Everything has changed in the modern bathroom over the past few years and the range of options now available means that there's something to suit every taste.
The bath itself is no exception and it's now often designed around a luxury spa experience rather than pure functionality.
Th ever popular steel bath is now available in modern, cutting edge designs and with its ability ot stay warmer for longer, it makes sense to move to a lightweight steel bath for comfort and style right now.
An extensive array of essential plumbing components, our selection of bath traps and wastes contains everything from traditional plug and chain units to the most modern of combined filler, overflow and waste outlets.
At UK Bathrooms we can offer plain and simple if that's what you're looking for, and do it at a great price too. But then if you want to express yourself with sleek Italian styling, or go all the way and have a hydrotherapy spa then look no further than our website.
If you fancy bathing together but hate having the tap end then check out our double ended baths. Many now come with excellent shoulder width and depth for a truly indulgent soak.
And even if you like the look of a freestanding bath but you don't want to go retro then there are many modern beauties to choose from. But if Victoriana is more your thing then check out our roll tops, they come double ended, slipper style, and even as corner units. Our best cast iron baths come with grey primer on the outside so that you can paint them to perfectly match your colour scheme.
With your freestanding bath you can have freestanding taps alongside the tub, or mounted on the wall, or some come drilled for taps, and we'll have the brass wear to suit your choice of bath.
Baths are made of many materials and we stock steel, cast iron, acrylic and the newer material carronite which provides excellent insulation in an acrylic type bath meaning that your water stays hot for a lot longer.
If you want your bath to stand proud in the middle of a large room, or make good use of space in a corner then you have already come to the right place, if you need to shower more often than bath, but don't have space for both then we have the ideal shower bath for you too. Order your bath from UK Bathrooms online today and it'll be with you in just a few days.
Choosing your new bath
The first thing you’ll need to know when you’re buying a new bath are the dimensions that you require. These will usually have been supplied by your plumber, or if you’re doing it yourself then you should already have them to hand.
The type of bath can also be dictated by how you’re planning to refit your bathroom, whether you’re going for a traditional period look and are considering a freestanding roll top bath with beautifully sculpted feet, or whether you’re hoping to make the most of a smaller bathroom and fit the largest shower bath that will fit the space.
What does single ended bath mean?
It’s the most common bath on the market, and more than likely the bath you currently have.. This would be a standard bath that you have probably got against two walls, with taps at one end and you lay your head (if you fit) on the other end. Generally, the bath will have a steep side where the taps, waste and overflow are located, and a shallower incline which you can lay on. Single ended baths will sit on feet under the bath, unlike some sites all of our SE baths include the feet you need in the price. In most cases we may not even refer to them because of this.
What does double ended bath mean?
This would be a bath which does not have one steep and one sloping side, but has two sloping sides which you can lay on comfortably (Ideal for sharing). The waste and overflow are in the centre of the bath, normally on the longer side. You can see more variation on how the taps are presented on a DE Bath. Taps are often positioned in the centre of the bath. However, we are seeing more people adopting a more European approach to brassware and using overflow fillers or wall mounted taps. The look this gives is cleaner and more minimal, as you see less chrome as a result.
What’s an inset bath?
This would be the category the single and double ended baths would fall into. Unlike a free standing bath, inset baths are generally against walls. The most common installation of the inset bath is in a corner against two walls with a side and an end panel, or you see them recessed between 3 walls. Some baths will be priced with panels, whilst some will be separate. Panels can be interchangeable within brands so there is always the opportunity to save money by looking at other manufacturers bath panels.
Don’t forget you are not just limited to white acrylic bath panels! There are some great looking wooden panels, or for the design savvy there is Wedi board which you can cut to size and tile onto.
(Top Tip: reinforced panels are great for drafty house, as they don’t move or make a noise. However, reinforced panels add no structural value to the bath and can often be an unnecessary expense.)
Shower Baths are a much more common style of bath now than they used to be. There are 2 common shapes of shower bath: the L Shape and the P Shape. The Keyhole bath is another way to describe these.
L Shaped baths get their name from the foot print that they make if you look from above: they look like an “L” shape, albeit a bit short in places. An L shaped shower bath can instantly transform an older looking bathroom into a modern stylish one with the straight and clean cut edges. P Shaped shower baths changed the bathing market forever, breaking the mould of the traditional shape and allowing everyone access to have a shower installed in their new bathroom despite size. Most of the shower baths we sell have a dedicated shower screen available on the page.
A simple way of updating your bathroom would be to look at your existing bath and adding a shower mixer and bath screen. You can optimise the space you have without having the expense and hassle of swapping baths. We have great selection shower screens you can use with your bath. The main consideration to bear in mind when choosing the screen are:
is the rim of the bath wide enough for the screen?
is the celling high enough to fit the screen in?
is there a curve to the bath that will affect the screen?
is there enough room for a screen to swing inwards or outwards, or would it need to be fixed in place?
