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For anyone who enjoys incorporating the latest technology into their homes for elevated convenience and comfort, look no further than the air tub. Offering a host of benefits that converts the bathing experience to anything but basic, follow along as we dive into their unique features.
What is an Air Tub?
An air tub, also known as a jetted tub, transforms your bathroom into a luxurious, spa-like atmosphere. Initially created for hospital use, the air bath was developed in Europe to provide therapeutic massage while maintaining the highest hygienic standards. Now, you can enjoy the weightlessness of these invigorating bubble baths in your own home.
How Air Tubs Work
The mechanism in an air tub features an air blower that pushes air towards a distributor, which directs the air through multiple jets strategically installed within the bathtub. Each jet of the air massage system is positioned to surround your lower back, hips and legs when you are in the water. For additional comfort, some models warm the air to body temperature through a heating element integrated within the blower.
A buoyant, water-resistant remote control is included with your air tub to adjust your motor speed and functionality with ease from within the tub. Our remotes work within a twelve-foot radius for controlling the tub before you get in as well.
An essential for air tubs, air jets are placed intentionally throughout to massage and relax during a soak. Continue reading to learn more about their benefits.
Air tubs are generally constructed with a double-walled design, with the air between acting as a thermal insulator for longer soaks.
Included with your air tub is a pop-up drain with matching drain cover and overflow plate in a corrosion-resistant finish of your choice.
The benefits of air bath massage include:
Relaxing muscles, while stimulating the production of endorphins
Making muscles more receptive to the benefits of the massage
Activating the lymphatic system and blood circulation
Relieving pain related to arthritis, rheumatism and other concerns
Releasing tension after a hard day of work
Air Tubs vs Whirlpool Tubs
Is there overlap between the two? Are there specific differences that a shopper may need to consider?
The key difference in functionality between these two tubs is that while whirlpool tubs shoot jets of water, air tubs release jets of air. While both target muscle tension and deliver a spa-like experience, water jets offer a more direct, powerful massage while air jets create an ultra-soothing, weightless sensation from the release of thousands of tiny, invigorating bubbles.
Since air tubs are self-cleaning and self-drying, you may find that they are easier to clean than whirlpool tubs as well.
Air tubs are available in standard tub sizes, ranging from 56”-72” to ensure you can achieve a perfect fit in your space.
Air tubs are installed above your subfloor, but underneath your cement floor or tile, so you do not need access below the fixture. If you are unfamiliar with installing plumbing fixtures, we recommend consulting a professional.
Finishes and Styles
You’ll find air tubs most commonly available in acrylic. This material is relatively lightweight, which allows your tub to be easily transported and installed on any level of your home. Acrylic is also easy to maintain and repair. These tubs offer a streamlined look, available in classic rectangular and oval shapes to double-slipper designs.
Another popular air tub material is copper, due to its heat-retention and bacteria-resistant properties. These tubs are handmade, giving them a one-of-a-kind texture and appearance. Copper air tubs are available in single- and double-slipper designs as well as Japanese soaking styles for a deep, seated option.
Are Air Tubs Worth the Money?
With the cost of air tubs ranging from a few thousand dollars to more extravagant options reaching over ten thousand, their luxurious features come at a price. For anyone who struggles with chronic pain or simply enjoys spa-like soaks, the short- and long-term health benefits certainly make air tubs a worthy investment.