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Best Walk-In Tubs of 2023

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    Walk-in tubs help older adults or those with mobility issues bathe safely, which is a key to living independently or aging in place. While the most basic models focus on safety features, such and handrails and low step-in heights, more expensive models include massage jets, shower wands and heated backs or seats.

    Our team compared 14 popular walk-in tub companies and chose our top six based on step-in height, safety features, installation process and price.

    Our picks may be Authorized Partners who compensate us — this does not affect our recommendations or evaluations but may impact the order in which companies appear.

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    American Standard Walk-in Baths logoAmerican Standard Walk-in BathsSafe Step Walk-in Tubs logoSafe Step Walk-in TubsIndependent Home logoIndependent HomeKohler Walk-In Bath logoKohler Walk-In BathElla's Bubbles logoElla's BubblesHydro Dimensions logoHydro Dimensions
    # of reviews2,1502,4231,297888185394
    Our pick for Low step-in height Wheelchair accessibility Customizable jet options Wide design selection Most affordable Multiple options and upgrades
    Step-in Height 3 inches 4 inches 4.5 inches 3 inches 6 inches 5 inches
    Number of jets Up to 44 Varies Varies Up to 27 24 to 40 Up to 30
    Pro installation Included Included Included Included DIY or local contractor Optional
    Wheelchair accessibility Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
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    Low step-in height American Standard Walk-in Baths
    • Step-in height: 3 inches
    • Starting price: Varies
    • Installation: Included
    • Financing: Available

    American Standard has a wide selection, including two-seaters, tub-shower combos, bariatric and wheelchair-accessible models. It’s an excellent walk-in tub for seniors because of the low step threshold and easy-to-open door that can open inward or outward.

    The company’s tubs drain quickly, so you don’t have to wait very long to get out once you’re done. They also have many comfort features, including heated seats and remote control options to customize your bathing experience.

    American Standard provides a lifetime warranty on the Liberation tub model’s fixtures, parts, labor and installation. Acrylic tubs come with a 15-years warranty on the tub shell and a 10-year warranty on other components; Gelcoat models have a 10-year warranty on the tub shell and a 5-year warranty on other parts.

    • Hand-held shower wand
    • Quick drain system
    • Self-cleaning
    • Free estimates and in-home evaluations
    “I like the features on the American Standard and the warranty the best,” a reviewer in Ohio said. They said it’s more expensive than some other brands, but the features make up for it, especially the heater to maintain water temperature.

    “I love the jets. I can put the jets on my feet or wherever it hurts. It's great. I also love the lights. They change colors and it’s really pretty,” a reviewer in Texas said.

    “I like the installation crew. They were very good, quick and knowledgeable with what they were doing,” according to a reviewer in Mississippi.

    According to our phone surveys, customers pay anywhere from $7,500 to $20,000 with installation. Additionally, you’ll probably need a 50-gallon water heater — if yours is only 40 gallons, you’ll likely need to replace it.
    Good for safety and accessibility Safe Step Walk-in Tubs
    • Step-in height: 4 inches
    • Starting price: Varies
    • Installation: Included
    • Financing: Available

    Safe Step received some of the best feedback about wheelchair accessibility during our recent phone surveys of walk-in tub customers. All tubs come with standard anti-slip and temperature safety features. Its hydrotherapy system is great for arthritis and joint pain.

    At the time of publication, the company offers discounts on shower package upgrades and SpaSounds built-in speakers. Compared with American Standard, it’s better for those who want to customize their tub rather than select from several models.

    Safe Step provides a lifetime warranty on the tub (including any manufacturing defects), door seal, faucets, water pumps, heaters, blowers, parts and labor. There’s also a two-year warranty on caulking.

    • Shower-tub combos
    • Remote control option
    • Frequent promotional discounts
    • Made in the U.S.
    “I love the tub because I can go in, bathe every day and not have to worry about falling or getting in and out,” a reviewer in Arizona said.

    “It's soothing and very relaxing. It's nice, and it has Bluetooth on it,” according to a reviewer in Indiana. Other reviews highlight the jets and say they make it easier to fall asleep.

    “I like the micro cleaning. Also, the quality seems to be good. It drains within two minutes, which is fast,” a reviewer in Florida said.

    Installing a new tub costs between $16,000 and $21,000, according to our phone surveys. Depending on how big your bathroom door is, the installers might need to replace it to get the new tub in, though this is an issue for most companies. At least one customer doesn’t like the longer fill time — up to 14 minutes.
    Customizable jets Independent Home
    • Step-in height: 4.5 inches
    • Starting price: Varies
    • Installation: Included
    • Financing: Available

    Independent Home provides professional installation with bathroom door replacement if necessary, electrical wiring, wall repair, flooring touch-up and old tub removal. The company stands out with its options for wheelchair-accessible, bariatric or specialized walk-in tubs.

