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How to Choose a Bathtub
What are some of the key considerations when choosing a bathtub?
Determine how much available space you have for your tub. Most bathtubs are 60 inches long (though some are up to 72 inches), while the width ranges from 30-48 inches. Standard depth is 14 inches, but soaking and whirlpool tubs are 18-22 inches deep. Make sure you have a 60-80-gallon water heater or a tankless water heater to handle the additional water used in soaking or whirlpool tubs.
What are the different types of bathtub installation?
What are some add-on options?
Can I have a whirlpool tub for an alcove installation, where space is limited?
Yes, you can order a tub for an alcove installation that has the whirlpool or air-bath tub option.
Are freestanding bathtubs available with the whirlpool or air option?
While freestanding bathtubs tend to be basic soaking tubs, there are a number of whirlpool and air models available. To name a few, check out the Saphyr Whirlpool Tub, the Believe Tub, and the Ametis Tub. However, air-bath options are available on a few freestanding models, and the Zen Mass-Air Tub makes you feel like you're bathing in a spa.
Do I need a special faucet for a whirlpool/air tub?
With a larger bathtub you might want to purchase a tub faucet with a three-quarter-inch valve. This will allow the tub to fill up faster than with a normal half-inch valve. Consider the Axor Maussaud Tub Filler, a freestanding faucet that rapidly fills large tubs and also features a flat faucet head that you can use as a platform for toiletries.
Do bathtubs come with a drain?
There are a select number of tubs that include drains, but most require purchasing the drain separately from the tub and faucet.
What about style considerations?
Matching a bathtub with the sink and toilet is standard practice. However, to achieve a bolder look, you can opt for a different finish or color, especially if you have a freestanding tub. For adventurous decorators, the Dip Softies Tub comes in vibrant colors that won't fade after extended use.
How should I clean my bathtub?
Use a soft cloth and a mild non-abrasive cleaner. For best results, always refer to the specific manufacturer's recommended instructions.
With any bathroom project, we highly recommend working with a licensed professional to ensure your installation goes smoothly. Good luck, and have fun with it!