A deep soaking tub is a smaller, narrower tub that's deeper but still closer to standard tubs. Basically, it relies on more depth for its comfort and capacity than long, broad tubs. A good way to visualize a deep soaking tub is by thinking of a shallow pool. The bather doesn't lay down directly with his or her head above the surface, like in a standard tub; instead, he or she assumes a more hunched-over, upright posture. This position enables the person to soak without feeling too much pressure on the neck or back, two main sources of pain in people who enjoy soaking.
These bathtubs are often only deep enough to allow a small person to fit in comfortably. Some models, such as the Pampered Spa, offer deeper bath surfaces that can handle bigger people. Others, such as the Deep Seated Beautyrest, can accommodate the weight of a larger person. No matter how big or how deep your bath, these tubs usually have seats attached to the bottom of the enclosure. Some models, such as the Deep Seated Beautyrest, include built-in, cushioned seats, while others, such as the Deep Seated Soul, have no bench at all. If you want additional comfort, you can buy a footstool or a small chair that can easily fit into the tub.
Some tubs have features to let you control the depth of the water. For instance, some have a combination of a footstool and a seat. Other options include having just a headrest and a seat, or a combination of the two. If you like the idea of having the ability to fully immerse yourself in the water without needing to turn your body, you may want a model with a full body depth. You can choose from six inches to ten inches in depth.
A water depth sensor is a handy feature for a soaking bathtub. You'll be able to vary the temperature of the water as needed, so you don't get burned. If you don't want to leave the tub for a few minutes, you can set the timer to a length that will allow you to soak in the tub for a longer time. A self-contained heater is a great option for someone who doesn't want to bother with plugs or wires. It has an on/off switch that you can also program, so it's possible to have warm water in the morning and then shut off the heater so you don't overheat at night.
If you purchase a deep soaking tub that has hydrotherapy jets, you'll have endless opportunities to pamper yourself. These hydrotherapy jets offer you the ultimate in luxury as you lie on top of the water. There are three types of jets - in-line, tube, and disc. The in-line models have nozzles underneath the water, and they're great if you like to massage a specific area. Tube and disc models have nozzles all around the tub, allowing for full massaging.
Most hydrotherapy jets come with two to five inch controls, allowing you to adjust the pressure and depth of the jets. Some jets also have remote controls that you can use to control the water depth and speed. A full water depth and speed is important for soaking because you don't want to tire yourself out. If you find a jet that doesn't have these options, look for a model that does, and you'll enjoy your hydrotherapy even more.