Acrylic Bathtub Options

Moderately priced and lightweight, acrylic bathtubs are a beautiful addition to any bathroom and are available in almost any color.

Neutral Contemporary Master Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Shower

Contemporary Master Bathroom With Floor-to-Ceiling Window

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If you're looking to replace your bathtub, you probably know that there are lots of styles to choose from. You may even already have a style in mind. But what you may not have considered yet is the material from which it is constructed—and acrylic bathtub options give you lots to choose from.

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Neutral Transitional Bath With Freestanding Soaking Tub

Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Living Wall in Spa-Like Master Bathroom

Traditional Bathroom With Stone Tub

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With a View

Elegant Freestanding Bathtub

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Contemporary Master Bathroom with Spa Tub

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Mediterranean-Style Bathroom With Copper Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips Photo Courtesy: Scott Womack View original photo.

Modern Blue and White Bathroom with Slipper Bathtub

Contemporary Bathroom With Luxurious Freestanding Tub

Asian-Style Bathroom With Sunken Tub

Moroccan-Inspired Bathroom with Soaking Tub

Rustic Neutral Bathroom with Exposed Beams and Stone Mosaic Floor

2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick View original photo.

Freestanding Soaker Tub in Transitional Bathroom

Rustic Bathroom with Clawfoot Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Master Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Dazzling Master Bathroom in Black and White

Transitional Bathroom With Stone Elements

Light Blue Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Contemporary Bathroom With Mosaic Tile Wall

Dramatic Asian Bathroom

Rustic Cowgirl Bathroom With Distressed Red Vanity

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Brown Transitional Master Bathroom

Stone-Surround Soaking Tub in Mediterranean-Inspired Bathroom

Rustic Bathroom With Wood Ceiling and Walls Plus Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Warm Transitional Bathroom With Dual Vanities and Chandelier

Neutral Transitional Bathroom

Asian-Inspired Bathroom With Textured Walls

Serene Bathroom With Make-up Vanity

Blue Coastal Bathroom

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Teen Bathroom With Pink Mosaic Tile

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Large Bathroom With Double Vanity

Traditional Luxury Bathroom with Picture Window

Peter Rymwid View original photo.

Traditional White Bathroom With Double Vanities

Rustic Master Bathroom With Exposed Brick

Neutral Bathroom With Victorian Tub

Feminine Master Bathroom in Pale Green and Pink

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Chic Spa Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Red Claw-Foot Tub in Green Bathroom

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo Edward Addeo View original photo.

Neutral Bathroom With White Slipper Tub and Brick Columns

Bathroom with Blue Painted Walls and Black Granite Sink

White Tub with Green Tile

Light Blue Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Pink Victorian Bathroom with Clawfoot Tub

French Country Bathroom

Japanese Master Bathroom

Matthew Coates Ellis View original photo.

Neutral Modern Bathroom With Abstract Chandelier

Brown Contemporary Bathroom With Soaker Tub

Modern Freestanding Soaking Tub

Bathroom With Clawfoot Bathtub and Mirrored Wall

Traditional Black and White Bathroom with Yellow and Gray Floor Tile

Contemporary Gray and White Bathroom

Urban Oasis Master Bathroom With Mosaic Tile

Coastal Master Bathroom

Elegant Freestanding Bathtub with Natural Surroundings

Luxurious Master Bathroom With Mosaic Tile Walls

Gray Traditional Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub

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Yellow-Tiled Angled Bathroom Wall With Hexagonal Floors

Neutral Bathroom With Soaking Tub and TV

Bay Window in Neutral Spa Bathroom

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Modern Artwork

Traditional Master Bath With Marble-Surround Tub

Neutral Cottage Guest Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub

Contemporary Bathroom with Relaxing Views

Relaxing Coastal-Style Bathroom

Tranquil Spa Bathroom

Neutral Traditional Bathroom with Soaking Tub

Sleek Freestanding Bath Tub in a White-and-Chrome Bathroom

Ornate Cream and Gold Bathroom

Black and White Bathroom with Pops of Yellow

Modern Design, Spa-Like Conveniences

Transitional Master Bathroom with Skylight

Eclectic Master Bathroom With Moroccan-Style Tile Wall

Resort-Style Gray Bathroom

Master Bathroom with Clawfoot Tub

Children's Bathtub With Blue Mosaic Tile

Serene Bathroom With Freestanding Bathtub

Bathroom With Chinese Window Screen

Clean, White Modern Bathroom With Freestanding Bathtub

White Contemporary Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Amber Onyx Flooring

Contemporary Bathroom With Wood Plantation Shutters

Spa-Like Contemporary Bathtub

Spacious Gold Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Chandelier

Relaxing White Bathroom With a Freestanding Bathtub

White Mosaic Bathtub

Romantic, Transitional Bathroom With Clawfoot Tub

Traditional Bathtub with Cream Shower Curtain

Magnificent Details Put This Master Bathroom Second To None

Contemporary Bathroom With Blue and Gray Wallpaper

Natural Elements Make Relaxing Spa Enviroment

Old World Master Bathroom With Carrara Marble Floor

White Bathroom With Marble Shower Seat

Transitional White Bathroom With Spacious Tile Shower

Contemporary Gray Bathroom With Footless Soaker Tub

White Modern Master Bathroom

Bathtub with Wood Surround and Alcove

Contemporary-Meets-Cottage White Bathroom

Contemporary Bathroom With Brown Mosaic Tile Wall

Small Earthy Bathroom With Stone Bathtub Surround

You might be surprised that bathtubs come in a variety of materials, but acrylic is the most popular material used to make bathtubs today. That's because acrylic tubs are durable, lightweight, and easy to install. They are also relatively inexpensive and come in such a wide variety of colors that it will be easy to find the perfect shade for your bathroom. Acrylic is a popular choice of material for use in whirlpools, air baths, and combo massage systems.

In acrylic bathtubs, fiberglass is used as a reinforcement material to vacuum-formed acrylic sheets. This is what makes the bathtub so lightweight. Acrylic tubs usually weigh in at 75 pounds or less, compared to cast iron tubs, which are usually in excess of 350 pounds or more. One consideration resulting from their lightweight quality, however, is that to some users, the tub can feel "hollow" when stepping in.

Acrylic bathtubs are more durable than others in the same price range, and will stand up to much use and abuse. Washing kids? Pets? No problem. An added bonus is that it is resistant to cracking and chipping.

Many people find acrylic bathtubs more comfortable for bathing because they are not cold to the touch as a cast iron tub is. Acrylic is a poor heat conductor, so that means the surface will be warmer to sit in or lie against while bathing.

Another feature that is well-liked is that high-quality acrylics have UV protection built right in. This gives the tub a deeper, richer color that won't fade and will last for years. One drawback to acrylic tubs, however, is that they can be more susceptible to staining, especially from hair dyes. And while the smooth, shiny surface of an acrylic bathtub is resistant to scratching, if they are damaged, they are relatively easy to repair. Scratches or stains in your acrylic tub can be sanded using fine sandpaper, and, once buffed, will look brand new again.

For ease of cleaning, acrylic can't be beat. The smooth surface is easily cleaned by wiping with mild household cleaner. Be sure you aren't using abrasive cleansers and scrubbers, however, because they can scratch your acrylic tub's surface.

Acrylic is a good all-around choice for your new bathtub material, and if installed and maintained properly, it's one that you will enjoy worry-free for many years.

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