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This article explores the types of soaking bathtubs, their health benefits, materials, features, and how to choose the right one for your home.

Embrace Ultimate Relaxation with Soaking Bathtubs

June 04, 2024

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Soaking bathtubs are designed to offer an immersive and deeply relaxing bathing experience, far beyond what standard bathtubs can provide. These tubs are characterized by their depth, allowing for full-body submersion, which promotes relaxation and wellness. This article explores the types of soaking bathtubs, their health benefits, materials, features, and how to choose the right one for your home.

Types of Soaking Bathtubs

Soaking bathtubs come in a variety of styles to suit different preferences and bathroom designs. Freestanding soaking tubs are among the most popular, offering flexibility in placement and a striking focal point for any bathroom. The Aquatica Lillian Freestanding Solid Surface Bathtub is a prime example, combining modern elegance with a comfortable design for an exceptional bathing experience.

Japanese soaking tubs, or "ofuro," are another excellent option, known for their compact size and deep immersion. These tubs are typically shorter and taller than traditional bathtubs, allowing bathers to sit and soak up to their shoulders. The Aquatica True Ofuro Freestanding Stone Japanese Soaking Bathtub exemplifies this style, offering a luxurious, spa-like experience in the comfort of your home.

Built-in soaking tubs are also available, designed to be installed against a wall or within a platform for a more integrated look. These tubs can be customized to fit the specific dimensions and aesthetics of your bathroom.

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Health and Relaxation Benefits

Soaking bathtubs are renowned for their numerous health benefits. The deep immersion provided by these tubs helps to alleviate muscle tension and joint pain, making them ideal for individuals with chronic pain conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. The buoyancy of the water reduces pressure on the body, promoting relaxation and relief from discomfort.

Additionally, soaking in warm water can improve circulation, which is beneficial for cardiovascular health. The increased blood flow helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues more effectively, promoting healing and overall well-being. The warm water also helps to open pores, allowing for better skin hydration and cleansing. Regular soaking can improve skin texture and appearance, leaving it feeling soft and rejuvenated.

Soaking bathtubs also offer mental health benefits. The act of soaking in a warm, tranquil environment can reduce stress and anxiety, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation. The ritual of bathing can be meditative, providing a moment of peace and solitude in a busy day.

Materials and Features

Soaking bathtubs are made from various materials, each offering distinct advantages:

Copper: Copper soaking tubs are known for their excellent heat retention and antibacterial properties. They bring a unique, rustic charm to any bathroom and develop a beautiful patina over time. The Aquatica Aura Freestanding Copper Bathtub  is a luxurious choice that combines elegance with practicality.

Glass: A less common but striking option, glass soaking tubs offer a modern and visually stunning appearance. They are durable and can be a real showstopper in contemporary bathroom designs.

Marble: Marble soaking tubs exude luxury and sophistication. They are naturally cool to the touch, making them ideal for warmer climates. Marble tubs, such as the Aquatica Coletta Freestanding Marble Bathtub , require careful maintenance to prevent staining and damage but can be a timeless addition to any home.

Wood: Particularly used for Japanese soaking tubs, wood (like hinoki or teak) adds natural warmth and a soothing aroma. Wooden tubs need regular maintenance to ensure longevity and prevent water damage. The Aquatica True Ofuro   offers the traditional charm of wood with modern design elements.

Porcelain-Enameled Steel: Combining the best of both worlds, these tubs offer the durability and heat retention of steel with the smooth, easy-to-clean surface of porcelain. They are heavier than acrylic but offer a classic and durable option.

Choosing the Right Soaking Bathtub

When selecting a soaking bathtub, consider the size and layout of your bathroom. Measure the available space to ensure the tub will fit comfortably without overwhelming the room. Freestanding tubs offer the most flexibility in placement, while built-in and drop-in tubs require more precise measurements and planning.

Consider the material of the tub based on your preferences for durability, heat retention, and aesthetic appeal. Copper, glass, and marble are excellent choices for those seeking unique and luxurious options. Additionally, look for tubs with features that enhance the bathing experience, such as ergonomic designs, integrated seating, and customizable options like whirlpool jets and chromotherapy lighting.

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Installation and Maintenance

Installing a soaking bathtub is generally straightforward but requires careful planning. Ensure that the floor can support the weight of the tub, especially if it is made from heavy materials like marble or porcelain-enameled steel. It's also important to consider the plumbing connections, which may need to be adjusted or extended to accommodate the new tub.

Maintenance is another important consideration. Copper and marble tubs require regular care to maintain their appearance and functionality. Use gentle, non-abrasive cleaners to prevent damage and keep your tub looking beautiful for years to come.


Soaking bathtubs provide a luxurious and therapeutic bathing experience, making them a valuable addition to any bathroom. Whether you prefer a freestanding, built-in, or Japanese soaking tub, there are numerous options available to suit your needs and style. Explore the full range of soaking bathtubs  on Aquatica's website to find the perfect tub for your home.

Ready to transform your bathroom with a luxurious soaking bathtub? Visit our Soaking Bathtubs collection  to discover a wide range of options that combine style, comfort, and functionality.

We hope you have found this article helpful to make your bathroom your own little haven
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