    Standard safety features include anti-slip floors, grab bars, low-entry door threshold and overflow drainage. Tubs come with 17-inch ADA-compliant seating and a self-purging cleaning system. Built-in microbubbles, chromotherapy and aromatherapy benefits are also nice.

    Independent Home includes a lifetime guarantee on major tub components.

    • Heated seat and back
    • Friendly installers
    • Electronic keypad
    • Quick drain system
    “Independent Home had a good price and a good product,” according to a reviewer in Arizona. “My husband likes the wave feature that it has. I just like to be able to get in and out of a tub.”

    According to a reviewer in Iowa, “It's one of the better bangs for your buck… My wife loves it, and even the teenagers are using the tub. It's like a spa treatment.”

    “The quality of the tub is great. I love the whole thing,” a reviewer in Tennessee said. Other happy customers like that it’s easier to wash their hair, especially if you have rheumatoid arthritis. Some describe the installers as wonderful or fabulous.

    Costs range from $11,500 to $16,000, according to our phone surveys. You might also need to get a new water heater. A few negative reviews mention pushy sales reps.
    Customizable design options Kohler Walk-In Bath
    • Step-in height: 3 inches
    • Starting price: Varies
    • Installation: Included
    • Financing: Available

    Kohler walk-in tubs come with standard safety features like handrails, textured surfaces, wide doors and a control panel. You can also get whirlpool jets, heated backrests and wide seats for added comfort.

    Kohler stands out from its competitors for its design options. You can find a selection of classic and contemporary colors, finishes and showerheads. The LuxStone designs feature dynamic patterns inspired by marble and stone.

    Kohler provides a lifetime tub warranty. It covers manufacturing defects related to the bath door seal, hydrotherapy systems, faucet and hand shower.

    • Best-rated overall
    • Quick drain and fill times
    • Low threshold
    • Frequent promotional discounts
    “I love three things about it,” a reviewer in Massachusetts explained. “One, it's got a seat and the seat is heated. Two, it's got three speeds as opposed to two from my previous tub for the whirlpool. Three, the showerhead. I now have two showerheads because I asked them to put in one that was high up on the wall. I have a showerhead that's built into the tub.”

    “It is expensive but it is awesome,” a reviewer in Texas said. “My favorite features are the ability to get in and out of it. The jets and the bubbles are wonderful. It is so relaxing and makes you feel good.” Other reviewers like “the combination of water and air jets” and how “you don't need that separate shower caddy.”

    The average cost to install a new walk-in tub ranges between $2,500 and $8,000. Overall prices are higher with plumbing, electrical or water heater upgrades. According to our phone surveys, total costs can be as high as $25,000. Installation includes removing your old tub, and Kohler’s walk-in tubs fit in a standard bathtub footprint.
    Lowest starting cost Ella's Bubbles
    • Step-in height: 6 inches
    • Starting price: $4,000
    • Installation: Not included
    • Financing: Available

    Ella’s Bubbles stands out for its selection of quality walk-in tubs — you can find U-shape, L-shape and S-shape doors that swing outward or inward. Different sizes are also available, and the largest holds up to 95 gallons of water. We also like that it only takes about 80 seconds to drain.

    Compared with Hydro Dimensions, Ella’s Bubbles’ tubs have more jets and showerhead options. Unlike our other top picks, you can install the tub yourself or hire a local contractor (the company provides a network of installers to choose from).

    Ella’s Bubbles provides a limited lifetime warranty on the tub and a five-year warranty on parts. If needed, it includes free parts but does not cover labor or shipping costs.

    • Two-seaters available
    • Patented swivel tray
    • Dual drain technology
    • LED chromotherapy features
    “It came with all the bells and whistles. It’s like having a home spa at your house,” according to a reviewer in California.

    “As a DIYer the tub was easy to install. Our tub has [a] heated seat and back, which makes waiting for the fill-up easy. Our knees and backs want to thank Ella's Bubbles for all their help and recommendations,” a reviewer in Arkansas said.

    Ella’s Bubbles starting costs are around $4,000, which is relatively low for a walk-in tub. The company's lowest step-in height is 4 inches — check out Kohler or American Standard if you need a lower step threshold.
    Great spa upgrades Hydro Dimensions
    • Step-in height: 5 inches
    • Starting price: Varies
    • Installation: Not included
    • Financing: Not offered

    Hydro Dimensions is a good walk-in tub option for those who want style plus accessibility. You can find different packages for faucets and fixtures, natural stone surround kits and custom shower curtains for a more sophisticated look.

