These free-standing, oversized, deep bathtubs have a basic design with no distracting features.

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Q: We are remodeling our bathroom, and my goal is to create a high-end mini-relaxation center. While doing my research, I have found that some baths are called “soaking tubs” and I’d like to get your take on this. Can you please explain the soaking tub concept to me?

A: Soaking tub features vary from tub to tub. But in general, they are usually free-standing, oversized, deep bathtubs with very simple features. If you have the time to take a long bath, soaking tubs are great, since they usually have no distracting features.

While extra options found in whirlpool-jet tubs are nice, a whirlpool is geared more toward a massage than just soaking. Since a long soak is the goal, some soaking tubs include built-in heaters to keep the water nice and warm.

Aside from comfort, these tubs are often the design centerpiece for many bathrooms.

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Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to eadelg@cs.com.