Best Acrylic Bathtub: Top-Rated Reviews
written by: Michael Lamew
Looking for the best acrylic bathtub to buy for 2020? If so, you're in the right place.
On this page, you'll find our top 13 picks including: models with whirlpool jets, easy-to-install freestanding designs, alcove installation, corner installation, and even a stunningly modern black acrylic tub with clawfeet.
So, to help you find the perfect one for you, hop right in with our quick comparison before we get into the in-depth reviews, buyers' guide, and the bottom line.
Quick Comparison: Top 13 Picks (For Those In A Rush)
Beautifully modern, with a brushed nickel bathtub filler, and fantastic for small to medium spaces - this acrylic bathtub is our favorite all-in-one unit.
Out of 100
At 67" L, with a single high-backed design, and from the bathroom powerhouse Woodbridge (once again!) - this BTA1508-C is another comfortable 1-person acrylic bathtub, but this time, better for medium to large remodels.
Out of 100
With a rare black exterior, stunning clawfeet, and a budget-friendly price tag - this model is great for those who love to go bold and consider themselves trendsetters.
Out of 100
Designed for two, with 12 heated jets, and drop-in style - this SKC5555 is perfect for master bathroom remodels where you want to save space by putting the bathtub in the corner.
Out of 100
Acrylic Bathtub Reviews
Now that you've seen the best acrylic bathtubs of 2020 at a glance let's take a much closer look. Shall we?
Read through our comprehensive best acrylic bathtub reviews with each model's pros and cons until you find the right one for you.
And remember, if it's on this list, you can't miss!
So, without further ado, let's start with our #1 best acrylic bathtub of the year - the Woodbridge B-0030.
#1 Woodbridge B-0030 (Editor's Choice)
Our top pick for the #1 Best Acrylic Bathtub of 2020 is the Woodbridge B-0030. This 67" high gloss white lucite acrylic beauty is jam-packed with dream-worthy features.
It might be best known for its contemporary styling and functionality. But what truly sets it apart from the rest is its high-tech hydrotherapy features.
If you're looking for a masterpiece that not only looks good but feels luxurious, too, the Woodbridge B-0030 could easily be your best choice. Out of all of the acrylic bathtubs I've tried, this was the pick of the litter.
The 20 adjustable body massage and air bubble jets, quality acrylic construction, and it’s shockingly affordable price tag earned this model our #1 best acrylic tub of the year award.
Size: 66 1/2" x 31 7/8" x 22 7/8"
Style: Freestanding jetted (air and whirlpool)
Special Feature: Hydrotherapy system
Editor's Note: Why opt for an acrylic bathtub with hydromassage features?
Studies show that hydrotherapy offers dozens of amazing benefits. Hydromassage bathtubs have been known to help improve circulation, ease joint, and muscle pain, and even increase your body’s metabolism. (1)
Coming in at a close second is the Woodbridge B-0014 With Pillow, our top-value pick for 2020.
First, if you're not looking to spend extra mula on a hydrotherapy system, you can save quite a bit with this B-0014. Then, with it's smaller size (59" L), it works extremely well for remodels with tight space confinements, while still providing more than enough depth for a relaxing chin-deep soak.
Finally, it's made by the same bathroom powerhouse, Woodbridge, that's trusted by thousands of experienced remodelers.
Size: 59" x 29 1/2" x 23 1/4"
Special Feature: Comes with a comfortable pillow
At #3 on our list we have the Woodbridge B-0002 With A Pillow.
If you're looking for an acrylic bath that's shockingly cheap, looks great, and just get's the job done - this is our top pick.
With it's 67" L, it's extremely spacious for one, and super comfortable as well with its integrated bath pillow.
If you think this Woodbridge B-0002 might be your missing puzzle piece to your remodel, hit that orange button, and see if the price is right.
Size: 67" x 31 3/4" x 23"
Special Feature: Comes with a comfortable pillow
At #4 we have our favorite all-in-one model, the Woodbridge B-0014 With a Filler.
For those who don't want to worry about choosing a fixture that's guaranteed to match, this model is for you.
