- The Basics: The specialty of walk-in bathtubs is that they have a watertight door and a much lower threshold to step over versus a standard bathtub. Apart from the low threshold, they also have anti-slip floors, a built-in seat, a handheld showerhead and grab bars. Some high-end models also offer features that are therapeutic for seniors with ailments like arthritis. Depending on the layout and size of your bathroom, budget, and needs, you can choose from a wide range of tubs.
- Quality Check: When you choose a walk-in tub, ensure that the company chosen provides a lifetime warranty for a leak-proof door seal and lengthy warranties on the operating system and the tub.
- The Tub Size: Most tubs have high walls and generally fit into the same space as that of a standard tub, without having to reconfigure your bathroom. In case it doesn’t fit in your space, you can choose extension kits which will ensure that they fit well.
- Door Options: Generally, these tubs have a door that opens inward. But there is also a variation with an outward opening door, which makes it easier to enter and exit. But keep in mind that since they swing outward, they might need more bathroom space.
- Tub Type: Different companies have different types of tubs. A soaker tub is the most basic one. You can also opt for a therapeutic tub that either includes bubble massage air jets or whirlpool water jets, or both.
- Fast Fill and Drain: One disadvantage of these tubs is that the bather needs to sit in the tub as it fills and drains. To help with this, it is recommended to opt for a tub that has pump-assisted drainage systems and fast-filling faucets- these speed up the process considerably.
Now that you’ve reached retirement age, it’s time to slow down, relax and enjoy everything that you’ve worked so hard for. What’s better than a nice hot bath? Many seniors prefer walk-in bathtubs since traditional bathtubs make it very difficult for them to climb into and out of. A luxury home upgrade and a safer and easier way to bathe: What more could you want? With multiple walk-in tub options available today, choosing the right one could be tricky. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right one: