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A portable bathtub doesn't sound appealing now, but just wait until it's your only option.
There's a variety of situations you could be in that would make a portable bathtub sound like Heaven. In February of 2021, Texas experienced a winter storm that left many people without running water. However, many of us had friendly neighbors who could bring us water for bathing (or drinking) if we had large containers.
Hopefully, you'll never have to use a portable tub for a similar reason, but they'll also come in handy for camping trips and for homes that only have standing showers and no bathtubs. Whatever reason you may need it for, I highly recommend buying one. We rounded up six of the best plastic and inflatable bathtubs for camping, relaxation, and of course, survival. You don't want a tub that is easily punctured.
Best Portable Bathtubs
1. Portable Plastic Bathtub, Folding Spa BathTub for Adults, 31 inches Freestanding Soaking Tub Non-Inflatable Ice Bath Tub, Thickened Thermal Foam to Keep Temperature
Best for: Survival and small bathrooms
WateBom's bathtub is Amazon's Choice for portable bathtubs for adults. The $62 soaking bathtub is 31 x 31 x 28 inches and is not inflatable. This is a great option to consider if you don't want to deal with an electric air pump. This portable soaking tub is making the top of my list as the best tub for survival.
Draining it is easy. Just twist the red part, open the water plug, and you're good to go. The hot bathtub is foldable, lightweight, and easy to carry and store. Check out this five-star review.
2. 54 inches Large Portable Foldable Bathtub Soak 3-Stage Tub for Adult/Children/Toddlers Efficient Maintenance of Temperature Bath Tub SPA & Foot Massage EuroBath Plastic Non-slip Blue
Best for: RV owners and at-home spa days
This bathing tub looks pretty comfy. The bath is 54 x 24 x 6 inches and might not be the best choice for small bathrooms or small spaces. However, the hot bathtub would be the perfect addition for large bathrooms (or even in the backyard). Just wear a swimsuit or swim trunks if you don't have privacy.
The folding bathtub is made of high-grade materials and is BPA-free. It can fold up to 15,000 times before it starts showing some wear and tear.
The high-quality tub cover might be the best-selling point for you. It should be if you love hot water. The tub cover keeps the water temperature stable for more than one hour. That's plenty of time for a relaxing, warm bath.
I love that it has a headrest! A customer was able to fit it in her standing shower. Another one said it's perfect for full-time RVers!
Best for: Comfort in your standing shower
This heavy-duty $62 tub is similar to the first option, but there is an inflatable part for the top ring. Not for the entire tub, though. However, if you want the outer part of it inflated, be prepared to blow up the tub by yourself or with an air pump. G Ganen says it is big enough for two people, so maybe you'd be able to use it as a DIY hot tub.
I do think this is a great option for shower stalls, so take this tub out to the campsite or for your home. A customer gave it five stars and wrote, "Its base is cushioned & you cannot feel the hard floor underneath! I'm a bit of a snob I have to say but believe me guys you won't regret buying this."
Best for: Baby bath tub or washing feet
Now, I know this is not a large-size bathtub, but this space-saving bath bucket is portable and is perfect for rinsing off your feet or possibly giving your baby bath time during an emergency. It's only $10.99, making it budget-friendly. It's also ideal for small apartments.
After using it, hang it up to dry.
5. Tubble® Royale, Inflatable Bathtub, Adult Size Portable Bathtub, Home Spa Tub, Comfortable Bath, Quality Tub - 60 Gallons
Best for: Relaxation and hot baths
This $159 tub is a top-notch choice if you're looking for a little splurge. I know this inflatable portable bathtub costs as much as an inflatable swimming pool, but it'll be worth it if you're looking for a tub with a backrest. The Tubble Royale comes with a pump. The pump can inflate the ergonomic bathtub in just one minute!
Lynne wrote, "It was easy to inflate with the included pump. It does not quite fit in the shower, which was not a surprise because I measured before ordering. Our water pressure is low so it takes 20 minutes to fill with enough water for a bath. The drain hose is much better quality than the cheap one we got with the folding tub."
6. FlySkip Portable Bathtub, 31.5X25.6Inch Eco-Friendly Folding Foldable Adult Bath Tub, Six-layer Keep Temperature Home Insulation Bath Barrel ,Collapsible Adult Bathtub with Lid and 5Pcs Bathing Bags
Best for: Home use & extra roomy
FlySkip's tub is another great option for standing showers. It comes with one cushion, six support rods, three shaped brackets, three shaped bracket connecting pipes, one telescopic drainage pipe, one faucet drain valve, and more.
A customer gave it five stars and wrote, "It was relatively easy & fast to assemble. I'm not sure if I will use the water pillow, but it was easy to fill. The bath was comfortable & I used the liners so that I could add salts & herbs. It would be helpful to have a step stool to get in, but I'm only 5 feet tall."
This post was originally published on February 22, 2021.