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Bathtub and Shower Combo

Average cost range:

$295 - $700

 

The cost to install a bathtub shower combo averages between $295 and $700 for U.S. homes as of 2022. The price of this project can depend on the material you choose for the bathtub fixture, as well as whether you choose to go with sliding glass shower doors vs. a shower curtain for the enclosure. If you are looking to only replace the glass doors on your existing tub shower combo, the average cost will be closer to $425.

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When it comes time to remodel your bathroom, one of the first elements you will likely consider is the bathtub and shower area. Not only is this a focal point in any modern bathroom, it is one of the bathroom features you will use the most. For this reason, homeowners should prioritize functionality when thinking through their shower and tub options for any bathroom remodel. Few options offer as much versatility and multi-functionality as bathtub and shower combos. If you are looking into a shower or bathtub remodel, Modernize is here to help you explore the tub shower combo – including benefits, types, cost, dimensions, and fixtures.

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Types of Tub Shower Combos

There are a few varieties of the tub shower combo to choose from, each featuring slightly different designs and functionalities. Here are several of the best types of bathtub shower combos available for your shower remodel project.

Tub and Shower Surround

Shower and Tub Surround

The shower and tub surround is the most common type of tub shower combo, usually outfitted with a curtain and rod

  • Affordable 2-in-1 option

  • Classic, timeless design

  • Family-friendly

The shower and tub surround is a type of 3-wall alcove tub shower combo designed to maximize space. The bathroom wall usually acts as the tub’s fourth wall.

This type of combo features vertical shower walls made of tile, fiberglass, or acrylic. Homeowners usually outfit the shower and tub surround with a curtain and rod to enclose the bathing space while showering. This option can accommodate family members of various ages, lifestyles, and needs.

The shower and tub surround is one of the most affordable options, averaging $295 to $700 for materials and installation.

Tub and Shower Enclosure with Glass Doors

Tub/Shower Enclosure with Glass Doors

The tub and shower enclosure adds the benefit of sleek sliding glass doors

  • Customizable tempered glass doors

  • Your choice of shower frames

  • Space-saving solution

Rather than using a curtain and rod to enclose the shower area, the tub and shower enclosure typically features tempered glass doors for more privacy and a sleek appearance.

Homeowners who opt for this type of tub and shower combo can choose between types of sliding glass doors with grab bars for convenience, as well as choose from a variety of door frames. A half glass wall for tub shower combo is also available. Door frames typically come in materials such as aluminum, chrome, brass, and other options.

The cost for a tub and shower enclosure with glass doors usually ranges from $690 to $890 with installation and materials included.

Corner Tub Shower Combo

Corner Tub/Shower Combo

The triangular corner shower/tub is perfect for smaller bathrooms to save space

  • Your choice of curtain or glass doors

  • Half the size of a standard tub

  • Works for small bathrooms

The corner tub shower combo is perfect for homeowners with smaller bathrooms who do not want to settle for just a shower stall. The corner shower and tub combo is about half the size of a standard bathtub and fits comfortably into the corner of the bathroom. The space is just right for showering, and the triangular shaped tub makes taking a bath a possibility as well.

The cost for a corner tub shower combo is comparable to a standard bathtub shower surround, ranging from $350 to $900 on average. The price will vary depending on the dimensions, materials, and labor costs in your area.

Walk-in Tub Shower Combo

Walk-in Tub/Shower Combo

The walk-in shower/tub variety has home accessibility and safety in mind

  • Safe for those with mobility issues

  • Features 15-17 inch built-in seat

  • Non-slip shower floors

The walk-in tub shower combo is designed for home accessibility and safety. For seniors and those with mobility challenges, this two-in-one shower and tub provides the best of both worlds.

Best of all, you do not have to pay for the expensive cost to install both a walk-in shower and walk-in tub separately. The walk-in tub shower combo is outfitted with safety features, such as grab bars, non-slip floors, non-slip seats, and reinforced tempered glass doors to prevent water leakage.

The average cost for a walk-in bathtub shower combo is $2,500 to $5,800, depending on the customizations you require, size, and materials used.

Benefits of the Bathtub Shower Combo

There are plenty of reasons why so many U.S. homes feature a tub shower combo in at least one of their bathrooms. Below, explore the many benefits you will enjoy with a bathtub and shower combo in your home.

Multi-functionality
With a bathtub shower combo you will not be forced into choosing between the two options. There are benefits to having both a shower and bathtub in any bathroom. First of all, if you decide to replace a bathtub with only a shower stall, the tub-less bathroom technically becomes a three-quarter bath. This can lower your home’s resale value when it comes time to put it on the market. 

Additionally, according to the National Association of Home Builders, 51 percent of homeowners prefer a master bathroom with a bathtub in addition to a shower. Even if you are short on space or budget for your bathroom remodel, the bathtub shower combo provides a 2-in-1 offer so you can enjoy both a tub and shower in the same area.

Family friendly
The tub shower combo is a practical choice for families of all sizes, as it accommodates youngsters during bath time as well as adults who prefer a shower stall.  If you have children of different ages, or you are looking for a long-term solution for the kids as they grow up, the tub shower combo is a great idea for the kids’ bathroom. Add a handheld showerhead to the combo for added versatility during bath time.
Cost savings
The tub shower combo offers a more affordable solution for homeowners who want both a shower and bathtub. Paying to install both a separate shower enclosure plus a bathtub can add up quickly. Especially if you are undergoing a complete bathroom remodel, choosing the bathtub and shower combo can save you money and let you allocate more budget to other bathroom investments. 

