Do you love to soak in the bathtub? Many people are so busy they are all about the shower; even a spa-like steam shower probably does not take us as much time a relaxing soak in the tub, ergo, many are opting for the shower.

However, maybe there are really only two kinds of people in the world; shower-type and soaker-tub type. If you love the tub, the shower just doesn’t cut it.

Having dispensed with the shower/tub controversy, let’s look at tubs in more detail.

Free standing. These need more space than one of the tucked-in-the corner or alcove types, so you’ll need lots of square footage in your bathroom for these. The old style claw foot tub is what many of us think of when “free standing tubs” come to mind. However, there are many more to choose from now days. Many are sculpted in graceful shapes that will make you want to jump in every time you enter your bathroom. Or maybe just stand there and admire its graceful lines.

Alcove type. This is the typical tub almost every home starts out with. It is tucked in with walls on three sides, and almost always has a shower as well, with either a shower curtain or glass shower doors. One of the least expensive options for tub-bathing, although you can get higher end, larger than standard size models.Bathtub with roman faucet and custom tile

Drop-in tub. A drop in tub typically has a built deck or peninsula that juts into the room, with the tub installed in it. These tubs come with their own rim. They can be installed in an alcove, but most often are installed in a more open area, hence, requiring more space. Cost runs a little more than the alcove type, usually around $600 – $700.

Corner tubs. Basically triangular in shape, tucked into a corner, and largish. Big for one person bathing, almost more like a hot tub. Invite your fiends! Or maybe you just like lots of room in your tub, for that luxurious feeling. These sit above the floor, sometimes with built-in tile surround.

Corner tub

Undermount tub. These are mounted under a rim of another material, usually something like Corian, tile, or stone. Undermounts have a refined, finished look that distinguishes them from self-rimming tubs such as the drop in. These are uncommon and can also be mounted as a drop in tub; their prices start at around $2,000.

Jetted tub, often called Jacuzzi. Not as common as they used to be, but there is nothing quite like a relaxing jet of warm, even hot water aimed right where that sore spot is.

Jetted tub, installed in corner