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Old 02-07-2012, 12:22 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I vote for a Whirlpool type tub. Had one in our previous house. I used it almost daily. After 10 years it was working just fine when we moved out.
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:53 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Two person soaking tub.
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:46 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I have a whirlpool tub and never use the jets. It's also not big enough for two of us, so when we redo our bath, we going to get a big soaker tub that we can both enjoy.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:45 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I have a whirlpool tub and never use the jets. It's also not big enough for two of us, so when we redo our bath, we going to get a big soaker tub that we can both enjoy.
With our budget and space, that's just it... We could get a small two person whirlpool, but it won't serve our purpose if we want to get romantic in there... Me, yes, I'd get to enjoy it The soaker at the homestore is huge, but it won't take up any more space than a 2 person whirlpool.

Has anyone been to a habitat homestore in your area? Those things are pretty cool. We find some of the best bargains there.... There was a huge air bath... If you don't know, those are the spa baths that have little air holes compared to the larger jets in whirlpools. This thing was $86.00 brand new, with pump and all. It was insane.... They're normally a thousand or more. But, I regress, you snooze, you loose... We lost that one.
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I think claw foot tubs are awesome looking...we had one when I was a little girl and I really miss it.
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I think claw foot tubs are awesome looking...we had one when I was a little girl and I really miss it.
I've been looking at those too. I had one in the house I lived at in college. But I can't justify the cost anymore Sure, those are a dime a dozen on Craigslist and eBay, but they most of the time have to be reglazed at a cost of over $400 and then the faucet sets for those are upwards of about $400... Ahhhhh, way too much for our measly budget.

Another kind I've been looking at are the kind for our house age (1950's), we have the original tub in our main bath, and I like it, but my H wants to modernize a bit for our new bathroom. Decisions, decisions!

It's getting so close, and it just dawned on me recently that I have this blank canvas to work with to create my little own retreat
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:44 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Shower person here too. Always liked the looks of those on the DIY or remodeling shows with the multiple heads and such.

Out of your options - I'd go with a normal, traditional tub I guess...
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Shower person here too. Always liked the looks of those on the DIY or remodeling shows with the multiple heads and such.

Out of your options - I'd go with a normal, traditional tub I guess...
Yeah - those are cool, but then I couldn't get my H out of there There goes my retreat
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I have never been in one - I imagine they are a lot like small hot tubs? I think that would be fun in a master suite
I have a large jetted tub, and I love it. I use it often in the winter when it's really cold out - a long, hot soak with jets on part of the time feels wonderful. I also like it when I have a part of me that's especially sore (feet from wearing high heels, or neck and back from sitting in front of the computer). I can turn the jets so they hit those spots specifically and act like a mini-massage.

They are harder to clean than regular tubs because you also have to make sure you clean the jets themselves. But not much harder.

My guy and I like to go in there together sometimes, too.

If you've never been a bath person, though, it might not be worth the extra money.

Finally, if you get a large tub, remember that you will need a LOT of hot water to fill it, so make sure your water heater is large enough for that. When I first moved into my condo, I couldn't figure out why it had a 50 gallon water heater since my place is only 2 bedrooms...once I filled the tub the first time, I realized why.
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If you want to splurge on something that you will really appreciate for a long time - look into radiant heating in the floor
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Simple, clean, elegant. And deep.

Forget the mechanics. They have a limited lifespan and, bank on it... will be problematic eventually.

Save the whirlpools for the weekend getaways and let someone else deal with it. If you want to splurge on something that you will really appreciate for a long time - look into radiant heating in the floor or maybe a decent sound system in there - or one of those behind-the-mirror TV's.
This makes a lot of sense. Hot tubs and whirlpools are a pain to maintain.

I rent, so we do not have the option. My dream bathroom would have a stand up shower with massaging heads AND a two person whirlpool.
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^^^^ I only have 6x9 to work with... Can't have both, unless we combine it with the existing bathroom on the other side... I researched adding a bath and realized it could add up to 20% value, so we're leaving the wall up and making it a 3/3 house instead.
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This makes a lot of sense. Hot tubs and whirlpools are a pain to maintain.

I rent, so we do not have the option. My dream bathroom would have a stand up shower with massaging heads AND a two person whirlpool.
Hot tubs are not hard to maintain at all.
I had one for 7 years and loved it. I have found that the whirlpool tub would get mold in the jets, but the hot tub never had that problem as long as it was properly maintained. A water test once a week and especially if little kids were playing in it(they will invariably pee in it), add a few chemicals and you're back to happy soaking.
I also changed the water at least twice a year.
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A sunken whirlpool that is self cleaning and seats two.

Hubs and I squeeze into our little tub all the time. We dream of a bigger one!
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:58 PM   #30 (permalink)
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We can't fit into ours together. He is too tall!

I get a kick out of some of hotels we have been to that boast "two person" whirlpools on the website, yet when we reach the hotel the tub can only fit me!

Two person whirlpools? Yeah, maybe if both partners are 5'2!
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