8 Luxurious Freestanding Tubs – Reviews & Buying Guide

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.

Top 8 Freestanding Tubs Review 2018

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.

Name and Features Image Rating Details
1. ARIEL Platinum AM128JDCLZ (Best Freestanding Tub)
Large 71" bathtub comes with hydro-massage, touch screen keypad, Bluetooth, built-in speaker, and LED lighting to deliver everything for a luxury bathroom; large enough to fit two
Ariel
2. MAYKKE Hialeah 79" (Runner-up)
Unique design with smooth white acrylic finish; comes with drain and overflow trim pre-installed; long enough for even the tallest users
MaykkeHialeah
3. MAYKKE Mona 71" (Best for Antique Design)
Traditional style is perfect for historical furnishing; made of acrylic with chrome-finished feet; deep and comfortable
MaykkeMona
4. AKDY 63" Modern Black Acrylic Finish (Budget Pick)
Large with 78-gallon capacity and lightweight at the same time; unusual design with black and white finish
Akdy
5. Empava EMPV-FT1518 (Best Large Tub)
Customizable to match any décor and large enough to fit two; includes overflow drain for safety
Empava
6. WoodBridge 67" Acrylic
Double-walled acrylic bathtub with 60-gallon capacity and integrated overflow drain; sleek design great for any bathroom style
WoodbridgeAcrylic
7. Wyndham Collection Mermaid 60’’ (Best Small Tub)
Modern oval tub small enough to fit in smaller bathrooms and deep at the same time; pre-installed overflow
Wyndham
8. FerdY Freestanding Acrylic Soaking Bathtub
Glossy white acrylic tub with gently sloping design and adjustable feet; overflow drain included
FerdY
Features
  • Contemporary, rounded, durable acrylic and fiberglass design
  • Outer dimensions: 71″ L x 37.4″ W x 27.5″ H
  • Weight: 253lbs
  • Chrome faucet and drain fixtures included and installed
  • Drain location: center
  • LED chronotherapy lighting
  • Hydro-massage system
  • Touch screen keypad, blue tooth radio included
  • Certification: ETL Listed (Us & Canada)
  • 1-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.8 out of 10

The sticker price might come with a shock compared to many of the other freestanding tubs in our roundup, but this 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.

PROS:
  • Large size can fit two easily
  • Comes with pre-installed faucet
  • Built-in speaker, LED lighting, and hydro-massage

CONS:
  • Limits options for matching faucet to rest of bathroom
  • Heavy

Features
  • Modern design with smooth white acrylic finish
  • Overall dimensions: 78-3/4″ W x 31-1/2″ D x 40-3/16″ H
  • Interior dimensions: 50″ W x 22-1/16″ D x 15-3/4″ H
  • Weight: 165.3lbs
  • Water depth: 13-13/16’’
  • Water capacity: 66.04 gallons
  • Drain placement: center
  • Overflow hole
  • Included accessories: drain and overflow trim and assembly
  • 1-year limited warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10

If you love to recline in the bathtub, it is hard to find a more laid-back tub than this model from Maykke. The tub takes the single slipper design to its extreme conclusion for ultimate comfort. At a length of 78”, this tub is certainly long enough for even the tallest users to recline without hitting the end of the tub. However, some users felt that the unique shape made it seem as if it would tip over when you moved and wished for additional reinforcement around the adjustable leveling feet. Overall, the extreme curvature and brilliant white finish will make this tub the centerpiece of your bathroom.

The tub itself is made of acrylic, but not surprisingly given its length and high sloped walls it is among the heaviest of acrylic tubs at over 165 pounds – a weight that can pose a problem for unreinforced upstairs floors. The tub comes with hardware for the drain and overflow, which feels especially necessary given the propensity for water to slosh around when you move in this tub.

PROS:
  • Unique, highly reclined design
  • Highly stylish
  • Includes overflow

CONS:
  • Design allows water to slosh
  • Heavy for acrylic
  • Can feel unstable given elongated design

Features
  • Traditional double slipper design with chrome-finished feet with imperial style detailing
  • Overall dimensions: 70-1/2″ W x 29-1/2″ D x 30-3/4″ H
  • Interior dimensions: 63-3/4″ W x 24-13/16″ D x 16-9/16″ H
  • Weight: 2lbs
  • Water depth: 16-9/16’’
  • Water capacity: 58.12 gallons
  • Drain placement: center
  • Included accessories: drain trim and assembly
  • 1-year limited warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10

This tub from Maykke is just as unique as their other offering in our roundup, but in an entirely different way. This tub is very traditional in style thanks to the curved rim and chrome claw feet with detailed carving to give an imperial-era look. The design is perfect for anyone in need of a tub in a historic home or antique-furnished bathroom.

The tub itself is moderate in size for its double slipper configuration, but features a nearly 17” water depth when full for complete immersion. Users found the gentle slope on the tub walls to be quite comfortable for reclining.

The tub is made of acrylic and weighs well under 100 pounds, making it possible to put this tub in an upstairs bathroom without reinforced floors. However, note that the tub does not have an overflow drain, which can lead to insurance issues. The tub does come with drain hardware to match the chrome feet.

PROS:
  • Perfect for historical furnishing
  • 17” water depth when full
  • Comfortable

CONS:
  • No overflow drain

Features
  • Modern, oval rounded, black exterior and white acrylic interior finish
  • Outer Dimension: 63″ L x 26.38″ W x 30.7″ H
  • Interior dimensions: 40.55″ L x 18.9″ W
  • Overflow: no
  • Depth of overflow: none
  • Water capacity: 78 gallons
  • Side drain included
  • Adjustable feet for leveling
  • Certification: US & Canada cUPC
  • 1-year limited warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10

The largest tub among our top eight picks, this model from AKDY is luxurious. But you wouldn’t know it from the price – this was also one of least expensive tubs in our roundup.

