How do I Choose the Best Bathtub Stopper?

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Replacing a bathtub drain stopper is usually a relatively easy job that many do-it-yourselfers can accomplish quickly. Before choosing your new bathtub stopper, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind. For example, if you are not very handy with tools, you may want to opt for a bathtub drain stopper that you will not have to install. Other considerations when choosing a new stopper include price, material, and style.

Bathtub stoppers come in a variety of sizes. A stopper that is too small will not keep the water in the tub and could possibly get stuck. Ones that are too large will usually not fit into the drain at all. Before choosing a new bathtub stopper, you will want to measure the size of your drain. If possible, take the old drain stopper in for comparison.

Toggle style drain stoppers are one very common option. This type of bathtub stopper usually requires the user to flip a switch either up or down, or side to side to close the drain. These must be installed directly into the tub, however, and may not be the ideal choice for those who are not ready to tackle a home improvement project.


Price is another thing that you may want to consider when looking to choose a bathtub stopper. Typically, metal stoppers that you have to install will cost much more than other types of stoppers. Rubber plugs may be a more economical solution.

A bathtub stopper made of rubber may be the best choice if you do not have the time, resources, or knowledge to install a new bathtub stopper. These can range in size, and can plug the bathtub drain or cover it. They can also be attached to a chain which is attached to the bathtub to ensure that it does not get lost.

Many people do not like rubber bathtub stoppers, though. Unlike metal stoppers, rubber plugs often tend to deteriorate. They can split and crack, rendering them useless.

Ultimately, the style of bathtub stopper you choose will often depend on your likes and dislikes. You may, for example, prefer a metal stopper to ensure a more polished look. On the other hand, the thought of a rubber plug may seem to make more sense, since it is more economical and not necessarily an eyesore.

If you have more unusual style or preference, there are funkier styles of bathroom drain stoppers. Rubber stoppers can be purchased with replicas of certain animals, for example. Some are even made to resemble a fish getting stuck in the drain, while others are made to look like rubber bath toys.


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