Cast iron clawfoot bathtubs are classic favorites for a reason; they look fabulous and provide a luxurious soak for years with little maintenance.
When is a bathtub more than just a tub? When it’s a Clawfoot Bathtub.
Clawfoot style tubs instantly convey a sense of luxury and elegance. With their dramatic contours, inviting roll rim edges, and ornately adorned feet, it’s easy to fall in love with these iconic freestanding tubs.
In addition to their beautiful appearance, clawfoot bathtubs are comfortable. It’s no surprise that this 19th century tub design continues to be a popular choice among discerning bathers.
Still not convinced? Here are the top 5 reasons why you should buy a clawfoot tub.
1. Clawfoot Bathtubs are Comfortable
The first thing you should consider when buying a bathtub is your comfort. A bathtub that isn’t relaxing is one you won’t want to use. Larger than drop-in or alcove tubs, and featuring slopping ergonomic contours, clawfoot tubs are known for providing the kind of comfort you deserve.
2. Clawfoot Tubs are Beautiful
The timeless beauty and vintage charm of a clawfoot tub are undeniable. Turn your bathroom into an inspiring and relaxing sanctuary. Why shouldn’t your bathroom contain a work of art?
3. Modern Clawfoot Designs are Affordable
Clawfoot tubs were an expensive, luxury bathtub when they were first introduced. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. Tubs once made exclusively from heavy cast-iron can now be manufactured from a variety of light-weight materials like acrylic. Acrylic tubs are not only less expensive than cast-iron, they’re also typically available in larger sizes and can easily accommodate modern features such as whirlpool jets.
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4. Installing a Clawfoot Bathtub is Easy
Throw out your caulk because freestanding tubs are easier to install than other kinds of bathtubs. A clawfoot does not need to be embedded into an alcove or attached to the bathroom wall. With an easier installation, you’ll save time and money on your bathroom renovation, but there are some numbers attached to choosing a clawfoot tub. We give you the skinny on how to measure for your new bathroom fixtures here.
As long as you have the room, your only limitation is your imagination.
5. A Clawfoot Tub That Will Fit Your Style
With four primary clawfoot tub styles to choose from and a wide variety of dimensions, finding the perfect fit and design to match your style is easy. What makes these “claw-foot” designs unique from one another:
Classic Flat Top Tub
The classic flat top clawfoot style is an American institution. Popular throughout the 20th century, this design is instantly recognizable and elegant in its simplicity.
Flat Uniform Top Edge
Single Rounded End
Double Ended Tub
The double ended tub echoes the simplicity of the classic flat top, but features two rounded ends, a center drain, and side-mounted faucet for additional comfort.
The Slipper Clawfoot Tub features a contoured end that flares up behind your shoulders and head on the opposite side of the faucet side. The contoured end is perfect for supporting your head while you lay back and relax in a classic bubble bath.
High Back Slipper Design on One End
Comfortable Lounging Position
Double Slipper Tub
A Double Slipper Clawfoot features a contour on both sides of the tub. Depending on the length, these tubs are often large enough to accommodate two people.
High Back Slipper Design (Both Ends)
Comfortable Lounging Position
Accommodates Two (Length Dependent)
Should I Buy a Clawfoot Bathtub?
While there’s no denying the aesthetic appeal of the design, it won’t be the right choice for everybody. Consider your options carefully before you purchase or install a new tub and if you have any questions, our product experts are available to help at 1-855-613-1406.
A Final Consideration Before Buying a Clawfoot Tub
A standard bathtub can be anywhere from 14” to 20” high. In contrast, clawfoot tubs start at 24” high. For a healthy adult, an extra 4” inches shouldn’t present any problems, however, it can become a concern for families with children or adults with limited mobility.