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American Standard vs. Independent Home

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by Danni White ConsumerAffairs Research Team
American Standard Walk-in Baths and Independent Home

What is the difference between American Standard and Independent Home?

American Standard and Independent Home provide walk-in tub options ranging from standard to luxury models. Tubs from both companies have relaxing features like hydro, air or whirlpool jets, safety bars and chromotherapy. The step heights and fill times are similar among both brands, but each company offers a slightly different catalog of tub types, so it’s important to browse the selection to find which is right for you.

  • American Standard is best for customers looking for soaking tubs or two-seat tubs. Its tubs are also ideal for those who want to buy online.
  • Independent Home is best for those looking for bariatric walk-in tubs or tubs equipped with power lifts. These tubs are only available through a dealer, so you'll need to schedule an estimate for pricing.

Reputation on ConsumerAffairs

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Overall star rating4.54.6
Verified customer reviewsRead reviewsRead reviews
american standard logo4.5Read reviews
independent home logo4.6Read reviews

Cost and installation

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Basic tub starting priceOnly available with quoteOnly available with quote
InstallationIncludedIncluded
Financing offered
Discounts offered
In-home quotes required
Warranty - LaborLimited lifetimeLifetime
Warranty - PartsLimited lifetimeLifetime
Warranty - TubLimited lifetimeLifetime
american standard logoOnly available with quoteIncludedLimited lifetimeLimited lifetimeLimited lifetime
independent home logoOnly available with quoteIncludedLifetimeLifetimeLifetime

Available walk-in tub types

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Soaker tub
Wheelchair-accessible tub
Bariatric tub
Tub/shower combo
Two-seat tubs
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Tub features

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Step-in height2 inches4.5 inches
Fast drain
Quick filling
Grab bars included
Number of hydro jets22Customizable
Number of air jets22Customizable
Chromotherapy offered
Heated seats option
Heated backrest option
Remote control option
Showerhead options
american standard logo2 inches2222
independent home logo4.5 inchesCustomizableCustomizable

Services included with installation

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Bathroom door resizing
Old tub removal
Wall repair and repaint
Electrical wiring
Flooring touch-up
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All information accurate as of publishing date.

Find a Walk-in Tub partner near you.

    American Standard

    American Standard is a bathroom and kitchen manufacturer that offers walk-in tubs as a part of its extensive catalog of products. Its range of tubs includes luxury features like air jets, hydrotherapy and chromotherapy. Tubs may be wheelchair-accessible, two-seaters or a shower-and-tub combo. To find the perfect tub for your home, request a free estimate online or over the phone. During this estimate, the American Standard specialist can let you know if you qualify for interest-free financing.

    American Standard offers several product lines to choose from. Each of the following categories includes dozens of individual models, with sizes ranging from 28 inches by 48 inches to 32 inches by 60 inches.

    • Soaking Walk-in Tubs: These deeper tubs are designed for full body soaking. They come in acrylic or gelcoat, with the option of right- or left-hand doors. These tubs quickly drain and include built-in grab bars, but they don't have hydrotherapy features like jets.
    • Whirlpool Massage Walk-in Tubs: Tubs with whirlpool systems include jets, heaters and massage features to provide a relaxing bathing experience. With over 60 models to choose from, you can customize the number of jets, sizing and door configuration of your whirlpool tub. Most tubs include quick drains and built-in safety bars.
    • Air Massage Walk-in Tubs: Using thousands of tiny air bubbles, these American Standard tubs offer an exfoliating massage with adjustable strength. Choose from dozens of models ranging in material, extra features like chromotherapy, size and door configuration.
    • Combo Air and Whirlpool Walk-in Tubs: Combo tubs combine whirlpool jets and air jets for a spa-like bathing experience. Around half of the models available include chromotherapy, and most feature quick draining, grab bars and gel coating.

    What American Standard customers say

    Positive reviewers were very pleased with their installation experiences and the quality and safety of the tub. In negative reviews, the most frequent complaints were centered on separate customer service and installation issues. However, a couple of customers did have trouble opening and closing their tubs’ doors.

    I had my shower ripped out and replaced by something that looks like it came out of a Hyatt Regency. I would recommend it to anybody that wants a super fine shower.”

    Gordon of Goose Creek, SC

    Independent Home

    Independent Home is a leading walk-in tub manufacturer, offering a combination of safety features and pain-relieving hydrotherapy. It's easy to keep Independent Home tubs clean, with ozone purification systems and self-purging cleaning systems. Tubs are available in compact or larger sizes, including walk-in showers with no doors. Schedule a free estimate to go over your options. Independent Home works with lenders to offer interest-free financing with approved credit.

    • Massage Tubs: Independent Home offers the full line of therapeutic features with its walk-in tubs, including air jets, water jets and chromotherapy. Several models are available in various sizes so you can customize the tub to your bathroom.
    • Full Figure Tubs: These tubs offer a luxurious, spacious bathing experience for all. They include massage jets, slip-resistant surfaces, safety bars and a speed drain.
    • Accessible Tubs: From wheelchair-accessible tubs to power lifts that raise and lower the bather with the press of a button, Independent Home tubs are designed to be accessible. These tubs have numerous safety features, including grab bars, anti-slip surfaces and temperature maintainers. Ask about accessible options during your free consultation.

    What Independent Home customers say

    Customers give Independent Home walk-in tubs overall positive ratings on ConsumerAffairs.com. This includes praise for customer service from start to finish and the professional installation job. Some customers note that they or the user don’t want to leave the tub because it’s so comfortable. There are a few customers who were dissatisfied with their specific tub installation, but overall the company received high accolades.

    ... A special thank you the Installer, Ozzi and his partner, who made the whole installation process go so smoothly. There was no clean-up to do. Our tub was installed in an upstairs bathroom, so not the easiest installation for them, but they were absolutely great.”

    Rosemary of Casa Grande, AZ

    Bottom line: American Standard or Independent Home?

    American Standard and Independent Home are very similar walk-in tub providers. Each offers similar features, with some variations in the types of tubs offered. For example, American Standard sells two-seat and soaker tubs, but Independent Home offers bariatric and power-lift tubs. Your choice between the two companies depends on what’s most important to you in a walk-in tub. Schedule free estimates from each company to fully compare your options.

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    by Danni White ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    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.