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Baths are often the focal point of a bathroom and come in many shapes, sizes and styles. The most important decision is style as this will influence the entire bathroom but choosing the right one can feel overwhelming so it’s worth putting in a little extra thought. The shape of your bathroom is also bound to influence your decision and may even limit your options. If you’re keen to have both bath and shower but space is tight then a bath shower mixer with a bath screen would work well. When it comes to materials, different materials have different qualities and drawbacks which also need to be considered.

Straight Bath

A straight bath is the standard type found in a bathroom as they are generally the cheapest. Made from acrylic and enclosed on the outside by bath panels, a straight bath is easy to clean and maintain.

Inset Bath

Sitting flush to the wall, inset or built-in baths can be a less expensive option than a freestanding bath. It suits almost any bathroom as it sits along the wall and inset baths are ideal on a practical level too - they can incorporate a shelf, and come in a range of sizes, so even if you’re limited on space you’ll still have the option to fit a tub, even if it isn’t full sized.

Freestanding Slipper Bath

As the name suggests, this bath stands alone and can be positioned anywhere in the room. Elegant and beautiful, these baths have one high end to lie against and are designed for relaxation. They suit traditional style bathrooms particularly well.

Freestanding Roll Top Bath

Similar to the Slipper Bath these too are stand-alone baths that can be positioned anywhere in the room. The ultimate statement, a roll top bath works well in both contemporary and traditional properties and provides the perfect bathing experience.

Shower Bath

These are ideal if you have a small bathroom or wish to combine a shower and bath. Shower baths combine luxury and convenience and are complemented with a bath screen. They are generally laid out in a L- or P-shape to accommodate plenty of room for showering.

Corner Bath

Corner baths maximise space in the smallest of bathrooms and are also ideal for awkward-shaped bathrooms. As corner baths fit into either right- or left-handed positions, they are the ultimate in convenience, making the most of the space available.

Whirlpool / Jacuzzi Bath

The main feature of a whirlpool / jacuzzi bath is it provides you with the upmost luxurious relaxation. This bathtub is all about luxury, comfort and extravagance. These bathtubs are available in an assortment of sizes, shapes and configuration.

Bath Materials

Acrylic - Acrylic baths are a popular choice for most modern household as they require little maintenance and are easy to clean. Generally cheaper, acrylic baths option are an excellent addition to any bathroom.

Cast Iron - A cast iron bath is at the top end of luxury bathing and will provide your bathroom with an authentic and traditional appeal. Extremely durable, cast iron baths are great at retaining heat but are very heavy so make sure the floor can take the full weight of bath and water.

Natural Stone - Natural stone baths are long lasting, durable and easy to repair. It is important to note however, that they absorb most of the heat when filling it up with hot water. Like cast iron, natural stone is very heavy so make sure the floor can take the full weight.

Steel - Steel baths are not unlike acrylic baths in terms of style and design but are much more durable and retain heat better due to their thickness. They too can be heavy and may require a solid floor.