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Kitchen may be the heart of the house, but the bathroom can bring the most peace and serenity, providing you with a long soaking bath or a steamy hot shower after the tiring day.

In this post we will focus on one of the most important features of the bathroom – the bathtub.

I love a long hot bubble bath, combined with a good book and a great drink. There’s truly nothing better to end a long day with. However, to enjoy this you need to know what are the available options on the market for a quality, comfortable, long lasting bath tubs.

Different Types of Bathtubs

Soaking bathtubs: As the name suggests, these are meant for a full-body soaking experience. They are usually deeper than standard bath tubs and allow a person to soak up their entire body. They generally do not have any shower attachments or jet combinations as they are made specifically for laying down.

The different kinds of soaking tubs are:

  • Roman tubs: These get their name from the original baths made by the Romans over their springs. A Roman bath is mounted on the floor, sunken into it.
  • Greek tubs: These are typically shorter in length than regular soaking tubs and are great for bathrooms with a space constraint. A person can actually be up to his neck in water when sitting in one, that too in the sitting position.

Built-In bath tubs: Probably the most popular type. They are built into your bathroom and are not free standing. The various types include:

  • Alcove tubs: These are enclosed on three sides and open only on the front side. These are perhaps the most popular type used at American households.
  • Drop-In bath tubs: This is the one where you have to go down into it instead of climbing it up. They are mounted on a deck and have faucets. It also has a corner tub – a drop-in deck. Drop in tubs usually do not have any shower combinations as they are not enclosed.

Freestanding bath tubs: These are not built into the floor or enclosed on three sides. They stand free. The faucets are usually mounted on the side of the bathtub itself but can also be on the floor or walls. It can be put anywhere and is usually portrayed in the form of a clawfoot tub, sometimes put right in the middle of the room. You have an absolute freedom in designing the style of such kind of a tub.

Special bath tubs

In addition to the above types, there are other types which have special features and thus fall into the category of specialty tubs.

  • Whirlpool tubs: These have jets for added pleasure and comfort.
  • ADA tubs and walk in bathtubs: Specially designed for the elderly and physically handicapped.
  • Aqua massage tubs: Have holes at the bottom (and sometimes on the sides too) from where air bubbles are constantly released into hot water. Also known as hot air tubs.

Platform tubs – These have unfinished panels and require something to be built around it, both for safety and aesthetics. Your design freedom comes in choosing the shape and size of the tub as well as what will be on the surface of the platform. The platform can be built anywhere it fits inside the room. These are usually the most costly option due to the extra materials of the platform itself. Some homeowners get rather elaborate using expensive marbles and luxurious finishes. Others will use a more standard tile and grout.

Tub materials:

Enameled cast iron – heavy, durable, retains heat, color variety.

Fiberglass – cheaper, not quite as durable, good color variety.

Enameled steel – resembles cast iron, less costly than cast iron, chips more easily.

Acrylic – huge choice of styles, tends to scratch, more costly than fiberglass, lightweight.

As you can see you have many options at your disposal. Check out our site for more details on your primary choices. Good luck on your project!