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Best Walk-In Tubs of 2023

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      Walk-in tubs help those with mobility issues bathe safely, which is one of the keys to living independently — especially when aging in place. Our research team compared 14 popular walk-in tub companies and chose our top six based on step-in height, safety features, installation process and cost.

      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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      Compare our top 6 walk-in tub companies

      Safe Step Walk-in TubsSafe Step Walk-in TubsKohler Walk-In BathKohler Walk-In BathAmerican Standard Walk-in BathsAmerican Standard Walk-in BathsIndependent HomeIndependent HomeElla's BubblesElla's BubblesHydro DimensionsHydro Dimensions
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      Our pick for Safety and accessibility Wide design selection Low step-in height Customizable jet options Most affordable Multiple options and upgrades
      Step-in height 4 inches 3 inches 3 inches 4.5 inches 6 inches 5 inches
      Number of jets Varies Up to 27 Up to 44 Varies 24 to 40 Up to 30
      Pro installation Included Included Included Included DIY or local contractor Optional
      Wheelchair accessibility No No Yes Yes No Yes
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      Good for safety and accessibility
      Step-in height
      4 inches
      Starting price
      Special Offer

      Free Shower Pkg + $1500 off

      $1500 Off Safe Step walk-in tub purchase + FREE Shower Package upgrade

      If you’re looking for a complete luxury walk-in tub that doesn’t require safety or comfort upgrades, Safe Step walk-in tubs can help. The design of these all-inclusive units is for seniors and individuals with limited mobility. All tubs come with standard anti-slip and temperature safety features. Its hydrotherapy system is great for arthritis and joint pain.

      Its representatives determine pricing on a case-by-case basis, so you won’t know your total cost until you go through the free consultation. However, the quote you receive includes the installation cost. 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 limited 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 Tennessee 

      “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 design options
      Step-in height
      3 inches
      Starting price
      Special Offer

      50% Off Install

      50% Off Installation + No Interest for 12 months

      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.

      Low step-in height
      Step-in height
      3 inches
      Starting price
      Special Offer

      $1,800 in Savings!

      $1,800 in Savings - Savings include an American Standard Toilet and Bidet ($800 value) Plus No Interest + No Payments for 12 Months* Plus 50% Off Installation**

      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.

      Customizable jets
      Step-in height
      4.5 inches
      Starting price
      Special Offer

      Free Info Kit + $1,500 off

      Free Info Kit + $1,500 off

      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

      Lowest starting cost

      Ella's Bubbles

      Step-in height
      6 inches
      Starting price
      Not included

      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
      Not included
      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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        Walk-in tubs buyer’s guide

        Most basic walk-in tub models come with safety features like handrails and low step-in heights, but more expensive models include massage jets, shower wands, heated backs or seats and other therapy features. So which is the right walk-in tub for you?

        In this guide, learn how walk-in tubs work, what they cost and how to choose the best walk-in tub model for your particular needs.

        Key insights

        • Walk-tubs can be very pricey, but you can get a basic model for around $2,000 to $5,000, not counting installation costs.
        • Acrylic tubs are popular for their durability, but they tend to be a bit more expensive than their fiberglass counterparts.
        • Although Medicare and Medicaid don’t cover walk-in tubs as of publishing, there is funding available through VA programs, home modification grants and state-run aid.
        • Look for a walk-in tub company with a generous warranty, a history of happy customers and the style of tub — lay-down, two-person, bariatric, etc. — that suits your home best.

        How walk-in tubs work

        Walk-in tubs have a seat and a door so you can step in without climbing over the side. They come equipped with grab bars and handrails to provide support, accessibility and comfort for the bather.

        With a walk-in tub, you simply:

        1. Open the door.
        2. Step in and sit down.
        3. Shut the door.
        4. Fill the tub and bathe.
        5. Empty the tub when you’re finished.
        6. Exit the tub once it’s empty.

        Although models vary, most walk-in tubs offer the same basic 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 optional therapeutic features, like air jets, hydrojets, aromatherapy and chromotherapy.

