5 Things to Consider when Buying Baths

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While technology has made it easy to shop for almost everything nowadays, you may want to consider a few things before you jump into searching for baths for sale right away.

Here are a few things to consider before going on a shopping spree.

Budget

The cost of buying a bath does not end after buying the actual bathtub. There are other costs, such as bath installation, that can be a little expensive depending on the type of tub, the fixtures and features, the material, and whether or not you’re replacing an existing tub or, ultimately new bath installation.

Space and Location

Perhaps even more important than the budget, your bathroom space should be your top focus before buying baths. So before you click the “add to cart” button, make sure you understand what type of bathtub your bathroom can accommodate.

While the bigger your bathroom space, the better, the location where you want the bath to be installed is just as important, bathtubs vary in shape, design, and size, so deciding on the area will help you determine which baths to buy depending on the space where you want it to be installed.

For example, if you have a corner in your relatively small bathroom where you want the bathtub installed, a corner bathtub may be the best choice. Or, if you want a tub with a touch of luxury in the centre of your bathroom, a freestanding bathtub may be suitable.

Shapes

Baths come in different shapes—oval tubs, corner tubs, round tubs, square and rectangle tubs, to name a few.

Oval baths are preferred for their aesthetic look and comfort. Rectangles and squares are space savers, and corner tubs maximise corner spaces.

Note that not all bath shapes are available to you. For example, depending on the space, oval-shaped and round-shaped baths may not be suitable if you want a tub in the corner, or you have an existing alcove for alcove bathtubs or structured deck frames for a drop-in type of bath.

User

Do you have kids or elderly family members who will use the bath? Though preferred for their luxurious look, freestanding baths may not be the best choice if you have kids. Because of their height and depth, kids and the elderly may find it hard to get in and out of the tub. Also, consider the ones with grabrails and nonslip bottoms for added safety measures.

For elderly users with limited mobility, walk-in tubs may be the best choice. Although it may cost a little more depending on the added feature, its safety feature ensures its user’s conformity and safety.

Material

Baths are made of different materials, and it is important that you have an idea about it when looking for baths for sale.

  • Fibreglass
  • Acrylic
  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Stone Resin
  • Cast Iron
  • Wood
  • Copper
  • Marble

These materials differ in price, weight, and durability and come with their respective pros and cons.

If you’re on a tight budget, fibreglass, acrylic, and ceramic are the most cost-effective, yet they may not be suitable for long-term durability. These materials tend to absorb water, making the material brittle and easily damaged.

Stone resin and cast iron are the most preferred materials for baths due to their quality, ease of maintenance, durability, and style. However, they may not be as cost-effective as fibreglass.

Conclusion

Considering the above list before purchasing a bath will not only save you money and stress, it will ensure that everyone can use and enjoy their bath experience. Baths offer relaxation like no other, especially when you’ve chosen the right one.