A Quick Guide To The Different Types Of Bath

There are many different types of bath, with each suiting a different function. Often the layout of a bathroom will dictate which bath is chosen, so which one suits you?

Baths are now a main feature of almost every bathroom, and with them being made of so many different materials, there is a huge amount of choice out there.

Things to consider:

Function: What do you want from your bath? Whether it’s space conservation, hydrotherapy, ease of access or simply a new look, take into consideration any ergonomic features you want, whether it’s a sloped back for freestanding baths, or a seat in a ‘Drop In’ tub, make sure to know what you want. 

Limitations: If you aren’t fully renovating your bathroom, you may be limited by existing pipes and drainage as to where your bath can be situated. This could also pose a further issue if you’re looking to get a whirlpool tub, due to your current electrical setup. These issues can be solved by reworking plumbing and electrics, but pose a large additional cost. 

Space: It goes without saying that you wouldn’t choose a large freestanding bath if you have limited space available, but be wary of how you use the available space. There are many different bath types now, and there will likely be one that will suit your bathroom and the space available. There are many designs that are very space conscious. 

Weight of the bath: One point that most don’t consider is how heavy a bath can be, and the strain it’ll put on your floor. If you opt for a cast iron clawfoot bath, and you fill it halfway, it weighs approximately 300 kg, not including someone sitting in it as well. Make sure to consult a building engineer or contractor beforehand.

Material: Each material used will have different properties to others, and some materials make certain tubs more desirable than others. Durability, heat retention and finish are usually qualities that are important when reviewing which material a tub is made out of. 

Different Types Of Bath: 


The most common bathtub choice due to their simplicity and being suited to most smaller bathroom sizes, alcove baths are the relatively cheaper and simpler choice for most homeowners.

Installed against a wall on two or three sides, they utilise space very well, and make the attachment of a shower simpler due to a wall mount being possible.

If you have a smaller bathroom, or want to be more space efficient, this could be the bath choice for you.

Freestanding/Roll Top

Common belief is that freestanding baths require large amounts of space, and while that can be the case, it is becoming more common for freestanding baths to be placed against a wall, as it can give the impression of more floor space.

The famous clawfoot bath belongs to this category, giving the impression of luxury that dates back to the 19th century.

Showers can be attached to the wall, if the bath is placed near the wall, but if that isn’t the case, showers are more complex to organise.

It is important to be aware of available space, but with the right choice in size and design, a freestanding bath is a viable option to most bathroom sizes.


These tubs used to be exclusive to luxury hotel rooms, or a day at the spa, but with them becoming increasingly cheaper, more and more homeowners are opting for the luxury tub, renowned for their hydrotherapy applications.

These tubs don’t necessarily have any required space, so it’s important to choose a bath size that’ll work well with your available space.

Please note that whirlpool bathtubs require more extensive setup and maintenance than normal baths, with pumps and motors to create the desired effect.

Drop In

Perhaps the most expensive and glamorous choice is a Drop In bathtub, designed to fill a raised pedestal or cavity in the floor, the tub becomes the centrepiece of the room, with the capability to provide whirlpool and lighting effects.

These tubs require a large amount of space, and a significant investment due to the changes that have to be made to accommodate them.

The bonus of choosing a Drop In bath is that it can be a blank canvas, with everything about it being customisable.


A popular choice for disabled or elderly people, these tubs allow ease of access and function, while also being safer for people to operate without assistance. These tubs don’t require massive amounts of space, and suit an alcove fitting, making them potentially good for space management.

These tubs come with a leak-proof gate and a seat, allowing for ease and safety of use. 


While not being the best in space conservation, and becoming increasingly popular in Europe and the UK, the corner tub design is an uncommon yet stylish addition to any bathroom.

These tubs are all over the price range and don’t require extensive fitting, further reducing expenses.

Showers can be fitted to the wall, and shower screens can be fitted as well, making this tub a good all-rounder.


Which design suits you best? Which one sounds like a dream bath to you? There are many choices out there, make sure you don’t settle for something that you aren’t happy with.

If you’re thinking of investing in a new bath yourself, make sure to check us out at Aston Designs.