Safe Step vs. Ella’s Bubbles

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Ella's Bubbles and Safe Step Walk-in Tubs

What is the difference between Safe Step and Ella’s Bubbles?

If you’re considering purchasing a walk-in tub, you might be weighing your options between Safe Step and Ella’s Bubbles — they’re both reputable walk-in tub companies. The two brands offer similar features in their walk-in tubs; for example, both have customizable options for jets, hydrotherapy and chromotherapy.

There are some differences between the two companies. Safe Step manufactures and customizes tubs based on individual customer needs. Ella’s Bubbles offers a large variety of walk-in tub options, but Safe Step offers financing while Ella’s Bubbles doesn’t.

  • Safe Step is best for customers who don’t need a large selection to choose from and want a custom tub. Safe Step manufactures its own tubs based on individual needs.
  • Ella’s Bubbles is best for customers who want a large variety of options to choose from and either don't need financing or plan to finance through a separate lender.

Reputation on ConsumerAffairs

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Overall star rating4.24.5
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Basic tub starting priceOnly available with quote$4,000
InstallationIncludedNot included
Financing offered
Discounts offered
In-home quotes required
Warranty - LaborLifetimeVaries by installer
Warranty - PartsLifetimeFive years
Warranty - TubLifetimeLimited lifetime
safe step walk-in tub logoOnly available with quoteIncludedLifetimeLifetimeLifetime
ella by ellas bubbles logo$4,000Not includedVaries by installerFive yearsLimited lifetime

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 height4 inches6 inches
Fast drain
Quick filling
Grab bars included
Number of hydro jetsNot disclosed11 to 20
Number of air jetsNot disclosed13 to 20
Chromotherapy offered
Heated seats option
Heated backrest option
Remote control option
Showerhead options
safe step walk-in tub logo4 inchesNot disclosedNot disclosed
ella by ellas bubbles logo6 inches11 to 2013 to 20

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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Safe Step

Safe Step manufactures highly customizable walk-in tubs in Tennessee. It makes and installs its own walk-in tubs by partnering with installation and safety specialists across the country. Safe Step has walk-in tubs, showers and hybrid models so you can get a tub/shower combination. It provides a lifetime warranty on all tubs, and customers work directly with Safe Step rather than a dealer.

Safe Step prides itself on offering a lowest-price guarantee. You can get a free quote, and the company can send a specialist to your home for a no-obligation, free estimate and analysis. Safe Step differs from some other companies in that part of its installation includes tearing out the old bathtub and hauling it away.

All Safe Step walk-in tubs have a stepover threshold of 4 inches. There’s also a door-free, wheelchair-accessible option. Some additional features include 16 air jets, a quick-fill faucet, hydrotherapy jets, heated seats, heated backrest and chromotherapy. The tubs are custom built, and financing is available.

What Safe Step customers say

Safe Step walk-in tub customers give the company good reviews on Reviewers are pleased with the start-to-finish process and interactions with installers and sales representatives, saying representatives are helpful and professional.

They worked nonstop. They were precious. Also, the tub is of great quality. It has helped with the aches and pains I have with arthritis and the water helps my blood circulation in my legs and my back.”

Brenda of Greenville, SC

Ella’s Bubbles

Ella’s Bubbles is a Chicago-based company that offers walk-in tubs, showers and an option for a tub/shower combination. It offers 20 models of walk-in tubs in five categories.

  • Inward Swing Door: Ella’s Bubbles has five sizes available in inward-swinging-door tubs. These are made with high-quality, glossy acrylic shells and custom-made brushed stainless steel.
  • Outward Swing Door: There are five outward-swinging door options, which are best for bathers who need maximum accessibility.
  • Two Seat: The two-seat walk in tubs come in three sizes, all of which have two seats molded together and a center door for easy access. They also come with a dual drain to reduce your wait time when getting out of the tub.
  • Wheelchair Accessible: These accessible walk-in tubs are made with a frameless L-shaped aluminum door that helps users with getting in and out of the tub.
  • Lay Down: These tubs are meant for bathers who want to lie down while they bathe. They're customizable with a variety of options, including hydrojets, air jets and microbubble therapy

Some additional features available in Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tubs include a chromotherapy system, a four-fold screen, a shower column kit, foot massagers, dual drains, a swivel shelf, hydro jets, air jets and push or digital controls. Ella’s Bubbles does not offer financing.

What Ella’s Bubbles customers say

Most Ella's Bubbles customers are happy with the customer service, tub features and easy DIY installation. A few customers had delivery or installation issues, drain problems or difficulty exiting the tub with its inward-swinging-door models.

I purchased a walk-in shower from Ella’s Bubbles, and everybody was great and very professional. I love them all. ... got the tiles on the wall, a stool that I can sit on, the grab bar, and the pretty beautiful long shower. It’s the top-of-the-line.”

Marie of Chicago, IL

Bottom line: Safe Step or Ella’s Bubbles?

Safe Step and Ella’s Bubbles both offer good options for walk-in tubs. Whether you're looking for particular safety features or for better comfort or pain management options, both companies should have tubs for you to choose from. Both offer various options in terms of jets, with hydrotherapy and chromotherapy features available. One key difference, though, is that Safe Step offers financing — Ella's Bubbles doesn't, which could be a dealbreaker for some.

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