For many design connoisseurs, a steel bath is a must-have for a modern bathroom. The sleek, minimalist shapes available in steel lend themselves to contemporary design, and the enamel finish is an attractive upmarket detail for any luxury bathroom. Steel baths are strong, rigid, and exceptionally hard wearing: with proper care they’ll stay looking as good as new for many many years.

Steel enamel baths are created from a solid sheet of steel which is pressed into shape, and then bonded to a glass coating at extremely high heat.

Steel baths generally range from 1.8 to 3.5 mm, though it’s possible to find even thicker baths. When choosing the thickness of a bath, it’s a balancing act between strength, weight, and costs. Because steel baths have built-in structural integrity, even baths at the thinner end of the scale will be strong and rigid. Anything above 2 mm is a good quality steel bath.

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With so many quality options available in both categories, it’s less a question of which bath is better, and more a case of thinking about your particular wants and needs. Here’s a comparison of some of the differences between these two popular types of bath:

Cost: A steel bath can be an investment, so it may not appeal to every budget. However, over the long lifetime of a high quality steel bath (which can be 30 year or more) it will offer extremely good value.

Upkeep: The enamel coating on a steel bath is highly resistant to scratching, and easy to clean (just be sure to use products designed for enamel.) Because steel is non-porous, it is highly resistant to the growth of fungus or bacteria, so it’s a very hygienic choice.  It is possible to chip the finish, but the risk is minimal with the high quality baths, and repairs are much easier: kits are readily available if you want to mend minor issues. After many years of use, it’s possible to have your enamel bath refinished by a professional so that it looks as good as new, whereas an acrylic bath may need to be replaced entirely.

Warmth: When you first step into an empty steel bath, your toes might find it a bit cold! Enameled steel isn’t as warm to the touch as acrylic or fibreglass baths, but because steel is such a good conductor of heat,  it warms up quickly once you run a bit of hot water over it.

Design: Enamel coated steel baths are great looking additions to any bathroom, but they especially suit the modern design aesthetic. It’s great to be able to match the porcelain to the rest of your bathroom suite so that your bath, sink, and toilet all share the same beautiful enamel finish. Because the enamel won’t fade when exposed to UV light and is chemical resistant as well, a steel bath will keep its good looks much longer than the average acrylic equivalent. Acrylic baths are available in a wider variety of shapes, sizes and colours, however, so if you’re trying to fit a very specific look or an oddly-shaped space, you might want to investigate your options.

What are the benefits of steel baths?

If you want a very attractive, sanitary, and long-lasting bath that’s easy to care for, a steel enamel bath is a brilliant addition to your bathroom. It’s an elegant, classic solution that looks at home in any surroundings, from a cosy traditional bathroom to a contemporary, cutting edge interior design.

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