Bathtubs are one of the most popular features of the bathroom. Whether it’s the luxury of a freestanding bathtub or a practical and space saving shower bath, there is nothing quite like a relaxing hot soak in a tub after a long day. This guide will showcase the different types of bathtubs available and how each type can benefit your bathroom, no matter the size or style.

Freestanding Bathtubs

Freestanding bathtubs epitomise designer luxury and contemporary elegance. Perfect for expensive bathrooms, freestanding tubs are designed to create a showstopping element to bathrooms. The great thing about a freestanding bathtub is the diverse range of shapes and styles they are available from leading industry brands such as BC Designs, StoneKAST, Bette, Burlington and Clearwater.

Opting for a freestanding bathtub needs to be well-thought out as factors like placement, plumbing and room size need to be considered. Freestanding baths can be accompanied with beautiful floor standing bath shower mixers or wall-mounted bath taps to suit your needs. The unique aesthetic of a freestanding bathtub does not sacrifice practicality or functionality and is the ideal fixture to guarantee peak relaxation when enjoying the comforts of a long hot soak.

Roll Top Bathtubs

Roll top bathtubs feature a classic yet timeless design and are popular bath choices for traditionally inspired bathrooms. Roll top bathtub are essentially freestanding tubs and are commonly seen perched upon stunning bath legs to further enhance their classically inspired aesthetic. Bathroom brands such as Burlington and BC Designs specialise in roll top bathtubs due to their uniquely shaped designs which are perfect for more traditionally designed bathrooms.

Also known as the Slipper Bath, roll top bathtubs are available in a range of styles, sizes and colours; with some featuring a “recliner” feature to allow you to enjoy a relaxing soak using the heightened end of the tub to recline against improve back support as you bathe. Choose from single ended or double ended roll top bathtubs.

Inset Bathtubs (Single or Double Ended)

Inset baths are amongst the most common bath types available. The familiar rectangular design of the inset bath is not only timeless but available in a wide range of sizes to suit all bathroom styles. Premium brands such as Kaldewei and Bette specialise in steel bathtubs which are a lot more durable and hard wearing than acrylic bathtubs to ensure quality and longevity for bathrooms.

The inset bathtub is designed to fit snug against a wall and tiled around or recessed between walls. Inset baths are also practical choices for many modern bathrooms as the simple addition of a bath screen will transform a conventional inset bathtub into a shower bath to ensure you maximise bathroom space.

Choose from single ended or double ended inset bathtubs to suit all lifestyles and needs for your bathroom. Single ended bathtubs feature a waste and bath taps on the same end of the tub. Whilst double ended baths can accommodate 2 persons at one time for a relaxing soak with a waste located at the centre of the tub. Bath taps can be installed centrally or wall-mounted, allowing easy access for both people.