This photo was sent to us from a new customer who recently purchased a new home - while it was installed in 1998 it is still the focal point of this this master suite.  We love the creative way they installed it and still made sure they had access to pumps and plumbing.  This Oakmont Whirlpool makes a master suite a true escape!



I had a customer ask me the other day why should he buy from Laurel Mountain Whirlpools?  Why not buy from the “Big Boys”?  We often hear this question coming from customers on the other end of the line.  No we aren’t part of the “Big Boys” – we tend to play in their shadows.  But we are still hitting the same ball and using the same bat as the “Big Boys” – we just have to try harder to hit it out of the same ball park.

At Laurel Mountain Whirlpools we are making our tubs just like the “Big Boys”.  We make them from the same sheet of acrylic as the “Big Boys”.  We are using the same vacuum heat technology to form each tub as the “Big Boys”.  We are using the same type of fiberglass and resin to reinforce the back side of our bathtubs as the “Big Boys”.   We water test each tub before it leaves our factory….maybe the same as the “Big Boys”?  Our customer service team knows each product well and can answer most questions you throw at them or they will find out the answer and call you back.  Have you heard of the “Big Boys” being so dedicated to each customer?  Or the last time you emailed them you got a form stating your email was received and “someone” would contact you in 48 hours?  Call us and you will get a real person.  

Yes - our company size is smaller and we employ fewer people…but the people we employ live, eat and breathe “Made in the USA” – not always the case with the “Big Boys”.

So why buy a whirlpool or an air bath from the little guy with the big bat?  I think because that is the guy you can trust to bring it home.

I had a customer ask me the other day why should he buy from Laurel Mountain Whirlpools?  Why not buy from the “Big Boys”?  We often hear this question coming from customers on the other end of the line.  No we aren’t part of the “Big Boys” – we tend to play in their shadows.  But we are still hitting the same ball and using the same bat as the “Big Boys” – we just have to try harder to hit it out of the same ball park.

At Laurel Mountain Whirlpools we are making our tubs just like the “Big Boys”.  We make them from the same sheet of acrylic as the “Big Boys”.  We are using the same vacuum heat technology to form each tub as the “Big Boys”.  We are using the same type of fiberglass and resin to reinforce the back side of our bathtubs as the “Big Boys”.   We water test each tub before it leaves our factory….maybe the same as the “Big Boys”?  Our customer service team knows each product well and can answer most questions you throw at them or they will find out the answer and call you back.  Have you heard of the “Big Boys” being so dedicated to each customer?  Or the last time you emailed them you got a form stating your email was received and “someone” would contact you in 48 hours?  Call us and you will get a real person. 

Yes - our company size is smaller and we employ fewer people…but the people we employ live, eat and breathe “Made in the USA” – not always the case with the “Big Boys”.

So why buy a whirlpool or an air bath from the little guy with the big bat?  I think because that is the guy you can trust to bring it home.


Wondering how big that tub really is?  Check the spec sheet for the 2 very important measurements - the outside dimensions and the bathing well dimensions.  Once you know these I recommend using painters tape to tape them where you intend to install the bathtub.  Then take a seat….Is this what you were hoping for??? Or do you need to find a different tub to suit your needs?  It is scary making this big purchase without “trying the tub on for size” but the painters tape will help you get a feel for the tub on your computer monitor.

Wondering how big that tub really is?  Check the spec sheet for the 2 very important measurements - the outside dimensions and the bathing well dimensions.  Once you know these I recommend using painters tape to tape them where you intend to install the bathtub.  Then take a seat….Is this what you were hoping for??? Or do you need to find a different tub to suit your needs?  It is scary making this big purchase without “trying the tub on for size” but the painters tape will help you get a feel for the tub on your computer monitor.


Recycled Bath Room or Sometimes Not…..

A friend of mine refers to her home at the “Recycled House” because they have repurposed so many things to save money.   They wanted a patio but didn’t want to swing the lumber bill so they put out a call for free bricks….many back breaking hours later they were sipping wine on their new patio.

That same thriftiness can be applied to a bathroom remodel.  The goal is to freshen the tired room with the least cost.  So pick your purchases carefully and plan the work hours even more carefully.  When I remodeled my 1966 bathroom all was original except the 1990’s wall paper which was falling off the walls.  The cast iron tub was rusting and after some research I discovered it would need to go.  There was no sense putting a lot of money into the room only to need to pull the tub 2 years after it was done.  The brown toilet liked to use more water in a single flush than most people used in a long hot shower.  It to needed to go.  I was quickly discovering there was nothing worth saving.

My next step was to find the best price on the big items.  We found the tub at Laurel Mountain (that is how I got this job).  The toilet came from a local supplier.  The sink and faucet both were found online – I searched out coupon codes so I didn’t pay shipping and got a % off!  All items were purchased and ready for install – then we got busy and this is how we saved the most.  The family wanted a new bathroom – the family would demo and build a new bathroom.  Two teenage sons are very good at hauling old drywall and tile out the back door and manning the bon fire to burn the old cabinets.  Once the room was down to the stud walls we installed the new drywall and I got to work.  An unemployed, newly relocated mother of two can do anything she puts her mind to….even dry wall.  I watched a few U-tube videos and I was mudding the wall and doing a lot of sanding to make it perfect…..many hours and much dust later I was painting.   I am blessed with a handy husband who built my custom vanity, installed my toilet and with the help of those strong teen boys installed the Laurel Mountain Whirlpool too.  For the cost of materials we had our new bathroom.  When adding up what subs would have cost us we estimated our savings to be around $3500.

