Are acrylic bathtubs worth it?

Are acrylic bathtubs worth it?

Are acrylic bathtubs worth it?

Durability, versatility, heat retention, and smoothness… with an affordable price tag. Acrylic tubs are easy on the eye, the body, and the wallet. There's a reason this tub material is a favorite on the market. It's comfortable, low-maintenance, warm, and lightweight, and, best of all, it's affordable.

Do acrylic tubs last?

Unlike fiberglass, acrylic is an affordable and durable option for your bathtub, especially when combined with another strong foundational material, like a high-tech polymer. On average, acrylic tubs last around 10 to 15 years, significantly longer than a fiberglass tub.

What is the best material for a tub?

Fiberglass is the best bathtub material for a lightweight, inexpensive and easy-to-clean tub. Porcelain-enameled steel and wood retain heat extremely well, while the best bathtub material for a quiet sound while filling is porcelain-enameled cast iron.

Which is better fiberglass or acrylic tubs?

Acrylic is much more durable than a fiberglass tub. The chance of an acrylic tub chipping, cracking or fading is unlikely. Fiberglass tubs can fade and get cracked and scratched over time. Both styles can be cleaned with simple cleaning solutions.

Do acrylic bathtubs crack?

Acrylic is non-porous, meaning that an acrylic bathtub will not absorb water, leading to a longer lifespan. The material is also more durable to heavy impacts and will not chip or crack.

What cleaners can be used on acrylic tubs?

We recommend that you clean your acrylic bathing product made of Delta ProCrylic or Acrylic with Innovex Technology with non-abrasive soaps and cleaners, such as:

  • Dishwashing detergent.
  • Power Bathroom Cleaner.
  • CLR® Bath & Kitchen® Cleaner.
  • Formula 409® All-Purpose Cleaner.
  • Iron Out® Rust Stain Remover.

Is porcelain tub better than acrylic?

Acrylic is generally a much more durable material when compared to porcelain. Although porcelain tubs have a much harder surface and are more resistant to scratches when compared to acrylic, the harder surface is much more susceptible to cracks and chipping from heavy impacts.

What type of bathtub is easiest to clean?

Porcelain-Enameled Steel: This is a steel-based material covered in porcelain enamel. The result is a low-cost, smooth, glossy, and durable finish that is easy to clean.

Why is acrylic the best material for tubs?

Since the material is inherently soft and supple, it’s the perfect material for a large variety of tub shapes and sizes. Acrylic is lightweight, so it can be installed on any level of the home. It’s also easy to maintain, repairable, and damage-resistant.

Is it safe to clean an acrylic bathtub?

Unfortunately, while the material is durable to most physical abuse, acrylic tends to be considered a “softer” material and thus is highly susceptible to scratching. Avoid using harsh, abrasive cleaners when cleaning an acrylic bathtub to avoid permanent marks dotted through it.

Can a fiberglass tub be reinforced with acrylic?

Acrylic tubs can be reinforced with fiberglass, which will increase durability and rigidity but will also increase the price of the tub. Budget acrylic tubs have little reinforcement and can feel quite flimsy when installed, so it may be worth paying the extra cost to purchase one of higher quality products with fiberglass reinforcement.

What's the average price of an acrylic bathtub?

Expect to spend at least $250 for a budget acrylic bathtub or around $500 for the average acrylic tub. Luxury versions can run beyond $900. An acrylic tub also holds heat fairly well, while fiberglass and enameled steel do not.


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