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What is a Bathtub? Types, Install, and Tips – Guide

Nowadays, the pace of work and life is fast. When we get home after a busy day, if we can take a relaxing bath to get rid of our tiredness, it will be a great enjoyment. However, in the face of diversified styles and materials of bathtubs, we have no way to start. 

Many people do not know how to choose the bathtub. At the same time, there are many problems to pay attention to when choosing a bathtub. The types, functions, shapes, dimensions of bathtubs need our consideration. Understanding all aspects of the bathtub will help you to select the bathtub that is most suitable for you.

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Ⅰ. What are the types of bathtubs?

1. According to functions, it can be divided into: ordinary bathtub and Jacuzzi. 

Ordinary bathtub

Ordinary style western bathtubs are usually made of rust proof treated steel or iron, similar to cast iron bathtubs. And all along, most bathtubs are rectangular, which is not easy to hang dirt and easy to clean. Due to its large weight, it is not easy to cause noise during use. The cylinder wall is thick and the thermal insulation performance is good.

Actually, bathing in the bathtub is more conducive to the health of the elderly, and the operation is simpler than the shower. In some villas and mansions, independent western-style houses, and large flat floors in cities, families will also choose to buy bathtubs.


Some consumers with better living conditions pay more attention to the functionality of the bathtub. After a fatigued day, a bathroom with a Jacuzzi becomes a place to relax and show the taste. You can enjoy leisure time in the Jacuzzi to get rid of the tiredness of the day.

Bubbles from the bottom of the Jacuzzi can relax muscle tissue, increase elasticity of the skin, tension the nerves touching the surface of the skin, and accelerate blood circulation in the body.

2. According to the shape, it can be divided into: bathtub with skirt and bathtub without skirt.


The bathtub with skirt is more convenient to install, but the bathroom size must be measured. For bathtubs without skirt, cement tiles should be used to build the bottom edge, and glass glue should be used to keep the bottom of the bathtub dry, so as to extend the service life.

Thermal insulation effect:

The bathtub with skirt has better thermal insulation effect.


The outside of the bathtub without skirt does not need to be cleaned, which is very convenient. Price:

With the same material, the bathtub without skirt is cheaper and more affordable.

3. According to material, it can be divided into acrylic bathtub, ceramic bathtub, cast iron bathtub and solid wood bathtub.

Acrylic bathtub

Acrylic bathtubs are made of artificial organic materials, which are characterized by rich shape, light weight, good surface and low price. However, due to the shortcomings of artificial organic materials, such as poor high temperature resistance, poor pressure resistance, no wear resistance, and easy aging of the surface, the surface of acrylic bathtubs rarely does not change color after being used for more than three years.

However, some brand manufacturers have adopted imported acrylic plates with high brightness and hardness for sanitary ware during production, which has overcome some shortcomings of acrylic to some extent.

If consumers think that their use of bathtubs is relatively low, or the house needs to be renovated within a few years, then acrylic bathtubs are more suitable for such consumers because of their price advantage.

Ceramic bathtub

A common ceramic bathtub, its surface is smooth and delicate, with various styles and convenient cleaning. However, we should pay attention the glaze construction process of its surface when selecting. Generally, products with low water absorption expansion rate can be considered as high-quality bathtub products.

Cast iron bathtub

Cast iron bathtubs are generally made of cast iron on the surface, because their internal structure is made of cast iron, and the surface is packed with ceramics. Cast iron bathtub has the characteristics of high surface finish, acid and alkali corrosion resistance, high temperature and high pressure resistance, durability and easy cleaning, but its shape is simple.

Solid wood bathtub

Wooden bathtubs are mainly made of solid wood. Generally, cedar and other hardwood materials are the majority. The hardwood material is hard, dense, and has good water and moisture resistance. In addition, there is a layer of paint on the surface of the solid wood material that plays a protective role, making the surface of the wooden bathtub extremely compact. In addition, the solid wood bathtub also has the characteristics of good thermal insulation and relatively cheap price.

You can know more about the type of bathtub on another page: 9 Types of Bathtubs: Pros, Cons, and How to Choose

Ⅱ. How to install a bathtub?

From the perspective of the installation mode of the bathtub, the bathtub can be divided into independent bathtub and embedded bathtub.

Free standing bathtub

The independent bathtub means that the bathtub is directly placed on the bathroom floor, and the interior and exterior are smooth and clean, without leaning against the wall or placed independently in the bathroom. 

This method is convenient for construction and maintenance, and is suitable for use when the ground has been decorated. Independent bathtubs have very high requirements for space, they need to have a certain floor height, and at least 20m ² space for use.

The existence of independent bathtub has its “harsh” points. It requires high bathroom area, its own installation and coordination with the surrounding environment, which is destined to be a luxury for some people. 

However, its own excellent quality, unique posture, and heritability are irresistible charms. Choosing it is not just a simple bath tool, but a bath culture. Its existence is not only to provide space for people to take a bath, it will become more attractive as time goes by.

Embedded bathtub

Embedded bathtub refers to the bathtub embedded in the ground or other objects during installation. Embedded bathtubs are also divided into wall embedded bathtubs, that is, the traditional bathtubs we refer to, which need to build a platform. 

The central embedded bathtub refers to the bathtub that is not against the wall and is embedded under the ground. After installation, it is flush with the bathroom floor, just like a mini swimming pool. The biggest difference between it and an ordinary bathtub is that it does not need a platform, or even a skirt

The bathtub installed in this way takes up more bathroom space, and the installation process is troublesome, so this bathtub is generally not suitable for families with small bathroom space.

Ⅲ. Considerations

1. Choose the shape of the bathtub based on the bathroom layout

There are many types of independent bathtubs. If you want to install a circular bathtub, you will need a large bathroom space. However, the narrow and long pattern is suitable for square bathtubs, which should be placed close to the wall and corners as far as possible to avoid wasting space. You can also plan embedded bathtubs in corners to make good use of space.

No matter which type of bathtub you choose, you must consider whether you and your family members need to add auxiliary measures when using it. Especially for seniors and children, it will be difficult to get up. If handrails are added, it can improve safety and avoid slipping and falling.

2. Choose the bathtub size

Generally speaking, the length of a bathtub is about 140cm~180cm, and the width is about 60cm~80cm. If you choose a Jacuzzi and want to stretch your limbs comfortably, you can massage all the acupuncture points throughout the body, and the length and width should be at least 170cm and 90cm. 

Therefore, the wall width of the bathroom and the length and width of the bathroom door should be measured before purchasing to avoid the bathtub being transported to the home but unable to enter the bathroom.

Other precautions

1. Considering durability, cast iron bathtub is recommended for material, and acrylic bathtub is recommended for modeling and selection diversity.

2. The bathtub should be cleaned in time after taking a bath, so that it can be used frequently.

3. If there are elderly or children at home, you can choose a bathtub with a pull rod inside, or install a pull rod on the wall near the bathtub, which is convenient and safer.

4. The Jacuzzi is more fresh and involves water and electricity. Maintenance is more difficult, and the nozzle is not easy to clean.

5. Remember to put an anti-skid mat at the front foot of the bathtub, which is the most dangerous when you climb in and out.

Summary: Independent bathtub is suitable for small family; Embedded bathtub is suitable for large families who live all the year round, because it is not easy to refit.

The above is about how to choose a suitable bathtub, hope it will be helpful to you. As a bathtub supplier,  George Bathroom can provide you with more knowledge and more favorable prices. We have a professional team, if you are interested in our products, please feel free to contact us, we are online 24 hours to help you. 

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