After a long and hectic day at the office or staying home all day with the kids, the bathtub is a great place to relax and unwind. We do not only offer world-class bathtubs for purchase but also provide guidance on how to find the perfect tub that matches your personal tastes.
What is the best kind of bathtub?
The first question that comes to mind when planning to buy a bathtub is what type of bathtub to buy. Bathtubs can be broadly categorized into the following types:
The most common type of bathtub is the standard tub, and it doesn't come with any bells or whistles. It is the most affordable option available and typically has the following dimensions: 60 inches in length, 30 to 32 inches in width and 14 to 16 inches in depth.
If you're looking for a bathtub with a little something extra, then one of the options listed below may be worth the additional cost.
A soaking tub is different from a standard tub in that it is deeper for a true soaking experience. Soaking tubs are available in different widths and lengths so that people of all shapes and sizes can fit into them comfortably.
Whirlpool tubs use water jets positioned near the major muscle groups to provide a soothing massage experience and are a good fit for people who suffer from joint pain and muscle soreness. Water jets are a great way to reduce aches and pains.
Air tubs are similar to whirlpool tubs except they use air jets as opposed to water jets. The air jets propel air from several different ports that spread the pressure out, unlike the concentrated water jets in a whirlpool tub. The sensation of an air bathtub is less intense and some find it more relaxing than a whirlpool tub.
A combination bathtub is a soaking tub that offers both air and whirlpool technologies and is generally more expensive.
Walk-in bathtubs are specialty tubs designed for the elderly and disabled who have problems getting in and out of bathtubs safely. A walk-in tub allows them to take baths more conveniently and drastically reduces their chances of injury due to a fall.
What is the length of a standard bathtub?
A standard bathtub typically measures 60 inches in length, 30 to 32 inches in width and 14 to 16 inches in depth.
What is the difference between a soaking tub and a standard tub?
A soaking tub is deeper than a standard bathtub because it is designed to allow you to fully submerge. The depth of a standard tub is typically 14 to 16 inches (sometimes as much as 18 or 19 inches), while a soaking tub's average height is 23 inches. As a result, they can hold a lot more water than a standard bathtub.
When it comes to length, soaking tubs have a lot more variety and can be as long as 90 inches compared to just 60 inches for standard tubs.
What is the standard size for a soaking tub?
Typically, soaking tubs range in length between 60 and 72 inches with some even extending as much as 90 inches in length. Soaking tubs can also be as much as 76 inches in width, which is large enough to fit two bathers side by side. An average-sized soaking tub can hold around 250 gallons of water and are available as one or two-person bathtubs.
What is the best material for a bathtub?
Some of the most durable bathtub materials available are as follows:
- Porcelain on Steel
- Enamel over Cast Iron
- Solid Surface Materials
- Acrylic reinforced with Fiberglass
Which is better, cast iron or acrylic?
Acrylic bathtubs are made from acrylic sheets reinforced with fiberglass, and this makes them resistant to cracks and chips. Scratches typically aren't visible, and damage to acrylic tubs is easily repaired with some acrylic filler that can then be sanded until smooth.
Cast iron bathtubs are made by coating a cast iron bathtub with enamel, and they are very durable and resistant to chemicals, scratches, and dents.
The major disadvantage of cast iron bathtubs is the weight. Not only are they much heavier than acrylic bathtubs, they sometimes even require the floor underneath to be reinforced prior to placement.
How much safer are walk-in tubs?
Walk-in bathtubs generally offer an array of safety features that are designed to minimize the chances of falling while taking a bath. The ADA compliant design features include built-in handrails, anti-slip floors, contoured built-in seating, and low-height steps for entry. Another safety feature called a scald prevention valve prevents dangerously hot water from entering the tub, and some models even include wide doors that allow wheelchair-bound bathers to transfer easily to the tub seat.