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    I'm planning to remodel our master bath. Right now there's a 60 yr old pink corner tub.

    I'm really confused - went to the Toto, and Kohler sites - seems like they have a million models - none described too well.

    I'd like a drop in tub with a tile flange on three sides. About 36 x 56, it going to be mainly be used for showers. I figure you guy's have seen a lot of tubs - do you have any favorites? Cast iron or acrylic?

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    You'll never find a 56" alcove tub...tubs are measured from the stud to stud without any finish on the wall, and you will find lots of 60" tubs. If after removing the walls, your space is really only 56", you might find a 54" tub (they tend to be made in 6" increments from the 'standard' 60" version). There are lots of choices, some have a fixed apron, some have a removable one. There are many available with a tiling flange for an alcove installation. CI will last the longest and look the best (finish wise, maybe not style). There are lots more choices in acrylic, and it can last, but needs more careful installation to make it feel nice and sturdy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jadnashua View Post
    You'll never find a 56" alcove tub.
    My mistake - I meant 60".

    Quote Originally Posted by jadnashua View Post
    There are many available with a tiling flange for an alcove installation.
    I know there are many available. I was asking for the opinon for a make/model from one of the pro's on this forum.

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    "Drop in" tubs seldom have flanges on three sides. You seem to be describing a standard 60" bathtub. There are many, many versions of them. Depending on WHERE it is going, I would opt for either a Kohler cast iron or an American Standard Americast.
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    I was looking online - at an Americast and a Kohler. I've never had an acrylic tub - what's your opinion of them?

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    An acrylic tub can be scratched much easier than a CI one, so a CI will look new much longer. Because they aren't as structurally sound, it requires extra care to bed it properly so it doesn't flex. They can last a very long time, a CI tub will last longer unless you drop hard things in it and crack the porcelain then it rusts. Acrylic is much easier to get fancy shapes, and that can make it more comfortable to sit in and soak but it is all design, and there are bad ones as well as good ones on both. CI is much heavier, but it only gets carried up there once, so that shouldn't be a major design issue. On the bottom line, they're both good, depending on how you treat an acrylic, it can last a very long time.
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