The great debate: are you a bath or a shower person?

The great debate: are you a bath or a shower person?


Posted 2nd April

Do you prefer a nice relaxing soak in the bath, or the quick, efficient shower?

Well, it seems the majority of Brits prefer showering, research carried out through OnePoll found, with 57% picking this, as opposed to 32% who opted for a bath.

The main reason a shower was preferred was for its speed, with three quarters saying not needing to wait for a bath to fill up was a major plus point.

Over half also said a shower left them feeling cleaner, while 32 per cent rely on them to 'get them going' in the morning.

The study of 2,000 adults, carried out by Victorian Plumbing, revealed we typically shower 20 times a month, in comparison to the eight occasions we bath over the same period.

Not only do we save the time waiting for a bath to fill up, but we also spend less time in the shower too, only having one for an average nine minutes and 20 seconds, in comparison to 25 minutes and four seconds for a bath.

A spokesman for Victorian Plumbing said: "Like cats versus dogs or summer versus winter, it would seem that Brits are divided between being either a bath or a shower person."

"With the average time spent in the bath being almost half an hour and over twice as long as time in the shower, the nation’s preference for showers would suggest that more of us are looking for a quick way to get ready or wash away the day."

"Those who favour baths may have discovered the key to a more relaxed life though and one day the shower-fans could be converted to their way of living."

While 30 million Brits will always shower if they can, there's still a significant 17 million who will have a bath.

70 per cent of those who like baths say it affords an opportunity to switch off, while 54 per cent love being able to make the most of some peace and quiet.

People having a bath will also go to more trouble, with nearly half adding bubbles, and 16 per cent lighting candles. Another 17 per cent enjoy listening to soothing music, while one in 10 enjoy a nice glass too.

It's also interesting to see 41 per cent will shower every day, in comparison to bathers who will normally have a soak on Sundays.

Lead image courtesy of Victorian Plumbing






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