Acrylic or Steel Bath
There is a much wider choice of baths these days than our grandparents enjoyed, and that’s great for us.
Most baths these days are made from either Steel, or more commonly acrylic (a form of plastic). You can sometimes find baths made of cast-iron, but these are less common nowadays.
So how do you choose?
If we consider steel to start with, there is a more chic appeal to using steel, primarily because it is less common and costs more. Baths are made by pressing steel into shape which creates a very smooth finish which is then coated with enamel.
Steel baths are typically cold to the touch and will take longer to warm up, but will retain the heat for longer ideal if you like to enjoy a long soak. The enamel finish can look superb, however, it is less resistant to scratching than acrylic, so you will need to take good care of it. But if you do, it will look great for a long time
For those of you concerned about green matters, being steel means that when it comes to the end of its life, it can be easily recycled which won’t usually be the case with acrylic.
As mentioned, one downside is that it will cost you quite a lot more initially
As far as acrylic baths are concerned, these are the standard. They come in a huge range of shapes and sizes (and colours if you wish) and they will cost much less than steel
Most acrylic baths are glass fibre reinforced and have wooden baseboards for rigidity, so you don’t need to worry about durability, they are just fine. Make sure you choose a known brand, and you will be buying an excellent product.
The acrylic material is hard-wearing and quite resistant to scuffs, scratches and also to staining
If you are on a budget, acrylic is probably the way to go, and it is the choice most people make