Looking to buy a new bathtub but don’t know where to start? Whether you are looking to install a new bathtub or simply replace an old tub, the vendors below are a great place to start. Today, we will look at several vendors and what they can provide to a new customer as well as provide tips on what to look for in a new bathtub so you can purchase the right fit for your home.
Badeloft is a fairly new company which primarily offers freestanding bathtubs. While their options are more limited to freestanding bathtubs, they are quickly making a name for themselves when it comes to stone resin freestanding bathtubs. Although their bathtub selection may be limited compared to other vendors, Badeloft remains one of the top choices for stone-resin freestanding bathtubs. Stone resin is a composite material that is lightweight and is equally durable as some of the higher end materials on the market, all while remaining very affordable.
A long standing provider of bathtubs, Homedepot offers a wide variety of bathtub types which include freestanding, drop-in, alcove, shower combos, walk-in, alcove, and whirlpool. Similar to their diverse bathtub catalogue, these bathtubs are available in acrylic, fiberglass, stone resin, cast-iron and porcelain enameled cast-iron. The benefit of purchasing from Homedepot is that you can physically touch and feel the bathtub in person to see if it is up to your standard. Additionally, Homedepot offers a 180 day return policy should anything go wrong and they also have experts on hand to consult for installation and other advice you may need to care for your bathtub.
Another selection in the home improvement field, Lowes offers a large variety of bathtub types including freestanding, drop-in, alcove, shower combinations, walk-in and whirlpool. These bathtubs are available in acrylic, fiberglass, solid-surface and cast-iron. Similar to Homedepot, Lowes provides a place for you to consult experts and inspect your bathtub in person before purchasing. Should you find the bathtub is not to your standards, you can return your bathtub to Lowes within 90 days with receipt.
A large internet retailer, Overstock offers a wide variety of custom bathtubs as well as mass manufactured ones as well. This means that Overstock is one of the few retailers where you can purchase about every type of bathtub style, color and material. From freestanding, drop-in, alcove, shower, walk-in and corner, Overstock offers every installation style as well as every material ranging from fiberglass, acrylic, solid-surface, stone resin, cast-iron, copper and wood.
The primary advantage of Overstock is that you are able to purchase just about any bathtub type you want in the material you want from online vendors. The drawback to this is that you can’t physically feel or look at the bathtub in person and the quality of a bathtub can’t be verified until purchase. Additionally, Overstock’s return policy is not hassle-free if you find fault with your bathtub choice, so be cautious.
Another online marketplace, Wayfair offers both custom-made bathtubs and mass manufactured bathtubs. Similar to Overstock, Wayfair is one of the few sites where you can purchase nearly every type of bathtub and material. These bathtubs include freestanding, drop-in, alcove, shower, and walk-in. The advantage of a site like Wayfair is that you are able to purchase a higher end bathtub that you can’t buy at most major vendors. Bathtubs on Wayfair are available in acrylic, fiberglass, stone-resin, cast-iron, and copper. Items at Wayfair can be returned within 30 days but their policy is unclear about bathtubs in general, making it a bit more of a hassle compared to other vendors.
As one of the largest online marketplaces, Amazon is another contender for buying a new bathtub. They offer your typical freestanding, drop-in, whirlpool and shower combo options. These bathtubs are also available in acrylic, fiberglass, cast iron and stone resin. The benefit of ordering your bathtub from Amazon is that you can easily hunt for an affordable price range for your bathtub.
With so many vendors, you have a high chance of finding a bathtub you like. The disadvantage to this is that Amazon’s return policy is on each individual manufacturer so if you find a bathtub you are dissatisfied with, it may be quite difficult to return or get a refund. Similarly, since it is an online marketplace, you can’t see or touch your bathtub until it is delivered to you so you have no way of guaranteeing it’s quality.
