How to Choose a Bathtub

Written by: Erica Spangler
Design Specialist
(800) 375-3403
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Bathtub Type

Based on your bathroom's space for your bathtub and your needs, this will determine the bathtub type that you will need.

Drop In Bathtub

Drop In tub

  • Drops into a cut out area
  • More finished look
  • Works in a three-wall location
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Undermount Bathtub

Undermount tub

  • Requires the most installation work
  • Deck is commonly built around tub
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Three Wall Alcove Bathtub

Three wall alcove tub

  • Most common type
  • Built-in three-sided niche
  • Most affordable due to less material
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Walk In Bathtub

Walk In tub

  • Getting in and out of a tub easier
  • Great for more independence
  • Grab bars or door latches available
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Freestanding Bathtub

Freestanding tub

  • Placed anywhere
  • Don't depend on walls
  • Easiest install job
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Corner Bathtub

Corner tub

  • Typically triangular in shape
  • Fit in a two-wall corner location
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Bathtub Sizing

After you determine the type, then you will determine the dimensions you will need.

L x W x H (sometimes height is referred to as depth)

Bathtub Sizing

Bathtub Features

Once you have determined the type of bathtub you need, then you will want to consider the different types of features.

Whirlpool Bathtub

Jetted – Whirlpool

  • Also know as a jetted tub
  • Place water jets near major muscle groups
  • Produces vigorous water movement
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Air Bathtub

Jetted – Air

  • Feature tiny holes to push air out
  • Step up in function and price
  • Produces soothing water experience
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Soaking Bathtub


  • Most common tub type
  • Standard tub without added water features
  • Most affordable type
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Bathtub Material

You will want to educate yourself on the material options for bathtubs. The material can affect the price, weight and durability of the bathtub.

Cast iron tubs

  • Strongest and most durable
  • Absorbs sound the best
  • Very heavy material
  • Make sure you properly support it
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Acrylic tubs

  • Light weight material
  • Resists abrasions
  • Large selection
  • More expensive
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Copper tubs

  • Durable material
  • Highly visual material
  • Ages gracefully over time
  • Recycled material
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Fiberglass tubs

  • Light weight material
  • Lacks durability and can chip
  • More affordable
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Enameled steel tubs

  • Lighter alternative to cast iron
  • Susceptible to chipping
  • Noisier option
  • Small selection
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Americast tubs

  • Light weight material
  • Less expensive
  • Alternative to cast iron
  • Retains heat well
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Complete Your Bathtub

A bathtub is more than just the tub. I also want to help you find the right faucet, the right shower door if you need it and attempt to answer other questions that may come up as you choose the perfect bathtub.

Bathtub Faucet

You will need to choose the right faucet for your bathtub. If you are doing a shower bathtub combo, you will get a combo faucet with shower head. If you just need a bathtub faucet, you can choose from deck mounted, wall mounted or floor mounted.

Bathtub Faucet Only

Bathtub and Shower Combo

Bathtub and Shower Faucet Combo
Bathtub and Shower Combo Faucet
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Bathtub Shower Door
Bathtub Shower Doors
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Bathtub Accessories

Do not forget about these accessories to complete your entire bathing experience. While some are just for comfort, other accessories are really important to make sure you have when you purchase a tub.

Bathtub Accessory Basics

Bathtub Safety Accessories

Bathtub Pillow
Bathtub Pillows
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Bathtub Storage Accessories

× Shipping Rates & Methods

The cost to ship items varies by item, shipment and shipping option.

Free Ground Shipping on Orders Over $49 *

Standard ground shipping transit time is 5-7 business days.

Free Freight Shipping on Orders Over $1500 *

Curb side delivery (also called freight or "LTL" shipping) is reserved for large, heavy, or oversized items like chandeliers, bathtubs, shower doors, etc. Items are palletized and loaded onto a large truck for shipment, and delivered to your curb by scheduled appointment. Transit time is 7-10 business days.

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