Adulthood hits you like a brick out of nowhere, and all of a sudden, you find yourself thinking about what stain-remover to buy or what shower drain to purchase for your bathroom. You cannot prepare yourself for these situations since university professors do not shine much light on such matters. But if by chance you happen to be searching for a good shower drain for your bathroom, then you have come to the right place. The following information might help you get more comfortable with the many types of drains offered in the market and their different functions and uses.

Buying a drain may seem like a straightforward affair, but there are several issues to consider before you decide to purchase one that is right for your bathroom. Apart from the drainage capacity, you also need to consider the bathroom aesthetics and layout, the type of tiles you've picked, and its thickness. Even hair length can become a factor for choosing one drain over another (because no one likes clogged drains!)

But while making your choice, the main point to consider is the two main types of drains and the location of your installation.

  1. Square or Round

The traditional square or round drains are the least expensive and most commonly used shower drains. You can see them in almost every house you visit, and it is an economically viable choice for those on budgets or from middle-class backgrounds. They are usually installed in the middle of the shower. The floor is slanted slightly at an angle which allows all the water to drain quickly (fundamental physics, guys). This works well unless you are installing a basement shower drain. Since the basement shower drains exists on the same level as the main sewer line, it makes the water flow sluggish. That's why the location of the drain is critical.

Note: whether you are renovating or constructing a new bathroom, choosing the drain location beforehand is essential to get the most out of the expenses. If you are renovating, then the site may already be predetermined, but if you need to relocate, do so under the supervision of a professional.

  1. Linear

Linear shower drains are also known as trench or channel drains. You can understand from the name itself that it is a long-shaped drain with a solid grating. Apart from the sleek look, it also offers an advantage over sure drains because the floor doesn't need to slope to create the drainage. This style has picked up popularity over the last few years. But the disadvantage of this model is that it must be installed against the wall or the shower entrance, which means unless it matches your bathroom layout, the linear shower drain may not be suitable.

Note: it is essential to know that both these drains, though different looking, take the water away equally well. So it is essential to point out that the square or round drains would cost much less for the same worth. But if aesthetics is a higher priority, then the linear drain would be more innovative.

Speaking of aesthetics, whether you choose to go for the square/round drain or the decorative shower drains, you could always choose to add a bit of spice by selecting a decorative cover. You can choose the style and finish of your drain with small decorative designs like flowers or dragons even.

Who wouldn't want the grate to match the vibe of your bathroom!

But style is a very personal choice, and it depends entirely on the aesthetic of the person and what the cohesive look is going to be—some like a minimal, polished finish, some like flowers engraved in the grate. Thankfully the market is filled with loads of variety and styles, suitable for the many demands one may have.

Some people think buying the drains online is cheaper, and while that may have been the case at some point, it no longer holds. Local warehouses have better deals to offer post-bargaining (something you cannot do online). Furthermore, the other benefit of buying in person is the close inspection of the quality of the drains. But at local warehouses, the variety is limited. Online shops have a plethora of styles and models.


In conclusion, it is best to go for something moderately priced that is easy to use and maintain yet aesthetically pleasing. Make an informed decision based on the bathroom you have and its overall style. Taking your time to choose one that not only suits the aesthetics of your bathroom but which is also efficient and effective is essential. The key is to strike a balance between the two aspects. Drains might seem like a secondary topic to think about, but since they are responsible for the general hygiene of the bathroom, they might hold more importance than one might think. Nobody wants a stinky clogged drain ruining their day and wasting precious time!