Luxury Bathtubs 101: Choosing the Right Bathtub for Your Bathroom
Luxury bathtubs (also known as whirlpools, soaking tubs, garden tubs, and free-standing tubs) can turn your everyday master bathroom into a tranquil space you look forward to using. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to determine which luxury bathtub is right for your bathroom.
We’ve compiled a list of each tub’s pros and cons to allow you to make an educated decision when it comes to choosing the right bathtub.
Free-Standing /Soaking Tubs
PROS: Soaking tubs have a minimum of 14/15 inch water depth (with depths reaching 25 inches), ensuring that a person can become completely covered in water without runoff. This can provide therapeutic benefits such as muscle pain relief, better circulation, and better sleep.
- These luxury bathtubs make a statement and come in a myriad of styles and shapes including clawfoot (the classic style of bronze, gold, silver feet at the bottom), oval, rectangular, slipper style (curved high back which supports neck and head), double slipper style (two high curved backs), and even hourglass.
- Unlike Whirlpool tubs, freestanding tubs do not make noise and allow users a deep, quiet soak. They are also easier to install as they do not require an electrical connection.
CONS: A freestanding tub is not surrounded by a support structure, meaning it is possible for slips and falls to happen since the only thing you have to hang onto is the edge of the tub. This issue can be addressed by adding grab bars within the vicinity of the tub or installing steps or slip resistant adhesives to the bottom of the tub and surrounding floor.
- Freestanding tubs can be quite heavy depending on the size and could possibly require a reinforced floor.
- Because the walls of the tubs are quite tall, leaning over to adequately clean the tub can prove challenging.
PROS: These luxury bathtubs offer therapeutic properties by using water and air to to massage strategic locations on your body. You can choose between air jets (where air is pushed through pinholes that creates a feeling of a complete body massage) or a whirlpool system (which forces water through adjustable jets that creates a pleasant massage at specific areas).
- Whirlpool tubs are considered a luxury item when re-selling your home and can raise the value of your home.
CONS: Cleaning can be quite difficult. Not only do you have to clean the tub, but you also have to clean the jets and the pipes as algae and other waterborne bacteria can grow in these pipes. It is recommended that these pipes be flushed thoroughly twice a month to prevent bacteria.
- Ventilation can also be an issue. Due to the high heat combined with the whirlpool jets, moisture can build up faster than usual, which could cause mold or wall damage if your bathroom is not properly ventilated.
Built-In/ Garden Tubs
PROS: In general, these luxury bathtubs are the more affordable option when it comes to remodeling your bathroom. They come in an array of sizes and are perfect for smaller bathrooms.
- Garden tubs are smaller and allow easy access for cleaning. Since the tub is built in or has an additional wall surround, you only have to worry about cleaning the tub and the wall surround, and not underneath or around the tub.
- Because these tubs are built with a ledge or surround, you have more storage for toiletries, plants, candles, or even holding your wine glass.
CONS: These limited luxury bathtub options don’t allow for many design choices and usually fit within a predetermined space.
- These luxury bathtubs are not as popular anymore and could lessen the resale value of your home.
If you’d like to learn more information about any of these tub options, call Re-Bath today. Our expert Design Consultants can answer all your questions. Our Free No-Commitment In-home Design Consultations will allow our design team to determine which tub is right for your bathroom and we will give you a guaranteed price on the spot.