Bathtub Styles and Options

Today's bathtubs make a statement in your bathroom, and HGTV can help you choose the right one from the wide variety of styles available.

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Forget the basic, unattractive bathtub that typically hides behind your shower curtain. These days, bathtubs can be pretty, elegant, and streamlined. From a whirlpool system to a soaker tub, today's bathtub styles and options can be the centerpiece of your bathroom.

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Neutral Transitional Bath With Freestanding Soaking Tub

Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Living Wall in Spa-Like Master Bathroom

Traditional Bathroom With Stone Tub

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With a View

Elegant Freestanding Bathtub

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Contemporary Master Bathroom with Spa Tub

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Mediterranean-Style Bathroom With Copper Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips Photo Courtesy: Scott Womack View original photo.

Modern Blue and White Bathroom with Slipper Bathtub

Contemporary Bathroom With Luxurious Freestanding Tub

Asian-Style Bathroom With Sunken Tub

Moroccan-Inspired Bathroom with Soaking Tub

Rustic Neutral Bathroom with Exposed Beams and Stone Mosaic Floor

2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick View original photo.

Freestanding Soaker Tub in Transitional Bathroom

Rustic Bathroom with Clawfoot Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Master Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Dazzling Master Bathroom in Black and White

Transitional Bathroom With Stone Elements

Light Blue Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Contemporary Bathroom With Mosaic Tile Wall

Dramatic Asian Bathroom

Rustic Cowgirl Bathroom With Distressed Red Vanity

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Brown Transitional Master Bathroom

Stone-Surround Soaking Tub in Mediterranean-Inspired Bathroom

Rustic Bathroom With Wood Ceiling and Walls Plus Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Warm Transitional Bathroom With Dual Vanities and Chandelier

Neutral Transitional Bathroom

Asian-Inspired Bathroom With Textured Walls

Serene Bathroom With Make-up Vanity

Blue Coastal Bathroom

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Teen Bathroom With Pink Mosaic Tile

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Large Bathroom With Double Vanity

Traditional Luxury Bathroom with Picture Window

Peter Rymwid View original photo.

Traditional White Bathroom With Double Vanities

Rustic Master Bathroom With Exposed Brick

Neutral Bathroom With Victorian Tub

Feminine Master Bathroom in Pale Green and Pink

Chic Spa Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Red Claw-Foot Tub in Green Bathroom

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo Edward Addeo View original photo.

Neutral Bathroom With White Slipper Tub and Brick Columns

Bathroom with Blue Painted Walls and Black Granite Sink

White Tub with Green Tile

Light Blue Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Pink Victorian Bathroom with Clawfoot Tub

French Country Bathroom

Japanese Master Bathroom

Matthew Coates Ellis View original photo.

Neutral Modern Bathroom With Abstract Chandelier

Brown Contemporary Bathroom With Soaker Tub

Modern Freestanding Soaking Tub

Bathroom With Clawfoot Bathtub and Mirrored Wall

Traditional Black and White Bathroom with Yellow and Gray Floor Tile

Contemporary Gray and White Bathroom

Urban Oasis Master Bathroom With Mosaic Tile

Coastal Master Bathroom

Elegant Freestanding Bathtub with Natural Surroundings

Luxurious Master Bathroom With Mosaic Tile Walls

Gray Traditional Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub

Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography View original photo.

Yellow-Tiled Angled Bathroom Wall With Hexagonal Floors

Neutral Bathroom With Soaking Tub and TV

Bay Window in Neutral Spa Bathroom

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Modern Artwork

Traditional Master Bath With Marble-Surround Tub

Neutral Cottage Guest Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub

Contemporary Bathroom with Relaxing Views

Relaxing Coastal-Style Bathroom

Tranquil Spa Bathroom

Neutral Traditional Bathroom with Soaking Tub

Sleek Freestanding Bath Tub in a White-and-Chrome Bathroom

Ornate Cream and Gold Bathroom

Black and White Bathroom with Pops of Yellow

Modern Design, Spa-Like Conveniences

Transitional Master Bathroom with Skylight

Eclectic Master Bathroom With Moroccan-Style Tile Wall

Resort-Style Gray Bathroom

Master Bathroom with Clawfoot Tub

Children's Bathtub With Blue Mosaic Tile

Serene Bathroom With Freestanding Bathtub

Bathroom With Chinese Window Screen

Clean, White Modern Bathroom With Freestanding Bathtub

White Contemporary Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Amber Onyx Flooring

Contemporary Bathroom With Wood Plantation Shutters

Spa-Like Contemporary Bathtub

Spacious Gold Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Chandelier

Relaxing White Bathroom With a Freestanding Bathtub

White Mosaic Bathtub

Romantic, Transitional Bathroom With Clawfoot Tub

Traditional Bathtub with Cream Shower Curtain

Magnificent Details Put This Master Bathroom Second To None

Contemporary Bathroom With Blue and Gray Wallpaper

Natural Elements Make Relaxing Spa Enviroment

Old World Master Bathroom With Carrara Marble Floor

White Bathroom With Marble Shower Seat

Transitional White Bathroom With Spacious Tile Shower

Contemporary Gray Bathroom With Footless Soaker Tub

White Modern Master Bathroom

Bathtub with Wood Surround and Alcove

Contemporary-Meets-Cottage White Bathroom

Contemporary Bathroom With Brown Mosaic Tile Wall

Small Earthy Bathroom With Stone Bathtub Surround

The bathtub style you choose will ultimately come down to your budget as well as your personal style preference. Bathtub manufacturers produce a variety of styles and looks to match your taste, as well as to fit your budget. Be sure to check out pictures of bathtub options online or in design books to help you determine which style you prefer.

First, consider how you primarily use your bathtub. Is it mainly for relaxing soaks, or is it for washing kids and pets? You want it to best serve the purposes for your lifestyle. Keep in mind also the size and installation requirements — it needs to fit in the space nicely.

If you love a vintage look, freestanding clawfoot tubs are beautiful as well as being space savers. They are a bold feature in a bathroom. You can select the specific design of the feet to reflect your personal style. Some even feature a higher back for supporting the head and neck.

Whirlpool bathtubs are best for providing targeted massage to select areas, such as the back or neck. A water jet system is standard with most whirlpool baths. Before purchasing, be sure to check that all the jets are adjustable for speed. Note that whirlpool jets are usually somewhat loud when operated, and the jets need to be cleaned regularly.

If you want a simple bathtub without the fuss or noise of jets, soaking tubs are designed to simply be filled with water for relaxing escapes. Some even have armrests molded into the sides of the tub. Because of the smooth surface, you may want to consider one with a slip-resistant floor. A variation on this type is the Japanese soaker tub, which is traditionally made of wood and is shorter but deeper than the typical American-style bathtub.

Walk-in bathtubs are increasing in popularity for their ease of use and safety features. These special tubs have doors for easy access, and they can include a variety of features including adjustable jets, handrails, slip-proof textures, and even a seat.

If space is tight, you may want to consider a corner bathtub. These are especially designed to be installed in angled or curved spaces in a corner of a bathroom — but that doesn't necessarily mean they have to be small. Many corner tubs are placed beneath a window so you can enjoy natural light and outside views while bathing.

Another space-saving option is the tub and shower combination. The bonus of this two-in-one unit is that it makes the most of limited space, and it provides both options for bathers. These are great in kids' or guest bathrooms.

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