- Rating of the best manufacturers of cast iron bathtubs
- The best foreign manufacturers of cast iron bathtubs
- Jacob Delafon
- Casta a
- Mag ezza
- Universal Sibiryachka
In spite of the high popularity of acrylic baths and low cost of stamped steel baths, cast iron products are still popular. Demand for heavy cast models is dictated by their long service life, excellent noise isolation and slow cooling water. If you have decided to buy another bath made of cast iron, then pay attention to our review of the best manufacturers in this field of sanitary ware. Evaluation of companies was conducted on the basis of the available range of cast-iron bowls, wall thickness and quality of coating, as well as customer feedback.
Rating of the best manufacturers of cast iron bathtubs
|The best foreign manufacturers of cast iron baths||1||Roca||5.0|
|The best domestic manufacturers of cast iron bathtubs||1||Kirov factory||5.0|
The best foreign manufacturers of cast iron bathtubs
Cast iron products of foreign firms tend to have a smoother metal casting, a variety of shapes and a durable coating with a uniform. But the high cost is not only due to premium quality – sellers have to cover high shipping and customs clearance costs, which inevitably affects the price of goods.
The list of foreign manufacturers is headed by Roca, which produces cast-iron sanitary ware directly in Spain at a factory near Madrid. The company’s catalog offers bathtubs from 100 to 180 cm long. The cast-iron models with closed sides have a rectangular shape and ergonomic elbow rests to help you relax completely during your bathing. Its closed-back design perfectly hides all utilities and doesn’t require any additional paneling. Lovers of retro style should pay attention to the Carmen line, which includes cast iron items of oval shape on vintage figured legs, covered with chrome. Elevation of one of the sides is comfortable for shoulders and head. Continental, Haiti, Ming and Ma series
The manufacturer is in the list of the best because of the manufacture of cast iron bowls with a wall thickness of 7 mm. The competitors have this figure can be 4-5 mm. Increased cross-section of cast iron provides better noise insulation and slows down heat transfer. The water will cool down much more slowly in such baths.
- bath coating thickness of 1.5 mm;
- long service life;
- presentable appearance;
- production is performed directly in Spain.
- sometimes there are fakes;
- high cost.
The French brand Jacob Delafon offers cast iron free-standing, recessed and corner baths. They come in oval, rectangular and even complex shapes. Most cast iron models have handrails and a beveled end piece for a comfortable back position. The length of baths varies from 120 to 180 cm, width from 70 to 85 cm, allowing all customers to find the best option for their height and build. Judging by the reviews, the manufacturer is astonishing in its variety of cast iron products. If you want strict forms without superfluous lines, check out the Parallel line. Connoisseurs of additional handholds will be pleased with the Repos line. If you want the most comfortable semi-circular backrest, then look among the Adagio series.
We liked the company for its Lovee line, which includes free-standing oval baths with a depth of 56.7 cm. This is almost like a mini pool, since the cast-iron products of competitors have a depth of 39-45 cm. This configuration allows you to fully immerse yourself in hot water (no protruding knees, like two islands) and maximize relaxation.
- a variety of configurations;
- there are bathtubs with whirlpool;
- width 70-85 cm;
- long lifetime.
- not all of them have an anti-slip coating;
- High cost.
Next, an Italian manufacturer that offers cast iron bathtubs of rectangular shape with high-quality enamel coating. It makes it easy to keep the cast iron bowl clean and contributes to the attractive appearance of the product. In the catalog you can find Giordano series with lumbar and pelvic extension, Colombo with improved ergonomics, and Orlando, the most affordable due to its simple shape. Cast iron products of this brand are cheaper than products of the firms mentioned above, because they are produced at a factory in China. But the quality does not suffer from this, because proven materials, Italian technology and high-class equipment are used, which determines the accuracy of casting and the uniformity of the protective coating.
