9 Best Small Bathtubs (2022) | Freestanding, Drop-in, Alcove


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A traditional rectangular bathtub is 60 inches long. But a smaller bathroom requires a smaller footprint.

But a tiny tub can be mighty!

We searched far and wide to bring you the best small bathtubs that will fit in your space but won’t force you to compromise on quality, beauty or soaking depth. In fact, each gem on this list is sure to become the crown jewel of a small or tiny bathroom.

 

What are the best small bathtubs in 2022?

 

Best Overall – FerdY Bali Acrylic Tub

Best Small Shower Tub Combo – Kingston Brass Aqua Eden Alcove Tub

Best Small Drop-In Bathtub – Fine Fixtures Drop-In Tub

Best for Japanese Bathtub for Small Space – HEATGENE 41″ Contemporary Soaking Tub

Best Small Free Standing Bathtub – FerdY Shangri-La Freestanding Bathtub

Best Air Tub for Small Bathroom – Empava Air Tub 48″ Diameter

Best Corner Tub for Tiny Bathroom – MTI Deborah 1 Small Corner Tub

Best Clawfoot – Cast Iron Swedish Tub

Best Square Tub for Small Bathroom – Americh Beverly Square Soaking Tub

  

1. Best Small Tub – Overall Pick

FerdY Bali Acrylic Tub

Small footprint. Deep soak.

PROS

  • Simple installation
  • Easy maintenance
  • Heat retention
  • Soaking depth – 15.4″

CONS

  • Poor packaging

Capacity: 39 Gallons

Installation: Freestanding

Shape: Oval

Size: 47.2″ x 25.6″ x 23.6″

Weight: 59.4 lbs

Material: Acrylic

Bigger isn’t always better and the FerdY 47″ Bali Acrylic Tub brings home that point. Although it can only contain 39 gallons and weighs a modest 75.8 pounds, a comfortable soak comes easily in this tub with 3.5 inches of extra soaking depth over a traditional bathtub.

Another benefit of this tub is the easy installation. The tub comes with a detailed instruction manual showing step-by-step illustrations on how to implement the tub into your bathroom. Being made of 100% glossy white acrylic reinforced with fiberglass means the tub is eco-friendly and has long-lasting durability.

The FerdY 47″ Bali Acrylic Tub’s affordable price point, easy installation, and integrated slotted overflow all help to cement this tub as an excellent option for any small bathroom.

 


 

 

2. Best Small Bathtub-Shower Combo

Kingston Brass Aqua Eden Alcove Tub

Excellent price. High gloss.

 

PROS

  • Excellent price
  • Simple installation
  • Modern design with high-gloss finish
  • 14-inch soaking depth
  • Easy to maintain

CONS

  • Requires mortar mix cement under tub to prevent flexing

Capacity: 60 Gallons

Installation: Alcove

Shape: Rectangular

Size: 54″ x 30″ x 21.6″

Drain: Left

Material: Acrylic

This modern alcove bathtub offers great quality for the price. The non-porous, glossy finish on this bathtub makes it easy to clean and maintain. Plus, the sheen of the gloss will look extra sharp in any bathroom.

Made with lightweight acrylic, it’s very easy to install. The tub comes with an attached apron that will prevent water from leaking under the bathtub. 

This tub does come with leveling feet. However, you may want to add mortar beneath the tub for extra stability. 

If you want a small alcove bathtub that will match your modern style and won’t hurt your pocketbook, this just may be the one.


3. Best Small Drop-In Tub

Fine Fixtures Drop-In Tub

High-gloss finish. Slip-resistant texture

 

PROS

  • Easy to install
  • Reversible drain
  • High-gloss white
  • Great customer service
  • Rare find

CONS

  • Tall people may find it too short for comfort

Soaking Depth: 17.75″

Installation: Drop-In

Shape: Rectangular

Size: 48″ L x 32″ W x 19″ H

Capacity: 51.8 Gallons

Material: Acrylic fiberglass with porcelain finish

If you’ve been searching for a small drop-in tub, look no further. This 48” long bathtub from Fine Fixtures will give you an 18” soaking depth but can still fit in a bathroom as small as 4 feet by 6 feet. The tub is available in larger sizes, too.

This tub comes with a reversible drain, and a slip-resistant surface. It’s a great small bathtub for families with kids. And still, it has a modern, high-gloss look and is finished with crack-resistant porcelain.

Installation should be easy as it comes with leveling feet and doesn’t require mortar. That said, if you’re not handy, you will probably want a contractor to put in the tile flange. Your contractor can either build tile to cover the edges of the tub, or you can leave them as a surrounding shelf on which to store shampoo and soap.

Because of the tub edge, be sure to order a faucet with a longer-than-average spout. For more drop in tubs, see my list of best drop in bathtubs of the year.

 


 

4. Best Small Japanese Style Bathtub

HEATGENE 41″ Contemporary Soaking Tub

Tiny footprint. Deep soak.

PROS

  • Easy to install
  • Drain assembly included
  • High-gloss white
  • Minimalist
  • Rare find

CONS

  • No warranty

Soaking Depth: 16″- 20.3″

Installation: Freestanding

Shape: Round

Size: 41″D x 26.6″ H

Capacity: 57 Gallons

Material: Acrylic reinforced with fiberglass

Just because you don’t have much space doesn’t mean you have to give up on bathtubbing! 

The HEATGENE Contemporary Soaking Bathtub takes it’s cues from the Japanese style ofuro, a tub in which bathers sit up to their chests or necks in steamy hot water.

The inside of the tub tapers, so the depth of the soak depends on whether you choose to sit in the built-in seat or on the opposite side of the tub.

This tub is insulated, has a drain overflow, and comes with drain assembly. 