With it's brushed nickel faucet and matching overflow drain, it takes the guessing out of it and makes creating a modern oasis in your bathroom easier than ever.
Plus, it comes with a bonus hand shower that makes it easy for you to clean your tub regularly, wash your pets, and wash small target areas without getting your whole body wet.
Size: 59" x 29 1/2" x 23 1/4"
Special Feature: Comes with a modern tub filler
At #5 on our list is the super-comfortable Woodbridge B-0006 Freestanding Bathtub.
If you're looking for a freestanding model that's perfect for one, cradles your spine like a newborn baby's, and that's built-to-last from a highly trusted manufacturer; this is it.
It's alright to party solo, click "Check The Current Price" to see if this tub is worth it's ticket to admission.
Size: 54" x 28 3/8" x 28 7/8"
Special Feature: High-backed, extra-comfortable
If you're looking for an acrylic bathtub that you can specifically enjoy with your significant other, try the Woodbridge B-0015.
Compared to most other models in this buying guide, I found this 67" acrylic bathtub to be the most spacious.
It’s a great addition to medium to large-sized bathrooms.
Size: 67" x 31 1/2" x 28 3/8"
Special Feature: Extra-large, Great for two
If you're searching for an acrylic alcove tub that's from a trusted manufacturer, just gets the job done, and all the while at reasonable price w - this Kingston Brass VTDE603122L acrylic bathtub might be the one for you.
This is our top recommendation for homeowners who want the simple option, but still want to enjoy the benefits of an acrylic bathtub.
If you’re looking for something that’s durable, affordable, and reliable - this model is a great choice.
Size: 59 7/16" x 30 11/16" x 22 1/16"
Special Feature: Three-wall installation
The Woodbridge BTA1508-C comes with the elegant shape and high-quality material that are signature to all Woodbridge acrylic tubs.
But this is one of their most beautiful models. The pictures don't do it justice; this bathtub is a stunner and would compliment any modern bathroom.
This acrylic bathtub is wide and long, which works well for taller individuals.
Size: 67" x 28 1/4" x 28 3/4"
Special Feature: Great for medium-large remodels, 1-person
Adding a little character and color to this list is the 1001Now Cesano Black.
This retro-inspired acrylic bathtub is a splendid choice for homeowners looking for a more classic design. This model comes with regal brass lion feet and detailed freestanding faucet.
But the biggest plus is the cradled hand shower that comes attached to the acrylic bathtub.
It's a perfect mix of classic feel and modern adaptability.
Size: 63" x 28 1/4" x 29 1/2"
Style: Freestanding clawfoot
Special Feature: Rare black exterior
This Vanity Art VA6517 ergonomic freestanding acrylic bathtub offers both comfort and style with it's XXL 70+" L.
It's made of 100% white glossy reinforced acrylic with fiberglass, so you'll be sure of its durability.
You'll notice it's double high-sloping ends which make this Vanity Art VA6517 fantastic for two.
If you have an extra large space to work with, a partner you love, and desire a solid feeling acrylic tub - this is a killer option.
Size: 70 9/10" x 31 1/2" x 28 3/10"
Special Feature: XXL, Great for two
At #11 on our countdown is the Vanity Art VA 6810 Japanese Soaking Tub.
If you're looking for a highly-reviewed Japanese style acrylic tub, this is our top pick.
First, this Vanity Art VA6810 is incredibly pleasing to the eye because of it's bold, sculpture-like design. Then, with its freestanding style, installation is a breeze because all you need is a small space (59.1" L), a hot/cold water line, and a place for the drain.
If you have a small bathroom remodel, are looking for something affordable, and crave something "bold" - check the current price of this model and see if it's right for you.
Size: 59 1/10" x 59 1/10" x 24"
Special Feature: Japanese-style
At #12, she's a beauty, isn't she?
If you're looking for a corner acrylic tub that ticks all the right boxes, this Carver Tubs SKC5555 is our top choice.
To start, this luxury bath is designed for two (just like our top 2-person bathtubs for remodels) - so even though it's meant to save you space in the corner of your bathroom (55" L) there's still plenty of room to comfortably fit you and your sweetheart.
