How We Found The Best Walk-In Tubs
80+ Hours of Research
24 Phone Interviews
54 Walk-In Tubs Reviewed
16 Companies Considered
12 Companies Selected

Many Americans want to “age in place,” that is, stay in their own homes as they get older. According to a 2022 survey of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging, nearly 9 in 10 American adults (88%) aged 50-80 felt the importance of staying at home for as long as possible. Many other seniors wish to stay with relatives long-term instead of moving into a retirement community. For seniors discussing one of these two options with their loved ones, the key question is, “how can I make my daily routines within this home easier on my body?” 

Seniors can modify their homes and routines in many ways so that personal care becomes safer. Installing a walk-in tub is one popular option to increase safety, comfort, and independence. Walk-in tubs usually include many modifications that the National Institute on Aging recommends for “fall proofing” a home.

To help you better understand walk-in tubs and how to  choose one, we’ve created a guide that profiles walk-in tub companies and their products. You’ll find details about pricing, warranty, installation, customer service, safety features, tub styles, upgrades, and more. As you shop, this guide can help you narrow your list of companies to ones that offer the services you value.

Contributing Expert

Heather Suri, BSN RN CMC

Heather Suri is a Registered Nurse with 20 years of experience primarily in geriatrics and hospice. She holds a Bachelors in Nursing from Western Governors University and is certified as a Care Manager through NACCM. She is a member of the Aging Life Care Association at the Advanced Professional level. In addition to practicing as a Geriatric Care Manager, Heather is the Director of Nursing for Griswold Home Care NoVA West.  Heather volunteers her time in the community through a program she developed called The Caregiver Resource Hour, as well as for Girl Scouts of America.


The 11 Best Walk-In Tubs of 2022

For a quick overview of our findings on the top 11 walk-in tub companies in the U.S., view the table below. 

Company

Tub Types Available

Safety Features

Price Range*

Warranty

Ameriglide

Standard walk-in, shower hybrid, slide-in, front-entry, deep soaker, extra large

Grab bars, anti-slip floor

About $2,600-$6,000

Limited 

Spirit Walk-In Tubs

Standard walk-in tub, wide walk-in, deep soaker, and custom sizes

Grab bar, anti-slip floor, extra low 0-2.5” step

About $6,000-

$10,500+ with installation

Lifetime 

Hydro Dimensions

Standard walk-in, bariatric, slide-in, deep soaking

Grab bars, anti-slip floor

About $8,000-

$12,000+ with installation

Lifetime 

American Standard

Standard walk-in, slide-in, bariatric

Grab bars, anti-slip floor

About $6,000-$11,000+

Lifetime if Installed by American Standard

Independent Home

Slide-in, shower hybrid, bariatric, cube-style, walk-in with sling

Grab bars, anti-slip surfaces

Pricing information available after an in-home consultation

Lifetime 

Freedom Bathtubs by Accessibility Professionals 

Walk-in, slide-in

Grab bars, anti-slip floor

About $3,000-$6,000

Limited 

Ariel Bath 

Walk-in

Grab bar, anti-slip floor

About $2,000-$4,300

Limited

Jacuzzi

Walk-in

Grab bar, anti-slip floor

About $3,000-$8,000+

Limited Lifetime

Ella’s Bubbles

Standard walk-in, slide-in, two-person, front entry, petite, extra-wide

Grab bar, anti-slip floor

About $3,000-

$8,000+

Limited Lifetime

Safe Step

Walk-In Tub and Walk-in Shower Hybrid

Grab bars, anti-slip surfaces, low 4” step

Pricing information available after an in-home consultation

Limited Lifetime 

Kohler

Walk-In Tub

Grab bar, anti-slip floor, low 3” step

Pricing information available after an in-home consultation

Limited Lifetime

* Walk-in Tub pricing can be difficult to determine. Prices in this chart do not include installation unless otherwise noted.

Did You Know?  Seniors are eligible to receive free, non-binding quotes for bathroom safety modifications.  Get started now.

Ameriglide Sanctuary Walk-In Tubs Review

Best for Shower Enclosure Options

Ameriglide brings many types of accessibility aids into the lives of seniors and those with disabilities. This company strives to offer quality and premium safety features while keeping starting costs as low as possible. To that end, Ameriglide offers fifteen walk-in tubs from its “Sanctuary” line of products.

We’ve reviewed four of Ameriglide’s walk-in tubs: a mid-sized model with fairly basic features, a larger deluxe model, a large wheelchair-accessible model, and a model that includes a shower enclosure. These four tubs show some of the variety this company offers, but several more great options are available, including extra large and extra small options.

One of this company’s best offerings is the previously mentioned Shower Enclosure model. This versatile model blends affordability and therapy features and comes in two different sizes. The Shower Enclosure tub lives up to Ameriglide’s mission of accessibility at a great price. 

Sanctuary 2653 Small/Medium Walk-In Tub
Sanctuary Hydrotherapy Plus Walk-In Tub
Sanctuary Small Shower Enclosure Walk-In Tub
Sanctuary Large Wheelchair Access Walk-In Tub
Style
Walk-In Tub
Therapy Walk-In Tub
Walk-In Tub/Shower Hybrid
Slide-In Tub
Size
26?  x 53?  x 38” 
30?  x 53? x 38? 
31" x 40" x 38"
30?  x 60? x 42? 
Materials
Reinforced fiberglass with triple gel coat finish
Reinforced fiberglass with triple gel coat finish
Industrial grade acrylic
Reinforced fiberglass with triple gel coat finish
Door
Inward swinging
Inward swinging
Outward swinging
Outward swinging 
Safety Features
Grab bar, anti-slip surfaces, ADA compliant seat
Grab bar, anti-slip surfaces, ADA compliant seat
Grab bar, anti-slip surfaces, ADA compliant seat
Grab bar, anti-slip surfaces, ADA compliant seat
Prices* 
$3,361+ 
$5,149+
$5,390+
$5,087+
Installation Facilitated by Company
Yes (optional)
Yes (optional)
Yes (optional)
Yes (optional)
Warranty
Limited Warranty
Limited Warranty
Limited Warranty
Limited Warranty

*All prices listed here are starting costs only. They do not include the costs of shipping, installation, or optional upgrades. Note that installation costs can be highly variable, and that shipping from Ameriglide typically costs $385. Ameriglide occasionally runs sales, in which case prices may start lower. 

Ameriglide Walk-In Tub Models and Features

Ameriglide has a large selection of walk-in tubs and walk-in tub/shower combinations. It also sells bathtub conversion kits for altering the accessibility of your existing tub. You can buy all Ameriglide items directly from the company’s website, and multiple financing options are available. Below you can learn about just a few of the many models that this brand offers.  

This walk-in tub is great for those looking for a safe, comfortable bathing experience. At 26″ W x 53″ L x 38″ H, this tub holds 50-60 Gallons and is considered small/medium. It’s inward swinging door means it doesn’t need much clearance from other bathroom items. 

The Sanctuary 2653 Small/Medium walk-in tub costs between $3,746-$5,326+. 

Features:

  • Relatively low 6” step 
  • Handheld shower head 
  • ADA Compliant seat (17” tall)
  • Option of white or biscuit (off-white) color 
  • Hydrotherapy jets (optional)
  • Air jets (optional)
  • Auto-drain (optional)

This gel coat Hydrotherapy Plus walk-in tub measures 30″ x 53″ x 38″. This version is slightly larger than some other models, and is considered the company’s luxury option. It comes standard with features that cost extra on most other models. It’s the perfect choice for a spa-like experience. 

The Hydrotherapy Plus costs between $5,149-$5,448, depending on which upgrades you select.

Features: 

  • Handheld shower head 
  • ADA compliant seat (17” tall)
  • 6” step
  • 6 water jets (includes heater)
  • 15 air jets (includes heater)
  • Aromatherapy system
  • Option of white or biscuit (off-white) color 
  • Auto-drain (optional)

The Shower Enclosure model functions as a walk-in tub and a seated shower. With a structure composed of industrial grade white acrylic and enclosed on three sides, it measures 30.5″ W x 40.5″ L x 37.5″ H. Its seat is 15” tall, and its step is about 7” tall. This design is perfect for small bathrooms or even mobile homes. The included handheld showerhead is versatile, and can mount high above the bather’s head for a traditional shower experience whenever desired. 

This model starts at $5,390, but it can cost up to $6,900+ if you select all optional features. Larger versions of this basic design are also available in separate listings, and will start at a higher price point.

  • Versatile handheld shower head 
  • Dual function as shower and tub
  • 7” step
  • Outward swinging door (provides easy seat access)
  • Hydrotherapy jets (optional)
  • Air jets (optional)
  • Auto-drain (optional)

This slide-in style tub measures 30″ W x 60″ L x 42″ H and holds 80-90 gallons, making it a perfect choice for seniors who like a little extra space. Its seat is 21” high and extra wide. Although the L-shaped door makes accessing the seat fairly easy overall, some seniors may struggle with the higher than average 13.5” step up into the tub. 

This model typically costs between $5,087-$7,200, depending on feature selection. Smaller tubs that are similarly designed are also available from Ameriglide, and may be a more affordable alternative for those who need the shape but not the size. 

Features:

  • Very roomy design
  • Handheld shower head 
  • L-shaped outward swinging door
  • Option of white or biscuit (off-white) color 
  • Hydrotherapy jets (optional)
  • Air jets (optional)
  • Dual air and jet system (optional)
  • Auto-drain (optional)

Ameriglide Walk-In Tub Installation and Warranty 

Installation

In many states, homeowners may choose to use an Ameriglide Authorized Contractor to install their walk-in tubs, or they can find a local installer. Installation costs vary significantly. Ameriglide lists contractors by state and province on its website. Currently, installation services are listed for only about 30 states, so many seniors will need to arrange for their installation with a local contractor. Scroll to the very bottom of any Ameriglide page and click on “Authorized Ameriglide Contractors” to access the list. 

Warranty

Ameriglide offers a limited but useful walk-in tub warranty. Below, you can learn about the basic terms of this warranty. A few models may have differing coverage, however. It’s wise to check the documentation on your individual model prior to purchasing.

Warranty coverage:

  • Door Seals: Lifetime
  • Tub itself: 10 years 
  • Pump and Motor: 5 years 
  • Faucets: 1 year

Note that Ameriglide warranties typically exclude excessive wear and environmental or cleaning damage to the surface. Numerous other exclusions and fees can apply, and labor costs associated with replacing parts are typically not covered. Seniors should note that Ameriglide tubs sold today may be offered with different warranty terms than they had in the past. 

Ameriglide Walk-In Tubs Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Offers walk-in tub/shower combinations
  • Sells bathtub conversion kits to improve the accessibility of an existing tub
  • Multiple financing options are available
  • Designs thoughtfully-crafted accessibility aids specifically for seniors and those with disabilities

Cons:

  • Different parts of the walk-in tubs are warrantied for different time periods, ranging from a lifetime to one year

Spirit Walk-In Tubs Review

Best for Safest Step Height

Spirit Walk-In Tubs is a small but mighty champion of the American-made sector of the industry. It impresses in several categories, including customer service (you may just speak with the owner of the company, Ron, when you call!) and reasonable cost. The company’s willingness to discuss pricing in detail over the phone is refreshing.

More than anything else, though, what sets Spirit apart from its competitors is that the step into all of its tubs is between 0-2.5” tall. A step height of even 2.5” is practically unheard of in the industry.  Most competitors’ tubs have more than a 6” step, so Spirit Walk-In Tubs is a great choice for those whose top priority for their tub is low step height.

Spirit does not provide detailed charts of its fourteen different walk-in tub models online. Instead, the company focuses on speaking with clients and tailoring each tub selection to the needs of the homeowner. Talking to a Spirit Walk-In Tubs staff member is a necessary and helpful step in the purchasing process.

