Replacing your bathtub with a walk-in tub can be an expensive remodeling project. Walk-in tub prices vary widely and will depend largely on the assortment of features the walk-in tub includes.
Safe step walk-in tub prices should be carefully researched before you make your final purchase. For many people, walk-in tubs are a necessity, not a luxury, but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank or go outside of your budget in order to get one.
You can find great tubs with a variety of comfort features for a good price, especially if you can find a walk-in tub for sale or at a discounted price. Walk-in tub costs do not have to be extremely high and you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy all the features you want.
Walk-in Tub with Shower Reviews
Ella Transfer60 Acrylic Wheelchair Accessible Dual Massage and Heated Seat Walk-In Bathtub with Right Outward Swing Door, Thermostatic Faucet, 2″ Dual Drain
The Ella Transfer60 is designed specifically for people who use a wheelchair and need to transfer themselves in and out of the tub. Others with limited mobility will also find it quick and easy to enter and exit the tub.
It features a large, wide, outward swinging entry door and two pre-installed grab bars. Other safety features include a slip-resistant textured floor and two-latch door system that helps to keep the door waterproof and prevent leaking.
The tub comes with both a hand showerhead and faucet. It also has a dual drain system that allows the tub to fully drain in around 80 seconds as well as a fast-fill faucet. There are 13 hydrojets, six adjustable ones and seven fixed ones. The seat, as well as the backrest, are both heated for added comfort.
You will be able to enjoy a long, comfortable bath in this tub. The water capacity is 95 gallons and you will have a soaking depth of 35”, deep enough to have a relaxing soak. This tub is 60”x30”x42” and weighs 220 lbs. The seat is 22”x19”x19”. The faucet fast fill faucet comes in a five piece set that is easy to install along with the rest of the tub. The tub comes in white and has a right-hand drain. The tub shell is made from a gloss finish acrylic and the fixtures are stainless steel.
Ella Ultimate 30″x 60″ Air/Hydro/Foot Massage Acrylic Walk-in Bathtub, Left Inward Swing Door, Fast Fill Faucet, 2″ Dual Drain
The Ella Ultimate Walk-in Bathtub comes with a variety of luxury features, in addition to all the standard safety features. Safety features include two stainless steel grab bars, low-step threshold, and no-slip floor.
There is also an independently operated, dual drains so that you can spend less time waiting for the bath to fill and drain.
This tub allows you to indulge and have a relaxing experience. It comes with 17 air jets and 17 water jets. The air jets have three speeds and feature an auto-purge system to keep excess water out of the lines.
The hydrojets have an in-line water heater and come with a dial for intensity control. The jets can be used to massage your feet, legs, hips, and back. One unique feature is that this tub has an independent foot massage system. You can turn this on and use it without filling the rest of the tub.
In addition to the above features, there are some optional add-ons you can get when purchasing this tub. You have the option of adding a heated seat and backrest and/or a fast-fill faucet. The faucet comes in a five-piece set and is easy to mount onto the tub.
The tub is made from acrylic that is reinforced with a fiberglass gel coat. It measures 30”x60”x38”, has a 21” seat, and weighs 240 lbs. It has a left-hand drain and inward swinging door. The water capacity is 95 gallons and it has a soaking depth of 30”.
Ella Monaco 32″x 52″ Hydro Massage and Heated Seat Acrylic Walk-In Bathtub, Right Out’x42ward Swing Door, Thermostatic Faucet, 2″ Dual Drain, OA3252HH-R
This tub from Ella Monaco is great if you need a larger tub. As it has an outward swinging door, this is another great option for wheelchair users. It has a three-latch door system for increased leak prevention and safety. It comes with two stainless steel grab bars and an anti-scald thermostatic faucet that keeps your tub water around 100°. Other safety features include the 7” safe step threshold and slip-resistant flooring.
The tub comes with 13 water jets with an intensity control dial and in-line heating. There are two drains to enable to tub to drain more quickly. The seat and backrest are also heated. The frame comes with adjustable leveling legs that make it easier to keep the tub level during installation or readjust if you need to move the tub.
