Japanese style deep soaking tubs
Nearly 25 years ago, Cabuchon launched a pioneering range of modern deep soaking tubs inspired by the traditional Japanese ofuro. The first of their kind anywhere in the world, these luxury baths yielded benefits that were previously thought impossible and have quite literally changed bathing habits forever.
Backed by a 25 year guarantee, Cabuchon’s deep soaking tubs substantially outlast and outperform their imitators; customers across the globe have testified to their superior style, value and exceptional comfort. As their name suggests, the bather is able to sit, well supported, whilst submerged to the upper chest in water. At the same time, by substituting depth for length and width, they save considerable amounts of space within the bathroom and use much less water than the conventionally shaped bath.
Unlike the ofuro, our bath tubs also incorporate a seat, which adds greatly to the bather’s sense of comfort and relaxation, largely because most customers find it more comfortable to sit in the usual manner, with their feet at a lower level than the rest of their body. This seat, coincidentally, further reduces the amount of water required to fill the tub. The subsequent popularity of these designs effectively established the modern market for luxury deep soaking tubs and it is telling that we now sell them to customers right across the world, including those from Japan.
A Wide Selection of Extra Deep Style Baths to Choose From
There are six different deep soaking tubs in our range, based on four different models that vary in depth, style and size. Two – the Imersa and the Calyx – are each available in two sizes. The Imersa is more traditionally styled (if a soaking tub can be termed ‘traditional’,) whilst the Calyx is a sleeker, minimalist version. The Xanadu is a two-seater bath tub, designed for shared bathing, and the Nirvana – our best selling bath worldwide – is based on two years of research and feedback from early soaking tub customers who were asked for their views about ‘the perfect bath for soaking’.
The Calyx deep soaking tub is the minimalist version of the Nirvana and it comes in two sizes, which differ in both length and width. The objective in the development of the Calyx models was the optimisation of bathing/showering space. This was achieved with a near 30% proportionate increase in water surface compared to the Nirvana.
The image shows a Calyx with an overhead shower, installed at a well-known boutique hotel.
The first of Cabuchon’s deep soaking tubs, the Imersa is available in two sizes. They are the same depth but the difference is evident in both length and width, internally and externally. They are fitted with grab bars on each side. As standard, these can be supplied in chrome or ‘antique gold’ plated finish, or solid clear acrylic. If required, they can be supplied in nickel silver and other materials can be used on a bespoke basis. For more details, please ask. The photograph shows an Inset Standard Imersa used as a corner bath.
The Nirvana deep soaking tub is our best selling bathtub worldwide. It was developed by working with previous Imersa customers and prospective seekers of the perfect soaking bath. Designed to optimise both bathing comfort and pleasure, it features a sloping curved back that is sculpted both horizontally and vertically. One early client described the sensation as being like sitting in a comfortably supportive armchair. The image shows a Nirvana deep soaking bath tub with a custom-built hydrotherapy system.
The double Xanadu deep soaking tub is the culmination of six years’ research and development in response to the many, repeated requests we received for a two-person Nirvana. It is the result of hundreds of discussions and interviews with existing and prospective clients; the result, too, of numerous models and trials. Its configuration allows couples to vary the way they use the bath, according to wish and mood, and it has been known to hold more than two.
The advantages of the Japanese style deep soaking tubs
- They bring greater comfort to bathing.
- They save space.
- They use less water than a conventionally shaped bath of the same external dimensions, let alone a bath of standard dimensions, which is larger still.
- Sunken or with a fitted or removable step, they are easier to enter and exit, and therefore safer than a conventional bath, because at no point does the bather have to balance. If needed, suitable grab bars can also be fitted to the adjoining wall.
- Turned on their sides, they pass through a conventional 730mm / 29” door. Depending upon the precise need, we can sometimes, for a small charge, modify feet/fittings to pass through slightly narrower doors.
- Taps/faucets can be mounted in any location where space permits. The only constraints are those of good plumbing practice.
- They are compatible with overhead or wall showers and bath screens.
- Because of FICORE’s natural heat retention, the water in our baths stays hotter six times longer than acrylic baths and twelve times longer than in steel or cast iron. These heat-retentive properties are further enhanced by the smaller surface area of the water in a deep soaking tub.
- Because of their small size and their internal design they are particularly suitable for Hydrotherapy.
- If fitted with an in-line water heater or a ThermaSsure Thermostatic Water Temperature Control unit, Cabuchon bath tubs can be enjoyed for as long as the bather wishes, without having to top up the water, affording the very pinnacle of pleasure for those who love long, relaxing soaks.
Any deep soaking tub can be installed inset, under-mounted, sunken, or free standing with one or more panels. Examples can be seen in the various images shown throughout this website.
Each tub is handmade and custom-built to order.
Due to the exceptional qualities of Ficore®, Cabuchon can match literally any colour, including the various sanitaryware manufacturers’ different versions of white. It can also match any other colour, given a paint swatch or sample for comparison.
External dimensions can to some degree be modified – i.e. enlarged or reduced – to suit the space available. For other possibilities please see Bath Tub Options.
Please note that all our soaking tubs require an extended waste/overflow or extended combination filler/overflow. (“Extended” means that the cable that operates the waste plug needs to be longer than those fitted on conventional baths.)
Types of bath installation
As shown above, deep soaking baths are often set into a raised deck made of wood, tile or stone. However, for an additional cost, any of the above baths can be supplied with Ficore side panels. The number required will vary according to the installation. Only one is needed for a niche; two for a corner; three if the bath is to be set against a long wall, and four if it will be used free standing. The panels can either be supplied as an integral part of the bath or separately from it. If they are not made as part of the bath, the panels themselves will be supplied as a single piece in order to maximise security and stability. In such cases, if the customer wishes, they can be supplied in a different colour from the bath itself.
Find Out More About Cabuchon Deep Soaker Tubs
If you would like more information, detailed specification sheets can be found on the individual bath pages shown above. All our baths can be customised to suit your needs. If you would like to discuss a particular requirement, please use our reply form or contact our customer services team.
UK customers, please dial 01524 66022.
International customers, please dial +44 1524 66022.
The many custom options that are available with our deep soaking tubs make it impossible to show a fixed ‘standard’ price for any given bath. Moreover, we operate worldwide and shipping prices vary greatly between different countries. However, if you contact us, letting us know your location, your preferred bath tub model(s) and any custom options you require, we will be happy to give you an accurate, firm and speedy quotation.