Features
Spirit Walk-In Tubs
Style
Walk-In
Size
40"x 30" x 50" x 60"
Materials
Marine-grade gel coat fiberglass
Door
Inward swinging
Safety Features
0-2.5” step, grab bars, easy to use locks, ADA compliant seat height, anti-slip floor and seat, anti-scald technology
Price Range
$6,000-$10,500+ including installation
Installation Facilitated by Company
Yes
Warranty
Lifetime

Spirit Walk-In Tub Models and Features

Spirit Walk-In Tubs

Rather than listing individual models online, Spirit likes to get to know its customers needs and suggest a tub size that will work best. As such, we do not break down individual tub models below. Instead, we give an overview of the range of options that are available from Spirit.

Spirit Walk-In Tubs are highly customizable, but they will generally measure somewhere in this range: 40″ x 30″ x 50″ – 60″. Extra-wide, deep soaking, petite, and two-person models are typically available. All Spirit walk-in tubs are crafted from a seven-layer marine gel coat fiberglass and made without internal frames but are pretty stable. Unlike tubs with frames, these sit directly on the floor, enabling them all to have a 2.5″ or lower step, compared to steps of 3″ -9″ in other walk-in tubs. Seniors looking for more information on the quality construction of Spirit Walk-In Tubs may call the company or look directly at the manufacturer’s website (BOCA Walk-In Tubs).

Spirit’s pricing can vary substantially depending on the exact features you select. Online and over the phone, Spirit says its walk-in tubs cost between $6,000 and $10,500, including shipping and installation. This may be as much as half the cost of comparable tubs from some leading brands, making the company a great low to mid-range option for buyers hoping to stick to a budget. 

Safety Features 

Spirit Walk-In Tubs
  • 0-2.5” steps 
  • ADA compliant seat height (17”)
  • Smooth surfaces that discourage mold growth
  • Easy to use handles
  • Anti-scald technology with thermostatic control faucets
  • Leak-proof locking doors
  • Air jets (upgrade)
  • Water jets (upgrade)
  • Aromatherapy system (upgrade)
  • Bidet jets (upgrade)
  • Colored LED lights (upgrade)
  • Ozone sanitation system (upgrade)
  • Extra/custom grab bars and fill panels (upgrade)

Spirit Walk-In Tub Installation and Warranty

Installation

Spirit Walk-In Tubs are installed by a small network of installers who work closely with the owner of the company. Its range of service is West Coast, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Illinois, and East Coast. Installers may travel considerable distances to reach a client’s home. In many cases, Spirit offers one-day removal and installation. 

If you live outside the stated service areas of but are still interested in a product from Spirit Walk-In Tubs, you may want to call to see if the company will make an exception or if its service area is set to expand to your region. If you are interested in the features of the BOCA tubs that Spirit Walk-In Tubs sells but liv

Warranty

Spirit Walk-In Tubs offers a full lifetime warranty on all tubs, motors, and faucet sets. This warranty includes labor and has few, if any, exceptions. This excellent warranty can help you keep costs low over time and gives you peace of mind that you will be able to enjoy your tub for years to come.

With Spirit, if your tub has a problem, the company will work directly with you to solve it in a timely manner. To file warranty claims, customers simply need to call the company and the nearest technician will be sent out to your home as promptly as possible to assess the situation and get any necessary repairs started.

Spirit Walk-In Tubs Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • All walk-in-tubs have a low step height, between 0-2.5” tall
  • Each tub is highly customizable and made to order based on customer needs
  • Offers full lifetime warranty on all tubs, motors, and faucet sets
  • Excellent customer service

Cons:

  • Installation is limited to a small network of installers who only work within stated service areas

Hydro Dimensions Walk-In Tubs Review

Best for Affordable Therapy Options

Hydro Dimensions, an innovator in the walk-in tub industry since the early 1990s, offers sixteen different walk-in tubs in two different product lines: the HD Series Line and the Specialty Line. Between the two lines, there are 17 different models. We’ve reviewed a tub from each line so that you can get an idea of what’s offered, though there are many other models available. In general, the tubs in the specialty line are larger than average or are built for those with limited mobility.   

In addition to carrying so many tub models, Hydro Dimensions can customize your tub with a great range of therapy and comfort features. There are six distinct levels of jet upgrades plus some add-on features like lights and heaters. 

Even with upgrades, Hydro Dimensions tubs remain fairly reasonable, especially since their prices always include installation costs. Hydro Dimensions truly brings value to the walk-in tub market and makes top-quality therapy options accessible.

Features
HD Series 2645
HD Specialty Series 3555 Plus Size
Style
Walk-In Tub 
Bariatric Walk-In Tub
Size*
45" x 26" x 39"
55" x 35" x 40"
Materials
Gelcoat over fiberglass
Gelcoat over fiberglass
Door
Inward swinging 
Inward swinging 
Safety Features
Anti-slip floor, grab bars
Anti-slip floor, grab bar
Price Range
About $8,000-$12,000+ including installation
About $8,000-$12,000+ including installation
Installation Facilitated by Company
Yes
Yes
Warranty
Lifetime Warranty
Lifetime Warranty

*rounded to the nearest inch

Hydro Dimensions Walk-In Tub Models and Features

Seniors should note that Hydro Dimensions never sells directly to its own customers, nor does it sell its tubs through large retail chains. Instead, customers buy from approved Hydro Dimensions Dealers, which the company can connect you with. The availability of some of the models or features below may sometimes be impacted by the dealer in your area. 

Measuring 45″ x 26″ x 39.5”, this walk-in tub fits a standard bathtub space. An inward swinging door helps keep the tub from intruding too much on the rest of the bathroom. This model can be purchased as a soaker model for bathing only, or it can be upgraded with many different therapeutic features. 

As with all Hydro Dimensions models, this model’s cost is not listed on the company’s own website. Tub pricing from Hydro Dimensions is entirely dependent on which features the customer chooses, as well as the difficulty of the installation. This company’s general price range is $8,000-$12,000, though some projects could cost more.

Features:

  • Standard sizing to fit most bathrooms
  • 5-piece chrome faucet set with handheld showerhead
  • Gelcoat fiberglass shell
  • Right or left hinged doors
  • Extra grab bars (upgrade)
  • Heated backrest (upgrade)
  • Safe-T drain for quicker draining times (upgrade)
  • Aromatherapy (upgrade)
  • Chromatherapy (upgrade)
  • Headrests (upgrade)
  • Curtains (upgrade)
  • Stone-like wall kits for splash protection (upgrade)
  • Custom color matching (upgrade)
  • 6 different configurations of water and air jets, including heated options (upgrades)

This tub measures at a generous 55″ x 35.75″ x 40” and is designed with the comfort of bariatric bathers in mind. Like the 2645 model, it features an inward swinging door and can be upgraded in numerous ways to meet the differing needs of all buyers. Also like the model above, this model’s price cannot be precisely determined without an in-home consultation with a dealer. It’s likely to cost between $8,000-$12,000 (installation included), but could be higher depending on how many upgrades are selected.

Features:

  • Extra-roomy interior
  • 5-piece chrome faucet set with handheld showerhead
  • Gelcoat fiberglass shell
  • Right or left hinged doors
  • Extra grab bars (upgrade)
  • Heated backrest (upgrade)
  • Safe-T drain for quicker draining times (upgrade)
  • Aromatherapy (upgrade)
  • Chromatherapy (upgrade)
  • Headrests (upgrade)
  • Curtains (upgrade)
  • Stone-like wall kits for splash protection (upgrade)
  • Custom color matching (upgrade)
  • 6 different configurations of water and air jets, including heated options (upgrades)

Hydro Dimensions Walk-In Tub Installation and Warranty

Installation

Installation of Hydro Dimensions tubs is always handled by Hydro Dimensions’ experienced, professional dealers. For a tub plus installation, the homeowner can expect to spend between $8,000 and $12,000 at a minimum, and the number could be higher if the tub is loaded with extra features. A walk-in tub with some additional features is typically valued between $5,000-$8,000 before installation, but Hydro Dimensions never sells its tubs without an installation package.

Warranty

Hydro Dimensions offers a Lifetime Warranty for the original purchaser. Parts and labor are included for the first year, and after the first year, the warranty changes to cover parts only. Surface blemishes due to misuse, abuse, or “normal wear” are not covered by the warranty. If a part (such as a faucet, for example) breaks during the first year of your walk-in tub ownership, you can call Hydro Dimensions, and they will send someone to fix the problem for you at no cost.

Suppose the same thing happened in the second year or later. In that case, you will either be billed for the Hydro Dimension dealer or employee’s labor when they replace the part for you, or else you will receive the part in the mail and have to arrange for someone of your choice to install the new part at your cost. For more information on the particulars of this warranty, you can contact Hydro Dimensions at (888) 818-7111.

Hydro Dimensions Walk-In Tubs Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Prices include installation cost
  • Multiple enhancement options, including massage therapy
  • High design upgrades, including stone-like wall kits and custom color matching
  • Offers 17 different tub models

Cons:

  • Since customers can only buy from approved Hydro Dimensions Dealers, the availability of some models or features may be impacted by the dealer in your area.

American Standard Walk-in Tub Review

Best for Transparent Pricing

With over 140 years of industry experience, mergers, and growth, American Standard is a leader in the world of bathroom and kitchen fixtures. The name of American Standard has changed a few times over the years, but its core value of innovation has remained. 

Now American Standard helps consumers with the next wave of home improvement- making homes accessible to the elderly and disabled. This company offers a large selection of walk-in tubs at a variety of price points and styles. Since the cost of every tub and its upgrades are clearly labeled online, American Standard takes the guesswork out of comparison shopping and makes life that much easier for buyers. 

We’ve chosen to review one model to represent American Standard’s Value Series walk-in tub line and another to represent its Luxury Series line. The Value Series model represents a great wheelchair accessible choice, and the Luxury Series model is a great example of a tub with more advanced features.

Features
Value Series 32×52 inch Soaking Tub 
Luxury Series 28×48-inch Combination Massage Walk-In Tub 
Style
Slide-In
Walk-In Tub
Size
32" x 52" x 40"
37.5"  x 48" x 28"
Materials
Gelcoat
Acrylic
Door
Outward Swinging
Inward Swinging
Safety Features
Anti-slip floor, grab bars
Anti-slip floor, grab bars
Price 
$7,468 pre-installation 
$11,140 pre-installation
Installation Facilitated by Company
Yes (optional)
Yes (optional)
Warranty
Limited Warranty or Lifetime Warranty 
Limited Warranty or Lifetime Warranty

American Standard Walk-In Tub Models and Features

American Standard is an unusual company due to the fact that it lists over 200 different models on its website. In reality, many of these models are similar, and will be categorized as an air bath, a walk-in whirlpool tub, a combination massage tub, or a deep soaking tub. They’ll be further split into product lines, as well. Below you can learn more about two of the many great options offered.

Limited-mobility bathers, such as those in wheelchairs, will find this gelcoat tub a convenient choice. Its dimensions are 32” x 52” x 40”, and it can be installed to fill 60” long space using the included extender kit, if needed. As a slide-in soaking tub, this model is ideal for a warm, safe, no-frills bathing experience. Built with an outward swinging, L-shaped door that allows for direct access to the seat, the soaking tub accommodates those who are unable to maneuver around a door and tub wall to get to the seat.

This model has a list price of $7,468 pre-installation, but it can vary based on upgrade selections and which retailer you purchase it from.  

Features:

  • Patented “Quick-drain” 
  • Handheld shower head 
  • Choice of right or left door and drain orientation
  • Choice of white or linen color
  • Fast-fill tub faucet
  • Polished chrome trim
  • Headrest (optional, extra cost)
  • Extra grab bars (one built-in bar comes standard, extras add cost)

This Combination Massage Walk-In Tub is a high-end model built for ultimate relaxation. This high-gloss acrylic tub measures 37.5”  x 48” x 28″, and like many other American Standard models, it can be extended to fill a 60” space. Since this model has an inward swinging door, it’s best for seniors who are steady enough to step in and around the door, and it may be difficult to use for those in wheelchairs. This tub comes standard with three forms of therapy, making it one of the most luxurious models offered by American Standard. 

