Published on May 24, 2019

For far too long now, showers have had the misleading reputation of not being luxurious. Instead, bathtubs receive all the credit (and that’s just not fair). In order to draw the perfect bath, you have to figure out the ideal water temperature, get the water levels just right, even conduct a science experiment around essential oils or salts. It’s a lot of work, and frankly, it’s too much stress.

Showers are luxurious because of their ease, and that’s especially true of an outdoor shower. There’s nothing more calming (in the realm of good hygiene) than showering with the warm sun on your skin and the breeze in your hair. And the best part? All you have to do is step under running water. We found six outdoor showers we wouldn’t mind spending a few relaxing minutes in, from the beach houses on Long Island to the coast of Australia to the rural retreats of California. One look at these and we bet bathtubs won’t seem so luxe after all.

If you want to blend in…

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Courtesy of Tim Melideo

This outdoor shower, which belongs to designer Melissa Young of My Studio ID, blends into the desert surroundings of her home in Borrego Springs, California. The copper pipes match the detailed wall light overhead and provide a sheen against the terracotta color of the wall.

If you want something tropical…

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Photo by SOUL of Gerringong

This laid-back shower in a vacation rental on the Australian coast boasts the beauty of outdoor simplicity. With nothing more than a basic showerhead and a place to stand, this example’s straightforward approach lets the lush greenery command the scene.

If you want options…

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Photo by Seth Smoot

Let’s say you’re torn between the prospect of a quick shower and a more leisurely bath. This outdoor solution manages to make room for both, thanks to a mint-colored tub and a gold-finished faucet. How’s that for the best of both worlds?

If you want something traditional…

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Courtesy © Frank Oudeman/OTTO

It doesn’t get more traditional than this outdoor shower from Robert Young Architects, which sits alongside a property in Amagansett, New York. The white siding and wood shingles epitomize an Americana setting, and the clever stalls invite more than one swimmer to rinse off at once.

If you want something convenient…

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Photo by Alicia Taylor; Interior Designer by Emma Lane Architects

This minimalist outdoor shower, which is also set in Australia, is built on a private deck that’s connected to a master ensuite. So, it makes for an ideal place to rinse off before heading inside, where you could take a bath—if you so please.

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