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sukhenkoi 02-28-2011 09:56 AM

Shower base: which brand to go with?
 
Hello,


As part of my bathroom remodeling project I need to buy and install a new single threshold 36x36 shower base (floor, tray, pan), but I am not sure which brand to go with. I don't want to spend a lot of money, but would like to have a decent quality base. There are American Standard Acrylux, Swanstone, KOHLER, Crane and many others. For example, I found good looking American Standard 3636Y1.ST Shower Base for just about $140, but there are some other American Standard or Swanstone bases which cost between $400 and $500.
Can someone tell from his experience why prices are so different and which brand is more reliable?

Thanks a lot in advance.

Ron6519 03-04-2011 11:18 PM

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Originally Posted by sukhenkoi (Post 599561)
Hello,


As part of my bathroom remodeling project I need to buy and install a new single threshold 36x36 shower base (floor, tray, pan), but I am not sure which brand to go with. I don't want to spend a lot of money, but would like to have a decent quality base. There are American Standard Acrylux, Swanstone, KOHLER, Crane and many others. For example, I found good looking American Standard 3636Y1.ST Shower Base for just about $140, but there are some other American Standard or Swanstone bases which cost between $400 and $500.
Can someone tell from his experience why prices are so different and which brand is more reliable?

Thanks a lot in advance.

I use Americh because it's solidly built and never had an issue with it. The 36x 36 units run about $405.00. Never had any experience with the low cost units. I would think they're aimed at the DIYer's who are trying to save money.
Ron

Just Bill 03-05-2011 07:29 AM

I prefer man made stones or solid acrylics over thin fiberglass units. They usually cost more but are easier to install(often no mortar base needed), and last longer.

Jackofall1 03-05-2011 07:33 AM

What are your plans for the base, are you thinking of tiling the base afterward?

Mark

tpolk 03-05-2011 08:02 AM

I used a swanstone in a shower with their wall panels and was pretty happy. not cheap but pretty diy

Bud Cline 03-05-2011 11:19 AM

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What are your plans for the base, are you thinking of tiling the base afterward?

Oh-oh! We all know where this is going and which base not to use!:)

Jackofall1 03-05-2011 11:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 602910)
Oh-oh! We all know where this is going and which base not to use!:)

You are just way to clever Mr Bud!!!:yes:

Bud Cline 03-05-2011 11:48 AM

I'm kinda surprised they haven't tried to sue me by now.:)

sukhenkoi 03-05-2011 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Jackofall1 (Post 602775)
What are your plans for the base, are you thinking of tiling the base afterward?

Mark

No. Just use it as it is. I will tile walls, but not the base.


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