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Types of Bathtubs

A bathtub is one of the most frequently used items in a home so it's an important decision on which type of tub to choose in terms of looks, functionality, and comfort. Price will vary quite a bit depending not only on the tub itself but the layout of the surrounding area of the tub including tile work, build-outs, panels, shower head, etc. Here are some of the most common types of bathtubs homeowners typically install.

  • Free Standing Tubs - These are the oldest types of tubs around. Big porcelain tubs that sometimes have showerheads hooked up to them. They offer great space for having a true bath. These are very heavy tubs and should be placed in areas that can support the weight of the tub plus water. Because these tubs are made of solid porcelain they are very expensive.
  • Alcove Tubs - Enclosed on three sides, these tubs are often surrounded by tile or paneling and shower heads can easily be added to these tubs since they are already pushed up against the wall.
  • Drop-In Tubs - Similar to freestanding tubs but not usually made of 100% porcelain, these tubs have a box made of wood and covered with tile, granite, or some other covering to surround the tub. These tubs can be placed anywhere in the bathroom as long as the plumbing is available.
  • Corner Tubs - Most of the time corner tubs look like jacuzzis or whirlpools and offer jets. They are also great for washing children when you are not relaxing yourself in the tub.

Bathtub prices can range from $500 on the low end all the way up to $1,000s for high end tubs such as the porcelain, claw foot free standing tubs. The first step in determining which tub to buy is to have a budget in mind and then measure your bathroom area. Tubs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and you might want to revolve your decision around the type of tub that will fit nicely in your bathroom.

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