You may not think it, but there’s a lot to consider when buying a new bath. First there’s the shape and style– straight, freestanding, P-shaped or corner, these are the most popular ones but the list goes on. Then there’s the material– acrylic, steel and stone cast, all offer unique benefits it just depends what you are looking for from a bath. Finally, baths also come in a range of sizes to accommodate the space you have available.
Here’s a handy guide to help make buying a bath as easy as running one…
Straight baths are incredibly versatile and a popular choice as they suit most bathrooms they are also great for showering as they typically have a flat rim for shower screens. They are a classic style which never seems to go out of fashion.
Freestanding baths are available in both traditional and contemporary styles to add a touch of class with their elegant designs to any bathroom. They do however require a bit more space so are great for larger bathrooms.
Otherwise known as P or L- shaped baths due to their shape, these are the ideal compromise if you do not have the space for a shower enclosure as well as a bath. With one end larger than the other, shower baths give you extra space for comfortable showering whilst conserving floor space.
A corner bath is the ultimate indulgence in any bathroom. Fitting into a corner of the room they allow for a spacious bathing area without taking up excessive space in your bathroom. You can also opt for jet sprays for an in-house spa experience.
Acrylic typically tends to be the cheapest option. It is a great option for a standard bath as it is lightweight and smooth as well as very easy to clean.
Super sturdy and durable, steel baths are more resistant to general wear and tear and keep your bath water warm longer than an acrylic bath would.
Stone cast, a ground polymer resin mix that has a matt finish and impressive strength. They are warm to the touch and feature high insulation properties to maintain your water temperature for longer.
Perhaps the most important consideration. If space is limited perhaps a shorter bath is a better option, often these are deeper to give you a comfortable bathing experience.
Make sure you know exactly how much space you have and buy a bath that fits. Measure the space and always double-check your measurements before making a purchase. If you are unsure about anything speak to an expert as purchasing the wrong size bath is a lot more hassle and could be costly if you have to arrange your own return.