In most cases, this model should cost between $9,470-$11,140 pre-installation, but you may see higher or lower prices at some retailers. If you’re seeing a different price, check to see if the same features are included or not.

Features:

  • Patented Quick Drain 
  • 13 whirlpool heated massage water jets
  • 26 heated air jets for relaxing bubbles
  • Self-cleaning features for both jet systems
  • Multicolored lights for relaxing chromotherapy experience
  • Headrest
  • Choice of right or left door and drain can be orientation
  • Choice of white or linen color
  • Extra grab bars (one built-in bar comes standard, extras add cost)

American Standard Walk-In Tubs Installation and Warranty 

Installation

Homeowners can buy American Standard tubs without an installation package, or they can choose to receive a free installation estimate. An online form on American Standard’s website can be used to schedule an in-home visit from an American Standard Safety Specialist. Seniors should keep in mind that installation costs can vary tremendously based on location, the size of your bathroom, and other factors. Many retailers, such as Lowes and Home Depot, may offer their own installation packages, so enquire locally if you wish. 

Warranty 

American Standard offers two distinct walk-in tub warranties. If you opt to have one of American Standard’s factory-trained specialists install your tub, your tub will have a complete lifetime warranty that includes installation and labor. This is one of the best warranties available out of all the companies we reviewed.

American Standard offers a limited warranty for its walk-in tubs that are not installed by one of its specialists. In this case, the coverage for acrylic tubs is better than the coverage for high-gloss Gelcoat tubs.

Limited Acrylic Warranty

  • Tub shell: 15 years
  • Components: 10 years 
  • Door seal: Lifetime

Limited Gelcoat Warranty

  • Tub shell: 10 years 
  • Components: 5 years 
  • Door seal: Lifetime 

American Standard Walk-In Tubs Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Long-time, trusted industry leader
  • Multiple wheelchair-accessible and luxury feature models
  • If a company specialist installs your tub, then you will have a complete lifetime warranty that includes installation and labor
  • Offers financing to some individuals

Cons:

  • Prices on website do not include installation estimate

Independent Home Walk-In Tubs Review

Best for Variety of Sizes, Spaces, and Abilities

Independent Home has been bringing gel coat walk-in tubs into seniors’ homes for over fifteen years. A small family-owned business, Independent Home only makes walk-in tubs. All of its resources are focused on supplying you with the best of this industry niche.

The number of models Independent Home carries isn’t overwhelmingly large. Yet, it manages to have options for many different body types and abilities and many different home space requirements. Some of Independent Home’s options are a slide-in tub, a shower-tub hybrid, a tub with a sling, a bariatric tub, and a cube-like tub that works well in small bathrooms. 

We’ve chosen to review the Access Walk-In bathtub and the Cube Walk-In Bathtub because these two tubs appeal to different needs. 

Features
Access Walk-In Tub
Cube Walk-In Tub
Style
Slide-In Walk-In Tub
Compact Walk-In Tub
Size
32" x 54" x 40"
26" x 37" x 36" or 31" x 35" x 40"
Materials
Gelcoat fiberglass
Gelcoat fiberglass 
Door
Outward swinging 
Outward swinging 
Safety Features
Grab bars, anti-slip floor
Grab bars, anti-slip floor and seat
Price Range
Pricing information available after an in-home consultation
Pricing information available after an in-home consultation
Installation Facilitated by Company
Yes
Yes
Warranty
Lifetime 
Lifetime 

Independent Home Walk-In Tub Models and Features

The access walk-in tub features a design that’s ideal for those in wheelchairs and those with other mobility issues. It measures 32” x 54” x 40” and has a 34” outward-swinging door which allows maximum access to the ADA compliant seat. 

Independent Home values the role of its in-person consultations in its sales process, and as a result it posts relatively little information about its tubs online. Given its quality and features, a model like this is likely to cost 10,000+ after installation, but to learn more about pricing, you’ll need to consult directly with the company. Independent Home does offer financing to those with approved credit. 

Features:

  • Gelcoat fiberglass shell
  • Right or left hinging on doors
  • Handheld showerhead
  • Water Jets (upgrade) 
  • Air jets (upgrade)
  • Heated seats (upgrade)
  • Aromatherapy(upgrade)
  • Colored LED lights (upgrade)

Independent Home’s Cube Walk-In Tub comes in two sizes in cube-like proportions. The available sizes are 26” x 37” x 36” and 31” x 35” x 40”. This tub is unique because it fits in a typical small shower stall space, whereas the majority of walk-in tubs fit in a traditional bathtub space. The Cube has an outward swinging door since the interior of the tub is compact. As with the Access model and other models, to learn about the Cube’s pricing you will need to speak directly with Independent Home sales representatives.

Features: 

  • Gelcoat fiberglass shell
  • Internal steel frame
  • Adjustable leveling feet on the internal frame
  • Right or left hinging on doors
  • Handheld showerhead
  • Water Jets (upgrade) 
  • Air jets (upgrade)
  • Heated seats (upgrade)
  • Aromatherapy(upgrade)
  • Colored LED lights (upgrade)

Independent Home Walk-In Tubs Installation and Warranty

Installation

Independent Home installers can often complete installation in just one or two days. Before the installation, a company representative walks homeowners through pictures and videos of similar installation projects. Hence, they know just what to expect and take some stress out of the process. Installation is always included in the price of your Independent Home walk-in tub.

Warranty

Independent Home offers a “no-nonsense” full lifetime warranty on all its tubs. The warranty is one of the few in the industry that is an added cost. While no one wants to add more to this already significant purchase price, adding a warranty can be a smart move.

Full lifetime warranties that don’t list a considerable number of exceptions and special circumstances are somewhat rare, and Independent Home’s warranty is one of them. This warranty will offer better coverage than many free warranties on the market. If something breaks or stops working correctly, Independent Home technicians will come to your home and repair or replace what’s broken without charging you for parts or labor. This warranty may even extend to the complete replacement of a tub if that step is warranted.

Independent Home Walk-In Tubs Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Offers a variety of tubs to fit in different home space requirements, including a cube-like tub that works well in small bathrooms
  • Full lifetime warranty with no exceptions
  • Durable, “marine-grade” finish
  • Standard safety features included, like anti-slip floors and two grab bars

Cons:

  • Warranty comes at an added cost

Freedom Bathtubs Walk-In Tubs Review

Best for Slide-in Tub

Freedom Bathtubs by Accessibility Professionals Inc. is on a mission to bring safety, relaxation, and independence to all seniors. The company’s line of Freedom Bathtubs offers just two models: a walk-in tub model and a slide-in model, both of which are simple and practical. 

Accessibility Professionals sells one of the best wheelchair accessible tubs on the market. Built with a low step height (6”) compared to many other slide-in tubs, this slide-in option offers increased safety for those with mobility challenges. It also has a heated seat for extra comfort and comes at a very competitive price, especially for tubs with a heated seat. 

Features
Walk-In Bathtub, Swing In Door 
Walk-In Bathtub, Swing Out Door
Style
Walk-In Tub
Slide-In Tub 
Size*
51" x 30" x 41"
51.25" x 30" x 40"
Materials
Acrylic 
Acrylic 
Door
Inward swinging
Outward swinging door
Safety Features
anti-slip floor, bars, low step
anti-slip floor, bars, low step, wheelchair accessible seat
Price Range
$4,840 pre-installation
$5,720 pre-installation
Installation Facilitated by Company
Yes (through referrals)
Yes (through referrals)
Warranty
Limited Warranty 
Limited Warranty

*Rounded to the nearest inch

 Freedom Bathtubs Walk-In Tub Models and Features

Freedom Bathtub’s walk-in model measures 51” x 29.5” x 41”. Its 22.5” extra-wide seat makes the bath comfortable for those who like elbow room. This model’s door swings inward. This walk-in can be upgraded with a few different therapy options. 

This model’s regular price is $4,840, though during sales it may be listed for as little as $3,243. Installation is not included in these prices.  Adding upgrades such as heated seats or jets can increase your costs to $4,864+. 

Features:

  • Acrylic and fiberglass shell
  • Handheld shower with a 5’ hose
  • ¾” entry pipe filler for better fill speed
  • heated shell (upgrade, cannot be combined with jet features) 
  • Water jets (upgrade) 
  • Air jets (upgrade)

This slide-in tub measures 51.25” x 29.5” x 40.25”. Its outward swinging door is L-shaped and gives bathers who have trouble standing, such as those in wheelchairs, very direct access to the seat. Along with these standard features, there are available upgrade options.

This model starts at $5,720 in most cases, though it may be about $3,830 when on sale. Adding therapy options such as jets can increase your total to about $5,454+. Keep in mind that this total does not include installation costs.

Features:

  • Acrylic and fiberglass shell
  • Handheld shower with a 5’ hose
  • ¾” entry pipe filler for better fill speed
  • heated shell (upgrade, cannot be combined with jet features) 
  • Water jets (upgrade) 
  • Air jets (upgrade)

Freedom Bathtubs Installation and Warranty

Installation

Accessibility Professionals does not handle installations itself, but it can make the installation process easier for you by referring you to a dealer. You may also choose to find your own contractors. Seniors should bear in mind that installations can cost thousands of dollars in some cases, depending on their complexity.

Warranty

Accessibility Professionals walk-in tub warranties cover different parts of the tub for different periods of time. The warranty applies to defects in workmanship or material, and it does not cover labor costs.

This means that if, for example, the hydrotherapy pump on your walk-in tub stopped working two years after you got the tub, the company would supply you with a new pump, but they would either charge you for the labor costs of removing the old one and installing the new one, or else they would simply expect you to find your own repair person and pay them to remove and replace the part.

You can see more complete coverage details below:

  • Door seal: Limited lifetime  
  • Water and air pumps: 5 years
  • Structural components excluding glass and mirrors: 10 years
  • Spare parts purchased separately: 1 year
  • Miscellaneous: 10 years

Freedom Bathtubs Walk-In Tubs Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Walk-in model has a low step height (6”) and heated seat
  • Offers flexibility to choose your own contractor for installation
  • Transparent online pricing

Cons:

  • Offers only two models
  • Small list of available upgrades

Ariel Walk-In Tubs Review

Lowest Tub Cost

Ariel connects seniors to designer-style bathroom fixtures without the designer price tag. Through Ariel, walk-in tubs become accessible to those that otherwise may not have room in their budgets for such a significant purchase.

Some of Ariel’s tubs sell for less than $2,000 (pre-installation), an uncommonly low price in the industry. Its most economical models are its “soaker” tubs (tubs without jetting and therapy options). Despite the low cost of Ariel’s soaker models, these tubs are functional, attractive, and equipped with hand showers and faucets. Choosing an Ariel soaker model is a great way to move away from the dangers of using a reclining tub.

Ariel has many walk-in tub listings on their website, but they have only one walk-tub shape (standard walk-in with an inward swinging door). It comes in five slightly different sizes and three levels of therapy. Each tub also comes with the option of having the door on the right or left side. These options, paired in different ways, account for all of the listed Ariel models.

We’ve selected one of the least expensive soaker tubs and one of the most costly dual therapy tubs in very similar sizes to compare to each other. Comparing these two models will give you an idea of Ariel’s price and feature ranges.

