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Types of Tubs: How to Pick the One You’ll Love

Types of Tubs: How to Pick the One You’ll Love

Your home still lacks that spa-like ambience if your master bath doesn’t have a tub installed.

OK, maybe you’re a MUCH bigger fan of showering…but on occasion, whether when it’s cold out (like in a record-breaking storm), or you just want to soak…nothing beats the luxury of the perfect tub in your bathroom.

Just ask yourself what your priorities in your bathroom space are. You start and end your day there. Do you want it to be a space of self-care? Then a long, soul-resting bath might be just the answer.

If your house doesn’t have a bathtub, or the one you have lacks luster, you should start considering which will be the perfect tub to install.

Which brings us to the question: how do you select the perfect bathtub for your home?

First, you need to know the types of tubs and what distinctly marks each design’s advantage. Then, look to the signs to watch out for when picking the perfect bathtub for YOUR home.

6 Types of Tubs to Know

  1. Freestanding Tub
  2. Alcove Tub
  3. Corner Tub
  4. Clawfoot Tub
  5. Hot Tub
  6. Whirlpool Tub

The Freestanding Tub

The freestanding tub is any tub that isn’t built in. This means you have a variety of options in where to place it in your bathroom—as long as you have a plan for the plumbing! This option works best for houses with spacious bathrooms.

Freestanding tubs could also be your best option if the tub is a post-construction consideration, especially if your house is relatively old.

The Alcove Tub

The alcove tub is a simple tub fixed between three of the walls in your bathroom. Alcove tubs are closed off at one end, leaving mobility into and out of the tub on one end only.

Alcove tubs would be a good option if your bathroom isn’t as spacious, or you’re trying to use your bathroom space optimally.

The Corner Tub

Corner bathtubs are an excellent choice if your bathroom isn’t on the smaller side. They are also good for children’s bathrooms since they often come in smaller sizes.

The Clawfoot Tub

A clawfoot tub should be top of your list if you find one you LOVE that you wouldn’t mind taking with you when you move. Clawfoot tubs are easy to install and easy to move—they also have a vintage luxe feel that many homeowners adore…

The Hot Tub

Think of ThermoSpas, Jacuzzi, Master Spas…what comes to mind when you picture those great, big, jetted tubs? Luxury? Relaxation? Bliss?!

Hot tubs are for homeowners who value comfort and luxury and would prefer to spend to get the best comfort they can afford. These heated tubs help you maintain healthy skin, too.

Whirlpool Tub

Whirlpool tubs are jetted tubs that help you relax and de-stress in a BIG way. They’re similar to hot tubs in that they’re luxurious and comfort-focused.

Given their average size, whirlpool tubs are suited for spacious bathrooms. It’s also a good idea to install them during the home’s construction process. However, that’s not to say a perfect installation can’t happen post-construction! Just be sure you talk to a vetted contractor who can handle the plumbing.


Now you now know six of the most appreciated types of tubs…you’ve also started picturing the right tub in your bathroom. Maybe bath bombs will be on your wish list for your birthday this year?!

Or, if you’re torn between which of the tubs to pick, don’t worry! Here’s a quick look at what to consider to select the tub you’ll LOVE with total confidence…

What to Consider Before Picking a Tub

Bathroom Size

One of the most important things to consider when picking a tub is the size of your bathroom. A hot tub wouldn’t fit in a tight bathroom, for instance. And there’s no reason—asides from aesthetics—to pick an alcove tub if your bathroom is rightly spacious!


Tubs certainly don’t cost the same, and there are MANY reasons why. For one, hot tubs and whirlpool tubs have elaborate jet systems that require more parts and engineering.

In picking your tub, you need to consider the cost…but before you draw any lines in the sand, consider your “return on ENJOYMENT.” Could you make a higher budget work if you find that tub you KNOW you’ll get hours of pleasure from?

Then, of course, there’s the look of luxury that SURROUNDS the tub! Does a cheap or plain tub fit into the ambiance of your four-bath home? What look are you really going for?


You need to consider the materials used for different reasons.

For one, the material speaks volumes to the durability of your tub. The material also speaks to the aesthetics of the tub.

It boils down to what ambiance you want your bathroom to exude…

Preference and Use

This is the most important thing to consider when choosing your master bathtub. Take into HEAVY consideration preferences and what you plan to use the tub for. Will it be for therapeutic purposes? Or general relaxation? How often will you use it?

Preference and use, in fact, are inseparable. Maybe you prefer the idea of a hot tub but your schedule rarely allows for long baths. In that case, your money might be better spent on a different type of tub where your budget is reassigned to superior materials or finishes.



Tubs bring opulence to your bathroom. They also help you maximize your bathroom space.

Choosing the best tub for your bathroom, however, seems like a Herculean task. You know that, because you’ve scrolled through thousands of Pinterest pictures—to no avail!

If you have ANY lingering questions about which tub is right for you, contact us. Let us know what you intend to use the tub for, take a look at your bathroom space, and help you along the path to the perfect bath.

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