There has been a recent debate on whether a tub is necessary in a bathroom. Some argue that a shower alone is sufficient for bathing needs, while others believe that a tub provides added benefits such as relaxation and convenience for bathing children and pets.

We are going to outline all the reasons we believe bathroom tubs and showers are both a necessity in every home, and features you need to be aware of before you purchase yours.

The Benefits of Having a Tub

Relaxation and Stress Relief

From providing a relaxing and therapeutic experience to offering a convenient way to bathe children and pets, a tub is an essential fixture in any bathroom. They are more than just master bathroom tubs. 

In this blog post, we explore the various reasons why a tub is so important in your home and how choosing the right tub can enhance your overall bathing experience.

  • Soaking in a tub filled with warm water can help relax your muscles and relieve stress.
  • The soothing sensation of water can promote a sense of calmness and tranquility.
  • Adding bath salts or essential oils can enhance the relaxation and wellness experience.

Therapeutic Benefits

  • Hydrotherapy, which involves the use of water for therapeutic purposes, can be easily achieved in a bathtub.
  • Soaking in a tub can help alleviate muscle and joint pain, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation.
  • A warm bath can also aid in getting a good nights sleep.

Versatility for All Ages

  • A bathtub is ideal for bathing infants and young children, providing a safe and comfortable space.
  • It allows parents to easily wash their children and gives the kids times to play and enjoy the soothing water.
  • Elderly individuals can also benefit from a tub, as it offers relaxation, stability and support while bathing.

Types of Tubs

Standard Bathtubs (alcove)

  • These are the most common type of tubs found in residential bathrooms, and most builder-grade tubs are very shallow and small.
  • They come in various sizes and shapes, allowing you to choose one that fits your bathroom layout.
  • Standard bathtubs are typically made of acrylic, fiberglass, or porcelain.

Whirlpool Tubs

  • Whirlpool tubs have built-in jets that create a massaging effect.
  • They provide a spa-like experience and are particularly beneficial for muscle relaxation.
  • Whirlpool tubs require additional maintenance and may consume more water and energy.

Freestanding Tubs

  • Modern tubs with a clean and simple look.
  • They add a touch of elegance or vintage charm to any bathroom.
  • Soaking tubs with many benefits including most luxury tubs.

Considerations When Choosing a Tub

Bathroom Space

  • Measure your bathroom space to determine the appropriate size and shape of the tub and if you may need to consider small bathroom soaker tubs.
  • Consider the placement of other fixtures, such as toilets and sinks, to ensure proper functionality.
  • Entertain combining your tub and shower if your space is limited.


  • Set a budget for your tub purchase, taking into account the cost of installation and any additional features such as drain location. We recommend prioritizing the best tub for the ultimate experience.
  • Research different brands and models to find the best value for your money. Because a bath is such a valuable asset, we recommend a luxury product to provide added benefits.


  • If you are sourcing a tub for wellness and soaking, do some research on the materials that will aid in the therapeutic benefits and provide excellent heat retention. We love natural materials such as copper, marble, concrete and volcanic limestone.

Personal Preferences

  • Consider your bathing habits and preferences when choosing a tub.
  • Think about cleanability and longevity.
  • Typically choosing a deeper tub enhances the bathing experience.
  • If you like long soaks, choose a tub material that holds the heat like copper or volcanic limestone from Victoria and Albert.

A bathtub is not just a functional fixture in your bathroom; it offers numerous benefits for relaxation, wellness, therapy, and luxury. Whether you choose a standard bathtub, a whirlpool tub, or a freestanding tub, having a tub in your bathroom can greatly enhance your bathing experience. Consider your space, budget, and personal preferences when selecting the perfect tub for your needs. So go ahead, indulge in the luxury of a tub and transform your bathroom into a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation.