Find The Right Bathtub In 6 Easy Steps
There are hundreds of different kinds of bathtubs available in the markets today, all of varying styles, which is why selecting the right one for your home is not a very simple task. Not only do you have to pick the right color to match your bathroom and ensure that the design is right, but many more decisions have to be taken. To help you in choosing the right bathtub, we have listed down the following criteria that need to be thought over when looking at various bathtubs to buy.
1) Features and functionality: What you need the tub for should be perfectly clear in your mind prior to you going to purchase one. Bathing is the obvious answer but tubs can also satisfy other needs. For example, a whirlpool tub allows you to bathe in addition to providing you with a relaxing massaging feeling due to the action of the water jets. So, you may think that a whirlpool tub is what you ought to buy due to the added feature. But before you do that, stop to consider if the jets will actually be used by you or are you simply too busy to even enjoy a leisurely bath and will never end up using the jets. Thus, only buy that tub which has the functions that you will actually utilize.
2) Tub size: Choosing a tub that is too small for you will mean that you cannot fit into it and will not be able to utilize it completely. On the other hand, picking one that is way too big will mean that you are increasing your water usage unnecessarily. So you see, it is essential that you buy a bathtub that is the right size for you, neither way too large nor way too small.
When you are considering the size of the tub, also determine whether you want a one person tub or two person tub. Some people buy a large tub thinking that the added room will allow for two people to bathe at the same time. However, that is not how it works. If you want to share your bath time with another person, go for a two person tub and not a large one person tub.
3) Color and style: While functionality of a bathtub is very important, its looks matter a lot too. If your bathtub matches in style and color with the other fixtures in the bathroom and fits in with your bathroom theme, your entire bath area will become that much more appealing. Thus, do try to find a matching color and style of bathtub. Your choices in colors are cream, white, pink, blue, black, brown, green, maroon, etc.
4) Tub Material: Many different materials are used to make bathtubs, which in turn give the bathtubs different degrees of durability, strength, and difficulty of maintenance. Different materials used to make bathtubs are - Acrylic, Marble, Porcelain tubs, Wood, Cast iron tubs, and Fiberglass. A fiberglass bath tub is quite an inexpensive buy but is less durable than cast iron or porcelain bath tubs. Cast iron tubs will practically last you for generations but can be very pricey also. As far as looks go, nothing can beat wood and marble bathtubs, but these are extremely difficult to maintain and keep clean. Thus, depending on what your topmost priorities are (durability, strength, looks, cost etc), you should choose a construction material accordingly.
5) Soaking or standard: A bathtub is fast becoming very popular with people because of its therapeutic value. By soaking in a hot water bath, you can give relief to tired muscles and also relieve painful cramps. A good soak can even help to reduce your blood pressure as well as lower your stress levels, both of which bode very well for your heart. Thus, if you are looking to take advantage of the therapeutics involved with bath tubs, you should look for a soaking tub and not a regular one. Soaking tubs are deeper than regular models, whereby a person can soak their entire body comfortably and not just the lower part of their body.
6) Special Needs: Handicapped people, the elderly, and those who have arthritis and other such illnesses are people with special needs and may not be able to use regular bathtubs. This is because regular bathtubs could be dangerous to their health as there is an increased chance of such people slipping in the bath and hurting themselves; that is if they can manage to get in and out of the tubs in the first place. For such people with special requirements, you should buy ADA compliant bathtubs. An ADA tub is constructed so as to be non slippery, is extremely easy to get in and out of (people in wheelchairs can also access these tubs), and the danger of slipping is averted due to the grab bars and grab rails that are present on such tubs. Thus, if there are any people in your family who have such special needs, do pamper them with an ADA bathtub.
Thus, you should choose a bathtub only after taking all the above factors into consideration. Your budget will also determine your choice of tub, but there are bathtubs available in all different price ranges so finding one within your budget should not be a problem.
By considering all the above factors before buying a bathtub, choosing the perfect one will be a breeze!
About the Author: Rob Barnes writes for Bath Tubs For You, a consumer guide dedicated to helping you find the perfect
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