Tub Height question
I thought we were all set with our choice of a Kohler Hourglass 32 tub for our remodel when the plumbing supply manager noted that the 20 inch height of the tub was very high for a tub getting dual use as a shower. Darn, after all my focus on getting the right length and depth, finding a model with a tile flange for an alcove installation yet no apron so we can tile the front face, variances in height hadn't even occurred to me!
This tub is just a soaker, but the model line is also used for whirlpool baths, and thus the taller height. Sure enough, I just checked our old builder-original, 30 year-old tub, and it's only 14 inches tall.
This tub is the only one in the house, in the guest bathroom; our master bath has only a shower. It's only my wife and I in the house, and we're both shower people. My wife takes a bath very occasionally; I never do. We'll use it as our shower when we remodel of our master bathroom next, but infrequently thereafter, mostly for occasional guests.
Thoughts on the 20" height? Is it too high to step over when taking a shower? Is it a problem if someone who isn't too tall sits on the edge of the tub to swing their legs over, rather than just stepping over as they would with a lower tub wall? Should we be forgetting this tub and looking for something with a lower height? It seems like a number of other tubs that I've looked at are 18" tall (like the Kohler 1100 Expanse with curved front, which is explicitly designed to be used as a shower tub); is 2" a significant difference? As always, thanks in advance for any advice, experience or thoughts!