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How do I Choose the Best Bathtub Tray?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated: May 17, 2024

To choose the best bathtub tray, think about function as well as looks. Trays with telescopic extenders allow for a proper fit on the sides of your bathtub. The sections and holding capacity of bathroom trays vary widely, so you should keep in mind exactly what you need to store in the one you choose. While silver-colored metal tray styles suit most bathrooms, wooden trays add a warmer, spa-like look.

When selecting a wooden tray for your bathtub, consider teak. Teak holds up well to water and is a strong, durable wood. If you choose a teak bathtub tray in a trough shape with slats in the bottom, excess water can drain out easily and you should have adequate room to store washing supplies. If you enjoy reading in the tub though, a shallower tray with a stand in the center to prop up a book or magazine is a better choice.

Bathtub trays designed to hold reading material are also available in silver-colored wire. If you select one of these with a detachable book or magazine stand, you can have maximum versatility by using the bathtub tray with or without this feature. Consider the compartments around the book holder though. For instance, if the place you'd like to set down a wet washcloth is too close to it, you may ruin the book. If you use a razor in the bathtub, make sure the tray has a place to hold that to prevent it from falling into the water and presenting a safety hazard such as to cause a cut on your leg.

If you need minimal storage and want a streamlined tray design, a silver-colored metal piece with two wide mesh and two indented, scoop-like areas can be a good choice. These types of bathtub tray are at least big enough to hold a washcloth, soap and maybe one or two smaller items. If your tub has a shower as well, the tray you choose should be easy to slide to the end of the tub so that standing under the shower head is possible.

A wider tray will allow you to lay a magazine down in the center and give you more room for beauty products. Some fancy bathtub tray designs have a compartment especially designed to hold a candle. Make sure that any compartments in the tray aren't so deep that they will feel uncomfortable on your legs while you're taking a bath.

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