Ultimate Guide to the Best Freestanding Tubs (Upd. 2018)
Table of Contents
- Ultimate Guide to the Best Freestanding Tubs (Upd. 2018)
- Best Free Standing Tubs with Reviews of 2018
- Best Freestanding Tub with Shower Head:
- Best Freestanding Tub with Jets:
- Best Extra Deep Soaking Tub / Freestanding Deep Soaking Tub:
- Best Copper Freestanding Tub:
- Best Cast Iron Freestanding Tubs:
- Best Acrylic Freestanding Bathtub:
- Quick Purchase Guide: What exactly is a freestanding bathtub?
- What are the benefits of freestanding bathtubs?
- What to Look for on the best freestanding bathtub?
- Summing Up
If you’re looking for the best freestanding tubs on the market in 2018, you’ve absolutely come the right place.
Below you’ll find our top 5 list of the “Best Free Standing Tubs with Reviews of 2018.”
After our top 5 list … we also reviewed the “Best Freestanding Tub with Shower,” “Best Freestanding Tub with Jets,” and more. Check out our, “Table of Contents,” for our full list of reviews.
Hope you enjoy!
Best Free Standing Tubs with Reviews of 2018
#1: Ariel Bath Platinum AM128JDCLZ Whirlpool Bathtub
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The best freestanding tub on the market today, in 2018, goes to the Ariel Bath Platinum AM128JDCLZ Whirlpool Bathtub. If you’re looking for a top of the line, quality freestanding tub, that comes with all the features you could ever dream of, this is the tub for you.
Quite unlike most freestanding tubs in the market, this Ariel Bath’s model is a great combo of many features into one single freestanding tub. It is not just a freestanding tub, as it is also an acrylic based whirlpool bathtub, with 14 massage jet heads to make the bathing a terrifically relaxing experience. To complement that experience, the tub includes a set of chromotherapy lighting LED bulbs that will alternate colors or bright only one color of your preference. For another plus, there is a FM radio built-in on the the computer control panel with a digital interface, through which you can set your preferences and tune the radio. The whirlpool system is powered by a 1.5 horsepower pump for very immersing, massaging bath session. If we’re talking about numbers and measurements, As for the dimensions of this tub, they are quite generous. They come in at 71-inch wide, 37,5-inch long and 35-inch tall, which is enough to fill 91 gallons of water!
This tub requires includes an electrical system for the operation of the tub, so you need to wire it appropriately to the home wiring of your house. It doesn’t work with a plug, so the installation should be handled by a professional electrician.
As for the rest of the special features, the tub includes a handheld showerhead with a hose attached, and thermostatic faucet making this tub an amazing value for all the features it includes.
#2: Kingston Brass VTRS683128 68″ Bathtub
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Coming in at #2 on our top 5 list of the best freestanding tubs in 2018 is the KINGSTON BRASS VTRS592928. Right off the bat, you’re going to notice that the Kingston Brass has a wonderful concave shape to it. For someone who has a modern look to their bathroom, this is a fantastic option to elevate your bathroom to the next level.
The tub is made from mostly acrylic, and reinforced with fiberglass. This combination enhances the tubs’ durability.
The KINGSTON BRASS is also a spacious freestanding tub. It is 68-inches long, 31-inches wide 28.5-inches tall, and it can hold up to 60 gallons of water. When you sink into this tub, with some warm bath water, and your favorite tunes playing in the background, you can’t go wrong.
#3: Pelham & White Luxury 67″ Freestanding Modern Tub
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Coming in at #3 on our list of the best freestanding tubs on the market in 2018 is the Pelham & White, 67″ Modern Tub. It is 67-inches long, 30-inches wide, and 23-inches tall, which creates a huge immersion effect. If you have ever floated in water, without effort, you know how relaxing of an experience that can be. This tub replicates that effect like no other, given its unique shape. As for the capacity of the tub, it can hold up to 61 gallons of water.
This tub, like the #2 Kingston Brass model, is made from both acrylic, and lightweight fiberglass. This makes the tub more durable, but at the same time, lighter weight for easier installation. If you’re looking for a freestanding tub that has an awesome modern shape, that doesn’t look quite as curvey as our previous Kingston Brass VTRS683128, this is the perfect tub for you.
