If you want a classic old time antique look to your bathroom, you can do so by replacing your modern looking tub with an acrylic clawfoot tub. The acrylic tubs we are talking about are replica antique tubs. These are not the actual vintage tubs themselves, but may even be better in many respects. You will have to read on to find out why.
When searching for a unique clawfoot tub for your bathroom, there are some things to take into consideration such as the size of the area that you want to put it and the size you need for everyone who will use it to be comfortable in it.
Tall men in particular need a long tub to be able to stretch out and enjoy their bath. Also, the tubs length appears to directly affect the tub’s price, so the longer you go, the more you will spend.
Purchasing your Acrylic Clawfoot Bathtub
The price of the new age antique looking clawfoot tubs range from about $620 for a shorter model that is only 44 inches long and has only the basics, to as high as around $1800 for a more luxurious 73 inch Jackson Acrylic Clawfoot Air Bath Tub on Lion Paw Feet for those of you that enjoy a little more lavishing of oneself in the bath.
There are very luxurious clawfoot tubs available that we put in a class of their own because they have all the extras and are much more expensive than the ones mentioned above. One such exquisite model with all the amenities costs about $3,750 for the Serenity Oval Air Bath Clawfoot Tub that comes in a 66 inch long model or a 72 inch long model that runs at about $4,350 and is better for the taller folks that also have the room to spare in their bathroom for the longer bathtub.
Understanding the New Claw-foot Tubs
We feel we need to update you on some of the possible extras and features available in the new acrylic clawfoot tubs. You can still get the old antique look down to a tee while enjoying a couple modern comforts at the same time. One of the more popular amenities that we speak of that seems to be in most of the higher priced models, is the air bath feature.
There are many different types of air bath systems, so let us tell you about one of the more advance ones that comes in the $4,350 Aquatic Industries tub mentioned just above, the 72 inch long model. The air bath feature in this luxurious model comes with all the extras.
First off, it comes with a waterproof remote control, infrared sensors and a twenty five foot cord to reach any outlet available in your bath room.
Next, it has sixty matching air jets which are strategically placed along the tub’s bottom to ensure maximum comfort.
Thirdly, it comes with a variable speed one horse power blower motor with a twenty minute timer so you can set it to automatically shut off at the appropriate time.
Fourth in line is a 600 watt air heating element to keep your water warm for those long drawn out relaxing baths by blowing warm air through the water. It even has a remotely located blower so you cannot even see it is part of the tub, thus keeping the bathtub’s classic look intact.
Some of the other features of this one expensive type of tub include: slip resistance bottom, electronically controlled wave and pulse features, automatic purge and dry cycle, extra deep bathing well, air channels lined with antimicrobial coating to keep it clean and safe from bacteria and last but not least, the tub and air system come completely assembled allowing for easy installation and trouble free maintenance for years to come.
This one in particular has at least two year warrantees on the accessories and many have lifetime warrantees as well. Talk with your local bathtub provider for complete warrantee details. You can kind of judge the quality of the inner parts by seeing how long thier warranty is for.
So, all in all, you can go with a basic short model for the compact bathroom and spend only a modest $620. Then on the other extreme, you can go with the Aquatic Industries 4,350 dollar model with all the extras for those of us that love to bathe often and long in such a luxurious manner.
Luckily for average folks and people with space issues to consider, there is also everything in between these two models, so you do not have to decide whether you can afford to spend over four thousand dollars to have a very nice tub or not, you can still get one with many of the extras mentioned for under $2000 or even less than $1700 if you do some careful shopping.
Have fun with your bathroom project and find the tub that fits your particular situation. These clawfoot beauties are worth the consideration because they can give the look of the old fashioned bathrooms while still providing a handful of modern amenities at the same time. You will love them we are sure of it.
See Also: Acrylic Bathtub Installing
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