Best baths: 12 beautiful tubs for 2022
Give your bathroom a statement centrepiece with the Good Homes pick of the best bath ideas out there.
From luxurious tubs for a relaxing soak to space-saving shower baths and even jet options for a home spa experience. Upgrade for 2022 by choosing from one of these beautiful and functional bath ideas for your bathroom…
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1. Best bath for a paint job
Keep up with the latest trends by having your bath painted in the Dulux Colour of the Year 2022, Bright Skies, or colour that fits your bathroom decor scheme. BC Designs’ Copper Boat bath can be finished in any exterior eggshell paint you like. From £4,078.33, plus £550 for custom painting.
2. Best for classic roll-top style
The Hampshire from Victoria + Albert Baths is ideal for traditional bathrooms and en suites with its classic single-ended roll-top design. The angled end allows for a deep soak while the Quarrycast white gloss finish can be customised to suit your scheme. There are three special palettes to choose from, each taking colours from the RAL range, such as the Daffodil Yellow RAL 1007 (shown below). From £1,515.
3. Best classic cast iron bath
Ideal for a Victorian bathroom, the traditional Winchester freestanding bath from C.P. Hart comes with clawed feet in a cast iron or chrome finish. It has an unfinished exterior that needs to be filled and primed before painting, which can be done on site for an extra cost, allowing you to add a splash of bold colour to your room. From £1,265.40.
4. Best shower bath
Looking for small bath ideas? Save space with the Ebb Hybrid shower bath, part of the Space collection from Waters Baths of Ashbourne. Made from Lucite, a high-grade scratch and UV resistant acrylic, it can be accessorised with your choice of shower screen as well as a personalised outer surface in a colourful durable matt finish for an extra cost. £1,271 from sanctuary-bathrooms.co.uk.
5. Best back-to-wall bath
When there’s no room for a freestanding model, the Mode Cooper back-to-wall bath from Victoria Plum is perfect for a smaller space. Made from high quality acrylic, it’s also reinforced with fibreglass for a tough, durable finish that’s stain and scratch resistant and it has rounded edges for a comfortable soak. Priced £759.
6. Best eco option
Made from natural glazed titanium steel, the BetteLux Oval Silhouette bath in Blue Satin from Bette is fully recyclable, easy to clean and comes with a 30-year warranty. It’s available in more than 400 colours to suit any décor and is enamelled in one piece for a seamless look. It comes in three sizes and starts from £5,947.
Bathscaping – what is and how do you do it?
Bathscaping is all about styling your bath to create a haven of relaxation that is both stylish and functional.
A relatively new buzzword in interiors, the trend follows in the footsteps of tablescaping as a must-do for Instagrammers who love to show off their homes.
For expert guidance on how to put together a beautiful bathscape for a relaxing soak, read the Good Homes guide to Bathscaping.
7. Best heat-retaining bath
With a thin rim and softly curved shape, the Teardrop Grande bath from Clearwater Baths has advanced thermal performance to retain water’s heat for longer. Made from Clearstone, it’s ideal for a long relaxing soak and has a contemporary gloss finish. It’s also scratch-resistant and extremely durable and hardwearing. Priced £2,699.
8. Best corner bath
Looking for corner bath ideas? The white gloss Milano corner bath from Big Bathroom Shop comes with a curvy bath panel and is made from lightweight, durable, scratch-resistant Lucite acrylic. There are no pre-drilled tap holes and it can be used with deck or wall-mounted taps. From £349.99.
9. Best for a home spa
Get the spa experience at home with Victorian Plumbing’s Laguna Whirlpool Spa 12 Jet Bath (available as a single-ended or double-ended tub). The hydrotherapy jets massage and invigorate the body, helping to relieve muscle pain and stimulate bad circulation. Made from durable acrylic, it comes in three sizes to suit your space. From £699.95.
10. Best for deep soaks
When you long for a really deep soak, the Monaco Quarrycast bath from Victoria + Albert Baths is just the thing. This double-ended roll top bath is available in six standard paint finishes as well as multiple RAL colours in gloss or matt with high insulation to keep the water hot for longer. From £2,246.80.
11. Best slipper bath
Ideal for fans of Regencycore, this beautiful, vintage-style slipper bath from Bathroom Mountain is finished in a contemporary shade of Dove Grey with contrasting white roll top and aluminium claw feet. Priced £499.99, the Tonbridge is made from the best quality Lucite acrylic and reinforced with fibreglass.
12. Best double-ended bath on a budget
Ideal Standard’s Tesi acrylic rectangular double-ended bath is ideal for two and will complement both classic and contemporary bathroom suites. Simple and elegant, it’s available at B&Q priced £209 and is perfect for a quick bathroom or en suite refresh on a budget. For a drop-in double-ended bath, check out the RAK Ceramics Evolution drop-in bath, priced £363.