The bath has come a long way from the basic `tin tub' and today they are an essential part of any household.

The variety of styles, shapes and designs enable the bath to fit into any surrounding - be it modern or traditional, freestanding or fitted. Materials range from steel, cast iron or resin and some even have dedicated shower areas for when space is restricted.

Whether it is for a quick dip or washing the kids, the bath fulfils all requirements.

Bathing has long been established as the ultimate way to unwind from the stresses and strains of the day. Soaking in a warm bath with plenty of bubbles, is many people's idea of the ultimate luxury. Many baths have the option to become whirlpool or spa baths for extra indulgence, and are available as single or twin ended versions.