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Last updated: March 15, 2021
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While there are a variety of bathtub styles, freestanding tubs offer a uniquely calming experience because of their aesthetic design. They stand on their own as visually pleasing works of art in your bathroom and add such an exquisite luxurious feeling that relaxes your body and soul. Both the demand and the supply of such tubs are growing every year, therefore choosing the best freestanding tub for your bathroom can be a big decision that is anything but relaxing.
To make the process easier, we set out to find the eight best stand-alone tubs on the market. Our thorough research looked at their styles and sizes, as well as materials the tubs are made of, and some accessories that make you feel like you’re in a spa salon. We also combed through user reviews to find the absolute best tubs for all budgets and features. The result of our effort is a list that is sure to have a tub for everyone.
Our list of the best eight freestanding tubs is shown in the table below, and you can find more detailed reviews complete with pros and cons for each of the tubs in the following section. Then continue on to our buying guide to learn about the features that distinguish the best freestanding tubs from the pack and what to look for when choosing a tub. Finally, we present our top-rated freestanding tub.
This large freestanding tub from Woodbridge is designed to give you a premium bath experience. It’s outfitted with 10 adjustable body massage jets and 10 whirlpool bubble bath jets. The electric motor is extremely quiet and outputs air smoothly so that you get a consistent massage as you soak. There’s also an underwater mood light, which can change colors to help enhance your experience in the tub.
Another plus to this bathtub is that it has a large 60-gallon capacity. It’s nearly six feet long, making it comfortable for men and women to fully lie down in. The sides are also crafted with an ergonomic design that’s easy on your neck and back.
The tub itself is made from double-walled, fiberglass-reinforced acrylic. It does an excellent job of holding in heat so your bath can last longer, and the acrylic itself is stain resistant and easy to clean. There’s also a pre-installed overflow drain so that you don’t have to worry about spilling water into your bathroom.
This tub is pricey, in large part because of the heavy-duty construction and massage jets. But, Woodbridge backs up your purchase with a five-year warranty on the tub itself and a one-year warranty on the electric motor.
This freestanding tub from Woodbridge is beautifully designed with top-quality materials. The walls of the tub are made from glossy white LUCITE acrylic and reinforced with Ashland resin and fiberglass. The finish is resistant to stains and scratches, and wipes down easily when it comes time to clean the tub. On top of that, the acrylic is double-walled, so the water in the tub will hold its heat for hours at a time.
The tub has a 60-gallon capacity, but taller users will want to note that it’s only 67 inches in length. Still, users found this wasn’t too much of a problem since the sides of the tub are sloped to be easy on your neck and back.
The tub also comes with a brushed nickel overflow valve and a pop-up drain, which are pre-installed for you at the Woodbridge factory. The drain is designed to prevent backflow and odors, and won’t crack from either boiling water or cold temperatures. Note, though, that some users found that the drain was leaking when the tub arrives and may need to be reinstalled at your home. You will also need to buy a freestanding faucet for this tub, since it does not come with one.
Woodbridge only covers this tub with a one-year warranty, which is surprising given that it’s built from premium materials and comes at a relatively high price.
This tub from FerdY is a beautiful centerpiece for your bathroom thanks to the white acrylic look and the highly curved double slipper design. The capacity of the tub is somewhat on the small side at 52 gallons and users could feel the difference. Many, especially tall users over 5’9”, found that the tub was too small to fully stretch out since the curvature leaves little flat area on the bottom of the tub. Plus, despite the double slipper configuration, it would be uncomfortable to squeeze two people in the tub.
If the small size is better for fitting in your bathroom, the acrylic construction is lightweight. The tub also includes a center drain and overflow drain, although the fixtures are not customizable to match with your bathroom décor. Users found that installing the tub was easy thanks to the lightweight design, adjustable feet for leveling it, and the flexible drain pipe included with the tub.
