Ohio-based Mansfield Plumbing has issued a news release about selecting bathtubs for new homes, yet the topic has relevance for renovations as well.

Product manager haley Davis Davis says bathware choices abound for consumers. From traditional bathtubs to air massage baths to soaking tubs to whirlpools, consumers get only one chance to select bathroom pieces that will last for decades in the home.

“The bathroom is the private oasis in the home where you want to unwind and recharge,” says Davis. “For some people that means a good, long soak in a deep tub with quiet music in the background. For others it means a vigorous whirlpool experience with pulsating jets of water to soothe your muscles.”

Different bathing experiences

Davis recommends knowing the options available/From these descriptions, determine what bathing experience you prefer and discuss your preferences with your builder before any bathroom fixtures are ordered.

Soaking Tubs – Ergonomically designed and significantly deeper than standard bathtubs, a soaking tub allows full body support and deep immersion into comforting waters.

Whirlpool Tubs – Precision aimed jets of water can relax and rejuvenate the body in a whirlpool bath. Strategically-placed jets target different parts of the body for deep tissue massage.

Air Massage Baths – While whirlpools circulate water from the bathtub to massage the body, air baths inject streams of air into the bathing well, surrounding the body with millions of therapeutic bubbles. Choices include vigorous hydrotherapy massages and softer, more soothing baths.

Walk-in Tubs – If getting in and out of a tub is a challenge now (or you think it might be in the future) a tall walk-in tub with an inward swinging door is the ideal solution. Created with an ADA-height seat, the tub provides a deep well for bathing with options for air massage and whirlpool jets.

“Don’t forget to research the options available with each of these bathing experiences,” says Davis. “From chromatherapy mood light systems in whirlpool baths to in-line heaters that keep the bath water warm no matter how long you soak, there are many enhancements that can be selected to create a luxury bath. And, if you’re selecting a tub with air jets, make sure to determine how many jets there are, where they are located and if they are adjustable to maximum comfort.”

What to ask

 To make the bathware selection easier, Davis recommends consumers apply a list of questions. Based on the answers provided, then a consumer can make a smart decision on which bathing experience to incorporate into different rooms of the home.

Questions include:

  1. What is the maximum sized bathtub that will fit into the allocated space in each bathroom?
  2. What is the minimum and maximum gallon capacity for the bathtubs in our  bathrooms?
  3. Do we have enough room for a two-person tub, or should we have just a one-person tub?
  4. How much leg room will I have in the space allocated for the tub?
  5. What type of tub are you recommending and why?

“The answers to these questions, matched up with visits to bath showrooms and online research, will prepare homeowners to make bathware decisions that they can live with for many years,” says Davis.