Replacing your tub is a big choice to make. Bathtubs are the focal point of most bathrooms. Even that big choice doesn’t have to be a hard choice, however. Not if you let us help you make it.
We’ve listed the most important things to consider when choosing a new bathtub below. Answer the questions below to make buying your new bathtub a breeze.
How much space and money do you want to use?
Knowing the measurements of your available tub space will help you stay focused when you start searching. You don’t want to find your ideal tub only to end up disappointed when it’s too big.
The price of a tub will vary based on its style, size, material type, and various technological features. Compare the money you have available with the features you want. Determine the sweet spot for getting what you want at a price you can afford. Once you’ve figured out these two important details you can start moving on to the fun part: actually looking at tubs.
Which features do you want?
Do you want jets? Bubbles? In-line heaters? Some modern tubs have built-in touch pads to help you control temperatures. Some offer underwater LED lights that you can program to different colors. Determine which specific additions you want to limit the number of tub options available to you. Figuring out which tubs have everything you want help you limit your options and make your decision easier.
What style do you want?
Do you want your tub to be drop-in or freestanding like classic clawfoot tubs? Do you want it to be a shower and tub combination? There are also corner bathtubs, jacuzzis, or alcove tubs that tuck into the wall for a cozier feel.
What do you want your tub to be made of?
Most bathtubs available for purchase are made of one of two materials: fiberglass or acrylic. Acrylic is light, durable, and especially skilled at holding in heat. Fiberglass costs less, but heat escapes more easily.
Bathtubs can be made of other things, too. Available materials include, but aren’t limited to steel, marble, copper, polymer, and cast iron. These materials have different pros and cons, but they’re all going to cost you more than typical tub options.
Once you’ve determined everything else, the most important question comes: who is going to install it? A trusted and experienced plumbing company will be your best bet. You want someone who knows how to move the bathtub inside and connect it without causing any unnecessary issues.