Installing a new bath in your bathroom can be the perfect way to bring style and relaxation to your home. While the appeal of being able to unwind with a long, tranquil soak in the evening is undeniable, the process of buying a bath for your home can leave you feeling confused and overwhelmed.
With so many styles, sizes, and designs on the market, the cost of buying a bath can vary considerably. While certain budget offerings can be bought for as little as £200, this would be a mere fraction of the most premium designs which can cost in excess of £4000.
With such a wide range of prices on the market, it’s only natural to require a little guidance when making your decision. Thankfully, Showers to You is on hand to provide you with all of the cost considerations so you can find a bath that ticks all boxes for your home.
What Are the Main Factors That Determine How Much Your New Bath Will Cost?
There are a variety of factors that affect the cost of buying a bath for your home. With so many bathtub choices on the market, however, it’s possible to find a solution that meets your requirements while remaining within budget.
Below, we’ll cover some of the main cost-determining factors in detail.
Knowing how to pick the right size bath is one of the most unsurprising yet significant factors in determining the price you’ll pay for a tub. While there are some exceptions, a larger, lavish bathtub will typically cost more than a standard-sized bath of the same design.
While the luxury feel of a large, freestanding bath is hard to beat, there are a range of smaller, economical options that provide ample space for those operating on a tighter budget.
The style and shape of your bathtub can have a significant impact on the cost. Usually, the more expensive bath styles are determined either by their size and ability to offer greater bathing space, or their modern, in-vogue aesthetic.
With their large, spacious designs, the best freestanding baths tend to be among the more premium options on the market. Corner baths, on the other hand, can be a more economical choice for those on a stricter budget.
Similarly, shower baths are another excellent money-saving option for those wanting both a shower and bath in their home. By having one, dual-purpose facility confined to a single space, you’ll significantly reduce your outlay when compared to purchasing a separate shower enclosure and bathtub.
The price of your bath can also be impacted by whether you choose a single or double-ended bath design. Single-ended baths are the more common style in which the taps are located at one end of the bathtub.
Conversely, double-ended baths have the taps placed centrally, allowing two people to sit at either end of the bath without having their comfort compromised by the taps. This versatile design means that double-ended baths are often pricier than their single-ended equivalents.
Find out more in our single and double-ended bath buying guide.
Material is an overlooked but significant factor in determining the price of your bath. Most baths tend to be made of either acrylic or steel.
Acrylic baths are the most common type of material used in the modern-day. These baths tend to be among the cheaper options with their lightweight, synthetic material less durable and cheaper to make than steel or cast-iron baths.
Don’t be fooled by the lower cost, however, these baths can still be a quality, long-lasting choice for bathrooms of all styles.
Steel baths are typically more expensive than acrylic baths, with their durable design often found on high-end freestanding bathtubs.
Though these baths may cost more to purchase, their robust nature means they’re less likely to damage and can offer greater longevity than acrylic baths. While they may cost a little more initially, a steel bath may provide you with greater value over time. (You can learn more about these economic tubs from our expert guide to buying steel baths).
The modern age is filled with industries where renowned brands can command a higher fee for their products and services. The world of baths is no exception, with the stellar reputation of leading companies allowing them to charge a greater premium for their goods.
Thankfully, the online market has increased the opportunity for customers to purchase from esteemed brands without having to break the bank. At Showers to You, we have a range of the finest baths available from leading companies like Kartell and Britton at some of the most competitive prices around.
How Much Does a Bath Cost to Install?
The cost of installing a bath in your home can depend on an array of factors—from the size and style of the tub to the design and layout of your bathroom.
A guide from Checkatrade states that the average cost of fitting and installing a bath is approximately £300. This fee is thought to be slightly lower for acrylic baths (£200–£250+) and higher for steel baths (£250–£450).
Cast iron bathtubs are significantly more expensive to install, with the same guide estimating a fee of between £1250 and £1650 to have this type of bath supplied and fitted.
These costs are likely to increase if you intend to pay for extras like having shower taps fitted, adding a shower screen, or having a previous bathtub removed.
How Much Does It Cost to Maintain and Run a Bath?
With water bills on the rise, the cost of running and maintaining your bath becomes an increasingly relevant concern.
Although the cost of running a bath may look insignificant, these seemingly minimal costs can add up over the course of a year. So while it may be tempting to focus entirely on the initial purchase price, buying a bath that’s easier to maintain and cheaper to run is sure to save you money further down the line.
According to Money Stepper, the average cost of filling a 150L bath is between 30p and 90p, depending on the efficiency of your boiler. With this in mind, purchasing a smaller bath or filling your tub with less water is an astute way to reduce your monthly outlay.
The material of your bath can also be relevant to running and maintenance costs. Steel baths, for example, are better at maintaining heat than acrylic designs meaning you’re less likely to require further water to refill the tub.
There are some acrylic options like those from our Beauforté range, however, that are capable of maintaining heat to the same standard as most steel baths.
Initially, the robust material used in steel baths makes them less prone to breakage. This means that you’re less likely to have to foot the bill for annoying repairs and maintenance costs which can substantially increase your overheads.
Why Buy Your Bath From Showers to You?
With our range of styles, sizes, and designs, Showers to You is the perfect place to purchase the best bath for your home. From stylish corner baths to premium freestanding designs, you’re sure to find the ideal bathtub for you.
All our products are provided by leading brands such as Kartell and Beaufort, and Britton to name but a few.
Everything on our site comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty, allowing you to shop with confidence.
Check out our full range of exceptional baths and showers online today. Or, if you have any questions, please contact us via email ([email protected]), phone (01472 242 159), or via our online contact form.