I was looking for an inexpensive bathtub for my guest bath and Lowes carries
a few different tubs in different materials:
American Standard Princeton - Americast material
AquaGlass - some form of fiberglass
Lasco - some model that is Fiberglass reinforced polyester
Sterling by Kohler Performa model - made with solid Vikrell
Crane Aztec - standard porclean covered steal
All of these except of the American Standard had a price ranging frm
$90-120. The American Standard is $218. From what I can see of the
installation sheets for all of them, they do not require any form of under
tub support (concrete/mortar bed, but on some of the lines it is "highly
recommended" The exception is the AquaGlass tub, which I can't find info
My question is this, is any of these clearly a better tub? And is one of
these materials really something that "must" reinforced with a mortar bed?
This is for a guest bath room that is rarely used. My wife will take a bath
once or twice a month, and when we have guest, it will be used for showers.
I'm having whatever tub I purchase, professionally installed. The Crane is
lowest on my list because it doesn't have a reclined back, which is a
prefernce from my wife.