How to Choose a Bathtub

Written by: Erica Spangler

Bathtub Styles
Having a bathtub you can enjoy is essential to having a bathroom you can call a sanctuary. Here's what to look for when shopping for a bathtub.

Dimensions

The No. 1 priority for shopping for a bathtub is size. Bathtub sizes are given in outside dimensions (OD), which are represented as Length x Width x Height. For proper dimensions measure wall-to-wall or tub-lip to tub-lip.

Common measurements are 60"-72" inches in Length, 30"-42" inches in Width and 20"-26" inches in Height.

Bathtub Dimensions

Installation Types and Locations

Bathtubs come in a few different installation types, and they can all help determine where the tub goes in the bathroom.

Freestanding Tubs

  • Placed anywhere
  • Don't depend on walls
  • Easiest install job
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Freestanding Tub
Three Wall Tub

Three Wall Alcove Tubs

  • Most common type
  • Built-in three-sided niche
  • Most affordable due to less material
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Drop-in Tubs

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

Undermount Tubs

  • Requires the most installation work
  • Deck is commonly built around tub
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Corner Tubs

  • Typically traingular in shape
  • Fit in a two-wall corner location
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Corner Tubs
Walk-in Tubs

Walk-in Tubs

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

Materials are extremely important as they can differ in cost, weight and durability.

Acrylic - This lightweight material resists abrasions and is offered in a number of different shapes and sizes, but can tend to be more expensive. Shop acrylic tubs

Americast - Often used as a lightweight and less-expensive alternative to cast iron, Americast is very durable and retains heat well. Shop americast tubs

Cast Iron - This classic material has the strongest durability and is fantastic at absorbing sounds. However, cast iron is very heavy, so make sure your floor can withstand the weight. Shop cast iron tubs

Copper - This durable material gives the bathroom an eye-catching focal point. This recyclable material will age gracefully and provide visual appeal for years. Shop copper tubs

Enameled steel - Although a lightweight alternative to cast iron, this material is susceptible to chipping, can be noisy when filling with water, and has limited color options.
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Fiberglass - This popular material is extremely economical and comes in a wide range of colors. Being so lightweight, it lacks in durability and can be susceptible to chipping. Shop fiberglass tubs

Bathtub types

Soaking Bathtubs

Soaking tubs

  • Most common tub type
  • Standard tub without added water features
  • Most affordable type
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Airpool Bathtubs

Airpool baths

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

Whirlpool tubs

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