Have you been browsing online and shopping in store for a freestanding bathtub? If so, then chances are you might be feeling a little overwhelmed with what to choose. We’ve put together this guide to help you make this process a lot easier, so you can enjoy your new freestanding bathtub. In need of bathtub inspo? We got you covered, head over to our Pinterest!
In this case, size does matter and should be the first thing you consider. Typically most remodels are replacing a 60” tub, if you are remodeling an already existing bathroom, replacing the existing tub and switching over to a freestanding tub, you might be limited to a 59” freestanding tub. These freestanding bathtubs are available in a variety of sizes with the most common sizes being 59”, 63”, 65”, 67”, 71”. As mentioned above the size of the available space where you will be placing your new freestanding tub at is the first thing you need to determine. If space and budget allow and you have plenty of room go for the larger of the sizes to make a grand impression.
Free Standing bathtubs offer two functions and can work as a soaking tub or a spa soaking style tub. A freestanding spa tub is either a whirlpool tub or air jetted tub. In the whirlpool style, tub water is recycled through the pump giving you that relaxing massage feeling you need after a long day. Compared to the air jetted tub, air is pumped through the various holes in the tub thus giving you the similar sensation as if you were receiving a gentle open-handed massage.
Freestanding bathtubs can be found in a variety of materials. Below is a quick cheat sheet for the various materials available so that you can make the best educated decision on which bathtub is right for you.
- Made of a mixture of minerals and other resins to produce a Solid surface is made of a mixture of minerals and other resin to produce a well built, smooth, nonporous material. Thus the finish of the material tends to be a silky smooth one, which is why you typically see this specific style used in luxury homes and hotels. The most hygienic of the bunch since they are naturally resistant to mold, stains or mildew.
- Stone tubs are hand carved from natural marble, Granite, travertine or other stones. They tend to be very heavy and you might need to reinforce your floor. They tend to be a very unique look.
- Cast Iron
- Cast iron tubs are also very heavy. You might need to reinforce your floor. They are coated with porcelain enamel. Most manufacturers have switched to acrylic tubs instead because you get the same look and but are a fraction of the weight of a traditional cast iron tub.
- Copper tubs are usually a more expensive choice. They have an ability to conduct heat which allows the water to maintain a steady temperature. Copper also is resistant to mold and bacteria.
4 - Style
This is a matter of your own personal taste and what you envision your bathroom to look like. Round, square, clawfoot etc, these are just a few of the styles available. With the most common being an oval freestanding tub.
5 - Cost
With all things, it comes down to price. Freestanding bathtubs can start as low as a few hundred dollars and can go go up to a few thousand. If the budget is tight, your best bang for buck and option would be a tub made of acrylic. If budget is the least of your worries, find something you will enjoy and love.