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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Spa Baths good for you?

Yes, it’s been proven that spa baths are good for you.

Spa baths offer the primary physical benefit of helping to increase blood circulation throughout your body. Increased circulation helps deliver the oxygen required to make your skin glow, giving you a visibly younger look.

The blend of warm water and jets massaging your body not only offer physical benefits, but also psychological benefits. Spa baths can reduce stress and anxiety, helping both your body and mind relax simultaneously.

If you suffer from tension headaches that can descend into crippling migraines, then it may be worth trying spas. The massage you receive while allowing yourself to experience weightlessness just sitting in the spa helps to relax your muscles and could be life changing.

What should I consider when looking for a new bathtub?

There are a number of factors to consider when you’re looking for a new bathtub. A few of which we’ve highlighted below.

Bath style: Consider which style of baths are available. Primarily the styles of baths to choose between are freestanding and inset, both of which we’ve gone over in the answer below. But as always there are a few variations once you research a little deeper.
Bath size and shape: The size and shape of your bathtub are key considerations. How big should the bathtub be in order to fit in your bathroom, while still offering maximum comfort? How about whether an oval or square shape looks best?
Bathroom walls: The position of walls is another factor worth considering. If your bath is to sit against a wall, ensure it’s fully sealed or that you can clean in between. We see this consideration overlooked far too often.

What styles of baths are available?

There are primarily two styles of baths available.

Freestanding baths: This style of bath is often used as the primary focal point in a bathroom. Standing alone without any support from a wall, they’re a bold choice that draws attention for their perceived luxury.
Inset baths: This style of bath is much more understated, but doesn’t have to be any less luxurious. Positioned in the corner of your bathroom or against a single wall, inset baths help to maximise floor space and usually offer a ledge to rest items on as you bathe.

While these are the two most popular styles, there are slight hybrids of the two where you’re able to place freestanding baths against a wall.

As you’ll discover in our next answer however, these hybrid baths must be designed correctly to either block water spillage or allow enough space to clean.

Can you put a freestanding bath against a wall?

If you can’t go past the luxurious elegance of a freestanding bath but are short of floor space within your bathroom, you may be tempted to put a freestanding bath against a wall. Before doing this, you’re going to have to make a couple of considerations.

The primary consideration is whether the design advantages of a freestanding bath trumps the extra cleaning work that you’re going to have to do when it’s pushed against a wall. That small space between the bath and wall will soon catch dust and be a prime place for damp mould to develop.

If you can’t bring it out about 30 cm from the wall, then we’d recommend using a hybrid that allows you to raise the shelf and tile it against the wall so there’s no visible gap.

 

What is better - stone, steel or acrylic baths?

When it comes to choosing between stone, steel or acrylic tubs, the choice is entirely up to you and what you’re trying to achieve in your bathroom.

Acrylic tubs are a popular choice for their durability when compared directly to porcelain. They’re a flexible and often cheaper option when it comes to both their up-front cost and installation as they’re lighter. Acrylic tubs are a better option for most family bathroom settings.

Stone tubs are beautiful from an aesthetic point of view and a more luxurious choice over an acrylic bath. Stone baths will retain the heat for longer giving you a more time to relax and shed the day's stress.

Steel tubs are enamel coated making them easy to clean and one of the most resilient types of baths on the market. They are also available in many shapes and sizes.

 

What is the most comfortable bath shape?

The bottom line is that you’re going to want a bath that not only looks great but is comfortable enough to relax into after a hard day at work.

When it comes to choosing a bath shape for comfort, whether they’re oval or square-shaped on the outside doesn’t matter. What matters is how the inside surface, especially the bottom, has been designed.

We find that the most comfortable bathtubs have an ergonomically shaped bottom and back, allowing your body to mould into it when you take a seat.  

Another factor when it comes to choosing the most comfortable bath shape is whether the back is lower than your feet. This design means that you won't have to hold yourself up from sliding down, keeping you locked in your sitting position and able to truly relax.

 

Is a pressed steel bath suitable for a family with children?

Absolutely, our steel baths are manufactured from the highest guage 3.5mm porcelain on steel, ensuring great hygene properties, scratch resistance, sound deadening and heat retention. Most come with a 30 year warranty.

Acrylic is also a great option for children as modern materials and manufacturing methods produce very high quality products with greatly improved heat retention. Most of these come with a 15 year warranty.

Whichever way you decide to go, The Blue Space strongly recommends the use of pop-down wastes with any bath, read more about why in our Product Advice section.

Do you have a bath suitable to have a bath screen installed on it?

Absolutely, our steel baths are manufactured from the highest guage 3.5mm porcelain on steel, ensuring great hygene properties, scratch resistance, sound deadening and heat retention. Most come with a 30 year warranty.

Acrylic is also a great option for children as modern materials and manufacturing methods produce very high quality products with greatly improved heat retention. Most of these come with a 15 year warranty.

Whichever way you decide to go, The Blue Space strongly recommends the use of pop-down wastes with any bath, read more about why in our Product Advice section.

I have some chips on my pressed steel bath. Can this be repaired?

Yes, there are bath repair kits available. However, if your bath is old it might be better to simply replace it as the repair kits do not guarantee perfect results.

IIs an acrylic bath durable? Does it retain heat well?

Modern quality acrylic baths are both durable and have excellent heat retention. They also often come with excellent 15 year warranties.

Of course, like any other item, they can incur damage in the form of scratching. However, the material is the same colour throughout so minor scratches are frequently not very noticeable.

How many litres will the bath holds?

This depends on the individual bath. The capacity is listed in the specs for each bath.

Are the stone products man made or natural?

They are man made which gives the look and feel of a natural product with the confidence of a 10 year warranty. Cast Stone Solid Surfacing is a unique blend of high quality resins and limestone with a matt finish that will stay as flawless as the day it first graced your home.

Do I need to consider weight when buying a stone bath?

Absolutely, when you add the weight of a stone bath, a couple of people and water, it's usually well over 500kgs. The Blue Space recommends seeking advice from your builder or trades before purchasing.

I would like to upgrade a bath/spa in my house. Which one is best for water saving?

The size of your bath or spa, along with how much it's filled, dictates how much water it will use. If water saving is important, limit the amount of water put in the bath and how often it's filled.