        » LEARN MORE: How walk-in tubs work

        Types of walk-in tubs

        The right type of walk-in tub for you 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.
        • 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 grab bar, showerhead and bath screen. They often have optional therapeutic features.
        • Two-person tub: These tubs, also called “companion” tubs, are slightly larger than standard walk-in tub models. They’re meant to provide enough room for two users with limited mobility.

        What about walk-in showers?

        Walk-in showers are a popular alternative to tubs for those living in smaller homes. 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.

        » COMPARE: Walk-in showers vs. walk-in tubs

        What to look for in a walk-in tub

        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.

        Walk-in tubs also typically require professional installation, so 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 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 how installation works (Is it done in-house? What’s the timeline?).

        Paying more for a premium brand could be worth it if the warranty is significantly more comprehensive; companies that complete the work themselves might be more likely to back their work with a generous warranty.

        Also consider the materials used in the construction of your walk-in tub. These tubs are typically made of fiberglass or acrylic — acrylic tubs are generally more expensive, but they’re also more durable. Fiberglass tubs are typically topped with gelcoat.

        Safety features

        For most users, safety is the main draw 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. (As we age, arthritis and other health conditions can make it trickier to step over that higher threshold, and balance may not be what it once was. This can potentially lead to serious falls, injuries or worse).

        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. You also want controls (jets, drain plug, etc.) and shelves for your toiletries that are easy to reach from a sitting position.

        • Low step threshold 
        • Handrails and grab bars
        • Nonslip surfaces
        • Hand-held shower wand
        • Easy-to-reach controls
        • Easily-accessible shelving

        Comfort features

        Walk-in tubs are also known for their comfort and therapeutic properties. Features like quick draining and filling, air jets, hydrotherapy, heated seats, aromatherapy and chromotherapy can enhance the spa-like experience of your tub.

        Though entry-level soaking tubs may not come with these features, you can usually 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 therapeutic features — they can provide a full-body massage to relieve any muscle tension. Hydrojets perform a similar function but offer a stronger massage and adjustable pressure controls. Chromotherapy uses LED light to stimulate physical and psychological responses (e.g., green light for calm, yellow for energy).

        • Quick drain and fill
        • Self-cleaning
        • In-line water heater
        • Headrests
        • Massage jets (air or hydro)
        • Aromatherapy
        • Chromotherapy
        • Heated seats

        How do walk-in tub customers rate the experience?

        We analyzed the past three years of consumer reviews of walk-in tub companies on our site and discovered that the overall satisfaction rating was 4.6 stars. Companies that we pick for inclusion in this guide all have ratings of 4.1 stars or higher as of publishing.

        Other key takeaways from our review analysis of walk-in tub companies on ConsumerAffairs:

        • How easy a tub is to use makes the biggest positive difference to walk-in tub customers. Reviewers who mention ease of use give their companies 4.3 stars on average.
        • On the flip side, mentions of billing are associated with a less favorable average rating.
        • Overall, customers who mention the customer service they received give their walk-in tub providers a positive average rating of 4.1 stars.
        • Reviewers had the highest percentage of complaints about the cost of a walk-in tub: 64% of reviews that mention price are negative and 34% are positive.

        ADA-compliant walk-in tubs

        Though most walk-in tubs should comply with regulations set by the Americans with Disabilities Act, it’s important to double-check, especially if you deal with mobility issues.

        According to ADA accessibility standards, the tub’s seat must be at 17 to 19 inches tall and 15 inches deep. The grab bars must also meet certain standards in terms of size and spacing, and the space in front of the entrance to the tub must be at least 30 inches wide for clearance.

        Walk-in tub pros and cons

        If you’d prefer to age in place rather than move to a nursing home or similar facility, a walk-in tub is likely worth the price.

        Generally, as long as your bathroom is large enough, installation is possible — in some cases, though, it might cost as much as or more than the tub itself.


