The right bathtub can add style and utility to your bathroom


In order to choose the best bathtub for your home, but you must determine how much room you have in your bathroom for installation and then choose a type with your desired features and a style that matches your home’s look. 

Tip: If you’re shopping for a bathtub in the store, lie down in the tub before purchasing to make sure it feels comfortable.

Bathtub Types

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

  • • 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.
  • • 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.
  • • Installed in corner of 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.
  • • 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.
  • • 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.
  • • 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.

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.

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 so you can manipulate the strength of the jets. A specialized heater keeps the water at a consistently warm temperature through the duration of your bath.

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.

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

Bath Installation Considerations

Bath Therapy Types


  • 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.