Copper bathtubs: the pros and cons

What are the key points to consider when contemplating buying this type of tub?

By Becca Green | 23 September 2021

A freestanding copper bathtub makes for an impressive feature in both traditional and contemporary schemes. But it may also represent a significant investment, with prices ranging from £3,000 up to £10,000. So, if a copper tub is your idea of bathing bliss, make sure you know the pros and cons before taking the plunge…

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Freestanding copper bath with nickel interior

BC Designs copper boat double ended bath, £3118.50, UK Bathrooms

In hot water

Copper is a great conductor of heat. This means that when the bath is filled, the water retains an even temperature throughout. It will also stay hotter for longer, better than in a cast iron bath, for instance. So, copper is ideal if you like long, relaxing soaks. Some copper tubs are lined with another material, such as nickel or enamel. These options may be less expensive than a pure copper bath. Nickel conducts heat well, though not as well as copper. Enamel lined interiors offer a more traditional look.

Better hygiene?

Copper has antimicrobial properties, meaning it can kill microorganisms like bacteria and viruses – including Covid-19. ‘Copper kills bacteria and viruses without help from cleaning products,’ says Barrie Cutchie, design director of BC Designs. Easier, more eco-friendly cleaning is definitely a bonus.