Many bathrooms come with a standard shower and tub combination. Others offer a standard separate bathtub -- one with enough room for a single adult at most. If you're looking for a more relaxing, indulgent bathing experience, you may want to invest in an oversized soaking tub.
What is a soaking tub?
A soaking tub is a deep, stand-alone bathtub that may offer features like jets or a headrest. An oversized soaking tub is a larger version of the classic soaking tub. Usually, with an oversized tub, you can fit more than one adult, whereas with a standard soaking tub, two people may be a stretch.
Why install an oversized soaking tub?
If you enjoy relaxing in the tub after a long, hard day, an oversized soaking tub will enhance that experience by giving you more room to spread out and stretch your legs. And having that larger tub may add some value to your home.
What are the drawbacks of an oversized soaking tub?
Oversized soaking tubs take up space. You may need to make major changes to your bathroom to fit one in, and that could involve giving up shower or cabinet space. Also, an oversized tub may hold a few hundred gallons of water at a time. Use yours too often, and you could see a substantial increase in your water bills.
Is an oversized soaking tub a good investment?
Generally speaking, installing a soaking tub isn't a job you can do on your own. You'll need to pay for the tub itself and, at the very least, hire a plumber. Angie's List reports a soaking tub can cost up to $12,000, but that's for a really high-end model. If you're looking at a run-of-the-mill soaking tub and don't need to reconfigure your entire bathroom to fit one in, you may be looking at more like $1,000 to $1,500.
That said, you may not get most (or any) of your money back when you put in a soaking tub, including an oversized one. Many homeowners don't take baths often and would rather have an oversized or walk-in spa shower than an upgraded tub.
If you're going to put in a soaking tub, it pays to aim for a midrange model. According to Remodeling Magazine's latest Cost vs. Value Report, midrange bathroom remodels offer a better return on investment than upscale remodels, recouping 64% of their cost compared to just 56.6% for high-end renovations.
Is an oversized soaking tub right for you?
If you have the space for a large soaking tub and expect to use it often, it could turn your bathroom into your own private escape. And even if you don't recoup your full investment, there's something to be said about paying for a bathroom feature that lends to your personal enjoyment.
But if you're going to put in a soaking tub, make sure you actually intend to make good use of it. Otherwise, you could end up largely throwing your money away.