A luxury bathtub – what should it be like?
A luxury bathtub needs to be more than simply a place to get clean – it needs to be a place where you can feel completely at ease, where you can stretch out your body, and where you can tune out any of the things beyond the tub that cause you stress.
What that means for what a luxury bathtub needs to provide differs according to what helps you relax. If you find a massage to be the most relaxing thing you can imagine, a bathtub with multiple massage settings like the Avano tub may be the most appealing to you. On the other hand, if music helps you tune out your worries, a tub with a built-in music system like the ARIEL tub may offer the most relaxation.
Keep in mind that the tub itself should be easy to use and look good within your bathroom. If you have a difficult time filling the tub with water or starting your massage, that’s not going to help with relaxation. In addition, if the aesthetic of the tub matches with your bathroom and your own sense of style, that can contribute to feeling more harmonious overall.
Things to consider while choosing a luxury bathtub
Hopefully, you have an image in mind of what a relaxing soak in the tub looks like for you. But when it comes down to actually getting the luxury bathtub that matches your mental image, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
Size can make or break a luxury bathtub, and it’s one of the most difficult things to get exactly right. Your bathtub needs to be long enough that you can fully stretch out in the tub, but not so large that you feel like you’re in the middle of a swimming pool. At the same time, the tub should be wide enough that you can stretch out your arms to the sides, but not so large that you can’t wrap your arms around the tub rim. To complicate matters even further, your bathtub needs to fit in your bathroom while still leaving plenty of space for you to walk around.
With all that in mind, the best way to start with sizing a luxury bathtub is to figure out the maximum dimensions that will work for your bathroom. From there, you can determine a minimum length based on how long your legs are when fully extended out in front of you.
Keep in mind that if you plan to bring a partner into the tub, you’ll need extra width for the two of you to sit side by side.
Materials and durability
Bathtubs can be made from a wide variety of different materials, each with different costs and advantages. Acrylic bathtubs, like those from MAYKKE and Ancona, are relatively common because acrylic is both cost-effective and durable. While acrylic lacks the high-end aesthetic of cast iron or porcelain, it is much lighter as well and the finish can be easily fixed if it gets scratched.
Fiberglass, which is used to build the American Standard bathtub, offers the same advantages as acrylic but at an even less expensive price. However, fiberglass tubs are thinner than acrylic tubs, which makes them notably less durable. For most people, it’s worth opting for acrylic over fiberglass because you don’t ever want to have to worry about your bathtub cracking and leaking.
Higher-end materials, like cast-iron, porcelain, ceramic, and even stone, are also available. However, bathtubs made from these materials tend to be extremely expensive and heavy, making them hard to install and not as suitable for upstairs bathrooms.
Depth and capacity
The depth and water capacity of a luxury bathtub are important to consider along with the size of the tub. You want the water to be deep enough relative to the seat or tub bottom that you can sink in up to your neck, without water splashing over the rim of the tub every time you move around.
A tub that’s not deep enough will leave most of your body exposed, which can even make you cold if you get wet and don’t remain submerged in the warm bath.
Where shopping for a luxury bathtub gets fun is in looking at all of the extra features available on these tubs. While some people may prefer the simplicity of a standard bathtub like the luxury freestanding bathtubs from Ancona and MAYKKE, others will love bells and whistles like massage jets and built-in stereo systems. The tubs from ARIEL, American Standard, and Avano all offer massage jets, although they vary depending on the style of massage you prefer. The ARIEL tub also offers an LCD screen that can be used to play music from a built-in radio or via Bluetooth – although this functionality can also be mirrored by putting a portable speaker in your bathroom.
Look and style
The aesthetic of your luxury bathtub is important, especially if clashing colors and styles in your bathroom will prevent you from fully relaxing. Many people prefer the look of modern freestanding bathtubs, like those from MAYKKE, Ancona, and ARIEL. In addition, it’s possible to order finishes in colors other than white for many acrylic bathtubs.
One extra way to relax in your new luxury bathtub is to know that you’re safe from defects or damage. Most luxury bathtub manufacturers provide warranties on their tubs, although these can vary significantly. For example, Ancona offers a lifetime warranty on its tub, while MAYKKE and ARIEL offer one-year warranties. Keep these warranties in mind when comparing the prices of otherwise similar tubs.
Luxury bathtub prices
Luxury bathtubs vary widely in price depending on the materials they are made of, their sizes, and the features they offer. The Ancona and MAYKKE tubs, which don’t have any bells and whistles, are relatively budget-friendly at just over $1,000. On the other hand, tubs with a huge array of massage jets and a unique design like the tub from American Standard can cost close to $4,000.