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'Tis the season to take your
bathing experience to the next
level by upgrading to a luxury
bathtub this Christmas.
A good soak in a bathtub can be
your source of relief from tension,
stress and muscle pain.
Options abound when shopping
for a new bathtub.
You will find that there are a wide
variety of tubs with different types,
styles and prices.
But, before you make your luxury
Christmas wish list purchase, here's
a rundown on what you need to
consider before you even start to
shop around for that blissful bath-
TYPES OF BATHTUB
and pedestal baths
Clawfoot baths are baths that sit
on four clawed feet. This style origi-
nated in late 19th century and was
made of cast iron with a porcelain
lining and was extremely heavy.
Today's newer materials allow them
to be produced more cheaply and
easily, and feature a high, sloped
end to allow for greater comfort,
and double-ended tubs, which are
sloped at both ends.
Recessed or alcove baths
Recessed or alcove baths are
common household tubs that are
usually installed against a wall on
two or three sides.
Its design hasn't changed a great
deal over the years, though the ma-
terials it is constructed of have
changed from enamel-coated steel
or cast iron to acrylic or fiberglass.
These baths are often found with
showers over them.
A drop-in bath is one that's de-
signed to either drop into a cavity in
the floor or a raised platform for a
(more or less) flush finish. These
types of baths can be quite aesthet-
ically appealing but depending on
how they're designed, they can also
be tricky to get out of.
Freestanding baths are those that
don't connect to any walls for sup-
port. Clawfoot baths and pedestal
baths are technically 'freestanding
baths', but the category itself also
includes many other varieties.
Corner baths are triangular in
shape and are designed to fit into a
corner like a wedge. These sorts of
tubs may be a good solution when
space is limited and a regularly
shaped tub isn't practical. Corner
tubs are often enhanced with air
jets, turning them into whirlpool
In a whirlpool bath, openings lo-
cated in the bath walls stream air
bubbles and/or water jets, creating
a pleasant sensation for the bather.
They can be enjoyed with hot or
cold water, and offer many health
Walk-in and gated baths feature
high walls and a seat in the tub,
with a door that opens up from one
side to allow the bather to walk di-
rectly in without having to step over
the wall of the tub. These tubs are
typically used to help the disabled
and elderly to bathe freely with min-
TYPES OF BATHTUB
Cast iron tubs
The best bathtubs are made from
enameled cast iron. Though they're
incredibly heavy, particularly in large
sizes, cast- iron tubs have deep,
These tubs are among the most
expensive and they're made by
pouring molten iron into a mold and
are nearly resistant to dents,
scratches or chemicals.
Also known as FRP, tubs made
from fiberglass-reinforced acrylic
are inexpensive, considerably lighter
and more easily molded, they tend
to come in larger, more intricate
styles than cast-iron types.
Tubs made of fiberglass tend to
fade in direct sunlight and scratch a
little too easily.
Porcelain on steel (PoS)
These bathtubs come at the low-
est cost and buyers favour these
tubs because they're easy to install.
They're stamped out of a solid steel
piece and coated in porcelain, which
makes the tubs resistant to abra-
sion during thorough scrubbing.
These models don't have a substan-
tial lifespan, however, and you may
need to replace them every decade
Costwise, the next step up from
fiberglass is acrylic, which typically
costs much more. These tubs start
as a large piece of acrylic that's
heated and pulled over a mold.
They're then vacuumed tightly onto
the mold, reinforced with fiberglass
and resin and removed. Although
they cost more than fiberglass
bathtubs, they're easy to clean,
durable, and difficult to scratch.
For those seeking the bathtub to
be the dramatic focal point of the
bathroom, baths can be created out
of genuine marble, granite, glass,
brass, copper, wood, and more.
While they are definitely made for
bathing, they will require specialised
care, depending upon the material,
to maintain their beauty.
A bathtub is more than a luxuri-
ous accessory for your home.
While you can easily find tubs de-
signed to fit small bathrooms, be
sure you pull out that measuring
tape and take exact measurements
of the area you consider installing
These measurements will help
you avoid buying a bathtub that will
be either too big or too small for
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