A walk in bathtub has an inwards swinging sealing door and either has or does not have, a seat. This is to make it accessible to people with disabilities or the elderly who find getting into, or out of, a regular bathtub difficult. But what is the best walk in tub for your particular needs?
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The Different Types of Walk In Bathtubs
- 1 The Different Types of Walk In Bathtubs
- 2 Walk In Tub Reviews
- 3 How Do Walk In Tubs Work?
- 4 Pros and Cons of Walk In Bathtubs
- 5 Conclusion
As with regular bathtubs, walk in bathtubs also comes in different types, so you can choose the best walk in tub that is just right for you.
Soaking Tub Walk In Bathtubs
A soaking Tub Walk in Bathtub gives its user the benefits of any of the regular best bathtubs around – a nice, long soak at the end, or beginning, of the day. Just because you are unable to get into a regular bathtub, it does not mean you should be denied the pleasure of using one, after all.
Whirlpool Walk In Bathtubs
A whirlpool walk in bathtub comes fitted with regular jets, just like the best hot tubs around. These jets circulate water throughout the bath, sucking in water and pushing it out at high speed, giving you a great, relaxing massage after a long, hard, day.
The massaging action gets to sore muscles, giving almost instant relief due to a nice, deep massage without any of the hurt from going for massage therapy.
Whirlpool walk in bathtubs have higher maintenance needs than an aerated bathtub. This is because used water is filtered through the system, resulting in the system needing a regular cleaning session to ensure it works optimally.
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Aerated Tub Walk in Bathtub
This type of walk in bathtub, much like the whirlpool walk in bathtub, also has jets. In this case, however, the massage action is provided by air pumping through the jets from an outside source to provide you with millions of bubbles that massage you all over.
The air is sucked into the system, heated, and pushed out at a high velocity, ensuring a warm, soothing feeling against the skin
Air and Whirlpool Walk In Bathtubs
With these bathtubs, you get the best of everything. You get the great message resulting from the water pressure shooting out of the water jets, or you can opt for a gentler experience from the air bubbles.
You could, of course, opt for both these systems to work at the same time, giving you a bathing experience not to be missed.
Walk In Tub Reviews
So let’s be frank with each other. Making the correct choice regarding the best walk in tub is difficult. Walk in tub reviews will all tell you this make of product or that make of product is the best. The reason is usually that walk in tub reviews are written by people for a specific company. So our team had a look at a number of walk in tubs and reviewed them for you. Here is our list of favorites.
Deluxe Dual Massage Acrylic Walk In Bathtub
If you like the term ‘easy to clean’ then this is the one for you. The white cast glossy acrylic coat of this bathtub ensures cleaning pleasure, while the pristine white gleam will brighten any bathroom interior. To add to your pleasure, this is a dual massage bathtub, i.e. it has the functions of both an aerated tub and a whirlpool tub.
HandiTub Whirlpool & Air Jetted Wheelchair Accessible Bathtub
If you are looking for something nifty and easy to place with minimum fuss, this whirlpool and air unit is a great bet. All that is needed is an adequate water supply and drainage in the correct position.
Prairie Whirlpool & Air Jetted Bathtub
A great American brand tub with strong jets and air nozzles. This tub has a good, well-rounded finish.
Aspen Whirlpool Bathtub
A whirlpool walk in tub that ticks all the boxes, resulting in a most relaxing, massaging soak.
Telluride Whirlpool Jetted Bathtub
With side panels included for a three-sided enclosure plus an adjustable shower handle for easy use, this whirlpool tub is a sure winner.
Exclusive Series 48 in. x 28 in. Walk-In Whirlpool and Air Bath Tub
Experience a deluxe leg massage in the comfort of your own home, while relaxing in the comfort of your own home.
How Do Walk In Tubs Work?
Walk in bathtubs are usually sold as a complete unit that only needs attaching to your water supply and a drain. If, however, you opt for a whirlpool or aerated walk in bath tub, or even one that has both, you would also need to take the power attachment into consideration.
A walk in tub is fitted with a door that either swings inwards, or outwards. You would open the door and transfer yourself (from a wheelchair) to the seat, if disabled, or simply walk in and sit down. The floor, which is usually slip resistant, and added arm handles, are added safety features that ensure you do not fall.
Most of these bathtubs are fitted with a quick-draining function, as you would, typically, have to wait for the water to drain before being able to get out.
The door threshold is usually very low to allow for easy access.
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Pros and Cons of Walk In Bathtubs
The most obvious benefit of a walk in bathtub is that it makes for easy bathing for people with mobility issues. These may not only include those who are in a wheelchair but the elderly, who find it difficult to get into or out of a bath, as well.
These bathtubs are also usually designed in such a way as to forestall the possibility of slipping. The handrails allow for something to hold on to while bathing, while the seating makes the experience so much easier. An added extra is the non-slip floor that gives you that extra feeling of safety.
When it comes to cons, the first is that you have to first get into the tub before being able to turn on the water. This could be quite chilly.
You also need to wait for the bath to drain before getting out, as the door can not, and should not, be opened while there is still water in the bath, as it would cause flooding. Thankfully, most walk in bathtubs are, these days, fitted with a special draining function that allows for the water to flow out much quicker than is the case with a conventional bathtub.
How Do I Choose the Best Walk In Bathtub?
Choosing the best walk in bathtub is a matter of perspective, i.e. your perspective. You need to ask yourself: “What are my needs?”
One of the things that need thinking about is size. These bathtubs range in size, so you need to decide on the size that fits your bathroom, and your needs. In addition, do you want a soaking tub walk in bathtub, a whirlpool walk in bathtub, an aerated tub walk in bathtub, or a dual function tub, i.e. an air and whirlpool walk in bathtub? Price and personal preference play a role in making this decision.
Then there are door options to consider. Do you prefer an inward swinging or an outward swinging door? While an outward swinging door might be a better option for someone in a wheelchair, it does tend to take up quite a bit of bathroom space.
Taking the different walk in tub reviews into consideration, I have to say that my pick would be the Deluxe Dual Massage Acrylic Walk In Bathtub. For me, this one typifies the heights of luxury and ticks all the boxes. Add to this that it is a dual function bath, allowing for both the whirlpool and air massage systems, plus the extras, e.g. the ozone sterilization system, and I am sold. I also like the fact that the parts have a five-year warranty and that the shell frame and door carry a lifetime warranty. The removable door is the cherry on top.