        • Improves bathroom safety
        • Therapeutic features
        • Ideal for aging in place


        • Pricey
        • May use a lot of water
        • Installation can be a big project

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

        Walk-in tub costs

        Walk-in tubs are significant purchases, especially when you factor in installation costs. Knowing in advance how much a walk-in tub costs and understanding factors that affect the price is essential.

        You can expect to spend between $2,000 to $7,000 for a walk-in tub, though tubs with added hydrotherapy features can cost upward of $10,000. This can bring on some 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 the purchase means you can stay in your home longer.

        On the low end, you can get an entry-level soaker tub for around $2,000 to $5,000, though this price only includes the most basic installation needs.

        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 — e.g., oxygen tanks, wheelchairs and hospital beds), neither currently covers walk-in tubs, even if your doctor recommends one for you.

        If you have Medicare Advantage, it's possible your plan may pay part or all of certain related home modifications, thanks to expanded rules from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services that allow for "non-medical" supplemental benefits. However, these very widely by plan and may require a physician referral or prior authorization.

        How can I save money on a walk-in tub?

        Walk-in tubs aren’t financially feasible for many homeowners — but there are financing options out there. For instance, you may be eligible for VA programs, home modification grants or funding through state-run aid agencies.

        Older adults can contact their local Area Agency on Aging, which distributes funds from the Older Americans Act. Some nonprofit organizations also help administer HUD grants under the Older Adult Homes Modification Program. The best way to find out if you can get assistance is to contact either your local Area Agency on Aging or your state's aging services department, who should have a list of programs by ZIP code or county.

        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.

        Walk-in bathtub FAQ

        What is the average price of a walk-in tub?

        The average cost of a basic walk-in tub is around $5,000, but the style of tub and features you choose can dramatically increase the unit cost — you could end up paying $10,000 to $20,000.

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

        What is the best price for a walk-in tub?

        Low-end walk-tub models typically range from around $2,000 to $5,000  — but keep in mind this usually doesn’t include installation costs.

        » MORE: Best cheap walk-in tubs

        What are the benefits of a walk-in tub?

        The two major benefits of a walk-in tub are safety and therapy. Slips and falls are more common in bathrooms than in any other room, 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 comfort the body.

        What are the disadvantages of a walk-in tub?

        For most homeowners, the biggest drawback of a walk-in tub is the cost. If you can afford the tub — as well as installation, which can be pricey — also keep in mind that these tubs use quite a bit of water (average tubs hold about 50 gallons; walk-in models often hold around 80 gallons). You may see an increase in your utility bill if you opt for features like jets or heated seats, but most utility companies have assistance programs for low-income seniors — check with your utility if your bill becomes exorbitant.

        Another thing to consider: You have to enter and exit a walk-in tub when it’s empty. This is why quick drain and fill features are important — you don’t want to sit too long in a not-quite-full tub.

        What is the best material for walk-in bathtubs?

        In general, acrylic is the best material for a walk-in tub. Acrylic is more durable than fiberglass, but it’s also more expensive.

        Will a walk-in bathtub add value to my home?

        In some cases, a walk-in tub can add value to your home. If your neighborhood is popular among older adults and retirees, for instance, the presence of a walk-in tub could be a real selling point.

        If it’s your only bathtub, though, or if you don’t also have a shower, a walk-in tub could negatively affect your home’s value. Ultimately, the cost-benefit depends on how much you spent on the tub.

        » MORE: Does a walk-in tub add value to your home?

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

        Typically you’ll need an area of at least 30 inches by 60 inches for a walk-in tub.

        Most homes (even many mobile homes) can accommodate a walk-in tub in the existing bathroom space. Before installing a walk-in tub, consider the size of your doorway openings (to get the unit into the house and into the bathroom) and the opening of your current shower or tub.

        Do I have to remodel my bathroom to install a walk-in tub?

        Most bathrooms require at least some remodeling for a walk-in tub installation, but the extent of this can vary greatly. Many of these remodels include widening the space the shower occupies or reconfiguring plumbing and electrical lines, which could add thousands to your total cost.

        If you’re concerned about making too many changes (and the associated costs), address this during your in-home consultation so your rep can work with you on a solution.

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