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What is The Best Material for a Freestanding Bathtub?

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T & L Neptune Bathtub. Round Hill Resort and Villas, Jamaica.

Selecting the perfect freestanding bathtub for your bathroom is a decision that goes beyond just aesthetics and comfort. 

One of the most critical factors in this decision is the material the tub is made of. At Tyrrell & Laing, we have dedicated years to researching and understanding what materials best meet our standards of durability, beauty, and luxury. 

Back in 2005, when freestanding bathtubs were just beginning to make waves in the world of bathroom design, we committed ourselves to use only the finest materials available. Over the years and throughout our extensive research and testing, one material has stood out: our officially trademarked InspireStone®. 

In this blog, we will take an in-depth look at how InspireStone® compares to other commonly used bathtub materials like acrylic, break down the pros and cons of acrylic bathtubs, and show you why our InspireStone® is unlike any other.  

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of an Acrylic Bathtub?


  • Acrylic bathtubs can be easily fixed if they suffer minor damages
  • These tubs require no special maintenance and are easy to clean


  • The surface of acrylic tubs can get easily scratched or stained, affecting the tub’s long-term appearance
  • Acrylic bathtubs don’t offer that warm, inviting touch that other materials might
  • Typically, acrylic bathtubs last about 10 to 15 years, much shorter compared to other materials
  • Over time, the surface may lose its sheen and can even yellow, diminishing the bathtub’s visual appeal

Why Choose InspireStone® Stone Resin Bathtubs?

Unparalleled Durability

InspireStone® offers an incredibly long lifespan. Unlike acrylic tubs, which may last about a decade or so, InspireStone® tubs are built to stand the test of time, lasting and performing for generations. 

Easy Maintenance

InspireStone® is non-porous, meaning it does not require any special sealing or maintenance. The surface is also highly resistant to mold and mildew.

Easily Repairable

Just like acrylic, InspireStone® is easy to repair, ensuring that your tub remains in pristine condition for years.

Stain-Resistant and Fire Retardant

The unique gel coat surface is designed to resist stains, as well as being fire retardant, adding an extra layer of safety to your home. 

Warmth Retention

One of its standout features is that InspireStone® is warm to the touch, making your bath more comfortable from the moment you dip your toes in.

Longer Heat Retention

InspireStone® also retains heat for a much longer period, allowing for extended, luxurious soaks.

UV Coating for Outdoor Use

Our InspireStone® bathtubs come with UV coating, making them suitable for outdoor installation. (However, they are not recommended for extreme cold conditions as they can experience thermal shock.)

Color Stability

The material is resistant to fading, ensuring that the beautiful color of your bathtub remains vibrant over the years.

The Verdict: InspireStone® vs. Acrylic

When it comes to choosing between InspireStone® and acrylic, the advantages of InspireStone® are clear. From its incredibly long lifespan and ease of maintenance, to its warmth and heat retention capabilities, InspireStone® stands out as the superior choice for those seeking a blend of luxury, durability, and practicality.

So, if you’re looking to invest in a freestanding bathtub that will not only elevate your bathroom aesthetics but also offer unmatched durability and comfort, InspireStone® is the material you should consider.

Find your dream bathtub at T&L International. Trust us; you’ll feel the difference in every soak.


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