What’s In A Bath? How To Choose Bath Material

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Inspiration
What’s In A Bath? How To Choose Bath Material
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What’s in a bath? Except for water, of course!

You might be wondering what the difference between various baths is – on the face of it one bath can easily be mistaken for another. But that’s simply not the case, and it’s often reflected in the price tag. So what’s the difference between a £100 bath and a £500 bath? Don’t they just do the same job?

The answer is no. Let’s look at the various bath materials.

A bath may look just like an ordinary bath but, firstly, ask what material it is made from. Baths tend to come in one of four materials:

  • Cast iron
  • Steel
  • Acrylic
  • Carronite (Or another branded option)

Cast iron baths are what you’d expect a traditional, old-school bath to be made of. They’re strong, sturdy and long-lasting, but they can also take a while to warm up, being made from metal.

Steel baths are another metal option. Again, they’re strong and reliable, but cold. And if you prefer a metal bath there are more options in steel than there are cast iron nowadays.

Acrylic baths are lightweight. They are less robust than their metal counterparts but they are easier to cart to the bathroom and install in the first place. They are also available in a greater array of styles than metal baths; acrylic being altogether more malleable. These baths are also warmer to the touch, so potentially offer a more comfortable bathing experience, especially on a cold winter morning.

Branded options such as Carronite (Carron) or Eternalite (Hudson Reed) tend to be fortified options – they boast the strength of a metal bath along with the warm-to-touch benefits of the acrylic. They also offer enhanced thermal properties in terms of their ability to keep water temperature warmer for longer. Unsurprisingly, they tend to come with the highest price tag.

So there you have it – what goes into your bath? Much more than water.


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