* Review of the best according to the editors of ecdfburma.org. About the selection criteria. This material is subjective, is not an advertisement and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
In today's plumbing market, fierce competition continues between cast iron, steel and acrylic bathtubs. Each of these species is in steady demand among the population. Steel bathtubs are made for a long time, users managed to identify the strengths and weaknesses of these products. Many manufacturers have seriously worked on the shortcomings, which allowed to increase the number of fans of steel models. The consumer is offered a wide selection of models of imported and domestic production. Recommendations of experts will help you choose the most suitable bath.
Recommendations for choosing a steel bath
Material. For the manufacture of steel baths, the following materials are used.
- The stainless steel, despite its positive qualities, was not widely used because of the high price. The minuses include the loss of a presentable appearance over time. Of the strengths, absolute safety for humans and resistance to corrosion should be noted.
- Structural steel is considered the main material for the manufacture of bathtubs. To protect the product from rust, manufacturers cover the surface with a layer of enamel. In addition to preventing corrosion, enamel makes cleaning the bathroom simple and convenient. It is only important to maintain the integrity of the protective coating.
Wall thickness and weight. When choosing a bath, you need to pay attention to two interdependent parameters.
- The thickness of the steel sheet that the manufacturer used to make the bath affects the strength and reliability of the structure. Usually this indicator is in the range from 2.5 to 4.0 mm. If users have an average weight, then buying a bathtub with a wall thickness of 3 mm is optimal. It is better for large people to choose a model from steel 3.5-4.0 mm. Otherwise, during the bathing, deformations of the bowl may occur, which over time will lead to delamination of the enamel.
- However, the greater the thickness of the sheet, the heavier the plumbing becomes. If the bathroom is very small, then only strong fitters can install a bath with a lot of weight.
The shape of the bowl. To meet consumers, manufacturers produce several popular bowl shapes.
- Rectangular models, which are most convenient for bathing an adult, are considered classics.
- Round baths are bought by discerning users who select plumbing for the interior of the room and their needs.
- Oval designs successfully combine practicality and aesthetics. They fit perfectly into the classic style due to the softness of the shapes and the absence of corners.
- Corner baths are a great solution to the problem of cramped rooms. But when buying a model with this form, it is important to consider several nuances. Designs are symmetrical and asymmetric, right and left-handed.
Color. In order for the bath to fit into the interior of the room, it is important to guess with color.
- Traditional white bathtubs are considered a universal option that fits many styles.
- Blue color is associated with water element. In such a bath, the user will feel serene and calm.
- Green color contributes to the maximum relaxation of a person while swimming.
- The yellow bathtub not only calms and relaxes, but also fills the owner with a charge of vivacity.
- The red cup gives a person a sense of security. During bathing, blood circulation and metabolism improves.
Insulation. To mitigate the disadvantages of a steel bath, such as noise and rapid cooling of water, manufacturers apply an insulation layer to the outer surface. For this, thin modern materials are used, which are mounted with glue.
We selected 13 of the best manufacturers of steel bathtubs in a review. Their products are widely represented in the trading network of our country. When distributing places in the ranking, the opinion of the expert community and the reviews of Russian users were taken into account.
Rating of the best manufacturers of steel bathtubs
|Rating of the best manufacturers of steel bathtubs||1||Milldue||5.0|
The Italian company Milldue strictly follows its main goal - to realize unique projects using modern materials. From the first days of its activity (since 1976), the company has been manufacturing bathroom furniture. Already in the year of its foundation, the company took part in the SAIE exhibition, where it made a splash. In the 90s, the manufacturer focused on the development and production of steel bathtubs, shower trays and sinks. Today, the company skillfully combines manual labor with automated equipment. A wide variety of collections prompted the company to create brands such as Noorth and Vitage.
Experts gave the palm to the brand for innovation and originality. The only negative users call a high price.
- own developments;
- combination of manual labor and automatic lines;
- high-quality materials;
- variety of collections.
- high price.
The Rock brothers in 1917 founded the Spanish company Roca, which today occupies a leading position in the field of bathroom furniture. The concern includes 78 enterprises and 170 representative offices in different parts of the world. Experts drew attention to the constant updating of collections, where the leading place is occupied by steel bathtubs. The manufacturer takes care of the comfort and safety of users, so the bowls are large, comfortable handles and a bottom with anti-slip coating. Numerous know-how did not go unnoticed by experts, for which the brand gets second place in the ranking.
