American Standard Walk-in Baths and BOCA Walk-in Tubs
What is the difference between American Standard and BOCA?
American Standard and BOCA both provide safe and luxurious walk-in bathtubs. While the companies offer a similar variety of tubs, BOCA includes a few extra features and a much lower step threshold. On the other hand, American Standard is more widely available. This guide will explore a few key similarities and differences between the two providers.
American Standard is best for those who want standard walk-in tub options from a widely available, well-known company.
BOCA is best for shoppers who want a variety of upgrades and options, including add-on sound systems, massagers, heated seats and aromatherapy.
American Standard is a well-known kitchen and bathroom manufacturer with a history that extends more than 140 years. The company's product offerings include hundreds of models of walk-in tubs with comfort features like air or whirlpool jets, chromotherapy and quick drains.
The company also sells wheelchair-accessible models and offers additional customizations for two-seat tubs or shower combos. American Standard provides a free consultation to find the right model for your home, and interest-free financing is also available for some buyers.
Here are the types of tubs offered by American Standard. Tub sizes start at 28 inches by 48 inches.
Soaking walk-in tubs: Soaking walk-in tubs provide a calming daily soak without air or water jets. American Standard's soaker tubs are fast-draining and include grab bars for extra safety. These tubs come in multiple sizes, with right- or left-hand door alignment.
Whirlpool massage walk-in tubs: Whirlpool walk-in tubs combine water jets, heaters and custom massage settings for a relaxing experience. The number of jets varies, but most models are equipped with grab bars, quick-drain systems and sanitation systems.
Air massage walk-in tubs: Air massage jets produce thousands of tiny air bubbles to offer a refreshing and relaxing bath. BOCA representatives can help you find a tub with the right number of jets and extra features for your needs.
Combo air and whirlpool walk-in tubs: Combination walk-in tubs use air and whirlpool jets to enhance your bathing experience. These tubs include push-button control, hand-held showerheads, grab bars and quick-drain systems.
What American Standard customers say
American Standard customers are typically happy with customer service, and they frequently mention the safety and quality of their new tub. Negative customer reviews typically mention issues with installation, and a couple of reviewers had trouble closing the door or draining the tub.
BOCA internal-frame design walk-in tubs can be personalized to your home and your needs. These tubs feature an ultra-low step of 2 inches or less — one of the lowest step heights on the market.
All BOCA tubs are constructed with marine-grade gel coating and fiberglass, and the tub and parts are backed by a lifetime warranty. Financing isn't available through the manufacturer, but you may be able to qualify for funding with your own lender. While all tubs come with a set of standard features, there are also a few upgrades you can select to customize your tub.
Standard features: All BOCA tubs include a low step, gel coating, fast-fill and fast-drain systems, head pillows and seat cushions. The tubs come with a mold-, mildew- and bacteria-resistant finish and an automatic purge system. The seat height is compliant with the ADA, and the easy-to-enter door can be attached on the right or left side.
Upgrades: Your tub can be customized with the addition of up to 22 air jets and 18 water jets. These jets can be positioned to your preferences, and there's an option to add a bidet jet. BOCA offers chromotherapy, aromatherapy and heated seats, and you can also add an ozone purification system or upgrade with a sound or massage system. Additional upgrades include rainfall shower add-ons, temperature readouts, wall surround systems, fill panels and custom tub colors.
What BOCA customers say
Reviewers of BOCA usually have very good things to say about both the company and its product. The tub's safe, easy access also features prominently in positive reviews. The majority of reviewers had great experiences with BOCA, but a couple of reviewers didn't find aspects of the tub's seat and floor to their preferences.
American Standard and BOCA both offer high-quality walk-in tubs with traditional therapeutic and safety features. American Standard is more widely available, but BOCA offers custom options for a fully personalized tub. It's easier to find American Standard tubs and qualify for financing, but compare the tub options in your area to see which is best for your needs.
Be sure to talk to companies you're interested in about financing options and discounts. Walk-in tub costs can vary based on multiple factors, including features, the size of the tub and the difficulty of the installation. Many companies have representatives that can help you find the best way to pay for your walk-in tub.
As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Danni White is committed to providing valuable resources designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions. Danni specializes in content strategy and development, with over a decade of professional writing and research experience.
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