Know Your Options: The Ultimate Shower Glass Buying Guide

It can seem like there is an endless amount of decisions when it comes to remodeling your bathroom, but we want to make this as easy and fun for you as possible. Here is everything you need to know about shower glass so you can confidently make the right decision for you and your family.

Clear Glass

Being the most commonly used glass type in showers, probably this is what you’re accustomed to seeing. It’s simple, elegant, and easy to maintain. With high clarity (but not the best), you can see into your shower and your perfectly designed tile. There will be a green tint to the edge of the glass, and this will get darker the longer and thicker the glass gets.

Low-Iron Glass

Quite similar to clear glass, low-iron glass is manufactured with reduced iron content. Because of this low iron, the clarity in the glass is exceptional. The authentic colors of your shower tile will shine through. The edge of the glass will have a jewel-like blue-green tint and won’t get darker the thicker the glass gets. Of course, this type of glass is higher in value and might bump your budget up a bit.

Frosted Glass

If you’re looking for something with a little more privacy, frosted glass could be an excellent option. Made by acid etching regular glass, frosted glass is uniformly smooth and satin in appearance. It softens the light that shines through it and conceals watermarks, fingerprints, and other minor stains as well. 

Colored Glass

Unique in color and design, tinted glass is a fun way to add another layer of design to your bathroom. Blue, smoke, and bronze are just some of the options for colored glass. It also adds additional privacy in your shower.

Etched Glass

In cabinetry, adding etched glass is a beautiful way to add depth and interest to cabinet design. The same goes for shower glass. Only one side is etched, leaving the other side smooth for easier maintenance. Like frosted glass, a pattern will also conceal watermarks, fingerprints, and other minor stains.

Rain pattern, glacier, bamboo, and reeded are just some of the options at your disposal. Some companies will even make a custom pattern for you!


No matter your style, there is a glass option that will perfectly fit your design.