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    Question What is the best kind of bathtub waste/overflow drain? So confused!!!

    We're putting a new tub/shower in. It will be used primarily by a teenage girl for showers and tub soaking. We saw that American Standard has a "Deep Soak" drain (#1640.305) that adds 2" water depth by relocating the overflow to the top of the overflow hole. She likes that idea (as do I, otherwise she'll use MY bathtub!); however, I wonder about the quality and design of the drain. It's a "toe-tapper" kind, and both the drain cover and overflow cover are chrome-plated plastic.

    Do you think this will be fine, or should I look at one with metal parts?

    Are the lever or cable types better when it comes to longevity?

    How about hair clogs? She has long hair. Seems like lever type, with a grid, would be better for that than the toe-tapper kind.

    I hate to spend big bucks ($80 for the one I'm considering) if it's a piece of junk--- but if it's fine, she'd appreciate the extra water depth.

    What do you guys recommend?
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    Can't say regarding the hair, but one thing to consider is that adding 2" or so more depth means that the water level could be 2" closer to the top rim of the tub than designed, and any margin of protection you had from making waves while moving around could very well mean water out on the floor.
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    Thanks, yeah I considered that. However this drain is marketed with the tub we got (American Standard Princeton) so I'm thinking it's probably OK. Plus, I'm tiling the walls and floor, and we have no little kids in the house.

    No one has any input as to the best type of bathtub drain? C'mon, you guys must have some preference

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    P.S. Thanks, Terry, for linking the picture of the drain. What do you think of it???

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