Few pleasures beat the sensation of sinking your aching bones into a steaming hot bath after a long day. Showers are great in their way, but not nearly as comfortable or therapeutic. Neither, of course, can you enjoy a glass of wine and some snacks with water pouring down on your head.
Sadly, not all homes come equipped with a bathtub. Even if you have space for one, installing it is likely to run to at least three grand.
This needn’t stop you, though: as long as you have a suitable place to put it, the portable Tubble can come to your rescue.
Easy Set-Up and Storage
It takes about a minute to set up using the included air pump. Once inflated, it’s not as big as a jacuzzi but still larger than some permanent bathtubs at 62″ by 31″ (157 x 79 cm) with a deep basin. It may be that your shower stall or bathroom isn’t large enough, in which case you’ll have to get a little creative with where you put it.
Just remember that the drain hose is at the bottom, so you may have a problem getting the water out unless you have a floor drain conveniently nearby.
Here’s how easy the installation is:
As far as comfort is concerned, the yielding sides are snug and soft. The bottom is padded but doesn’t inflate, though this shouldn’t affect your enjoyment.
A cover for the top is included to keep the water from cooling down too quickly.
Collapsing it again requires only a little more time once the water has been drained. It folds into a package about the size of an attache case and comes with its own storage bag, making it a great solution for someone who only feels like having a bath occasionally.
One thing you should be aware of is that the 17″ (43 cm) high sides can make it a little difficult to get into and out of this contraption – though the pressure of the water helps the tub to keep its shape, it’s certainly not rigid.
Also, while it shouldn’t get damaged if used with care (i.e. tile floors are okay, but gravel isn’t), a patch kit is included in case it does spring a leak.
This Tubble is well-constructed, though, and our best air mattress research showed that modern inflatable furniture is pretty durable. Still, anything sharp will probably puncture it.