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All You Need to Know About Choosing a Bathtub

June 25, 2024

Choosing a bathtub can be an exciting step towards creating your dream bathroom retreat. A luxurious soak can melt away stress, ease sore muscles, and provide a welcome escape from the daily grind. But with so many options available, where do you even begin? This comprehensive guide will equip you with all the knowledge you need to find the perfect bathtub for your needs and budget.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Bliss

Do you envision tranquil evenings under the stars or a spa-like haven within your home? Indoor hot tubs and outdoor soaking tubs each offer unique benefits. Indoor jacuzzi tubs, jetted tubs, and whirlpool tubs provide a convenient and year-round escape, while outdoor tubs allow you to bathe beneath the open sky. Empava offers a variety of acrylic tubs perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, designed to withstand the elements and retain heat for a luxurious soak.

Height Range Bath Preference Bathtub Style Min Length Ideal Length Min Depth Ideal Depth
Below 5 ft Soaking Standard Alcove 54 inches 55 inches 18 inches 20 inches
Below 5 ft Showering Standard Alcove 54 inches 55 inches 14 inches 14 inches
5 ft to 6 ft Soaking Standard Alcove 60 inches 66 inches 18 inches 20 inches
5 ft to 6 ft Showering Standard Alcove 60 inches 60 inches 14 inches 14 inches
Over 6 ft Soaking Freestanding / Soaking Tub 67 inches 72 inches 18 inches 22 inches
Over 6 ft Showering Standard Alcove (Larger Options) 60 inches 67 inches 14 inches 14 inches
Any Height Soaking Corner Tub 60 x 60 inches - 18 inches 20 inches
Any Height Showering & Soaking Walk-in Tub 59 x 32 inches - 18 inches 22 inches


  • Standard Alcove tubs are the most common type and typically come in 54" or 60" lengths. Larger options may be available depending on the manufacturer.
  • Freestanding and Soaking Tubs generally offer more length and depth for a more luxurious soaking experience.
  • Corner tubs can be a good space-saving option for soaking, but may not be ideal for showering due to their angled design.
  • Walk-in tubs are designed for safety and ease of entry, often featuring a built-in seat and door.

This table provides a more detailed guideline to help you find the perfect bathtub for your height, bathing preference, and bathroom layout. Remember to consider the available space in your bathroom when making your final decision.

How Many Will Be Bathing?

Consider how many people will be using the bathtub regularly. Two-person jacuzzi tubs are ideal for couples, while larger families might prefer a 4-person hot tub or even a 6-person hot tub. Empava even offers spacious soaking tubs that can comfortably accommodate one or two bathers.

Budgeting for Your Soak

Bathtubs range in price depending on size, features, and material. Acrylic tubs are generally a more affordable option compared to cast iron tubs or wood tubs. The table below provides a general comparison of costs for different bathtub materials:

Material Price Range
Acrylic $500 - $3,000
Cast Iron $1,000 - $5,000
Wood $3,000+


Empava is proud to offer high-quality acrylic bathtubs at competitive prices, ensuring you get the most value for your investment.


Different Installation Type Tub Budget:

Tub Type Budget Range (USD) Pros Cons
Alcove Tub $1,000 - $2,500 Affordable, Easy to install (if replacing similar tub), Space-saving Limited features, Less luxurious feel
Freestanding Tub $2,000 - $5,000+ Luxurious look, More design options, Deeper soak Requires more space, Potentially complex installation
Soaking Tub $2,500 - $7,000+ Deepest soak for relaxation, Can be freestanding or alcove Higher cost, May require additional bathroom modifications
Corner Tub $1,500 - $4,000 Space-efficient for smaller bathrooms, Can offer whirlpool jets Limited size and bathing positions compared to soaking or freestanding tubs
Clawfoot Tub $3,000 - $10,000+ Classic and elegant design statement, Durable cast iron construction Heaviest tub option (may require floor reinforcement), Higher installation cost
Walk-in Tub $3,000 - $8,000+ Accessibility features for those with limited mobility, Increased safety High cost, Less variety in styles and sizes

Please note: These are general budget ranges and can vary depending on the specific tub material, features, complexity of installation, and labour costs in your area.

Additional factors to consider:

    • Tub material: Acrylic is the most affordable, cast iron is durable but expensive, and stone offers a luxurious feel at a premium cost.
    • Features: Whirlpool jets, chromatherapy lighting, and heated towel racks increase the cost.
    • Demolition and disposal: Removing your existing tub adds to the overall cost.
    • Plumbing adjustments: Moving existing plumbing lines requires additional labor costs.