Domestic users praise Roca steel bathtubs for affordable prices, high quality, a wide selection of shapes and sizes. The anti-slip coating somewhat spoils the appearance.
- regular updating of collections;
- comfort and safety;
- simplicity of operation;
- high-quality manufacturing.
- modest design.
The German company KALDEWEI specializes in the production of steel bathtubs. Experts note that all products are manufactured in Germany. Therefore, the quality of the bath is not in doubt. Over its history, the brand has won more than 150 awards and prizes in the design category. The manufacturer managed to achieve such results thanks to close cooperation with well-known design studios. The catalog contains the largest bathtubs (volume 206 l) and the lightest models (50 kg). For the German quality, reasonable design and aesthetics, the brand receives the bronze of our rating.
Domestic consumers praise KALDEWEI steel bathtubs for their beautiful shapes, variety of sizes, and convenient support for the back. Among the shortcomings, a small selection of colors and a high price are noted.
- variety of sizes;
- comfortable support for the back;
- high price;
- modest selection of colors.
Since 1952, the German company BETTE has been operating in the European market. She specializes in the production of bathroom furniture. A distinctive feature of the brand is the use of titanium steel with a glazed coating. Thanks to the unique technology, the manufacturer manages to create original products that have different shapes, sizes and colors. Experts praised the 30-year warranty, which indicates the durability of the product. For modern design, many collections have received prestigious awards (Red Dot Design Award, Interior Innovation Award, MIAW Awards). The brand is on the fourth line of the rating.
At the thematic forums, the most discussed are models with a circular supporting surface, which occupy a minimum of space in cramped rooms. Of the minuses, a high price is noted.
- rich assortment;
- unique materials;
- modern design;
- high price.
The roots of the Swiss company LAUFEN go back to 1878 when the first workshops were built. But even then, the company tried to automate the production of furniture for bathrooms. The basis for the quality of steel bathtubs has been formed in the markets of Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. Today, the manufacturer specializes in premium products. Customers are offered both free-standing bathtubs and built-in models. Experts appreciated the presence of soundproofing in steel bathtubs. But the firm does not shine with the variety of forms, which is reflected in the final position in our ranking.
The strengths of LAUFEN bathtubs include high quality, effective sound insulation and durability. Of the minuses, one can distinguish one shape (rectangular) and the poverty of colors.
- high quality;
- reliable sound insulation;
- stable demand.
- one form;
- one color (white).
Czech company Jika impressed experts with a successful combination of tradition and quality. The production facilities of the brand are located in the small cities of Znojmo and Behinj. The buyer is offered a wide range of plumbing products and accessories. The company demonstrates a high level of social responsibility; bathtubs are equipped with special devices to facilitate bathing for pensioners and people with disabilities. The combination of advanced technologies and modern materials allowed the brand to get into the TOP-6 of our rating.
Users liked the anatomical shape of the bathtubs from the collections of Tanza, Riga, Praga, Alma. Of the minuses, an unsuccessful drain blocking and uncomfortable sides should be highlighted.
- modern design;
- high quality;
- thoughtful designs;
- incomplete discharge;
- uncomfortable sides.
High requirements for their products are presented by the Spanish company Noken. She specializes in manufacturing premium bathroom equipment. The assortment of the brand includes steel bathtubs, faucets, fittings, accessories and furniture. All products have environmental certificates, it allows you to save electric energy and water resources. Experts appreciated the cooperation of the company with advanced European designers. This has become one of the main reasons for getting into our rating. In addition, experts pay attention to the developed dealer network, which includes more than a hundred countries of the world.
Users also focus on reviews of the refined style and functionality of steel bathtubs. By cons include a modest lineup and high prices.
- high quality;
- environmental friendliness;
- energy efficiency
- stylish design.
- high price;
- modest lineup.
Another Spanish manufacturer of steel bathtubs fell into our rating. GALA has been operating in the European plumbing market for over 50 years. A distinctive feature of the brand, experts consider a unique style. Thanks to high performance and modern design, products find customers in different countries of the world. The manufacturer boasts a wide range of products with symmetrical shapes. The brand takes eighth place in our ranking.