Next, it comes with 12 heated jets which is great because it keeps the party going for those extra-long soaks. Who likes cold bath water?
And to cap it all off, this Carver Tubs SKC555 comes with a can't-miss deal that's hard to find for corner hydrotherapy tubs.
Size: 55" x 55" x 18.5"
Style: Drop-in corner
Special Feature: Hydrotherapy system that's great for two
Last, but not least (at least compared to other acrylic tubs on the market not found on this list) - we have the classic-looking Kohler K-1184-0 Devonshire.
If you're looking for a drop-in acrylic tub that just get's the job done, this is our pick.
It's clean modern lines give old bathrooms the modern facelift they desperately need - so when guests come over you can't help but feel proud, satisfied, and content.
If remodeling your bathroom with the Devonshire sounds like a dream come true, click the orange button and see if its a match made in heaven!
Size: 62.63" x 34.38" x 22"
Special Feature: Modern style drop-in
Buyers' Guide - Top 3 Tips To Follow BEFORE You Buy
I don't know about you, but a quality bathtub is a serious purchase.
There are a lot of factors involved in buying an acrylic bathtub—durability, design, installation, price, etc. Bottom line: It's not something you do on a whim.
According to Gray Uhl, director of brand education at American Standard: "It used to be that bathtubs were just a tub-and-shower combination, with the primary goal being showering and cleansing the body. Today, bathtubs are often separate from the shower, with the sole purpose of soaking to relax and unwind." (2)
So whether you're simply looking for a no-nonsense, functional acrylic bathtub or eyeing a more luxurious one, you need to do some research and put a lot of thought before you whip out that credit card.
Don't worry, though; we've compiled every nitty-gritty tidbit you need to know so you can make the best possible purchase.
Here's your no-nonsense buying guide to buying an acrylic bathtub:
#1 Know the different types of acrylic bathtubs
You should always pay attention to the type of acrylic bathtub you're purchasing, or you might end up with a model that doesn't actually fit your bathroom layout.
Here are the different acrylic bathtub styles you should consider:
Freestanding bathtubs are designed to stand alone.
They don't require installation against a wall. Instead, they're supported by feet (like in clawfoot tubs), a base that can support the bathtub's entire weight, or a full all-in-one enclosure (like you’ll find with walk-in tubs). Freestanding bathtubs are quite beautiful and modern-looking.
They're also easier to install since you only need to position the drain. They're a particular favorite of design experts for their versatility.
Freestanding acrylic tubs come in an enormous range of shapes, sizes, and styles. However, planning how and where to put it in your bathroom is a little tricky.
Because they're freestanding, this means they require more space than corner bathtubs.
In principle, you need to allow 3 inches of space around the ends of the tub.
You also need to reserve 4 inches between the side of the bathtub or if you want to push it against a wall. Despite this, freestanding acrylic tubs make bathrooms look more spacious because they don't look as "boxed-in" as other types of tubs.
For your reference, here are the standard sizes for most freestanding acrylic bathtubs:
- Length: 55 to 72 inches
- Width: 28 to 32 inches
- Height: 15 to 20 inches
Perfect for: Medium to large-sized bathrooms
Drop-in acrylic bathtubs are "dropped in" to existing frames or structures, called "surrounds."
They are not meant to stand alone. Drop-in bathtubs come with a rim around the top, which you fit into the surround. These frames can be made of any material of your choice, from wood, stone, to tile.
This customizability makes it attractive for homeowners who want the freedom to experiment on materials and designs. You can make the acrylic bathtub match the rest of the bathroom.
In short: you'll have complete control over how the space looks. If you're willing to put in the work. They also give off a clean finish because they effectively hide plumbing fixtures. Drop-in bathtubs usually come in big, deep sizes.
This means they are perfect for people who like to sit and soak comfortably for a long period while bathing. However, I don't believe drop-in styles are the best bathtubs for small spaces.
Constructed surrounds and decks will require additional space to support regular drop-in tubs. Although, I have seen drop-in models that are specifically designed for smaller spaces such as in mobile homes.