Features
WALKIN 3052 ( R ) SOAKER
WALKIN 3054 ( R ) DUAL
Style
Walk-In Tub 
Walk-In Tub 
Size
40” x 30” x 52”
38” x 30” x 54”
Materials
Fiberglass reinforced acrylic with gelcoat
Fiberglass reinforced acrylic with gelcoat
Door
Inward swinging
Inward swinging
Safety Features
Grab bar, anti-slip floor
Grab bar, anti-slip floor
Price 
$4,310
$5,340
Installation Facilitated by Company
No
No
Warranty
Limited Warranty
Limited Warranty

Ariel Bath Walk-In Tub Models and Features

The Ariel Walk-In 3052 Soaker measures 40” x 30” x 52”. This model is an affordable option for someone who wants a comfortable, warm bath without having to deal with a high step or the discomfort of fully reclining in a traditional tub. 

Ariel makes its prices readily available on its own website. This model’s regular price is $4,312, but it often is listed at the sale price of just $2,000, making it one of the lowest cost models we have seen. Keep in mind that this cost does not include installation, but it does include shipping. Prices on this and similar models may vary when purchased at other retailers.

Features:

  • Simple design
  • Chrome faucet and showerhead 
  • White acrylic shell
  • Fast drain
  • Corrosion resistant

The Walk-In 3054 Dual tub is a more luxurious option than the 3052 Soaker model. The Dual Tub measures a similar 38” x 30” x 54”, but it comes standard with dual air and water jets for a therapeutic bath. Air bubbles and streams of water massage and soothe.

This upgraded version of the Walk-In 3052 has a list price of $4,620 with free shipping. However, on sale it sometimes lists for $2,899. Due to its popularity, this model may sometimes be hard to find in stock. 

Features:

  • Simple design
  • Chrome faucet and showerhead 
  • White acrylic shell
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Fast drain
  • Air jets
  • Water jets

Ariel Walk-In Tubs Installation and Warranty

Installation

Installation of all Ariel tubs is the responsibility of the homeowner. Pricing will vary depending on the plumber and the state of the bathroom. If you purchase your Ariel walk-in tub through a third-party retailer, it’s possible that the retailer may have some helpful suggestions on who to hire locally for the installation.

Warranty

Ariel’s limited warranty covers defects in the bathtub and its components for one year. The warranty never covers labor and installation costs, and neither is damage done to surrounding materials due to defects in the tub.

Some circumstances can void the warranty, such as if the tub is installed differently than its instructions, so be sure to check the specific details of the policy before installation.

This warranty is one of the most limited out of all the companies we’ve reviewed. Ariel keeps their tub costs so low by not offering a more comprehensive warranty since warranties are a liability to the company. At such a low price, an Ariel tub may still be an excellent choice for you despite the shortness of its warranty.

Ariel Bath Walk-In Tubs Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Prices clearly listed on website
  • Offer designer-style tubs without the designer price tag
  • Free shipping on all products
  • Flexibility to shop around for the best installation price

Cons:

  • Only one walk-in tub shape offered (standard walk-in with an inward swinging door)
  • Short 1-year warranty

Jacuzzi Walk-In Tubs Review

Best for Industry Experience

The Jacuzzi family brand brought hydrotherapy into homes in the 1950s. The original immersible Jacuzzi hydrotherapy pump, which predates all home hot tubs and walk-in tubs, was made to benefit a rheumatic Jacuzzi family member. While the walk-in tub itself is a reasonably recent chapter in the company’s history, the brand has demonstrated time and again that it knows hydrotherapy.

The Jacuzzi brand now makes some of the most luxurious walk-in tubs. Hydrotherapy and air therapy options make these walk-in tubs just as relaxing as the Jacuzzi hot tubs many of us have already experienced, but with the added benefits of safer design and indoor use.  

We’ve provided an overview of Finestra, Jacuzzi’s only walk-in tub model. Although it comes in a basic rectangular shape and standard size, this model can be purchased with various feature configurations, making it a versatile choice.

Features
Finestra Walk-In Tub
Style
Walk-In
Size
36" x 52" or 60" x 38" 
Materials
High gloss acrylic
Door
Inward swinging
Safety Features
Grab bars, low step, anti-slip floor, wide door
Price Range*
$2,925-$,8,000+ pre-installation
Installation Facilitated by Company
No
Warranty
Limited Lifetime Warranty

*Jacuzzi does not list the prices of its walk-in tubs on its own website, so costs are an estimate only based on information provided from a variety of retailers.

Walk-In Tub Models and Features

Unlike many other brands, Jacuzzi does not offer a wide range of models with differing shapes and sizes for its walk-in tubs. However, it’s one model, the Finestra, does in a variety of different configurations. Below you can learn about its standard and optional features.

The Finestra typically measures 36” wide, and 52”-60” long, and 38” high. Past versions of this model were offered in other sizes, but are unlikely to be in-stock anywhere at this time. Seniors should also note that past versions of Finestra had a straight door, whereas this version has a slightly L-shaped/curved door.  All Jacuzzi Finestra walk-in tubs are made of ergonomically designed acrylic. They also all feature the same low step and an inward swinging door, and you may choose whether your tub door is hinged on the right or left side. 

Seniors can opt for all of the optional jets and other luxury features of Finestra if their budgets allow, but selecting the “soaker” configuration will provide basic walk-in tub benefits at the lowest price. The current version of the Finestra goes for between roughly $2,925-$,8,000+ pre-installation. You may find that pricing and available features will vary greatly depending on the retailer. Jacuzzi does have some showrooms of its own across the USA, and shopping through these showrooms may provide access to the most feature combinations.

Features:

  • Fast-fill faucet
  • Handheld shower head
  • White, almond, or oyster color options
  • ADA compliant seat height
  • Neckrest (upgrade)
  • Whirlpool water jets (upgrade)
  • Air jets (upgrade, may be referred to as the “salon spa” feature)
  • In-line water heater (upgrade)
  • Seat heater (upgrade)
  • Fast fill faucet (upgrade)
  • Colored LED lights (upgrade)

Jacuzzi Walk-In Tubs Installation and Warranty

Installation

In the past, Jacuzzi has offered walk-in tubs that could be purchased directly from Jacuzzi and installed by its contractors. You may wish to call Jacuzzi and ask if any such option is available in your zip code. However, at this time, Finestra walk-in tubs are mainly offered through third-party retailers and do not include the option of installation by Jacuzzi. Some retail locations have their own networks of local installers which they may offer you. If you cannot find such an arrangement, you will need to look for an installer on your own. Keep in mind that installation costs can easily run into the thousands, and that any mistakes made by an installer you hire will not be covered under your Jacuzzi warranty. 

Warranty

Jacuzzi offers a limited lifetime warranty on:

  • Bathtub shells 
  • Pumps
  • Jets
  • Controls
  • Blowers
  • Heaters

A one year warranty applies to other “options and accessories” not listed above. 

Jacuzzi also provides a 2-year warranty on labor if one of its specialists install your tub- as discussed above, this is unlikely to be the case for most customers. Other restrictions may also apply, and it’s important to read any warranty information you receive closely at the time of purchase.

Jacuzzi Walk-In Tubs Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Long-time trusted brand and leader in the industry
  • Wide variety of add-on features available
  • The Finestra model offers many different configuration options
  • Showrooms available across the USA for shopping convenience

Cons:

  • Prices not listed on website
  • Only one walk-in tub model offered

Ella’s Bubbles Walk-In Tubs Review

Best for Two-Person Walk-In Tubs

Ella’s Bubbles makes its tubs in America with an unparalleled dedication to beauty and design. Several of its acrylic tubs are remarkable for their distinctive look, featuring stylish frosted tempered glass doors that will complement any space. This company does an excellent job of offering a variety of price points to meet differing needs. 

We’ve reviewed a slide-in tub, a two-person tub, and a petite tub from Ella’s Bubbles in this article because those tubs address three unique needs that seniors may have. Ella’s Bubbles carries over 20 different models, including unique “lay down” models and “front loading” models that are difficult to find elsewhere. These models are excellent choices for wheelchair users, couples, and petite bathers.   

Perhaps the best tubs that Ella’s Bubbles offer are its two-person tubs. Ella’s Bubbles has three of these in its inventory, while most other walk-in tub companies do not provide any. The Companion walk-in tub or one of the other two-seat models is an ideal home improvement option for couples aging in place together.

Features
Transfer30 Walk-In Tub
Companion Walk-In Tub
Petite Walk-In Tub – good
Style
Slide-In Tub
Two-person Walk-In Tub 
Walk-In Tub
Size*
30″ x 52″ x 42″
32” x 60” x 38”
28" x 52"-59" x 38"
Materials
Acrylic
Acrylic
Acrylic
Door
Outward swinging
Inward Swinging
Inward swinging 
Safety Features
anti-slip floor, grab bars
Anti-slip floor, grab bars
Anti-slip floor, grab bars
Price Range**
$5,31-$6,420+ pre-installation
$4,360-$8,240 pre-installation
$3,525-$5,500+pre-installation
Installation Facilitated by Company
Yes (optional)
Yes (optional)
Yes (optional)
Warranty
Limited Lifetime 
Limited Lifetime
Limited Lifetime

*Rounded to the nearest inch.

** Ella’s bubbles lists only some cost information on its website. The prices above are estimates only obtained from a variety of retailers. A range of costs is listed for each tub because costs vary depending on which features you select. The prices above do not include the cost of installation. 

It’s important to note that for all of the models below, which features are considered “standard” and which are considered upgrades will vary depending on where you make your purchase. Ella’s Bubbles sells its walk-in tubs directly to customers on its own website and over the phone as well as through other retailers such as the Home Depot and Amazon.com. 

The Transfer30 Tub (often just called “Transfer”) features an L-shaped door that is perfect for those in wheelchairs to slide into with minimal effort. The unique door shape also allows the door to clear a 21” tall toilet seat in cases where bathroom space is very tight, so this tub is a great choice even for those who are not disabled. Although its standard proportions are 30″ wide x 52″ long x 42” tall, its exterior length can be extended to 60″ in cases where filling a gap between the tub and the wall is desirable. This model is also available with the Transfer60 and Transfer32, which have slightly more spacious designs. 

Like most models from Ellla’s bubbles, this walk-in tub is highly customizable. You can opt for the most basic features if you’re trying to keep costs low, but there are plenty of upgrades. Depending on where you make your purchase and which optional features you select, the cost of this walk-in tub will vary between $5,31-$6,420+ pre-installation. Be aware that some retailers will sell this model without any faucet set included. If you see an unusually low price, it may indicate that the faucet has to be purchased separately. Below, you can learn more about standard and optional for this model. 

Features:

  • Outward swinging door with a unique shape for easy access to the seat
  • Adjustable threshold height
  • Special 3-latch door system for reduced leak risk
  • 2” dual drains for quicker drain time 
  • 2-piece faucet and handheld shower set 
  • Multiple styles of 5-piece faucet and handheld shower sets (upgrade) 
  • Choice of push buttons or a digital control panel for therapy features (upgrade)
  • Thermostatic control valve faucet to prevent scalding (upgrade)
  • Heated seat and backrest (upgrade)
  • Multiple neck support and seat cushion options (upgrade)
  • Overhead showerhead installation (upgrade)
  • Folding glass bath screen (upgrade)
  • 360 Swivel Tray for drinks (upgrade)
  • Air Jets for massage effect (upgrade)
  • Infusion Microbubble Therapy for skin care (upgrade)
  • Water Jets (upgrade)
  • Colored LED lights (upgrade)

The Companion is one of Ella’s Bubble’s three two-seat walk-in tubs. The smallest of the three, it measures 30″ wide x 60 ″ long and features two seats that face each other. With many therapy upgrades available, this tub can provide relaxation and help couples with their aches and pains. Its attractive stainless steel and tempered glass door swings outward. Unlike the other two-person models offered, the Companion has an attractive stainless steel and frosted glass door that adds a modern touch to the bathroom. 

You can find this model listed for between $4,360-$8,240+ pre-installation. The least expensive versions of this model may be listed as “soaker” walk-in tubs, which just indicates that they have few or no therapy features included.

