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Walk-in baths or walk-in showers – What’s best?

With a choice between the convenience of a shower or the luxury of a bath making the right choice can be difficult and recent surveys tend to show that we’re equally split between the two camps. So if you’re wanting to future-proof your bathing needs, what makes the most sense for you?

Before you remodel your bathroom, there are a few things to consider if you’re thinking of installing a walk-in shower or bath in your home:

  • Space.
  • Who’s using the facility?
  • Cost.
  • Ongoing expense.
  • Water usage.

We highlight some of the benefits of each below.

Benefits of a walk-in shower

A walk-in shower is the same as a conventional shower but with a low threshold to make it easy to step in and out of making it perfect for those with limited mobility either through age, injury or disability.

Unlike an open wet room a walk in shower can be fitted with a fixed glass panel to contain most of the water when showering and to maximise accessibility. There are also options for half height PETG safety doors or sliding glass doors giving you the opportunity to customise the product to suit your needs. 

For people who need a little extra help, walk-in showers can be installed with grab rails or built-in seating options. But even with these added safety features they can still be used by the whole family.

Benefits of a walk-in bath

There’s no denying that a soak in a bathtub on a cold winter’s day is a great way to warm up and relax.

Walk-in baths are bathtubs with a cleverly designed watertight door which allows for easy access into the bath. They are the ultimate in safety as the easy to use watertight door in the side of the bath can be opened to allow you to safely step in, no more clambering over the side of the bath. Walk-in bath’s are also available with optional power seats to lower you safely to the bottom of the bath and to bring you safely up again when you have finished bathing and with anti-slip floors you can have complete peace of mind when bathing.

In a previous blog, we highlighted the benefits of soaking in a tub with conditions like arthritis. So if you’re wanting to reap the health benefits of warm bathing, a walk-in bath might be the best choice for you.

They are also convenient in a family home with small children.

Walk-in baths or walk-in showers - What's best?

Nationwide walk-ins  

So, walk-in baths or walk-in showers – What’s best? Whatever your choice, Nationwide has a range of walk-in baths and showers that will fit in any space and suit your family’s needs.

 If you’d like to discuss what options are best for you, please call us for a no obligation chat on our freephone: 0800 316 0116 or email us at

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