With this small but mighty soaking tub, you can create a Zen ambiance in even the smallest bathroom.

 


 

 

5. Best Free Standing Tub

 

FerdY Shangri-La

Excellent heat retention. Bright white.

PROS

  • Small footprint
  • Bright white
  • Lumbar support for comfort
  • Sleek design
  • Value

CONS

  • Drain connector is fragile

Soaking Depth: 15.4″

Installation: Freestanding

Shape: Rectangular

Size: 55″ x 28″ x 23″

Capacity: 53 Gallons

Material: Double-walled acrylic with fiberglass

The FerdY Shangri-La Freestanding Bathtub is the perfect example of what a soaking tub should look and feel like. The 15.4 inch coupled with lumbar support for comfort and double-walled construction for heat retention set you up for a long luxurious soak.

This tub is both lightweight and affordable. Made from ecofriendly acrylic with reinforced fiberglass, it is a polar white and comes with a non-yellowing 10-year warranty. 

This tub is our overall pick for best soaking tub because of the comfortable shape, gorgeous design and excellent value for the price.

 


 

6. Best Air Tub for Small Bathroom

 

Empava 48″ Air Tub

Excellent heat retention. Bright white.

PROS

  • Gorgeous design
  • 48 air jets
  • Retractable shower hose
  • Easy to clean
  • Double walled for heat retention
  • Drain, faucet, showerhead, knobs come pre-installed

CONS

  • No water jets

Soaking Depth: Up to shoulders when seated

Installation: Freestanding

Shape: Round

Size: 47″ D x 31″ H

Capacity: 40 Gallons

Material: Double-walled acrylic with fiberglass

This air tub is great for so many reasons. First of all, it’s designed in the Japanese style, so you’ll soak up to your neck and maximize the hydrotherapeutic benefits. 

There are 48 air jets that deliver a gentle all-over body massage with thousands of warm air bubbles.  

Finally, it is double-walled with a rolltop and contemporary style that is simply showstopping!

 


 

7. Best Small Corner Bathtub

MTI Deborah 1 Corner Tub

Fully customizable. Optional air and water jets

PROS

  • Durable
  • Completely customizable
  • Lifetime residential warranty
  • Works well as shower-tub combo

CONS

  • Only fits one person

Soaking Depth: 17.75″ to top

Installation: Undermount

Shape: Triangular

Size: 48″ L x 48″ W x 19.5″ H

Capacity: 69 Gallons

Material: Acrylic

Corner tubs are great for saving space by utilizing corners, dead space, or odd angles more efficiently than rectangular or round bathtubs.

The MTI Deborah 1 Corner Tub from Modern Bathroom is completely customizable. In fact, the company will work with you to get you exactly what you want in your ideal bathtub. 

For example, you can order the soaker tub version, or add air jets and/or water jets. The drain is available in a variety of metal finishes including brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, chrome.

This truly can be made into a one-of-a-kind tub. You can install audiotherapy that turns the whole tub into a giant speaker and lets you literally feel the music. Or you can install chromotherapy (lights) and aromatherapy (scents).

 


 

8. Best Cast Iron Clawfoot Tub

 

Cast Iron Clawfoot Tub

Sleek Swedish design. 18″ soaking depth

PROS

  • Durable
  • Excellent heat retention
  • Fills quietly
  • Slippered end for sleek design
  • Extra deep soak at 18 inches

CONS

  • No faucet holes – requires a wall-mounted or freestanding faucet
  • May require two people to install due to heavy weight-320 lbs

Soaking Depth: 18″

Installation: Freestanding

Shape: Oval

Size: 53.5″ x 29.5″ x 29.5″

Capacity: 42 Gallons

Material: Cast Iron

This cast iron tub is a rare find in that it’s extra deep and slightly shorter than a traditional 60-inch tub. It will add a touch of luxury to any small bathroom.

Porcelain-enameled cast iron is one of the heaviest bathtub materials—and it’s one of the most long-lasting, too. Known for excellent heat retention and quiet filling, a cast iron tub can last a lifetime.

This tub has a contemporary Swedish design meant for long restorative soaks. As a statement piece, it can turn a small bathroom from an after-thought to a focal point of your home decor.

The claw feet are available in brushed nickel or chrome.

 


 

9. Best Square Tub for Small Bathroom

Americh Beverly Square Soaking Tub

Small footprint. Completely customizable

PROS

  • Custom-made tile flange
  • Available in 5 colors
  • Optional water and/or air jets
  • Variety of metal finishes for drain
  • Durable, easy-to-clean acrylic
  • Extra deep soak at 21.8 inches

CONS

  • Can be pricy depending on amount of customization

Soaking Depth: 21.8″

Installation: Undermount or Drop-In

Shape: Square

Size: 48″ x 48″ x 27″

Capacity: 118 Gallons

Material: Acrylic

What’s great about this tub is that it’s both quite small and fully customizable. Use it as a soaker, or add air and or/water jets.

It’s available in a range of colors including biscuit, white, black, bone and sterling silver. A variety of metal finishes are available for the drains.

This square tub is made in the US from high-quality acrylic and can be installed into a pre-existing deck, either with a drop-in or undermount installation.

 

Designer Tricks for Small Bathrooms

Watch the video above to get design tricks you can use to make your small bathroom feel bigger.

 

Did You Find a Small Tub for Your Space?

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I hope this list gives you a good start on your search for the best bathtub for your small bathroom. At a minimum, I hope the tubs on this list give you confidence that you absolutely don’t need to compromise on anything other than the footprint.

You can still have an extraordinary design, massaging jets, deep soaks, and anything else your heart desires. Remember, great things often come in small packages.

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Shana

Shana Burg is a bath enthusiast, content strategist, and award-winning writer. She is the founder of bathtubber.com.

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