#4: ARIEL Platinum PS112-6330 Aurora Bathtub
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At #4, the ARIEL Platinum PS122-6330 Aurora Bathtub is another masterfully crafted freestanding tub on our list. ARIEL is quite known for their shower heads, but it’s wise not to sleep on their freestanding tubs. You wouldn’t want to miss out!
Like other tubs on our list, the ARIEL Platinum PS122-6330 Aurora Bathtub is constructed with acrylic. The tub comes with concealed foot pegs, that are discreet, and out of direct eye sight. Having these foot pegs allows the tub to be easily adjusted, and leveled.
The tub is 62.9″ long x 29.5″ width x 23.6″ height. If you’re looking for a freestanding tub that is a more traditional shape, this might be the tub for you.
#5: AKDY 71″ Freestanding Soaking Bathtub AZ-F274
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At #5 on our list of the top 5 freestanding tubs on the market today is the AKDY AZ-F274.
AKDY produces a lot of famous shower heads in the market. Their free standing tubs are no little thing compared to other manufacturers, as they can design beautiful tubs with great water capacity and high quality materials. The AZ-F274 is made on acrylic and is quite big at: 70-inch wide – someone 5′ 8” (1,77m) tall can float here, 31.5-inch long and 28-inch tall. The interior bottom of the tub is made with an anti-skidding design, so you can really install this tub in the center of a room with no need of walls or anything around.With these bold dimensions, even with a curved design this bathtub can comport up to 95 gallons. As usual, faucets and shower heads are not included, only the drain fixture, made on brass and finished on polished chrome, including a flexible pipe that can make it quite versatile upon installation.The support feet of the bathtub are made on stainless steel and have the same finish, and are also included for free with the tub.
JUST missed our top 5: AKDY F277
The last model of our list is another AKDY. The F277 is one more sleek, modern and elegant design of the brand, resembling a concave shell that is quite tall compared to other models. Its able to support 79 gallons of water as its walls are designed with less depth on the inside. This tub is also made with acrylic and includes the anti-skidding patterns and the drain fixture and metal feet parts are included for free.Like the other AKDY model of our list, the drain includes a flexible pipe, which is quite useful to install this versatile tub anywhere with no concerns about the drain.
Best Freestanding Tub with Shower Head:
Woodbridge 59″ Acrylic Freestanding Bathtub with Brushed Nickel Faucet & Shower
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This year’s best freestanding tub with shower goes to the Woodbridge 59″ acrylic free standing bath tub with brushed nickel faucet & shower head. If you’re looking for the top rated stand alone tub with shower on the market, look no further than this beauty. Right of the bat with this free standing tub, you’re going to notice its sleek, simple, and elegant shape.
The Woodbridge’s beautiful shape, combined with the stylish faucet, and handheld shower, combine to create a freestanding tub that stands heads & shoulders above it’s competition.
You’ll also notice the Woodbridge comes with a brushed nickel overflow and pop up drain, this is especially helpful for those times where you’re filling up your bath water to the perfect temperature, loose track of time (sometimes fall asleep), and awake to a fun water surprise in your bathroom (aka: flooded floors … no fun).
Lastly, another important thing to note with the Woodbridge, it was designed with ergonomics at the forefront. What does that mean? Glad you asked. This just means that tub was designed to be super comfortable, and here at Showersly, we couldn’t agree more.
Best Freestanding Tub with Jets:
Woodbridge Whirlpool Water Jetted and Air Bubble Freestanding Bathtub
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Our favorite freestanding tub with jets of 2018 goes to the Woodbridge Whirlpool water jetted and air bubble freestanding bathtub. Lets not waste any time, and lets talk about the jets on this tub. This Woodbridge tub has 10 whirlpool bubble bath jets, and 10 adjustable body massage jets. That makes for 20 total jets, easily making it our winner for this category, hands down. With all these jets, and half of them being adjustable, these features combine to create a unique and customized bathing experience, tailored to each user’s specific preferences.
Just think … you know that one spot on your lower back that has really been killing you? Or maybe your neck and shoulders get stiff from time to time? Now you have adjustable jets to laser in on those focus areas, and improve circulation, which will ultimately lead to more comfort in the long run.
