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Choosing Between A Whirlpool Bathtub And An Air Bath

By Dave Johnson

Choosing a tub today can be confusing. With so many choices, jet sprays, bubble makers, Jacuzzi styles and even soaking baths, how does one even know where to start? Then once you decide what kind you want, you have to think about the size and how you’ll install it. Deciding upon a whirlpool bathtub or an air bath depends upon what you need most from your tub.

If after a long days work all you can think about is massaging those sore muscles and joints, the whirlpool bathtub may be what you need. A pump pushes water out, which is then combined with air and forced out of the jets in the tub. You adjust the volume of the spray and can angle and swivel it to hit the right spot. The vigorous action with the jets give you your own customized massage.

If you prefer relaxing in the tub, sitting back and just need a gentle and soft massage, the air bath is your best choice. A blower pushes heated air through dozens of small air holes that are on the sides or bottom of the tub. You adjust the power, creating as many or as few bubbles as you need. These bubbles gently massage the soft tissues all over the body, unlike the whirlpool bathtub whose jets force the water at you. With the right tub, you may have the option of a pulse or wave feature also.

A combination bath can give you the best of both worlds; this type combines the whirlpool bathtub and the air bath, giving you the benefits of both in one tub. You’ll have total control, maybe starting out with a vigorous massage using the jets and then relaxing with the soft bubbles afterward. Whatever you need that day, you’ll get with this type of unit.

There are generally four different installation methods to consider. If you choose the 3-wall installation, you will need a rectangular tub. This uses three walls around the tub and the side that is open is then skirted to hide the mechanics underneath.

A rather unique look is the drop-in installation, or deck mount. This is where a deck is built, with an opening in the top to place the tub inside of it. The nice part about this method is that you can use any size or shape of tub since the deck is created just for that.

The undermount method is similar, but you need a tub that has a flat rim, and instead of putting the tub inside of a deck, you attach it underneath so the rim is not shown. This also allows you to choose any shape or size and provide a unique look to your bath decor.

The free standing tub can be placed anywhere in the room: against a wall, away from the wall or in the middle of the room. They come in a variety of shapes also and you have the option of putting a skirt around it to hide the sides and underneath if you like.

Knowing what you are looking for in a tub will help narrow down your choices. It can still be hard to decide between a vigorous massage with a whirlpool bathtub and a soft relaxing massage with the air bath, so you may want to just buy a combination and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Learn more about whirlpool bathtub. Stop by Dave Johnson’s site where you can find out all about steam showers and what it can do for you.

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Johnson, Dave "Choosing Between A Whirlpool Bathtub And An Air Bath." Choosing Between A Whirlpool Bathtub And An Air Bath. 21 Jun. 2010. 30 Sep 2014 <>.

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