Tu-B or not tu-b?

If you've been thinking about giving your tub an overhaul but aren't sure how, one way to start is to look to the latest design trends for inspiration. This month's mission was to find out which tubs are making a splash. To compile our list, we enlisted the help of our resident experts, who share their observations for the looks, finishes and features that are most popular in the showrooms.

 

Air-Jetted Tubs

There are many options available, including water-jet, air-jet, and Jacuzzi style tubs. Compared to water-jetted tubs, air-jet styled tubs are an alternative, more sanitary options for those of us searching for a soothing soak. Air-jetted tubs also offer additional perks, like being able to add bubble bath, salts, and oils without fear of clogging any hardware. In addition, they offer a gentler type of massage. Coupling these benefits with the option of additional chromotherapy, and an air-jet bathtub will make a relaxing and welcoming addition in any bathroom.

 

Alcove tubs

The ideal option for small spaces, these compact tubs are relatively easy and inexpensive to install, and add a sleek appearance to any bathroom. The thin armrests and deep wells give the bather plenty of room to stretch their legs, recline, and relax. Adding a double tiling flange - bringing the surrounding tile up off the main surface – makes for easy cleaning, and a sleek look.

 

Freestanding tubs
Not just for large spaces, these old-style soaking tubs forego the noise of traditional jetted tubs in favor of a deep, quiet soak. These tubs come in a wide range of materials and finishes, such as cast-iron, acrylic, cast marble, and copper. Coupling them with a contemporary, traditional, modern shape and optional tub-mounted fillers, they can become the focal point of any bathroom.

 

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