How to Choose a Bathtub
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.
Installation types and location
Bathtubs come in a few different installation types, and they can all help determine where the tub goes in the bathroom.
- Placed anywhere
- Don't depend on walls
- Easiest install job
Three Wall Alcove Tubs
- Most common type
- Built-in three-sided niche
- Most affordable due to less material
- Drops into a cut out area
- More finished look
- Works in a three-wall location
- Requires the most installation work
- Deck is commonly built around tub
- Typically traingular in shape
- Fit in a two-wall corner location
- Getting in and out of a tub easier
- Great for more independence
- Grab bars or door latches available
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.
Shop enameled steel tubs
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
Vikrell - This composite material is solidly built and durable. It's color molded throughout, and the lack of layers means no chipping or peeling. Vikrell is also heavy and stain-resistant. Shop vikrell tubs
- Most common tub type
- Standard tub without added water features
- Most affordable type
- Feature tiny holes to push air out
- Step up in function and price
- Produces soothing water experience
- Also know as a jetted tub
- Place water jets near major muscle groups
- Produces vigerous water movement