Today’s bathtubs are more luxurious than ever, with high-tech features that turn a simple bath into the ultimate relaxation experience. Although you’ll definitely get wet in a standard tub, many of them aren’t long enough or deep enough for a satisfying soak. If you have room in your bathroom, a soaking tub is an excellent addition to any bathroom renovation project.
What Are Soaking Tubs?
As the name implies, soaking tubs provide ample room to stretch out and enjoy a nice long soak. The tubs are at least 20 inches deep and are big enough to comfortably fit two adults. Depending on the type, a soaking tub weighs between 225 and 2,000 pounds – and that’s without water. Reinforcing the floor under the tub is a must if you want a soaking tub.
Manufacturers use a variety of materials to create soaking tubs, including:
- Stainless steel
- Cast Iron
- Pure acrylic
- Solid surface
Soaking Tubs Become the Focal Point of Your Bathroom
Unlike traditional bathtubs, soaking tubs aren’t purely utilitarian. You’ll find a range of shapes, designs and colors designed to complement your bathroom. Choosing a soaking tub is very much like selecting a piece of art for your bathroom. If you prefer a more traditional style, you’ll love a cast-iron, claw-foot tub. Looking for a tub to complement your bathroom’s modern design? Choose an asymmetrical model. Soaking tubs are available in a variety of other shapes, including oval, rectangular and triangular.
Fixtures Add the Finishing Touch
Because of their depth, soaking tubs require special faucets, which manufacturers call “fillers.” Depending on the style of your soaking tub, you’ll want to select one of these filler types:
- Floor-Mount Fillers: These stand-alone fillers extend from the floor to the top of the tub. They’re usually used when the tub occupies the center of the room or isn’t close to bathroom walls.
- Wall-Mount Fillers: Wall-mount fillers extend from the wall like traditional faucets. Unlike floor-mount fillers, you’ll only see the faucet and handles, not the pipes.
- Deck-Mount Fillers: Deck-mount fillers are used for drop-in soaking tubs supported by a frame. They’re usually installed in the decking that surrounds the tub.
Amenities Add a Luxurious Touch
You’ll want to spend even more time in your soaking tub when you add one of these amenities:
- Waterproof Television: Watch your favorite TV show or movie while you soak without worrying about damaging your TV with a stray splash.
- Aromatherapy: You’ll have your very own built-in aromatherapy system if you choose a wood soaking tub. As the wood heats up, it releases a natural aroma that will help you relax and rejuvenate. If you don’t have a wood tub, add a few drops of essential oils to the tub while it fills.
- Jets: Purchasing a soaking tub that offers whirlpool or air jet features is the perfect way to soothe aching muscles. Whirlpool soaking tubs use water jets to create the bubbles you see in the water, while air tubs use jets of air. A water jet creates a more forceful stream of water, while an air jet uses less pressure to create the bubbling effect.
- Chromotherapy Lighting Features: Chromotherapy uses colored lights to produce a number of beneficial health effects. Set the lights to white to relieve a headache, or try purple to reduce anxiety.
- Back Jets: Have you ever noticed that whirlpool jets don’t always direct water or air where you need it most? Soaking tubs with back jets target your entire spine and neck.
- Inline Heaters: Because soaking tubs are so large, you may use all of the water in your water heater before you even fill the tub. Adding an in-line heater ensures you’ll always have plenty of hot water for your new tub.
Whether you’re contemplating bathroom remodeling in Devon, elsewhere on the Main Line or in another part of southeastern Pennsylvania, we can help you find the perfect soaking tub and create the bathroom of your dreams. Call us to learn how we assist you.
Consumer Search: Soaking Bathtubs http://www.consumersearch.com/bathtubs/soaking-bathtubs
HGTV: Buying a Bathtub Without Getting Soaked http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/bathrooms/buying-a-bathtub-without-getting-soaked