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Kohler Bathtub

Relaxing in a bathtub after a long day is one of the best feelings in the world. This is why having a great bathtub is so important. Having the perfect bathtub can make your life easier and make you feel more relaxed. Facets of Lafayette offers a plethora of bathtub brands to choose from, and they all have their own unique features that make them stand out. There are many different styles, shapes, and even colors to choose from. Widely known, Kohler is one of the star brands in the bathtub industry. From their reliability to customizability, they offer everything you need for your bathroom needs. But how does Kohler stand up to the other brands? Let’s review the specifications of each, and you can decide!

Dimensions:

When it comes to the size and shape of your tub, there are several factors that you should consider. You should always measure your bathroom space and determine how much space you have for a bathtub. Buying a beautiful tub is useless if it cannot fit in your home. Luckily, most tub brands offer a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs. First, let’s look at what Kohler has to offer. 

Kohler offers a variety of tub lengths. This is important for those customers who may require a longer tub or a smaller tub for a specific space. Here is a list of their length offerings:

  • Less than 60 inches
  • 60-65 inches
  • 66-71 inches
  • 72 inches or greater

When it comes to other brands, such as Kallista and Jetta, they come in different but similar length varieties. Here is a list of the lengths offered by these two brands:

Kallista

  • 60 inches
  • 61 inches
  • 62 inches
  • 63 7/16 inches
  • 66 inches
  • 68 7/16 inches
  • 69 inches
  • 71 13/16 inches
  • 71 3/4 inches

    Jetta
  • 59 inches or less
  • 60-64 inches
  • 65-70 inches
  • 71 inches or greater

Kohler also offers a variety of widths and heights on their website to choose from. Jetta and Kallista do not offer those specifications on their websites. There may be a variety of those specifications, but the customer would have to find a specific tub, then decide what width and height they would prefer. Secondly, it appears Kallista offers more specific tub lengths, which is a great option for those looking for one specific size. Jetta offers almost the exact same sizes as Kohler, which can give you the same length tubs at different price points. Overall, all three brands seem to offer a wide variety of tub lengths for customers to choose from.

Shape:

Tubs can also come in a variety of shapes. Whether you want an oval tub or something unique, there are tubs out there for you! First, Kohler offers oval, rectangle, corner, or cube bathtubs for their customers. Kallista does not classify their tubs by size but seem to offer oval and rectangle options. Jetta offers oval, rectangle, and corner tubs to their customers. Overall, Kohler offers a larger range of sizes, and Kallista seems to make the shape of the tub less important as the collection of such.

Color/Finish/Material:

The color, finish, and material of bathtubs are much more customizable than in the past. Also, these traits vary widely from brand to brand. Here is a list of these specifications available by top brands:

  • Kohler
    • Material
      • Kohler Enameled Cast Iron
      • Acrylic
      • Lithocast
    • Color/Finish
      • White- 3 Variations
      • Dune- 2 Variations
      • Biscuit- 2 Variations
      • Cane Sugar
      • Almond
      • Sandbar
      • Ice Grey
      • Mexican Sand
      • Cashmere
      • Basalt
      • Thunder Grey
      • Black N’ Tan
      • Black Black
      • Lavender Grey
      • Black Plum
      • Indigo Blue
  • Kallista
    • Color/Finish
      • Black
      • Chrome
      • Nickel Silver
      • Primed for Paint
      • Stucco White
  • Jetta
    • Color/Finish
      • White
    • Accessories Color/Finish
      • White
      • Biscuit
      • Black 
      • Ice Grey
      • Polished Nickel
      • Polished Brass

Overall, Kohler was the only brand that classified the type of material that their tubs are built of. That can be beneficial to customers who wish to have a unique physical feel to their tub. Kohler also offers the widest variety of colors/finishes of all three brands. Kallista did not classify their tub by material, and they had a good amount of colors/finishes available. However, the ones that were available were the usual colors and not unique. Lastly, Jetta only offered one color/finish of tub on their website, but 6 colors of the tub’s accessories. That can make the tubs look more unique, but not for the customers looking for a non-white tub.

Technology:

Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds when it comes to bathtubs. There are different technology systems available with each brand, and they each offer different features. Customers may ultimately choose a brand of tub based on this technology. Here is a list of technologies provided by the three brands:

  • Kohler
    • Bubble Massage Air Baths
    • Effervescence baths
    • Heated Bubble Massage Air Baths
    • Soaking Baths
    • VibrAcoustic/Heated Bubble Massage Air Baths
    • Whirlpool Baths
    • Whirlpool/Effervescence Baths
    • Whirlpool/Heated Bubble Massage Air Bath
    • Bath Base
    • Corner
    • Rear Center
  • Kallista
    • Air bath
  • Jetta
    • Whirlpool
    • Air
    • Combo
    • Warm
    • Soaker

In summary, Kohler offers extensively more technology than the other two brands. Also, the names of such technology are quite catchy, which can appeal to customers looking for the “bells and whistles” in their bathtub choices. Kallista only offers the air bath technology, the fewest out of the three brands. Lastly, Jetta offers 5 technology types with common and understandable names. This may appeal to customers who are not looking for an “over-the-top” or “fancy” tub but want a little taste of the newer technology.

Price:

Likely the most important and influential sales point for customers buying bathtubs is the price. Surprisingly, brands can vary widely between brands. Whether a customer is looking within a specific budget or no budget at all, they will certainly find a tub for them within these three brands:

  • Kohler
    • $522 – $18,809
  • Kallista
    • $1800 – $9000
      • Base price of tub with NO necessary parts
  • Jetta
    • $1000 – $6000

Regarding price, Kohler offers the widest range of prices. Customers who have a specific budget, and specifically a budget under $1000 can find their tub with Kohler. Kalista offers a good range of price, but the price is listed as a base price with none of the necessary parts that a customer needs added into that price. In theory, the price of a tub with Kallista could increase by thousands of dollars once all the parts a customer needs are purchased. Jetta offers the least flexible price range of the three brands.

Buying a bathtub is a very important decision, and the style, color, shape, and even price of such can make or break the style of your bathroom and your budget! If you have any questions about these brands or any other brands of bathtubs, contact Facets of Lafayette for the most knowledgeable local staff of bathtubs and other bathroom appliances!

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