Cast iron has been the go-to material for traditional clawfoot tubs, but you can now get the same great look in acrylic. Can you tell in the photo above which tub is cast iron and which is acrylic? **
Now that you've decided what style of bathtub you want, the next step is determining the best material. Traditionally, clawfoot tubs are made out of cast-iron. However, cast-iron is not always the best material for the job, and there are now a number of different materials from which to choose, the most popular being acrylic.
Which clawfoot tub material is best for your bathroom renovation?
Lighter and less expensive to manufacture than cast-iron, acrylic has become a popular choice for larger clawfoot tubs with lengths ranging from 40” to 75”. Additionally, using acrylic allows for the installation of additional features like whirlpool jets.
While it may be heavier than acrylic, enamel coated cast-iron is the most durable choice. While a cast-iron clawfoot tub holds heat much more efficiently, the material makes adding additional features more difficult. Sizes will typically be smaller because of the weight of cast-iron with lengths ranging from 30” to 75”.
Price Range: $1250 - $6000
Scratch resistant enamel surface
Difficult to transport and install
Lack of additional features
Typically shorter and and more shallow than acrylic tubs
Cast-iron tubs are failry heavy and can, on average weigh between 200 – 400 pounds. Add water and 1-person and you have a pretty heavy tub sitting on your bathroom floor. Acrylic bathtubs, on the other hand, weigh around 100 pounds before you add water and a human.
If you go forward with a cast iron tub, you will want to review whether your floor can support it especially in an older multi-story residence.
**The tub on the left in the photo above is the cast iron. Did you guess correctly?