Costco offers a wide variety of bathtubs, mainly corner, drop-in, freestanding, walk-in and shower options. Their material options are limited to mainly acrylic lined with fiberglass and other acrylic composites. Conversely, their color options are similarly limited, giving you only the option of white. The primary benefit of purchasing your bathtub from Costco is that you can physically see the bathtub in the store and walk-out with it on the same day.
This will differ from Costco to Costco however, and a majority of their bathtubs will still need to be purchased online. That being said, they offer a wide variety of bathtub types at reasonable prices. That, coupled with their 1 year warranty and 90 day return policy makes Costco fairly hassle free when purchasing a bathtub.
7 Additional tips for buying a new bathtub
Here are a few additional tips to consider when choosing a new bathtub for your home:
Understanding who will be using the bathtub
When purchasing a new bathtub, consider the bathtub’s user. Normal freestanding bathtubs and drop-in bathtubs might pose a challenge for young children and elderly due to their height and the potential of slipping on the material when it is wet. To combat this, installing non-slip surfaces or hand-holds can make your bathtub feel much safer. Additionally, you can also install steps or a small ladder to allow young children to access the bathtub. Lastly, there are several bathtub types such as walk-in and corner bathtubs that are designed for the elderly and smaller bathtubs are more kid-friendly.
How much space does your bathroom have?
When purchasing a new bathtub, it is important to consider the space available to you. Bathtubs are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes so it is important to find one that can actually fit in your bathroom. Freestanding bathtubs are the largest bathtub, but they carry the benefit that they can be installed anywhere, whereas drop-in bathtubs are technically smaller, but they require at least two adjacent walls to be installed. So before you go hunting for a new bathtub, measure out your appropriate space carefully to avoid any headaches.
How much weight can your floors hold?
Similar to your bathroom’s space, it is important to understand how secure your floor is. A full bathtub can weigh anywhere between 300-500 pounds so it is key that your floor can support that amount of weight. If you are unsure of how secure your floor is, consult a professional who will analyze the age and the material of your floor and can provide stress tests to give you an accurate range of how strong your flooring is.
Knowing the different Materials
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of choosing a bathtub is the material it’s made out of. Different materials provide you with drastically different bathing experiences, installation considerations, resale values and durabilities. Cheaper material such as fiberglass and acrylic are easy to install, come in a wide variety of styles and colors but have poor durability and last anywhere between 20-30 years. More expensive material such as granite, cast-iron, stone-resin and copper are significantly pricier, but with proper care, can last 50-100 years or sometimes even several lifetimes.
Bathtubs are heavy objects and cumbersome to install. When choosing a bathtub, it is important to look at how it is installed in your home. As stated previously, freestanding bathtubs are remarkably easy to install as they can be placed anywhere in your home. A drop-in bathtub will always require a carved out recess and at least 2-3 adjacent walls, limiting their flexibility. Installation considerations will also affect removing and replacing your bathtub in the future, so it is best to consider your options carefully and choose a bathtub that is easier to install.
Understanding resale value
In general, the quality of your bathtub will ultimately affect the overall resale value. Resale value is dependent on the difficulty of install as well as the overall quality of the bathtub. Trends play a factor in this as well, with freestanding bathtubs being just as popular as drop-in bathtubs despite their ease of install. But, a golden rule to follow is that typically, the more expensive a bathtub is to install and purchase, the higher value and return you will get on resale.
Evaluating How comfortable the tub is
Your bathtub should always be a point of comfort in your bathroom. This will largely depend on the material and feel of your bathtub. This is why it is important to physically see your bathtub before you purchase it as it allows you to sit in it and relax. If you can’t sit in your bathtub and feel comfortable, then it may not be the right fit for you.
Buying a new bathtub can be an overwhelming and expensive undertaking, so it is important that you do the proper research and see which bathtub type and material is the right fit for you. There are a wide variety of different vendors available, many with great customer service policies, so don’t hesitate to see and feel these bathtubs in person so you can more easily choose the right fit for your home.