First of all, the plumbing for the tub shower combo is simpler and more affordable to install compared to separate entities. Secondly, in terms of budget, choosing this two-in-one option can allow you to get one higher-end bathtub and shower combo, rather than two separate lower quality items.

We recommend using our cost calculator to compare the shower and tub combo cost with different shower and bathtub options for your space.

Space savings
The two-in-one bathtub shower combo allows homeowners to ensure their smaller bathrooms still qualify as full bathrooms, rather than half baths, which in turn boosts resale value. Enjoy all the benefits of having both a tub and shower in the same space while still leaving room for additional bathroom fixtures, such as a vanity, shelving, toilet, and other fixtures.
The occasional bath
Homeowners who take showers more regularly than baths may be inclined to go for a standalone shower enclosure. However, opting for the combo allows you to enjoy that occasional bath when you are in the mood to do so. At the same time, the bathtub shower combo does not compromise the space of your shower area, and it is also comparable in price.

Bathtub Shower Combo Materials

The material of your bathtub and shower combo will influence quality and cost, as well as the overall appearance. Popular materials for bathtub shower combos include fiberglass, acrylic, enameled steel, porcelain-enamel on cast iron, cast-polymer, and composite materials.

Material also influences the weight of the tub. Fiberglass and acrylic are flexible, lightweight materials. On the other hand, enameled steel and cast iron can be very heavy – at 350 to 500 pounds. One benefit of a composite bathtub is that they are very sturdy and half the weight of a cast iron tub.

In terms of cost, the price for different materials for your bathtub shower combo will vary. Below we have provided price ranges for common types of bathtub shower combos. These costs include both labor and installation.

Composites $600 to $1,200
Fiberglass $300 to $750
Acrylic $300 to $700

Keep in mind that the cost of a composite bathtub shower combo also depends on the frame material – usually aluminum, brass, and chrome are available. Adding a tempered glass shower door to the tub shower combo drives up the price.

Dimensions for Bathtub Shower Combos

Before choosing the best bathtub and shower combo for your needs, it’s best to determine an estimate of the dimensions for your preferred product. You will want to take measurements of your bathroom area and doorways to ensure the tub will fit within the designated space.

The standard measurements of a bathtub shower combo differ depending on the type. While a standard 3-wall alcove tub measures 60 inches long by 36 inches wide by 14 inches deep, tub shower combos measurements are adjustable. For instance, some standard tub shower combos come in 30 inches deep rather than 36 inches, and you may prefer this smaller size if you have a smaller bathroom.

shower tub combo dimensions
Type of unitStandard dimensions
Standard tub shower combo40” to 72” length

30” to 36” width

70” to 85” height
Corner tub shower combo60” to 72” length (per side)

18” to 24” width

70” to 85” height
Walk-in tub shower combo52”  to 72” length

30” to 40.5” width

37.5” to 42.5”+ height

15” to 17” seat height

Note that a walk-in tub shower combo will require more space due to its accessibility design, especially when it comes to width. Be sure to consult with your contractor about the exact dimensions of your chosen bathtub shower combo product to ensure it will fit comfortably within your space.

Accessories and Fixtures

Consider adding accessories to your bathtub shower combo for the best personalized experience as well as safety and convenience. Your contractor will be able to professionally install many of the below mentioned accessories, and others you can buy at a local home improvement store and install DIY.

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Here are some of the most common add-ons and accessories homeowners prefer for bathtub shower combos.

  • Grab bars: Can be installed on the walls inside your bathtub shower combo for safety and to prevent slips and falls.
  • Recessed shelves: A contractor can build-in recessed shelving into your shower walls to serve as a convenient storage space for shampoo bottles, soap, sponges, and razors. 
  • Showerheads: Take your pick of the best showerheads on the market today. Your options include rain, handheld, and dual showerheads.
  • Faucets: Choose a faucet that suits your style and needs. You can outfit the faucet to match other fixtures in your bathroom, such as a bronze faucet that matches knobs and handles.
  • Curtain and rod: If you go for the shower and tub surround, you will likely want to get a curtain and rod to enclose the area during showers.
  • Tiles: The sky is the limit with the décor inside your shower walls. Choose from a variety of trendy tiles to spruce up the space and truly make it your own.
  • Recessed lighting: Adding recessed lights to the ceiling above your tub shower combo is a good idea to ensure the space is well lit.

Hiring a Bathtub Installer

After understanding the basics of bathtub shower combos as well as other types of bathtub and shower remodel options, the best next step is to get in touch with a professional. A bathroom remodeler is the best person to guide you through your bathtub and shower options and help you decide which is best for your lifestyle and space.

Additionally, a bathroom professional can help you make smart financial decisions, such as how to avoid hidden costs, understand warranty opportunities, and think through financing options.

Modernize has the tools to help you find the best bathroom professional for the job. Take a look at our Hiring a Contractor Checklist, so you can vet professionals before signing on the dotted line. We can also guide you on how to negotiate costs with your contractors, so you can ensure you are getting the best deal possible.

Take advantage of Modernize’s growing network of top-quality bathroom contractors to get started with your bathtub and shower combo installation.