Alcove Tub | Soaking, Whirlpool or Air Bathtub
Bathtubs with Skirt and Tile Flange for 3 Wall Tub Installation
An alcove tub is installed between three walls, has a front skirt and a tile flange. These bathtubs can be used for a tub & shower combination or bath only. They can be a soaking bathtub or have a massage system such as a whirlpool or air. Use the links below to shop all of our alcove baths by size. To learn more about alcove styles & features: Alcove Tub Features →
Alcove Front Skirts
• Integral Skirt
The alcove tubs we have listed in this section have an integral skirt: the skirt & bathtub are molded together as one piece. Some have a smooth flat panel skirt that doesn't allow for access. Others offer system access through the skirt with a removable panel.
• Add on Acrylic Skirt
A drop-in tub can be ordered with a skirt and a tile flange option to create an alcove bathtub. There will be a joining line where the bottom of the tub rim meets the top of the skirt. Some manufacturer's skirts are removable, others not (please check with us or the manufacturer).
• Custom Skirt
When creating a custom wood or tile front skirt; a drop-in tub is ordered with a tile flange option (no skirt) to create the alcove bathtub.
For Add-on Acrylic & Custom Skirt Alcove Tubs: Shop Rectangle Tubs by Size → (Look for "Alcove Options" in the description)
Alcove Tile Flange
A flange is used when the walls surrounding the bath are going to be tiled down to the top of the bathtub rim. The flange will be integral to the tub or an add-on. Shower combo tubs have a lot of water splashing on the rim. The flange prevents this water from seeping down behind the bathtub. The two common installations of an alcove tub with tile flange:
(see tub installation for more information)
• No Flange
Do not use a flange if there will be a flat area between the tub and the wall. This tub is installed within an alcove, but since it is not directly touching the walls, it is considered a drop-in bathtub.
Alcove Tub without the Alcove
All the pictures and descriptions we have shown so far are of an alcove with floor to ceiling walls. We wanted to show another example. 1 wall & 2 knee-walls surround this bathtub, an open concept but it is still considered an alcove installation.
Alcove Tub Considerations:
• Soaking, Whirlpool or Air?
There are a lot of bath systems offered. With a soaking tub there isn't a system or jets. You can add a recirculating pump and heater to a soaking tub for a tub that will not lose water temperature for as long as it is on. You can have air jets for a light skin caress or water jets that provide a deep tissue massage. Or have a combination tub that uses both. We have included in the descriptions above if the tub is offered in any of these systems: Soaking Tub, Heated Soaking, Air Bathtub & Whirlpool Combination. But there are more possibilities. There are massage systems that can be used with or without water. And micro bubble tubs that provide skin conditioning. Find out more about all the possibilities see: Spa Tubs →
• Access - What is the big deal?
Access is needed for any repairs to the bathtub's system (whirlpool, air or heated soaker). Repairs with the companies we carry are very rare. But, Murphy's Law suggests build access and it won't be needed, don't and there will be trouble. Most motors are located behind the backrest, but position does depend on the manufacturer. A 16" x 16" access panel is common among manufacturers. See technical sheets for more information.
• Tub & Shower Combo
- Look for a bath that is straight up and down by the drain. This will allow the most room for showering. Some of our customers have used a center drain tub as a shower. Take note where the shower head and tub spout are located. You don't want the spout behind a bather's head or the shower head over a back slant.
- Avoid seats or uneven bottoms to avoid trip hazards
- Look for lower rim height: over 22" is difficult to step over on a daily basis to take a shower.
• Comfortable Tub?
There are many factors to consider when selecting a bath: bathing room, back slant and water depth. We have more information on tub size here: Bathtub →
• Soaking, Whirlpool or Air?
A whirlpool bathtub with provide deep tissue massage while an air tub is a vigorous skin caress. Heated soaking tubs will keep the water warm. You can find out more about the tub systems here: Spa Bathtubs →
Large Tub Selection Backed with Customer Service
We have a large selection of quality tubs listed on our site which can feel overwhelming as you shop through them. Just call us: we have been doing this for so long we have become tub experts. We work closely with our manufactures and pride ourselves on our product knowledge. Our experts are here to answer all questions and guide you through your tub selection.
We also know that buying such a large item on line can be scary. Rest assured we only carry tubs that we would feel comfortable putting in our own mother's house. And we have done just that! Our bathtubs are the best in the industry and we have years of experience with the manufacturers. Issues are very rare, and if they do arise, they are quickly resolved. We are here to answer questions and keep you informed on the creation and delivery of your bathtub. We will still be here for questions even after your new bathroom is finished.