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Why We Love Claw Foot Bathtubs (And You Should, Too!)

There’s nothing that expresses luxury quite like a claw foot bathtub. Aside from the history that obviously contributes to their mystique, claw foot bathtubs have a host of qualities that many don’t realize before they make the decision to go with a standard-sized bathtub. If you’re remodeling your bathroom and are considering making room for a claw foot bathtub (or even just a simple free standing tub), we have a small piece of advice for you. Do it.

Lady Relaxing in Bathtub

The Benefits of a Claw Foot Bathtub

If you have enough room in your design to include a claw foot bathtub, you’ll find that there are a host of benefits to making what can seem like a big leap.

  • They’re much deeper than "standard" bathtubs. If you’ve ever been dissatisfied by the fact that a standard bathtub doesn’t really support total body immersion, get ready for the most extraordinary experience of your life. Claw foot bathtubs come with extra-high edges that allow you to slip easily into the tranquility of your bubble bath.
  • They keep heat better than standard bathtubs. Most traditional claw foot bathtubs are made of cast iron or porcelain-materials which absorb heat and can keep hot water feeling fresh for hours at a time.
  • You can put them anywhere. Unlike a traditional shower set, a claw foot bathtub can go anywhere so long as you find a way to attach the plumbing. Even so, much older bathtubs don’t even require plumbing if you plan on manually filling it up with every use. With modern attachments like flexible hosing and more, this isn’t necessary, of course, but it’s a timeless option.
  • They have a multitude of uses. Aside from just using it to get yourself clean, you would be surprised how often an oversized claw foot tub comes in handy. If, for instance, you need to clean something that’s a little too big for the kitchen sink (a load of clothes, perhaps), then a claw foot bathtub would pose itself as the perfect solution.

The Cons of a Claw Foot Bathtub

Here’s the thing. The list of benefits is far longer than this list of potential cons. Really, there are only two reasons why you shouldn’t go out and buy a claw foot bathtub right now.

  • They’re quite big. If you can’t afford room for all the luxury you could be experiencing, a claw foot bathtub might not be the right choice.
  • They can be hard to clean. Like toilets, most claw foot bathtubs have lots of curves and lipped edges that can make it difficult to clean. A claw foot bathtub is also much larger than a toilet and includes an underside, which adds to the challenge.
  • Lady Relaxing in Bathtub

There’s no shame in having a standard sized tub. In some cases, a smaller free standing tub can prove to be more comfortable than the built-in models, though some of those are built deep for maximum comfort as well.

When it comes down to it, it’s all a matter of preference. Homeowners who go out of their way to choose a claw foot or free standing bathtub typically take longer and more frequent baths, which shows that the people who eventually purchase these beauties are people who truly care about their comfort.

Sources -
1 - http://www.homethangs.com/blog/2013/01/clawfoot-tubs-pros-and-cons-for-your-bathroom-remodel/
2 - http://hubpages.com/living/All-About-Clawfoot-Bathtubs