There’s nothing more relaxing after a busy day then a long, hot soak in a bath filled with bubbles. But modern baths aren't just for a relaxing unwind. They also need to cater for the chaos of children’s bath times and the washing of pets. And with lots of homes strapped for space in their bathroom, they can also combine with showers to create an all-in-one washing space.
Inevitably, with so many uses it's no wonder there are so many choices when it comes to shopping for a bath. We’re here to support you in making the right choice for your family, by helping you understand which shape and size works for you to get your bathroom working as well as it should.
Whether you’re doing a complete bathroom refit or just replacing your old bath, you’ll need precise measurements of your space to make sure the new one fits.
Getting a direct replacement may mean that you have to get one the same size, but that doesn’t mean that you have to have the same bathing experience. Explore replacing your bath with a new set of taps as well as moving the position of them, or you could choose a new style of bath with some innovative features.
For those who are starting from scratch, think about how big you’d like your bath to be and then check out our options. If you’ve got the space, don’t feel as though your bath has to be in a corner – consider having one further out in the room for a different look that's more opulent.
It may feel odd to do so, but before picking your bath, you need to have decided what sort of tap is right for you as this will effect how many tap holes your bath will need. A mixer tap will only need one hole, while separate taps will need two. And if you decide to have taps that are fitted to a wall, or to the floor and reach over the bath, you’ll need no tap holes at all.
Some of our baths come with tap holes already cut in, saving you the trouble of drilling them, while others don’t. This allows you the flexibility to drill in the number you’ll need for your chosen bathroom taps or leave the bath as it is. It’s up to you.
Some of our shower and corner baths will be labelled as left or right-handed. It’s important to make the right choice, or else it may not work in your room.
Picture where you’d like your new shower or corner bath and imagine you’re looking at it from the front. Spin the bath so that the widest end (the short leg of the L or the loop of the P for shower baths) is at the top. If it points right, it’s right-handed; if it points left, it’s left-handed.
When looking for the right bath for your bathroom or en-suite, be sure to think about what you need to use it for, as well as the space you’ve got to play with – have your measurements to hand.
The most popular type of bath, straight baths can fit in the most compact of spaces. Available in either steel or acrylic, they're slim in design with a classic shape that works well in most layouts. Our straight baths are guaranteed for 10 years and can hold between 150 and 230 litres of water.
Relax at either end of the bath without worrying about sitting on the plug or resting against the taps with a twin-ended bath. Normally a little wider than a standard bath, this type of straight bath features the plug and taps positioned in the centre – handy if you fancy having more than one bather in the tub!
Our twin-ended baths have guarantees that last between 10 and 30 years and can hold between 185 and 220 litres of water.
Ideal for the smaller space, shower baths combine the practicality of a shower with the luxury of a bath, while only being slightly bigger than a standard bath. Shower baths come in either a curved P or a straight-edged L shape to create a showering and bathing area in one.
All our shower baths are made from acrylic and hold between 170 and 230 litres of water. They’re guaranteed for between 10 to 30 years.
Another great choice if you’re short on space and want to combine your bath and showering area, corner baths, as the name suggests, slot perfectly into a corner. Also known as triangle-shaped baths, they can cleverly double up as a shower due to the extra width they offer. Plus, some models have a built-in seat – perfect if you want to get into the bath to help wash small children or pets.
Our corner baths come with a guarantee of 10 years and hold between 160 and 230 litres of water.
If you’ve got plenty of space to play with and want a feeling of luxury, choose a freestanding bathtub. They don’t have to be placed up against a corner, allowing them to become a real showstopping feature in your bathroom.
Available with ornate, traditional styling or in more sleek, modern designs, there are a variety of features to consider. Opt for a slipper bath where the back of the tub is higher than the rest of the bath for extra comfort. Look out for roll-top baths where the rim scrolls over the edges of the tub for a period look or flat-rim tubs that are more stream-lined. And why not add feet to your freestanding tub for that authentic claw-foot style?
Our freestanding baths are guaranteed for 10 years and hold between 175 and 220 litres of water.
There’s no need to pay for pampering – have a relaxing and luxurious experience in your own home thanks to a spa bath . With a fitted whirlpool system, as well as LED lights on some options, you simply push a button and adjust the settings until you’re comfortable. Let the jets soothe aching muscles as well as massage the day away.
Many of our baths can be pre-fitted with a Wellness system, so that you can have the spa experience whatever style you’re going for. Check that your preferred model is compatible.
Whirlpool systems – six adjustable jets create a massage experience. The luxury system comes with LED scrolling lights.
AirSpa systems - 12 air jets are set into the base of your chosen bath to create bubbles. Plus, you can choose whether you’d like to add chromatherapy lights that change colour.
