Alcove bathtubs, defined by their design that allows them to be installed in an alcove of a bathroom, have three sides that are meant to be enclosed by walls, and one open side. The open side is where you’ll enter and exit the tub, and can be enclosed by a door or shower curtain.
Alcove tubs are great for remodeling an existing bathroom, as the alcove area of a bathroom is usually one of a few different sizes, meaning an old tub can be easily replaced by a new one with the same dimensions.
If you’re in the market for a new alcove bathtub, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the below chart and then read through the corresponding reviews to find the ideal model for your remodel.
Alcove Bathtub Comparison Chart
|Kingston Brass VTAP603622R Aqua Eden Alcove Tub|
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|Kingston Brass VTDE603122L Aqua Eden Alcove Soaking Bathtub|
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|Kohler K-1118-RA-0 Expanse Curved Alcove Soaking Bathtub|
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|Kohler K-1956-RA-0 Underscore Alcove Soaking Bathtub|
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|American Standard 2461002.020 Cambridge Americast Soaking Bathtub|
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|Duravit Architec Alcove Soaking Bathtub|
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|Fine Fixtures BTA107-R Apron Alcove Soaking Bathtub|
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1. Kingston Brass VTAP603622R Aqua Eden Alcove TubView Price
While Kingston Brass may not have the brand recognition like that of Kohler or American Standard, they’ve been around for over 20 years and produce some of the top kitchen and bath products on the market. As a matter of fact, two of their alcove tubs, one of which being this one, are our top two alcove choices on this list.
Kingston Brass’ flagship tub is the Aqua Eden, which you’ll find product listings and reviews for all over the internet. This particular Aqua Eden model comes with a right hand drain hole and is offered in one length (60″) and two widths (32″ and 36″). As with many of the highest quality bathtubs, this unit has an acrylic construction and is reinforced on the underside with fiberglass.
As for aesthetics, the Aqua Eden offers a square, sleek and minimal design that should fit perfectly with many of today’s modern and contemporary remodels. What’s more, it offers an apron front, which simply means the front of the tub is exposed in comparison to the other three sides, which further adds to the design and also makes getting in and out of the tub a cinch.
This particular unit from Kingston Brass is a reasonably priced alcove tub that can turn an outdated bathroom into an updated hygiene haven. With solid reviews and build quality that will last decades, this Aqua Eden model is our top pick for 2020.
2. Kingston Brass VTDE603122L Aqua Eden Alcove Soaking BathtubView Price
The second Aqua Eden unit from Kingston Brass, this particular model shares many of the specifications as the unit above, albeit with a few notable differences. Before we get to those, however, this seems like a good chance for us to explain the importance of acrylic tubs, seeing as both units from Kingston Brass have been constructed with acrylic and many of the units listed below follow suit.
For starters, acrylic tubs are easy to repair if they get damaged over the years. Adding to this, they provide a smooth surface that’s supportive but still comfortable. Finally, acrylic tubs make for easy cleanup as the smooth, non-porous surface is easy to wipe clean.
As we stated in the first paragraph, this Aqua Eden model is similar to the model above. That being said, while the above unit comes in two different widths, this unit only comes in one (31″), while both are 60″ in length, which is the standard size for an alcove tub. What makes this unit different, however, is the fact that it comes in both left hand and right hand drain locations. This means that no matter the current setup of your bathroom, this particular unit should be a perfect fit.
Like the above Aqua Eden model, this one has received rave reviews from users and is one of the most popular alcove tubs on Wayfair. While it only comes in one width, the option to choose the drain location makes this model one of the best options for your remodel.
3. Kohler K-1118-RA-0 Expanse Curved Alcove Soaking BathtubView Price
A brand that needs no introduction, Kohler has been around since 1873. In that amount of time, Kohler has become one of the most renowned names in the plumbing space. Take one look at the Expanse Curved bathtub from Kohler and you’ll instantly see what nearly 150 years of experience amounts to in the form of design and functionality.
This particular unit is undoubtedly one of the most unique tubs in this best alcove bathtub article and can easily be used as the focal point in your bathroom. With a curved integral apron that expands to 34 inches at the dead center, Kohler has gone to great lengths to create an extremely elegant and modern tub. Adding to this, Kohler offers this particular model in three different colors: white, almond and biscuit.
What’s more, as with the Aqua Eden unit above, Kohler offers this unit with both left hand and right hand drain location options, meaning so long as the length and width is correct for your space, this tub can be given the green light. While on the subject of size, this Expanse Curved unit has a standard length of 60″ and a width of 30″. As with the first two units listed, Kohler as constructed this model with acrylic.
This alcove tub epitomizes Kohler’s “Bold Look of Kohler” slogan with it’s rounded front apron that makes this unit stand out from the sea of squared off tub options available. While this particular unit isn’t for everyone (its price sure isn’t!), its unique look is sure to get a comment or two when you’re showing your family your newly remodeled bathroom.
