Consider these basic types, and remember that there are countless variations of each:
Basic Types of Bathtubs
- Standard – only about 15” deep, very common, inexpensive
- Soaking – larger, usually around 20” deep, slightly more expensive than standard tubs
- Whirlpool or spa-style –jets can be powered by air or water, the most expensive type
- Freestanding – claw-foot tubs or pedestal tubs, attractive and spa-like, price is variable
- Shower-tub combo – common and practical, many different styles to choose from, moderately priced
Once you are familiar with the main types of tubs, it’s easy to pick a favorite. But determining if that style is right for your bathroom is another story.
Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Considering Which Tub to Buy
- Where it will be placed? In an alcove, freestanding, or in a corner – all these places in your bathroom will narrow down the type of tub you will be able to install.
- How heavy is the tub? Antique tubs made of steel or cast-iron and filled with water are extremely heavy versus a fiberglass standard-size tub. If the tub will be installed in a second-floor bathroom, make extra sure the floor can support it!
- What are your bathing preferences? Bathing is a daily ritual for most of us. If you want fast, opt for a shower. If you enjoy relaxing or soak for muscle soreness, one of the other options may be better for your needs.
- Is a particular size or shape needed? An extra tall family member or one with special needs won’t be comfortable in just any tub. As a matter of fact, they might not be able to use certain types a all. For example, many elderly people prefer walk-in tubs because they are safer. Your floorplan may also determine which type of tub you can get, so measure before shopping!
- How much do you want to spend? Expect to pay $200 or more for a standard fiberglass or acrylic bathtub. Shower-tub combinations can cost up to $1,500, and the price of an antique tub could be anywhere in between. Special features like air or water jets will set you back even more.
And remember that these prices are before installation. The cost of removing an old bathtub can be just as expensive as the labor required to install a new one.
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling is here to help our Overland Park customers make the right decision concerning their next bathtub. We help them consider a lot of questions that may not have crossed their minds once they got their hearts set on just one style.
Call us for advice and a free estimate on tub replacement!