Standard drop-in bathtub sizes:
- Length: 45 to 72 inches
- Width: 30 to 32 inches
- Height: 14 to 20 inches
Perfect for: Larger spaces, although some models can fit on smaller or mobile homes
An acrylic alcove bathtub is a "caged in" bath fixture.
They're typically fitted into and surrounded by 3 walls.
This is perhaps the most no-nonsense type of bathtub because you don't have to worry about power requirements (most units don't have jets), they're relatively inexpensive, and they can fit into pre-existing areas without having to do a full remodel.
If you're trying to save space, this is the type you should look into.
These tubs typically have a finished "front"—the side of the tub you'll be getting into.
You can also install a shower curtain on this side.
The great thing about an alcove bathtub is that they come in versatile sizes:
- Small alcove bathtub: (standard) L: 54" x W: 30" x H: 15"
- Medium alcove bathtub: (standard) L: 60” x W: 32” x H: 18”
- Large alcove bathtub: (standard) L: 72” x W: 36” x H: 20”
However, alcove bathtubs may not really make sense in large bathrooms because you can afford to go with more attractive, comfortable, and luxurious models.
Often, the walls are too far apart to accommodate the 3-wall installation required. If you do insist on getting bathtubs alcove, you may have to build a wall partition to separate the acrylic bathtub to the rest of the bathroom.
So there's definitely a way to work around it and may even add an industrial feel to your large space.
Best for: Small to medium bathrooms
For those who are looking to add spa features to their bathroom, whirlpool or air jet tubs are the way to go.
A whirlpool bathtub has a number of jets that push the water around the tub, giving off a luxurious spa experience. Some models even feature high-tech hydrotherapy features.
But relaxation isn't the only benefit of this type of acrylic bathtub. Whirlpool tubs can significantly increase the value of your home. Spa features are in high demand by homebuyers.
"There absolutely has to be at least one bathtub in any condo or home. When you sell, you're also selling a lifestyle and having no tub will hinder a sale to most buyers," says interior designer and The Decorologist founder Kristie Barnett. (3)
So if you're thinking of selling your home in the future, having this acrylic bathtub will definitely be a selling point.
Many people think whirlpool tubs only come in large sizes. But that's not actually true. Yes, they're visually larger, but many whirlpool tubs actually come in standard alcove-ready sizes.
So smaller bathrooms can still accommodate one. Standard whirlpool bathtub sizes:
- Length: up to 60 inches
- Width: 32 to 40 inches
- Height: 18 to 24 inches
Best for: Homeowners who want to put spa features in their homes. Can fit small to large spaces.
A 2-Person bathtub are just that—it can accommodate 2 people while bathing.
This type of acrylic bathtub is considered a "luxury" unit. So it's another great way to increase the value of your home.
Because of the fun activity factor involved, this is a type of bathtub you can place outside, too.
2-person tubs are also highly-customizable. Most models include whirlpool and water jets, heating machines, pillows, high-tech hydromassage features and LED lights.
The biggest downside is, they're typically expensive. 2-person tubs can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on how many features you want to add.
They also need professional installation. While they may be smaller models available, this type of acrylic bathtub is one of the best types for larger bathrooms.
Standard 2-person tub sizes:
- Length: up to 70 inches
- Width: up to 60 inches
- Height: up to 32 inches
Best for: Homeowners who want to put spa features in their homes. Can outside and large spaces.
#2 Know your bathroom's dimensions for your remodel
Before you pick an acrylic bathtub, you must consider the place you're putting it into: your bathroom.
Is it big, medium, or small? As I mentioned above, different types of acrylic tubs come in their own standard sizes. I mean, you can't attempt to fit a whirlpool tub in an 8 x 5-meter bathroom space.
So grab your measuring tape and find out how much space you have to work with. To determine the perfect tub size, take precise measurements of your inside space and doorway (many people forget this.)
Make a note of where the drain is located on the floor, too—you have to make sure the tub design complements the drain position. Also, keep in mind that some acrylic bathtubs don't accommodate the installation of a shower. This means you'll have to reserve a separate space for the tub.
The space where you want to put your tub
Once you've picked a size and the space to put your tub on, there are additional things to consider. First, consider installation options. Some acrylic tubs need to be connected to electrical units.