Features:

  • Inward swinging door with tasteful glass panel
  • Adjustable threshold height
  • 2-latch door system for reduced leak risk
  • 2” dual drains for quicker drain time 
  • 2-piece faucet and handheld shower set 
  • Multiple styles of 5-piece faucet and handheld shower sets (upgrade) 
  • Choice of push buttons or a digital control panel for therapy features (upgrade)
  • Thermostatic control valve faucet to prevent scalding (upgrade)
  • Heated seat and backrest (upgrade)
  • Multiple neck support and seat cushion options (upgrade)
  • Overhead showerhead installation (upgrade)
  • Folding glass bath screen (upgrade)
  • 360 Swivel Tray for drinks (upgrade)
  • Air Jets for massage effect (upgrade)
  • Infusion Microbubble Therapy for skin care (upgrade)
  • Water Jets (upgrade)
  • Colored LED lights (upgrade)

Ella’s Petite walk-in tub features an inward swinging door and relatively slim proportions of 28″ wide x 52″ long designed to fit into tight spaces. Because it’s so narrow, this tub can be carried through most door frames, whereas wider tubs often cannot, causing problems during installation.The external length of this tub may be extended 59” to better accommodate bathroom design. This model also has the same stylish U-shaped tempered glass and stainless steel door that the Companion model (above) does.

Like most models from this company, the Petite walk-in tub comes in a basic soaker model as well as in models with advanced features. The price typically ranges between $3,525-$5,500+ pre-installation. This tub can include comfort features such as a heated seat. A proprietary detachable swivel tray makes it easy to keep a glass of water or other personal items handy. 

Features:

  • Inward swinging door with tasteful glass panel
  • Detachable swivel tray for drinks (upgrade)
  • Adjustable threshold height
  • 2” dual drains for quicker drain time 
  • 2-piece faucet and handheld shower set 
  • Multiple styles of 5-piece faucet and handheld shower sets (upgrade) 
  • Choice of push buttons or a digital control panel for therapy features (upgrade)
  • Thermostatic control valve faucet to prevent scalding (upgrade)
  • Heated seat and backrest (upgrade)
  • Multiple neck support and seat cushion options (upgrade)
  • Overhead showerhead installation (upgrade)
  • Folding glass bath screen (upgrade)
  • 360 Swivel Tray for drinks (upgrade)
  • Air Jets for massage effect (upgrade)
  • Infusion Microbubble Therapy for skin care (upgrade)
  • Water Jets (upgrade)
  • Colored LED lights (upgrade)

Ella’s Bubbles Walk-In Tubs Installation and Warranty

Installation

Consumers may buy an Ella’s Bubbles tub apart from an installation package. However, the company does have a large network of experienced installers at its disposal. Call Ella’s Bubbles for more information. Installation prices vary greatly. An Ella’s Bubbles representative told us that, including installation, walk-in tub projects can sometimes cost up to $53,000, though most will not cost that much.

Warranty

Ella’s Bubble’s manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty covers:

  • Shell
  • Frame
  • Door seal
  • Finish

A limited 5-year warranty covers most other pieces of “supporting equipment” on the tub under normal use and conditions. Certain upgrades, such as the Thermostatic Control Valve (TCV), are only covered for a year.

Warranties from Ella’s Bubbles never cover the cost of labor. This means that if something on your tub breaks while under warranty, Ella’s Bubbles will ship a replacement part to you, but they will not send anyone out to perform the necessary service on the tub, nor will they reimburse your cost of hiring someone to install the new part. The warranty applies to the original owner at the original address. Some circumstances can void the warranty, such as excessive sun exposure or improper installation or cleaning techniques.

Ella’s Bubbles Walk-In Tubs Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Offers three unique, two-person walk-in tub models
  • Option of purchasing directly through the company, or through other retailers such as the Home Depot and Amazon.com
  • Multiple upgrade features available
  • Petite walk-in tub models fit in smaller areas if space is a concern

Cons:

  • Some retailers might require a separate purchase for seemingly standard features, like the faucet

Safe Step Walk-In Tub Review

Best Warranty

Safe Step is one of the most high-end walk-in tub companies in price, product, and service. While it only carries two walk-in models, the models it does have are customizable and come standard with many luxuries that other companies deem upgrades.

Safe Step has also crafted one of the most generous lifetime warranties in the industry. The company’s warranty covers the costs of labor and the repair or replacement of parts. Most walk-in tub warranties exclude labor charges or only cover it for a limited time, such as one year. Safe Step, in contrast, truly recognizes that covering labor costs makes a big difference for tub owners.

Features
Walk-In Tub
The Hybrid Tub
Style
Walk-In Tub 
Walk-In Tub and Shower Hybrid
Size
Customizable
Customizable
Material
Acrylic and gelcoat
Acrylic and gelcoat
Door
Inward swinging
Inward swinging
Safety Features
Anti-slip surfaces, grab bars, low 4" step
Anti-slip surfaces, grab bars, low 4" step
Price Range
Company does not share pricing except during in-home consultations
Company does not share pricing except during in-home consultations
Installation Facilitated by Company
Yes
Yes
Warranty
Lifetime including labor, excluding caulking 
Lifetime including labor, excluding caulking 

Safe Step Walk-In Tubs Models and Features 


Safe Step walk-in tubs have acrylic shells with gelcoat finishes, and they can be ordered in custom sizes. The most common size ordered for this tub is 30” height x 52” length. Tub widths vary but are generally 38” wide or wider if bathroom space permits. This walk-in tub is thoughtfully crafted in the USA, with a safe, low step and levers designed to be easy to use. Certain therapy features come standard for this model. Seniors should note that the doors only swing inward. This saves space in the bathroom but can make getting situated in the tub difficult for some seniors.

This tub will fall on the higher end of the walk-in tub price spectrum in many cases, though exact costs vary. The tub size you need and your bathroom’s existing features may impact your cost. This company doesn’t share any pricing information over the phone or online, but its estimated prices range between $11,000-$16,000+ including installation. Free in-home consultations are offered to determine the cost on a case-by-case basis, and financing information is also available during your consultation.

Features:

  • External towel bar on door (very rare feature)
  • Handheld showerhead
  • 17” seat height
  • Option of door installation on right or left
  • Easy to unlatch handles
  • Colored lights included (chromotherapy)
  • Self-cleaning water jets included (hydrotherapy)
  • Air jet system with built-in aromatherapy settings 
  • Heated seats

The Hybrid tub resembles Safe Step’s regular walk-in tubs in nearly every way, to the point where it could almost be considered the same model. However, the hybrid model has the added benefit of a showerhead positioned above the bather, just like in a traditional shower. The bather can soak in the filled tub in this walk-in tub while also enjoying a shower from above.

Seniors may also choose not to fill the tub and just use the shower function. Since it allows both sitting and standing, it’s a perfect choice for seniors who have different needs day-to-day depending on their fluctuating energy levels. This model will likely cost more than a regular walk-in tub model of the exact dimensions, but the price difference should not be significant.

Features:

  • All of the same size options and safety features as the regular model
  • All of the soothing therapy features from the regular model
  • Rainfall showerhead adjustable for your height 
  • Dual showerhead system lets you use handheld and overhead options simultaneously without water pressure issues

Safe Step Walk-In Tubs Warranty and Installation

Installation

Safe Step uses certified, fully-insured dealers and contractors to handle all installations. Installation is always included in the quoted cost of your walk-in tub, and most installation projects can be completed in one or two days. Seniors should be aware that sometimes adding a walk-in tub to your bathroom will require changes to plumbing, the addition of new tile on the wall, or other modifications to the existing bathroom. and you should be prepared to discuss any such needs. Safe Step’s Installation Guide provides more detailed information on what to expect when calculating installation costs. 

Warranty

Safe Step’s limited lifetime warranty is one of the most generous warranties available for walk-in tubs since it covers labor. Below you can learn about what makes it valuable, and also learn about its limits. Online, Safe Step emphasizes coverage of manufacturing defects, but the exact terms of what counts as a defect are not spelled out.

The lifetime warranty applies to the following items:

  • Tub 
  • Door seal
  • Faucets
  • Pumps, heaters & blowers of the therapy systems
  • Other “parts” (unspecified) 
  • Labor

One exception to the lifetime coverage is that the tub’s caulking is only covered for 2 years. Seniors will need to have a plan for periodically checking and maintaining the caulking after its coverage expires. Safe Step’s website also indicates that other restrictions apply. Requesting an emailed or mailed copy of the warranty terms will allow you to read the fine print. You can also simply discuss warranty terms over the phone with a Safe Step representative. 

Safe Step Walk-In Tubs Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Generous limited lifetime warranty includes labor and repair or replacement for parts
  • Hybrid tub gives bathers flexibility to soak, shower, or enjoy both at the same time
  • All tubs have a 4” step height, which is one of the lowest in the industry
  • Certified, fully-insured dealers and contractors handle all installations

Cons:

  • Pricing not available online or via phone, so you must schedule a free in-home consultation with a Safe Step specialist
  • Doors only swing inward, which can make getting situated in the tub difficult for some seniors

Kohler Walk-In Tubs Review

Best for Design Options

Kohler, founded in 1873, brings timeless bathroom design options to the walk-in tub market. Since the company sells sinks, toilets, and specialty wall surfaces that complement its walk-in tubs, those who want to overhaul their bathrooms will find this brand attractive.

Kohler only offers one walk-in tub model, called the Belay Walk-In Bath, but this model comes standard with many luxury features. This tub is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a durable, attractive tub with a low step and multiple therapy features. 

Kohler offers seniors a quality tub and the chance to create a stylish bathroom. To pair with their Belay Walk-In Bath, Kohler makes “LuxeStone” bath walls that surround the tub with contrasting texture, color, and pattern while eliminating the need for wall tile. While always optional, these walls put the finishing touch on a walk-in tub installation.

Features
Belay Walk-In Bath
Style
Walk-In Tub
Size
52-60" long, 28-32" wide, 39" high
Materials
Gelcoat fiberglass
Door
Inward swinging
Safety Features
Anti-slip flooring, grab bars, low 3" step 
Price Range
Pricing available after a free in-home quote
Installation Facilitated by Company
Yes
Warranty
Lifetime Limited Warranty

Kohler Walk-In Tub Models and Features

Belay Walk in tub

The Belay Walk-In Bath is Kohler’s only walk-in tub model, offering numerous customization choices. Thanks to optional filler panels, this gelcoat fiberglass bath has variable proportions to fit differing spaces. It can be between 52-60″ long and between 28-32″ wide. Its bath walls are 39″ tall. Like many walk-in tubs, this one has an inward swinging door and a safe, ADA-compliant 17″ tall seat about 21″ wide. This tub is remarkable for its many comfort-enhancing features, such as heaters and air and water jets that come standard.

Aside from its excellent basic features, this tub model is an excellent choice because it can be upgraded with “LuxeStone” bath walls and/or with the shower package upgrade launched in 2021. The shower package makes the tub more versatile for households with members with differing bathing needs and preferences. The advanced wall surface is engineered from stone and fibers to be attractive and durable. Other luxury upgrades are also available (see “Features” below).

Kohler only offers pricing details on the Belay tub during an in-home assessment. Getting a quote requires no financial commitment, and you can use the opportunity to ask how to select options that will produce the lowest price. Given its deluxe features and the reputation of the Kohler brand, this walk-in tub is likely to cost more than $10,000, depending on installation details and other factors. Adding the shower package or optional stone walls may increase your costs significantly. Be sure to ask for more information about installation, shipping fees, taxes, and permits.