Tip: Get quotes from several licensed plumbers or contractors to get the most accurate estimate for your specific project.

Different Therapy Type Tub Budget:

Type Pros Cons Price Range (USD)
Whirlpool Bath Tub Massaging water jets for relaxation and muscle relief, Can come in various bathtub styles (alcove, freestanding) May be too intense for some users, Requires additional cleaning and maintenance for jets $2,000 - $7,000+
Air Bath Tub Provides gentle massage with air bubbles, Can improve circulation Less powerful massage than whirlpools, Bubbles may disrupt bath experience $1,500 - $5,000+
Cold Plunge Tub Promotes muscle recovery, Improves circulation, Boosts alertness Requires discipline for regular use, Can be uncomfortable or shocking initially $120 - $3,300+
Chromatherapy Bath Tub Uses colored light for mood enhancement and relaxation Limited scientific evidence for effectiveness, May require additional installation for lighting features $2,500 - $10,000+

Please note: These are general price ranges and can vary depending on the specific features, size, material, and brand of the therapy tub.


Additional factors to consider:

    • Intended therapy: Consider your specific needs (muscle relaxation, pain relief, improved circulation) when choosing a therapy tub.
    • Available space: Cold plunge tubs and some whirlpool tubs can be quite large. Ensure you have adequate space for your chosen therapy tub.
    • Ease of use: Features like adjustable water jets or temperature controls can enhance your therapy experience.
    • Maintenance: Whirlpool tubs and air bath tubs require regular cleaning to prevent mold and mildew growth.

Tip: Consult with a healthcare professional before using a therapy tub, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.


Special Needs and Therapeutic Benefits

Beyond relaxation, bathtubs can offer a multitude of therapeutic benefits. Soaking tubs are perfect for a deep, full-body soak to ease muscle tension. Whirlpool tubs and air jet tubs provide a massaging experience that can help relieve pain and improve circulation. Empava offers a variety of bathtub options with jets and air bubbles to cater to your specific needs.

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Finding the Perfect Fit

When it comes to size, consider both the available space in your bathroom and how much room you desire for a comfortable soak. A handy sizing guide can help you visualize different bathtub dimensions in your bathroom. Aquatica 3D Body Position APP can also be helpful for spatial planning.

Design Inspiration

Bathtubs come in an array of styles to complement your bathroom's décor. Modern bathtubs feature clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic, while retro bathtubs evoke a vintage charm.

Clawfoot tubs add a touch of timeless elegance, and freestanding tubs create a luxurious focal point in your bathroom. Empava offers a variety of bathtub styles in acrylic, ensuring you find the perfect fit for both your design taste and budget.

Installation Considerations

Whether you're installing a new bathtub or replacing an old one, careful planning is essential. Consider the size and layout of your bathroom to determine the ideal installation type. Freestanding tubs offer a versatile placement option, while corner tubs, walk-in tubs, alcove tubs, and drop-in tubs each have specific installation requirements. Don't forget to factor in the faucet style and drain location during the planning process.

Keeping Your Bathtub Sparkling

Regular cleaning and maintenance will ensure your bathtub looks and functions its best for years to come. Empava provides easy-to-clean acrylic bathtubs that resist mildew and grime, making upkeep a breeze. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for proper cleaning and care.

Why Choose Empava?

Empava oval jetted tub

Empava is your one-stop shop for all your bathtub needs. We offer a wide selection of high-quality acrylic bathtubs in various sizes, styles, and features to suit any budget and preference. Empava bathtubs are built to last, crafted from durable materials that are easy to clean and maintain. Our commitment to excellent customer service ensures you have a seamless shopping experience.

Moreover, we understand that a bathtub is more than just a fixture; it's a place for relaxation, rejuvenation, and personal wellness. Empava offers custom tubs that allow you to design the perfect bathing experience tailored to your needs and preferences. Whether you dream of a deep soaking tub for ultimate comfort, a luxurious whirlpool tub with massaging jets, or a space-saving corner design, Empava offers a wide range of customizable options to bring your vision to life. Plus, our commitment to quality and cutting-edge design ensures you receive a beautiful and durable tub that will be a focal point of your bathroom for years to come.

Shop with Us Today!

Ready to transform your bathroom into a spa-like retreat? Browse our extensive collection of bathtubs and discover the perfect one for you. Visit our website or contact us today to learn more about Empava.

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