More than half of Brits say showers ARE better than baths because it ‘gets them going’

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MORE than half of Brits say showers ARE better than baths because it ‘gets them going’, a new survey has revealed.

Fifty-seven per cent of the population revealed they prefer showering – compared to 32 per cent who prefer baths.

Having a shower is a great way to wind down after a long day, or refresh yourself in the morning
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And the speed of a quick sprinkle is the biggest reason – as three quarters said they like them more because you don’t have to wait around for the bath to fill up, while more than half said they feel cleaner after a shower.

Commissioned by Victorian Plumbing, the research of 2,000 adults found we typically shower 20 times a month and we tend to bath on eight occasions over the same period.

And we’ll typically shower for nine minutes and 20 seconds at a time whereas we bathe for 25 minutes and four seconds on average.

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.”

Like cats versus dogs or summer versus winter, it would seem that Brits are divided between being either a bath or a shower person


Victorian Plumbing spokesman

Although 30 million Brits are fierce advocates of showering, a not insignificant 17 million are solidly pro-bath.

Seventy per cent of those who fall into this category prefer baths because they help them switch off and 54 per cent said a long soak helps them get some much needed peace and quiet.

They also revealed they like to make sure everything is ‘just right’ when bathing – almost half will add bubble bath and 16 per cent will light candles.

And one in 10 will pour a glass of something and 17 per cent will play soothing music.

Most shower users – 41 per cent – tend to do so every day, whereas bathers are most likely to go for a soak on a Sunday.

A shower lasting nine minutes uses up almost as much water and energy as the average bath.

The spokesman for Victorian Plumbing added: “It speaks to the idea that baths are for when we have a bit more time on our hands and want to take a moment for ourselves.

“Sunday is the perfect day at the end of the week for a lot of people to get in that final bit of relaxation before the Monday blues come back around.”

The research also identified some of the things we get up to when showering and bathing – a quarter regularly sing in the bath and a third like to belt out a number or two in the shower.


Half have even shared a bath with someone in the romantic sense – similarly 57 per cent have done the same thing in the shower.

Although most Brits prefer showers over baths there is a noteworthy exception – 37 per cent of parents find it easier to get their children to bath rather than shower.

The Victorian Plumbing research carried out through OnePoll also found a third think preparing a hot bath complete with salts, candles and bubble bath would be the perfect gift this Mother’s Day.


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