Features:

  • Handheld showerhead 
  • Very low 3” step 
  • Water jets
  • Air jets
  • “Bask” heated surfaces 
  • Fast fill and fast drain 
  • Easy-turn handles
  • Unusual exterior handrail for extra safety
  • Protective “LuxeStone ” bath walls (optional)
  • Gooseneck showerhead mounted above for standing shower use (part of optional shower package)
  • Clear “Bath Screen” installation in place of a shower curtain (part of optional shower package)

Kohler Walk-In Tubs Warranty and Installation

Installation

Kohler walk-in tubs are always sold with installation included in the price. Customers can schedule an appointment for a free in-home inspection and quote. Specialists use a thirty-five-point inspection list to determine installation needs, so pricing is based on the buyer’s space and their preferences for their tub. Kohler stands by its quotes for a year regardless of materials and labor inflation. Customers should inquire about shipping fees and ask whether or not there are any promotional prices currently being offered.

Warranty

Kohler’s warranty applies if Kohler specialists install the tub, and it is good for the lifetime of the original purchaser of the tub. Both parts and labor are covered under warranty, and the warranty is good in the USA and Canada.

In some circumstances, the warranty may only cover installation-related problems for three years rather than a lifetime.

Manufacturing defects in the bath are covered under a limited lifetime warranty. This warranty covers but is not necessarily limited to:

  • Pumps 
  • Motors
  • Jets
  • BubbleMassage components
  • Seat heater
  • Door seal
  • Faucets
  • Handheld shower

Kohler Walk-In Tubs Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Offers stylish “LuxeStone” bath walls as an upgrade to surround and compliment walk-in tubs
  • Installation is included in tub’s cost
  • Comes with high-end standard features that are considered “upgrades” by some competitors
  • Monthly payment installments are available for qualifying homeowners

Cons:

  • Pricing is not available online or via phone, so you must schedule a free in-home assessment

Walk-in Tubs Basics

Walk-in Tubs Allow Seniors to Bathe Safely in Their Own Homes

Walk-in tubs decrease your risk of falling and injuring yourself while bathing. Unlike traditional tubs, walk-in tubs always feature a door, a low step threshold, and a built-in seat. Almost all walk-in tubs also include a handheld shower and safety features such as grab bars and anti-slip surfaces.

To use a walk-in tub, you open the door, walk in, sit down, seal the door securely, and then fill the tub. After you’re done, you will need to wait until all the water has drained before you can open the door again.

Walk-In Tubs Are Available in Several Different Styles

There are several styles of walk-in tubs, and the same style often goes by multiple names. To simplify things, we’ve listed all the styles and their descriptions below.

  • Standard: A walk-in tub that has an inward swinging door and fits into a typical bathtub space
  • Therapy: Any walk-in tub style that includes therapeutic features such as water or air jets, lights, or aromatherapy
  • Bariatric/Plus Size/Supreme: A walk-in tub designed with the comfort of larger bathers in mind
  • Deep Soaker: A tub that provides an especially deep soaking depth, ideal for those with longer torsos
  • Two-Seater/Companion: A walk-in tub designed for use by two people, with seats that face each other
  • Slide-in/Transfer/Wheelchair Accessible: A walk-in tub that has an outward swinging L-shaped door for easy access to the seat
  • Petite: Any walk-in tub that is narrower or smaller than a traditional bathtub
  • Cube/Front Loader: A special kind of petite walk-in tub that is built in cube-like proportions and often fits in a shower stall space  
  • Shower Hybrid: A walk-in tub setup that included an overhead shower and a full or partial enclosure

Understanding Walk-In Tub Upgrades and Additional Features

There are numerous upgrades available for walk-in tubs. Below you’ll find explanations of some of the most popular ones so you can determine which ones best suit your preferences and needs.

Therapy Options

Some walk-in tubs (usually premium models) have therapy systems that are designed to provide relief from aches and pains, poor circulation, soreness, etc., and allow the bather to relax and revitalize.

Therapy Options

What is It?

Benefits

Hydrotherapy

Water jets throughout the tub produce a massage-like effect for the bather, creating an experience similar to relaxing in a hot tub. Hydrotherapy systems offer an in-line heater and sanitizer.

The main benefit of at-home hydrotherapy is muscle relaxation and mood improvement (see "Nervous System" section for research).


Manufacturers often suggest that hydrotherapy also helps with circulation and muscle or joint pain.

Air Therapy

Air therapy or bubble massage systems produce air jets in the tub that mix tiny bubbles into the water, often at the same time that a hydrotherapy system circulates warm water.

Air therapy has not been extensively studied and is not so much intended for medical benefits, but more for the calming physical sensation it produces. The tiny bubbles create a gentle massage-like effect on your skin. They can augment the effect of hydrotherapy, or you can enjoy them on their own.

Chromatherapy

Chromatherapy packages for tubs consist of small LED lights built into the walls of the tub. Most light systems are controlled by buttons, a digital panel, or a remote.

This chart claims that red light increases the pulse and stimulates circulation, while blue light “helps address stress.”


New scholarly research cautiously supports some ancient claims about how color and light impact us.

Aromatherapy

The use of essential oils to improve health- has enjoyed tremendous popularity recently.


Some walk-in tub aromatherapy systems rely on scent beads or a cartridge, which likely use artificial fragrances that lack the benefits of essential oils.

People who use aromatherapy report improvements in immune system function, pain management, mood, and more.


Also, many people find that the smell of essential oils makes them feel calm and relaxed, and adding aromatherapy to your walk-in tub can enhance the spa-like aspects of your bathing experience.

Other Add-ons

  • Heated Surface: Heated seats may be the most significant upgrade for your tub. With a heated seat or backrest, your risk of getting chilled while your tub fills or drains drastically decreases, giving you a more comfortable bathing experience.
  • Headrests: Headrests are an excellent option if you have neck pain or fatigue concerns. Jacuzzi, Ella’s Bubbles, and Hydro Dimensions offer this helpful add-on. Hydro Dimensions sells a functional foam headrest, Ella’s Bubbles sells a pillow-style headrest, and Jacuzzi sells a lighted neck massaging waterfall headrest. Consider ease of cleaning and durability when choosing which headrest you’d like to add to your tub. 
  • Extenders and End Panels: If your bathroom lacks a nook to enclose your tub on three sides, or if your tub is slightly smaller than the existing nook, purchasing factory-made end panels or extenders may be necessary. These add-ons look like they are part of the tub and cover its internal structure. These pieces may cost around $200.
  • Wall Kits: Walk-in tub installations can cause problems with the aesthetics or water-tightness of an existing tub or shower tile. Brands like Kohler and Hydro Dimensions can remove existing tiles or other wall surfaces and install attractive stone-like wall kits. These kits tend to be more economical than buying actual stone pieces, but they provide the same versatile, clean look. 
  • Fast Fill and Fast Drain Features: Many companies offer fast fill and drain features, but some work better than others. These features often rely on special pipes or valves. Fast drains might use pumps, which are very effective and can reduce drain times to about 2 minutes.

NOTE: Homeowners should ask questions about “fast” features that rely on extra wide ¾” diameter plumbing. Many homes have existing ½” pipes that are not compatible. A tub with nonstandard plumbing could require home renovation, or it might simply fail to live up to its speed claims. To avoid disappointment, be sure to ask for details before signing on for one of these upgrades.

Cleaning Systems

Ozone Generators:  Walk-in tubs that come with air therapy may also have an ozone generator included or as an upgrade. An ozone generator splits oxygen atoms to create ozone, and then it pumps that ozone through the air jets to kill bacteria. The ozone later converts back to oxygen on its own. This system is both effective and natural.

UV Sanitizers: UV Sanitizers in some walk-in tubs kill bacteria by forcing them to mutate. In a walk-in tub, the water that flows through a jet system passes by a UV light. The sterilizer is working for the duration of the bath. Not all companies offer these sanitizers, and even with a sanitizer, your tub’s jet system may need an occasional cleansing cycle using a chemical agent.     

Purge Cycles: These systems are often called “automatic purge cycles,” and they activate when you exit your bath. You will hear a noise as a pump turns on and draws all the extra water out of the tub’s pipes, ensuring that standing water won’t linger to mold or grow bacteria.

Who Should Consider Walk-In Tubs

Walk-in tubs can be useful to a diverse group of seniors. Below you’ll find a list of those who find walk-in tubs especially convenient or beneficial.

Seniors Who Are Planning to Age in Place

Contrary to popular belief, repeated falls are not an inevitable part of life as a senior; instead, they are preventable. One of the five recommendations of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) for preventing falls is to improve home safety.

If you’re planning on aging in place, even if you are a relatively young senior in perfect health right now, you should start considering ways to make your home safer. Minimizing fall risks before you ever fall can save you money and health complications in the future. 

If you’re a senior looking to upgrade your bathtub as a preventive measure, here are some features you should look for.

  • Lowest Possible Step Height: While you’re healthy, you don’t know exactly what challenges your future will bring, but it’s safe to assume stepping over ledges will become more challenging as you age. Finding a tub with an extra-low step can make all the difference.
  • A Quality Warranty: If you’re upgrading your bathroom before health challenges present themselves, you will likely enjoy your walk-in tub for many years. Focus on finding a tub with a full lifetime warranty since you may well be putting more years of wear on this tub than the usual.

Seniors Who’ve Experienced a Fall in Their Home or Bathroom

If you’ve already experienced a fall in your home or bathroom, chances are you’ve become very aware of how your environment can affect your balance. Because the bathroom is considered the most dangerous room in the home, you may consider performing a Home Safety Assessment that focuses on the bathroom to identify issues that could cause a fall and then make adjustments or modifications to reduce the risk.  You may find during your Home Safety Assessment that it’s time for you to remove a traditional bathtub or shower that you used to enjoy and replace it with a safer option

Studies show that seniors who experience a fall tend to limit their activities out of fear. Having a tub that’s built with your needs in mind can give you the confidence to actively and consistently care for your personal needs, even if you’ve experienced a painful bathroom or home fall in the past.

Below are some features to look for in a walk-in tub if it’s a challenge to stay on your feet.

  • Extra grab bars: Virtually every walk-in tub on the market comes with at least one grab bar. If you’re especially fall-prone, you should consider tubs with two bars or install a grab bar on a wall near the tub. Think about how you will transition from one area to another, and make sure there’s something stable to hold on to in any given spot.
  • Anti-slip textures: Most walk-in tubs include an anti-slip surface on the floor, but some also have it on the seat. With all the water and soap in a tub, seats can become slippery, too. Anti-slip surface on the seat can give you added peace of mind.
  • ADA compliance: Seats between 17”-19” are considered ADA compliant. ADA compliance means that these seats won’t require you to lower yourself down too far, making them the easiest kind of seat to get in and out of.
  • An outward swinging door: Outward swinging doors aren’t quite as common as inward swinging ones, but they might be a good choice for you. An outward swinging door is out of the way when it’s open, providing easier access to the seat. Outward swinging doors are most commonly found in slide-in tubs and compact tubs (“petite,” “front-loading,” or “cube”).

Seniors Who Have Disabilities or Mobility Issues

If you’re a senior who has serious disabilities or mobility issues, there are walk-in tub options for you, too. Getting a tub that doesn’t require much vertical and horizontal movement can reduce the likelihood of you or your caregiver being injured while you transfer to your bath.

In addition to safety features like low step height, grab bars, and anti-slip texture, look for the following designs in a walk-in tub:

  • An L-shaped door that swings outward: A tub with this door design is usually called “slide-in” or “wheelchair accessible,” though some companies (like American Standard and Accessibility Professionals) don’t give it such an obvious name. This setup guarantees the door won’t get in the way of the bather as they get to the seat.
  • Easy to reach control panels and faucets: Control panels and faucets should be easy to use. When shopping, pay attention to how far you’ll have to reach to use a control panel or turn a faucet. You may find you like models that have remotes. If possible, look at a sample tub in a showroom and test these features.

Seniors Who are Too Large to Bathe Safely in a Traditional Tub

Research suggests that obesity in seniors increases their risk of falling because it interferes with balance and the ability to regain lost footing. Obesity can also cause joint problems. If you’re medically considered obese or just larger than the average senior, you may find average-sized tubs unsafe. You may even fear getting stuck in an ill-fitting tub.

