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Bathtubs Reviews and Research

Total of 9 Sources
by Editors of HGTV.com
Our AssessmentHGTV.com provides dozens of bathroom and bathtub features here, mostly geared to people who are remodeling or adding a bathroom. The article "Buying a Bathtub Without Getting Soaked" is a good place to start. Contrary to the headline, there aren't a lot of money-saving tips (the best one is that you'll save a lot in plumbing costs if you put the new tub in the same place as the old one). But that article is an excellent overview of the various kinds of tubs available.
2. ConsumerReports.org
Jan. 2008
Whirlpool Tubs: First-Class Economy
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThis report contains lots of helpful general information if you're considering a whirlpool tub. Editors try out three different kinds of whirlpool tubs from four major manufacturers, although they don't provide the usual ratings chart. This buyer's guide also provides tips for choosing and maintaining a whirlpool tub, as well as a clever interactive graphic that details pros and cons of each type.
3. This Old House
June 2008
2 Solutions for Worn-Out Bathtubs
by Peter Goode
Our AssessmentThis extremely details article describes using tub liners and refinishing as an alternative to replacing a worn bathtub. A photo gallery provides a step-by-step look at how a tub liner is manufactured and installed, and a short video explains how to refinish a vintage clawfoot bathtub, something editors say is best left to professionals because of the hazardous materials involved.
Buying Guide: Bathtubs
by Editors of HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentThis buyer's guide offers tips on purchasing a new bathtub and describes the various styles and materials used. A handy chart details major bathtub components, describes their purpose and provided additional factors to consider.
Buying Guide: Whirlpool Tubs
by Editors of HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentThis detailed buyer's guide discusses features common to whirlpool bathtubs, as well as installation, components and design. It also provides a helpful grid outlining major whirlpool parts, their function and what to look for.
Buying a Tub
by Editors of Better Homes and Gardens
Our AssessmentThis is a good overview of the kinds of tub materials, plus a detailed section on what factors to consider if you're thinking of a whirlpool tub. There's no indication whether any kind of independent testing was conducted.
Guide to Bathtubs
by Editors of Sunset magazine
Our AssessmentThis is a pretty basic rundown of the various kinds of tubs, including whirlpools and Japanese-style wood soaking tubs. The tone is authoritative, but there's no indication whether the article is based on primary research or from rounding up secondary sources.
Install a Bathtub Liner
by Kris Jensen-Van Heste
Our AssessmentInstalling a bathtub liner is a job for a professional, as this article notes. However, there is good advice for how the process goes, and a few warnings about what could go wrong if you choose this option. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Refinishing Your Bathtub
by Lee Wallender
Our AssessmentThis is a decent overview of bathtub refinishing that, like most, does not recommend performing the task yourself. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
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