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Find the Best Walk-in Tubs in Honolulu, HI

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    by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    Bathtubs are dangerous for many seniors and people with disabilities. Walk-in tubs are safer than traditional tubs and help people remain independent and live in their own homes. We put together this guide to the best walk-in tubs in Honolulu to help find the right option for you or your loved one.

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      While Hawaii isn’t the most affordable place to retire, it is definitely one of the most idyllic. With beautiful beaches and perfect weather, Honolulu is a popular place for seniors to spend their retirement, and areas such as Salt Lake, Nu'uanu and Makiki cater to retirees.

      Many Honolulu seniors struggle with limited mobility, which can lead to dangerous falls in the bathroom. Seniors who struggle with balance have difficulty getting in and out of a typical shower because of the small space and slick tile floors. Nearly 80% of fall deaths involve people over the age of 64, and this age group also accounts for 71% of the hospitalizations for nonfatal falls in Hawaii, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health.

      Walk-in tubs alleviate some of the risks associated with falling in a bathroom, which makes them a great home addition for seniors and people with disabilities in Honolulu. These bathtubs allow individuals to maintain their independence while giving them a safe place to shower and bathe. Walk-in tubs also offer a variety of other benefits.

      Cost of a walk-in tub in Honolulu

      Many Honolulu seniors are living on a budget, so cost is an important consideration when buying a walk-in bathtub in Hawaii. The cost of a walk-in bathtub varies depending on the different features you need, the size of the tub and the installation. We outlined some common types of walk-in bathtubs below:

      • Soaker tubs generally include a leakproof door, a seat and a low-entry step-in. They cost $2,000 to $5,000.
      • Hydrotherapy tubs feature massage jets and fast-drain technology. Expect to pay $5,000 to $7,000 for this model.
      • Bariatric tubs accommodate users who weigh more than 300 pounds. These tubs have wider doors, built-in benches and anti-skid floors. Most cost $5,000 to $15,000.

      The cost of the tub is not the only thing you need to consider when putting together a budget. It’s critical to factor in installation fees. Many bathtub providers offer free installation, but if they don’t, installing a walk-in bathtub in Hawaii costs $1,000 to $1,200.

      Because walk-in bathtubs in Hawaii are significantly more expensive than traditional tubs, many Honolulu walk-in bathtub companies offer deals and financing to help make this home upgrade more affordable. It’s important to put the cost of a walk-in tub in context — considering that assisted living costs in Honolulu start around $3,799 per month, it makes sense for seniors to invest in a walk-in tub if it helps them age in place and maintain their freedom and independence.

      Honolulu permits required to install a walk-in tub

      Before you schedule the installation of your new walk-in tub, you need a building permit. The cost of the permit depends on the amount of work being done, but the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting has a calculator to help you budget for permit fees. When choosing a walk-in tub company, ask if they handle these permits or if you need to do it on your own before the work starts.

      Whether you go with the company’s installers or hire your own contractor, ask if the company is insured and check with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to ensure it's licensed to complete this type of work.

      If you have the tools, resources, skills and knowledge to do the installation yourself, you can register as an owner-builder with the county building department. This means you can obtain building permits without meeting the requirements to be licensed as a contractor.

      Honolulu walk-in tub FAQ

      Do I need to hire my own contractors to install my walk-in tub?
      Most Honolulu walk-in bathtub companies have expert installers on staff. If you are adamant about using your contractor, let the walk-in tub company know upfront to make sure they allow for this.
      Can I deduct my walk-in tub purchase on my taxes?
      You can deduct a walk-in tub purchase from your taxes is if you purchased the bathtub for medical reasons, which makes it deductible as a medical expense. Talk to a tax professional or the company you purchase your walk-in tub from to see if they can provide additional assistance.
      What do walk-in tub warranties typically cover in Hawaii?
      Every company has different rules when it comes to the warranties on their walk-in bathtubs, so ask before you choose a walk-in tub company. Warranties usually protect you against defects in the tub’s workmanship or installation.

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        Honolulu walk-in tub company information

        Bestbath

        Bestbath partners with BCI to offer the Alexis walk-in bathtub in Hawaii, which provides a spa-like bathing experience and fits in the same place as a standard bathtub. Its specialty bathtubs help users relax and relieve soreness through hydrotherapy jet massage, colored lights and aromatherapy. For expedited shipping, ask about the company’s Need It Now package.

        • Address: 500 Portlock Road, Honolulu, HI 96825-2022
        • Phone: (800) 727-9907
        • Hours: Call for hours
        • Website: bestbath.com/dealer/stay-at-home-modifications
        Tropical Wholesale

        Tropical Wholesale partners with local suppliers that offer lifetime warranties. The company offers professional, warranty-compliant installation at low, wholesale prices.

        • Address: 1351 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96814; Multiple locations
        • Phone: (808) 263-1252
        • Hours: M - Th: 9am - 5pm; F: 10am - 4pm
        • Website: tropicalwholesaleonline.com
        Tropical Plumbing and Bath

        Tropical Plumbing and Bath has 18 different walk-in bathtub models to choose from, all of which are built with a solid stainless steel frame. It’s also a proud provider of Ella Elite acrylic walk-in bathtubs, which are available in dual massage and soaking options. The company installs most walk-in tubs in three to four days.

        • Address: 94-078 Leokane St., Ste. B, Waipahu, HI 9679
        • Phone: (808) 847-0970
        • Hours: M - F: 6am - 3:30pm
        • Website: tropicalplumbinghawaii.com
        Cain's Mobility Honolulu

        Cain's Mobility serves seniors and people with disabilities all across Honolulu. Its large, custom bathtubs allow users to maintain their dignity and independence. The company offers a variety of models to fit any customer's needs.

        • Address: 1350 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96701
        • Phone: (234) 203-0202
        • Hours: M - Sat: 7am - 7pm
        • Website: hawaii.cainsmobility.com/walk-in-bathtubs/honolulu
        American Tubs

        American Tubs' goal is to give dignity and freedom to seniors, people with disabilities and those with reduced mobility. It offers 17 different tub sizes with ultrafast drain technology that empties the entire bathtub in less than two minutes. Most installations take one to three days, and its prices range from $3,000 to $26,000.

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        by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

        Sandi Pope previously worked in the nonprofit sector as an advocate for environmental and social change and believes information access is a human right. As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, she seeks to provide consumers with the necessary information needed in making life-altering decisions.

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