The Coolest Bathtub Around

From the Unfinished Man
By Kerry Knight

Somewhere in the late '50s and early '60s, when jazz was still king and rock 'n' roll was in its formative years, the definition of the word "cool," was changed from something that wasn't warm to something that was all the rage. Jazz was cool. Bebop was cool. Diners were cool. James Dean was cool. Even cigarettes were cool. Something that everyone felt excited or moved by when they encountered that special object, sound or concept was cool. And that word has retained its meaning to this day.

Now, the word "cool" is being used a lot around our showroom.

We sell bathtubs ... but not just any bathtubs. Sometimes we get a call from someone interested in an acrylic shower surround or a regular steel, five-foot bathtub. "Sorry, we don't carry those," we reply. "Check with Lowes or Home Depot."  You see, our tubs are SPECIAL. You don't find them just anywhere.  As a matter of fact, in the city of Jacksonville, Florida, with a population just topping a million, we're the only company that specializes in these unique tubs.

Short video on what makes these tubs special!

What is this SPECIAL TUB?  It's the cast iron and porcelain claw-foot tub.  And the model that's in the greatest demand is the Slipper Tub, named because it resembles Cinderella's Slipper. Even more popular is the Double Slipper.

Recently, while displaying our cast iron/porcelain claw-foot tubs at a couple of Home and Patio Shows (a major, bi-annual event in Jacksonville), we noticed that more and more people were drawn to the Double Slipper Tubs. When we questioned why clients preferred that model above the rest, they gave two answers. One was its size; at 72 inches long, it's one of the largest tubs we carry. The second reason given was its beautifully symmetrical shape. You see, it has a dramatic slope on each end of the tub, which means two people can use it at the same time. In addition to being cool, another common adjective we hear about these Double Slippers is that they're sexy. Some couples like the idea of bathing together. Nothing wrong with that.

Step into a Double Slipper  

The Double Slipper Tub comes with huge majestic legs with lion's paws, each one weighing about 20 pounds. These legs can be chrome-plated, brushed nickel-plated or done in oil-rubbed bronze. Some even choose to have the legs painted in their favorite color with a specialized coating. There's another option, which is having no legs at all. Instead, it comes with a pedestal base or "skirt," as some call it.  For those who want something more traditional, this is perfect.

Pick a Color, Any Color!

You can also have the exterior painted in another color other than white.  Now you can really do some creative decorating. Many are decorating their entire bathrooms around this tub, as it becomes the centerpiece of the room -- literally -- since the tub's faucet holes and drain are at the center point of the tub. (That's why it's called a "Bathroom" after all.)

When you add a gooseneck or wide spout faucet with the "English Telephone" attachment, along with matching drain, overflow, and water supply lines, perhaps in a finish that matches the claw-foot legs, you have a real beauty. Someone recently called it, "the coolest tub they had ever seen."

Your Happy Days can Include a Double Slipper Claw Foot Tub

So yes, whether it’s Fonzy from "Happy Days" or your teenager talking about the latest craze in movies, cool is still in and Double Slipper Claw Foot tubs are the coolest thing in bathrooms around the world.

In this article, I've discussed several reasons why Slipper Tubs and Double Slipper Tubs are all the rage -- from their unique design, numerous decorative options, including elegant claw feet, choices of color, accessories and more.

Check out this short video for a few tips.

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Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I'll personally get back to you. It has been my pleasure sharing this information with you. Thanks again for visiting with us.

Until next time.

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you would like to contact them, call (888) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or email them at or

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