Need shower/tub supplier recommendation

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by chassis, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. chassis

    chassis Engineer

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    Would like to hear from people on what manufacturer they have used for the tub part of a combination shower/tub. This is a 32" x 60" typical alcove-type of installation, with apron. Nothing fancy at all. What I have come up with is Kohler on the expensive side, and Home Depot in-stock product on the cheap side. Was hoping to find a "name brand" less expensive than Kohler. I don't feel confident buying off the shelf from HD, with something I'll have to live with for a long time.

    Thanks.
  2. parrishnut

    parrishnut New Member

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    You get what you pay for

    Kohler is the best.. with a very nice long lasting porclain finish..
    Fiberglass is cheaper, but they don't look good afetr a few years for many reasons.. i.e. usage of abrasive cleaners, hard water.. etc..
  3. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    You did not mention what material you are considering.

    Choices are cast iron, porcelain on pressed steel, fibreglas with acrylic finish, and the Americast/Bootzcast type:resin molded with porcelain enamel finish.

    All the "regular" brands produce good quality: Kohler, American Standard, Eljer, Bootz. You pay more for unusual sizes, shapes, or styles.
  4. chassis

    chassis Engineer

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I think iron is probably the highest quality/longest lasting option. Is this right? How do the other options compare? Is enameled steel to be avoided? I can understand the risk with acrylic tubs relative to abrasive cleaners. Not familiar with the Americast. Where does the price fall relative to iron/steel/acrylic?

    Thanks again. It's probably obvious from my questions that I have never purchased a tub before. I appreciate your help.
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