There’s no benefit to either type of shower bath and it’s purely a design or personal choice.
Right or Left Hand, which one?
Remembering all of the dimensions, items required, and prices can lead to a brain full of things; then on top of that you’re asked whether you want a left hand or right hand shower bath. It’s best to be clear before you purchase the bath of your exact requirements to avoid any potential headaches. Each manufacturer works out the handing differently, but luckily enough we have on each of the pages a drawing with the handing and a specifications PDF that will show you the options. One trick we use internally to make sure we get it right for the customers we are talking to, is to draw your room out on a piece of paper. Position the bath where you would like it in the room, and then compare it to the specifications document on the website. You should be able to work out which one you need, if not we are always available to help you out.
I don't have room for a shower bath
Due to the dimensions of your space, you may not be able to have a traditional shower bath with the extended profile for the shower area. There is one solution for this and this is the Keyhole Bath. It’s still a rectangle and doesn’t deviate from the traditional shape, but utilises the internal bathing area to create a circular area where you can shower.
Corner baths have traditionally been and still are a great way of saving space in a smaller than average bathroom. But manufacturers have realised that modern bathrooms are often small and home owners may struggle to fit a classic sized bath into the space, so many are now producing smaller sized baths and ones that utilise the space better, such as the Kaldewei Mini Star which tapers off at the plug end allowing for more floor space but still allowing you ample bathing space.
As the market is becoming more concerned with our water foot print and our collective responsibility towards sustainable water usage, more and more products are being developed to efficiently use water. Such as the Ideal Standard Spacemaker bath which has a tapered foot well and hold far less water than a traditional bath. The added benefit of baths such as this are they can look great in even the smallest of bathrooms.
What should my bath be made of?
Acrylic is by far the most popular type of material used to manufacture baths and is also the most cost effective for most people looking to buy a new bath or replace one. They are also light weight and offer great heat retention. In today’s price orientated world, acrylic baths can be picked up very cheaply. As the baths are moulded in in acrylic there is a greater flexibility in the shapes available with acrylic. You are more likely to see corner, shower and whirlpool baths in acrylic. Some manufactures such as Carron offer an upgrade on baths: “Carronite”. This is an enhanced reinforcement given to the standard bath to provide a more rigid feel and also to help retain heat. You do not see the reinforcement, it’s under the bath so it feels and looks exactly the same as any acrylic bath but you have the added rigidity of the carbon fibre reinforcement.
Whilst some manufacturers reinforce the bath, some use twin skin acrylic, which is more common in contemporary freestanding baths. You will often receive and inner and an outer skin that fit together to give you extra support.
The difference between steel and cast iron bathtub
Metal baths fall into two categories: the more common and affordable Steel baths or Cast Iron Baths.
Cast Iron Baths are traditionally freestanding and could easily divide the nation on whether you would have one. Some will say that the water won’t stay warm for the same length of time as an acrylic bath, whereas others say it will be warmer and retain the heat for longer. Before you click the “add to basket” button though, there are a few things that you might want to know before buying a Cast Iron bath. They weigh a lot: in excess of 100kg - that’s probably more than you weigh. When you couple in the 200 litres of water and yourself, you’re looking at over 300kg, so you’re very likely to need the floor strengthening in addition to buying a cast iron bath.
Steel baths are a great optical replacement over cast iron baths. You can still get the more traditional shaped baths in a Steel form which will give a much nicer bathing experience and a more solid feel to the bath once you’re in. If you’re looking for a free standing metal bath then something like the Kaldewei Ellipso Duo Oval will give the look of a cast iron bath but fool any onlookers.
Stone or ceramic baths give that air of luxury but also run into some of the same issues of Cast iron baths where floors will need strengthening due to the weight once in use. The Clearwater Vicenza as an example weighs 110kg; add 370 litres of water, that’s another 370kg, then the weight of an average person is another 84kg, meaning a total of 564kg or just over half a ton! That’s like having 7 people stood in the space of an average bath tub on your bathroom floor!
Does my bath come with tap holes?
Acrylic and reinforced acrylic baths will not come with tap holes pre-drilled. This is normally done by your plumber when they are fitting the bath. The main reason for this is that some people will need the tap holes in unusual places, or not have tap holes at all. Your fitter will have a special drill bit for the tap hole size (Don’t worry it’s an industry standard!) and there will be a template included with the taps for where the holes need to go.
Jacuzzi baths are often a luxury we assume is beyond our reach, this isn’t the case. You do not need a bathroom the size of a standard house to fit one in and they do not cost the earth. Whilst we do not have all the options on the site, most acrylic baths have the option to be upgraded with a Jacuzzi feature. The most popular brands we offer with whirlpool options are Phoenix, Carron and Villeroy & Boch.
There are different types of Jacuzzi systems, such as whirlpool with jets on the side of the bath, airpool with jets on the bottom, or a combination of the two.