A bariatric walk-in tub (bariatric means “relating to the treatment of obesity”) can help reduce your risk of bathroom falls, address your space problems, and help you with managing joint pain with its soothing warm water.

Even if you’re working with a doctor to lose weight, investing in a large walk-in tub now could be a smart choice. After weight loss, you’ll still be able to enjoy the safe, comfortable features of your tub for many years.

Below you’ll find a list of what to look for in a tub if you’re larger than average.

  • Tub models labeled “bariatric”: These tubs may be as much as 10” wider than standard walk-in tubs. Bariatric tubs are also sometimes called “plus size” or “supreme.” Most bariatric tubs have a seat width of about 30”.
  • Tubs that have wide enough doors: Before making a purchase, you’ll want to obtain the dimensions of the walk-in tubs door and make sure that it is large enough to accommodate your body comfortably. 
  • Hydrotherapy Jets: A walk-in tub with hydrotherapy jets might provide extra relief if you’re experiencing weight-related joint problems.


Seniors Who Live With Chronic Conditions

While the various therapy upgrades available in walk-in tubs will never cure chronic conditions like arthritis, poor circulation due to diabetes, or injured muscles and joints, there is some evidence that the available therapies can alleviate symptoms. These therapies can help seniors manage their pains or improve their sense of well-being during difficult times.

In addition to therapeutic benefits, seniors with chronic pains and conditions will benefit from the safe, user-friendly designs of walk-in tubs.

Below are some features to consider for your walk-in tub if you live with a chronic condition:

  • Easy-to-turn handles: If muscle loss, joint pain, or nerve pain are part of your condition, you’ll want to look for a tub with easy-to-turn handles. Companies might advertise such handles as “no-strength handles” or “for gentle hands.”
  • Hydrotherapy: Many people find that using hydrotherapy jets in their walk-in tub helps them manage muscle and joint pain, and some claim it improves poor circulation. If you’ve found soaking in a hot tub with jets to bring you relief in the past, consider finding a walk-in tub with hydrotherapy so that you can enjoy that relief any time. 
  • Aromatherapy: Medical evidence of the benefits of essential oils is growing. Oils like lavender, peppermint, or chamomile can reduce stress levels or aid respiration. If you’d like to try aromatherapy to improve the therapeutic effects of your bath, look for a tub with a built-in diffuser and research which oils are best for your symptoms. 

Buyers Guide: How to Choose and Purchase a Walk-In Tub

When buying a walk-in tub, you’ll need to consider several important factors. Before you even begin the shopping process, be aware of these key factors that will go into choosing the right walk-in tub for you. 

Tub Style

Decide on a tub style that you’re confident will meet your needs. Don’t try to settle for a tub that doesn’t have the right safety features or size. Chances are if the tub style you need is too expensive through one brand, you’ll be able to find a comparable model at a lower cost from a different company. 

Safety

Finding a tub with as many safety features as possible can help your tub keep up with your evolving needs throughout the years. One grab bar, anti-slip floor, and a 9” or lower step is the unwritten industry standard for safety in walk-in tubs, but looking for even better safety is a smart move. An ADA-compliant seat, additional grab bars, a super low step, or an outward swinging door are all good safety features to consider.

Optional Features

Consider creating a list of which optional features you consider essential, which you’re interested in for the right price, and which you don’t care about at all. Refer to our “Optional Features” section to see what’s generally available. 

Companies differ widely on what they consider “optional” versus “standard.” It’s always worth reading the fine print on a model to know what exactly you’re getting.

Warranty

If you want the absolute best warranty available, look for a lifetime warranty that covers labor and parts. If a warranty isn’t a concern to you, you will find that walk-in tubs with limited warranties are often the most economical, at least in the short term. Not having a quality warranty may leave you on the hook for repair costs down the road, though. 

Cost

A walk-in tub is a significant purchase, comparable to the cost of buying a car. In our research, the lowest walk-in tub cost that we’ve seen was just shy of $2,000, pre-installation. The highest pre-installation prices we have encountered have been around $11,000.

Sometimes a tub that seems inexpensive may only be so because it has few features. Also, some inexpensive walk-in tubs are built in another country, which may not suit your preference.  

If a walk-in tub quote (installation included) exceeds about $10,000-$12,000, you should consider why that might be. Buying a tub that’s more or less expensive than the typical range isn’t necessarily a wrong choice, but it merits asking additional questions before you commit.

For information on getting help with these costs, view “Walk-In Tub Financing and Payment Assistance for Low-Income Seniors.”

Below, read our step-by-step guide to choosing and purchasing a walk-in tub. 

Step 1: Decide Which Type of Walk-In Tub Is the Best Fit 

Which tub style you should choose is determined in part by preference and in part by need. 

  • Limited Space: If bathroom space is tight, you may be limited to choosing a petite, cube, or shower hybrid model. 
  • Prefer Showers: If you love traditional showers, a shower hybrid model gives you the best features of a shower and a walk-in tub. 
  • Large Bath Seat: If you need or want a tub with an extra roomy seat and door, you should consider a bariatric tub
  • Deep Soaking:  If you have a long torso, you may want to look into a deep soaker tub so that as much of you as possible can enjoy the warm water.
  • Limited Mobility: If you have limited mobility, especially if you are in a wheelchair, a slide-in model is your best option. 
  • Spa Experience: If you want a spa-like bath experience or if you are interested in traditional and alternative health improvement, you should look for a tub of any size or style that includes therapy options. 
  • Couples’ Option: If you’re aging in place with a spouse, you might consider a two-person model.

Aside from the size and shape of the tub model you need, secondary considerations include which side the tub’s door is hinged on and whether the door swings inward or outward. Most companies let the buyer choose which side the door hinges on. Doors that swing inward are ideal for bathrooms with limited space.

Step 2: Determine Your Walk-In Tub Size Requirements 

Use these three steps to make sure you’re searching for a tub that’s realistic for your space.

  • Measure the Existing Bathtub or Shower Stall: A standard bathtub size is about 60” long and 30”-32” wide, and that’s what most walk-in tubs are designed to fit. If your space is smaller than standard, you could need a petite or cube-style walk-in tub. Consider how much free space surrounds the tub, too. You don’t want to install something that will leave no room for you to move.
  • Measure Exterior and Interior Doors on the Path to the Bathroom: If you have your door measurements on hand, you can compare them to the tub models you research. Most tubs are made to fit through doors, but an unusual door or tub size could pose problems. Installers can temporarily remove door trims in order to gain a few inches to work with.
  • Don’t Forget Your Personal Size Preferences: As mentioned earlier, how much space you like or need should influence your choice of walk-in tub. Bariatric tubs offer the most space overall, deepsoakers offer the greatest soaking depth, and petite and cube tubs may have less seat and legroom than average. 

Step 3: Set Your Budget

Having a range of what you’d ideally like to spend on this project can help you narrow your search. Decide early on the maximum amount you can pay out of pocket and think about whether or not it’s financially smart for you to pursue a grant or loan to supplement your funds.  

Many walk-in tubs cost between $6,000-$12,000 including installation, but there are also more and less expensive options on the market. 

Step 4: Understand the Two Basic Types of Walk-In Tub Companies

As you begin your walk-in tub search, it’s important to understand that there are two basic kinds of walk-in tub companies when it comes to pricing: those that are willing to tell you their price range early in the sales process and those that won’t disclose any pricing information until they visit you in your home.

Pricing Disclosure

What Does It Mean?

Early Cost Disclosure

A company that’s fairly open about their costs will either list tub prices online (on their own websites or through other retailers), speak about costs over the phone when you ask, or maybe even email you pricing information when you request it. 


You probably can’t get an exact price on installation until after someone has looked at your home, but you’ll at least be able to get a “ballpark” figure. After discussing details with you, a customer service representative may say something like, “this could change depending on your installation needs, but I expect this project to cost you between $6,000-$8,000.”

Late Cost Disclosure

Companies that aren’t as open about pricing will only discuss it with you when they visit your home. Over the phone, sales representatives may say something like, “we believe it’s unethical to talk about pricing now because there are too many factors that affect the price. When can I schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation? It’s always free and your quote will be good for a year.”


Some of the most well-known walk-in tub brands (like Kohler and Safe Step) operate on a “closed” pricing policy. It’s difficult to say anything definite about the affordability of any of these companies.

Is one pricing system better than the other?

In our review, we’ve included companies that disclose costs early and late in the sales process because both kinds of companies make excellent walk-in tubs. 

Which kind of company you should explore comes down to preference. If you’re frustrated by the thought of having to let someone into your home before you can get any idea of the company’s price range, then you may want to explore companies with more transparent pricing. 

A reputable company of either style will not charge you for a quote or try to force you to decide under pressure if you’re going to buy from them. 

Step 5: Compare Walk-In Tubs Across Several Reputable Companies

Once you’ve got some information on what kind of tub you need and what kind of money you’d like to spend, you can start looking into different companies. 

When looking at companies, consider the following:

  • Pricing system: Does the company treat the cost of its products and services more like “open” or “closed” information? Are you okay with working with either kind of company?
  • Service level: Does the company handle installation always, never, or according to your preference?
  • Customer service: Are the phone representatives helpful and easy to work with from the start? 

No matter what kind of tub you want, you’ll benefit from comparing the costs, service, and features of tubs from at least three different companies. If at any point a company strikes you as dishonest or manipulative, feel free to walk away, knowing that you have other options.

Looking up companies online is informative since you can view pictures, videos, and blueprints. Sometimes websites have incomplete or outdated information, though. Calling and taking notes is the most certain way to learn about a product.

Step 6: Determine Who Will Install Your Tub 

A crucial choice to make when purchasing a walk-in tub is who handles the installation. 

Installation Options

Some walk-in tub companies always handle installations of their products, some never handle installations, and some companies give you the option of handling it for you or letting you find your own installer. Many companies maintain a list of “dealers” or “approved installers” that, while not technically part of the company, are experienced with the company’s products.

  • Choosing your own installer: You might like this option because it lets you hire someone from your community. In this case, you’ll be working with a general contractor or a plumber, and possibly also an electrician. The downside to hiring someone yourself is it may be his or her first time installing a walk-in tub. The learning curve involved can lead to mistakes and extra billed hours.
  • Choosing an installer from or recommended by the company: This option is appealing because you don’t need to find an installer yourself. Also, the installers endorsed by the company are likely experienced in walk-in tub installations.

Ultimately, an installer from the walk-in tub company may be the most economical choice.

Note: It’s wise to use the services of a CAPS-certified contractor (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) who can not only install the tub, but also evaluate and retrofit the accessibility of the bathroom overall.
“Often I see people put in a walk-in tub, only to find that 6 months later the vanity/sink area is no longer working for them as their mobility continues to change,” says Heather Suri, Caring.com aging expert. “Having a ‘big picture’ viewpoint can save money and frustration in the long run!”

Installation Costs

While costs may sometimes be lower, especially if you buy a “soaker” (no jet features) walk-in tub, it is safe to consider $2,000 or $3,000 as a minimum installation cost.

Installation costs may even reach $5,000 or more if significant electrical work, a new water heater, and plumbing upgrades are required. In such an unlikely case, homeowners may spend more on installation than on the tub itself. Additionally, keep in mind that labor costs vary geographically.

Risk factors for high installation costs include:

  • Choosing a tub with a fill volume that doesn’t match the capacity of your home’s water heater
  • Choosing a tub with ¾” pipe fittings when your home has ½” pipes
  • Choosing a tub that has so many pumps and motors that it requires a dedicated circuit 

If an installer is telling you that you need major home alterations, you may want to confirm that with a second opinion or consider a tub that’s more compatible with your home as it is.

