Acrylic Bathtubs Pros & Cons

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Acrylic bathtubs are one of the most popular tub choices in the market primarily because they are lightweight, which is easy to install in many types of homes. When choosing a bathtub, we usually look at the material first to check its durability.

On top of durability, it’s also crucial to check a tub’s shape and style as it can significantly affect your home’s interior design. Aside from acrylic, there are also several other bathtub types such as those made of fiberglass, porcelain on steel, cast iron, solid-surface materials, cultured marble, ceramic tile, and stone and wood. 

Although there are several bathtubs you can choose from, each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. To know the pros and cons of acrylic bathtubs, keep reading!

Pros & Cons Of Acrylic Bathtubs

Acrylic Bathtubs: Advantages

Acrylic bathtub
Acrylic bathtub (Image: coolmathteacher)

1. Many Sizes and Shapes

Acrylic comes in sheets that are elastic and soft, and manufacturers can easily design it into various sizes, shapes, and even colors. Whether your household wants a huge spa-like setting or a small functional bathroom, the variety of acrylic tubs can give you many options in designing your bathroom.

2. Heat-Retaining Properties

Acrylic bathtubs have a surface that is non-porous and smooth. This type of surface creates warmness when touched in normal temperatures, which makes it a good heat-retaining feature.

This also means that you can keep water warm for an extended period compared to other types of bathtub materials. If you like soaking in a hot tub, this feature is a notable advantage.

3. Easy Maintenance

The high-gloss finish of the tub makes it stain-resistant and smooth, and this means you can clean it easily. Although acrylic tubs might be prone to scratches, their color goes all the way through their raw material, so scratches are not as visible compared to other types of tubs.

If you patch them with acrylic filler, you should sand it smooth.

4. Ultraviolet Light-Resistant

Aside from being a good heat-retaining bathtub, it is also UV light-resistant that makes it an ideal option in spas or when outdoors. If you like seeing the sun while soaking in a bath, this bathtub material is a better option.

5. Lightweight

As mentioned earlier, acrylic bathtubs are lightweight. They only weigh at 60-70 pounds, which is lighter than cast iron tubs that weigh at 200-400 pounds.

Being lightweight makes the tub easy to install at home without any professional help. This also means the tub only requires less support from the floor to hold it.

Water in the tub adds weight to the floor, so a solid floor is essential.

6. Affordable

Acrylic tubs come at cheaper prices than other types of tubs. They are even half the price of tubs made of cast iron.
If you’re refitting your bathroom with a much lesser budget, an acrylic tub is a good choice.

Acrylic Bathtubs: Disadvantages

Worn-out acrylic bathtub
Worn-out acrylic bathtub (Image: Smabs Sputzer)

1. Scratches Easily

Because acrylic tubs have softer surfaces, they are prone to scratches. This means you should not use abrasive cleaners on them.

If scratched, you can polish or fill it with acrylic, which is already a hassle and an additional expense. If you’re having a bath with kids, you should be careful in letting them play with solid toys because these objects can scratch the tub easily.

2. Not Hard

The soft nature of acrylic makes it not hard enough to sustain longer without scratches and damage. This can mean that it has lower durability than other types of bathtubs.

You can reinforce the tub with fiberglass to increase its rigidity and durability, but this would mean an additional cost for you.

3. Slightly Flexes

Acrylic tub flexes slightly, so you might feel slightly less stable when you stand on it, which can lead to accidents. Many users hardly notice this disadvantage, so you might need extra care when using acrylic bathtubs.

4. Not as White as Steel

If you’re looking for a tub that’s really white, matching the color of your bathroom, an acrylic tub might not be the best option. It’s not as brilliantly white as those tubs made of steel.

Conclusion

Acrylic bathtubs are a good option for those who are on a budget, want to have a variety of shapes and designs, and want to keep warm baths. They promise to fit the bathroom needs for many types of users, regardless of on a budget or not.

But, for people who are looking for a brilliant white tub and want to have tubs that are more solid and hard, acrylic bathtubs may not be a good option. Evaluating whether this tub is best for your family might need a lot of factors, like how members of the family use the bathtub and how often they use it.

Check back on the above pros and cons of acrylic tubs as often as you like to better assess if this is the perfect choice for you and the entire family!

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