15 February 2017

Cast Iron vs. Acrylic Tubs


A question we hear often is what is the best option for bathtubs; Cast Iron or Acrylic?

Acrylic is available in an endless variety of choices. Lengths vary from short and narrow to long and wide. Depth  can range from shallow to deep. In addition, acrylic is offered in an endless array of shapes. These tubs can have numerous configurations with arm rests, heaters, jets, air systems and an abundance of other options including chromatherapy. Prices on acrylic can also be quite fluctuating and will depend on size and configuration, and on the options you select and where they are made.

Acrylic tubs are durable which goes against what most Homeowners believe! Acrylic tubs installed correctly in a cement base or similar stable material are long lasting and secure. They are easy to clean and most important easy to handle, as the weight of an acrylic tub is really quite minimal.

On the other hand we have cast iron or steel tubs. We all know these tubs as almost all of us grew up with them. They may hold heat a tad longer, but do need to take the time to warm up. They are heavy and offer few options. They are rarely deep or overly large due to the weight of the material.

While obviously hard to handle they still have have a major place in the construction industry. Most companies have moved away from cast iron, mainly due to transportation costs and handling difficulties. Truth be told, they are still popular in today’s market place. Arm rests, and molded shapes are more difficult to come by; these tubs are usually basic. Kohler dominates the cast iron market, but acrylic has found its way into this market niche, and are more readily available.


Our company offers tubs from an array of manufacturers, such as Porcelanosa, Bain Ultra, Delta, Sterling, Victoria and Albert, Kohler and their sister company Kallista. Visit our showroom and have a chat with us about which tub is suited best for your needs.


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