Experts praised the cast-iron products of the Italian brand for the presence of the side support for the back in most models. When you sit down in the tub these protuberances help your body to relax. It also increases safety if the bath is taken with champagne and there is a chance of falling asleep. With this configuration, spontaneous body movement to take a dip with the head is eliminated.
- There are versions with chrome handrails;
- Cost is lower than that of the manufacturers described above;
- are made on high-class equipment;
- excellent back support at the sides.
- the maximum depth is 42 cm;
- bathtubs are made in a factory in China.
The assortment of the Finnish brand Timo, available to Russian buyers, is not the biggest – in the catalog there are only two series. Standart is simpler, but contains everything necessary for a comfortable user. There are versions with chrome handles. The size of baths varies from 150×70 to 170×75 cm. Luxury cast-iron products are represented in the Tarmo line. Here you will find large bathtubs with dimensions of 180×80 cm, headrests and ergonomic ledges, which increase comfort. All use high-quality enamel coating and the company gives a 5-year warranty on it, which buyers like in reviews.
In addition to the benefits described above, a chip of this manufacturer’s bathtubs is the enlarged flat bottom. This is relevant if you plan to just take a shower every day, and will help steady your feet when standing on a wet surface. When lying in the bathtub, the flat bottom gives more space, allowing you to take different positions, and the body will not constantly move into the center of the cast-iron vessel.
- ergonomic curves;
- high-quality exterior coating;
- Factory warranty of 5 years;
- the flat bottom is safe for taking a shower or getting out of the tub.
- very high cost;
- not available everywhere;
- headrests take up a lot of space (up to 20 cm);
- relatively small choice of tubs for the Russian customer.
Italian bath manufacturer Goldman located its factory in Hong Kong, which allowed a slight decrease in the price of cast iron products. Baths in the catalog are presented in several series. Nova – these are spacious models with a width of 80 cm and a high headrest, but without other frills. Comfort – cast iron built-in bathtub with greater depth to 47 cm. Donni – have a width of 80 cm and more elbow support, which makes sitting more comfortable. Saga has a very large space in the lumbar and pelvic areas. Classic – this is the most affordable cast iron instances with an oval bowl inside, which can be with or without handles. In reviews, customers praise the chrome handrails for their thoughtful shape and sturdy construction.
This manufacturer produces cast iron bowls with a wall thickness of up to 8 mm. Casting of this type of tub makes it very heavy, but it keeps heat for a long time! When dialing the water, the room will not be ringing like a bell. Increased weight also contributes to the stability of the structure, so it does not wobble under the user.
- There are deepened versions of 47 cm;
- poreless enamel;
- it is easy to clean;
- cast iron walls up to 8 mm thick.
- factory in China;
- Some baths have weak legs.
The manufacturer comes from Germany, where the production of cast iron products. The bathtubs fully reflect the name of the brand, presenting an elegant retro design in sanitary ware. All models have an oval shape and beautiful framed brass legs. They can be plated in chrome, gold or remain clear. The surface of the bathtubs is equipped with an anti-slip layer which increases safety when entering and exiting. Enamel coating is very durable and extremely smooth, as confirmed by the buyers in their reviews. The factory gives a 5-year warranty on it. The surface is easy to care for and the bathtub stays clean for a long time. In the catalog there are lines: Schale, Diana, Taiss, Gretta, Nadia, Sabine. Most of the cast-iron bowls are 80 cm wide and 47-48 cm deep, turning into small fonts.
In reviews, customers are pleased that cast iron models are available not only with white exterior enamel, but also with brown. This allows you to decorate the bathroom in your own way, making the interior more interesting.
- safe anti-slip coating;
- 5 years warranty;
- beautiful decorative legs;
- a comfortable depth of 47-48 cm.
- Suitable only for spacious bathrooms;
- very high price.
