Choosing a New Bathtub
When remodeling a bathroom, finding the right bath tub is clearly important. Chances are it will be one of the most used fixtures in your home, and since it is not something one replaces often, choosing the right model is essential for creating a relaxing home spa. The two primary types of tubs you will see are soaking tubs and jetted tubs. Tubs with jets feature air or water inlets for greater relaxation. These are most commonly used in luxury and master bathrooms, and remain a popular upgrade. Keep reading to learn more and see if a jacuzzi tub is right for you.
What is a Whirlpool Tub?
Sometimes referred to as ‘jetted’ or by trade names like Jacuzzi, whirlpool tubs are tubs that have massage jets. Most fall into two categories: air and water. Air bubble massage via air jets is gentler and can often be used with bath salts and soaps. Water jets feature more intensity and pressure for a stronger massage, though most cannot be used simultaneously with soaps or oils. Both types of bathtubs come in all sizes, from smaller retrofit tubs to larger two person tubs. Whirlpools can be found in many bathtub sizes from freestanding, two wall, and three wall configurations to corner and drop in units, making them suitable for most bathroom setups.
Features of Whirlpool Bathtubs
Functions and features of whirlpool bathtubs vary widely among manufacturers. At a minimum, they will have controls for power and intensity. Higher end models may also have variable massage programs and inline heaters to keep water warm throughout your soak. Radios and sound systems continue to be popular and models with chromatherapy lighting take relaxation to a whole new level. Some bath tubs will come with tub spouts and hand held showers, while others will not. Most can also be used with wall showers in the place of standard enclosures. For the true home spa seeker, steam shower enclosures with built in whirlpool tubs offer maximum luxury and function.
Maintaining a Whirlpool Bath Tub
Taking care of spa tubs is not as difficult as some may think. Most quality whirlpool bath tub fixtures include some type of self cleaning mechanism that will either use air or ozone to purge the jets and ensure complete drainage. Many will also have cleaning cycles, or other simple to use methods for keeping your bath in top shape. Both acrylic and glass bathtubs are easy materials to maintain, and can withstand most common bath additives and gentle cleaners for years. To get a better idea of how to clean a whirlpool tub and how it will hold up, review the product manual and look at customer reviews. Examining your needs and doing a little product research will help ensure you are happy with your new tub.