Bathtub Buying Guide (Top 4)

January 22, 2019

Bathroom renovations can be a confusing mess and we are here to help clean up some of that mess with as much advice as we can.  Below we will cover the 4 most popular baths we do in Perth WA for our bathroom renovations and a rough guide of the pros plus cons of each.  It will go from most popular to least popular of the 4.


Built In Bath (Drop In and Alcove) 


These types of baths are by far the most common bathtub in residential homes throughout Perth. These are bathtubs are usually bricked on one side and bricked on the front.

The other version of this is an island bath which is bricked around the outside with the bath in the middle like an island surrounded by water.

This style of bath often will be used as a shower bath due to it being sealed all the way around the edge.


Drop-In Baths are common due to the affordable nature and easy clean style. Often no higher then 450mm in Depth they are more designed for children to bathe in which does not always appeal to adults but are a lot easier to clean around then the freestanding bath in tight spaces.


Freestanding baths

Freestanding baths, in the simplest sense, are those that do not connect to any walls for support. Generally, they work best in larger bathrooms where there is plenty of space for you to walk around the tub to clean but rising in popularity is what I call the family freestanding bath where there is little to no room around the bath. The reality of freestanding baths is they have a luxury vibe about them. You look at it and instantly envision your self in there with a cheeky beverage and a relaxing atmosphere so it has a wow factor that few other baths have. They cost more to buy and can be fair bit more work to install depending on your existing layout but are worth the hassle. Cleaning can be a negative if you can't get around them but at least an adult can use them due to the higher depth.

Semi Freestanding


Semi freestanding baths often will have one or two edges that go against the wall to help with the cleaning process. This is for more the clean conscious renovator trying to get the luxury of the freestanding bath without the hard to clean places.


Clawfoot Baths


Clawfoot tubs have been around for generations, and though they preserve that antique look of the past, they have been thoroughly modified over time to offer modern conveniences.


Cast-Iron Tub: If you want a more classical look, cast iron-tubs are still made for those antique collectors out there. The benefits of cast iron are that it can be painted any color and they often have more options for shower installations. They are still coated in porcelain because it fights against abrasions and is more stain resistant than metal. Plus these tubs are durable and have a long lifespan. But they are also really bloody heavy (Like Up To 250Kg). The other downside is the cost unless you get one-second hand the cost can be thousands and thousands to buy new.

Acrylic Tubs: This is the more modern classic bath. Its the look of the cast iron clawfoot tub that can now come in a light-weight form that is easy to move between homes and the upper stories of a house. Acrylic is also a natural insulator so bathwater stays warm longer. It also resists chipping, but it can still be scratched so never use abrasive cleaners on it but rather gentler detergents that can wash away quickly.

Roman Bath's


I call them roman bath's as it uses a lot of bricks to create a walled bath like Roman bath house times. Popular in the '70s and '80s throughout new homes in Perth the Roman bath has no plastic or metal on the inside making it often either bricked one side or all three sides like an island bath  mentioned above. Its pros are they are great for shower baths where it feels like you are in a real shower and also you are able to make it as large as possible. The downside is they are not the comfiest bath to lay in.


Honorable Mention: Shower Bath 


Shower baths are linked to the built in bath category above. The only real difference is the shower bath will often have a tred on the bottom to stop you slipping around when you get in and out of it.

 We all lead hectic lives that need to slow down every once in a while. We all need a personal retreat from the real world. And just by adding a few candles, a few drops bath oil, and maybe some good company, a clawfoot tub could be the perfect romantic addition to create your own private oasis.


Its important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at


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