What every best Bathtubs has:
- Try it before you buy it.
- Measure the bathtub.
- Think about hot water.
HGTV.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. There are also discussions of specific types of tubs elsewhere on this site.
This buying guide offers a very good overview of most of the factors you need to take into consideration when buying a new tub, including some good tips for choosing the right tub for your comfort. Installation, materials and features you may want to add are all discussed.
In this informative article, contributor Doug Bonderud offers an overview of the types of materials available for bathtubs. Options like porcelain on steel, fiberglass, acrylic and cast iron are covered, along with some estimated price points. Elsewhere on the site, other contributors offer input walk-in tubs, and tub liner options. Angie's List is a subscription-based site, but all of these articles are free to the public.
TheHouseDesigners.com is a site dedicated to helping homeowners with do-it-yourself projects; they also sell house plans. This article offers a decent overview of the different types of bathtubs, including styles, materials and installation options.
This buyer's guide covers many of the factors that go into choosing a bathtub, including tub materials and types of tubs. Installation is not really discussed, however, and is an important factor in choosing a bathtub. There are other articles about bathtubs and bathroom remodels on this site, but they tend to be more total-remodel oriented.
In this article for Better Homes and Gardens, Kathy Barnes focuses on questions you should ask yourself before buying a bathtub, offering a good starting point for thinking about where to go from here. Tub materials are also discussed, but specific types of tubs or specific installations are not.
John Whipple is a designer and builder of bathtubs in Canada and the U.S. In this article for Houzz.com, he gives a thorough overview of what you need to consider before buying a whirlpool bathtub. He offers some insight into choosing a jetted tub that many other experts don't consider, but may be important to owners.
While bathtub sizes are sometimes unique to a specific bathroom, this guide to standard bathtub sizes might be useful in figuring out if you might need to look at custom options. Alcove, corner, freestanding and walk-in dimensions are included.