This tub is 32”x52”x42”, has a 22” wide seat, and weighs 220 lbs. This model has a right-hand drain. The soaking depth is 37”, one of the deeper depths on this list, and the tub has a water capacity of 90 gallons. The shell is made from non-porous acrylic that is resistant to bacteria, the fixtures are stainless steel, and the door is made from tempered glass. The tub is free standing so you do not need an enclosure or surround to install this tub.
This lay down tub from Ella’s Bubbles is a great option if you do not want to sit while bathing or are unable to but you still want a door to allow independent transfer in and out of the tub. It is great for enjoying a long, luxurious soak. The tub has a 5” low-step threshold, ergonomic door, and anti-slip floors.
In addition to being a great tub to enjoy a lay down bath in, this tub also comes with six hydrojets. Depending on where you purchase the tub, you also have the option of having air jets instead or having both air and water jets. The water jets have three speeds and are also adjustable so you can aim them where you need to.
This tub is 22”x30”x60” and weighs 205 lbs. It has a soaking depth of 19” and a 50 gallon fill capacity. This model has a left-hand drain but there is also a right-hand version available. The door is inward swinging. The tub shell is fiberglass with a high-gloss finish. It comes with a brass Roman faucet set.
Ella’s Bubbles O2SA3680TF Big4Two Acrylic Triple Massage Outward Swing Door Walk-In Bathtub with Fast Fill Faucet Set, Two Seats, Center 2″ Dual Drains 36″ x 80 White
This sophisticated tub from Ella’s Bubbles features a triple massage system and has two seats. It has two independent drains with easy to turn levers so that it’s easy to quickly drain the tub. It also has a fast-fill faucet. The outward swinging door makes this easy to use for wheelchair users.
The triple massage system includes 22 hydrojets, four of which are adjustable, 16 air jets, and a foot massage system. The jets are aligned on both sides of the tub so two people can equally enjoy a relaxing soak with massage.
You will be able to massage your back, sides, legs, and feet with the jets. The jets on the backrest are recessed so you don’t have to worry about them poking you while you bathe. The controls for the jets are also easy to use. When purchasing this tub, you also have the option of adding heated seats or microbubble therapy.
The tub is 36”x80”x42”, weighs 450 lbs, and is free standing. The tub shell is made from acrylic reinforced with a fiberglass gel coat and the fixtures are made from chrome.
Things to Consider Before Buying
- Do you need a tub surround? Some walk-in tubs are freestanding and therefor you do not need a surround or enclosure in order to install them. Others are not enclosed on all sides and need to be installed into an alcove or against at least one wall.
- Soaking depth. How deep a walk-in tub is varies from model to model. The soaking depth will be the depth of the water and this is important to take note of, especially if you are a particularly tall or short person.
- Tub size. Not all walk-in tubs are the same size as a standard bathtub. If you have a tub enclosure, you will need to find a tub that fits into place where your old tub was. With a freestanding tub you have more flexibility, as you don’t necessarily have to install it exactly where your old tub was, but you still need to make sure it will fit into your bathroom.
- Comfort features. Some walk-in tubs are essentially the same as a standard bathtub, with the addition of some safety features like the door and grab bars. You can find many, however, that include massage jets, heated seats, microbubble therapy, and other features that help create a spa-like bathing experience.
- Drain system. Standard tubs have one drain and most people don’t care how long it takes, as they are able to stand up and get out of the tub even if the water isn’t done draining. With walk-in tubs, you need to stay in the tub while it drains. Some tubs have a dual-drain system or quick-drain single drain systems in order to drain water as quickly as possible.
Our Final Review
Walk-in tubs are one of the most important remodeling projects for seniors and people with mobility issues. There are a huge number of options available out there and it can be hard to know where to start when choosing a tub. All the tubs reviewed here are great options. Every single one has all the standard safety features a tub needs in order to be ADA compliant, such as grab bars, leak-proof doors, and slip-resistant flooring.
The tubs we have chosen should suit different budgets and different needs. The ones on this list have a wide range of prices but all include at least one comfort feature, such as water jets or foot massage, that will make using your new walk-in tub an enjoyable experience.