The amount of time it takes to research into what bathtub is right for you could easily be better spent doing other tasks around the home. Getting the right product is essential, but not the be all end all. The theme also takes center stage, and getting that wrong can affect the bathrooms aesthetics as a whole. That’s why, we’ve put together a simple guide to help you find the best bathtubs. We do this by following expert opinions found on the Bathtub Advice website. They go into greater detail than the average consumer does, rating various styles such as freestanding and drop in tubs for your convenience.
Gallons – You should look into the amount of water each product can hold. This will give you a useful insight into how much of your body will be covered whilst soaking in the tub. Generally speaking, the more the better, but be sure to understand the strength of the floor foundations in the washroom. This can be analyzed independently by qualified building professionals, and will save you a spot of bother should something go wrong in the future.
Style – There are several styles to choose from. Among the most popular are clawfoot, undermounted, and freestanding bathtubs. I can’t give you a specific recommendation when it comes to this, simply because everyone has differently shaped bathrooms and requirments. Just be aware there is plenty of choice out there, so don’t rush into a decision.
Size – It may be stating the obvious, but ensure you’re getting a tub that fits your body. There are longer 72 inch options, as well as more compact bathtubs, measuring 54 inches. Both have their uses.
Faucet included – Not all units come with faucets. If that’s the case, they may need to be purchased separately. So give a little room in your budget should such a problem arise. It’s easy to overspend on accessories and additional hardware.
Brand – Stick to the big brand names and manufacturers and you can’t go far wrong. American Standard, and KOHLER are two of our personal favorites. Good consumer reports on both of these around the web, and generally produce a wide range of bathroom products.
Price tag – It doesn’t matter if you’ve got 300 dollars to spend or two thousand. There is plenty available for the variety of needs customers ahve. Assume that higher quality ones are more expensive, and the lower priced ones can break and be damaged easier. There are pros and cons of both.
It’s not an easy decision, but taking a step back and understanding exactly what your bathtub is offering, can really help you in avoiding mistakes. Next week, I will be showing readers how to maintain tubs effectively, leaving a clean and hygienic environment for all to enjoy. Check out our toilet guide for further reading material.