If you are in the process of buying a whirlpool bath you will probably already decided on the essentials like how large the tub should be, where it will be located, and whether there needs to be any extra plumbing or fittings installed. Now is the time to think a bit more creatively and decide how you want the bath tub to look, and what kind of features you want it to have.
Different Whirlpool Tub Designs
Whirlpool tubs come in a number of different shapes and sizes. What you choose will depend on the space you have available as well as the look and style of bath you prefer. The four main types of Whirlpool Baths are alcove, freestanding tubs, corner baths, and drop in baths. With the drop in tub you have an elevated deck and the tub fits into the deck meaning you climb slightly up to get in. The corner tub fits into a corner of a bathroom and the alcove fits into a three-sided space in the room. And the freestanding tub is ideal for a large bathroom and it can be fitted anywhere in the room, even away from a wall.
Different designs will suit different bathrooms, and different personal styles. There really is no wrong choice if you are happy with the tub and it fits well into the room and works effectively. The shape of the whirlpool tub is also a very personal choice.
Different Whirlpool Tub Features
There are a number of different options you can choose from when it comes to whirlpool baths. You can pick between air jets and water jets – the distinction makes a difference if you are not going to use your bath much; in this case you could choose an air-jet tub as this will dry the pipes and make sure no stagnant water gets stuck. But the main difference comes in the style of massage you get from the jets. The water jets tend to be stronger, although you cannot normally use oils in the tub as these can clog the pumps. You can even get combinations of different jets in the same bath.
Other additional features that can make the whirlpool tub more user friendly include arm rests and head rests, cushions, seats, lights, and music. You can also find whirlpool tubs that are more accessible for people with a disability.
Once you have found some tubs you like the look of, actually get in and test them out. Think about the size and whether you will be comfortable. Ask to try the water jets. Take a look at different colours and finishes to see which one will be the perfect fit for your bathroom.