Bathtubs - Choosing a Bathtub
Bathtubs come in all shapes, sizes, styles, and price ranges. From a traditional step in rectangular bathtub to
an exotic vertical cylinder like Japanese soaking tub, the possibilities are endless. Bathtubs 101 is here to
provide you with all the information you could ever want to know about bath tubs including types of bathtubs, bathtub styles, bathtub materials, bathtub maintenance,
installation, bathtub brands, and bathtub
The number of bathtub types available is
very surprising and even overwhelming. The large bathtubs or small bathtubs
selected for a bathroom often depends on specific home bathroom designs and takes into consideration
the placement of other bathroom fixtures inclduing toilets, bathroom vanities, and bidets. Here’s an
Built In Tubs: These are the most common bathtub styles, with alcove bathtubs being the most traditional
choice. Other types include garden, drop in, and corner bathtubs. These tubs can
be built from many synthetic and natural materials such as a luxury cultured marble bathtub.
Soaking Tubs: Since these bathtubs are designed soaking, they are
usually deeper than a standard tub. Many are deep enough that the water level can come up to the soaker’s chin.
Roman, Greek, and Japanese tubs are the most recognized styles.
Free Standing Bathtubs: This option works especially well for a large
open bathroom. Included in this type is the well known antique style cast iron
bathtubs including pedestal and clawfoot bathtubs.
Specialty Bath Tubs: As the name implies, these bathtubs have special features. Whirlpool bathtubs and
jetted bathtubs feature jets for a relaxing massage. Hot Air Aqua Massage Tubs have holes in the bottom and/or
sides that produce constant air bubbles for a lighter feeling massage. Walk in
bathtubs and other ADA tubs are designed for those with limited mobility to make taking a bath an easier and
There are several different materials that can be used to construct bathtubs.
Most basic tubs are made from fiberglass or acrylic since these materials are relatively inexpensive and
For the more upscale luxury bathtubs, stone and metals are not uncommon.
Porcelain, ceramic and cultured marble are excellent stone materials for providing a natural feel. Stainless steel,
pewter, zinc, aluminum, tin, brass and copper tubs are among the highest priced and most modern looking. Many of
the true antique bathtubs (or replicas) are made of heavy cast iron.
Glass and wood are other materials that can be used, but it is not quite as popular as the other ones mentioned
Like any household fixture, maintenance is necessary with bathtubs and
showers as well. Repairing scratches or chips, installation of new faucets or drains, refinishing and
resurfacing are just a few of the upkeep issues that homeowners may face.
There are many reliable names when it comes to purchasing a bath tub. Some of the most popular well known brands
include Porcher, Jacuzzi, Cheviot, Hamilton, Americh, Vitra, American Standard, Kohler
Bathtubs, Bartok, Jetta, Herbeau Creations, Acryline, International Bath Corporation, Toto, and Neo Metro.
There are many stores that sell items for bathrooms and showers,
offering a wide selection of bathtubs for purchase. Popular brands such as Kohler can usually be found in
stock at Home Depot and in Lowes bathtubs section, but may require special ordering at other stores such as
There are many different accessories available for safety, luxury and style.
Safety bathtub accessories include slip resistant bath tub mats, pads, and appliques to prevent falls. Grab
bars, safety seats, benches, and foam bathtub liners are also available.
Luxury bathtub accessories include bathtub pillows, bath salts, and bubble bath products. A bath caddy or
shelf for holding various luxury accessories are items popular as well.
Many bath tub accessories are merely for expression of style. These include fancy faucets and hardware, a host
of soap dishes, bathtub curtains or doors.