What is the difference between Spirit and AmeriGlide?
If you’re interested in buying a walk-in tub, you might be considering local companies as well as national competitors. If you’re in the St. Louis area, one local option is Spirit, a manufacturer and installer of walk-in tubs in St. Charles, Missouri. The company provides free in-home estimates, customized walk-in tubs and other bathroom remodeling and accessibility services.
For those not in this service area or who aren’t concerned about buying locally, AmeriGlide is a national brand that offers a full line of home accessibility products online. AmeriGlide offers a range of walk-in tub sizes, hydrotherapy options, feature upgrades and direct shipping.
- Spirit is best for customers in the St. Charles Missouri area who need a walk-in tub installed and prefer a local company.
- AmeriGlide is best for customers who prefer a convenient online shopping experience.
Reputation on ConsumerAffairs
|Overall star rating||5.0||2.5|
|Verified customer reviews||Read reviews||Read reviews|
|Basic tub starting price||Only available with quote||$2,493|
|Installation||Not included||Not included|
|In-home quotes required|
|Warranty - Labor||Not specified||Not mentioned|
|Warranty - Parts||5 years for motor||5 years for pump and motor|
|Warranty - Tub||Lifetime||10 years|
|Only available with quote||Not included||—||—||Not specified||5 years for motor||Lifetime|
|$2,493||Not included||—||Not mentioned||5 years for pump and motor||10 years|
Available walk-in tub types
|Step-in height||2.5 inches||3 inches|
|Grab bars included||—|
|Number of hydro jets||Not specified||12|
|Number of air jets||Not specified||18|
|Heated seats option||—||—|
|Heated backrest option||—|
|Remote control option||—||—|
|2.5 inches||—||—||Not specified||Not specified||—||—||—|
Services included with installation
|Bathroom door resizing|
|Old tub removal|
|Wall repair and repaint|
Spirit Walk-In Tubs
Spirit customizes and installs walk-in tubs for customers in the St. Charles, Missouri, area. The company provides free in-home estimates and can also help with remodeling to make your bathroom safer and more accessible for aging in place. Spirit offers soaker, air and water jet and heated walk-in tubs.
Spirit walk-in tubs have a 2.5-inch step-in threshold and come with a lifetime warranty. They come in 36- or 40-inch heights and 26-, 30- and 32-inch widths, and they’re made to fit in place of your existing tub or shower. You can choose from air jets, water jets, heaters and other therapy features.
What Spirit customers say
Spirit’s walk-in bathtub customers give the company excellent reviews on ConsumerAffairs. Though the cost of its tubs tends to be higher than competitors offer, reviewers are routinely impressed with how well the tub works for their needs and how helpful and knowledgeable the Spirit staff are. Many were also pleased with the level of service they received from the installers.
AmeriGlide specializes in the sale and installation of home accessibility products. The company offers walk-in tubs in a range of sizes and with several accessibility options, including wheelchair-accessible and bariatric tubs. AmeriGlide’s walk-in tubs also have hydrotherapy features — you can choose water or air jets or a combination of both.
The company offers transparent pricing for its tubs as well as upgrades, which you can easily add to your cart online. If you upgrade to the auto-drain feature, your tub can drain in less than a minute. Most models come with a grab bar, and all have ADA-compliant seats and anti-slip surfaces.
AmeriGlide offers several models of walk-in tubs in varying sizes. Bathtub roll-in conversion kits are also available, along with tub/shower combo units. Popular options from the company include the following:
- Model 1: Sanctuary Large Wheelchair Access Walk-in Tub has a full swing-out door for more room to maneuver. It comes with a grab bar, a 13.5-inch step-in, left or right door and a 21-inch tall seat.
- Model 2: Sanctuary Petite Easy Soak Walk-in Tub comes with a headrest and could be a good fit for a mobile home. It has a 7.5-inch step-in, a 14-inch high seat and a grab bar. You can choose a left- or right-swinging door.
- Model 3: Sanctuary Large Duratub is made of acrylic for a more durable and stain-resistant finish. It has a 7-inch step-in, 17-inch tall seat, an overflow drain and a grab bar.
You can upgrade any of these models with air, water or dual jets and auto-drain features.
What AmeriGlide customers say
Though AmeriGlide doesn’t have many reviews for its walk-in tubs on our site, its other mobility equipment receives mixed reviews on ConsumerAffairs. Some customers mention a lack of communication when their products had issues. However, others felt they received good service, in particular praising the affordability of the products and the helpful and patient installers.
Bottom line: Spirit or AmeriGlide?
If you’re choosing between these two companies, it may come down to location. Spirit is available only in the St. Louis and St. Charles, Missouri, areas, while AmeriGlide products are available online to ship nationwide.
Spirit has four walk-in tub sizes to choose from, and its tubs are customizable; AmeriGlide has lots of models, with easy upgrades and transparent pricing available. Both companies offer air and water jets for a therapeutic bathing experience. It is notable that AmeriGlide’s lowest step-in is 6.5 inches, while Spirit has a 2.5-inch threshold — one of the lowest in the industry.
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