Bathtubs continue to be necessities for today’s homebuyers and showpieces for the bathroom. The latest bathtub releases continue to add to the fixture’s capabilities.
Tubs remain the centerpiece of the bath, and although data from the National Kitchen and Bath Association shows demand for larger showers, resulting in the removal of bathtubs, not having a tub can make or break a buyer’s decision.
The National Association of Home Builders’ “What Home Buyers Really Want” 2021 survey found 74% of homeowners surveyed said it’s either essential or highly desirable for a shower stall and bathtub in their primary bath. This ranked number two on the list of overall essential or desirable bathroom features.
More than half of homeowners surveyed in Houzz’s 2020 Bathroom Trends report said soaking in the time is their ideal way to relax. New technologies enhancing the wellness features of bathtubs continue to roll out, such as chromatherapy, air-jet options, and integrated arm and footrests. The full-body experience of bathtubs is no match for showers, either.
And although shower introductions continue to raise the bar for bathrooms, its design impact falls far behind that of a stylish freestanding tub—which is preferred to a shower-tub combo by the majority of homebuyers. Marbles, unique textures, and rich colors can be on full display with a design-forward bath.
If you’re on the hunt for a new bathtub for an upcoming project, consider these 11 fresh releases featuring enhanced technologies and modern designs:
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The freestanding Bowie bath makes a statement with its unique pleated exterior. MTI Baths describes its design as chic, fun, and amazingly versatile. Its inspiration comes from Egyptian techniques that were once used for high-end clothing, and the design comes from a collaboration between Atlanta-based design firm Source. Bowie measured 70 by 35 inches in either a soaker or air bath and eight different exterior colors.
The new Metro Sculpted Finish tubs by MTI Baths feature a minimalist design with linear details, which work well in modern settings. The tubs are available in three lengths: 60, 66, or 72 inches with an extra-large extended deck on one side. The deck acts as a ledge for help with entering or exiting and mounting faucets. Clients can customize one to all four of the tubs’ sides.
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Americh says the Valerie bath’s smooth, seamless exterior allows it to work for an array of bathroom designs, from traditional to modern. The tub features an integrated arm and footrests inside and can be purchased in white or biscuit finishes. Valerie measures 72 by 40 by 24 inches and comes with or without an air bath system.
Native Trails will expand its tub finish offerings next month with the introduction of Charcoal, a deep black finish. The finish will be available on its NativeStone sink and tubs, which are constructed with a combination of natural jute fiber and cement. This adds a sustainable feature and makes Native Trails’ products 40% lighter.
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The upcoming Regent tub will be the scaled-down, compact version of Drummonds’ Meon tub. The original Meon measures 67 by 28 by 19 inches while the Regent will be 59 by 28 by 23 inches. The bathtub is made of cast iron with a skirted detail at the bottom and will be available in raw metal, primed metal, or polished and lacquered.
Made of acrylic, the Portia freestanding tub by Barclay is lightweight and durable. The tub measures 67 by 38 by 23-¾ inches with polished brass drain and overflow cover options. The contemporary design can add an edge to any bathroom, says Barclay.
THG Paris and London-based Martin Kemp Design worked together for the Corvair freestanding bathtub. It offers soft curves, fluidity, and relaxation, the company says. It’s available as a built-in tub or freestanding and can be customized but comes available in several finishes such as gold, bronze, and glossy white. The Corvair freestanding tub measures 74 by 38 by 24.
The Arc freestanding tub comes from a partnership between Spanish manufacturer Inbani and designer Norm Architects. Its design focuses on neoclassical architecture that heavily utilized arches and vaults. It’s available in Inbani’s latest technology UHS Colours which offers 60 different hues to choose from. Arc is available in an oblong tub or circular compact tub.
Designed by Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu, the Anima tub by Salvatori results from applying principles of clay to stone. The rounded tub is available in Bianco Carrara, Crema d’Orcia, Pietra d’Avola, Gris du Marais, and Silk Georgette. The full collection offers matching vanities, basins, and accessories.
Celine White blends elegance, tradition, and innovation, says Devon&Devon. It’s a sustainable product made from White Tec Plus, which has been certified Green Guard Gold by LEED and uses Biobased plant-derived resins. A benefit of White Tec Plus is that it keeps water warm for longer because of its high thermal capacity.
The Reef bathtub looks sleek and modern with a strong rectangular outside and juxtaposing rounded interior, but it’s more modern than just its appearance. The tub offers hidden hydromassage technologies and chromotherapy functions, and has a hidden whirlpool jet and backlit touch control. It can also be installed as freestanding, wall, corner, and niche tub.