The 8 Best Bathtubs to Buy in 2018

Find a high-quality option for your bathroom

Rub a dub, dub, what’s the best bathtub? That depends. Bathtubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and in a variety of designs, so you can customize your tub based on your preferences. Whether you’re looking for a basic model for bathing or you want something more elaborate to create a spa-like experience in your own home—there’s a tub out there to suit your needs

To help you find the perfect bathtub, we took a closer look at some of the most popular models on the market, including those specifically designed for babies, toddlers, and adults. If you're ready to start shopping, here are the top-rated bathtubs that impressed us the most. 

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    Best Overall: American Standard Cambridge 5-Feet Bath Tub with Left-Hand Drain

    American Standard 2460.002.020 Cambridge 5-Feet Bath Tub

    Courtesy of Amazon

    American Standards sets, well, the standard when it comes to trusted tubs, and this model is no exception. The 5-foot bathtub is simple in design, and come with a left-hand drain outlet. It has a glossy porcelain finish, but the surface is coated in a slip-resistant material to help prevent accidents.

    The 32-inch-wide tub is made of americast material, which promises to be lighter and  more durable than tubs made of cast iron. It’s also made for easy installation with an integral apron (i.e. the side of the tub you see is ready to go out of the box). Customers give this tub high marks,  and many note that it’s deeper (17 inches) than many standard tubs, which allows of soothing soaking.

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    Best Design: Heisenberg 5.7 ft. Handmade Pure Solid Copper Freestanding Claw Foot Bath Tub in Hammered Antique Copper with Overflow

    Talk about a tub that makes a statement. This one from Heisenberg is not only claw-footed (swoon!), but it’s also made of hammered antique copper for a dreamy look and feel. It stands alone and measures 67.5 x 32 inches overall, with a soaking depth of 15 inches. You don’t have to worry about it turning green either, as it’s coated with a lacquer to ensure it stays looking great.

    Customers love the look and say it makes a stylish addition to the bath, and that installation is simple. They also note that it’s comfortable, and the size is great, providing enough room for even tall people to stretch out.

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    Best Soaking Tub: American Standard Cadet Freestanding Tub

    Ready your bath salts, this tub from American Standard is built for some serious soaking. It has an extra deep bath well, and it measures 66" x 42" x 23" overall. It’s a freestanding tub too, which not only makes a sleek, stylish statement in your bath, but it also allows for more flexibility when it comes to placing the faucets and other fixtures.

    This tub comes complete with the faucet, a hand sprayer and drain as well as a limited lifetime time warranty. Customers say it makes for extremely comfortable bathing, it’s easy to install, and it’s a great price, especially given everything that’s included. They also note that it’s beautifully designed and brings a bathroom to life.

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    Best for Babies: Shnuggle Baby Bath Tub

    Splish, splash, baby is taking a bath. When it comes to bathing babies, it’s a lot easier and safer to do when they have a tub made just for them. This award-winning baby bathtub earns top marks from parents who say it’s simple to use and makes bath time a breeze.

    It measures 15" x 14" x 24" inches, and it’s designed for use from birth up to about one year. It has a foam backrest for comfort as well as non-slip feet so it stays put on the floor or other surface on which you place it. It’s lightweight, so you can easily move it from room to room, and its ergonomic design helps support baby well. Parents say this is the best tub for babies, hands down. They say kids love it, with many reviewers proclaiming it to be the “best baby tub ever!”

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  • 05 of 08

    Best for Toddlers: Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub

    When kids outgrow the baby bath tub, but they’re not quite ready to dive into the full-sized tub, a toddler tub provides a great transition. This one from Munchkin makes an excellent choice. The inflatable duck is designed for kids up to 2 years, and it can be used in a bathtub or on any flat surface. The bottom is textured to help prevent baby from slipping around too. Easy to inflate and deflate, it’s great for travel and easily fits into a diaper bag or your suitcase.

    Beyond being ridiculously cute and the perfect backdrop for adorable baby bath photos, parents say this tub is comfortable for kids, and the price can’t be beat. Some have found uses for it beyond bathing too, such as an inflatable toy for pools and lakes and as a playroom toy when filled with plastic balls.

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    Best Rectangular: KOHLER Archer 5-Foot Bath with Comfort Depth Design Integral Apron and Right-Hand Drain

    For a rectangular tub that’s anything but basic, there’s this one from Kohler. It measures 60" x 32" x 19", and it boasts a molded lumbar arch support to make for comfortable soaking. The bottom is textured to prevent slipping, so there’s no need for mats that can get moldy, and it has low step-over height to make getting in and out of the tub easy.

    Customers say the tub is nice and deep and makes for excellent soaking, and they like its clean, sleek lines. Some caution, however, that extra close attention should be paid to the width of the tub as some have had problems with it fitting in their space.

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    Best Square: K-1968-0 48" x 48" Soaking Bathtub

    K-1968-0 Underscore 48

    Courtesy of Wayfair

    Sometimes it’s hip to be square, and we’d say that’s definitely the case with this bathtub from Kohler. It measures 48 x 48 inches and offers a sleek, contemporary look that will let you soak in style. Two raised corner seats are built in, and it’s extra deep for a Japanese-style experience.

    From trusted bath manufacturer, Kohler, it’s well made and built to last. You will need to make sure you have the space for this luxurious tub, but if it will fit, it can add an amazing element of relaxation to your bath.

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    Best Round: MAYKKE Vale 53" Modern Round Acrylic Freestanding Bathtub

    There are no hard lines or sharp angles here. This round bathtub from Maykee is all about smooth, circular flow. Modern and sleek, it will make a major stylish splash in your bath, and it’s built for comfort too. It’s made of an acrylic material that’s designed to warm up quickly and stay warm.

    It measures 53 inches in diameter, so it’s big enough to sprawl out in or share with someone else, and it’s more than 24 inches deep. The filler and faucet are sold separately, but a drain kit is included. Lightweight, it's simple to install, and it comes with a limited one-year warranty.

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular bathtubs on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different bathtubs overall, screened options from 15 different brands and manufacturers and read over 150 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.