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What is a Soaking Tub?

 

 
What is a Slipper Tub
 
While the idea of luxuriating in a deep, relaxing bath conjures images of steam rising from exotic spa-like locations, the experience can be replicated right at home in a soaking tub. But what exactly is a soaking tub? While there are no hard and fast rules for what constitutes a soaking tub, water depth is the primary feature to consider.

Tubs have overflow features that keep the water from accidentally spilling out over the tub and causing flooding. So even when the bathtub is as full as possible with water, you'll not be experiencing complete coverage. Rather than simply getting the measurements from tub bottom to rim – the tub depth, inquire further about a particular tub's water depth from the inside bottom to overflow. A special overflow drain can allow for greater water depth with a regular tub by allowing you to close the overflow. Just be sure not to flood your tub!

So how deep should a soaking tub be? Keeping in mind the water depth measurement, aim for a minimum of 14 to 15 inches of water depth. This level should be deep enough to cover most of a person’s frame. Some tubs, like Japanese soaking tubs, offer water depths of more than 22 inches deep. Although one might think the deeper the better, first make sure your home and lifestyle can also accommodate a soaking tub.
 
 
Some homes may lack the heating ability to keep an ultra-deep soaking tub warm. Be sure to also ask about the gallons of water the tub will hold to help determine if your water heater can suffice. If this is an issue, a soaking tub with an air bath or tub foam insulation feature would make a nice addition. Also consider that with a very deep tub or a drop-in style design, getting in and out will be more of a challenge for people with physical restrictions. A small set of steps or an integral seat will make access for any user an easier experience.

Modern soaking tubs come in a dizzying array of designs, which can help you find one to match your decor style. Besides the round or oval shapes of many soaking tubs, there are also slipper-shaped soaking tubs and double-ended or drop-in styles. Learn more about the different tub styles. With many styles and depths, you are sure to find one to suit your needs.