My brother has a clawfoot tub in his home and I really admire the way it looks. Sort of old-fashioned, but with modern plumbing. Still, I’ve wondered if it’s a practical choice? I only have a ‘regular’ old boring type tub. Here are some of the tub’s strong points – and weaknesses.
Clawfoot tubs really have an upper hand because you don’t need anything but a few pieces of pipe to install clawfoot tubs. Pedestal ones need much more work and effort during their installation – you have to literally build them in if you want them to look good. Clawfoot tubs look just the way they are supposed to look without any additional effort.
Level of comfort
Speaking about comfort is always hard. Things that some people like, others may hate and vice versa. But general opinion is that clawfoot tubs are less comfortable – the fact that pedestal tubs are built-in means that there is usually some easily accessible space for shampoos, soaps and other goodies. Clawfoot tubs need a stool or similar piece of furniture to be placed nearby to be equally convenient.
The last important thing after installation and comfort is the price. Clawfoot tubs are often a little more expensive than their pedestal counterparts of similar quality, but you will save money on installation. Pedestal tubs are cheaper, but you have to add the cost of installation unless you want to install a tub yourself, but it may be more difficult than you think.
In my next home, I’m definitely going to have a pedestal tub, if possible. It’s on my bucket list.