The Top 5 Freestanding Bathtubs in 2023
Freestanding bathtubs are indeed a sight to behold. The aspect of freestanding bathtubs, which is “like floating on air” elevates your bathroom aesthetics. You might wonder, “Is that even possible?” No. It is not. The floating-like aesthetics is because it has no legs to support the bathtub, unlike the clawfoot tub. This makes the freestanding bathtub very modern and aesthetically pleasing in any bathroom.
According to Business Research Insights, the global freestanding bathtub market size was $3110.7 million in 2021, and it is estimated to reach more than $4000 million in 2028. The numbers clearly say that the freestanding bathtub is indeed popular in households and in commercial sectors (hotels).
There are reasons, such as being aesthetically pleasing and having the ability to fit in multiple types of bathrooms, as well as the tub's availability certainly helps the popularity. But one of the most important factors that really contribute to the popularity of the bathtub is the resale value.
High-quality freestanding bathtubs are a great investment in your home and can increase your resale. But, there are notable variables you need to get good resale value for your home, such as bathtub material, plumbing health, and the overall health of your bathroom.
So, how to find those high-quality freestanding bathtubs? If you are on the confused boat, do not worry. You are in the right place. We will discuss the top five freestanding bathtubs that both aesthetically and functionally suit any type of home.
Best 5 Freestanding Bathtubs to Look For in 2023
First on our list of freestanding bathtubs is the Degrasse Acrylic Oval freestanding bathtub. One of the main reasons for choosing this bathtub is its cost-to-function ratio. Costing $675 (at the time of writing this blog, the price was discounted. The original MSRP is $895), this bathtub is surely a steal for the money. This bathtub is made of acrylic sheets. Meaning it has good durability, thanks to the presence of fiberglass in between the acrylic sheets.
Heat retention, compared to copper tubs, in acrylic tubs is not great. So, why are we considering this Degrasse acrylic freestanding bathtub? One of the main features of this freestanding bathtub is the added insulation. Thanks to the superb-quality insulation, you don’t have to worry about your electricity bill anymore. This insulation helps to capture the heat for a long time and thus more time for your relaxing and rejuvenating warm bath.
The bathtub’s dimensions are 62" L x 29 1/2" W (Front to Back) x 24" H (± 1/2"). Thanks to the 62” length, if your family member is 6ft or above, they don’t have to worry about not being able to enter the tub. Also, the bathtub is deep enough to soak up to the shoulders comfortably, thanks to the bathtub’s capacity of 57 gallons. The bathtub also comes with an integral overflow and drain, which greatly helps to maintain the water level inside the bathtub and save a good amount of water.
But one important thing to remember when you choose any acrylic bathtub is the discoloration. If you do not maintain the bathtub properly, there is a good chance that you face discoloration. Do not worry. With the proper care and using a non-abrasive cleaner to clean the bathtub, you can easily avoid discoloration. Overall, if you are looking for a cheap bathtub with good functionality, the Degrasse Acrylic Oval Freestanding tub can be a good choice for you.
If you want better heat retention, great durability, and also do not want to break the bank, cast iron is the best choice. So, the second bathtub on our list is the Pitkin Cast Iron Skirted Bateau tub. As said, this bathtub is made of cast iron, meaning it has greater durability than acrylic or fiberglass bathtubs. It can withstand a good amount of external force and is also scratch resistant. The Pitkin Cast Iron Skirted Bateau tub is particularly good when it comes to heat retention. Thanks to the steel skirt on the outside and porcelain enamel on the inside, you can rest easy so that the water remains warm for a long time, and you can soak comfortably.
Since we are talking about comfort, the bathtub dimensions are 72" L x 31" W (Front to Back) x 24 3/4"-28 3/4" H (± 1/2"). The 72” in length definitely helps a person who is more than 6ft to soak comfortably without having to tuck your legs. The bathtub capacity is 45 gallons. The overflow is drilled, which you can use to install one for your bathtub.
Overall, if want a good bathing experience, but do not want to spend too much money, the Pitkin Cast Iron Skirted Bateau tub can be a good investment, costing you about $2595.
So, you have seen both the acrylic bathtub (a cheaper bathtub) and cast iron bathtub (above $2000). Acrylic is non-porous, meaning it has less chance of water damage whereas cast iron bathtubs are porous, which can cause water damage easily compared to other bathtubs. So repairs might be expensive and time-consuming. You might be wondering if there is a bathtub that has good heat retention and durability and costs less than $2000. The answer is yes. The Standish Resin Freestanding Bathtub might be the one that you are looking for.
