Best Freestanding Bathtubs of 2019: Relaxing in Style!
Following those interior design Instagram pages has done a number on us, and now we’re aching to redecorate our bathroom. However, a built-in bathtub limits our creativity and having one means we cannot really choose where to place other things.
But as with everything in life, there is a solution — get rid of it and find a freestanding bathtub! In this article, we will help you choose one, and we will also review some of the best ones currently on the market.
The Best Freestanding Bathtubs
One of the most important things about a freestanding bathtub is the quality of the construction. Luckily, it seems that Woodbridge knows what they’re doing in both of these aspects.
We particularly like this model because it features a simplistic design that would add a touch of minimalism to any bathroom out there. Furthermore, it’s very easy to clean and maintain because it’s not just scratch resistant, it is also stain-resistant too. It features a double-walled design, which consists of two layers of acrylic. Because of this, it can keep the water warm for longer than most other bathtubs.
The glossy finish captured our attention, and so did the fact that it is quite durable because the manufacturer reinforced it with fiberglass. As some of you probably know, acrylic bathtubs can be brittle, but this one won’t get damaged any time soon. It can hold up to 1000 pounds, and it also comes with an anti-leak drain and pipe system.
The bathtub is 59 inches long, 29 ½ inches wide and 22 ⅘ inches high. Finally, according to reviews, it’s reported to be fairly easy to install, and it even comes with a brushed nickel overflow and drain. Overall, it’s a total winner.
Pros and cons
- Sleek design
- Able to withstand up to 1,000 lbs
- Quality build
- 60-Gallon Capacity
- The design is a bit minimalist. Could be a pro for some.
Since Woodbridge is famous for its high-quality designs and construction, it’s no wonder another one of their bathtubs ended up on our list.
Just like the other model, this tub also features fiberglass construction and an acrylic topcoat. This is actually what gives it the durability and the glossiness. It also helps to clean the bathtub quickly and efficiently, which is, as we all know, always a good thing.
It can also accommodate 60 gallons of water, and it’s actually longer than the previous tub, measuring at 67 inches. In addition, it’s 31 ½ inches wide and 28 ⅜ inches high, so it’s safe to say most body types will be able to fit in it. It’s big enough for broader men, that’s for sure.
However, do note that its design features a slope on both sides (it’s a double-ended slipper), so it’s one of those bathtubs that shouldn’t be overfilled with water. In any case, it has a brushed nickel overflow and a pop-up drain, but it doesn’t come with a faucet.
The best part of this bathtub is that it’s big enough for you to immerse yourself completely, and it also comes with hidden adjustable legs. Thus, no matter what kind of tile we have in the bathroom, leveling it out won’t be hard.
Pros and cons
- Double-ended slipper design
- Easy to clean
- Very durable, reinforced
- Comes with hidden adjustable legs
- Can be easy to overflow due to the design
The third place on our list has to go to FerdY and their stand-alone 59-inch bathtub.
At first glance, this model resembles the Woodbridge model above. However, it has a 58-gallon capacity, and it can be ordered in an even bigger size.
Nevertheless, this one is also reinforced with fiberglass and polyethylene resin, which gives it durability. Also, since it’s scratch and crack-resistant, we can expect it to last a very long time.
Like the second pick, it comes with adjustable feet, and it is also very easy to clean due to the material. Furthermore, it has an overflow capacity of 15.7 inches, and it comes in a glossy white finish.
The best part about this bathtub is that it doesn’t leave you guessing. The instruction manual is very detailed, so installing it will be a total breeze. Also, it comes with the overflow, drain and the connectors, but no faucet.
Pros and cons
- Adjustable feet for leveling
- Easy to clean
- Non-toxic and resistant to various chemicals
- Doesn’t come with a faucet
At first glance, this one also resembles some of the previous contenders, but when we take into account that it can also give us the world’s best massage, we can see why anyone would want to opt for it. It also has great measurements, as it’s 23 inches high, 31 ⅞ wide and 67 inches long. Overall, it’s a decent size for any bathroom out there, and it can fit various body types due to its design, which includes a gentle slope too (not just for aesthetics but comfort too).
Just like the previous models, this one also has a double-walled design, and it’s made from acrylic and fiberglass. However, its best features are the ten adjustable body massage jets that make it the best freestanding bathtub for a full body massage. It also comes with ten bubble bath jets, as well as a mood lamp. In essence, if you want to relax and have the bath of your dreams, this just might be the winner for you.
