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How to Choose the Perfect Bathtub

How to Choose the Perfect Bathtub

Homeowners today have a lot of choices when it comes to bathtubs. Here are the things you will want to consider to make sure you get the perfect bathtub for your bathroom remodel.

Bathtub Function

Depending on how you plan on using the bathtub, you will want to select one of these types.

  • Standard Bathtub: These are the basic bathtubs which usually fit into an alcove and can have shower enclosures.
  • Whirlpool Bathtub: If you want a bit of luxury in your home, then a Whirlpool tub can help you relax your muscles by giving you a gentle air or water massage.
  • Soaking Bathtub: These tubs are usually larger and deeper so you can soak in the bathtub.
  • Walk-in Bathtub: These tubs have doors which open so you can walk into the tub. These are good tubs for elderly or handicapped people who might not be able to step over a tub.

Bathtub Location

Now think of where you want to put the tub in the bathroom.

  • Alcove Bathtub: These are the most common bathtubs and are designed to fit into an alcove with a three-wall enclosure. It is the usually best choice for small bathrooms.
  • Corner Bathtub: These bathtubs are often unusual shapes. They tend to be larger and pricier, but are good if you want a larger tub, especially a Whirlpool tub.
  • Open Bathtub: If you have the space and want your bathtub to be accessible on all sides, then you will want to consider a free-standing bathtub or making a platform for an undermount bathtub.
  • Set In the Floor or a Platform: For this, you will need a drop-in or undermount bathtub.


If you are just replacing an old bathtub, then you will probably want one with the same installation type. If you are doing a complete bathroom remodel, you will have more choices.

  • Recessed Bathtub: This commonly refers to alcove tubs which are set into a space with three walls.
  • Free-Standing Bathtub: Free-standing tubs are luxurious, but have the downsides of being pricy, requiring a lot of space, and having exposed plumbing.
  • Drop-in Bathtub: These tubs are set inside a platform-like box. The tub has its own rim.
  • Undermount Bathtub: These tubs can be set inside a platform or within the floor. They differ from drop-in tubs because they do not have their own rims.

Schedule an appointment today with one of our professional consultants who can help you find the perfect bathtub!

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