5 things to do when choosing a freestanding bathtub.

1. Give it a ‘test drive’

“There are a number of factors that come into play when choosing a freestanding bath, and comfort and the aesthetic of the bath should factor highly in the decision. Potential buyers should sit in the bath before buying – just like test-driving a car.” – Glenn Varrie, director of Summer Place Spas & Baths

Summer Place Spas & Baths

2. Consider the material

“Choose industry-standard material for your tub, for example sanitaryware-grade acrylic. There is nothing worse than selecting a bath on price only to find that the material yellows or discolours over time. Locally produced units have a distinct advantage over imported baths as nobody locally will repair an imported unit that discolours or marks easily and it is impossible to know what material has been used to manufacture a bath just by looking at it.” – Glenn Varrie, director of Summer Place Spas & Baths

Summer Place Spas & Baths

3. Measure it up

“When looking to purchase a freestanding bath, ensure you have taken the correct measurements of your bathroom to ensure it comfortably accommodates a freestanding bath. Do some research on the available designs as well as finishes that would best suit your style. Also, get advice from a plumber so that all water connections/plumbing are in place to support a freestanding bath.” – Nicole Russell, marketing manager at Italtile

Italtile

4. Make it your focal point

“When selecting a freestanding bath your first goal is for it to provide you with comfort, and secondly it needs to be the focal point in any bathroom, making you wanting to come back day after day. A beautiful and stylish design, being warm to the touch with high insulating properties (keeping your bathwater warm for longer), and comfort is key.” – Ciska Jordaan, marketing and sales assistant at Victoria + Albert

Victoria + Albert

5. Do your research

“Making the crossover to a freestanding bathtub may be a little overwhelming when you are unsure of what to look out for. Exploring the wide variety of freestanding bathtub styles, sizes and materials helps you recognise your needs and become more familiar with the options available. This will not only make the bath hunt easier, but it will ensure that you are choosing the perfect style to suit your home and satisfy your hygienic and therapeutic needs.” – Liz Nass, CMO at Destinkt. Bathroom Solutions

Destinkt. Bathroom Solutions