We also loved this tub’s underwater mood lamp. If you’re looking to up the relaxation another notch, and give your bath an extra special feel to it, these lights do an excellent job.
If you’re looking for the best stand alone jetted tub on the market, in 2018, look no further, you’ve hit the jackpot.
Best Extra Deep Soaking Tub / Freestanding Deep Soaking Tub:
FerdY 67” Round Angle Freestanding Bathtub
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If you’re looking for the #1 extra deep soaking tub on the market, in 2018, look no further than the FerdY 67” Rectangular Round Angle Freestanding Bathtub. Let’s not waste any time. How deep is this tub?
The FerdY tub’s depth comes in at a massive 17.9”. Most freestanding tubs today, in 2018, come standard with around a 15” or lower depth.
This seemingly small 2-3” difference in depth doesn’t seem like much, but when your tub is filled up all the way, you’ll definitely notice the size advantage of the extra deep freestanding tub.
Another benefit you’ll notice with this FerdY tub is its’ beautifully sculpted concave edges, and shape. If your bathroom is going for the modern look, we absolutely love this tub.
Best Copper Freestanding Tub:
Sinkology TBT-6631CL Handmade Copper Freestanding Claw Foot Bath Tub
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If you’re looking for this year’s best copper freestanding tub on the market, you’ve hit the jackpot with this tub from Sinkology.
Are you tired of your plain white bathtub? No worries! We’ve got a solution. Sinkology’s copper freestanding bathtub can turn any boring bathroom, into an absolute show stopper.
Besides the awesome vintage look, copper bathtub benefits go far and wide.
In particular with this tub from Sinkology, we loved the classic high back concave shape (for extra comfort), and also the sheer size of the tub (68 x 32 x 31 inches).
Best Copper Japanese Soaking Tub:
Premier Copper Products BTR45DB Japanese Soaking Tub
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If you’re looking for the #1 copper japanese soaking tub on the market, in 2018, look no further than Premier Copper Products’ BTR45DB Japanese Soaking Tub.
There’s a bunch of reasons to love the japanese copper soaking tub from Premier Copper Products, but we’ll try to keep it short with our top 3.
First, this tub is handmade. This gives your bathroom a real authentic feel to it. Second, we love that this tub is made with 99.7% pure recycled copper, and is 100% recyclable. Self explanatory, go green! Lastly, we love that the faucet mounting position is floor deck mount, or wall mount. This makes the tub extremely versatile, regardless of the environment it is put into.
Best Cast Iron Freestanding Tubs:
Tub Connection’s 60” Cast Iron Double Ended Pedestal Freestanding Tub
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If you’re looking for the best cast iron freestanding tub on the market, in 2018, you’ve landed in the absolute right place.
Cast iron freestanding baths have a major benefit over their acylic cousins, that you’re probably very aware of.
Just in case you need a reminder, we got your back. Cast iron tubs are FANTASTIC when it comes to heat retention. In simpler terms, it prevents your bathwater from getting cold fast. Who likes a cold bath? Not me, and you probably don’t either.
Another important note, this cast iron freestanding bath comes with 7” faucet hole drillings. Tub Connection offers other cast iron tub models without predrilled holes, but we liked that this model came predrilled, for easier install.
Best Acrylic Freestanding Bathtub:
American Standard Cadet Freestanding Tub
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For 2018, our top rated acrylic freestanding tub goes to the American Standard Cadet Freestanding Tub.
At first glance, you’ll notice the tub’s clean looking glossy finished acrylic-capped ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), that’s reinforced with fiberglass.
You’re probably wondering what ABS means, don’t worry, we’ll explain. In essence, ABS means the tub has high rigidity, and high impact strength. Also, that it has excellent chemical resistance, and abrasion resistance. In simpler terms, this acrylic tub is made with only top of the line, premier quality acrylic.
Aside from the excellent acrylic material, we also loved that this tub comes handy with a stylish chrome freestanding tub filler, and handheld spray shower. This way, you’re ahead of the game when it comes to finding a compatible tub filler with your acrylic tub, plus the additional hand shower is a welcomed add on.
