The Different Types of Bathtubs

So many types of bathtubs to choose from! Which one will be the perfect one for your bathroom? Just in case you need to get a clear perspective on exactly what defines each type, I have written this article to explain exactly that. Whether you want to get a tub for everyday use or you want a luxurious one to create a spa-like retreat, one of these bathtubs types is sure to meet your needs.


Standard Tubs

These tubs are the generic bathtubs that are found in the majority of homes. They are affordably priced and easily found at the home improvement store in your neighborhood. These are practical tubs that are usually used for everything from showering the family to washing household pets. An alcove installation is usually required for this type of bathtub.

Soaking Tubs

Soaking tubs are generally deeper than the standard tubs; the extra depth is needed to allow the tub to hold more water and fully immerse your body. This type of tub can be either built-in or freestanding, like some clawfoot soaking tubs. Soaking tubs will typically have sides that are taller so that they can hold more water for soaking. They are available in a wide range of shapes and styles, and come with different water capacities.

Walk-In Tubs

Bathtubs that have a door to allow access without climbing into the tub are referred to as walk-in tubs. They are ideal for the elderly and persons with mobility issues but, really, anyone can use them. The door on this type of tub will have a seal on it to prevent water from getting out when it is closed. They are normally the standard 60-inch length but deeper, with more water capacity.

Whirlpool & Air Tubs

When you need a therapeutic bath to help you relax after a long work week, having a whirlpool or an air tub can be a real treat. These tubs are able to shoot water or air bubbles, or sometimes a combination of both, in specific areas to massage your body. A whirlpool tub will inject water into the tub, stirring the water in the process. An air tub will push air through the plumbing system, creating bubbles in the process.