What Tub Is Right For You?

13/11/15 4:14 PM

If you’re remodeling your bathroom, you have an enviable advantage compared to many homeowners. You can select the tub that is right for you in every way.

Be honest about why you want a tub. Many people don’t give this choice much thought and just rush out to their local plumbing supply store, expecting to select a color. When they walk through the door, they can be overwhelmed by the choices. It’s much easier to face a big selection if you know what you need first.

Do you want a place to relax, float, and soak? Soaking tubs do just that for you, because they provide a deep basin in which you can submerge your entire body and indulge in a good, long rest.

If you want to get more than relaxation from your time in the tub, then perhaps a whirlpool tub is what you need. Many people know these tubs by the brand name, Jacuzzi. Strategically placed jets push water around the body, providing a soothing experience that can be like a good massage, maximizing the heat of the water with the motion provided by the jets.

Of course, the first step in any good bath is, literally, the first step. If your body will have trouble negotiating the high sides of a tub, you will be less likely to use and enjoy this expensive piece of equipment. Walk in tubs allow you to get in and out easily, while still enjoying a bath. Some even provide a bench seat so you don’t need to bend down so far.

Finally, if you never want a bath, you can consider creating a shower enclosure that skips a tub entirely.

Putting your wish list aside, give some practical thought to these options. For example, a whirlpool tub requires access to both water and electricity and you will need to ensure there is a way to reach the mechanical components if they need servicing or repair in the future.

Additional options include chromatherapy, which place colored lights below the water line to create different emotional effects.

As always, if you have any plumbing questions, call Classic Plumbing by Reno at 860-748-7305. I’d be happy to talk about tubs and give you specific answers!

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