The best kind of bathtub for you is dependent on several factors.
How will you be using your bathtub?
If you don’t have must-haves in mind, like jets, headrests, or grab bars, you will likely be able to make do with a simple, moderately priced bathtub style. However, if you’re looking for a luxurious soaking experience or require additional support, like slip resistant flooring, you will need to choose a bathtub that includes your must-have features.
How much space do you have to work with?
Don’t get ahead of yourself without first measuring the space where your bathtub will be placed – don’t forget to measure doorways as well! Also, be sure to note the placement of the drain to choose a bathtub that not only fits but aligns with the draining system. Once you have these basic pieces of information jotted down, you can move forward with looking for a bathtub that fits your specifications.
Consider any installation requirements.
Certain bathtub styles will require specialized installation. Drop-in styles are the easiest to install, however, if you’re splurging and going for a jetted tub, consider that you will require a pump, air switch, and electric timer. Think ahead to installation when shopping for your perfect bathtub and you won’t be caught off guard when it’s time to install.
Is your water heater equipped for the bathtub you want?
Bathtub sizes affect your water bill. Baths generally use 2/3 hot water and 1/3 cold water so be sure to consider what you will be demanding of your water heater tank. Your water heater should be large enough to comfortably fill your new bathtub with 2/3 warm water.
Consider the weight of the bathtub.
Some tubs, like acrylic and fiberglass tubs, are relatively lightweight and can be easily installed in second and third floors. However, some bathtubs, like cast-iron tubs, can weigh as much as 1,000 lbs. When filled with water, the weight will increase. First floors may be better suited for heavier bathtub models.
Is the bathtub comfortable during use?
This may just be one of the most important factors to consider. So, get in the bathtub model you’re considering and settle back to envision your perfectly drawn bath. If you can’t quite get comfortable, move on to a model that will better envelop you.