How to Choose Small Tubs

If you crave a luxurious soaking tub but are cursed with a tiny bathroom, here’s some good news: There’s a wide assortment of scaled-down tubs that deliver maximum comfort in a minimal footprint. I recently posted some tips for choosing a bubble bath-worthy tub that will fit within a small space. Here’s a sampling of reasonably-priced small tubs that meet the necessary criteria: no more than 5 ft. long, deep enough that water won’t slosh over the sides during an extended soak, well-constructed, widely available and priced under $900:

With its beveled edges and gently curved base, this narrow soaking tub from Kohler takes its design cues from Craftsman furniture. The Archer 5′ x 30″ model features an accessible 19-inch step-over height, and, with the required slotted overflow attachment ($106 – $190) a very comfortable soaking depth. The Archer is manufactured of lighter weight ExoCrylic™, which makes for easier installation and a 90 percent reduction in VOCs (volatile organic compounds), an eco-friendly plus.

Kohler’s 5′ x 30″ ‘Expanse’ model may be compact, but its clever, space-saving design allows plenty of extra room to stretch out and soak. The tub’s graceful, curved lines coordinate with both modern and traditional decor.

The ‘Evolution’ is a bather’s delight, thanks to its comfortable back support and dual molded armrests. However, the real “ahhh” factor is the required Deep Soak® Max Drain (about $150), which allows an extra 3 inches of water.