Some bathtub materials retain heat better than others. If you’re someone who enjoys long, warm baths, then heat retention may be an important factor to consider and prioritize.
Crack, Stain, or Scratch Resistance
Some tub materials may be resistant to one type of damage but prone to others. For example, porcelain-enameled steel tubs chip easily but are excellent at resisting stains and scratches. Although acrylic tubs aren’t prone to rust or cracks, you may not be able to use any colorful bath bombs or soaps because the surface stains easily.
The weight of the tub will affect the ease and cost of installation. In general, the lighter the material, the easier and cheaper it is to install. Some tubs, like cast iron tubs, are so heavy that you may need to reinforce the floor.
Keep in mind both the upfront and long-term costs of your purchase. How much will it cost to maintain your tub? How soon will you need to replace it? Don’t forget to think about the costs that aren’t included in the initial price tag, such as the cost of installation or the cost of reinforcing the floor if the tub is too heavy.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Every bathtub needs regular cleaning, but some materials are pickier than others when it comes to the type of tools and chemicals you can use.
The weight and flexibility of your tub’s material will influence how easy your tub is to install. In general, the more challenging it is to install your tub, the more expensive the installation.