Looking for a new bath at the moment, just plain, nothing fancy.
I was surprised to find a pressed steel bath is cheaper than a
plastic bath -- I had expected the opposite. Does anyone have
any views on the pros and cons of pressed steel verses plastic
The Natural Philosopher said this in the 're-enamel' thread:
My final thoughts on baths are
(i) cast irion is cold, chips, rusts and lookes orrible,
(ii) Cheap pressed steel isslightly less cold, but otherwise still as
bad, and flexes badly.
(iii) Cheap plastic is warm, but otherwise as bad as cheap steel
(iv) large thick cast resin baths are the best of the lot. If they
chip, at least the resin fix is using the same material the bath
was made of.
Read the other thread for more.
I think they knock spots off plastic baths.
The edges are squarer and they don't flex.
One pro is that they are said to be conduct heat away quicker but I always
try to insulate behind and under the baths I put in anyway.
One of the tile & bathroom chains is selling the ubiquitous Kaldewei make
for £55, any size!
I bought the B&Q steel bath. It was by Kaldewei. It was excellent. No
flexing at all and cheaper than the nasty plastic one. The steel one has the
advantage that it can't be moulded into all sorts of nasty shapes by
Austrian blind loving bath designers with a sea shell fixation.
Tile & Bath World. Branches in Newbury, Cheltenham, Feltham, Reading (01189
Actually it was £53 but not sure if that included vat. ...
I was astonished and miffed as I'd paid >£120 for same bath a year ago from
Not in Cheltenham, they don't. Went down there Saturday but all they
were offering was the basic Kaldewei at £99. Salesman claimed it was "A
bargain.. Usually £153"
"Heard they were doing them for less than £60" said I. "Come off it,
Mate. You must be joking. At that price we would be selling them for
less than we paid".
I imagine this is the 2.5mm 'contract' bath.
Most Kaldewei ones are 3.8 mm (IIRC), and much stronger for it. They
typically cost £150 upwards.
Not sure if the up-spec the enamaling as well on the 'proper' ones.
That's a con (against) not a pro (for).
Considering the relative heat capacities of water, metal and plastic I
don't really believe that a steel bath makes your bath water cooler by
any significant amount.
You're right I meant to say con. I agree with you on the heat loss too.
There has been no complaints from swmbo, who likes baths, that it is any
colder than the plastic one it replaced. You can always insulate around the
bath anyway. I've seen that done effectively but in that case the bath was
against an external wall.
I cunning scheme I saw in a new build was a finned skirting type heater
underneath the long front edge of the bath. The bath panel, which seemed to
be part of the system, was also metal with a grill along the top edge. It
looked good and is apparently very effective.
Its instead of a separate radiator so I guess saves space.
There was no other rad
Cast iron has the strength of old putty, I know I recently smashed one up
with a sledge hammer.
Look great for arty makeover TV programs, but in the average family
household they're impractical.
Thick cast plastic I don't know about but it probably costs a bomb and isn't
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