Shopping for a new bathtub? Here are the most popular options in 2023:
Freestanding bathtubs remain popular as they blend seamlessly with modern and classic bathroom designs. They have a more significant amount of flexibility as they can be placed anywhere in your bathroom without needing a three-point wall.
They are also more valuable than drop-in bathtubs, making them more desirable for resale value. Acrylic is the most popular material on the market due to it’s affordability, although stone resin is an upcoming close competitor. If you are looking for a prime example, consider Badeloft for a freestanding tub.
Alcove bathtubs will never go out of style, as they are among the most common bathtubs on the market. An alcove bathtub is installed in a dropped-in recess, surrounded by adjacent walls. Their versatility allows them to fit into nearly any home, and when combined with a shower, they make great everyday bathtubs.
The most popular material for an alcove tub remains acrylic, as it is affordable, durable, and widely available. If you are looking for quality alcove bathtubs, consider Kohler for examples.
Corner bathtubs are bathtubs designed to fit into a small corner; these bathtubs are generally triangular, although there are round designs as well. Although this bathtub technically saves space, the awkward shape means that it takes up more room than a standard alcove tub. For this reason, many corner tubs are converted into whirlpool tubs for added functionality.
For 2023, Atlantis whirlpools are the most popular on the market.
Walk-in bathtubs are designed for those with movement impairment such as the elderly or disabled. They feature hand rails, steps, and non-slip surfaces. They are designed to open with a door, allowing the user to sit comfortably while they take a bath.
For 2023, the Universal Tub is the most prevalent walk-in bathtub, with a plethora of features and a wide variety of massage jets.
5. Natural Wood
A wooden bathtub is a unique fixture in the bathroom as wood generally doesn’t suit the bathroom.
The Alfi Freestanding wooden tub is the most popular bathtub of 2023; constructed from oak and reinforced with stainless steel, this bathtub has a stylish design that’s hard to beat. It is, however, quite expensive and will require routine maintenance.
A soaking bathtub needs to be deep enough to submerge your body fully. The most popular soaker for 2023 is the Wyndham Rebecca as it offers a water depth of around 32 inches, making it quite deep and comfortable for taller individuals.
H2 Best Material
When shopping for a new tub, consider the material options available to you and their pros and cons:
Acrylic is one of the most affordable bathtub materials on the market and perhaps the most common. Acrylic is made by vacuuming sheets of acrylic into the shape of a tub which is then reinforced with fiberglass. The resulting material is durable, non-porous, and lightweight. As a result, acrylic is one of the most common bathtub materials as it can be molded to fit almost any shape you want. The only real downside to this material is that it’s so common that many homeowners tend to shy away from it.
Fiberglass tubs are made by weaving layers of glass strings which are then heated before being sprayed with a protective resin gel coat. This material is affordable, easy to install, easy to replace, and lightweight. However, it has poor durability and is also porous, meaning it will absorb water over time.
Enamel Cast Iron
Enamel cast iron is made by casting the tub’s shape with a layer of enamel or porcelain to protect it from chipping. The extra layer makes the material easier to clean as cast iron is naturally resistant to scratching or heavy impacts. Cast iron tubs have tremendous heat retention and are highly durable, but they are the heaviest bathtubs on the market, making them difficult to install and remove.
Copper bathtubs are made by hammering and shaping copper into a bathtub shape. The metal is anti-bacterial and highly durable, although it is highly sensitive to abrasive chemicals. Over time, this material will develop a unique patina that will amplify it’s shine. Copper rates as one of the best bathtub materials due to its durability and little maintenance, although it is quite expensive.
Wood is a wildly unique material, as wood is not compatible with the humidity of the bathroom. However, in some cases, you can seal the wood against moisture to help protect it, but this bathtub will generally have a longevity less than 10 years, even with proper care. Still, if you want a bathtub that provides a unique experience, wood is certainly high on that list.
Stone resin is a composite material that involves binding natural stone with resin and acrylic. The result is a lightweight material and easier to work with than natural stone. This material is ideal if you want the look and feel of natural stone at a quarter of the price point. The only drawback to stone resin is that it feels different than natural stone, which is off putting to some.
When shopping for your bathtub this year, do your research and choose the right features for your home.
Eric is the founder and president of Badeloft USA. He has been the president of Badeloft’s US division for over ten years and oversees all marketing and branding aspects of Badeloftusa.com.
His expertise lies in small business development, sales, and home and bathroom industry trends and information.
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