Ah! Tubs! Too many choices! Heated tub shell? MTI Andrea, anyone?
I have been stuck on tubs for like three solid weeks now, and I'm bloody sick of looking at and thinking about them. I know the old rule is to go and sit in one before you buy it, but I'm really not clear on how that works, because we've been to all the major plumbing stores around here and sat in all the tubs they have, and it's still just a handful.
We are looking for something pretty specific - a two-person, freestanding air bath, in a traditional design (we have an 1870s house). We liked a lot of the oval shaped ones initially just on sight, but after sitting in them, we discovered that we did not so much like them - we really don't like the way they taper in the middle. And it's just maddening how the interior dimensions can so vastly differ from tub to tub, some of them that are supposedly two-person tubs seem quite small inside.
We are flexible on size, could go up to 72", though I'd be happy if we can find one that works that is 66", because then we can give a few more inches to the shower. We can also go anywhere from 36-42" wide. We are not big people - 5'8" and 5'4", average size, but we don't want to feel squished. We are thinking with these tubs being so deep, that armrests would be really nice.
Just based on the foregoing criteria, we've found very few that are even candidates - MTI seems to make by far the most that even come close. We love the Eng. Solid Stone ones, but they are quite out of our budget (plus we are putting it on the second floor, so would be concerned about the weight). And many of them that are a nice shape and size don't have an armrest option.
In reality, the only one I see that really meets our requirements is the MTI Andrea, either the Andrea 10 or 24. The only difference is the length (72" and 66" respectively), they are the same width (36"). So they have the same interior width, which appears to be 24" (the armrests are 2.5" wide and 14.5" long), but the interior length obviously is quite a bit bigger on the 72" one - 50.5" v. 43". I'm posting links to the spec sheets below.
One other thing we've been going back and forth about is the Radiance feature - the heated tub shell. It sounds like a nice idea (especially since I've heard that the air baths can cool off quickly), but it also costs another $750 or so, and seems like just one more thing that can stop working. Anyone have an MTI tub with that? Or any tub with a heated shell?
So, I know that's a long-winded post, but that's all been bottled up inside :) So any thoughts? Do these sound like reasonable dimensions for two average sized people? Anyone by chance happen to have the Andrea, or even just an MTI air bath?
Thanks so much for any thoughts!