Last Updated on November 28, 2019 by Terry Ohara
Well this is a fair debate, isn’t it? Both types are pretty popular and they also come at similar prices, but there are quite some differences in design though, we’ll cover that in just a bit.
As you can imagine, both types have their advantages and disadvantages, porcelain bathtubs different from acrylic bathtubs are constructed on a base made of iron or steel, glass or tile.
As it turns out, more commonly, the base is porcelain enamel-coated and then high-temperature fired. On the other hand, the best acrylic bathtubs come molded through a thermal process which then combines an acrylic finish with fiberglass reinforcement. That’s a great advantage over porcelain bathtubs since porcelain bathtubs are way much heavier due to their base.
Another disadvantage that porcelain bathtubs have is that they lose heat quickly and they feel colder than acrylic bathtubs, however, some porcelain bathtubs are foam insulated, so that’s not always the case.
However, when it comes to durability, that’s where porcelain bathtubs come into the spotlight. Porcelain bathtubs are usually stronger since they have a harder surface than acrylic, while another advantage that they have over acrylic bathtubs is that they are resistant to scratches and if you don’t know acrylic bathtubs can be easily prone to scratches. Nonetheless, if there are any scratches on acrylic, they can be easily removed with a combination of toothpaste or a baking soda paste, and you have to apply it with the pressure of the heel of your hand.
In terms of cleaning and maintenance, both are tough and at the same time easy to take care of. With acrylic bathtubs, they require cleaning with only mild and non-abrasive liquid cleaners, and similar like this, a mild detergent or warm water plus baking soda paste will do the job with porcelain bathtubs.
Although there is something that you need to take into consideration before buying an acrylic or porcelain bathtub. Size, yes it matters, and first, you have to consult with your bathroom designer to see if the bathtub that you’re buying fits. Second, budget, you have to know that these tubs can vary greatly in price, while some of them tend to come at very expensive prices, some acrylic tubs come away cheaper prices, so make sure you find a product that’s there in-between. Other than that, do tons of research about it, read customer reviews and see how their experience with the tub was.
In the end, in my opinion, I think that acrylic bathtubs are better than porcelain bathtubs, they are far more versatile, light, affordable and they deliver more value for money, but again, the decision is yours, if you want to ensure yourself a decade-lasting bathtubs, then maybe a porcelain bathtub would be the right choice for you.