Step 7: Register Your Warranty

Many warranties need to be “activated” or “registered” before they are considered valid. You can register your warranty after your tub is installed. Filling out a short form online or mailing a form to the manufacturer is likely all that you need to do.

Walk-In Tub Costs and Payment Assistance for Low-Income Seniors

Walk-in tubs are a worthwhile purchase, but they are expensive. Including installation, most walk-in tub projects will fall into the $6,000-$12,000 range. Costs can go as high as $50,000, but such costs are unlikely and avoidable.

There are payment options available regardless of the price of the walk-in tub you prefer and your income level. With government assistance or financing, almost all seniors can find a way to pay for a walk-in tub that will allow them to age independently, gracefully, and safely.

Government Assistance for Walk-in Tubs

Medicare

Medicare rarely if ever covers walk-in tubs, although in recent years coverage rules have changed and may be growing more inclusive.

Generally speaking, walk-in tubs do not meet the Medicare definition of “durable medical equipment,” and therefore do not qualify for reimbursement. Even if Medicare does decide to cover the cost of a walk-in tub in your case, you’ll still need to provide the cash for the purchase upfront.

Medicaid

As the senior population in the United States grows, state governments and their affiliated Medicaid programs want to help seniors age in place so that institutions don’t become overcrowded. This policy of supporting aging in place is good news for seniors because it means state governments are making funds available for age and accessibility related home improvement projects.

Medicaid programs are different from state to state, and some are broad enough to cover walk-in tub purchase and installation. You can browse this list for financial assistance options by state or this list of Medicare Waivers for the elderly to see if your state has a program that can help you pay for your walk-in tub. Look for programs related to home improvement, aging-in-place, disabilities, and “community transitions” (transitioning seniors from nursing homes to in-home care).

Veteran’s Benefits

Some walk-in tub companies claim that their tubs are covered by veterans benefits. This is sometimes true, but restrictions apply.

Typically, TRICARE and CHAMPVA (veterans’ insurance) follow Medicare guideline and do not pay for the installation of walk-in tubs. VA Grants may be more helpful than insurance. The government offers three VA Grants for home accessibility improvement purposes. The Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Grant offers up to $2,000 for certain home improvement projects to Veterans without service-related disabilities, and more funds are available to those with service-related disabilities.

The HISA grant specifically excludes “purchase or installation of spa/ hot tubs/ Jacuzzi type tubs,” but specifically includes alterations that enable “use of essential lavatory and sanitary facilities (e.g. roll in showers).” This language puts walk-in tubs in a gray area.

If you can demonstrate that the walk-in tub you’ve chosen has the sole purpose of accessible bathing and lacks “spa” features, then you may be able to secure this grant to help with the cost of your tub. You can view the grant’s terms for yourself here, and contact a local VA office if you believe your project is eligible.  

Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants

Low-income seniors in rural areas (population fewer than 35,000) should look into Single Family Housing and Repair Grants and Loans. Grants are limited to the removal of health and safety hazards from the home, and loans may be used for that and for repairing, improving, and modernizing the home.

While these $7,500 grants are designed for seniors, they are likely inapplicable to the purchase of a tub, but a loan of up to $20,000 likely is applicable. Loans and grants can be combined. If you need to tear out multiple hazards in your home, a grant might cover that cost, and the loan could kick in to cover the installation of safer options, including your walk-in tub.

With an interest rate of 1%, these loans can be a great option for seniors who otherwise cannot afford any financing options. Check out the USDA web page to learn more about restrictions and risks.

Tax Deductions

Seniors who are not dependants might be able to deduct the cost of their walk-in tub installation as a medical expense. Medical expense deduction must always be itemized and must meet Internal Revenue Service guidelines.

If you are a caregiver and are considering installing a walk-in tub in your own home for an elderly relative that lives with you, you may be able to deduct some or all of that expense when you file your taxes.

Tax deduction eligibility can be complicated, so be sure to discuss these possibilities with your own tax preparer.

Financing Options for Walk-in Tubs

There are multiple financing options available to aid with the purchase of a walk-in tub. All of the financing options we’ve listed below require the ability to make monthly payments, and they do involve financial risks.

Financing Option

Requirements

Benefits and Risks

Financing through walk-in tub companies

A few walk-in tub companies offer financing to customers with approved credit. Five of the companies we reviewed have financing packages: American Standard, Independent Home, Ella’s Bubbles, Safe Step, and Kohler. 

Some companies advertise monthly payments “as low as $99,” but your actual payment could be higher. You can get details on payment plans when you receive an in-home visit and quote from the company. However, the interest rates are likely steep

Personal loans

To become eligible for a personal loan, the borrower typically needs: good credit score and history, income source, collateral, debt-to-income ratio (DTI), and origination fee.

It’s fairly common to acquire personal loans from banks or credit unions for home improvement. The advantage to personal loans is that they don’t always require the home to be collateral.


The main drawback here is the interest rate, which may be over 30%, depending on your credit. 

FHA Title 1 Loans

Getting an FHA Title 1 Loan doesn’t have a minimum credit score and income requirements.


Check the complete requirements from NerdWallet.

FHA Title 1 loans are a kind of personal loan designed exclusively for home improvement projects. These loans may benefit some seniors who are trying to pay for bathroom modifications. 


Often considered lower risk than HELOC and reverse mortgages, they may involve fewer fees for the borrower.

Home Equity Line of Credit

Tapping into a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) requires home equity and a favorable credit score. HELOC interest rates are variable but tend to be low.

HELOCs are a line of credit that allows you to borrow, use, repay, and start all over. The risk of this option is that the home becomes collateral and the renewable nature of the available funds may tempt you to overuse them. It’s possible to be foreclosed on when you have a HELOC.


Using a HELOC to pay for a walk-in tub installation makes the most sense if you already need to use a HELOC for a comprehensive aging-in-place remodel or an unavoidable necessity like reroofing. HELOCs are considered best for relatively short term financial needs. Sometimes a portion of your HELOC can be tax deductible.

Reverse Mortgage

Reverse mortgages are only available to seniors 62 and older who have significant equity in their homes. 

Some seniors use reverse mortgages to supplement their retirements, paying for in-home care and other needs. If you already have a reverse mortgage or are planning to get one soon, you can use part of it to pay for a walk-in tub installation.



WARNING: Reverse mortgages remain controversial despite recently enhanced regulations on them. Those who get a reverse mortgage are very unlikely to pass their home on to their estate when they are gone. With a reverse mortgage, there’s also risk of your surviving spouse or other co-habitants being foreclosed on while they are still living. If you’d like to learn more about reverse mortgages, take a look at this HUD article, and beware of scams.

If you’d like to read a more detailed comparison of HELOCs and Reverse Mortgages, you may find this article helpful.

Other Financial Resources

Financial Resource Locator Tool

Paying For Senior Care’s Eldercare Financial Assistance Locator can help you find a financial program that meets your individual needs. Fill out all the required information, check the box for “Home safety and accessibility modifications,” and then when given the option be sure to check the “Walk-in bathtubs” box.

Area Agencies on Aging

Throughout America, states designate privately and publicly run Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s) that can help you with a variety of independent living needs. AAA’s may be able to connect you to the appropriate financial resources that you need to get your walk-in tub project started.
To find an Area Agency on Aging in your community, enter your zip code into this government website’s search tool.

Frequently Asked Questions

I use a wheelchair, is there a walk-in tub for me?

Many brands carry walk-in tubs specifically designed for wheelchair users. These tubs are called transfer or slide-in tubs, and they feature doors that swing outward to provide unhindered access to the seat. A transfer tub with a step no higher than about 5” will be the easiest option for you to get into. If you have limited mobility, you should also make sure that the transfer tub that you select has controls that are easy for you to reach without moving from a seated position.

Where can I purchase a walk-in tub?

Walk-in tubs can be purchased through a variety of sources. Many brands can be found through national home improvement chains. The number of walk-in tub models available through chains is sometimes limited, however. Many companies also sell through showrooms and contractors. Some brands will sell directly to you, offering or requiring that you use their certified installer.

Do all walk-in tubs come with a warranty?

Only a few walk-in tub brands don’t offer a warranty. However, the coverage level of warranties differs greatly from brand to brand, even when the warranties are advertised with similar language. The most common form of limitation for warranties is time. Many warranties expire after five or ten years. Some warranties cover every single piece of the tub, but most cover only specific components and exclude things like the tub’s finish or the motor. Since there’s so much variation in warranties, it’s best to read the fine print on the warranty page.

Can I purchase a walk-in tub on a payment plan?

Not every company offers a payment plan, but many do. Most brands that give you the option of making payments on your walk-in tub offer that option through a third party such as a bank or even an online service like PayPal. You will usually pay a bit more in the long run if you use a payment plan because you’ll pay some interest. It’s important to remember that a payment plan is a loan and should be entered into cautiously.

Are walk-in tubs always the safest bathing option?

The safety of a walk-in tub depends on its individual design and your health. If you’re concerned about safety, you’ll want to find a tub with the smallest step height possible, well-placed grab bars, and anti-slip surfaces. Step height varies from brand to brand, and it’s the biggest factor in safety. For some bathers, a walk-in shower with a seat may be the preferred safety option because some walk-in showers can give caregivers more room to offer assistance.

How long will it take to install my walk-in tub?

Prior to installation, someone will need to measure and inspect your bathroom, and they may have questions about your plumbing and water heater. If your water heater is especially small, they may suggest that you replace it before continuing with your tub installation. After measurements are taken and an estimate is created, you’ll need to approve the estimate and schedule the installation. Once work begins, many installations take two days or less. If you need to replace your water heater or have other major alterations to your bathroom, however, installation could take much longer.

What are walk-in tubs made of?

Not all walk-in tubs are made of the same material. Some are crafted from acrylic and some are crafted from gelcoat over fiberglass. Acrylic is often said to be less prone to stains and damage, but it’s also more expensive than gelcoat. Gelcoat tubs are usually made with either three or seven layers of a resin coating. A seven-layer gelcoat walk-in tub, which may be called “marine grade” gelcoat, will be more durable than a three-layer gelcoat. The advantage of using gelcoat to make a tub is that it costs less than acrylic and can be molded into a greater variety of shapes than acrylic can be.

How does a walk-in tub work?

Walk-in tubs are specially-designed tubs that work like a traditional bathtub. Basically, it’s a big basin filled with hot water for the bather to immerse in. The most significant difference is that a walk-in tub has a door on its side that opens inward or outward to allow the bather to walk in. Once the door is closed with the bather inside, the bathing area is completely sealed and ready to be filled with water.

What is the average price of a walk-in tub?

Walk-in tub prices can range between $2,000 – $12,000, depending on various factors like brand, type, size, and features, not including the installation. The average price for a basic soaker is about $2,000, and as much as $12,000 for premium models with therapy systems that offer a spa-like experience. Two-seater tubs may cost as much as $5,000 – $20,000.

How much does it cost to install a walk-in tub?

According to Forbes, a walk-in tub installation may cost between $2,000 to $10,000. Several factors dictate the installation cost, such as how much work and materials are needed. For example, if you’ve purchased a 60-gallon walk-in tub and your water heater only has 50 gallons capacity, upgrading the tankless water heater will bump up the costs significantly.

Are walk-in tubs safe?

Walk-in tubs are designed primarily with safety in mind, especially for older adults that prefer to age in place. One of a walk-in tub’s most common safety features is a grab or handlebar that allows the bather to navigate the tub safely. Walk-in tubs also have anti-slip or non-skid floors to prevent bathers from slipping and falling.

Will Medicare pay for a walk-in tub?

No. Unfortunately, Medicare doesn’t typically pay for walk-in bathtubs. Medicare only covers products that are considered “durable medical equipment,” such as walkers, wheelchairs, oxygen tanks, etc. Since walk-in tubs don’t meet the definition of durable medical equipment, they’re generally not covered by Medicare.