How to Choose a Bathtub for Your Bathroom
Deep soaker, traditional, walk-in, or tub/shower combo: When facing a new bathtub installation, it’s common to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices, the investment itself, and the stress of having your bathroom under construction. A quick internet search will provide you with hundreds of lists that feature dozens of bathtub styles, all claiming to be the best on the market. Everyone seems to have a different idea about which tub works best and why. So, how can you find one that lives up to the hype as well as your unique preferences?
If this situation brings up a familiar jittery feeling, there’s no need to fret. Choosing a new bathtub is quite simple once you’ve narrowed down your options. The first step is identifying the bathtub features that matter most to you. The second is finding a tub that checks all of those boxes. To get you started, let’s take a closer look at some bathtub considerations and features:
Bathtub Remodeling Considerations
Unlike showers, where the main goal is to wash as efficiently as possible, bathtubs are designed for relaxation. Since everyone has different relaxation preferences, most bathtub manufacturers have taken to producing a plethora of tub designs that suit a range of unique tastes and budgets. When hunting for the perfect bathtub remodel, keeping your lifestyle preferences at the core of the search is one of the best ways to ensure you choose a model that works for your needs. To organize, here are the top bathtub remodeling considerations:
- Bathtub style, features, and accessories (deep soakers, traditional, walk-in, etc.)
- Tub sizes and installation
- Budget and materials (luxe or low-maintenance)
While mulling over these core considerations, you’ll be able to identify the bathtub features that you want and then focus on the tub styles that meet those desires.
Narrowing the Field: Bathtub Styles, Features & Accessories
Instead of creating an extensive pro/con list featuring every bathtub style on the market, start your search by asking a simple question: How do you use your tub? The answer will allow you to choose a bathtub style with features and accessories that suit your needs. For example, if you:
- Value efficiency, choose an alcove tub that can double as a shower base
- Like to unwind, consider a deep soaker tub with an ergonomic design for support
- Need to bathe small children, select a shallow, low-maintenance tub made from durable material like acrylic
Answering this question should reduce the overwhelming quantity of tub choices to a few options that will work for your new bathtub installation.
How to Determine the Best Bathtub Size
Once you have a good idea of your stylistic wants and needs, continue narrowing down your options by finding a bathtub that fits the available space in your bathroom. To do this, measure your walls and calculate the square footage of your space. If you’re looking to cut costs, take note of the current plumbing configuration, and try to stick to it. That may mean choosing a smaller tub to fit an existing nook or an alcove bathtub if the current faucets are wall-mounted. If you like bathtub styles that feature heavy materials and a large water capacity, be sure to have a professional evaluate whether your floor can support the weight.
How to Establish a Realistic Budget
Once you’ve found some bathtub styles and sizes that suit your functional desires and needs for the space, it’s time to run the numbers. For homeowners who are unfamiliar with bathroom remodeling costs, the expenses associated with a new bathtub installation can be an unexpected pitfall. The best way to avoid this is to calculate the cost of your “dream bath” as well as the cost of a mid-range and an economical bathtub installation. Before you choose a bathtub to purchase, give yourself plenty of options so that you can establish a realistic budget. To help with this process, consider different bathtub materials. For example, traditional ceramic tubs will likely cost more than a low-maintenance acrylic tub.
Do you still need some help figuring out how to choose a bathtub? There’s nothing wrong with consulting a professional. Your local BathWraps dealer would be happy to discuss a new bathtub installation with you.