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acrylic or cast iron tub?

Posted by elizawhyza (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 13, 11 at 14:46

We're remodeling three baths. For the master we want a stand alone tub, but for 2 others we want combo tub and shower. If we're doing tile around each of these can we use acrylic tubs, or is it better to stick to porcelain? Any opinons about porcelain over steel, versus true cast iron?

We aren't looking for bells and whistles on these 2 tubs, and would like to be in the $600 range for each.

Thanks!


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RE: acrylic or cast iron tub?

We got cast iron tubs for our two main bathrooms (and a cast iron shower pan for the guest bathroom). We chose cast iron for its durability and heat retention.

Ours are Toto 1525's. They don't have bells and whistles, they are purely "soaking" tubs (with no slip grips built in). They are comfy (for those all-to-rare, nice long soaks!) and are surprisingly roomy, though had we had more space in the bathrooms, I certainly wouldn't mind longer tubs.


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RE: acrylic or cast iron tub?

I, too, have a strong bias for cast-iron bathtubs. I replaced the guest/hallway bathroom with a Kohler Mendota, and, after a year of every day use, I'm very happy with it. For the master bath, I'm considering the Kohler Memoirs. I can't remember exactly how much I paid for it, but I believe it was definitely over $600, more in the $700-$800 range. I bought mine from faucetdirect.com and the delivery was a very good experience.


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RE: acrylic or cast iron tub?

Thanks very much for the input. You have confirmed my hunch.

One thing I also read is that white acrylic can discolor, but I wonder if that is a thing of the past, or still an issue.

The Kohler Mendota sounds like a possibility for us for the two upstairs baths. I have heard great things about faucet direct, so glad you had a good experience.


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Yes, I would also like to know about this discoloring issue.


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You're welcome elizawhyza! Good luck on your bathroom projects!


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RE: acrylic or cast iron tub?

Another confirmed Cast Iron only tub lover here -

your GC/plumber may try convincing you otherwise

Kohler memoirs

But the Kohler Villager is the best buy in town for a hall/childrens bath <$300 cant beat that


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RE: acrylic or cast iron tub?

I think I will probably go with the villager for upstairs. We had a memoirs tub we probably should have saved, but the whole thing went away when we decided to remodel that bath. We're moving our bedroom from upstairs to downstairs (taking over 2 first floor bedrooms), and the former master bedroom is being made into 3 bedrooms. There is already another bedroom up there, so with 4 bedrooms on that floor, we then thought it was better to have 2 baths, so we are now adding a bath, in addition to remodeling the bath that was already on that floor. The second bath was not anticipated, so we're looking to keep the costs reasonable on the upstairs fixtures. I want them to look nice, of course, but not over the top. I wish there was something a little fancier than the villager, but not as pricey as the memoirs but since there isn't, I'll settle for the villager! Thanks, again, for the input.


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RE: acrylic or cast iron tub?

Thumbs up to cast iron. Enameled steel (eg. Americast) is tinny and creaks unless you have it installed "better than perfect", so avoid if you can. Of course, installers usually say it'll be fine, etc. etc. but trust me, it's difficult to get it not to creak when you step inside one.

Of course, enameled steel are available because you won't break your back lifting them.


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