If you decided to install a new bath (for example, while renovating, you should explore the available range of models first.
Products differ in types, materials used and installation methods. It is important to choose the best option for a particular room.
In the following, we will try to explain to you in detail how to choose a bath and what you should pay attention to.

HOW TO CHOOSE A BATH

TYPES OF BATHS

Some baths are multipurpose - you can wash yourself, bathe a child or a dog in them. There are models that focus on the specific needs. Choosing a bath, you should take into account your own needs and preferences.

THE MOST COMMON MODELS OF BATHS
Standard bath

Standard bath

The most affordable and popular option. Such models are often installed in alcoves on the built-in base and supplied with a shower.
Today, you can find such a bath almost everywhere. You can buy, for example, the standard model in a variety of designs both from high street retailer or and online store.

Hydro and air massage bath (Jacuzzi)

Standard bath

Such a bath will give you a therapeutic massage at home. The jacuzzi carries it out by directed water jets.
The air massage bath treats the body by air jets. However, jacuzzis require more fittings and, consequently, cost more.
The specialist's advice will help you find the best bath type for you, taking into account your preferences and available space.

Immersion bath

Immersion bath

A deep bath providing full immersion of the bather's body into the water. The model can be either drop-in or freestanding.

Bath with stairs

Immersion bath

Getting out from a slippery tub can be dangerous.
Walk-in models reduce the risk of falling down and are suitable for people with limited mobility.

 BATH INSTALLATION METHOD

A bath may be just functional or become the main focus of the interior.
If you start to design your room from scratch, choose a model that will allow you to maximize the space.

BATH TYPES BY INSTALLATION METHOD

Alcove bath

Alcove bath

It is also usually called recessed. This installation method is suitable for rectangular baths, which are surrounded by walls on 3 sides.
When replacing the model, you must take into account how far (and on what side) the drain pipe is located.

Pedestal bathtub (high bath)

Alcove bath

Such baths include flooring, usually built-in in their own body frame (often near the shower). This mounting method is suitable for whirlpool and air massage bathtubs.
Space under flooring can be used for pumping equipment, fittings and other pieces, which are obstructed by a removable panel.

Drop-in bath

Alcove bath

Differs from the previous bath type from an aesthetic standpoint.
The model's edge covers up the flooring, usually made of stone or tiles (depending on the remaining surfaces in the room). It is mounted on supports.

Freestanding bath

Alcove bath

As the name implies, this bath is standing on the floor without additional support.
The models vary in height and leg construction. You must take into account the proximity to pipelines.

MATERIALS OF BATHTUBS

Baths are made of different materials. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages.

Acrylic bathtub

Alcove bath

This plastic material looks like enameled metal but weighs considerably less.
Acryl is often used for the body frame of jacuzzis and air massage baths. They are easier to fix than products with a porcelain surface. 

Fiberglass bathtub – gelcoat

Alcove bath

It is also called glass fiber reinforced plastic or FRP. Gelcoat creates a shiny surface that is easy to clean.
It is not so expensive as acryl, but also less durable. A strong impact may cause cracks.

Composite bathtub

Alcove bath

This enameled material retains heat as well as cast iron, but it weighs three times less.
That's why composite tubs are mostly installed on the 1st floor of single-family residences.

Marble bath

Alcove bath

As quartz countertops, this material is made of crushed marble, which particles are bound by resin.
The surface is covered by transparent gelcoat. Scratches on it can be sanded, but you will not be able to get rid of cracks.

Porcelain-coated steel

According to heat conservation, such a bath is highly competitive with cast iron one, but it will weigh less.
As its heavier "colleague", porcelain-coated steel is susceptible to cracking and corrosion.

Cast iron bath

Baths made of this material will be the most robust and durable among alternatives.