Published 3rd January 2024 - 8 Minute read



Our guide provides the key differences to understand between a wet room and a walk-in shower. We will give you advantages and disadvantages to each option and estimated costs when budgeting for a walk-in shower or wet room. By the end of the article, you should have  all the information you need to transform your shower experiences with your new high quality walk-in shower or wet room. 



What is a wetroom?

Advantages of a wetroom?

Disadvantages of a wetroom?

Cost of a wetroom?

What is a walk-in shower?

Advantages of a walk-in shower

Disadvantages of a walk-in shower


What is the difference between a walk-in shower and a wetroom?

Walk-in showers and wet rooms are open spaces. Walk-in showers include a shower tray and one or more shower walls, while wet rooms have sloped floor and floor drains.


Merlyn Walk-in shower featuring 8mm Shower Wall Panel in Brushed BronzeMerlyn Walk-in shower featuring 8mm Shower Wall Panel in Brushed Bronze

What is a wet room/wetroom?

A wet room has an open design concept, sloped flooring and should be professionally fitted and waterproofed.


What are the advantages of a wet room?

1. On trend - wet rooms are associated with a modern and minimalist design aesthetic. They can provide a sleek and sophisticated look to a bathroom, often preferred in contemporary interior design.

2. Accessible

3. Safe

4. Easy to clean due to being at floor level

5. The flooring is non-slip 

6. Creates the feeling of more space

7. The bathroom feels less cluttered

8. Waterproofs the bathroom 

9. Increased light - without the visual barrier of shower enclosures, wet rooms can make a space feel more open and brighter. This can be especially beneficial in bathrooms with limited natural light.


What are the disadvantages of a wet room?

1 - Sensation of feeling colder - a shower enclosuer acts as a natural barrier towards the colder air accessing your space

2 - More of the bathroom gets wetter

3 - Installation Costs - a wet room tends to have a higher cost due to the sealing and installation costs associated with waterproofing. 

4 - Cleaning a bigger space - as a consequence of water spreading to other parts of the room, you may have a bigger area dry off

5 - Running costs via higher heating bills  - due to the lack of a shower enclosure, some people tend to compensate with underfloor heating/radiators running to counter the cooler air


What is the cost of a wet room?

It is difficult to give exact cost estimates for bathroom renovations, but budgeting between £6k and £10k for fixtures and installation is recommended.


What is a walk-in shower? 

Walk-in showers are a cheaper alternative to wet rooms, they include a shower tray and various designs. They give a modern look and are easier to install.


What are the advantages of Walk-in Showers?

1 - Spaciousness - Offers greater showering space, suitable for adults and children and creates an open spacious feel, visually enlarging the bathroom

2 - Luxurious Appearance - Sleek, modern design elevates bathroom aesthetics. Adds sophistication and a luxurious feel to the space

3 - Customization - Because you have more space, it provides opportunity for personalising your showering experience with various materials, finishes, and fixtures

4 - Accessibility  - Ideal for individuals with limited mobility; easier entry compared to bathtubs


What are the disadvantages of a walk-in shower?

1 - Cooler Temperature - Enhanced Ventilation facilitates easy escape of excess moisture and steam, preventing humidity buildup.

2 - Unintended Consequence - Increased ventilation can lead to a cooler shower area due to air movement which is a possibility in colder bathrooms, especially during winter months.

3 - Slippery Surfaces – Walk-in showers, like traditional ones with bathtubs, as Bon Jovi would say, can be slippery when wet. The smooth, non-porous materials in shower trays contribute to slipperiness


Preventive Measures 

1 - Textured shower trays or materials with inherent slip-resistant properties help reduce slipping accidents. Consider one of Merlyns brilliantly crafted non-slip shower trays that come in an array of colour shower trays and sizes.

2 - Use of non-slip mats or strips on the shower floor for added traction. 


What is the cost of a walk-in shower?

The cost of a walk-in shower varies depending on bathroom size, shower type, and materials, with a recommended budget of £2k to £6k.


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