As the name suggests, the bathtub is made of a solid polymer resin blend, which is good enough to withstand external force to an extent, and can also retain heat for a good amount of time. There is no need to worry about comfort, thanks to the bathtub’s large size, which is 63 1/2" L x 26 1/2" W (Front to Back) x 22" H (± 1/2"). If you or any one of your family members is large or tall, there is no need to worry about fitting. There is a lot of room to bathe and soak comfortably. The bathtub has a 58-gallon capacity, along with a built-in overflow to maintain the water level inside the tub.
Overall it has good heat retention, durability, and easy maintenance. Aesthetically, the bathtub looks fantastic and can be set as the centerpiece in any type of bathroom regardless of the size.
The Standish Resin Freestanding tub costs $1995.
What if you are looking for the best-looking and functioning bathtub? Say your budget is below $4000, and you are very serious about the resale value. Not only do you want the bathtub to relax in, but you also want good ROI (Return on Investment). If that is the case, look no further. The Kalida antique black copper double-slipper roll-top tub is the perfect choice. With all the best features and functionality with mesmerizing design, you can rest assured that your ROI can be achieved (if proper care goes into the bathtub’s maintenance).
First and foremost, the bathtub is made of copper, meaning the heat retention is excellent. Second, the durability of the tub. Copper is known for its great durability and scratch resistance. With the help of surface wax, you can rest assured that the bathtub’s surface is well-protected and lasts longer. Third is the comfort. Thanks to the large physical dimensions, which are 69 1/2" L x 31" W (Front to Back) x 29" H (± 1"), there is no need to worry about the comfort of this bathtub. The bathtub’s capacity is 54 gallons.
On the whole, if you have the budget, and want the best, try copper freestanding bathtubs. This particular Kalida Antique Black Copper Double-Slipper Roll-Top Freestanding Bathtub costs $3595.
The last bathtub on our list is the Carlin Handcrafted Natural Wooden tub. Out of all the freestanding bathtubs mentioned on this list, all the other tubs are cheaper compared to this wooden tub. The Carlin Handcrafted Natural Wood Tub comes with a price tag of a whopping $8195. But, this price is justified by its functionality. Copper and natural wood tubs are more or less identical when it comes to heat retention. So, heat retention is excellent. But what about other factors? When it comes to durability, with various resistance, such as water, and scratch, the wooden tub falls short. So, what is the reason why we are considering wooden tubs, and moreover why it is so expensive?
The reason is the bathtub material itself, and the manufacturing process. Most of the wooden freestanding bathtubs are made of mahogany, natural teak, and even whitewashed teak, which are quite expensive and most of the wooden tubs are hand-made. Another reason is that the bathtub itself is more suitable for soaking than bathing. One of the main purposes of a wooden bathtub is to mimic the onsen experience which is said to have medicinal properties, such as soothing inflammation and pain, relieving stress from your body, increasing body temperature for better immunity, and improving overall blood circulation.
The bathtub’s dimensions are 73" L x 32" W (Front to Back) x 25" H (± 1/2") and come with a 115-gallon capacity. Lastly, there is maintenance. Wooden bathtubs are difficult to maintain and prone to water damage compared to other bathtub materials. But if you are ready to invest both time and money, you will have the best soaking experience possible.
Freestanding bathtubs are the best picks for homes and even commercial sites. Thanks to the quick installation and easy maintenance, freestanding bathtubs are popular among users. For homes, cast iron bathtubs are a good choice, due to their high durability and great heat retention.
When it comes to comfort, it is hard to beat an oval-shaped freestanding bathtub. Thanks to the great lumbar support, you can rest comfortably and enjoy your bathing session for an extended period of time.
The standard length of a freestanding bathtub ranges from 55” to 60”. But each person is different. There is no perfect size for a bathtub. The only thing that matters is the size of your bathroom, which ultimately decides the size of your bathtub.
Bathtubs, especially freestanding bathtubs, are a great tool to relax and destress your body. Imagine spending hundreds of dollars every time when you visit a spa where you can get 30 minutes to an hour of soaking experience. But with the freestanding bathtub, you can get a spa-like experience in the comfort of your home. If you are in the market and looking for a bathtub, this article hopes to give you an idea about freestanding bathtubs and the top five bathtubs that may look and work well in your home.