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, exactly, is the best bathtub for their individual purposes? When deciding on the best bathtubs, it is all a matter of personal choice!
- 1 Bathtub reviews
- 1.1 1. Wyndham Collection Soaking Bathtubs
- 1.2 2. Vanity Art Soaking Bathtubs
- 1.3 3. Kingston Brass Soaking Bathtubs
- 1.4 4. Malta Soaking Bathtubs
- 1.5 5. Spa Escapes Soaking Bathtubs
- 1.6 6. Vinnova Soaking Bathtubs
- 1.7 7. Fine Fixtures Soaking Bathtubs
- 1.8 8. Aquatica Soaking Bathtubs
- 1.9 9. Alfi Brand Soaking Bathtubs
- 1.10 10. D’Vontz Soaking Bathtubs
- 1.11 11. KOHLER Alcove Bath with Integral Apron, Tile Flange and Left Hand Drain
- 1.12 12. Kohler K-1121-0 Underscore Drop-In Undermount Bathtub
- 1.13 13. OVE Rachel 70-Inch Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub
- 1.14 14. MAYKKE Barnet Modern Oval Acrylic Bathtub Freestanding White Tub
- 1.15 15. FerdY Bathroom Freestanding Acrylic Soaking Bathtub
- 1.16 16. Kardiel HB-BT-PARVA-67-RO HelixbathParva Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub
- 1.17 17. AKDY F210 Free Standing Acrylic Bathtub
- 1.18 18. American Standard Evolution Soak Whirlpool Bath Tub
- 1.19 19. American Standard Cambridge Bath Tub with Right-Hand Drain
- 1.20 20. American Standard Cadet Freestanding Tub
- 2 The Different Types of Bathtubs available
- 3 Best Bathtubs Buyer’s Guide
- 4 Frequently Asked Questions
- 5 Conclusion
Are you still unsure of the best bathtub to suit your needs? Which are the best-rated bathtubs or best freestanding tubs? Or are you looking for the best luxury bathtub out there? Perhaps taking a look at a few of our bathtub reviews will help you decide on what will work for you.
1. Wyndham Collection Soaking Bathtubs
The Wyndham Collection sports a large variety of soaking bathtubs representing many sizes, shapes, and forms. Of these, the Mermaid 71″ x 34″ Freestanding Soaking Bathtub caught our eye. The sleek, contemporary design gives any bathroom an added touch of sophistication, while the wide, flat edge is the perfect place for some aromatherapy candles. Easy to clean due to its sleek design and products used in manufacturing, stains, germs, and bad odors are a thing of the past.
2. Vanity Art Soaking Bathtubs
Vanity Art stock a range of soaking bathtubs that suit all styles and tastes, from more traditional to ultramodern. We reviewed their 59″ x 29.5″ Freestanding Soaking Bathtub. Ovular in shape with a center drain, side-lip overflow, and contemporary design, it spells not only style but serious comfort as well.
3. Kingston Brass Soaking Bathtubs
Kingston Brass soaking bathtubs are all manufactured from acrylic, to give ease of cleaning while resulting in a product not only warmer to the touch than conventional cast-iron bathtubs, but that is lighter as well. Our reviewed Kingston Brass soaking tub is the Aqua Eden 59″ x 28.6″ Soaking Bathtub. This free-standing, slipper-style bathtub has an elegant look and feel to it, while the waste and overflow that holds up to 52 gallons of water give you a real spa experience.
4. Malta Soaking Bathtubs
Malta offers prospective buyers a wide range of soaking bathtubs. If your taste is ultra-modern, or more traditional, Malta is sure to have a bathtub that will suit you. We reviewed the Picadilly 69.25″ x 28.75″ Bathtub by Malta, a more traditionally styled slipper bath, yet with a modern twist. Designed for comfort with quality at a premium, this soaking bathtub with its stunning clawed feet offers a chic feel to any bathroom.
5. Spa Escapes Soaking Bathtubs
When the epitome of luxury is what you are looking for, Spa Escapes may just be the place for you to shop. This brand’s detail is astounding and incorporates any shape and size of bathtub you are looking for, i.e. drop-in, freestanding, or corner tub. They are sure to have something that tickles your fancy. We reviewed the Elsa 66.88″ x 31.5″ Oval Acrylic Freestanding Bathtub, and typical of the brand, this bath is a sure winner.
6. Vinnova Soaking Bathtubs
If class, comfort, and sophistication are your style, then the Vinnova range of tubs is worth looking at. Covering a variety of styles to suit most tastes, this brand is sure to have something even for the most discerning buyer. Our review covers the Jacqueline 63″ x 28″ Soaking Bathtub by Vinnova, a soaking bathtub built for the more traditional at heart.
7. Fine Fixtures Soaking Bathtubs
A brand that sports a variety of styles, from free-standing to drop in, Fine Fixtures soaking bathtubs are certainly worth looking at. Their flair for style and finishes make these tubs worthy of any bathroom. Our team reviewed the Fine Fixtures Freestanding 28″ x 65″ Bathtub and were suitably impressed by both its design and finish.
