Both BOCA and Spirit offer walk-in tubs made in the U.S., but they go about it in different ways. BOCA operates nationwide, while Spirit sells its walk-in tubs in and around St. Louis, Missouri.
BOCA is best for people who are looking for a walk-in tub from a more established company. BOCA also offers some relatively unique options and upgrades that may make your decision easier, such as Vibrosonic massage.
Spirit is best for people in Missouri and Illinois who want to buy from a local company and support a small business.
BOCA sells customizable walk-in tubs in multiple sizes and with a long list of optional upgrades. The company also offers a lifetime warranty on all parts and components of its tubs, which is somewhat unusual in the industry.
BOCA tubs come standard with features for safety, like an ADA-compliant seat and a low 2-inch step height, along with features for comfort and convenience, like a marine-grade gel coating, an automatic purge system and a “Drain Dry” pillow and seat cushion.
Available upgrades include air jets, water jets, a bidet jet, chromotherapy capabilities, a heated seat and back, an Ozonator cleaning system, a Vibez sound system, an overhead shower and Vibrosonic massage.
BOCA sells walk-in tubs in the following sizes:
Petite Narrow fits narrow hallways and small bathrooms. This size is recommended for people up to 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 210 pounds.
Petite Short is designed to replace a 48-inch shower. Recommended maximum height is 6 feet and up to 280 lbs.
Standard is the most popular tub size from BOCA. It fits most homes, and its recommended user is up to 6 feet, 2 inches tall and up to 280 pounds.
Wide is BOCA’s bariatric option. It can accommodate people weighing up to 450 pounds with a maximum height of 6 feet, 4 inches.
Deep Soaker allows the water level to rise over the user’s shoulders. The maximum recommended weight is 320 pounds, and the maximum recommended height is up to 6 feet, 2 inches.
Two Seater features two seats facing each other with separate controls. There is no recommended user size for this tub.
Wide/Deep is the largest BOCA tub available for single users. It has a wider seat and a larger door to accommodate people weighing up to 450 pounds and up to 6 feet, 6 inches in height.
What BOCA customers say
BOCA walk-in tub owners are typically happy customers, especially when it comes to their tubs’ safety, accessibility and pain-relieving features. The company's customer service also receives high marks. A couple of reviewers weren't satisfied with the shape of the seat or the slipperiness of the floor but expressed happiness with other aspects of the tub.
Spirit Walk-In Tubs
Spirit sells and installs walk-in tubs from its base in St. Charles, Missouri. Spirit provides free quotes, and it warrants its walk-in tubs for life. The company also has a patented walk-in tub design with a fairly low step-in threshold of 2.5 inches.
Each walk-in tub can be customized to match your space and needs. Spirit’s walk-in tubs come in heights of 36 or 40 inches and widths of 26 or 30 inches to fit where your old tub or shower used to be. Water jets, air jets, heaters and more options are available.
What Spirit customers say
Every customer who has left a review on our site for Spirit has given the company a 5-star review. Among the many favorable reviews, customers frequently comment on how well the sales reps and technicians explained the process to them and how easy the company was to work with. Though the tub is more expensive than its competitors, customers believe it's worth the price and would recommend it to other people.
Bottom line: BOCA or Spirit?
BOCA offers a wide range of walk-in tub options to people around the country. It advertises more features and sizes than Spirit, but if you’re near the St. Louis, Missouri, area and want to buy from a smaller, local business, then Spirit is a good option for you. If you can’t make up your mind, consider your needs, and get quotes from both companies to make your decision easier.
The ConsumerAffairs Research Team believes everyone deserves to make smart decisions. We aim to provide readers with the most up-to-date information available about today's consumer products and services.
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