BathSound systems – fancy some music while you bathe? This system connects to your Bluetooth enabled device and can be combined with a Whirlpool or AirSpa system.
Chromatherapy system - features 21 strategically positioned jets and built-in colour changing LED light system to help restore balance.
Our spa baths come with a two year guarantee.
There are two choices when it comes to the material that your bath can be made of – acrylic or steel.
A great budget option, acrylic baths are easier to install than steel baths and as such are available in a wider range of shapes. They're a sturdy option, usually having a wooden frame and baseboard, as well the underside being reinforced with Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP), so gone are the days when acrylic baths were flimsy and would bend when you stood in them. And unlike steel, they always feel warm to the touch.
Acrylic baths aren’t porous, making them easy to clean and any scratches are easy to polish out. However be careful not to drop heavy items in your bath as it could crack.
Made from a single piece of recyclable steel sheet, steel baths are made by being pressed into a mould to form the chosen shape. It’s then covered in a hard-wearing and high shine enamel coating to make sure it looks great and stands the test of time.
Steel baths conduct heat well and heat up quickly, but they're initially cold to the touch. Consider if this is the right choice for you and your home as if the bath’s not filled, its sides will be quite chilly which may impact how relaxing it feels.
Our steel baths comes with two pre-drilled tap holes, so will only work with pillar (also known as hot and cold) bath taps.
If you’d like all the benefits of a traditional cast iron bath as well as the latest features that acrylic has to offer, explore our Supercast range.
Supercast significantly reinforces an acrylic bath, making it incredibly strong and hard-wearing like cast iron, as well as having better insulation meaning your bath stays hotter for longer. And, like acrylic, it’s got a high gloss finish, is easy to clean and is lighter than a cast iron or steel bath.
Supercast is available on selected models and is covered with a 30 year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Having picked the type of bath you want, as well as the material it’s made out of, let’s go through some of the items you may need to add that finishing touch.
Almost all of our baths come with all the required fittings provided – check before you buy to see what’s included. However, if you’ve bought a freestanding bath, there can be a few further accessories to consider.
Check out our range of bath feet to complete your chosen look and consider exploring pipe shrouds or stand pipes. A pipe shroud is used to cover the pipework for the taps on freestanding baths with tap holes, and stand pipes are designed for baths without tap holes – raising the taps so they rise over the sides and into the tub.
Wastes, or plugs, are not only an important part when it comes to the functionality of your bath, but also how it looks. Bath wastes come with an overflow attached – this helps prevent you from overfilling your bath.
For the traditional bathroom, choose a plug and chain waste. Or if you’re looking for a modern style, opt for a pop-up or clicker waste. The pop-up bath waste is controlled by a switch that covers the overflow: you simply twist to open and shut the waste. A clicker waste works by just being pressed in or out, like a button.
Be sure to check your chosen bath to see what wastes will work with it.
If you're planning to use your bath as a shower, you’ll need a screen or shower curtain to prevent water splashing out into the room when in use. Many of our bath screens are fitted with towel rails helping you keep your bathroom neat and tidy and the towel within easy reach after washing. They're available with frames or without, and can be either curved or straight in style. Choose from a single, two or four-panel design with the straight screen option.
A single panel panel opens out as normal door would, so some water will escape when it’s open. A two-panel design has a fixed section closest to the taps, offering a little more protection from splashing when the shower is on. Look out for models that offer side access to the taps so that you can control the shower without getting wet. And four-panel options fold back completely, enabling you to save space when it’s not in use.
Curved screens are great if you’ve chosen a bath with a curved edge or just want slightly more protection from splashes than a straight screen may offer.
Depending on your choice of bath and where it has been placed, you may want panels to finish off the look of your bathroom. We offer front and end bath panels in wood-effect finishes such as oak and walnut, and white designs including tongue and groove.
Bath panels not only help to cover up any plumbing or pipework you don’t want to see, they also can be used to add extra storage or further design interest to your room. These Cooke & Lewis Bath Storage Panels flip open, allowing you to easily access and utilise the space underneath your bath for extra storage – ideal if your room is on the smaller side. Meanwhile the Aquadry tileable front and end panels let you continue your tiling scheme around your bath.
To prevent slipping and sliding in and out of the bath, invest in a bath mat. We stock fabric floor mats to mop up any spillages and ensure it's safe to get in and out of the tub, as well as rubber mats with anti-slip grips to ensure safety when standing in the tub to use the shower.
And for those who need extra support when using the bath, take a look at our range of bath rails and bath steps – helping everyone use the bath safely.
Lastly, don’t forget all the little things that will help finish off your new tub. Think about getting a bath cradle to help keep your toiletries in check. Or dot some delicious scented candles around to help create an atmosphere of relaxation.