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What is The Best Type of Bathtub to Buy in 2024?

A freestanding bathtub is the best option for the value, durability, comfort level, and aesthetic appeal. They are available in high-quality materials that will last several lifetimes, increase the value of your home, and can easily be installed anywhere in your home. In addition, they are great for any household size and bring a vibrant punch to any bathroom aesthetic. But, if you’re not looking for a freestanding tub, we’ll also discuss seven other options for your home. 

What to consider when buying a bathtub

When purchasing a new bathtub, there are a few considerations to keep in mind:


Your available space will determine the size bathtub you choose. Of course, you can modify your home to accommodate a specific bathtub size, but not many people have this luxury. Alcove, corner, and soaking bathtubs are ideal for small spaces, whereas walk-in and freestanding tubs are better for larger spaces.

Material and Weight

Generally, the higher the quality of material, the heavier it is. This is important not only for the longevity of the bathtub but also for your comfort. Higher quality material is more durable and can retain heat for longer periods, ultimately saving you money on utilities. Materials such as natural stone, copper, cast iron, and stone resin can easily last several lifetimes, but bathtubs made from acrylic and fiberglass have a much shorter life span.

However, remember that a higher-quality bathtub will have a more expensive installation cost, and you will need to reinforce your floor to support it.


The shape of your bathroom is similar to the size. Traditional alcove bathtubs are popular because they allow you to install your bathtub in a small space.

Oval and round-shaped bathtubs are technically larger but free up more of your bathroom. The shape of your bathtub will not only determine your bathroom’s layout but affect its stylistic choices. Rounder shapes are more modern, and rectangular bathtubs are more classic.

7 other types of bathtubs you can buy

Bathtubs are available in various styles and sizes to fit any home. Here are seven common bathtub types to help you decide which is suitable for your home. 

1. Standard or Drop-in Bathtub

A standard bathtub refers to a set of bathtubs with a similar design, usually drop-in and alcove models. These bathtubs come in a large variety of sizes and can be rectangular or oval-shaped. They need either supporting walls or a carved-out ingress to be installed. Alcove, Corner, Whirlpool, and Oval tubs are all examples of standard bathtubs.

2. Clawfoot or Freestanding Bathtub

A clawfoot is a variety of freestanding bathtub that has been popular since the Victorian era. It is characterized by four clawfoot feet that support the basin. Like other freestanding bathtubs, they can be installed anywhere the plumbing allows and are available in various intricate designs. In addition, clawfoot tubs provide a classic aesthetic that can easily double as a centerpiece.

3. Soaking Bathtub

A soaking bathtub combines many aspects of freestanding bathtubs by allowing the user to submerge their body in a comfortable position completely. They are designed to house one individual in a sitting position and are often oval or egg-shaped to provide a comfortable surround that serves as both a back and headrest. Japanese soaking tubs are an example of this bathtub type.

4. Whirlpool Bathtub

A whirlpool tub uses powered jets to provide a massaging effect that helps to relieve tense muscles. They are either drop-in or stand-alone, often in rectangular or corner shapes. The jets use water or air to power them and require a large volume of water to cycle through the system continually. Jacuzzis are an example of whirlpool bathtubs.

5. Walk-in Bathtub

Walk-in bathtubs are designed for an individual to walk in and out of the bathtub, reducing the hazard of slips and falls. There are handles, steps, and grips to keep the user safe as they use the bathtub. They are available in different sizes and come in standard variants and whirlpool options. The ANZZI left drain walk-in is an example of a walk-in bathtub.

6. Corner Bathtub

A corner bathtub is a bathtub shaped to fit into corners. They are available in 3 or 5-sided configurations. They are typically larger than standard bathtubs, but their shape frees up more walking space in your bathroom.

7. Alcove Bathtub

An alcove bathtub is any tub that is enclosed on three sides by walls. It is the most common bathtub variant because it can fit into almost any space. The bathtub is dropped in and secured to the wall.

Choose The Perfect Bathtub For Your Home

Now that you know what to look for, you can start hunting for the right bathtub. Badeloft offers high-quality bathtubs that have the look and feel of luxury material but at a very affordable price. If you are interested in any of our premium bathtubs, take a look at our variety of freestanding bathtubs. Or, if you have any questions about our products, and want a free sample swatch, feel free to contact us here.

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