There are some key things to consider to save some money. Start by doing the things you can do well yourself.  Demo is a great place to start, just remember if you have to pay someone to fix your mistakes you didn’t save anything.  If possible don’t change the footprint of your bathroom.  Moving plumbing and electrical can get expensive quickly and often require permits and inspections.  Choose your materials carefully.  Marble is beautiful but is it really worth the price tag attached to it?  Or would Marble tiles give a similar effect without a similar price tag?  And if there are pieces in your bathroom that will look fine with a coat of paint or just by receiving new surroundings….Keep them!


Thinking about a new bathtub?

Wanting something a little more than just a soaking vessel?

Not sure what the difference is between a whirlpool and an air bath?

Let us help!

At Laurel Mountain Whirlpools we specialize in making the tub you might not have known you were looking for! 

If you are needing some gentle circulation stimulation an air bath maybe all you need.  The air baths use a blower (think hair dryer) to send air into the bathtub water.  The air moves the water around the bather offering water movement without jets hitting the bather’s body.  Many people with very tender skin prefer the air baths for their gentleness.  One thing to remember - when you push air through water (even heated air) it will cool the water down.  An independent water heater installed on the bathtub can help with this or be prepared to add hot water from the tap often.

If you are looking for the bathtub that will help you ease the pulled muscles, the sore back, the results of thinking (or acting) like you are younger than you really are…..then you are looking for a whirlpool.  The whirlpool baths use water jets to recirculate the water in your bath.  The jets are adjustable and can be pointed in the direction most needed.  Most whirlpool baths include lumbar jets in the backrest area which are key to helping to soothe aching back muscles ……  Because sometimes us parents should admit we can’t keep up with our teenage sons – but that is like admitting defeat – I think I will just enjoy a long soak in solitude in my whirlpool bath after that day of the skiing black diamond trails I should have left for the boys!

If you still aren’t sure which bathtub will best meet your needs you can always go the route of the indecisive teenager….just get both!  As in a Combo tub that includes the whirlpool and the air bath in one tub.


SALE ALERT!!!! Never before has Laurel Mountain Whirlpools offered 7% off their bathtub AND the options!  Now you can order the tub of your dreams and save 7% — Plus you can add the Hydrotherapy Back Massage and save 7% off it too!  Plus many other options - see all the tubs and options at www.laurelmountainwhirlpools.com then go check out all these savings at www.Lowes.com


theyearofhalloween:

Aww, all of our weather-related sharks are of the tornado variety.

The Great Snowshark of Icepocalypse 2014
Since it’s 74 and sunny here, I’m probably not the best person to talk about the cold weather. But even I can appreciate a giant 20 foot tall shark made out of snow sitting randomly in a Minnesota front lawn.  Created by brothers…

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theyearofhalloween:

Aww, all of our weather-related sharks are of the tornado variety.

The Great Snowshark of Icepocalypse 2014

Since it’s 74 and sunny here, I’m probably not the best person to talk about the cold weather. But even I can appreciate a giant 20 foot tall shark made out of snow sitting randomly in a Minnesota front lawn.  Created by brothers…

Read more…


Ordering a Laurel Mountain Whirlpool @ Lowes.com

Are you considering a new Whirlpool?  Do you want an ensuite escape that was created by you and just for you?  Then you need to consider customizing the vital feature of any ensuite….the bathtub.  Customizing is what Laurel Mountain Whirlpools does best!  Each of our tubs is waiting to be created exactly as you envision them. 

          As you surf around www.laurelmountainwhirlpools.com you can view all the baths and all the possibilities!  Click on the “Products” at the top of the page and select between the Colony Collection, Trade Collection or the Walk-in Baths.  Once you make this selection you will see all the available shapes and models available.  If you need some help finding the tub that will fit your space there are some size sorters on the left that will provide you with lists of tubs that fit different criteria.  Once you find the tub that fits your size and your taste select the Whirlpool, Air Bath, Combo (that is both whirlpool and air bath) or just the soaker TAB.  From this screen you can click on the “Options and Colors” and this will show you everything that can be customized on this tub.  To make it easy all these numbers can be used on www.lowes.com to order your bath.  Just open a second tab and enter the model number in the Lowes search – just note we are working to add a few options yet so if one you want isn’t there just give us a call and we can give you information on ordering it.  Everything you add to your Lowes shopping cart will be installed on your bath-except the drain and overflow that will need the plumber to install.

          While customizing your bathtub is what our factory does best – our customer service receives some pretty good compliments too.  Just give us a call with any questions you might have while you are in the selection process 1-800-930-0050.  Many of us even own a Laurel Mountain Whirlpool – that is how much we love our bathtubs!