8. Aquatica Soaking Bathtubs
State of the art design with luxury in mind describes Aquatica’s range of bathtubs to a T. Their tubs are not only elegantly stylish but come in a vast array of sizes and shapes. Whether you are looking for a corner bathtub, a freestanding tub, or a drop-in tub, all are given equal attention to detail. Our team reviewed their PureScape 55″ x 30″ Soaking Bathtub and were quite suitably impressed.
9. Alfi Brand Soaking Bathtubs
Whether you are into the rustic room or ‘modern’ is your keyword to bathing bliss, Alfi tends to fit the bill on both accounts. Their wide range of rustic and contemporary bathtubs are appealing to most tastes and styles. We went ‘natural’ with our product review and took a look at their wooden 63″ x 28.38″ Freestanding Soaking Bathtub. We were pleasantly surprised.
10. D’Vontz Soaking Bathtubs
If you are into natural finishes such as natural stone or copper, look no further than at the D’Vontz striking range of bathtubs. Not only are their products made of natural elements, but are perfectly shaped into a range of styles. If you are into ‘natural’ and classy sophistication, do take a look at their range of tubs. One is sure to capture your imagination. We reviewed the D’VontzRoma Natural Stone 72″ x 40″ Bathtub made of natural stone and were pleasantly surprised at the artistry of this tub as well as its sophistication.
11. KOHLER Alcove Bath with Integral Apron, Tile Flange and Left Hand Drain
This bathtub has a lightweight design and extra comfort feature.
12. 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.
13. 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.
See Installation guidelines for OVE freestanding bathtub on Youtube
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. AKDY F210 Free Standing Acrylic Bathtub
The curved contours of this product add to your relaxation comfort while the design is upmarket and lush.
18. 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.
See Video on Youtube
19. 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.
20. American Standard Cadet Freestanding Tub
A freestanding tub takes your home décor up a few notches, spelling ‘luxury’.
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The Different Types of Bathtubs available
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. So just what are the choices available when looking at the best bathtubs?
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 and by many considered the best soaking tub around.
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:
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.
Best Bathtubs 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?
The type of tub
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
The space available
You may want a large, luxurious freestanding bathtub, 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.
The tub material
- Enamel-coated cast iron
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 installation on a ground floor. They are also often not as large as bathtubs made of lightweight material.
These bathtubs tend to scratch or chip easily and are usually designed for only one person to fit into.
- Fiberglass bathtubs
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. Fiberglass bathtubs are also more difficult to clean, while they color tends to fade in time.
- Porcelain-enameled steel
Bathtubs made of porcelain-enameled steel are quite light and durable. The high-gloss finish makes cleaning a breeze.
- Acrylic Bathtubs
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 bathtub with added armrests and other features not traditionally found in bathtubs made from other materials.
Acrylic bathtubs are the most common tubs around today, are found in most homes, and are found in all shapes and sizes.
- Cultured marble bathtubs
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.
- Polymer-based bathtubs
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.
- Natural stone bathtubs
Whether from natural marble or another type of stone, these bathtubs are extremely pricey, heavy, and need a floor structure that can hold their weight. Stone that is submitted to large variations in heat tends to crack or chip and cannot be mended. Most of these tubs also need sealing with a gel-coat that can give them a fake marble/stone look.
- Wooden bathtubs
Wooden tubs are usually made of teak or certain other woods. Although strikingly beautiful, they do demand a high level of upkeep to keep them in pristine condition and to prevent them from leaking.
The floor underneath heavier bathtubs (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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are bathtubs useful?
Besides the obvious pleasure of getting yourself clean, bathtubs are also a most relaxing experience. The warm water tends to relax your muscles, getting rid of your aches and pains. By adding essential oils to your tub, you also get the benefit of aromatherapy.
- Is it dangerous to sleep in a full tub?
Falling asleep in a bathtub is dangerous. Your muscles are relaxed, and your reflexes are a little slower on the uptake. You could sink into the warm depths of the water and drown. Children, particular, are at risk of drowning in a bathtub, even if in a baby bathtub, and should never go unsupervised while bathing.
- How do I clean a bathtub?
The first step is to clean the bathtub using clean water and a cloth. If there is any residue left over, a mild, non-abrasive detergent does the trick. For a more environmentally friendly option, mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray the bath, leaving it for about 15 minutes before wiping. If the bath is very dirty, sprinkle your tub with baking soda and spray with your vinegar solution. Using a cloth or paper towel, use this mixture to scrub out your bath. Rinse with clean water once done.
- Why do humans think up innovative things while on the toilet (pooping) or in a bathtub?
There are not many times that we, as humans, can totally relax and be by ourselves without anyone or anything to bother us or occupy our mind. Basically, the only time we get to relax and let our minds wander is while we are bathing or having a good old poop! This is also the time when the mind relaxes, and where we allow it to wander off on its own or dream. These are thus the times when we are more likely to get that “Eureka! I got it!” lightbulb-going-on moments.
Picking the best bathtub 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.