Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Clawfoot Whirlpool Tub – A Buying Guide (Pt. 1).

Among the more interesting clawfoot tubs we offer are the champagne and whirlpool tubs. They are designed to combine the traditional look of a clawfoot tub with the modern luxury of hydro-massage. I thought it would be useful to explain the difference between these two clawfoot tub styles.

The champagne massage system pumps hot air into the bath water through scores of tiny holes in the floor of the clawfoot tub. This air forms thousands of tiny bubbles that are meant to gently massage the entire body as they float upward. 
Whirlpool Tub


Typically these tubs come with electronic control panels which allow you adjust the intensity and speed of the air flow to your liking. Better quality tubs (like the American Bath Factory tubs we offer) have built-in auto purge systems that dry the internal piping after every use. This helps keep that part of your bath clean and sanitary.

A true whirlpool tub, on the other hand, contains a limited number of jets that focus a very powerful stream of water to specific areas of the body. The jets are more powerful in a whirlpool tub because the water - not just air as is the case with a Champagne bath - circulates through the internal piping of the tub. 

So which tub do you choose? If you are looking for a gentle to moderate whole-body massage, then take a look at the Champagne clawfoot tubs. If you want a more targeted, moderate-to-strong hydro-massage experience, then sit yourself in a whirlpool tub. Champagne massage tubs are truer reproductions of the classic clawfoot tub. The Caspian, on the other hand, has a slightly more modern, ergonomically designed look.

In part 2, I will discuss the differences in whirlpool tub construction and tips on how to clean and maintain your champagne or whirlpool tub.