At Walk Tubs we understand that you’re here to research products that can help you or your loved one maintain a high quality of life. To help in that pursuit, we researched and evaluated dozens of walk-in bathtubs and eventually narrowed down our list to nine models. From those, we chose three as our best picks. Based on our nearly 60 hours of researching, evaluating and writing our overview of walk-in bathtubs,
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How do walk-in tubs work?
Typically, walk-in bathtubs come equipped with a door that opens and closes on the front or side of the bathtub. The door gives seniors the ability to enter the tub without having to lift their legs over the threshold, as with traditional bathtubs.
Thanks to the sealing on these doors, water stays in the tub and doesn’t flood the floor. Fast draining capabilities are included with many of these tubs, so users don’t need to sit in the tub too long for it to drain.
Walk-in tubs usually require professional installation. The tubs can include a variety of features, including adjustable bubble jets, handrails, adjustable shower heads and inside-the-tub seating.
Most walk-in bathtub vendors offer a variety of models. Shop around for door designs, as the shape and size can affect access and the look of a room.
Expect to pay anywhere from $2,500 for a lower-end model and up to $10,000 for one loaded with features.
If you can’t hire a professional to install a walk-in bathtub, you might instead consider using a portable model. These models hook up to an existing faucet, but don’t require the installation and remodeling involved in installing a permanent walk-in tub.
What’s good about walk tubs for seniors?
If a walk-in bathtub is on your wish list, a quick review of the advantages and disadvantages is in order. The first and most obvious advantage is that a walk-in tub makes bathing easier for people with mobility issues.
In addition to the door, these bathtubs are designed to prevent slipping. Handrails, seats and textured pads help users keep their heads above water.
Walk-in tubs also remove the need for a sliding shower door, which poses a serious danger for seniors.
Some seniors use these doors for stability or balance, which is a bad idea, because the doors weren’t designed to withstand their weight.
Another benefit of installing a walk-in bath is that it could raise the value of your home, especially if you live in a retirement community.
What could go wrong with a walk in tub?
There are some disadvantages to walk-in tubs. First, you must enter the tub and shut the door before turning on the water.
Besides becoming impatient (and maybe chilly) while the tub fills, you could have difficulty getting the right water temperature.
Waiting for the bath to drain before you exit is another factor to consider. Although many of the walk-in bathtub manufacturers have addressed these problems with fast-filling faucets, fast-moving drains and temperature controls, these features also add to the total cost of the project.
Because the walk-in tubs are large, some people need new, powerful water heaters in order to use the tub properly.