Forget about the whirlpool tub: Today's new baths focus on custom showers Take the bathtub (please!). It takes a long time for it to fill up and it's noisy. It uses 50 to 80 gallons of water per bath. Maintenance can be high, and it's hard to clean. Debra Arvin, consultant for Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, says it's no wonder that people who installed whirlpool tubs in the '80s and '90s now want a deluxe custom shower instead. They want custom showerheads, high-end finishes, and a bench to sit on and soft lighting. Her company designs bathrooms. Arvin, quoted in The Wall Street Journal says remodelers want spa-like experiences in the comfort of their own homes. They're busy and can't wait for a tub to fill up. While costs vary significantly, a base-level custom shower can cost from $3,000 to $5,000. A large and luxurious shower room can be in the $10,000 to $20,000 range. Arvin says she talks to customers every week who are getting rid of their whirlpools or saunas, because they just don't use them very much. The shower trend is moving forward because people are impressed by fancy showers in hotels and resorts. The most luxurious have multiple showerheads: the main one, an overhead "rain forest" one, two body jets coming out off the wall, and a hand-held showerhead.