Which is better, freestanding or drop-in bathtubs?

When it comes to choosing the perfect bathtub for your bathroom, there are several factors to consider, such as style, function, practicality, and cost. Check out what type of criteria will be the most significant for you:

Benefits of freestanding bathtubs

Luxurious Style

Freestanding bathtubs are popular for those who want to create an elegant and luxurious feel in their bathroom. They are designed to stand alone and can be placed anywhere in the bathroom, creating a focal point that draws the eye and adds a touch of elegance to the space.

Versatility of freestanding tubs

One critical advantages of freestanding tubs is their versatility. They are available in a wide range of materials, including cast iron, copper, and acrylic, and can be found in various shapes and sizes to cater to individual preferences. So, freestanding tubs serve as a focal point in the bathroom, adding significant value to any home with a wide range of designs and styles available.

The materials are essential for the right choice. Please check our article “What is the best material for a freestanding tub?” 

Moreover, if you are looking for high-quality and long-lasting bathtubs, in that case, Vellano offers a range of freestanding baths with durable crosslinked acrylic sheets and up to 25 years of long-lasting performance.

Cleaning and maintenance

One of the most important additions is cleaning and maintaining freestanding bathtubs. Freestanding baths are generally easier to clean as they are accessible from all sides, simplifying cleaning and maintenance and making them highly versatile in placement. 

Muccia 1525 Bath
Image of drop-in (built-in) bath Muccia series of Vellano.   

Advantages of drop-in bathtubs

Save your bathroom space

On the other hand, built-in or drop-in bathtubs are designed to be installed in a specific bathroom area and are commonly surrounded by tiles or walls. They can be customized to fit the particular needs of the bathroom and are often more space-efficient than freestanding tubs, making them a practical choice for smaller bathrooms. 

Combination of functionality 

Furthermore, built-in or drop-in baths can be combined with a showerhead, creating a dual-purpose bathing experience that is ideal for those who prefer to have a shower and bath in the same space. 

Are drop-in bathtubs more accessible?

Due to built-in construction, drop-in (built-in) bathtubs have better access than freestanding. It might be an important part of use by kids and older people. Sometimes, the drop-in bathtubs can even be installed at a lower level than freestanding baths, which makes the bathtub more accessible because legs are not required.

What type of bathtubs are more expensive?

When it comes to cost, freestanding tubs tend to be more expensive than built-in tubs. The price difference reflects the materials used, design, and installation. However, freestanding tubs can add value to a home and create a luxurious spa-like experience, making them a worthwhile investment for those who prioritize style and comfort. In summary, choosing a freestanding or built-in bathtub comes down to personal preference and practicality. 


Freestanding tubs offer a luxurious and timeless look, while built-in tubs are more practical and space-efficient. To determine which is the best fit for your bathroom, consider each option’s style, function, and cost. With Villano’s range of freestanding and built-in baths, customers can enjoy a premium, long-lasting product that adds beauty and elegance to their bathroom.


Polino 1600 Matte White Freestanding Bath

Image of Polino 1600 Freestanding Bath Matte White, product of Vellano

When it comes to renovating a bathroom, selecting the perfect bathtub is a significant decision. The choice between a freestanding bath and a built-in bath may seem straightforward, but there are essential factors to consider. Both options have unique characteristics, and the best choice for you depends on understanding these differences and aligning them with your specific needs and preferences. Taking the time to evaluate these factors will ensure that you make the most suitable decision for your home.

If you’re looking to upgrade your bathroom with a new tub or shower, contact us online at sales@vellano.au or by phone at +1800 411 828. We also have a showroom where we display our Vellano luxury products.

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