Things you should Consider when Choosing a Walk-In Bathtub

Walk-In Bathtubs are specially designed to maximize safety and provide therapeutic benefits to individuals with mobility challenges. Walk-In Bathtubs are the perfect choice for anyone who wants to maintain an independent lifestyle.

Many consumers are under the impression that they have a “standard” bathroom. Unfortunately the only “standards” are common fixtures found in a bathroom such as; the lavatory, commode, and the bathtub. Walk-In Tub Consumer Report advises consumers that all bathroom configurations are different. Please make note of this, there are no standard bathrooms and it is important to work out the bathroom space on paper and know your dimensions.

Walk-In Tub Consumer Reports that walk-in tubs can be purchased from a variety of companies in a variety of ways. The range is wide; consumers can purchase a walk-in tub on-line from the comfort of their home or visit a large retailer.  Reviews cover a large range; mostly because consumer purchasing habits are different for everyone. Some consumers prefer to physically see and touch the walk-in bath, having a sales person guide them every step of the way. While other consumers like to research the information themselves and make the purchase and have it delivered to their house without stepping foot outside. Whichever category, you as a consumer is in, the options are vast.  There are on-line companies, retail stores, big box stores, plumbing houses, distributor companies, and independent sales groups that all sell walk-in bathtubs.

Many accessible bathtubs are available with hydrotherapy or whirlpool, air massage therapy, aromatherapy, and Chroma therapy features. They include an internal safety grab bars, an anti-slip floors and seats, and handheld showerheads that, in some cases, can also be wall mounted to enable a person to take a standing shower.

Walk-in bathtubs have either an inward or outward-opening or "cap" like fitted door that is self-sealing. Most walk-in bathtubs also have a chair-height seat, but some, which are the same basic configuration as a standard bathtub, do not have any seat. Although for these bathtubs, there are aftermarket bath lift seats available. Multiple walk-in bathtub manufacturers design their walk-in bathtubs to have seat heights compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, this being 17” high.

Bathtubs categorized as "walk-in" actually require a low step-in, as they have higher seats and outward-opening doors that enable a person to simply sit on the seat and pivot and swing his or her legs into the tub. This type of walk-in bathtub can be helpful to those confined to wheelchairs and to others with mobility challenges.

Walk-in tubs take up a similar amount of space in a bathroom as a traditional bathtub. This allows for a quicker installation and simpler alignment of the water drains. There are also smaller walk-in tubs that offer front and side entry for a less than standard space.