Shower vs baths

Showers Vs Baths – Which is Better

Showers vs Baths - Which is Better

You’ve had a really hard day at work.  You turn on the faucet, pour bubble bath into the water, and pour yourself a glass of Malbec to enjoy while you are soaking in the bathtub.  Unfortunately, we don’t always have time for a long luxurious soak.  So let us investigate which is better, showers vs baths.

Bathtub & Shower Combinations

Bathtub/shower combinations are the most common feature in most households.  This combination offers both options of taking long baths or shorter showers.  It is practical for families with young children who need to be bathed in the tub.  On the downside, they are problematic for elderly people, and those with mobility issues or injuries.

Free Standing Bathtub and Separate Shower

One of the latest trends in bathroom renovations is replacing combination bathtub/showers with freestanding tubs and a separate shower.  If you have the space and the budget, this can be ideal.  Unfortunately, you need a very large bathroom to accommodate two separate facilities, and they can be expensive to buy and install.

Bathtub Pros and Cons

Bathtubs have a lot of pros.  They are good for relaxing sore muscles, and bathing young children.  You can choose from a wide variety of sizes and designs.  There are many features available including air jets and whirlpool models.

If you have skin conditions, you can add ingredients like bath oil, bath bombs, honey or milk to soothe your skin.  I remember putting my daughter into an oatmeal powder bath to sooth her itchy chickenpox.

Cons include they are harder for elderly people or people with injuries to use as they are harder to get in and out of.  They take up more space in your bathroom, and require a lot of water.  Baths use more water than showers, usually about 30 gallons compared to 17 gallons for an eight minute shower.  You also need a water heater large enough to heat and fill your tub.  Bathing is also more time consuming than showering.

Keep in mind that long hot baths can dry out your skin.  It is important to moisturize your skin as soon as you get out of the tub. Some dermatologists recommend not using foaming ingredients like bubble bath, as they contain detergents.  These ingredients can strip your skin of its natural oil and dry it out.

Shower Pros and Cons

Showers use a lot less water than baths, especially if you have low-flow showerheads.  They are quick and convenient.  It’s hard to wash and condition your hair in the bathtub.  People with mobility issues or injuries prefer the ease of using showers.  You can choose from many custom features including grab bars, non slip tiles, benches, jets, and steam.

However, showers are not practical for bathing young children.  You need to clean and maintain shower doors to prevent lime and calcium stains.  Leaks can be hard to fix, and you be left with no way to bathe for an extended period of time.

Should I get rid of my Bathtub?

Most of us use a shower more often than our bathtub.  Should we get rid of our bathtubs altogether?  One thing to keep in mind is that if you sell your home, you may be limiting potential buyers.  If you only have a shower, this makes the home less appealing to families with children.  A good compromise is to keep one bathtub in your home. 

Both bathtubs and showers have their advantages and disadvantages.  Which combination you choose for your home should reflect your family’s needs and your personal preference.

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