    Optional upgrades include the Safe-T drain, which can drain the tub in about a minute and a half. Massage therapy hydro jets, heated seats and UV sanitation upgrades are also available.

    Compared with Kohler, Hydro Dimensions has more models to choose from, including bariatric tubs (the Plus Size series holds up to 90 gallons). However, the tub’s price does not include installation services.

    The bathtub’s shell, door seal, motors, electronic controls and supporting equipment come with a limited lifetime warranty. Labor is covered for one year.

    • Good for pain relief
    • Competitive pricing
    • Fast draining
    “I liked the salesman that we had. He got the price where we can afford it. So far, I’m real happy with it. The installation guys did a great job, and they worked their butts off,” a reviewer in Wisconsin said.

    A reviewer in Michigan said they got “a good price and it was cheaper than the other ones.”

    “They were friendly, polite and professionals. The quality of the tub is excellent. I like the jets, and I like where I can go in there and just soak with the jets on me,” a reviewer in Pennsylvania said.

    Hydro Dimensions pricing varies. It’s best to contact the company for a quote. Keep in mind that the tub requires quite a bit of water — you might need to replace your water heater. At least one customer reported problems with the drain.

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      What to look for in a walk-in tub

      Although models vary, most walk-in tubs offer a few of the same amenities, and they generally work the same way. Almost all come equipped with an outward- or inward-swinging door, a low step-in threshold, a molded ergonomic seat and basic safety features, including nonslip surfaces and grab bars, that make it easier to get in and out. Most walk-in tub manufacturers also offer therapeutic features, such as air jets, hydrojets or chromotherapy.

      When you're shopping around, stick to reputable manufacturers with a history of quality products and excellent customer service. Read reviews, talk to friends or family members for recommendations and, if possible, visit showrooms to see and try out the models before you buy.

      If you’re still on the fence about whether a walk-in tub is right for you, explore the pros and cons of installing one, then evaluate your needs and budget.

      Safety and comfort features

      For most users, safety and comfort are the main draws of a walk-in tub. Almost all tubs come standard with nonslip surfaces and a low step-in height of anywhere from 2 to 7 inches — for comparison, a standard tub is 14 to 16 inches tall.

      If you’re concerned about balance issues or mobility, look for models with an ultralow threshold height of 2 to 3 inches. Also, be sure to ask what kind of handrails and grab bars come standard and what customizations are available. Adding extra grab bars typically doesn't increase the cost by much, and it can make a big difference in how steady you feel.

      Therapy features

      Walk-in tubs are also known for their therapeutic properties. Features like air jets, hydrotherapy, heated seats, aromatherapy and chromotherapy can enhance the spa-like experience of your tub. Entry-level soaking tubs usually don’t come with these features, but you can often add them on for an extra cost. Doctors may recommend these tubs if you have joint tension, sore muscles, poor circulation or arthritis.

      Air jets are one of the most popular additional features — they can provide a full-body massage to relax and relieve muscle tension. Hydrojets perform a similar function but offer a stronger massage and come with adjustable pressure controls. Chromotherapy uses LED light displays to stimulate physical and psychological responses, such as green light for a calming environment, red to stimulate your circulatory system and yellow to energize you.


      Walk-in tubs can be prohibitively expensive, especially when you factor in installation costs. Knowing in advance how much a walk-in tub costs is essential, as is understanding the factors that affect the total price. On the low end, you can get an entry-level soaker tub for around $2,000, though this price only includes the most basic installation needs.

      On average, you might expect to spend between $2,000 to $5,000, though tubs with added hydrotherapy features can cost upward of $7,000 to $10,000. This can often cause a bit of "sticker shock," but when you factor these upfront expenses into the overall costs of aging in place, you’ll likely save money in the long run if purchasing a walk-in tub means you can stay in your home longer.

      Though a walk-in tub isn’t financially feasible for some homeowners, there are financing options out there. Unfortunately, neither Medicaid nor Medicare currently covers this expense, but you may be eligible for VA programs, home modification grants or funding through state-run aid agencies.

      After you weigh all your options, if you still conclude that a walk-in tub is out of reach for you financially, consider less expensive safety alternatives, like shower chairs and benches, or bath lifts.

      Other considerations

      Walk-in tubs also typically require professional installation, it may be necessary to do some minor remodeling. Any time you remodel your home, take time to research your options and the companies you’ll be working with. Even if you’re still undecided about a walk-in tub, you can benefit from visiting a local showroom with questions for the company representative.

