Are you interested in whirlpool bath tubs? Everybody wishes they could have one in their home. Since no two tubs are exactly alike, you need to think about the features you want before you make the investment. You don’t want to be stuck with a tub that you can’t use or don’t like.
If you do buy the right one, though, imagine how nice it will be to relax in warm water while the jets pulse, with a whirlpool lapping all around you. In order to get your dream whirlpool tub, here are the questions you need to ask.
What size will I need?
Measure your bathroom before you even look at whirlpools. They come in three standard sizes: 6 feet, 5 feet, and 5 and a half feet. Add at least a half-inch to the measurements on all sides to ensure that there will be enough room. Think about the space you might gain by taking down showers or dividing walls.
How much should it weigh?
You don’t want to install an extremely heavy tub inside your floor – especially on the second or third floor. Don’t just think about the weight of the tub itself, but the weight of the water and the people who will be sitting in the tub. Check the floor to see if it is weak or damaged. Take care of repairs before investing in a whirlpool.
What about the wiring?
The wiring needs of a whirlpool are extremely important. You need to make sure that the outlets in the bathroom can supply the voltage needed – and there will be A LOT of voltage needed. You might need an electrician to take care of rewiring for you.
What features do I need?
Do you need arm rests? Grab bars? Will you need assistance getting in and out of the tub? Many whirlpool bath tubs have features for limited mobility. You can’t forget about the therapeutic features, either, such as jets and bubbles. Some tubs have adjustable jets for maximum comfort.
What about the design?
Do you want a traditional look or a contemporary look? Oval shaped tubs with rolled decks are ideal for traditional bathrooms. Rectangular shaped tubs with flack decks are more contemporary. The deck design also plays a role in the tub’s style. Wood surrounds are generally considered traditional while solid surfaces are sleek and contemporary. Tile could be either, depending on the pattern.
Now you know what to look for in whirlpool bath tubs! The most popular models are Kohler and American Standard.
You can find great deals on whirlpool bath tubs at Home Depot. You’ll be surprised at how inexpensive they can be! Home Depot’s website offers images and detailed information about dozens of whirlpool models.