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Despite the high popularity of acrylic baths and the budget of steel stamped baths, cast iron products still continue to be popular. The demand for heavy cast models is dictated by their long service life, excellent sound insulation and slow cooling of water. If you decide to buy another bath made of cast iron, then pay attention to our review of the best manufacturers in this field of plumbing. The companies were evaluated based on the available range of cast-iron bowls, wall thickness and coating quality, as well as customer feedback.
Rating of the best cast iron bath manufacturers
|Best foreign manufacturers of cast iron baths||1||Roca||5.0|
|The best domestic manufacturers of cast iron baths||1||Kirovsky Zavod||5.0|
|2||Sibiryachka Station Wagon||4.9|
Best foreign manufacturers of cast iron baths
Cast iron products of foreign companies, as a rule, have a more even metal casting, a variety of shapes and a hardy coating with uniform application. But the high cost is explained not only by premium quality-sellers have to cover large costs for transportation and customs clearance of cargo, which inevitably affects the price of goods.
The list of foreign manufacturers was headed by Roca, which produces cast-iron sanitary ware directly in Spain at a factory near Madrid. The company’s catalog presents baths with a length from 100 to 180 cm. Cast-iron models with closed sidewalls have a rectangular shape and ergonomic elbow pads to completely relax while taking water treatments. The blind construction perfectly hides communications and does not require the installation of additional panels. Fans of retro style should pay attention to the Carmen line, which contains oval-shaped cast-iron products on vintage shaped legs covered with chrome. The elevation of one of the sides is comfortable for the shoulders and head. The Continental, Haitian, Ming and Malibu series offer a variety of interior shapes. According to reviews, customers like a high-quality enamel coating with a thickness of 1.5 mm, which does not crack for a long time.
The manufacturer is listed as one of the best manufacturers of cast iron bowls with a wall thickness of up to 7 mm. For competitors, this indicator is 4-5 mm. The increased cross-section of cast iron provides better sound insulation and slows down heat transfer. In such baths, the water will cool down much more slowly.
- thickness of the bath cover 1.5 mm;
- long service life;
- presentable appearance;
- production is carried out directly in Spain.
- sometimes there are fakes;
- high cost.
French brand Jacob Delafon offers cast iron freestanding, recessed and corner baths. They can be oval, rectangular, or even complex in shape. Most cast-iron models have handrails and a beveled end section for a comfortable back position. The length of the baths can be from 120 to 180 cm, and the width from 70 to 85 cm, which allows all customers to choose the best option for their height and build. Judging by the reviews, the manufacturer impresses with its variety of cast iron products. If you want strict shapes without extra lines, pay attention to the Parallel series. Connoisseurs of additional protrusions for comfortable placement of hands will be pleased with the Repos line. If you want the most comfortable semicircular back support, then look among the Adagio series.
We liked the company for its Lovee range, which includes freestanding oval bathtubs with a depth of 56.7 cm. It’s almost like a mini pool, as the competitors ‘ cast-iron products have a depth of 39-45 cm. This configuration allows you to fully immerse yourself in hot water (without sticking out your knees, like two Islands) and relax as much as possible.
- variety of configurations;
- there are hot tubs with hydro massage;
- width 70-85 cm;
- long service life.
- not everywhere there is an anti-slip coating;
- high cost.
Next, an Italian manufacturer that offers rectangular cast-iron baths 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. The catalog presents the Giordano series with an extension in the lower back and pelvis, Colombo with increased ergonomics, and Orlando-the most affordable due to the simplicity of the form. Cast iron products of this brand are cheaper than the products of the companies described above, since they are produced at a factory in China. But the quality does not suffer from this, because proven materials, Italian technologies and high-class equipment are used, which determines the accuracy of casting and the uniformity of the protective coating.
Experts evaluated the cast-iron products of the Italian brand for the presence of most models of lateral support for the back. When you sit in the tub, these protrusions additionally lock the body in place, helping the muscles relax. It also increases safety if the bath is taken with champagne and there is a chance of falling asleep. With this configuration, it is impossible for the body to spontaneously slide down to plunge with its head.
- there are versions with chrome handrails;
- the cost is lower than that of the manufacturers described above;
- produced on high-end equipment;
- excellent back support on the sides.
- maximum depth 42 cm;
- the baths are manufactured at a factory in China.
The range of the Finnish brand Timo, available to the Russian buyer, is not the largest — only two series are presented in the catalog. Standart is simpler, but contains everything you need for a comfortable user experience. There are versions with chrome handles. The size of the baths varies from 150×70 to 170×75 cm. Luxury cast iron products are presented in the Tarmo line. Here you will find large bathtubs with dimensions of 180×80 cm, headrests and ergonomic protrusions that increase the convenience of placement. High-quality enamel coating is used everywhere and the company issues a 5-year warranty on it, which customers like in reviews.