Overall, hands down, American Standard’s Cadet tub is our favorite acrylic freestanding tub of 2018.
Quick Purchase Guide: What exactly is a freestanding bathtub?
There are several different models of bathtubs in the market these days, but the difference between them is not only about the shape, but also about how they are supposed to be implemented. Freestanding bathtubs are, as the name suggests, free from the requirement of walls or pre-projected designs to include it in the bathroom. Their design is often the most beautiful for bathtubs as it shows body, is often designed with artistic care and can resemble sculptures. Not in vain they are freestanding, as they can stand anywhere where you can connect a water pipe and a drain fixture, able to be installed right in the middle of the bathroom, in the corner, in the shower stall, wherever you wish. The other option of bathtubs, considering installation, are the built-in tubs, they are either the traditional rectangular tubs, the corner tubs or hydro massage bathtubs. All these designs do not have a full finish on all sides to be exposed the way the freestanding tubs do, so they often require to be embedded like a swimming pool on the floor or affixed on one or more walls. Freestanding tubs may cost less than most built-in tubs as they don’t require the infrastructure to build around them.
What are the benefits of freestanding bathtubs?
As we mentioned before, they are quite flexible to be installed and require less resources, money and planning to be implemented. As a plus, they can be in fact art pieces, with very beautiful shapes, so is a good choice to make your bathroom a more stylish concept of decoration. Freestanding tubs are also easy to manage and install, they only require connection to the plumbing system of the house, including the waste pipe systems. Some models a bit more complex like the Ariel Bath though will require electrical implementation too, but that is quite an exception.
What to Look for on the best freestanding bathtub?
While these bathtubs are quite flexible to be installed, you have to cherish their quality to avoid getting a white elephant in the middle of your bathroom. This kind of bathtub gets much more exposed to the ambient, so it requires some features that make it efficient, resilient and worth the purchase overall:
- Thermal Insulant Material: Most bathtubs, regardless of the type, are made of acrylic, because this is the best kind of material source to keep the water on the bathtub warm for longer. Acrylic is a thermal insulant, so it does the job to prevent the water loosing heat to the exterior since it is already loosing some heat to the surface in open contact with the air.Not all bathtubs must be crafted on acrylic as there are other thermal insulant materials. As you have seen, there are alloys of other materials like glass fiber with ABS plastic, in the case of the American Standard model, as well as there are other synthetic polymers that are really great to work as insulants. Bear in mind that synthetic materials will often result in much lighter bathtubs, while acrylic is a heavy material, even though it is more resistant.Lighter bathtubs are easier to manage and install, but they may be more susceptible to impact damages so choose wisely something that is insulant but also resilient enough.
- Gallons vs. Size: You have noticed that not always a wide or tall tub will result in a deep, immersive experience as it seems. Beware that the size measures manufacturers offer for their bathtubs are often referring to the outside dimensions. The interior or bathtubs are always smaller and in some models they can be way too much smaller. The amount of gallons is as important to determine how deep is a tub as the height, so pay attention to this ratio as tall tubs with short gallons capacity are not exactly a good deal as they may not only be too shallow, but also not too comfortable and spacious. Check pictures of visuals inside the tub and always prefer higher gallons than bigger bathtubs as size doesn’t matter that much when it comes to immersion.
- Compatibility: Most manufacturers will not sell their bathtubs with the faucets systems for a similar reasons steam generators are not sold with controllers and steamheads: there are several different options of design for the complementary fixture of the equipment, so you may purchase one specific freestanding bathtub model but it can be compatible with several different faucet lines of the brand. Be careful with bathtubs that offer all the fixture system with the tub, be sure it at least works with standard plumbing measures – 0,5-inch pipes, for instance – otherwise this complete kit may become an obsolete burden in the future whenever you want to replace faucets and other components.
Choosing the right freestanding bathtub is not a very complicated mission, it is much more about pleasing your taste and matching the decor set of your bathroom than anything else. Just be sure, of course, that your bathroom can really support the bathtub. While these tubs don’t need you to start a building site inside your bathroom, they require spacious ambient. You can also check the inflatable hot tubs as an option for bathroom with few space and for those who are running in a short budget and would like just the convenience of a bathtub.