A Detailed Look at the Different Types of Baths Available – and Which One is Best for You

For most of us, having the perfect bathroom is a dream come true. After all, a bathroom is one of the most important (and most used) rooms in any home, and if it’s not built, outfitted, or designed according to our precise specifications, we can very well be left with a room with which we are less-than-satisfied. So if you are outfitting your bathroom with a bath, what should you know? Here’s a detailed look at the different types of baths available – and which one is best for you.

The inset or built-in bath

The inset or built-in bath, also known as the alcove bath, is definitely the most common type of bath around. As its name implies, it is simply built-in or installed against a wall of the bathroom, and it usually just comes in the standard rectangular or oval shape. The inset or built-in bath is often a good choice for smaller-sized bathrooms and for lower budgets.

The slipper bath

The slipper bath is easily distinguished for having one side which is higher than the other, or both sides which are designed higher as well. The reason for the higher end/s is comfort, especially when you are planning to have long soaks in the bath.

The shower-bath combination

There are also shower-bath combinations where you can take a shower and have a bath. These are useful for small bathrooms with limited space and if you wish to be more practical (especially when going to work in the morning or if you have small children). The typical shower-bath will have a bath screen, and it can also come in the shape of a ‘P’ or ‘L.’

The corner bath tub

The corner bath, as its name suggests, is installed in the corner of the bathroom. This style of bath tub is often ideal for bathrooms with a limited space and also for bathrooms with an awkward shape (such as a bathroom in a loft).

The freestanding bath

The freestanding bath is a perfect choice if you want a unique focal point for your bathroom and to give your bathroom a more dramatic look. But it serves a practical purpose as well, since it is easier to clean a freestanding bath compared to a built-in bath, and it comes in various shapes and sizes. Of course, you can position it not only in the centre, but against the wall or also against a corner, depending on its shape.

The style of bath you choose will largely depend on your needs and the space and size of your bathroom. It will also depend on your budget and the bath’s main purpose. But at the end of the day, it’s your choice – just make sure to choose wisely.