What Factors To Consider When Buying a Bath?
The bath plays multiple roles in your bathroom ‒ from bathing cranky children on weekday mornings to relaxing grownups at the end of a trying day. Also, as a bath is the centrepiece in your bathroom, it has to look splendid. Hence, it’s vital you choose a bath that matches the overall decor as well as your style. If you’re renovating your bathroom, consider whether your current bathtub is comfortable enough. This buyer’s guide will help you choose the perfect bath from among the countless options in the market.
Main Factors to Consider When Buying a Bath
You need to consider 4 main factors when choosing a bath. They are:
- Bath Shapes
- Bath Sizes
- Bath Price Range
- Other Needs ‒ e.g., Children, Special Needs
1. Bath Shapes
After you decide to buy a bathtub, the first step to focus on is the shape. Choose the shape and slope that suit the needs of your family. The selection of the right shape depends heavily on the design of your bathroom as well. You get bathtubs in various designs. The most popular tubs are classic rectangular, luxurious freestanding, oval and circular. If you favour a traditional design, pick a rectangular tub. Oval and circular tubs are more contemporary. An alcove-shaped bath - usually a Corner, L-shaped, or P-shaped, is the perfect fit if your bathroom is cramped for space.
2. Bath Sizes
Your bath should match the proportions of your bathroom. Measure the bath area and the width of the doorway. Check the path from the outer doorway to your bathroom so that you can get your new bath into the bathroom confidently.
Next, determine how big your bathtub needs to be. The size should be sufficient for you and for others who use it. Also, ensure the bathtub is not so big that there’s wastage of water each time you fill it.
3. Bath Price Range
The final cost of a bath depends on the bathroom layout, plumbing and choice of finish. Solid surface baths (price range: £287 to £3,360) such as Steel and Cast-Iron Baths, are much more expensive than baths made of acrylic (price range: £100 to £369) such as Corner Baths and Shower Baths.
Whirlpool baths used to be the most expensive baths. They have, however, transformed from being an elitist purchase to a more cost-effective one. Some of the most competitively priced whirlpool baths are available from £439. Freestanding Roll Top Baths are the most expensive baths. The premium models include the King Charles Roll Top Bath (£4,236) and the Baglioni Roll Top Bath OT 1700 (£4,380). And at the other end of the price spectrum, you have the lowest priced options that include the Kent Straight Bath (£89) and the Laguna Straight Bath (£119).
4. Other Needs ‒ e.g., Children, Special Needs
If you often spend a long time in the tub, make certain it fits your body and your back like a glove. If you’re going to bathe little children in the tub, consider the depth. And if an elderly person is going to use it, buy one that has grab rails and nonslip bottom. If you’re buying a bathtub that’s made from a heavy material, make certain that the area you place your bathtub can sustain its weight.
While taking a bath presents you the ultimate experience in relaxation, buying a bathtub is fraught with stress. A bathtub can simply be an affordable choice that does its job and allows you to soak in warm water without any extra features. The perfect bathtub, however, matches the rest of your bathroom decor and adds style, luxury and elegance. And it fits your preferences and suits your lifestyle.
At Bathroom City, you’re assured of finding an awesome bathtub for your bathroom. Every bathtub we sell online or in our showroom passes our stringent quality control before it’s offered to you.