Buying Guide


Bathtub Types

Choose a type of bathtub that will fit into your bathroom's layout.

Alcove / Recessed

A recessed bathtub

Alcove / Recessed

  • Designed to fit into a recessed three-wall nook. 
  • Only features one finished side as the other three will be up against walls. 
  • Often have wall-mounted faucets and are easily configured to incorporate a shower.

Bathtub & Shower Combo

Pic of a white bathtub and shower combo

Bathtub & Shower Combo

  • Features a standard bathtub with shower walls attached. 
  • Some models include shower doors to enclose the unit. 
  • Tubs can be curved or straight. 
  • Most shower walls include shelves and other features to store bathing supplies.


White corner bathtub


  • Installed in a corner of the bathroom to save space. 
  • Triangular or clover shape with two unfinished sides that fit up against walls and one finished “front” side. 
  • Not all are able to accommodate a shower. 
  • Can fit two bathers at once. 
  • Available in a number of different design options.

Drop-In / Platform

A white drop-in / platform bathtub

Drop-In / Platform

  • Designed to be dropped into pre-built deck or walls. 
  • All four sides are unfinished, but features rim that sets on top of deck material. 
  • Easy to clean. 
  • Offers versatile placement possibilities. 
  • Requires extra work to install and may require a larger up-front investment. 
  • Use a kit for under-mount installation.


A white claw bathtub


  • All sides are typically finished and accessible. 
  • Designed to stand independently anywhere in the room. 
  • Easy to install and doesn’t require any special faucet drilling. 
  • May be able to integrate a shower.
  • Comes in a variety of designs, including claw, ball, pedestal and more.


A white walk-in bathtub.


  • Easily accessible. 
  • Typically have a chair and jetted whirlpool or jetted air features.
  • Designed for bathers unable to step into standard bathtubs.

Therapy Types

Consider the main purpose of your bathtub. Determine if it will only be utilized for daily bathing or if it needs to have therapeutic soaking options and be easily accessible for bathers unable to step over the height of a standard bathtub wall.


illustration of soaking bathtub with calm water

Soaking baths are standard bathtubs without any additional water or air jets. Certain models include features such as ergonomic contours, built-in speakers that gently rock the water in time with the beat, and heaters.


illustration of a whirlpool bathtub with agitated water swirling around

Whirlpool baths help relieve soreness and tension in muscles using water jets with targeted massage therapy. Some models may include molded armrests, lumbar support and controls that allow you to manipulate the strength of the jets. A specialized heater keeps the water at a consistently warm temperature through the duration of your bath.


illustration of a bathtub with air jets bubbling up through the water

Air baths relax the user by utilizing air jets and bubbles to massage and cushion. Some models may include variable speeds and massage zones you can control, as well as a cleaning cycle that empties air channels of water after use. Air baths do not have heaters to keep the water warm throughout the entire use.


an illustration of an air and whirlpool combo bathtub

Combination whirlpool/air baths offer both air and water streams that you can control for personalized hydrotherapy.

Bath Installation Considerations

Illustration showing how to measure a tub: 1. Overall length 2. Overall width 3. Overall height 4. Soaking Depth 5. Basin length 6. Basin width


  • Standard tubs usually have inside measurements around five feet long, 30 inches wide and 14 to 16 inches high. 
  • The exterior measurements are usually between five and six feet long and 32 to 60 inches wide.
  • Measure carefully to make sure that there is sufficient room.