Expert advice on bathtubs, with buying guides, installation and repair tips, and bathtub plumbing diagrams.

When it comes to relaxing away the cares of the day, nothing beats a bathtub. In fact, considering the popularity of bathtubs in today’s homes, it’s hard to believe that they are a relatively new addition to homes around the world.

Early in the 20th century, the ancestors of today’s bathtubs—claw-footed tubs—were first introduced.

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The claw-footed bathtub revisited, this updated version has a durable porcelain finish but a classic look. Porcher

Though a luxury at first, bathtubs grew in popularity as prices dropped and options increased in the 1930s and beyond. When bathtubs became affordable and available, they proliferated.

The first colors were introduced in 1928, and the rest is history.

Today, options in materials, colors, shapes, styles, and options are off the charts.

Now you can buy a bathtub for a few hundred dollars at home improvement centers—or even online.

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Inexpensive bathtubs are available at home improvement centers. ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips

Or, you can spend thousands. It all depends on the style, materials, finishes, and amenities you want.

High-end molded freestanding bathtub is a sculptural centerpiece in this contemporary bathroom. A Katz /

If you are building a new bathroom or remodeling your existing one, this section of HomeTips will be a helpful guide to making informed bathtub buying decisions.

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You won’t run out of water, even with a big soaking tub, when you have a tankless water heater. Iriana Shiyan /

Or, if you’re trying to remove scratches or discolorations, it can help you with basic repair techniques. Here you will also find help with keeping your bathtub filling and draining properly.

jacuzzi spa bath tub
Whirlpool tub is the essence of luxury. Jacuzzi

Next See:

• Bathtubs Buying Guide
• How a Bathtub Works
• Bathtub Repairs

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About Don Vandervort
Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years as a remodeler and builder, Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996. Read more about Don Vandervort