If you’re looking to wind down after a long day, there’s nothing quite like a soak in the tub to help clear your mind.

A beautifully sculpted bath tub can bring your bathroom design scheme to life and, because of their size, they’re also one of the first things people notice. But remember, it’s not all about the design - you’ll also want a practical bath tub that works for you.

With this in mind, it’s worth taking some time to consider what type of bath is best for you. After all, once you’ve made a purchase it’s unlikely you’ll look to buy a new one for a good number of years.

Luckily, soak.com has some great advice to help you make the right decision!

Baths Buying Guide

Bath tub practicalities

Something else that may affect your final decision on where you locate your bath is who is going to use it? If you’re looking for a bathtub for use in a busy family household, chances are you’ll want to make the most of your bathroom space. If you have small children, a deep freestanding bath may not be the best option as you may struggle when it comes to bath time.

Alternatively, you might like enough room for two so choosing a double ended bath would be the best option for all-out comfort. Either way, who is going to use your bath is a practicality that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Don’t forget to find out the measurements of your bath before you buy it. You’ll want to be sure that it will definitely fit in your bathroom and it’s always worth taking a measurement of your bathroom door frame so you know your tub will be able to fit through the door.

What types of baths are available?

Straight Baths

Probably the most common bath in UK households, the straight bath is a great practical option as it can fit snuggly into your bathroom layout and it has the biggest selection of sizes to choose from. We have a great selection of designs and sizes depending on your tastes and style, which you can view here. Double-ended straight baths are also available, allowing you the option to recline at each end, depending on your preference.

Straight Baths

Shower Baths

If you want the best of both worlds, we recommend a shower bath (the clue is in the name – it’s literally a shower over a bath!).

Shower Baths

L-Shaped Baths

Big or small, everyone wants to make the most of their bathroom space. L-shaped baths are the perfect solution for combining both shower and bath space. The unique L-shape design allows you more room at the one end of your bath so that showering is a breeze.

P-Shaped Baths

Similar to L-shaped bath, these are a great space saver. The days of feeling cramped in the shower are over thanks to the added space and large curved glass at the one end of your bath. The sleek curves of this design will also bring added impact to your bathroom. P-shaped baths will look especially chic in more contemporary themed bathrooms. Take a look at our baths by clicking here.

Shower Baths
Back to wall Baths

Back to Wall Shower Baths

Back to wall baths are another excellent space saving option. By installing a bath that fits close against the wall, you’ll be maximising floor space and allowing yourself extra versatility when it comes to planning your interior. There are even options that allow enough space for two people with our double-ended, back to wall baths. Create a stylish, hotel-boutique look by teaming it with a wall mounted bath filler.

Freestanding Baths

Nothing creates a sense of luxury like a freestanding bath. In addition to delivering a soothing experience, a freestanding bath is a great way to bring a focal point to your bathroom interior. We offer a wide choice of traditional baths and 4 feet choices alongside a large selection of contemporary baths and a selection of more unique colour baths.

If you’re looking to relocate your bath as part of a bigger bathroom re-design, remember that existing pipework may not always be available. New pipes may be needed if, for example, you’d like your bathtub to be installed in the centre of your room.

Freestanding Baths

Whirlpool Baths

Indulge in a truly relaxing bathing experience with a whirlpool bath. The swirling body of water created by specially fitted jets is proven to reduce a long list of ailments, from circulation problems to sore muscles and joint relief. All of soak.com’s whirlpool baths include a child safety function which means if any object is caught or pressed against the jets, the suction will cease. If you’re looking to bring a splash of luxury to your daily bathing routine then you can view our selection of whirlpool baths here.

Whirlpool Baths

Contemporary vs. Traditional

Freestanding Baths


Traditional baths are usually chosen for their timeless appeal and take influence from Victorian styling. In addition to the more classic design, these type of tubs feature curved-lines and softer edges. You may also find that these kind of baths with ball, dragon or claw feet to help elevate your tub and provide that sought after vintage style to your bathroom interior. You can match these tubs with more conventional fixtures such as cross-head taps, high-cistern toilets, (that are more circular and bowl-like in shape) and basin pedestals as opposed to modern wall-hung designs. Go and have a look here!

Freestanding Baths


Contemporary baths tend to be more modern in appearance. Angular lines and interesting, unconventional shapes are what makes contemporary bathtubs stand out from the crowd. They look great when fixed with modern bathroom fixtures such as squared sink basins and sleek, minimalist taps such as chrome mixer or waterfall taps. If this design takes your fancy, you can view our great range of contemporary baths here.

Pure Essentials

Wastes, Panels and Screens

Many of our baths come as part of a package deal complete with a bath panels, screens or wastes. When this is not the case, don’t panic! We will show you what extras you will need for the bath you have chosen.

Bath Fittings

Bath Panels

We offer both acrylic panels and MDF painted in white high gloss and walnut effect finish. We also have end panels available to you for where your bath may be installed into a corner.

Bath Screens

We have a selection of folding, sliding, pivot and fixed screens to suit your bath and the room you have around it. Screens are available in 4mm and 6mm (with easy clean too!) in a variety of sizes for every space!

Bath Wastes

A waste is basically a posh way of describing a plug! (sounds a bit fancier doesn’t it?) It’s what get rid of the bath/shower water once you’ve finished.

Shop our range of Baths

So now you’re all clued up on your bath options, do you know what taps you’re going to pair with it? Never fear – we thought you might want to have a read of our taps buying guide. Just click the handy link below.