Walk In Bath Tubs
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We have curated products so that you will have complete information for important safety, comfort and installation choices. Use "All products" as a guide to those key decisions.
We have complete data for seat type, hydrotherapy, length, width, threshold height, seat height, number of drains and drain position (which is generally the same as the door).
Most people think of a walk in bath tub as having a seat. Reclining tubs (without a seat) are also available as walk ins.
The resting position in a walk in bath with a seat can be a good fall prevention idea. The movement required is similar to sitting in a chair.
If comfort means reducing strain, then a walk in bath with a seat is likely a good choice.
A walk in bath with a seat eliminates the need to sit down at floor level. It is easier to stand up from a chair height seated position.
Do you want the water to move around the tub? If yes, you can choose between air or water jets, or a tub that has both.
If you have air jets, consider adding an ozonator that cleans the water.
It may be a little secret, but lots of younger adults love the spa aspect. Consider the needs of others in the home and visitors who might enjoy the tub.
Some people have strong preferences for either air or water jets. At additional cost, tubs are available with both.
Acrylic is more expensive than Gelcoat (on fibreglass). One benefit of acrylic is that it is less porous than gelcoat, making it easier to keep clean.
Generally speaking, acrylic is less porous than gelcoat on fibreglass, making acrylic easier to keep clean.
In addition to antibacterial coatings and ozonators, a handheld shower (an Extra Feature) can be helpful for cleaning a walk in bathtub.
Antibacterial coatings will help keep the surface of the walk in bath clean. Ozonators (work with air jets) cleanse the water.
Drain speed is very important for the overall experience in a walk in bathtub. If you have to sit a long time, while the tub drains to a level where you can open the door to get out, you can get chilled.
Typically, the drain is located on the same side as the faucet. Door location and drain location are also the same with both right and left drains available for center doors.
Take time to consider whether the tub will drain at an acceptable speed. The comfort benefits of a walk in bath can be lost if you get a chill waiting for the tub to drain so you can open the door.
Drains and doors are located on the same side and both left and right opening are available for most models. Consider which will be easiest to use.
Centre drain tubs are also available. Take care to select the direction of the door opening for ease of use.
Drains and doors are located on the same side and both left and right opening are available for most models. Doors open to the center of the bathtub. A few baths have center drains and most of those have right or left opening doors.
To help prevent falls, plan the walk in bathtub so that the area in front of the door opening is unobstructed.
Wide door models are available for a few manufacturers. Wide doors offer ease of use to large individuals and people in wheelchairs.
It is most common for the doors to be located on the same side (lengthwise) as the drain and faucet. And, most doors open inward.
Take a look at the pictures and focus on the door handles. Do you think that they will be easy to use?
Just browsing? Select between small, standard and large to see options from each brand. Buying? Clear the browsing measurement and select exact size. If not available, select smaller since extensions are readily available.
If there isn't a bathtub with the exact measurements that you require, select a smaller one. Extensions are readily available from most manufacturers.
Walk in bathtubs with high water capacity will take longer to drain so that the door can be opened. It will also cost more to heat.
An overweight person will likely enjoy a walk in bath tub with a higher water capacity, compared to a small person.
Remember to compare the capacity of your hot water tank with the capacity of the walk in bathtub you are considering.
Water capacity is trade-off between the amount of water to create a pleasurable experience and time required to drain the tub when you may get cold.
To cover a person's shoulders, a walk in bath with a seat requires less water than a reclining bathtub, without a seat.
Number of jets per tub tends to range between 6 and 18 providing options for a gentle to intense experience.
Threshold and Seat Height
Select threshold height based on capabilities and seat height based on comfort. As a guideline a chair seat is typically 16 to 17 inches high and ADA height is 17 to 19 inches.
If fall prevention is a priority, selecting threshold and seat height is important an should match the capabilities of the primary person using the bathtub.
If faucets are included in the walk in bathtub, take a look to ensure that the handles are easy to use.
A faucet needs to be conveniently placed and the handles should be levered (not knob) to be considered easy to use.
Look at the Extra Features section for ways to increase fall prevention, comfort, ease of use and enjoyment of the walk in bathtub.
Some walk in baths have built in grab bars. However, please consider additional grab bars for the bathroom.
Anti-scalding is available as an extra feature.
Neck rests are built into some walk in baths. They can also be purchase separately.
A number of "ease of use" features, such as digital controls and trays are available.
If you are renovating a bathroom with white plumbing fixtures, be sure to check the intensity of white for an eye pleasing match.
If vision is an issue, look at the seat . If it is not easy to see, consider adding some bright colored tape.
Walk in bathtub manufacturers vary considerably in how they interact with consumers. Some provide a suggested retail price, others want to speak to you directly. Do your research first and find the contact details for the product that you believe fits your needs.
If you are looking to install a walk in bathtub yourself, or use your own contractor, you may want to select one that lists that MSRP (price). Some that don't are selling both the tub and installation.
Acrylic is more expensive than Gelcoat (on fibreglass). From that base, costs go up with the number of features. Remember to consider the cost to install.
Not all manufacturers provide a suggested retail price (MSRP). Be knowledgeable about the features that you want before requesting a brochure (easy to do at Sage in Home).
If an MRSP (price) has been provided, the walk in bath can be purchased alone, without installation. Walk in bathtubs without MRSP may be sold with installation by a dealer network.