5 Factors to Consider When Buying a New Bathtub

5 Factors to Consider When Buying a New Bathtub 

Many homeowners want to have a haven for relaxation in their homes. However, dealing with new wallpapers, upholstery, countertops, doors, and other fixtures can be stressful.

Reinventing the look and layout of your bathroom is also a tough job, so we’ll help you start with a simple upgrade – a bathtub. 

In this article, we curated a list of factors to consider when buying a new bathtub. 

Budget 

Before you start shopping, it’s vital to determine your budget range for this bathroom upgrade.

Visit showrooms or online shops to view the actual prices of bathtubs in the market. We recommend setting a budget range instead of allocating a specific amount. 

This is because aside from the bathtub itself, you also have to consider the overall costs for the installation and additional fixtures or materials you’ll need. You might also have to hire an interior designer and renovation contractor to handle this project. 

Alternatively, if you already have a bathtub and want to change its look, you can check out our review of the best bathtub refinishing specialists in Edmonton

Size

Before picking the bathtub style and type you want, it’s vital to check what your bathroom can accommodate. Moreover, your bathtub size must meet your personal preferences and bathroom layout. 

Since bathtubs are not one-size-fits-all fixtures, don’t forget to bring your bathroom measurements when shopping for one. 

The standard size of a regular tub is around 60 inches long and 30 to 32 inches wide. Of course, if your bathroom has square footage to spare, you can go for a larger bathtub. 

Style 

With all the bathtub styles and finishes, it can be hard to select which one to purchase. To help you narrow down your bathtub style choices, we suggest you determine how you plan to use your new tub. 

For example, to create a modern and luxurious bathing space, you can go for a whirlpool tub with massaging jets. On the flip side, a freestanding tub can be the most practical choice if you have limited square footage in your bathroom. 

Here are other bathtub styles you can look into:

  • Alcove bathtub
  • Walk-in bathtub 
  • Clawfoot bathtub
  • Corner bathtub 
  • Built-in/drop-in bathtub 
  • Bathtub and shower combo

Weight 

Another factor to take into consideration is the bathroom’s weight. You see, there can be complications if your bathroom can’t support the tub’s weight. 

You might end up changing the overall layout of the space since you might need to reinforce your bathroom’s flooring or opt for a foundation repair

We recommend consulting a general contractor for this project, especially if you’re unsure about the numbers and measurements that should be considered for your new tub. 

Material 

When you’re looking for a new bathtub, make sure to check the materials used for it. You see, this bathroom fixture is a centerpiece that can make or break the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom. 

Besides that, the tub’s core, inner surface, and finishing materials can determine how comfortable the tub will be. 

We suggest that you go for a tub made of durable and low-maintenance material that can withstand daily wear and tear. Through this, you can minimize the need for cleaning services or repairs. 

Here are some of the popular tub materials you can choose from. 

  • Porcelain 
  • Acrylic
  • Ceramic 
  • Fiberglass 
  • Copper 
  • Natural Stone