Surprisingly, the 78-gallon tub was configured in a single slipper design, making it much more comfortable for a single bather than for a pair. Thanks to the large capacity however, it holds heat well – users report that water in the tub can remain warm for several hours after filling. Because it is made of acrylic, the tub is not particularly heavy despite its large size.

One of the main downsides to this tub is that it lacks an overflow drain, which can cause issues with your home insurance in the event of a flood. It also means that you absolutely should not leave the tub unattended while it is filling – which can take a while given the huge capacity. However, some people prefer the aesthetics of not having an overflow drain since it gives the tub a more minimalist appearance. The only drain is placed at the foot end of the tub.

PROS:
  • Large 78-gallon capacity
  • Lightweight acrylic

CONS:
  • Despite large size, not designed for two people
  • No overflow drain

Features
  • Contemporary, gently sloping, smooth, white acrylic
  • Outer Dimension: 66.92″ Long x 31.49″ Wide x 26.77″ Deep
  • Weight: 55lbs
  • Capacity: 58.11 gallons
  • Adjustable metal feet
  • Overflow and drain available upon request
  • Anti-bacterial surface with high gloss white finish
  • Certification: cUPC certified
  • 1-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10

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.

PROS:
  • Customizable to match décor
  • Double slipper configuration fits two
  • Includes overflow drain

CONS:
  • Customizable to match décor
  • Double slipper configuration fits two
  • Includes overflow drain

Features
  • Contemporary, gently sloping, smooth, high glossy white acrylic
  • Exterior Dimensions: 67″ L x 31-1/2″ W x 28 3/8” H
  • Weight: 105lbs
  • Water depth: 15 7/8″ (max.)
  • Water capacity: 60 gallons
  • Drain location: center
  • Integrated overflow and drain included and pre-installed
  • Hidden adjustable legs
  • UPC & CSA certified
  • 1-year limited warranty

OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10

This simple, elegant tub from WoodBridge is perfect for a long soak thanks to the double-walled acrylic design. The double wall traps heat better than typical acrylic tubs, keeping your bath warmer for when you plan to spend a long while in the water. The downside, though, is that this tub is significantly heavier than most similarly sized acrylic tubs. The tub is configured in a gently sloped double slipper design, although it is sized more for one bather than for two.

The bright white design and curved shape work together to make this the centerpiece of your bathroom. The adjustable feet for leveling are hidden under the tub, so they remain out of view when you walk into the bathroom.

The tub includes a center drain that comes pre-installed for easy setup as well as an integrated overflow drain. At a 60-gallon capacity, this tub is sizable but not among the largest tubs in our roundup. Note that the included drain hose is flexible plastic tubing, which users found could be easily pinched and slow the tub’s draining to a crawl.

PROS:
  • Double-walled acrylic
  • 60-gallon capacity
  • Integrated overflow drain

CONS:
  • Heavy for acrylic
  • Drain hose can be pinched easily

Features
  • Modern oval design, smooth interior and exterior finish, white acrylic
  • Exterior Size: 60″L x 29-1/4″W x 23″H
  • Interior Size: 53″L x 23″W x 17-3/4″H
  • Depth at drain: 18-1/4″
  • Drain to overflow: 13″
  • Maximum fill: 43-1/2 gallons
  • Weight: 147lbs
  • Adjustable leveling base
  • Pop-up drain and waste overflow included and installed
  • Certification: UPC and cUPC approved
  • 2-year limited warranty

OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10

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.

The 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.

PROS:
  • Small size is good for smaller bathrooms
  • Deep 18” water level
  • Includes overflow pre-installed
  • Two-year warranty

CONS:
  • Plastic feet do not feel durable
  • Heavy for acrylic
  • No sloped wall for reclining

Features
  • Contemporary, gently sloping, smooth, glossy white acrylic
  • Outer Dimension: 68″ Length x 29″ Width x 29″ Height
  • Capacity: 51.9 gallons
  • Depth of overflow: 14.4″
  • Drain placement: center
  • Flexible drainage pipe and overflow included
  • Adjustable feet for leveling
  • Certification: cUPC
  • 2-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10

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.

PROS:
  • Small size can be better fit for small bathroom
  • Two-year warranty
  • Included overflow drain

CONS:
  • Small tub at 52 gallons
  • Curvature makes it difficult to stretch out
  • Fixtures are not customizable

Buying Guide

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

Freestanding tub

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.

Installation

One of the most important considerations when looking for a freestanding tub is how it will fit into your bathroom. 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.

Bathroom measurements

Bathtub materials

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.

Capacity

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.

Volume of bathtub

Overflow

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.

Conclusion

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.

10 Total Score
ARIEL Platinum AM128JDCLZ – Editor's Choice

Our overall favorite freestanding tub was the Whirlpool Bathtub from ARIEL . This tub went above and beyond the competition by including modern features like Bluetooth-capable speakers and a touchscreen keypad on the rim of the tub. Plus, hydro-massage jets and mood-setting LED lighting built into the tub took relaxation to a level that is hard to match. In addition, it does not get much simpler to start soaking than with this tub, since it comes with a faucet pre-installed, and you have peace of mind when filling the tub thanks to the built-in overflow drain. Altogether, this combination of exquisite features at a very reasonable price makes this the best freestanding tub on the market.

Dimensions
10
Comfort
10
Extra features
10
PROS
  • Large size can fit two easily
  • Comes with pre-installed faucet
  • Built-in speaker, LED lighting, and hydro-massage
CONS
  • Limits options for matching faucet to rest of bathroom
  • Heavy
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