Bathtub Buying Basics for Homeowners

Whether you’re in the process of building your own home or you’re simply doing some renovations to the bathroom that you have, one thing that you should consider purchasing is a new bathtub. Although you could go with having a shower only, bathtubs make it possible to take baths too. The great thing about that is baths help to calm the nerves and reduce stress.

If you’ve never bought a bathtub before, you’re probably wondering what you should know while you’re on the hunt for one. So, if you’d like to know some bathtub buying basics that you should keep in mind, please read on.

Consider the Types

Unless you’re a contractor or you’ve totally renovated your bathroom before, there’s a pretty good chance that you didn’t even know that there were different types of bathtubs but actually, there are. There’s what’s known as the three-wall alcove which is a bath and shower combo; there’s the drop-in which are basically the tub shell only; there’s the undermount, which is a floor-level drop-in installation where the lip of the tub is covered in tile; there’s the corner tub which has a square shape; there’s the freestanding tub which is a bathing bowl and then there’s the clawfoot tub that is reminiscent of Elizabethan era. Choosing which one is most suitable depends on the style of bathroom you’d like to have as well as the amount of room that is inside of it.

Consider the Features

All types of bathtubs come with features that you can add. Some of the more popular ones are jets and bubbles (which provide you a spa-like atmosphere and feel) and digital controls, which make it possible for you to control everything from the temperature and lighting from a touch pad. Other features that you might want to consider are if you want to play music or if you’d like to have chromatherapy (which is basically underwater LED lights that can change colors to suit any particular mood that you might be in). Just keep in mind that the more features you add, the more it will cost.

Consider the Costs

Speaking of costs, say that you went to Bathtubs Plus to choose a bathtub. Something else that you’d definitely need to think about is your budget. Although you can probably find a plastic bathtub for a couple of hundred dollars, it really is best to invest a bit more money into one. Standard bathtubs will probably run you between $300-400 while certain materials are much higher. For instance, a fiberglass bathtub can run anywhere from $400-1,700, while an enameled steel usually ranges between $350-1,000. If you would like a cast-iron bathtub, you can usually find a good one for around $800. On the other hand, if you’ve been thinking about getting a wooden bathtub, one that is made out of laminated pear or mahogany, you should be prepared to spend between $15,000-25,000. For information on where to get a good bathtub, go to Lowe’s, Build or Vintage Tub and put “bathtub” in the search field.

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