      If you’re honest and upfront about your financial concerns and health needs, the company may be able to offer options you haven’t considered yet. Among other things, be sure to ask how the manufacturer guarantees its work, what warranties it offers and what the purchase and installation timeline looks like.

      Types of walk-in tubs

      The type of walk-in tub you need depends mostly on how much space you have, your size, your mobility needs and the level of luxury you’re looking for.

      • Soaker tub:  This is the most basic walk-in tub available. Like most walk-in tubs, these come with an outward- or inward-swinging door, a low step threshold and a molded seat. They have a deeper soaking tub than a standard bathtub and typically feature at least one grab bar. Soaker tubs are ideal for someone who wants the safety benefits of a walk-in tub but isn't interested in the therapeutic features that come with a luxury model.
      • Lay-down tub: A lay-down walk-in tub is considerably wider than a soaker tub, but it typically doesn’t come with a molded seat or bench. Instead, it’s designed like a regular tub that you can lie down in, but it still features a low step-in height and watertight door. This is a good option for users who have relatively good mobility and want to fully recline for a more relaxed experience.
      • Bariatric tub: Bariatric tubs are ideal for bathers who weigh over 300 pounds and need more space for a comfortable and accessible bathing experience.
      • Walk-in shower: Walk-in showers are a popular alternative to tubs for those living in smaller homes, though most buyers will want to compare the two before deciding on a model. Walk-in showers typically cost less than walk-in tubs (though they both require professional installation), and they usually have options for either standing or sitting.
      • Wheelchair-accessible tub: A wheelchair-accessible tub has additional features that make it ADA-compliant. These typically include a wider, L-shaped door and slide-in seating.
      • Combination walk-in shower-tub: For users who want the option of both a traditional shower and a soaking tub, a combo walk-in shower-tub fits the bill. These combination units feature a standard walk-in soaker tub outfitted with a showerhead and bath screen. They often have optional therapeutic features.

      Walk-in tub FAQ

      What is a walk-in tub?

      A walk-in bathtub provides a safer and more comfortable bathing experience than a standard bathtub, and it’s a popular option for those with disabilities or older individuals worried about mobility issues associated with aging.

      Walk-in tubs typically feature a molded seat, entry door and low step-in threshold so users can easily get in and out. These tubs also have a deeper soaking pool since the user is in a seated position rather than lying down. The door seal is watertight, but the user does have to sit in the tub while it fills with water. After bathing, you have to wait until the water drains completely before opening the door and exiting.

      How much is a walk-in tub?

      The average cost of a basic walk-in tub ranges from $2,000 to $5,000, but the style of tub and features you choose can dramatically increase the unit cost to between $10,000 and $20,000. These tubs are typically made of fiberglass or acrylic. Acrylic tubs are generally more expensive but also more durable.

      Adding on therapeutic elements like chromotherapy or hydrojets will increase the price and may require upgrading electrical or plumbing lines. Installation can also be pricey — it could require retrofitting your bathroom to accommodate the new tub, but it may also require new plumbing and wiring or installing a higher-capacity water heater.

      Will Medicare or Medicaid pay for a walk-in tub?

      While both Medicare and Medicaid pay for some durable medical equipment (equipment intended for everyday use that serves a medical purpose, like oxygen tanks, wheelchairs or hospital beds), neither currently covers walk-in tubs, even if your doctor recommends one for you.

      What are the benefits of a walk-in tub?

      The two major benefits of a walk-in tub are safety and therapy. Bathrooms are the site of more slips and falls than any other room in your house, and a walk-in tub can mitigate many of these risks. Being able to submerge your entire body in water and using features like air jets, hydrojets, aromatherapy, chromotherapy and heated seats can also cure and comfort the body.

      How much space do you need for a walk-in tub?

      Most homes can accommodate a walk-in tub in the existing bathroom space (this is even true for many mobile homes). The major considerations are the size of your doorway openings (to get the unit both into the house and into the bathroom) and the opening of your current shower or tub. Typically you’ll need an area of at least 30 inches by 60 inches for the walk-in tub to be installed.

      Will I have to remodel my bathroom to have a walk-in tub installed?

      Most bathrooms require at least some remodeling for a walk-in tub installation, but the extent of this can vary greatly. If you’re concerned about making too many changes (and the costs associated with them), address this during your in-home consultation so your rep can work with you on a solution. Many of these remodels include widening the space the shower occupies or reconfiguring plumbing and electrical lines.

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