What To Look For When Buying A Bathtub

Important: Please be sure to consult your city or county to obtain the correct permits for any bathroom renovation project.

It’s no secret you’ve been obsessing over your upcoming bathroom remodel for weeks, months, even years. Maybe you’re going the DIY route, or opting to let someone else do the heavy lifting. You’ve gone over everything from the tile, wall color, vanities, and now on to the most important part of any bathroom remodel, the BATHTUB! Since a bathtub can bring everything together, we decided to make things a little easier by jotting down what to look for when buying a bathtub.

Style

Do you want your bathtub to be the center of attention? Do you want it to help accent the rest of your bathroom style? There’s a lot to choose from when searching for the perfect bathtub such as clawfoot bathtub (example 1) or freestanding bathtubs (example 2).

With so many styles you might need a bit of inspiration. We’re big fans of Houzz and Pinterest when it comes time to get new ideas.

(Ex. 1: Maykke Gibson Clawfoot Bathtub)

(Ex. 2: Maykke Barnet Freestanding Bathtub)

Size and Space

It’s no secret that having the biggest, best tub to soak in sounds heavenly; however, if it doesn’t fit into your dedicated space, then you’re in for a world of hurt. A simple way to avoid this pitfall is to measure out the space the existing bathtub is already in. It’s also important to consider where the bathtub faucet is placed in the bathroom. Depending on where the faucet is, it could impact the size and and position of your future bathtub. Another thing to consider is about the purpose of the bathtub in the new bathroom. Is this just for you or are you sharing with little humans? Don’t forget if this is your only bathroom you may want this to be a tub shower combination. Make sure you consider all of your options.This will give you a better idea and help you plan. If you are redesigning the layout of your bathroom as a whole, plumbing included, then the only real question needs to be, what style do I want? When remodeling a whole bathroom, seek outside help from a professional before starting any project.

Drain Placement

If renovating a bathroom, the drain pipes for a bathtub may be located on the right, center, or left side of the room. This means that your options for a new bathtub might be limited unless you’re willing to pay to have them updated. Nothing ruins a day quite like discovering that the bathtub of your dreams doesn’t work with your bathroom drain system. To avoid something like this, be sure to ask your plumber for assistance. If you’re looking online, check the documentation section for a full spec sheet of the tub.

Material

Once you know what style, size, and drain placement of your tub, it’s time to think about the material. From Acrylic to Cast Iron and everything in between, all materials have pros and cons associated with them.

We prefer Acrylic and Cast Iron Bathtubs for the following reasons:

Acrylic Bathtubs

  • It’s resistant to stains
  • Easy to clean
  • Lightweight yet sturdy
  • Allows for easy installation

Cast Iron Bathtubs

  • Retains water temperature for longer
  • The material is more durable than others over the course of time
  • Resistant to chipping, denting, or scratching

Of course, there are other materials such as fiberglass, porcelain on steel, cultured marble to name a few that you can take into consideration as well.

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Time lost is never found again. To avoid costly mistakes (project delay, returns, etc.) selecting the wrong bathtub, take an extra 15 minutes to review a checklist we assembled for you -

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