When we work with a lot of clients on their new bathroom renovations, and I am often asked how they should choose their bathtub. What do I tell them? Sit in it!

OK, OK, you can stop laughing! Sitting in a bathtub – yes – right there in the showroom – is literally the best way to make a decision on what bathtub to buy. Does it look a bit silly? Sure. But think about it: any mattress showroom is full of people lying down and making sure that they’re comfortable. You would take a new car for a test drive. Like any big purchase, you should have a try-before-you-buy approach when it comes to your tub.

What Kind of Bathtub Are You Looking For?

But let’s backtrack a little bit, because there are some key things to consider before you’re ready to test drive those tubs. I’m assuming you’ve already made the decision about shower stall vs bathtub, because taking baths is important to you.

When making your initial list of bathtubs to try out, take these factors under consideration:

  1. Always start with the budget. How much can you realistically spend? Do some initial research on how much bathtubs can cost, then make a decision and (this is the tough part!) stick to it.
  2. How much space do you have available for the tub? There’s not much point in dreaming about a gigantic carved-stone beauty if it won’t fit in your bathroom, or there’s no way to get it up the stairs and into place.
  3. Who will be using the tub? Will this person be a senior who may need safety features like grab bars? What about small children? Think long term, and allow for resale of the house if that’s something you’re considering for the future.
  4. What shape should the tub have? Corner tubs, for example, can be a great way to make use of space and improve traffic flow in the bathroom.
  5. Does the style of the tub support the overall look of your new bathroom? If you’ve always wanted a Victorian-style claw foot bathtub, the rest of the room should work with it. Not that everything has to be matchy-matchy, but as a whole the design needs to work, even if you’re taking an eclectic approach.

Once you have a few finalists, that’s when you can start shopping and testing for fit. Why? You don’t want to see your dreams of a bubbly paradise burst when you find out that the tub is too short, or you can’t lean back and relax comfortably.

In the showroom, be considerate. Remove your shoes, especially if you’re wearing heels. Shoes can scuff and scratch (and in heels you could slip and fall as well). Remove keys or anything else that could scratch from your back pocket.

Rub a Dub Dub – When You’re Sitting in The Tub

When you’re trying out the bathtubs, here are some things to think about:

  • Is the tub long enough for you to stretch out?
  • Will the water be deep enough for you to really get that true relaxation you’re looking for?
  • When you lean back, is your neck supported?
  • Are the tap and spout in a convenient location? You don’t want to bump into them, but they should be accessible.
  • Do you want a handheld shower for rinsing afterwards?
  • If you enjoy candles, is there somewhere they can go?
  • If you like to read in the bath, is there somewhere you can put your magazine down? Would a bath caddy fit?

These tips will go a long way to ensuring your new tub is as functional as it is beautiful. A hot bath for just 15 minutes is a healthy way for anyone to relax and relieve stress. Here’s wishing you some wonderful relaxing baths for years to come.