There’s something incredibly soothing about soaking in a warm bath after a long day. But did you know that the temperature of your bath water has a big impact on your bathing experience, from improved sleep to better heart health?
Learn what your perfect bath temperature is and how you can make your next walk-in tub soak the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience yet.
What Is the Ideal Bath Temperature?
The perfect temperature for your bath falls within the range of 90° F to 105° F (32° C – 40° C), which is slightly higher than the average body temperature.
You don’t need a thermometer to measure the temperature. To test it, simply place your wrist or elbow, not your hand, in the water. If it feels enjoyable, you’ve found your ideal temperature.
Does an Ideal Bath Temperature Have Health Benefits?
- Improved sleep quality
- Lower blood pressure
- Muscle and joint pain relief
- Improved circulation
- Stress relief
If you lead an active lifestyle, a warm bath can also soothe tired muscles, and some studies suggest it may even promote heart health.
Can a Bath Be Too Hot?
While there are many opinions on what “too hot” means, your bath can reach a dangerous temperature. Water over 106° F (40° C) starts getting uncomfortable, and at 120° F (48° C) it can burn you. With anti-scald technology built into your walk-in bath’s design, it’s easy to regulate the temperature and prevent these injuries.
You can generally tell if your bath temperature is too hot if you have to get in slowly to gradually acclimate or if you start sweating while you soak. Quickly fix it by adding some cold water to your walk-in tub until it reaches a comfortable temperature.
Are There Health Issues with Taking Baths That Are Too Hot?
While you may enjoy taking really hot baths, they can pose multiple health risks. The most immediate danger is the risk of burns and scalds during your bath. This can cause pain and damage to your skin like blistering in severe cases.
You may also experience skin irritation. A high water temperature can strip the natural oils from your skin and dry it out. This can worsen common skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and sensitivity. While we don’t recommend bathing in temperatures that can irritate your skin, you can apply extra lotion or use the therapeutic features in your walk-in tub to minimize the dehydrating effects of soaking in very hot water.
When taking a hot bath, your blood pressure temporarily lowers. This can be dangerous if you already have low blood pressure, potentially causing it to drop excessively. We advise that you bathe in water within the ideal temperature range. However, if you do take a hotter bath, make sure to take your time getting out of your walk-in tub, move slowly and promptly sit down if you experience any dizziness or lightheadedness.
Create Your Perfect Bath Routine with Safe Step
Your new Safe Step walk-in tub helps you keep safe and warm in your bath from start to finish. Set the temperature just right and our anti-scald technology will maintain it to protect your skin from accidental burns. Your tub will fill quickly with our rapid-fill faucet so you’ll stay warm as you wait. During your bath, enjoy strain-free control of your heated seat, MicroSoothe® air therapy system and hydrotherapy jets using the easy-to-reach electronic keypad to create your most relaxing bath experience. Get started today and request your free quote to elevate your bath routine.