Soaking in Wellness
The wellness movement continues to gain strength as society increasingly focuses on health and well being – not only for aging baby boomers and seniors, but also for active Gen Xers and millennials. And, while showers are great for speed and hygiene, there’s nothing quite like soaking in a warm tub to promote comfort, relaxation and healing after a long, hard day.
For that reason, the spa-style soaking tub is seeing renewed interest, often as a freestanding unit that can double as a striking focal point for the bath. New technology keeps water hot longer, while luxury extras help to create a full sensory experience.
Below are some of the hottest trends in soaking tubs right now.
–Bathtubs in general are seeing strong growth in direct correlation to the wellness trend, with consumers recognizing the therapeutic value of soaking tubs as part of a holistic health plan.
–Soaking tubs continue to be inspired by spa spaces, with homeowners seeking to create personalized spa tubs that incorporate everything from mood enhancing chromatherapy to heated backrests, aromatherapy and a wide array of hydrotherapy options – there are even tubs that mimic zero gravity for a uniquely weightless rejuvenation experience.
–Freestanding tubs continue to see interest, often designed to act as the centerpiece of the room. New three-sided models offer added design flexibility.
–While preferred tub shapes vary, clean and contemporary minimalist looks remain strong across the board, along with neutral shades of white and off white.
–Tubs with thin edges in one-piece construction are coming down in price, especially with new options in acrylic, while two-piece freestanding tubs are still popular mainly because they are easier to install and can usually accommodate less expensive faucets that are mounted on the edge of the bathtub.
–Accessibility options are growing as well, from lower-height tubs, wider entry ledges that can double as a shelf and walk-in tubs to undermounted bath configurations that can be designed with a transfer seat, allowing the consumer to access the bath from a seated position for getting in and out of the bath.