Walk-in bathtubs can be a great option for seniors or people with mobility issues. It can be quite risky entering a bathtub because of the possibility of slippery floors, and also having to lift your leg pretty high to enter. Walk-in tubs help you avoid this issue by having a low step to enter, anti-slip flooring and also safety bars.
If you’re interested in getting a walk-in bathtub for yourself or a loved one read on to learn more about them and their potential pros and cons!
How Does a Walk-in Tub Work?
A walk-in tub is what the name implies a tub that you can easily walk into, there is a bit more to it though. It is a very deep tub that has a large door that will open outward when you want to enter. Using the door makes it easier because you just have a small step instead of one that is a few feet high when entering a traditional bathtub.
Walk-in tubs come with a variety of add-ons or customizations that you can equip. Some options include fast-draining systems, fast-filling faucets, heated seat, safety rails, and jacuzzi style water jets.
You can expect to pay about $2,500 to $10,000 for a walk-in tub depending on the make, model and the amount of additional features that are included. We highly recommend that you have a professional install your walk-in tub, and that you talk with them beforehand to learn about the different models and add-ons so you can get one that suites your needs!
What Are Some Of The Advantages of a Walk-in Tub?
The most obvious advantage of a walk-in tub is the fact that you are far less likely to slip when entering it. Walk-in tubs are specifically designed around people with mobility issues, and that have issues with getting into a conventional tub or shower. That is why it comes with an anti-slip design, safety rails, and a low step entry.
There are though, other benefits to owning a walk-in tub. The next biggest advantage is that it is comfy. Fully submerging yourself in a warm tub can be extremely relaxing, especially if you have the jacuzzi water jets and the heated seats. Many have the setups to specifically provide hydrotherapy to help reduce aches and pains that you might have in your muscles or joints.
What Are Some of the Disadvantages of Owning a Walk-in Tub?
Unfortunately there are some disadvantage of having a walk-in tub as well. The main point being that since there is a side door, you have to wait inside the tub while you fill it, and also while you drain it. This can be uncomfortable as it may be cold while sitting in a empty tub, and if you don’t have patience, it could be annoying waiting for the tub to drain. There are some work arounds luckily, such as a heated seat to keep you warm, and also quick draining and filling options.
Another downside is the price of a walk-in tub. They can be quite expensive compared to remodeling your shower, or installing a new tub.