Did you know that 57% of people choose a shower over a tub? 32% say they would rather use a bathtub, while the rest are indifferent. Moreover, 1/4th of those who prefer a shower say that they do so because it is faster. Also, more than half of the survey respondents said they feel cleaner after a shower than soaking in a tub.
Taking a bath and how to do it is obviously a personal preference, but as times have evolved and life has become much faster, especially nowadays, tubs are generally not used as often as showers. People need a quick fix to their cleanliness needs, and a shower provides that more appropriately than a bathtub. Thus, the trend of favoring a shower.
Additionally, that’s not all. Showers consume much less water than a tub, and some people eventually take a quick shower after bathing in a tub. The latter is more about rest and relaxation, which is a luxurious way to spend time. Most people only have this opportunity on a weekend.
With all these facts in mind, let us take a more detailed look at some of the reasons why showers are better than tubs:
Showers are trending
Statistics from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) show an even distribution among homeowners between bathtubs and showers. However, a deeper dive reveals that people want only one tub throughout the house, while they prefer the remaining bathrooms to have showers. Tubs are only used for children, pets, or for taking a long dip on a relaxing weekend.
If you are looking to convert your bathroom from its current setting, there are options to explore a bath to shower conversion. It is becoming somewhat of a trend for people to have a wide variety of showers, including rain heads, outdoor showers, or even multiple outlets in the same cubicle for a “his” and “hers” setup. Since they are trending, it goes to show that showers are naturally better than tubs.
Showering is more hygienic
There is little doubt about the fact that constantly running water is not just more efficient at washing your body; it is also more hygienic. While tubs are also filled with clean water, the longer you sit in them, the more the water gets contaminated with the dirt and bacteria removed from your body. On the other hand, showers just rinse all the dirt, and the running water whisks everything away to the drain.
So, instead of having you lying in a pool of nasty water, a wonderful, strong shower’s steady stream of clean water rinses everything right down more effectively. Showers can also benefit your skin because swimming in conditioner and shampoo after washing your hair might ultimately rob your body of its essential oils. It is the simple process of osmosis where molecules will move from your skin, where they are in larger quantity, to the water in the tub, where their concentration is lower.
A shower is easier to maintain
How often have you sighed at the thought of having to scrub away a tub? A lot of times, dirt and grime from the body can be left stuck at the bottom of the tub even after you’ve rinsed the tub a few times. Moreover, if you tend to clean the tub after a few days, you need to spend more time and effort scrubbing it due to oils and sticky dirt.
With showers, you don’t have to worry about any of this. First of all, all the dirt and oils that come off your body instantly go down the sewerage line while you are showering. Secondly, since the water is running, it cleans the space simultaneously, so you don’t have to spend precious time afterward.
They contribute more effectively to water conservation
Not many people are aware of the fact that, on average, a staggering 90 gallons of water is wasted by a single household in the US each day. That’s equal to 10,000 gallons of water each year from one home and a trillion gallons as per the national average. Now, to put this in context with the current discussion, a bathtub takes 70 gallons to fill, and that’s not including the water you use if you choose to shower after taking a dip in the tub.
In contrast, a five-minute shower only takes 10 to 25 gallons, depending on your shower type. Straight away then, it can be seen that the bathtub uses significantly more water. With showers, though, you have various options to conserve water too. With a standard shower, you can substitute it with a low-flow or efficient shower head that cuts this consumption to just 1.5 gallons a minute.
So, with a shower and the numerous hardware options, you are using significantly less water and wasting even lower amounts. Just something to bear in mind.
Showering is a consistent experience
The fact that showers don’t gradually get colder like baths is one of its best qualities. The bubbles surrounding you also don’t progressively disappear. And the showers that maintain temperature and pressure even while another person empties the toilet are the finest. Nothing changes when you enter a shower until you require it to. This ability alone makes it a more soothing experience, not to mention that it is much faster than taking a bath in the tub.
All in all, they are a total package
Showers hold a wide variety of triumphs over bathtubs. They are faster, more efficient, more hygienic, and even easier to clean. However, the one thing that stands above all else is the overall showering experience. Of course, it is all a matter of personal preference, but standing underneath that running stream of water, feeling like you are out enjoying the rain, is something a tub can’t even come close to. It is all subjective, but the people who enjoy showers can hardly change their mind about it.
The shower vs. tub debate is almost as old as these two inventions. However, as times have evolved, life has become much faster. As a result, soaking away in a tub has become a luxury that most people just don’t have the time for. Naturally, people prefer to take a quick shower rather than setting up the tub to take an hour-long dip in it.