Another advantage to this tub is that unlike many competitor models that come with a one-year warranty, FerdY offers a two-year warranty on this bathtub.
This relaxing tub from FerdY is simple yet elegant. It’s built from glossy white acrylic that is reinforced with fiberglass to give the tub walls a longer lifespan. The acrylic is double-walled, as well, which helps to lock heat into the tub so you can soak for hours at a time if you desire.
This tub stands out for being rather tall, which is ideal for getting a deeper soak. The basin holds fully 71 gallons of water and offers a 15-inch water depth, so you can truly immerse yourself in the bath. Many users reported only filling the tub partway because the water level is so deep when fully filled. Of course, it comes with a pre-installed overflow drain to prevent you from flooding your bathroom if you overfill the tub.
FerdY also includes a pre-installed pop-up drain and drain pipe with this tub. Some users found that the plastic pipe is a little bit flimsy and unlikely to last for years of use, but reports of leaks were rare. Both the drain and the overflow valve are only available in chrome, so make sure this will fit into the theme of your bathroom.
FerdY stands behind this tub with a long six-year warranty, although you can expect the tub to last for decades of use if cared for properly.
This tub from Wyndham is perfect for small bathrooms. At only 60” long, it offers a relatively small footprint while still boasting a 43-gallon capacity thanks the oval-shaped single ended design. The 18” water level when full also ensures that your body will be covered in warm water up to your neck when sitting for a soak, although it can be somewhat difficult to recline without a slope on either end of the tub.
The tub includes both drain and overflow hardware and they come pre-installed, with both outlets located in the center of the tub. Additionally, the manufacturer offers the option to upgrade the hardware materials for a small fee.
This soaking tub is made of acrylic but is significantly heavier than other acrylic tubs thanks to the thick walls. This adds some insulation but can also pose a problem when installing the tub upstairs. In addition, although the tub comes with adjustable feet for leveling, users noted that the feet were made of plastic rather than metal and did not feel durable.
The tub comes with a two-year limited warranty, and customers who needed to return the tub reported that the manufacturer was very easy to work with.
The sticker price might come with a shock compared to many of the other freestanding tubs in our roundup, but this whirlpool tub from ARIEL offers a ton of modern comfort features that you won’t find in any other bathtub.
First, rather than a standard single-walled acrylic construction, this tub is made from a combination of acrylic and fiberglass. The result is extremely durable, but also extremely heavy – at 253 pounds, this is one of the heaviest non-cast iron tubs you can find, which may pose problems for upstairs flooring. The tub itself is also quite large at 71” long and 37” wide and will keep water up above your chest with an overflow height of 18”.
Part of what contributes to the high initial cost of this tub is that in addition to a drain and overflow, the faucet not only comes with this tub but comes pre-installed. This limits your options for matching the faucet to the rest of your bathroom but can save a ton of time and money later.
The modern electronic-driven features are what really set this tub apart. Next to the faucet you’ll find a touch screen that allows you to control the tub’s features. The feature set includes a built-in speaker that can be controlled either by Bluetooth to connect your own device or by the touch screen to listen to the radio. Within the tub, you’ll find LED lighting for setting a relaxing ambiance. Finally, the tub has jets built into the sides for an optional hydro-massage during your bath.
What we liked:
Large size can fit two easily
Comes with pre-installed faucet
Built-in speaker, LED lighting, and hydro-massage
What could be better:
Limits options for matching faucet to rest of bathroom
This acrylic double slipper bathtub from Empava was designed to fit well – in terms of both size and style – in any bathroom and to be customizable to your needs. The tub can be paired with any faucet, which can be a major advantage when trying to match the tub with your bathroom. In addition, the plain white design is intended to accentuate any bathroom décor rather than distract from it.
Although the tub has a sizable 58-gallon capacity, thanks to the acrylic design it is extremely lightweight and should not cause any problems for your floor. The only downside is that it is so lightweight that when it is not filled with water, it is easy to accidentally push the tub across the floor if it is not fixed to the floor during installation.