The drain on this bathtub is right in the center, and it comes with a flexible tube drain that allows easy installation in pretty much any bathroom. On top of that, it features hidden adjustable leveling legs, and due to the glossy finish, it’s resistant to scratches and can be cleaned easily.
Pros and cons
- Has water and bubble jets
- Great construction that keeps the water warm
- Deep for soaking
- Drains quite slow
The final model on our list is a bathtub that features a slipper design that will surely thrill all those who love taking long luxurious baths.
Given the fact that this bathtub is 70 inches wide and 30 inches high, it’s quite possible that pretty much anyone will be able to immerse themselves fully. Furthermore, it’s entirely made of acrylic and reinforced with fiberglass. Thus, expect it to last for many years, as this is what gives it longevity and makes it stain and chip-resistant.
What we especially loved about this bathtub is the slipper design. No one can resist lounging while having a bath, and this model makes relaxing very easy. It also comes with leveling legs, so installing it should be quick, although some users say it’s not that easy.
The best thing about it is that Ove Decors offers a 10-year warranty on this bathtub. So it’s safe to say it’s a winner, at least when it comes to security. It can also withstand 60.8 gallons of water.
Pros and cons
- Great single-slipper design
- Durable and resistant to cracks, chips, stains, and yellowing
- Comes with leveling legs
- 10-year warranty
- A bit slippery
What to Look for in a Freestanding Bathtub?
If any of our readers have ever played The Sims, they would know how difficult it is to fit a big bathtub into a bathroom. Granted, that’s only a game, but the ability to build a home and design it according to our wishes enables us to be as creative as we want.
Well, that’s exactly why someone would want a freestanding bathtub. In essence, it doesn’t take up that much space, although there are bigger ones available too. Since it can be placed anywhere in the bathroom (we love it when it’s centered), other corners can be used for storage purposes or a shower, for example.
Factors to Consider
You’ve probably noticed that there are various styles of freestanding bathtubs available. However, the ones on our list are just the tip of the iceberg. These are the most common styles we can choose from:
This bathtub has one end that’s higher than the other, so it’s great for lounging around and relaxing.
It’s similar to the single-slipper, but this time, both ends are curved, so two people can sit back and relax at the same time.
Single-Ended or Double-Ended
These styles have a lot to do with faucet placement. On single-ended bathtubs, the faucet is on one end, while we can relax on the other end. In contrast, double-ended ones feature a centered faucet.
Japanese Soaking Tub
Small in length, but very high, which allows us to immerse ourselves entirely. However, it’s not the best if we love to relax, although it does usually have an integrated seat.
As the name says, these bathtubs come with claw feet, i.e., feet that are a bit more intricate than those found on modern bathtubs as they have an antique vibe to them.
Also known as pedestal tubs, these add an “art and deco” feel to a bathroom as they rest on a plinth instead of claw feet.
It’s important to consider the weight and height before purchasing a bathtub. In any case, it’s better to get a larger one than later to regret buying one that we just found beautiful. After all, a bathtub has to be functional.
In order for the bathtub to stay in use for years, it has to be made from a solid, high-quality material. Thus, before purchasing one, we have to consider the pros and cons of each material available:
Great at keeping the water warm, and it’s also naturally mold and bacteria-repellant. However, it doesn’t go well with most bathrooms because of its color.
Very durable and able to retain heat well, but these are very heavy too, so we’d certainly need a few extra pairs of helping hands.
Bathtubs made from this material are usually lightweight, so carrying them to the bathroom won’t be a huge problem. However, even though they don’t require us to reinforce the floor, they aren’t as durable as cast iron bathtubs, for example.
This material is mostly used for solid surface bathtubs, which are more contemporary and suitable for most bathrooms. They come with an integrated drain system and overflow, which makes installing them quite effortless. However, you’d have to limit your creativity while decorating the bathroom if you choose one of these tubs.
Great if we want to make the bathtub the focal point of the bathroom. Nevertheless, these are also very modern-looking and easy to maintain.
The crème de la crème, a stone bathtub will certainly make any bathroom look incredible. Stone is also capable of retaining heat and is very durable. Still, putting such a bathtub in a very plain bathroom just won’t work.
Picking a freestanding bathtub is not easy, especially if you are used to having a shower or a built-in tub. However, don’t let all the advantages scare you — buying one of these tubs really is a sound decision. Pick the type of material you’re after, size it accordingly to your space and seamlessly install it.
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