In addition to the advantages described above, the feature of the baths of this manufacturer is an enlarged flat bottom. This is important if you just plan to take a daily shower, and it will help you stay on your feet steadily when standing on a wet surface. When lying in the bath, the flat bottom gives more space, allowing you to occupy different positions, and the body will not constantly move into the center of the cast-iron container.
- ergonomic curves;
- high-quality exterior coating;
- factory warranty 5 years;
- the flat bottom is safe for taking a shower or getting out of the tub.
- very high cost;
- you can’t buy it everywhere;
- head restraints take up a lot of space (up to 20 cm).);
- a relatively small selection of baths for the Russian buyer.
Among manufacturers from Italy, buyers often prefer cast-iron containers from Castalia. In the company’s catalog there are ordinary Castalia baths without a series designation. These are economy options made of cast iron in a rectangular shape with an oval cavity inside. They have a depth of 39 cm and a length of 120 to 170 cm. The Emma series is distinguished by additional arm shelves and chrome handrails for easy lifting of your own body. The Venera range is characterized by enhanced ergonomics and pronounced head restraints. You can lie in them for hours due to the most thoughtful anatomical configuration.
The highest demand among the manufacturer’s cast iron products is the Prime series. This is a ruler in the art Nouveau style, where rectangular baths have clear four corners inside. The design is devoid of various relief features, as simple and reliable as possible. Given the depth of 48 cm, the user gets an unprecedented amount of space inside, and you can even lie on your side in such a bath.
- excellent anti-slip coating;
- there are economy and premium versions;
- production is conducted in Italy;
- some baths have an excellent anatomical structure.
- very high cost;
- on the legs, the side height is obtained in some cases 61 cm, so it is inconvenient to put your foot in.
The Italian manufacturer of baths Goldman located its factory in Hong Kong, which allowed a slight reduction in prices for cast iron products. Baths in the catalog are presented in several series. Nova is a spacious model with a width of 80 cm and a high headrest, but without other frills. Comfort-cast-iron built-in baths with an increased depth of up to 47 cm Donni-have a width of 80 cm and elbow support, making the fit more comfortable. Sagas are characterized by an expanded space in the lower back and pelvis. Classic-these are the most affordable cast-iron copies with an oval bowl inside, which can be with or without handles. In reviews, customers praise the chrome handrails for their thoughtful shape and strong construction.
This manufacturer produces cast iron bowls with a wall thickness of up to 8 mm. Of course, this casting makes the bath very heavy, but how long does it store heat! If you set the water in the room will not be a ringing as from bells. The increased weight also contributes to the stability of the structure, so it does not wobble under the user.
- there are deep options of 47 cm;
- the enamel is non-porous;
- easy to clean;
- cast iron wall thickness up to 8 mm.
- factory in China;
- some baths have weak legs.
The manufacturer is originally from Germany, where the production of cast iron products is carried out. The baths fully correspond to the brand name, representing elegant plumbing in a retro style. All models have an oval shape and beautiful brass legs with a frame. They can be plated with chrome, gold, or remain in their pure state. The surface of the baths is equipped with an anti-slip layer, which increases safety during entry and exit. The enamel coating is very strong and extremely smooth, which is confirmed by customers in reviews. The factory gives it a 5-year warranty. It is easy to take care of the surface and the bath remains clean for a long time. The catalog includes the following lines: Schale, Diana, Taiss, Greta, Nadia, Sabine. Most cast-iron bowls have a width of 80 cm and a depth of 47-48 cm, turning into small fonts.
In reviews, customers are satisfied that cast-iron models are available not only with white outer 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-year coverage guarantee;
- beautiful decorative legs;
- comfortable depth is 47-48 cm.
- only suitable for large bathrooms;
- very high cost.
This manufacturer appeared in China in 1996 and quite successfully “broke” into the plumbing market, competing with European brands. The company specializes in the manufacture of cast-iron baths with retro design, designed for separate installation in spacious rooms. To reduce the cost of luxury products, the developers abandoned shaped legs and use an external closed skin. This allows you to successfully hide communications with a separate location of cast-iron plumbing. The company is not afraid to experiment with the design of baths and regularly offers cast-iron copies, which have no analogues from other manufacturers. For example, SW-1012 baths with index A and B have a gold or silver casing. The SW-1010 model combines a cast-iron bowl and a stainless steel exterior panel.
