7 Best Bathtubs That Will Complete Your Bathing Experience

Jun 8, 2018 | Home, Reviews

There are hundreds of bathtub models that have made their way to the market. I’m a huge fan of bubble baths and rubber ducks, so I spent the last few months doing intensive research. Lo and behold, I was able to narrow down the number from hundreds to the 7 best bathtubs.

Top 5 Bathtubs

NameTub SizePros 

American Standard

50-60 Gal

  • Fits easily into the standard bath alcoves for an easy installation
  • Comes with a rather cheap installation process
  • Approx. 50% lighter compared to other bathtubs in this list
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CO-Z Adult PVC Portable

25 Gal

  • A specialized cell phone or drinks holder to keep your things safe
  • Fold-able and portable design to carry it easily anywhere
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American Standard

74 Gal

  • Deep and comfortable
  • Easy cleaning
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Woodbridge

60 Gal

  • Easy maintenance
  • Relaxing and comfortable
  • Double-walled design to maximize insulation
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KOHLER

50-60 Gal

  • Great depth
  • Smooth bottom
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AKDY

95 Gal

  • You can bathe with children or a partner at the same time
  • Double-walled design to adjust water temperature
  • High water capacity
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Kingston

64 Gal

  • Ideal for limited bathroom space
  • Left and right-hand drain
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American Standard Bathtub

Tub Size

50-60 Gal

Pros

  • Fits easily into the standard bath alcoves for an easy installation
  • Comes with a rather cheap installation process
  • Approx. 50% lighter compared to other bathtubs in this list

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CO-Z Adult PVC Portable

Tub Size

25 Gal

Pros

  • A specialized cell phone or drinks holder to keep your things safe
  • Fold-able and portable design to carry it easily anywhere

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American Standard

Tub Size

74 Gal

Pros

  • Deep and comfortable
  • Easy cleaning

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Woodbridge

Tub Size

60 Gal

Pros

  • Easy maintenance
  • Relaxing and comfortable
  • Double-walled design to maximize insulation

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KOHLER

Tub Size

50-60 Gal

Pros

  • Great depth
  • Smooth bottom

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AKDY

Tub Size

95 Gal

Pros

  • You can bathe with children or a partner at the same time
  • Double-walled design to adjust water temperature
  • High water capacity

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Kingston

Tub Size

64 Gal

Pros

    • Ideal for limited bathroom space
    • Left and right-hand drain

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1. Best Overall

American Standard Bathtub

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Let’s start this review strong with the number one best seller of the year. This beautifully made 5-foot bathtub is built for a King (or Queen) in the bathtub industry.

It isn’t really surprising though, American Standard has been killing the competition for years now.

Known for its chinaware product line, you can expect nothing less with its fine fire clay to give you a way better experience than other brands.

Unlike the traditional bathtubs, this tub is made of Americast construction, which gives a valuable improvement over its competitors. Its glossy porcelain finish offers an awesome aesthetic. Additionally, you don’t have to worry because it is slip-resistant.

Not only that, American Standard also makes sure that the installation is easy.

Pros and cons

  • Fits easily into the standard bath alcoves for an easy installation
  • Comes with a rather cheap installation process
  • Approx. 50% lighter compared to other bathtubs in this list
  • Full slip-resistant surface to keep you safe
  • A bit narrow

2. Best for Outdoors

CO-Z Adult PVC Portable Folding Inflatable Bathtub

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Next on our list is a bit different than the typical solid bathtub. This portable folding bathtub is made of high-density PVC, which gives you a better bathing experience. We wanted to offer something for everyone so if you need something for outdoors, then this is the best option.

Its inflatable pillow will make you more comfortable along with its backrest and armrest. You can also roll up or zip up the upper cover to adjust the water temperature. It features a cell phone/drink holder to keep your things near you.

My Take: I would suggest using this tub if you and your family love outdoor activities. It’s foldable and portable and you can easily carry it anywhere. However, if you are an indoor person who only likes hanging at home, I would still recommend this tub.

Pros and cons

  • More comfortable than porcelain bathtubs
  • A specialized cell phone or drinks holder to keep your things safe
  • Fold-able and portable design to carry it easily anywhere
  • Only for people less than 6 feet tall and lighter than 220 lbs
  • Not ideal for children taking a bath alone

3. Best in Acrylic

American Standard Bathtub

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This is one of the best bathtubs that is made of acrylic with a reinforcement of fiberglass. Its armrests are dual-molded and also includes an option for an under-mount installation and a pre-leveled bottom. It has an interesting feature of a reversible drain outlet. It only weighs 72 pounds and has a capacity of 60 or more gallons.

My Take: This tub is ideal for an average person only, not too tall nor too big. So you might want to consider other tubs if you are bigger than the size of an average person. However, it can be fit in a limited space, so given you are comfortable with its size, you can use this if you have a small bathroom.

