7 Revealing Facts About How We Bathe

As the senior research and development manager for Delta Faucet, Paul Patton conducts frequent surveys and studies to better understand the needs of his customers. Through this research, Patton has observed an intriguing phenomenon: Although people interact with kitchen and lavatory sinks in much the same way, the way we shower differs from person to person. “There is an emotional side to showers that just isn’t there with sinks,” Patton confirms. “A shower is a uniquely personal experience, whether you use the time to wake up in the morning, to wind down in the evening, or simply to get away from it all.” Here, 7 telling facts reveal how Americans feel about their showers.

  1. Better Than a Cup of Joe

    Better Than a Cup of Joe

    18 percent of all respondents, male and female, report that their morning shower is more important to them than that first cup of coffee.

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  2. Me Time

    Me Time

    About 40 percent of women surveyed, compared with only 28 percent of men, agree with the statement, “My shower is my time for focusing just on me."

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  3. Spa for Less

    Spa for Less

    Households in lower income brackets are more likely to view the shower as a place to ease stress and escape the worries of the world. For many, a hot shower is an affordable alternative to a pricey massage.

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  4. What Women Want

    What Women Want

    When asked about their dream shower, 40 percent of men would include more room for a significant other; 45 percent of women would choose ambient music and lighting.

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  5. What Else Is On?

    What Else Is On?

    Much the same way they channel surf with the remote control, men are more likely than women to change the spray pattern and adjust the flow of water in the shower.

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  6. If Mom's in the Shower, Don't Knock

    If Mom's in the Shower, Don't Knock

    10 percent of women say if something interrupts their shower routine, their whole day is out of whack.

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  7. Waste Not, but Have It All

    Waste Not, but Have It All

    Despite droughts and water restrictions, Americans love their daily showers—something that continuously drives Delta Faucet to improve water efficiency in their products.

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