Stunning looks or spa-style luxury can be yours...
If you have the space and budget, your tub can provide a glamorous focal point.
Comfort is key for long soaks so size does matter. The most common bath size is L1700mm x W700mm - any shorter than this and you'll gain space in the room, but may not be able to lie down in comfort. For a little more luxury, go for a slightly longer or wider style.
Do bear in mind that a big bath will put strain on your hot-water system, and always check if it will fit through the door before handing over the cash.
If the bath is a back-up to a separate shower, then a compact version might suffice. If you're fitting a shower over a bath, then go for one with a non-slip base or specially designed shower-bath.
Acrylic and steel are the most common materials, but there's a big trend towards copper and stone.
Make the right choice
The most popular bath shape, these are usually built-in with either side or end panels. Or they can be dropped into a tiled platform. Available with tap holes at one end or a double-ended design with taps in the middle.
Spa or whirlpool
Spa baths pump air through the base and whirlpool baths pump water through side jets; top-end hydro models do both. Most baths can be fitted with jets, except freestanding designs. Fitting costs will be higher than other types of bath. Do check more about shower panels and wash basin.
Corner baths can free up wall space, but they may take up more floor space in total as they stick out into the room and they can look a little dated. They're wider than standard baths but shorter, so you can't stretch out, although they still take a lot of water.
The ultimate in bathroom chic, these range from Victorian roll top to ultra modern. They do take a lot of water, however, so check if your hot water system can cope. They're often heavy, too, so find out whether your room can take the weight.
A clever solution for a small room, these have one end bowed out to give you more showering space and often have a special curved screen. When measuring up, work out whether you need the bowed section on the left or right side.