Pros and cons

  • Uses 20.5 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) variable speed DC Inverter technology
  • Comes with a GMCC TOSHIBA Compressor
  • AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute) certified
  • Operates on 220 VAC and uses R410A refrigerant
  • The warranty is only good if you have it installed by a certified professional
  • Expensive

4. Best in Freestanding

Woodbridge 67″ Acrylic Bathtub

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This bathtub is made for sophistication and elegance with a modern touch, which makes it different from other bathtubs. Its smooth curves will fit your body comfortably.

It is also made of glossy white acrylic with double-walled construction. It is 100% factory tested, which has no leaks and other problems. A high-quality flexible tube drain is also included in this bathtub with a brushed nickel rectangle overflow.

Pros and cons

  • Easy maintenance
  • Relaxing and comfortable
  • Double-walled design to maximize insulation
  • Drains quite slow

5. Best in Ergonomics

KOHLER Bancroft 5-Foot Bath

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This Bancroft 5-foot bathtub, among our best bathtubs’ list, is made of acrylic with a left-hand drain and an integral apron. Its installation is a three-wall alcove and has a molded lumbar support that gives extra comfort while you bathe.

The tub also includes an integral flange that keeps water from seeping behind your wall.

Pros and cons

  • Great depth
  • Smooth bottom
  • Drain is not seated properly, which can be a source of leaks

6. Best for Small Spaces

AKDY Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub

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Just like the other best bathtubs, this AKDY acrylic bathtub is made of a high-quality acrylic. It has a beautiful curvaceous line, which makes it more unique among others.

It has a double-walled construction with a rounded rim for better relaxation. It also has the adjustable feet to adjust the leveling and is capable of up to 95 gallons. The tub includes a flexible drainage pipe.

My Take: Its high water capacity will make your soaking experience great. You can soak in your body as deep as you wish. It also looks good and would stand out among other bathtubs. You can also take a bath with your loved ones, so it is perfect for families with small children or even couples.

Pros and cons

  • You can bathe with children or a partner at the same time
  • Double-walled design to adjust water temperature
  • High water capacity
  • Does not have an overfill drain
  • Install is difficult

7. Best for Small Spaces

Kingston Brass Acrylic Bathtub

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Same with other best bathtubs mentioned previously, the Kingston brass acrylic bathtub is also made with resin material and fiberglass. This is an alcove drop-in type with an apron. Its acrylic construction is 2 to 4mm thick and can cater up to 64 gallons.

It is also lightweight, which is easy to move and is strong and solid. It is included on our list of best bathtubs because the tub is stain-resistant and has a high-gloss appearance.

Pros and cons

  • Ideal for limited bathroom space
  • Left and right-hand drain
  • Low overflow
  • Not very deep

Factors To Consider When Buying The Best Bathtubs

Before you choose from the best bathtubs on our list, there are several factors you need to keep in mind first.

1. Bath experience

This is the most important thing in choosing bathtubs – your bath experience. Don’t you want something you will regret in the end right? Factors like the depth and texture are important, so better list the features you are looking for in a tub.

If you are the type who likes to have long baths, then you have many things to consider when choosing your tub. The shape of the tub is also matters because this will affect the convenience when you take your bath. Aside from that, the depth of the tub is also to be checked because it would determine how much water it requires.

2. Shower option

If there is another thing you would look for in a tub is the shower option. It is always better to purchase a tub with a dual purpose, that is, for bath and shower. Some would prefer a bathroom that has a separate bath and shower; however, if your bathroom is two-in-one, then getting a two-in-one tub is just right. It is up to you, however, if you really want a tub that can be a shower too.

3. Size

A bathtub size is also another essential factor when purchasing a tub. A standard size of about 5 feet long is not really ideal to many Americans. Aside from that, you would also consider the size of your bathroom because it will affect the right size of the tub you must buy. You would want something that is convenient and comfortable of course.

In the event that you will be remodeling your bathroom, your bathtub is one of the major parts that will prioritize. How long or wide would you like your bathtub to be? That still depends on how you define convenience and satisfaction with using a bathtub.

4. Cost

You should not miss this of course. Price matters even if we look more into the tub’s quality. You need to weigh things first if you would purchase a tub with a higher price that has a good quality or go for the lesser price with a not-so-sure quality. However, not all expensive tubs have high quality; you may need some assistance on what to check when buying a bathtub.

5. Material

In terms of quality, the material of the tub also needs to be evaluated before purchasing your bathtub. You need to consider factors like the cast iron, steel, marble, copper, and cast polymer because they are important. Although correct maintenance is the key to extend the life of your tub, some of these materials also contribute to the life expectancy of your tub.

6. Style

Bathtubs come in different styles and colors. Although tubs are often white and have a classic style, you also have many other options to choose from, if you are looking for a more modern one. But if you want a particular look, it may cost you more. It may be best to do some research first so you will know what style is best for you.

Conclusion

You may need some time to check the features and others when finding the best bathtubs. However, it would be wiser to take careful steps before buying one. After all, this would be a form of an investment that you will make. So evaluate the specifics first before deciding which is best for you.

Amy Williams

Writer for Homefaith.com

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