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Bathtub Types: A Complete Guide

Published on Monday November 28, 2022

With so many types of bathtub materials and models, there’s a wide variety of ways to transform your bathroom space. A little bit of education on the types of bathtubs available can help you create the bathroom of your dreams. 

Whether you’re planning your dream master bathroom or simply wondering how to tell what type of bathtub you have, Long Baths is here to assist you. Use this comprehensive guide on the types of bathtubs to help you narrow down what’s best for your preferences and family needs.

4 Types of Bathtub Models

1. Basic Bathtub

This is a generic bathtub without a lot of frills, embellishments, or fancy details. Usually, a basic bathtub is installed in the house so there’s a bathing option available for family members, children, and any pets. 

These tubs are often white with a showerhead above them, allowing for a stand-up showering or a sit-down bathing experience. These tubs tend to be easy to clean and maintain, but don’t have much to add in terms of style or comfort. They’re one of the most common tubs and shower options to find in modern homes.

2. Soaking Bathtub

If you’re looking for types of bathtubs that offer more luxury in their bathing experience, then you may want to consider a soaking tub. These types of tubs are large enough to permit full-body and head immersion into a tub of water. 

They tend to be deeper than basic bathtubs, meaning they hold more water which can enhance the bathing experience. Soaking tubs come in a wide variety of shapes, styles, and sizes to allow you to get the ideal tub for your space. Whether you’re looking for something classic or a tub with more of a modern style, you’re sure to find a soaking tub that fits your style preferences.

3. Whirlpool Bathtub

When you want an indulgent bathing experience but a soaking tub isn’t quite enough, then it’s time for you to examine some whirlpool bathtub options. Usually, when you want a bath, you’re hoping to relax, ease your muscles, and rejuvenate your body and mind. 

Few things are as capable of handling that job as a bathtub with massaging, caressing water jets. Imagine coming home after a long day of work and soaking in a tub of rejuvinating warm water, letting your body relax in a whirlpool of water with shooting jets. 

One of the most stylish types of bathtubs, this model comes in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes to fit your bathroom and preferences best. A gorgeous bathtub and a full-body massage all in one? Yes, please!

4. Walk-In Bathtub

If you need a tub that is accessible for seniors or anyone with physical challenges, then a walk-in bathtub is ideal. These tubs are easily accessible thanks to their level surface and convenient entry/exit door. This makes them an excellent choice for those interested in an aging-in-place bathtub replacement.

Many seniors and individuals with physical limitations find it difficult to step in and out of more traditional tub types, especially when water and slippery bathroom tiles are involved. Walk-in bathtub types have a door to make getting in and out simple. The seal holds in all the water and a simple release button helps drain the water when desired. 

5 Popular Types of Bathtub Materials

1. Acrylic Bathtubs

This is one of the most common types of bathtub materials due to its affordability, versatility, and durability. Acrylic types of bathtubs are easy to clean and maintain, and are easy to mold into various shapes. They are glossy and smooth to the touch, but are less scratch-resistant than some pricier bathtub material options. 

2. Fiberglass Bathtubs

Fiberglass is another popular type of bathtub material, thanks to its affordability. It’s a lightweight tub that’s reasonably flexible and durable when considering its cost and weight. When properly cared for, fiberglass tubs can hold their shape and keep their shine for years. Unfortunately, they are easy to stain and tend to chip and wear down if not well maintained.

3. Composite Bathtubs

Relatively new to the bathtub market, composite materials are increasing in popularity. They can be made out of a mixture of materials, so their durability and affordability largely depend on the manufacturer. When two or more materials are combined to create a superior, unique material, that’s identified as a composite tub. Typically, this type of bathtub is designed to offer the benefits of a different material type, but at less weight or cost, or with increased durability.

4. Cast Iron Bathtubs

This bathtub material type is virtually indestructible. It can withstand a lot of use over the years. Its veneer porcelain enamel surface makes it smooth to the touch, and cleaning and maintenance for this material type are very simple. It’s important to note, however, that cast iron tubs can be pretty pricey,  especially when compared to acrylic tubs. They also tend to be exceptionally heavy. You’ll need added floor supports to install one in your home.

5. Specialty Materials Bathtubs

There are many specialty types of bathtub materials that can be incredibly stylish and interesting. Wood, glass, and marble tubs are some of the most popular. Glass tubs provide a stunning modern elegance to your room. Marble tubs are beautiful and highly durable. Unfortunately, many specialty tubs like these require a lot of maintenance to keep them in shape over the years.

Work with the Bathtub Experts

If you’re looking for a high-quality bathroom upgrade, the experts at Long Baths can get the job done for you. Contact us with questions or find your closest Long Baths location today.

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