Research shows that the best bathtubs are not only good for unwinding; it boosts your immune system, strengthens blood circulation, and detoxifies the body.
Bathtubs vary in styles, shapes, features, and the materials used. We have compiled five basic rules on how to choose the right bath for your bathroom.
Know the Different Types of Bathtubs
- Single-ended Bathtubs
This type of bath is the standard design for inset tubs. Its standard size is 1700 x 700mm. It is called single-ended because both the taps and the waste are located at one end. The other end of the bath has a gentle slope and supports your back and your shoulders.
This type is typically designed for single person use. Additionally, this can fit the wall, so it is ideal for bath showers that have a mixer shower valve.
- Double-ended Bathtubs
If you are looking for an extra space, you should consider this one. Compared with the single-ended bath, the taps and the waste of this type are located at the center of the tub. Both ends of the tub have a gentle slope for support and are ideal for two-person use.
The extra space on the tub allows tall people to stretch out their feet and toes. Also, the double-ended bathtub is ideal for bathing children as there is enough space to move freely.
- Corner Bathtubs
This type of bathtub is quite popular for it adds the luxurious style in any bathroom. It does not occupy much space, so it is ideal for compact bathrooms.
- Shower Baths
Shower baths come in P or L shape and allow you to either bath or shower. It can be installed against a wall and glass screen is added to create an enclosed cubicle. This type is ideal for homeowners with small space bathrooms.
- Roll Top Freestanding Baths
Enhance your bathing area with the traditional roll top freestanding bath. Its curved edges make it ideal either for reclining or sitting.
Usually, this type of bath is placed at the center of the bathroom to provide a dramatic look.
Before, this type of bath is found only in luxury hotels because they are expensive until they became reasonably priced and have been accessible to homeowners. This type of bath features whirlpool jets and is popular for its hydrotherapy and relaxing benefits.
Different sizes of whirlpool bath are available and can also accommodate even smallest bathrooms.
Determine Bath Size
Different bath size combination ranges from 900mm (90cm) to 2400mm (230cm). The different bath sizes are as follows:
- Small (900mm to 1699mm)
If you want your bathroom to look more spacious, opt for small bath sizes.
- Average ( 1700mm to 1799mm)
The standard size for bathtubs is 1700 x 700mm. This standard size fits from mid-size to large bathroom spaces.
- Large (1800mm to 2400mm)
A larger size of bathtub means a relaxing and more rewarding bath experience.
Determine Bath Materials
Bathtub manufacturers make use of different materials. It is important to know the different materials used so that you can choose the bath that will last longer and is priced worthy.
This is the most popular material for bathtubs because of its resilience, natural warmth, and it can be easily formed into contours. Heavy-duty acrylic has added layers of resin to make the tub stronger. Additionally, it can be maintained by regular cleaning of mild cleaner and water.
Steel is more durable as compared to heavy-duty acrylic. It is resistant to UV rays, chemicals, and heat. It is a bit expensive, but it promises a reliable bathtub that you can use for a lifetime.
- Cast Iron
Bathtubs made from this material are durable and strong yet extremely heavy. It is difficult to maintain and are susceptible to cracks and scratches.
Consider Bath Depth
Yes, you may find deeper tub fascinating, but you must also keep in mind the problem you might face in cleaning it. If you are after the height of the tub, you may try to raise it in a platform or add legs into it.
Quality over the Price
In choosing the perfect bathtub, compare the materials used, the quality, features, and warranty. You do not want to invest in a bath that will just cause you frustration in the long run.