Designed for the elderly and people with restricted mobility, walk-in bathtubs provide a safe, comfortable and independent bathing experience. Walk-in bathtubs feature a special water-tight door, a low entry step and grab bars to provide easy accessibility and support. These types of bathtubs are a great choice for granny flats, family homes with a bedroom for grandparents, senior housing complexes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, retirement homes, day spas and rehabilitation clinics. Walk-in bathtubs are perfect for aging in place design, as homeowners look to create universal bathrooms, which will last for many years without spending too much money on renovations every few years. Walk-in tub costs differ greatly, depending on the brand, size, style, features and installation fees. Let’s take a look at some key factors, which will help you to calculate the overall cost of the walk-in bathtub.
Calculating The Overall Cost Of The Walk-In Tub
It is important to understand your budget and the overall cost of your dream walk-in tub. The cost of walk-in tubs depends on a few factors, such as size, type, material, and installation.
Size Of Tub
The price of the walk-in bathtub often depends on the tub size. Longer walk-in bathtubs, or larger walk-in bathtubs designed for two bathers tend to be much more expensive than smaller walk-in baths. These types of tubs often require more bathroom renovation work, which can lead to higher costs. Larger tubs also require more water, and you may need to install a fast draining system at an additional cost. It is also important to measure your space correctly before choosing the walk-in bathtub, as it is crucial to choose the right size to suit your bathroom space. The standard walk-in bathtub is about 60 inches long and 30 inches wide. A compact tub with high walls and a shorter length, such as walk-in soaking bathtubs may be a more practical option. These types of tubs don’t require much space, but at the same time provide plenty of room for the bather to benefit from full body immersion.
Type Of Tub
There are many different types of walk-in tubs for sale online, such as soaking tubs, freestanding tubs, alcove-style tubs, aromatherapy tubs, hydrotherapy tubs, bariatric tubs and wheelchair accessible tubs. It is important to choose the walk-in bathtub type, which suits your specific needs and bathroom design.
Walk-in soaking tubs allow bathers to enjoy a deep sit and soak experience. Based on the design of the traditional Japanese soaker, walk-in soaking tubs allow the bather to sit in an upright, seated position. This is much more comfortable for older people or individuals with limited mobility, than lying down. A soaking tub is not only good for posture, but it also makes it easier to breathe, and can provide congestion relief for people who suffer from sinusitis or colds. A walk-in bathtub usually features a height of around 20-30 inches, but walk-in soaking tubs offer extra depth. Aquatica’s Freestanding Solid Surface Walk-In Soaking Bathtub,
the Baby Boomer 2
, provides a deep full-body immersion, thanks to its impressive height of over 42 inches. Ergonomically designed for optimum comfort, this tub features a secure and easy-to-use door, a low entry step, grab bars for support, and a wide seat for optimum comfort. Its compact design with a length of only 54 inches makes sure it can fit in small bathrooms.
Some walk-in bathtubs on the market are equipped with wellness technology such as air massage, hydromassage, and chromotherapy. These types of tubs tend to cost more than a regular walk-in tub, but they can offer a wide array of physical and mental healing benefits. It is important to remember that you may need an electrician to help with the installation of a tub equipped with wellness technology. Aquatica’s walk-bathtubs can be fitted with different therapy systems to provide a spa-like experience. The
Air Relax and Air Relax Pro
packages provide a relaxing underwater air massage, featuring a modern capacitive glass keypad, allowing you to control different air-massage pressure modes and chromotherapy LED lighting.
The Tranquility package
transforms your tub into a special heated walk-in bathtub with chromotherapy, ozone disinfection, effective recirculation system with heating, and a control keypad. Our heated walk-in bathtubs deliver constant water temperature in 20-minute increments.
Most walk-in bathtubs are made of fiberglass with a gel coating. This material is a popular material choice for manufacturing walk-in tubs, as it is not expensive. These types of tubs are usually not very durable and the porous surface makes them difficult to clean. This material is also not the best choice for a luxury bathroom design, as it does not feature a high-end appearance. Solid surface is one of the best materials for manufacturing luxury bathtubs, as it is extremely durable and easy to clean. It also offers excellent insulation and upscale aesthetics.
Installation and Labor
The cost of installing a walk-in bathtub depends on the bathroom design project, the types of specialists needed, and the tub size and type. If you're removing an old bathtub, and replacing it with a basic walk-in bathtub, the cost starts from around $1,000. If the tub requires an electrical hook up, you should then also factor in the price of hiring an electrician. Longer walk-in bathtubs may need extra bathroom renovation, including plumbing upgrades.
