We’re reeling over this news that a hot bath “may burn as many calories as a run.” It’s all about “passive heating,” said Dr. Steve Faulkner, a researcher at Loughborough University, on House Beautiful. That means, “having a hot, relaxing bath may have similar health benefits to exercising and can help prevent type 2 diabetes.”
Dr. Faulkner’s study involved a comparison between an hour-long hot bath and an hour of cycling. “The two tests were designed to raise core body temperature by just one degree so that the team could measure how many calories were burned in each session,” they said. “Though cycling did burn more calories, they found that a hot bath used up as many calories as a 30-minute walk.” Also, blood sugar comparisons found that “peak blood sugar after eating was about 10% lower when participants took a hot bath compared with when they exercised.”
We’re pretty sure that’s excellent justification to upgrade our tub. You, too? Join us then, on a journey for the best bathtubs to buy right now.
Homethods crowned the Woodbridge 67″ Acrylic Freestanding Tub the best of the bunch. “This tub is double-walled, to provide superior insulation for the water contained within. That’s great, since it’s primarily designed as a soaking tub, and it’ll let you enjoy a long hot soak after work. It also has hidden, adjustable legs which will let you level it out no matter how bad your bathroom floor is. Add in a full year of warranty for any defects, and we’ve got a contender for the best freestanding bathtub around.” The acrylic material also makes it affordable for a freestanding tub. It’s priced at $749.
The Chariton, a 61″ Cast Iron Slipper Tub, is one of the best-selling tubs on Amazon and is also the No. 1 seller in clawfoot tubs, owing to its gorgeous design and large size. With a porcelain interior, the tub has a vintage look and oil-rubbed bronze feet (The claw feet are also available in chrome, white, black, and brushed nickel.). It’s priced at $1,099.
Bathing Guide’s choice is the American Standard Cadet Freestanding Tub. “If you can find the time in your busy schedule, there is nothing quite like spending 30 minutes soaking in a spacious, deep bathtub like this one from American Standard,” they said. “This is a classic freestanding tub but it has all the features you would expect to find on a modern bathtub, like its patented overflow system and wide storage deck. The extra deep bathing well…makes it possible to submerge your entire body for a luxurious deep soak” as well as a design that is “simple but contemporary and sleek.” It is priced at $2,218.
The American Standard Evolution Deep Soak Bathing Pool was named “Most Comfortable Bathtub” by Thoroughly Reviewed and has a 5/5 product rating. This tub is not freestanding; If you’re looking to replace your existing “drop-in or alcove installed” tub, this is a great choice thanks to its stylish look, large size (it’s five-feet long), and affordable price at just over $500. “The Evolution Deep Soaking Bathing Pool by American Standard has many features that provide loads of comfort for the user,” they said. “It’s constructed from fiberglass-reinforced acrylic that provides extra strength. It also offers a backrest, dual armrests and much more.”
The Palermo Solid Surface Freestanding Soaking Bathtub brings a more streamlined approach to the classic clawfoot tub. This large (over 70 inches!) soaker tub is “bold and modern,” said Wayfair, and “stands apart on seamlessly integrated legs.” They are crafted “using the latest generation of composite resin materials to achieve a strong and elegant rim profile. Warm to the touch and possessing superior insulation properties, this bathtub is ideal for those who prefer a long and hot soak. Inherently harder and stronger than acrylic and solid surface bathtubs are also impervious to creaking and flexing.”
Houzz’s look at the most popular bathtubs yielded a great option for those who want both a distinctive shape, and a pop of color. This Europe Style Acrylic Free Standing Bathtub is large at 70 inches long, and striking with its rectangular shape and black exterior. It’s priced at $1,469.