Find the Ideal Bathtub
Vevano Home offers a wide selection of high-quality, stylish bathtubs in various sizes and materials. Whether you're looking for a timeless cast iron freestanding tub or a sleek modern drop-in, we've got you covered. Not sure what tub is best for you? We can help with that too! Here's everything you need to know about tub sizes, shapes, materials, and more so you can find the ideal tub for your bathroom.
Let’s start with the size of your bathtub. Some may prefer an above-average length instead of a deeper soaking depth. If you are a tall person that enjoys laying back and relaxing in your tub, you may want to choose a length over depth. Bathtubs come in 4ft, 5ft, and 6ft lengths.
On the other hand, if you prefer to have a deeper bathtub, allowing you to emerge yourself in the water fully, you will probably want to prioritize depth over length. Some people also enjoy deeper tubs because their kids or pets can fit inside as well. A standard bathtub measures 14–20 inches. Whatever you prefer, there is an option for you.
Types of Bathtubs
As you search for a new tub, it helps to understand the five main types of bathtubs—drop-in, alcove, freestanding, whirlpool, and walk-in bathtubs. All of these bathtubs are very different and have unique features.
This particular type of bathtub is your typical rectangular-shaped bathtub with angular lines. Drop-in bathtubs are tubs dropped in a frame or structure, featuring a rim that goes around the top of the tub. You can customize your drop-in bathtub by selecting the material you would like the rim to be made of; most people prefer tile or stone. These bathtubs are ideal for a children’s bathroom because of its shape and ease of getting in and out.
An alcove bathtub is most known to be in the corner of a bathroom and is known for the way it is installed. These beautiful bathtubs are installed into a recess in a bathroom, often against a wall or in the corner. Since these tubs are designed to fit between three furnished walls, it’s not uncommon to see a shower curtain on the fourth wall. Alcove tubs and drop-in tubs are very similar; however, alcove tubs require fewer steps during installation.
Freestanding bathtubs are all the rave these days. Freestanding bathtubs add a modern or contemporary look to your bathroom, making it look sleek and updated. However, if you’re going for an antique-looking freestanding tub, clawfoot bathtubs would be a great option.
A whirlpool bathtub is known for its jets that help relax and massage the muscles. So if you’re looking for a relaxing bathing experience, this may be the tub for you.
This type of tub is designed for those who have trouble getting in and out of a regular bathtub. Walk-in bathtubs have grab bars that help avoid hazards like slipping and falling. Seats are also commonly found in this type of bathtub because they take pressure off the legs. A walk-in bathtub is different because there is more vertical space in the tub instead of horizontal space.
There are various materials that bathtubs are made out of, but we will cover three of the most common materials here. These materials include porcelain, fiberglass, and acrylic. It’s essential to understand the characteristics of each material so that you know how to clean your bathtub and how best to maintain it over time. For a deeper dive into bathtub materials, check out our best bathtub materials comparison article.
Steel bathtubs are sometimes referred to as porcelain tubs because the steel is covered in porcelain enamel. (On a similar note, cast iron tubs are also typically covered in porcelain, which is why they are known as enameled cast iron tubs.) Steel tubs generally are well-protected by this porcelain enamel, which is both stain and scratch-resistant and easy to clean. However, steel tubs don’t retain heat well and are prone to chipping if a heavy object falls on its surface.
Cast Iron Bathtubs
Though one of the heaviest tubs you can buy, enameled cast iron tubs are incredibly durable, resistant to stains, scratches, and chips. Cast iron tubs are especially known for their excellent heat retention. With proper maintenance, your cast iron tub can last you for decades to come.
Fiberglass tubs are made from fiberglass-reinforced plastic molded into the shape of a bathtub. These tubs are coated with a layer of gelcoat resin, which provides a high-quality finish and makes the surface easy to clean. Fiberglass is also a lightweight material, making it easy to move and install your tub.
However, due to the nature of this lightweight material, fiberglass is also one of the most brittle bathtub materials on the market, cracking often. As a result, fiberglass tubs are generally less expensive than porcelain and acrylic tubs. In addition, the use of standard cleaning products on fiberglass also tends to discolor the surface over time. So, although this is one of the least expensive bathtub materials, keep in mind the long-term cost of buying a fiberglass tub.
Acrylic is a combination of materials like stabilizers, resins, and fillers. Acrylic is often reinforced with fiberglass, making it a bit pricier than fiberglass tubs but more durable. In addition, acrylic is a non-porous material, which means that it will not absorb any excess water in your bathtub, helping it to avoid cracking. This non-porous material also helps with heat retention, keeping the water in your tub warmer for longer.
Other Features to Consider
We’ve talked about bathtubs’ sizes, shapes, and materials, but now it’s time to cover a few other features that affect your bathtub. If you would like a bathtub with a bit more support for your back while relaxing, try out a bathtub with lumbar support. If you are looking for a spa-like tub, you can purchase a bathtub with jets or a heated surface. You will also want to decide with what material you would like to finish your bathtub. The most common finish is a high-gloss white finish.
Along with the features listed above, you’ll want to think about the drain stopper you would like. There are five drain stoppers:
- Toe-Touch: You can open and close the train with the touch of your toe
- Push-Pull: The traditional pull-up knob in the middle to push it down and pull it to open
- Flip-It: You flip a toggle that will open or close, and you move the toggle from side to side
- Pop-Up: An internal rod moves to raise or lower the stopper
- Trip-Lever: An internal plunger stops water flow in the drain
All of these drain stoppers are great options, so the one that you decide for your new tub will be up to you and your personal preference.
What’s Best For You?
We know there’s a lot to understand when learning about bathtubs, but it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Refer back to this as your guide when it comes to any questions about bathtubs. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact our designers. You can consult with our virtual interior designers by calling 855.483.2629 or email us your questions at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you and help you with your bathroom remodeling!