Shopping Guide: How to choose your freestanding tub

Freestanding bathtubs have become increasingly popular. Modern and luxurious, they add impact to any bathroom decor […]


Freestanding bathtubs have become increasingly popular. At one time considered a luxury that was reserved for the rich and famous, these bathtubs are now more accessible than ever, with models available for all tastes and budgets. Modern and luxurious, freestanding bathtubs add impact to any bathroom decor, and with comfortable designs made to be appreciated at your leisure, they are also a great source of relaxation. If you’re thinking of embarking on this new bathroom trend, there are a number of factors to consider when deciding which freestanding bathtub to buy.

1) Available space in your bathroom

The first thing to consider before installing a freestanding bathtub is the amount of available space in your bathroom. Are you re-organizing the existing space? Or are you looking to replace your old bathtub?

Freestanding tubs are not necessarily as large as they once were; various sizes are now available on the market. If, for example, you have limited space to work with, you can get a smaller model that measures up to 60” in width, which will fit nicely in the space left by an older podium or alcove bathtub. Make sure the interior space of your freestanding bathtub is large enough to suit your needs – consider your height, your weight and your intended use for the bathtub.

2) Style of bathtub

Over the years, freestanding bathtubs have become available in a variety of styles. Choose the style that works best with the look and feel of your bathroom. Even in a tight space, a freestanding bathtub elevates the look of any bathroom.

3) Type of freestanding tub

You have the choice between two types of models for your freestanding bath: a one-piece model or a two-piece model. One-piece models are, as the name indicates, made in only one piece. Two-piece models consist of a skirt and a tub that are inserted into one another to create the bathtub. The skirts are the more luxurious of the two pieces, and can offer a variety of options in terms of shapes. Two-piece bathtubs are generally easier to install and can usually accommodate faucets that are mounted on the edge of the bathtub. Also, if you would like to include a massage system in your bathtub, a two-piece model would be a better choice because very few one-piece models can incorporate this feature.



4) Manufacturing materials

The manufacturing materials impact the style, as well as the ease of installation and functionality, of your bathtub.

  • Acrylic: A light, scratch-resistant material that is easy to maintain and repair and offers a modern look.
  • AcrylX TM: A unique applied acrylic finish that shines brighter when compared to fiberglass and will continue to look factory-new thanks to its UV resistant properties. This finish is an American Bath Group exclusive.
  • Fiberglass: This fiberglass reinforced resin is flexible and light, easy to clean and easy to repair.
  • Solid surface: A mix of resin and pure acrylic creates a high-quality material (often available in a matte or glossy finish) that offers the look and durability of stone without the weight.
  • Cast iron: A heavy, robust and durable material that is difficult to scratch and easy to clean. However, once damaged, this material is difficult to repair. A cast iron bathtub creates an elegant, vintage look.
  • Copper and stainless steel: These chic and easy-to-maintain materials are both traditional and modern. Their heat conductive properties allow water to remain at the same temperature for longer.
  • Stone: A bold, modern and natural look for a heavy bathtub (consider the load carrying capabilities of your floor) that will last for a long time.


5) Shape of the model

Do you prefer an oval or rectangular bathtub? The shape of your bathtub needs to match the style of your bathroom in order to create a harmonious atmosphere. Bathtub shapes can be transitional, traditional or contemporary; the bathtubs below will provide you with a good idea of what each style has to offer.



6) The faucet

All that is left for you to consider is the type of faucet you would like to add to your bathtub. Whether it is on the edge of the bathtub, self-supporting (on the ground) or set into the wall, this is an important detail that should not be overlooked. The style of faucet you choose can really change the look of your bathtub and have a major impact on your bathing experience.

Important note: Faucets and bathtubs need to be compatible. Contact a MAAX dealer to help you choose a functional combination.