While traditional tubs have their benefits – they’re perfect for babies, puppies, and relaxation – they can be tough to get in and out of, especially for those dealing with mobility issues. The solution? A walk-in tub.
Featuring a watertight, hinged door that “provides a much lower threshold to step over”, walk-in tubs can range in price from $3,000 to $10,000 installed. In addition to the lower threshold, most walk-in tubs also come equipped with other safety features including built-in seats, grab bars, anti-slip floors, and handheld shower heads. Those dealing with arthritis or other ailments can opt for higher-end models which offer therapeutic spa-like features, according to an article in the Herald Extra.
So how do you choose which type of walk-in tub is best for you? Here is a list of things to consider, courtesy of Herald Extra.
Quality check: The best walk-in tubs are made in the USA. Be sure to choose a unit that has a lifetime “leak-proof” door seal warranty and “lengthy warranties on both the tub and operating system.”
Tub size: Most models have high walls (three feet or taller), are 26 to 36 inches wide, and will fit in the same 60-inch long standard tub space. If the new tub doesn’t fit, extension kits are available.
Door options: Most models come with inward swinging doors but outward opening doors are best for customers using wheelchairs. Be advised, however, that outward opening doors require more bathroom space.
Tub type: The most basic type of walk-in tub is the soaker tub. You can also get a therapeutic tub with either whirlpool jets or bubble massage air jets or a combination of both.
Fast fill and drain: Perhaps the biggest drawback of the walk-in tub is that the bather must sit in the tub while of fills and drains, which can make for a “chilly experience.” Therefore, choose a tub with fast-filling faucets and pump-assisted drainage systems, which speeds up the process.
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