Buying a walk-in tub is not something you should rush into. It’s something that takes careful consideration and ample research to ensure that you understand whether or not it’s the right choice for you. We’ve prepared this simple and straightforward guide to provide you with the essential information regarding walk-in tubs so that you can make a more informed decision on this purchase.
What Are They?
What exactly is a walk-in tub? Walk-in tubs are bathtubs that have a door on their sides, allowing the user to step into the tub over a low lip instead of climbing over the bath’s high edge. While modification kits do exist to add such a door to standard tubs, these do not technically qualify as walk-in tubs. This is because walk-in tubs also provide a more comfortable and accessible upright seat so that the user does not have to recline on the base of the tub while bathing. This is just as important in terms of accessibility as the low entry step.
How Big Are They?
Like standard tubs, walk-in tubs can come in a variety of sizes. However, the great news is that they come in sizes specifically designed to fit in your existing tub cutout. So, if you’re replacing your standard tub with a walk-in version, it’s quite simple to find a walk-in tub that will slide into the same spot your standard one currently occupies.
What Features Do They Offer?
The primary features of a walk-in tub are designed for accessibility and safety. These include the low entry step we already mentioned and safety grab bars inside the tub for added stability and a non-slip coating. But they also have numerous features for convenience and luxury, including the following:
- Air jets
- Massaging water jets
- Chromotherapy lights
- Aromatherapy systems
- Heated seat and backrest
- Handheld sprayer
- Remote control for using all of the features above
For some tubs, these kinds of a feature will be an optional add-on. But for Safe Step Tubs, these luxurious features come standard.
What Are the Benefits?
The most significant benefits of walk-in tubs are related to their accessibility and improved safety for users. For those with limited mobility, the low-entry step and grab handles make getting in and out of the tub much more comfortable and significantly reduces the risk of a fall. Walk-in tubs also have therapeutic benefits, particularly if yours has the features mentioned above. The higher walls of a walk-in tub allow the user to fully immerse in their bath, even while sitting in a safer upright position.
What Are the Drawbacks?
The one major drawback of a walk-in tub is the fill-up and drain time. Because you must enter the tub through the entry door, you have to get into the tub before filling it. You will sit, turn on the water, and adjust the temperature as it fills until it’s comfortable for you. After bathing, you’ll have to wait for the tub to drain completely before you can open the door to exit. While this can feel tedious and time-consuming, in general, the added safety is well worth the waiting.
What’s the Cost?
Finally, let’s address the cost. A walk-in tub is not a small purchase, and with all the added features, it will naturally cost more than a standard tub. However, at Safe Step Tub, we guarantee that you’ll get the best price possible on a quality walk-in tub, and we offer rebates and financing options to make it more affordable. Plus, standard installation is always included in our pricing. Our walk-in tubs for seniors vary in cost depending on size and other factors. To get a more exact cost estimate on the tub model you’re interested in, contact us today!