There is nothing more relaxing than slipping in to a warm bath after a long day. Hot water seems to melt the stress away and for people suffering with joint and muscle pain, it can be a warm and soothing relief. With so many important benefits, it’s no wonder there are many new trends to compliment your soaking. Different tubs for different needs, soaking alone or room for two, and whirlpool options are just some of your choices.  

Traditional standard bathtub size is 60 inches long, 30 inches wide and 14 to 16 inches deep. Measurements are important not only to be sure it will fit in allotted spaces, but also that it can pass through the bathroom door. Prices can range from $200 to $5,000, plus instillation charges.

Many people may wish to take advantage of the wide range of designs and options available, and choosing a material is your first step. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages and it is important to know your options:

Enameled Steel: For decades the enameled steel tub could be found in most homes, popular because it is lightweight and inexpensive. It was and still is a standard choice. An unfortunate drawback though is these tubs get cold quickly and can be slippery.

Cast Iron: A customer favourite, this tub is old fashioned in style and free standing. Offering excellent durability it also offers much better for footing than a steel tub.

Acrylic: If you’re looking for something innovative in appearance the acrylic tub is your ideal choice. Easily molded into elaborate shapes, sizes and colours the reinforced acrylic can also add body hugging shapes, arm and head rests as well as grip bars. Though ideal in appearance, the acrylic tub is difficult to install as all edges and stress points must be fully supported. It is also harder to clean because abrasive cleaners can damage the surface.

Luxury: What’s your fancy? Luxury tub styles are innovative often resembling a spa design with tubs made out of copper, stone and wood. Options range from the new Infinity Tub to low-lying grotto impressions. Japanese soaking tubs are quite popular –  short and deep they are ideal for people who wish to be fully submerged. The options are endless and perfect for those who truly want to pamper themselves.