We noted the company for the SW-1013B tank, which is equipped with a snow-white decorative panel. At first glance, it seems that this product is made of monolith. Additional paneling not only decorates the bath, but also slows down heat transfer.
- beautiful retro style;
- various shades of decorative panels;
- high backrests for a comfortable fit and head support;
- smooth non-porous enamel.
- there are no options with beautiful legs;
- basically, models for the spacious bathrooms.
The manufacturer from Portugal has been operating since 1958. At the end of the twentieth century, the company replaced the previous manual molding line with a fully automated one, which increased the accuracy of casting and the speed of production of cast iron products. All production is carried out under strict control in accordance with the standards EN 232: 2003 and EN 14516. Cast iron products of the company are sold in the plumbing markets of the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, Greece, Belgium and other countries, which indicates high quality, because customers there are very demanding.
We singled out the manufacturer for the quality of enamel on the cast-iron surface. The company uses a coating with class AA titanium ions. This gives increased resistance to acidic environments and alkalis. This paint will perfectly protect the appearance of the bath from cleaning agents or accidentally spilled chemical liquids. Enamel is also characterized by increased smoothness, so if there is a lot of chalk, lime and other minerals in tap water, as well as rust, no yellow traces will remain on the white surface. Reviews show that to wash such enamel, you need less friction with a sponge.
- flat bottom for increased stability;
- there are built-in and free-standing options;
- variety of styles;
- made in Portugal.
- some baths can only be purchased by pre-order.
Completing the category of foreign manufacturers is the Italian company Magliezza. The company has taken its niche in the production of cast-iron retro plumbing fixtures with shaped legs. All baths have an oval shape, but can be with towering ends or even. The company manufactures high-strength bath stands so that they can reliably withstand the weight of the user and cast-iron products. Outside, the legs are covered with chrome, bronze, gold or white coating. The manufacturer stands out from the competition with an increased range of baths in shape and sophistication. In its catalog there are lines: Beatrice, Gracia, Maria, Rosabella, Elena, Julietta, Patricia and Susanna. According to the parameters, you can choose a cast-iron bowl with dimensions from 170×76 to 183×81 cm.
The manufacturer perfectly monitors the quality of manufacturing and is not afraid to bear responsibility for possible defects. This is one of the few companies in the world that gives a 10-year warranty on cast iron baths. Such obligations inspire great confidence in the quality of the product and the service life of a cast-iron copy.
- variety of series;
- large selection in shape and color of legs;
- thick cast iron;
- manufacturer’s warranty is 10 years.
- only oval shaped baths;
- drain and overflow must be ordered separately.
The best domestic manufacturers of cast iron baths
Cast iron products of these companies are cheaper than foreign competitors, since they are produced directly in Russia, without requiring customs clearance. The quality of individual positions may be on par with well-known brands or slightly lose out, but in any case, you win due to the difference in cost.
The manufacturer makes cast-iron sanitary products on a modern automated line, which reduces the number of defects due to the human factor. Additionally, each product receives its own unique code, which contains the date of manufacture, the type of bath, and information about the controller that makes the assessment. This helps you additionally track your products and fix problems in production if a defect is detected somewhere. The company’s catalog presents cast iron products with a length from 120 to 170 cm, so that everyone can choose a bath according to their complexion and the size of the room. The Prestige line features high sides and an extended Seating area, while the Prada series has strong and comfortable handrails. Products from the category “baby” with a length of 120 cm will be relevant for bathrooms in small-family homes, so that there is still room for a sink and a washing machine.
According to the editorial Board of the magazine, the manufacturer is distinguished by several types of coating of cast-iron construction. In addition to the usual enamel paint, you can choose a protective layer with silver ions. This helps to decontaminate water and helps to monitor your health. Such cast-iron bowls are especially relevant for frequent bathing of children whose immunity is still being formed.
- 5-year coverage guarantee;
- three different lengths of the bath;
- production on a high-tech automated line;
- strict quality control.
- there are no baths with a length of more than 170 cm.
Sibiryachka Station Wagon
In the heart of Kuzbass, cast-iron plumbing products are produced by the manufacturer “Universal Sibiryachka”. The factory offers enamel baths in a modern European design with enhanced ergonomics. In terms of configuration, the products are not inferior to Roca and other global brands. For users, a wide backrest, armrests, chrome handles and headrests are provided. You can sit in such a bathroom for hours. The flat bottom provides increased safety during showering. All production is carried out in accordance with GOST 18297-96, and some models are included in the rating “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 during water procedures. If you want a large bath without overpaying, pay attention to the catalog of the manufacturer “Universal Sibiryachka”.