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Close look at bathtubs: prices, materials and brands

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Acrylic and cast-iron bathtubs are neither in the same quality range or the same price range and they have wildly different characteristics. Island and corner tubs, with entry-level pricing or luxuriously-priced features, bathtubs are available in different styles and materials each offering their own brand of comfort to your bathroom. We've gone ahead and compared the current bathtub prices & materials.
 

Important features

  • Metallic materials
  • Acrylic
  • Stone
  • Fiberglass

Main bathtub materials


The centerpiece of any comfortable bathroom, the bathtub is available in a variety of styles, sizes and shapes. In order for the bathtub to match your bathroom decor, its material is an important factor that can change everything when choosing the ideal bathtub.


Materials

Advantages

disadvantages

Metallic materials

Cast-iron

Optimal thermal insulation (maintaines water temperature longer), high resistance to impacts and scratches, easy maintenance, durable

High price, heavy material requiring a resistant floor, not suitable for installation on hardwood floors, limited choice in terms of shape and size

Enamelled steel

Lightweight material compared to cast iron, impact and scratch resistant, affordable, easy to renovate

Cold to the touch, barely retains bath heat, material tends to flake over time, noisy for both the user and any neighbors

Acrylic

Acrylic

Thermoformable material, wide choice of shapes and colors, lightweight, non-slip surface, heat-resistant and quiet, pleasant to the touch, affordable price

Sensitive to impacts, scratches and aggressive cleaning agents, low resistance to UV rays

Reinforced acrylic (with fiberglass, resin or both)

Good impact resistance, light, nonslip, hygienic material with low sensitive to scratches

Relatively expensive material

Stone

Synthesis stone

Non-porous and easy to maintain, not very sensitive to stains and scratches, available in various shapes with a wide range of finishes

High price

Natural stone

Natural and authentic finish, solid and durable material, not very sensitive to impacts

Heavy and expensive, challenging to maintain

Fiberglass

Lightweight and durable material, affordable price, wide range of shapes, available in different sizes, easy to clean

Porous surface requiring regular maintenance

Resin

Polyester resin

Material resistant to impacts, UV rays and chemical detergents, smooth and shiny finish, available in various shapes and colors

Highly sensitive to scratches, tends to fade over time

Rotomoulded polymer

Fluffy appearance that is pleasant to the touch, increased resistance

Sensitive to scratches

Bathtub prices


It will come as no big surprise that the price of bathtubs is determined by their shape, volume, finish and materialBathtubs can be designed to be freestanding, installed in a corner or rectangular, just to name a few. What you end up going with will be heavily influenced not only by the household's hygienic needs but also on your specific bathroom layout.


Materials

Brands

Price

Metallic materials

  • Roca
  • Azura home design
  • Jacob Delafon
  • Rogier & Mothes

From € 109 to € 2249

Acrylic

  • Allia
  • Aquarine
  • Azura home design
  • Beliani
  • Cersanit
  • Cleargreen
  • Clearwater
  • Duravit
  • Eco-de
  • Hudson Reed
  • Ideal Standard
  • Jacob Delafon
  • Le monde du bain
  • LT Aqua 
  • Partedis bathroom heating
  • Planetebain
  • Porcher
  • Riho
  • Roca
  • Rogier & Mothes
  • Bain Street
  • Rue du bain
  • Stano.
  • Villeroy & Boch

From 80 to 4999 €

Stone

  • Clearwater
  • Hansgrohe

From 2868 to 9247 €

Fiberglass

  • Le monde du bain
  • Stano.

From 859 to 949 €

Resin

  • Cristina Ondyna
  • LT Aqua 

From 80 to 2309 €

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