For many, getting a walk-in bathtub is an absolute necessity to remain safe and independent while bathing. But deciding to invest in a walk-in tub is just the first step. There are many types of tubs with various features available, and you’ll need to consider several different factors to purchase the right one to fit your needs. Keep reading to learn what you need to consider when choosing the best walk-in tub for you.
When it comes to walk-in tubs, size does matter. First and foremost, you’ll want to consider the size of your new walk-in tub in relation to your current tub size. Purchasing a walk-in tub that fits into your existing tub’s space will reduce installation costs and make the process much faster and easier. If the tub is slightly smaller than the existing tub space, extenders can be slid into place to fill the gaps without paying for a more massive tub.
In addition to this, you’ll want to consider the interior space of the bath. Most people are perfectly happy with a standard-sized walk-in tub, but there are larger ones available. For example, if the person using the tub weighs over 300 pounds, you may want to consider a bariatric tub with a larger capacity and a more robust structure.
It’s also important to consider your mobility level when buying a tub. If you’re considering a walk-in tub, you know that you have reduced mobility. But some walk-in tubs have higher steps to enter than others. Would you have a hard time stepping over a 7-inch entry step if you had something to hold onto? If so, make sure you’re looking for a tub with an ultra-low entry step, which can be as low as 3 or 4 inches.
If you’re in a wheelchair or believe you will be soon, you should look into wheelchair-accessible tubs, which have a wider door and additional handrails that make it possible to enter and exit the tub from your wheelchair.
Fill and Drain Time
While this might not be an essential consideration for a standard tub, it is for a walk-in tub. This is because you must be in the tub while it is filling and draining. So, if the tub is slow to fill or empty, you may find yourself sitting and waiting for a long time before and after your bath. Look into how quickly these tubs fill up and drain, so you’re not left shivering in a half-full tub.
In addition to the standard safety and accessibility features, walk-in tubs can have various additional features for extra convenience and comfort. Here are some standard add-on features that you may want to consider when purchasing your tub:
- A heated seat and backrest: This will help keep you warm while your tub fills and drains.
- Air or water jets: Some tubs offer a therapeutic experience with added air jets or water jets, which can turn your investment into accessibility a spa-like experience as well.
- Remote control: If you struggle with mobility, you don’t want to work to reach your tub’s controls. An accessible remote control (one that won’t sink to the bottom of dropped) can be an excellent addition to your tub.
Consider all of the safety and convenience features on walk-in bathtubs before making your purchase, and you’ll find the right one for your needs. Be sure to take a look at the tubs we offer here at Safe Step Tub, all made in the USA. Contact us if you have any questions about our products.