top of your list when it comes to your bath or shower. After all, your bathroom space should be suitable for the demands of your lifestyle.
A shower can be an extremely practical option for busy families. They’re quick to use and efficient, making them a good choice for those who don’t have the time to take long baths.
They’re also a good option for those with limited mobility, as they can be adjusted to be fully accessible.
Baths can be the practical choice for households with smaller children, as it’s easier to clean little ones in a bath as opposed to a shower.
Do baths clean better than showers?
Of course, the purpose of a bath or shower is to wash away the day. With that in mind, it’s important to consider which is better at cleansing when planning your bathroom space.
Showers are brilliant for daily cleansing. A quick shower is the fastest and most efficient way to wash away accumulated dirt and freshen up. If you have sensitive skin and you’re worried about the pressure of a power-shower, try the Mira Switch showerhead, which has been designed with delicacy in mind.
Soaking in the bath is one of the best ways to deep cleanse your body. A long soak occasionally can help to ensure that your skin is squeaky clean.
Is a shower more economical than a bath?
Showers are much more efficient when it comes to water usage. In fact, baths typically use around 80 litres of water, whereas a regular shower tends to use around 62 litres for an 8-minute wash.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that power showers can use more water than regular showers, meaning that the water usage difference might not be too significant between baths and showers if you choose a power shower.
While baths generally use more water than their shower counterparts, there are options to become eco-friendlier with your bathing. Many bathers choose to use their bathwater for secondary purposes, like watering the garden or pre-soaking muddy clothes.
For the best of both worlds, install the digital Mira Mode Bath Fill and Shower, which has been designed to provide a powerful shower experience with the added luxury of a bath-fill.
Is a bath easier to clean than a shower?
As well as practicality and efficiency, you may also want to think about how easy your bath or shower is to clean and maintain. Keeping your bathroom sparkling is one of the best ways to avoid future problems, so it’s a good idea to consider this during the planning stages.
Showers are generally a lot easier to keep clean. A quick wipe down of your shower tray and regularly cleaning your shower enclosure should be all you need to do. Many choose to use an everyday shower spray to help cut down on cleaning time too.
For added convenience when it comes to cleaning, choose a shower tray or enclosure with BioCote® technology, which reduces bacteria and mould growth by up to 99.9%.
Limescale can build up on shower screens, which can be difficult to remove if left for too long. That’s why it’s best to keep to a regular routine to avoid doing too many deep cleans. Stand-alone baths don’t usually have glass screens, so limescale doesn’t tend to be as much of a problem. If your bathroom is suffering with limescale, read our limescale removal guide.
Baths tend to take longer to clean due to their shape and size. Soaking can also leave soap scum deposits and stains on your tub, which can take some time to remove.
Shower vs bathtub resale value
Another important to think about when choosing a bath or shower is how your decision will affect your property value. While you may prefer one over the other, the option you choose can make a difference to how much your property is worth.
Most modern buyers expect a shower somewhere in the home. Whether you choose to include one in the en suite or as a part of the family bathroom, choosing a shower is unlikely to detract from your property value.
However, it’s important to think about the type of home you’re in. Many family homes will have a bath as well as a shower, and choosing a shower-only bathroom could impact on the value of your property. Flats or single-occupancy homes are the exception to this; baths aren’t usually expected in these types of properties.