Bathing has been around for centuries. Our ancestors may have bathed in streams, but the Romans started a more civilized bathing method with the introduction of built-in-baths in the rich folk’s houses and public baths for the man on the street.
Today, just about every home has a bathroom, their bath of choice taking pride of place according to their individual style. But what makes people decide on what is the best bathtub for their individual purposes?
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The Different Types of Bathtubs available
- 1 The Different Types of Bathtubs available
- 2 Top 10 Best Bathtub reviews
- 2.1 American Standard Evolution Soak Whirlpool Bath Tub
- 2.2 American Standard Cambridge Bath Tub with Right-Hand Drain
- 2.3 American Standard Cadet Freestanding Tub
- 2.4 KOHLER Alcove Bath with Integral Apron, Tile Flange and Left Hand Drain
- 2.5 Kohler K-1121-0 Underscore Drop-In Undermount Bathtub
- 2.6 OVE Rachel 70-Inch Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub
- 2.7 MAYKKE Barnet Modern Oval Acrylic Bathtub Freestanding White Tub
- 2.8 FerdY Bathroom Freestanding Acrylic Soaking Bathtub
- 2.9 Kardiel HB-BT-PARVA-67-RO HelixbathParva Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub
- 2.10 AKDY F210 Free Standing Acrylic Bathtub
- 3 Bathtub Buyer’s Guide
- 4 Conclusion
There are many types of bathtubs around, ranging in style, size, and even color. In fact, there is something to suit your style, color pallet, and décor. So choosing the best bathtub, these days, comes down to individual choice.
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A standard bathtub is relatively long and shallow. It may be oval, rectangular, or curved. Seating may be added to the side or not, as well as handles to get out easier. Standard bathtubs are also often converted into a shower bath by adding a shower fixture to one wall. When taking a shower in a shower bath, you would typically need shower curtains or a glass enclosure to protect your floor from getting wet. Standard bathtubs may also have a hand shower feature for ease of use when washing your hair.
Standard bathtubs come in a vast variety of colors and are made of many different materials, including cast iron, acrylic, and glass fiber.
Claw-foot bathtubs were very popular during the Victorian era. They were traditionally made of cast iron and then lined with porcelain. These bathtubs tend to be both deeper and larger than a standard bathtub, and thus takes more water to fill. As the name suggests, it is a bathtub positioned on four clawed feet.
This type of bathtub has made a recent comeback, although, these days, it is made of modern materials.
Claw-foot bathtubs come in four styles:
- The roll rim tub – the top of the tub has a rounded edging
- The slipper tub – one end is raised so that you are seated better
- The double slipper tub – where both ends are raised
- The double ended tub – where both ends are rounded or oval-shaped
A freestanding bathtub describes any bathtub that is not built in. It rests on top of your bathroom floor. A claw-foot bathtub is an example of a freestanding bath.
A soaking bathtub is usually deeper than a bathtub. The aim of this type of bathtub is for relaxation. A soaking tub, traditionally, does not have air vents like a hot tub. They are also great as a garden tub. A soaking bathtub is usually only big enough for one person.
A whirlpool bathtub is fitted with jets that allow air or water to move through at a high speed, creating bubbles. A whirlpool bathtub is also known as a Jacuzzi or hot tub.
These bathtubs come in various sizes, and can be in-ground or above ground and can be set up inside or outside. Some of them are also easily transportable.
A walk-in bathtub is ideal for those who have mobility issues. These tubs may look like a standard bathtub, but they have a side door that can open and shut. The door opens inwards, towards the bath, and is self-sealing.
Some of these bathtubs are manufactured with a built-in chair, although this is a matter of preference. Certain of these bathtubs have sides that can be raised and lowers, while others have doors that retract into the sides of the bath.
Top 10 Best Bathtub reviews
Are you still unsure of the best bathtub to suit your needs? Perhaps taking a look at a few of our bathtub reviews will help you decide on what will work for you.
American Standard Evolution Soak Whirlpool Bath Tub
A great option for when space is a problem, the whirlpool fits in a bathroom space with the added benefits of a hydro massage system.
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American Standard Cambridge Bath Tub with Right-Hand Drain
Light and easy to install, this bathtub already has finished side facing sparing you extra installation costs.
American Standard Cadet Freestanding Tub
A freestanding tub takes your home décor up a few notches, spelling ‘luxury’.
