How to Choose a Bath

The first thing to consider when buying a bath is what space you are working with in your bathroom. Most bathroom imagery is pretty aspirational and when customers try to recreate ‘the look’ at home they struggle for space. 

If you are trying to maximise space in a smaller bathroom then a corner bath, shower bath or small freestanding bath can help increase the floor space.

The budget is also going to play a major factor when choosing a bath, the majority of Bathshop321’s baths are UK manufactured and all our baths meet the relevant UK standards.

A bath and bathroom is a major investment and can also drastically increase the value of your house so it’s worth investing in a good quality bath with UK guarantee. Our baths start from just over £100 with the average model costing around £200-300.

Over the past 10 years bath design has really moved on with hundreds of designs now available. The best selling designs are as follows:

Single ended straight baths – This is where the bath taps are mounted at the narrow end of a rectangular bath tub. Straight baths range in size from 1200x700mm to 1800x700mm and are available in steel or acrylic. Straight baths are usually used in smaller bathrooms and often have an additional straight bath screen with over head shower.

Double ended straight baths – Very similar to a straight bath the double ended bath will have the taps mounted on the long side with the ends left untouched. Double ended baths are generally larger than single ended baths are usually larger with our best selling sizes being 1800x800mm and 1900x900mm.

P shape and L shape shower baths – To utilize space P and L shape baths where created to provide a dedicated bathing space at the end of a bath. These are now very popular in the UK and make up almost 50% of our bath sales. The baths are usually bought in pack from whereby you get a bath, front panel and bath screen. The baths come in a number of lengths and widths making them very adaptable for most projects.

Corner and offset corner baths – In a small room sometimes you just don’t have enough room to fit a straight bath, much like an offset quadrant cubicle the corner bath will allow you to make the most of your space by providing a small yet stylish bathing space.

Freestanding Baths – Sales have surged of freestanding baths in the UK with 1 in 20 bath sales now being freestanding. We offer a full range for traditional roll top with chrome feet to the ultra modern floor mounted minimalist designs. Prices have fallen dramatically over the past 3-4 years with freestanding baths being available from £300 with the majority for sale at around £500.

Practicality is a big point to consider, how often will you use the bath? Do you have kids? Is it suitable for them? Most baths are pretty simple to use but some now feature built in taps, overflow fillers and whirlpool systems. 

Baths come in a variety of materials, at Bathshop321 we ensure all our materials are top quality. Acrylic is our most popular options, it’s warm to touch, allows the bath to be formed in detailed designs and fully reinforced to provide excellent durability and longevity.

All our acrylic baths are manufactured from A grade sanitaryware acrylic hence why we can offer such long guarantees.

Steel is the second most popular material, our German steel baths are very popular especially with hoteliers as they are super strong.

The final material is liquid stone cast which is used to produce some of our freestanding baths. They really are very special, super strong, supper stylish but also super heavy so just remember you are going to need 3-4 people to move them into position!

Overall choosing a bath is a simple process, make the most of your space, invest in a good quality bath which is practical for you and your family to use.