Baths Versus Showers – The Pros and Cons


Do you prefer a relaxing bubble bath or a nice hot shower? Chances are if we asked a room full of people that question, we would get some in favor of the bath while others would prefer a shower. While bathing or showering is a matter of personal preference, have you ever wondered if one is actually “better” than the other? Well, here at Sun Plumbing, we sure have! Read on for a break down on the pros and cons of both.

Which gets you cleaner?

Showers and baths generally have the same effect when it comes to cleaning your skin. There isn’t anything to suggest that a bath will get you and cleaner than a shower or vice versa. So, in this aspect, showers and baths are tied. However, the way you clean yourself does make a difference when it comes to your skin’s health. Lots of scrubbing will leave your skin drier, so don’t overdo it!

Which is better for the earth?

There are a lot of factors to consider here. The time spent in the shower, type of showerhead, and how much you fill the tub all play a part into which is a more eco-friendly solution. If you take long showers and do not have a water-saving showerhead, then switching to baths might be better to conserve water. Or, changing your shower head to one that uses less water would be another planet-friendly solution. On average, a bath takes 36 gallons of water while showers use anywhere between two and five gallons of water per minute (older showers generally use more water than newer models). So, a five to eight-minute shower will usually be better for the planet than a bath, but a bath beats a 20 or 30-minute shower.

Which is better for your skin?

Here, showers take the win. Soaking in a hot bath for an extended period of time might be enjoyable, but it’s not something you should indulge in too often. This can dry out your skin and exacerbate skin conditions like eczema, especially if you use soaps or bubble mixes that contain fragrances.

So, what’s the bottom line? The truth is, it’s debatable. There are many factors to consider, and whichever you choose really boils down to personal preference. Here at Sun Plumbing, we have assisted people in the Melbourne and Palm Bay areas with bathroom remodeling and new construction for over four decades. So, whether you’re a shower or bath lover, we can help create your ideal bathroom! If you’re in Brevard County, please give us a call today to find out about our wide array of services, from sink repair to hot water heater installation and everything in between.

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