So far, domestic users have little experience using GALA steel bathtubs. Owners are satisfied with harmonious forms, quality workmanship and original style. The high price and shortage of products in the distribution network of Russia stops potential buyers.
- modern design;
- high performance;
- harmonious forms;
- high quality.
- high price;
- modest assortment in stores.
Estap, a young company from Slovakia, relies on product uniqueness. One of the highlights of the brand is the application of powder paint on a steel bath, which provides reliable protection against corrosion. High quality of Slovak products is confirmed by international certificates ISO 14001, ISO 9002. The catalog contains 9 collections, which are offered in 13 colors and 140 modifications. The experts were particularly interested in the Exclusive series, consisting of 7 bathtubs with hydromassage. Branded LED backlight will not go unnoticed by users.
The low place in the rating is due to not the most successful forms, as well as the unstable position of the bathtubs during installation. Therefore, you have to independently strengthen the legs and foam the perimeter.
- reasonable prices;
- powder coating;
- branded LED backlight;
- high quality.
- unsuccessful forms;
- unstable position.
The Russian manufacturer of steel bathtubs Reimar is famous for its three-layer pie. Years of experience have proven the effectiveness of the Three-Ply Technology system, which harmoniously combines a steel layer with a safe polymer coating and vitreous enamel. The result is a smooth snow-white surface that retains its properties for many years. The manufacturer gives a 15-year warranty on their products. Experts liked the large thickness of the bathtubs (6 mm) and high resistance to biodefeat. The brand is in the top ten of our ranking.
Users have some serious complaints about Reimar steel bathtubs. This lack of rigidity and the tendency to scratches. The advantages include affordable prices and low weight.
- unique corrosion protection;
- perfect smoothness;
- reasonable prices;
- resistance to biodefeat.
- lack of rigidity;
- tendency to scratch.
The Kazakh company Santechprom produces steel bathtubs and shower trays under the White Wave brand. The plant has been operating since 1960, having survived more than one modernization. The manufacturer managed to maintain human potential, thanks to which it was possible to reach a new technological level. Experts praised the availability of quality certificates for the entire range of products, a wide range of products, and continuous staff development. For the strength of the structure, dazzling whiteness and the optimal ratio of price and quality, the brand falls into our rating.
Owners of White Wave steel bathtubs are pleased with the affordable price, light weight and snow-white color of the coating. But the coating is easy to damage, and the bath makes a lot of noise during filling with water.
- affordable price;
- light weight;
- wide range of;
- beautiful cover.
- tendency to scratch;
Among the budget steel bathtubs, the attention of experts was drawn to the products of the Ukrainian company Koller Pool. The manufacturer offers about 10 collections at affordable prices. Standard rectangular bathtubs are available to the Russian consumer, as well as models with a seat. You can also choose the thickness of the bowl (2.5 mm, 2.8 mm or 3.5 mm). Experts draw attention to the fact that the warranty period for products depends on the thickness of the bath (10 or 30 years). A chip of the company is a miniature bathtub with a length of 1050 mm and a width of 700 mm. It causes increased interest among customers.
The trademark falls into our rating for affordable prices, nice colors, interesting design. Domestic users found in the Koller Pool steel bathtubs such disadvantages as unstable coating and installation difficulties.
- reasonable prices;
- variety of models;
- interesting design;
- the presence of legs and handles.
- unstable coating;
- complicated installation.
The Russian company Donna Vanna closes our rating of the best manufacturers of steel bathtubs. The products are manufactured at the Verkh-Isetsky Metallurgical Plant, which has been operating since 1726. The production of steel bathtubs was established in 1993. Today, the company boasts modern equipment, which makes it possible to produce high quality products at an attractive price. Experts liked the mounting design with the support stand. A special antibacterial additive is introduced into the enamel, which prevents the growth of microorganisms.
In their reviews, users praise Donna Vanna bathtubs for their ease of care and rich color scheme. The disadvantages include leakage of the drain plug, ineffective sound insulation and poor fastening of the legs.
- low price;
- variety of colors;
- antibacterial enamel;
- simplicity in operation.
- inefficient sound insulation;
- weak attachment of legs.
Attention! This rating is subjective, is not an advertisement and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.