4. Kohler K-1956-RA-0 Underscore Alcove Soaking BathtubView Price
The second Kohler model to make our list, the Underscore has a more traditional shape and appearance when compared to the Curved Expanse above, however it’s still a design marvel in its own right. For starters, this particular model transforms the standard circular overflow drain with a slotted one that looks like something you’d find at a Ritz Carlton. Unfortunately, you’ll have to purchased the matching Clearflo slotted bath drain (K-7271 or K-7272), which is sold separately.
If you thought the three color options of the Curved Expanse unit above was something, the Underscore comes in a whopping ten different colors. While most of the options are a variation of white, Kohler also provides options like gray and black, which makes this tub a one of the best options for dark bathroom color schemes.
Keeping in line with the Curved Expanse, this model has a standard length of 60″ and width of 30″. Furthermore, it also comes with both left hand and right hand drain location options and is made of acrylic. That being said, this bathtub offers quite a bit more when it comes to capacity at 68 gallons. Most of the other tubs listed have standard capacities between 55-60 gallons.
Before you delve more into this particular unit, you should be warned that it is rather expensive, which is pretty standard with Kohler products. Adding to this, be sure to account for the price of the slotted bath drain that you’ll have to purchase alongside this unit, which is about double the price of the average bath drain. While this tub will set you back a pretty penny, it’s understated, contemporary appearance and build quality warrant such a cost.
5. American Standard 2461002.020 Cambridge Americast Soaking BathtubView Price
Like Kohler, American Standard is another home fixture brand that needs very little introduction. For over 140 years, American Standard, or one of the other affiliated brands that was around before multiple mergers, has been producing high quality plumbing products. The Cambridge Soaking Bathtub is a perfect example of the innovation and uniqueness that has come to define products from American Standard.
To start, this tub is the only one on our list that isn’t constructed with acrylic. Instead, American Standard used something called Americast, which is a material exclusive to their brand. Americast, as American Standard describes it, is a “process that fully bonds a high quality porcelain surface with an enameling grade steel and a molded reinforcement composite backing.” This process creates a durable material that’s a great alternative to cast iron as it’s lighter and cheaper.
While the build material of this tub stands out from the various other alcove tubs on the market, the design of this tub is one you’ve probably seen countless time before. Depending on the design of your bathroom, this fact will either draw you into this option or push you away. If you’re drawn further in, you’ll be happy to know that this unit comes in four color options. A standard length of 60″ and a width of 32″ accompany the Cambridge.
With their unique Americast construction, American Standard tubs are a breath of fresh air in an otherwise crowded acrylic space. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced tub with a more traditional design, this model might be the one for you. Keep in mind, however, it only comes with a right hand drain option.
6. Duravit Architec Alcove Soaking BathtubView Price
If German build quality is kind of your thing, we’ve got the perfect bathtub for you. Founded in 1817, Duravit USA is headquartered in Georgia and manufactures some beautiful and well-designed bathroom appliances and accessories. ‘Architec’ is the perfect name for this tub, as it really does look like it was designed by some famous architect and intended to be placed in a museum.
With a somewhat standard square exterior, a framed interior gives this tub a distinctive appearance that screams German design. Adding to this, Duravit includes the overflow drain with purchase, which means savings for the consumer on the backend. An included overflow drain also means a more seamless look, as both products are from the same brand.
Although it’s starting to sound pretty redundant at this point, this tub has a standard 60″ length and 30″ width. Duravit offers two Architec styles, one with a left hand drain location and another with a right hand drain location. Also, if you’re a sucker for German-crafted goods, you’ll happy to know that this product is made in Germany.
Rounding out this model is a standard acrylic design. While this tub is pricier than some of the other listed, keep in mind that the overflow drain is included with purchase. All in all, Duravit has created a subtly beauty with the Architec that deserves to be on your short list.
7. Fine Fixtures BTA107-R Apron Alcove Soaking BathtubView Price
While you’ve probably never heard of Fine Fixtures before, they produce a wide variety of bathroom fixtures, including vanities, mirrors and, you guessed it, bathtubs. Founded in 2005, Fine Fixtures’ goal is to provide high quality, designer products at affordable prices. While it doesn’t have any truly innovative features or build elements, this alcove tub can hold its own with the others on this list.
One of the most important features regarding this particular unit is its length. If that sentence shocks you, we completely understand; while every other tub in this best alcove tub post has a length of 60″, this model comes in at 54″, making it the go-to tub for small bathrooms with less a than 60″ tub alcove. That being said, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing width, as this tub is 30″ in width, which is pretty standard.
As with almost every other unit we’ve reviewed, this tub is made with a high-gloss acrylic. Furthermore, fiberglass has been used to provide a great deal of durability and strength. Also, Fine Fixtures offers this model with left and right handed drain locations, like a good amount of the other tubs listed above do as well.
Although Fine Fixtures doesn’t have the experience or brand recognition some of the other models in this post have, their products are very well received by consumers, both for their design and quality. If you need a smaller than standard-sized tub for your bathroom remodel, this 54″ unit from Fine Fixtures might be the perfect fit.