Walk-In Tub Prices
Walk-in bathtub prices start from around $2,000 for a basic tub without installation to $25,000 for more luxurious tubs, including extra features and installation. The average cost of installing a walk-in bathtub in the US ranges from $5,000 to $8,500. The price of a luxury walk-in bathtub ranges from $8,000 to $15,000 depending on the tub’s material, design, and extra features. The cost of Aquatica’s luxury Freestanding Solid Surface Walk-In Bathtub the Baby Boomer 2 starts from $8,249. If you would like to purchase a wellness-designed walk-in tub, equipped with one of our therapy systems, the prices range from $2,499 for the Tranquility and Air Relax package to $4,999 for the Relax Pro package. The price of our walk-in bathtubs is reflected in the quality, craftsmanship, ergonomic design and technology. Aquatica is a luxury bathtub brand, designing and developing products at our EU factory.
Costs Of Maintaining A Walk-In Tub
Higher quality bathtubs, which are more expensive are usually much easier to maintain and can save you the cost of general maintenance and repairs of a walk-in tub. A bathtub made of easy-to-clean materials, and corrosion-resistant stainless steel hardware, can help to reduce the cost of walk-in bathtub maintenance and repairs. It is important to check the type of warranty, which comes with the walk-in bathtub. Well designed walk-in bathtubs can be expensive, so you should look for a structural warranty of over 20 years, to make sure it is durable and can survive for many years. Regular cleaning can also help to reduce the cost of maintenance for walk-in tubs. You should clean the bathtub surface after every use to make sure it is nice and clean for the next time you plan to use it.
Where Can I Shop For A Walk-In Tub?
You can buy a walk-in bathtub from the tub manufacturer, an instore or online retailer, or a contractor. Before making the purchase, it is important to do your research and check the warranties, customer service and support you can receive from the seller. You should also check the manufacturer's website to make sure they manufacture the tub at their factory. Reading reviews of the bathtub manufacturer is also important, so you can make sure you are choosing a tub from a reputable company.
Purchasing a bathtub directly from a manufacturer can offer many benefits. For example, Aquatica has an excellent customer sales and support team, who have expert knowledge regarding each product. Our team can answer all of your questions and guide you step-by-step, helping you make the right purchase and inform you about the exact details regarding the walk-in bathtub installation process. Aquatica offers a 25 year structural warranty on walk-in bathtubs with a 2 year warranty on the tub door and hardware. If you would like to speak with an authorized Aquatica dealer, you can use the online chat box, email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 866 606 2782 ext 1.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Are Walk-In Tubs Covered by Medicare?
, the US federal health insurance for individuals over 65 and some younger people with disabilities does not usually cover walk-in bathtub costs, as it does not fall under the category of medical equipment. In some rare cases, if the walk-in bathtub is classified as a medical necessity, a reimbursement may be given with a medical diagnosis and prescription. Private medical insurance may also cover walk-in tub costs with a doctor’s prescription.
Are Walk-In Tubs Tax-Deductible?
Yes, if you’re buying a bathtub for medical safety reasons, then the walk-in bathtub cost for materials and installation can be classified as a medical expense, and it is then tax deductible. If you are renovating a room in your home for an older person, or for an individual with a disability, it is then possible to claim the expense under the Dependent Care Tax Credit.
Does A Walk-In Tub Add Value To A Home?
A walk-in bathtub has the potential to enhance the value of your home, especially if your home is located in a retirement community. Accessibility awareness is on the rise, and consumers start to appreciate the importance of easy accessibility. A walk-in bathtub can be extremely beneficial for people with restricted mobility, and those who are suffering from chronic illnesses. Families may also appreciate walk-in bathtubs, as it makes it easier for them to invite older family members to stay with them, or live with them on a permanent basis. Walk-in bathtubs can also make it easier for parents to bathe their children.
Are Walk-In Tubs Worth The Money?
Walk-in bathtub costs can be higher than a traditional bathtub, but it is considered to be worth the money for people who really need it, such as the elderly, people suffering from chronic illnesses and individuals with disabilities and restricted mobility. Walk-in bathtubs create a safe bathing environment and enhance a person’s privacy and independence. Walk-in bathtubs with wellness features can also improve the individual's physical and mental health.
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