If you're getting a whirlpool tub, you'll need to consider the pump, air switch, and electric timer. Note that there are code requirements for installing electric timers. They have to be at least 5 feet away from the tub to avoid problems.
There's also the thing with weight. Is your bathroom on the second level? Check your flooring and determine whether it can hold a heavyweight acrylic tub. If not, opt for lighter models.
The acrylic bathtub you want
Next, check the dimensions of the acrylic tub you want.
You can easily see this on the product specification guide.
The standard acrylic tub is around 60 inches long, 30 inches wide, and 14 inches deep.
But take note: manufacturers mostly display the outer size of their tub only.
So you also need to check the inner size of the acrylic tub.
#3 Find the top deal for you
There's no denying it. Price is the biggest driving factor when purchasing any home upgrade. Even if you want the best acrylic bathtub, you can't always afford it.
Often, you'll need a lot of time weighing factors that affect the price of your purchase. Here are the things you should be focusing on:
How do you plan to use the tub?
If you're simply looking for something that gets the job done, then you'll have an easier time. Just follow the measuring guide above and pick an acrylic tub that'll get you clean.
However, if you're looking for something with a bit more functionality, there are some important things to consider.
Do you want a bit of luxury?
Will the tub accommodate a huge family's needs, for example? Or does someone in your home have mobility issues? Make a list ranking the features you want and go from there.
I wish I could say it's as easy as buying an acrylic tub and installing it at home. But it isn't. You have to anticipate some future hiccups.
Make sure you buy from a manufacturer that provides full protection. You never know what happens along the line.
Thankfully, with the trusted manufacturers we've included on this list - installation is super-simple.
We recommend paying the little extra for professional installation services because the added peace of mind, confidence, and speed you get is worth it.
According to home improvement expert, Lee Wallender: "Installing a shower is tough when you're building up your shower pan and covering walls with tile. While you can do this, most people will want to hire pros for this stage. However, installing a pre-fabricated shower stall may be practical for DIYers. Refinishing your tub/shower yourself can produce acceptable results. Hiring out a glazing company will give you a better finish, mainly because the companies do better prep work." (4)
Now, it all boils down to the final price. My advice is: you should always aim for the best deal you can afford.
Meaning, a model that gives you the most features you want around the price you initially set out for. It's okay to make little adjustments.
However, try not to splurge too much. Always watch out for discounts—but never make it the pushing point of your purchase.
People Also Ask
Are acrylic bathtubs good quality?
Yes, acrylic bathtubs are of good quality. Why? They offer durability, versatility, heat retention, and smoothness—all in a (mostly) affordable package.
This type of bathtub material is also easy to maintain. Not to mention lightweight and comes in a plethora of sizes, designs, and colors. All of these qualities make acrylic tubs the most popular in the market for most remodels.
Who are the top acrylic bathtub manufacturers?
The top acrylic bathtub manufacturers in our experience are:
- Kingston Brass
- American Standard
- Vanity Art
- Carver Tubs
How long will an acrylic bathtub last?
Acrylic tubs can last up to 15 years.
But you don't need to fuss about it. Typically, by that stage, depending on usage, acrylic tubs are only a bit scratched and faded, not useless. You can make it last longer and look better if you practice good maintenance.
If you want the most long-lasting bathtub materials, try a cast iron tub, which can last more than a century—only that it's not as practical and is significantly more expensive than an acrylic tub.
The Bottom Line: What is the Best Acrylic Bathtub to Buy Today?
Hopefully, this buyer's guide on the best acrylic bathtubs helped you a lot.
There's a reason why acrylic tubs are the most popular in the market: they're high-quality bathtubs—versatile, durable, easy-to-maintain, and come in varying shapes, designs, and sizes.
You really can't go wrong when you buy an acrylic tub if you’ve read this far. The product list above comes highly-recommended and praised by thousands of homeowners, contractors, and remodeling experts alike.
It has a stress-melting hydrotherapy system, a spacious comfortable cabin, and a shockingly affordable price tag. Ultimately, it's tough to go wrong!
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