The capability to turn a bath into a massage has given whirlpool bathtubs a starring part in new and remodeled bathrooms. Approximately, 25 percent of high-end bath transfigure include one. Cheaper prices are helping put whirlpools in more transfigure plans. Sales are increasing by about 10 percent per year. While you can still pay $5,000 for an exemplary 5×3-foot tub, many are closer to $1,000, and one high-performing type we verified costs just $650. Manufacturers are also selling types that mix the robust massage of water with the luxurious effervescence of air bubbles.
For this inform, our examiners had the best task in the house: soaking themselves in six likewise sized acrylic tubs of all three types: air-jet, water-jet, and combination water/ air tubs from prominent brands American Standard, Kohler, and Jacuzzi, as well as one from Waterworks, a high-end retailer. All mounted toward a wall and change a typical tub. Some whirlpool bathtubs are an elective part of coordinated bath string that promises more fitting and less mixing.
Our testers also found some notable differences:
1. Pricier is not duly better. Well-placed jets and more-perpendicular seating helped the $650 water-jet Kohler tub convey as satisfying a soak as the priciest, $5,100 mix tub. It was also silencer than the air-jet tubs and the mix models when they used water and air synchronously.
2. Raise quality can vary. Some models seeped and one had to be change. One pricey air tub had fiberglass walls transparent enough to see through.