This manufacturer appeared in China in 1996 and successfully enough “burst” on the market of sanitary ware, having made competition to European brands. The firm specializes in the manufacture of cast iron bathtubs with a retro design, designed for individual installation in spacious rooms. To make the cost of luxury products cheaper, the developers abandoned the shaped legs and use the external closed cladding. It allows you to successfully hide the communications in a separate arrangement of cast iron plumbing. The company is not afraid to experiment with the design of baths and regularly offers cast iron copies that have no analogues from other manufacturers. For example, the SW-1012 baths, indexed A and B, have a gold or silver casing. The SW-1010 combines a cast iron bowl and stainless steel top plate.
We noted the company for the tank SW-1013B, which is equipped with a snow-white decorative panel. At first glance, it looks like a monolithic product. Additional cladding not only decorates the tub, but also slows down the heat dissipation.
- Beautiful retro style;
- Different shades of decorative panels;
- High backs for a comfortable fit and head support;
- Poreless smooth enamel.
- no options with beautiful legs;
- Mainly models for large bathrooms.
The Portuguese manufacturer has been in business since 1958. At the end of the twentieth century, the firm replaced the previous manual molding line with a fully automated one, which improved the accuracy of casting and speed of making cast iron products. All production is rigorously controlled in accordance with EN 232:2003 and EN 14516. The company’s cast iron products are sold in the sanitary ware markets in the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, Greece, Belgium and other countries, which indicates a high quality, because customers there are very demanding.
We singled out the manufacturer for the quality of the enamel on the cast iron surface. The firm uses a coating with AA grade titanium ions. This gives an increased resistance to acidic and alkaline environments. Such paint will perfectly protect the appearance of the bath from cleaning agents or accidentally spilled chemical liquids. The enamel is also very smooth, so if your tap water contains a lot of chalk, lime and other minerals, as well as rust, there will be no yellow marks on the white surface. Reviews show that less sponge friction is needed to wash these enamels.
- Flat bottom for increased stability;
- There are built-in and freestanding options;
- Variety of styles;
- Made in Portugal.
- Some baths can be bought only by pre-order.
The manufacturer manufactures cast iron plumbing products on a modern automated line, which reduces the number of defects from human error. In addition, each product gets its own unique code, which includes the date of manufacture, bath brand, information about the controller that makes the assessment. It helps to additionally track products and eliminate problems in production, if somewhere was found to be defective. In the company’s catalog of products are cast iron baths with lengths from 120 to 170 cm, so that everyone can choose a bath according to their size and the size of the room. The Prestige line features high rims and extended seating, and the Prada series has sturdy and comfortable handrails. Products from the category of “Malyutka” with a length of 120 cm will be relevant to bathrooms in homes of small families, so that there is still room for the sink and automatic machine.
According to the magazine’s editorial board, the manufacturer stands out for several types of coating of cast-iron construction. In addition to the usual enamel paint, you can choose a protective layer with silver ions. It promotes water disinfection and helps to monitor health. Such cast iron bowls are especially relevant for frequent bathing children, whose immunity is still being formed.
- 5-year warranty on the coating;
- three bathtub length options;
- production on a high-tech automated line;
- strict quality control.
- no bathtubs over 170 cm long.
In the heart of Kuzbass cast iron sanitary ware manufacturer “Universal Sibiryachka” produces. The factory offers enameled baths in modern European design with improved ergonomics. In configuration, products are not inferior to Roca and other global brands. Users are provided with a wide backrest, armrests, chrome handles and headrests. you can sit in such a tub for hours. Flat bottom provides increased safety while showering. All production is in accordance with GOST 18297-96, and some models are included in the rating of “100 Best Goods of Russia.
Unlike the domestic manufacturer described above, this one also has larger cast iron bowls with dimensions of 180×80 cm. They are optimal for obese people or increased space while taking water baths. If you want a big tub without overpaying, check out the catalog of manufacturer Universal Sibiryachka.
- European design;
- unusual shapes;
- Products are manufactured in accordance with GOST;
- Keeps heat in perfectly.
- The legs need to be purchased separately;
- only 1 warranty.5 years.