The tub is also large enough with the double slipper configuration to accommodate two bathers comfortably. Users with broad shoulders also found that the tub was wide enough to allow comfortable reclining without feeling squeezed.
The design includes a center drain and overflow drain, which can be replaced with fittings of your choice to match your fixture upon request from Empava.
Now that you’ve read about our eight favorite freestanding tubs, what do you need to know when choosing the best freestanding tub for your bathroom? There are a number of factors that go into your choice depending on what features are important to you. We’ll go into detail on some of the most important things to look for here.
Style and design
Where freestanding tubs differ most from one another is in the shape of their design – there are a surprising number of different configurations in which freestanding tubs can be made. Single ended and single slipper style tubs both have one end of the tub curved to provide back support for lounging, with the faucet and drain at the other end of the tub. Meanwhile, double ended and double slipper tubs are curved at both ends with the facet and drain near the center of the tub. These tubs are often larger, since they can accommodate two lounging bathers.
The difference between ended and slipper tubs is that ended tubs are the same height on both ends of the tub, while slipper tubs have one or both ends higher than the center of the tub. Less common designs, such as clawfoot and pedestal tubs, are also available for those who find them aesthetically pleasing.
One of the most important considerations when looking for a freestanding tub is how it will fit into your bathroom. Even though it’s not an alcove bathtub that should be of a precise size, up to inches, a freestanding tub should also be measured carefully before buying. When measuring space in your bathroom, plan to have at least four inches between the edges of the tub and any surrounding walls. In addition, you’ll need to plan how to get the tub into your bathroom – it needs to be able to fit through any doorways, and if you’ll be carrying it upstairs, weight can become a significant concern. Weight should also be considered if your floor is not reinforced to hold a heavy tub, especially one fully filled with water.
Bathtubs come in a variety of different materials that influence their aesthetics and weight. Acrylic tubs are among the most popular modern tubs since they are relatively lightweight, which means you will not have to reinforce your floor to install them upstairs. Cast iron tubs, on the other hand, are extremely heavy but also have a virtually unlimited lifespan since they are very difficult to scratch or damage. Cast iron tubs can also provide a better aesthetic for historic homes. Resin tubs, which use a composite material that offers a modern-looking style, are heavy but can be nice since they typically have a built-in overflow system. Less common are tubs made out of copper, stainless steel, or even stone.
How big a tub you need comes down largely to how much room you have in your bathroom and whether you are looking to fit one or two people in the tub. Assuming you have plenty of room, double ended and double slipper tubs are typically built larger than single tubs and are comfortable for two people to lounge at either end. Water capacity also directly depends on how big is a tab. According to the Alliance For Water Efficiency, a standard bathtub holds something between 40 and 50 gallons of water. But most of tubs on our list can hold more, as they’re usually larger and provide relaxation and a luxury spa experience. But this certainly affects the total weight of a filled bath and its water consumption, so be sure to take this into account if these factors are important to you.
Many freestanding tubs have overflow drains built into the interior. These drains only come into play when the water level rises above their opening, effectively helping to prevent water from spilling over onto the floor when you overflow the tub and your body displaces water or if you accidentally leave the faucet running.
Having an overflow drain in your tub can be important for insurance purposes, since many insurance policies will not pay flooding damages if you have a tub without overflow built in.
Learn more about how to choose a freestanding bathtub from this video.
Having a freestanding bathtub can give your bathroom a modern, elegant look while offering the comfort and relaxation of a long soak in a warm bath at the end of a tiring day. Freestanding tubs come in a wide variety of sizes and configurations and vary in whether they have important components like overflow drains or whether they come with a faucet built-in, which can make it hard for first-time buyers to choose the best freestanding tub for their needs. Our roundup highlights the best eight freestanding tubs on the market and, along with our buying guide, provides the information you need to choose a tub that’s perfect for your bathroom.