After a long and hectic day at the office or staying home all day with the kids, the bathtub is a great place to relax and unwind. We do not only offer world-class bathtubs for purchase but also provide guidance on how to find the perfect tub that matches your personal tastes and needs.
What Are The Different Types of Bathtubs?
The first question that comes to mind when planning to buy a bathtub is which type of bathtub to buy.
Bathtubs can be broadly categorized into the following types:
Standard tubs are the most common type of tub among bathtubs. The most affordable option available which usually has the following standard dimensions: 60 inches in length, 30 to 32 inches in width, and 14 to 16 inches in depth.
Soaking tubs are different from a standard tub. They provide extra depth for an authentic and relaxing soaking experience. Soaking tubs are available in various lengths, widths, and depths so that people of all body shapes and sizes can soak in them comfortably.
Water jets are positioned near the major muscle groups in the Whirlpool tubs to provide a soothing and relaxing massage experience. They are a good fit for people who suffer from joint pain and muscle soreness, as water jets are a great way to reduce aches and pains.
Similar to whirlpool tubs except they use air jets as opposed to water jets. The air jets propel air from several different ports that spread the pressure out, unlike the concentrated water jets in a whirlpool tub. The sensation of an air bathtub is less intense and some find it more relaxing than a whirlpool tub.
Combination tubs are multifunctional soaking tubs that offer the comfort of both air and whirlpool technologies and are comparatively more expensive.
What Are the Benefits of Different Bathtub Materials?
Acrylic - Lightweight with molded construction and simpler to clean because of its non-porous surface.
Copper -Appealing design with resistance to scratches and chips, although difficult to find.
Cast Iron - The enamel, which is usually porcelain or ceramic, is tough and can withstand most bathtub wear and tear. They retain heat, though a little heavier than the alternatives.
Solid Surface - Resin or stone composite tubs, often made to look like stone, are long-lasting and non-porous. They retain heat well, are simpler to clean, and have little to no color loss over time.
How To Choose The Right Drain Placement?
The drain placement of a tub refers to where the drain and overflow holes lead to within the tub's body. While a new soaking tub will most likely meet the same standard plumbing requirements as your old tub, the drain holes must be prefabricated in the tub to match up, so this isn't something a plumber can change.
Look at your tub from the front, open side, that faces the middle of the room to figure out where the drain should go. A center drain is available in some tubs, which makes things a little easier. If your drain is on the left, you'll need a left drain placement tub, and if your drain is on the right, you'll need a right drain placement tub.
The drain is situated at one end of the tub with reversible drain placement, and there are no distinguishing elements that define the tub body as having a front or back, allowing the tub to be adjusted to match the plumbing as needed.
How much safer are walk-in tubs?
Walk-in bathtubs generally offer an array of safety features that are designed to minimize the chances of falling while taking a bath. The ADA-compliant design features include built-in handrails, anti-slip floors, contoured built-in seating, and low-height steps for entry. Another safety feature called a scald prevention valve prevents dangerously hot water from entering the tub, and some models even include wide doors that allow wheelchair-bound bathers to transfer easily to the tub seat.
What is the standard size for a soaking tub?
Typically, soaking tubs range in length between 60 and 72 inches with some even extending as much as 90 inches in length. And 76 inches in width, which is large enough to fit two bathers side by side. An average-sized soaking tub can hold around 250 gallons of water and offer a depth of at least 14 to 23 inches or even more.
What is the difference between a soaking tub and a standard tub?
A soaking tub is deeper than a standard bathtub because it is designed to allow you to fully submerge. The depth of a standard tub is typically 14 to 16 inches (sometimes as much as 18 or 19 inches), while a soaking tub's average height is 23 inches. As a result, they can hold a lot more water than a standard bathtub.
When it comes to length, soaking tubs have a lot more variety and can be as long as 90 inches compared to just 60 inches for standard tubs.
Which is better, cast iron or acrylic?
Acrylic bathtubs are made from acrylic sheets reinforced with fiberglass, and this makes them resistant to cracks and chips. Scratches typically aren't visible, and damage to acrylic tubs is easily repaired with some acrylic filler that can then be sanded until smooth. Cast iron bathtubs, on the other hand, are made by coating a cast iron bathtub with enamel, and they are very durable and resistant to chemicals, scratches, and dents.
The major disadvantage of cast iron bathtubs is the weight. Not only are they much heavier than acrylic bathtubs, they sometimes even require the floor underneath to be reinforced prior to placement.
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