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Picking Your Tub Material

Find the right tub for you.

By John LimboPublished 3 years ago 3 min read

Taking baths has always been thought of as a luxury. Most of the time the bathtub itself has the price tag to match the experience. But no worries! I’m here to help you soak off the stress of your day and a superfluous price tag as you learn about these four types of bathtubs that’ll have even your wallet getting cozy.

The Acrylic Tub

First up is the acrylic-coated tub. Acrylic bathtubs are one of the most common types of bathtubs— but they don’t always have to look common. Acrylic bathtubs have a smooth and non-porous surface. These tubs are amazing at insulating, which is great for any homeowner who loves a long, hot soak. The acrylic tubs ability to retain heat gives them a great advantage over some other tub materials in the market. These tubs are also strong and can take a heavy beating from the tests of time. You can expect a well cared for acrylic tub to last for years to come. The cost ranges from $500 to $7,000. Of course, as with all of these tubs, these are just averages and you can find tubs that cost less or cost more than the given average.

The Steel Tub

The next most commonly used material for a bathtub is steel. Steel tubs are non-porous, so like acrylic tubs, they are very easy to clean. The bright side to steel is that their gloss stays brilliant much longer than a typical acrylic tub (which can dull or become discolored over time if not treated well) due to the fact that they are chemically treated to last. Just be careful not to chip it. Steal is also a natural conductor of heat, it does a great job of evenly heating your tub— no more needing to top off your bath with hot water. This helps save you money over time, along with the fact that steel tubs cost on average $500 to $1,500. A good steel bathtub will put into service 70 years with the proper care.

The Cast Iron

Now let’s talk cast iron. Not the type for cooking, but equally as wonderful to have in your home. Made by pouring melted iron into a mold of the desired shape, tub makers then smooth the tub and finish it off with a coating of enamel. This tub has to be the most durable out there, its finish giving it a heavy resistance to scratches, chips, and denting— along with being able to stand most types of chemicals. This makes them a great option for heavy usage. The vast array of colors these tubs are available in, along with a richness that’s hard to match, let alone beat, make them a unique option. Their heavy material also helps retain heat, something that every bath partaker can rejoice in. The cast iron tub does take some extra work to get, however. Their build is quite heavy and can mean needing some extra reinforcements on your floor, and in labor. But their features are well worth its pretty penny, with the average cast iron tub fetching upwards of $1,500, though less expensive options do exist.

The Copper Tub

The last one to make this list is the copper tub. Made by heating copper sheets and hammering them into the desired design, copper tubs have been adored by many for ages. Even being featured by the famous 1800’s French painter, Edgar Degas in one of his paintings. Copper tubs have withstood the test of time from being the prime choice of 18th-century French Monarchs to your bathroom now with no need to worry about less than safe materials being used now in modern times. The copper tub is built to be durable and last you a lifetime of luxury. Be careful with it though, as they can be susceptible to some acids and salts, though they are antibacterial! Only needing a good rinse to be cleaned. This leads to feeling confident as you’re soaking. The copper tub will run you the prettiest penny (get it?) with the average tub costing upwards of $3,000.

With all these amazing choices on the market, it’s up to you to decide which tub will best fit your bathroom and budget. And you can shop with confidence from The Tub Connection! The Tub Connection has been a family-owned business since 2000! Their commitment to providing you excellent bathroom furniture products and the very best prices online has made them one of the best companies in the industry!


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