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KOHLER Alcove Bath with Integral Apron, Tile Flange and Left Hand Drain
This bathtub has a lightweight design and extra comfort feature.
Kohler K-1121-0 Underscore Drop-In Undermount Bathtub
The simple, crisp design is perfect for those with a contemporary bathroom style. The sloped backrest is a touch of added comfort.
OVE Rachel 70-Inch Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub
This product is modern in style and freestanding. The sleek, defined lines compliments a modern décor while adding to your overall theme.
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MAYKKE Barnet Modern Oval Acrylic Bathtub Freestanding White Tub
The smooth interior and exterior finish of this modern oval design fits in with a contemporary style home or remodel.
FerdY Bathroom Freestanding Acrylic Soaking Bathtub
The smooth, glossy finish and great craftsmanship on this bathtub will make any homeowner proud.The adjustable feet allow for easy installation.
Kardiel HB-BT-PARVA-67-RO HelixbathParva Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub
The easy installation, rich glossy finish and square-angled style of this freestanding bathtub easily fits into the décor of most contemporary homes. This soaking tub gives a great spa experience.
AKDY F210 Free Standing Acrylic Bathtub
The curved contours of this product add to your relaxation comfort while the design is upmarket and lush.
Bathtub Buyer’s Guide
These days people seldom use their bathtub. Cleaning yourself these days seems to be limited to a quick shower, whether in the morning or at night. Bathtubs seem to be used, increasingly, as a means of relaxation; a time specifically put aside to soak away the strain of the hectic lives we lead in modern times. Therefore, when thinking about buying a bathtub, you need to give it some attention. You need to ask yourself certain questions so that you purchase the best bathtub for your wants, needs, and most importantly, space.
So what do you need to consider before buying a bathtub?
There are a large variety of tubs to choose from. Whether free-standing, a whirlpool, built-in, combination, or walk-in, each has its own set of specific pros and cons. It depends on your style and your needs. Bathtubs have become an integral part of a home’s décor, and your bathtub style shows this
You may want a large, luxurious free standing bath tub, but is your bathroom large enough to accommodate one? Bathrooms are increasingly becoming smaller. You may have to settle for a built-in. Does your bathroom not allow for a bathtub and additional shower space? Consider a bathtub with a shower attachment. There is always a way if you go looking for it.
Nothing beats enamel-coated cast iron for durability. These tubs last forever. However, because of their weight, especially when filled, they are not suitable for all homes or need instating on a ground floor. They are also often not as large as bath tubs made of lightweight material.
Fiberglass is lightweight and easy to mold into different shapes and inexpensive. It is, however, prone to scratches although those with an acrylic finish are quite durable.
Bathtubs made of porcelain-enameled steel are quite light and durable. The high-gloss finish makes cleaning a breeze.
Acrylic tubs are very popular. Acrylic is easy to mold and does not show scratches as easily as fiberglass. It is also much more durable. The high gloss finish makes for easy cleaning. Acrylic I mainly used in the manufacture of whirlpools because of its easy molding properties, allowing for a bath tub with added armrests and other features not traditionally found in bathtubs made from other materials.
Cultured marble is a man-made material. It is made of a combination of crushed lime and polyester resin and finished off with a gel-coat. This type of bath offers many different colors and patterns and has a sleek, stylish look. The downside is that it is relatively expensive and needs more maintenance. It also scratches quite easily.
Resembling onyx or granite, polymer-based baths are finished with a polyester gel coat that mimics the look of stone. These baths are great at retaining heat but the gel coating is not as durable as acrylic.
The floor underneath heavier bath tubs (especially after filled with water) may need reinforcement.
Not all bathtubs fit standard bathroom drainage or water supply fittings. You may need additional remodeling to incorporate this which implies the services of a qualified plumber.
Picking the best bath tub for you is a subjective matter. It depends on your space, wants, and style. What works for you, therefore, may not work for someone else. Having said that, and remembering that it is a subjective matter, the bathtub that stood out for us was the American Standard 2771VC.020 Evolution 5-Feet by 36-Inch Deep Soak Whirlpool Bath Tub with EverClean and Hydro Massage System I.
The main consideration was the luxury afforded by the hydro-massage system. This feature need not be used with every bath, but it is a ‘nice to have’. Add to this the antimicrobial additive and armrests for additional comfort, and you have crossed all the T’s in my book.
I can see myself relaxing in this bath with some candles on, a little light music, and a lovely glass of bubbly.