A walk-in tub replaces a home's standard bathtub and features a sealed door that swings either out or in. The purpose is simple: allow easy access to and from the bathtub. For those with limited mobility, this much as the elderly or the less mobile, this type of tub can be a liberating piece of safety equipment as independence is important. Walk-in tubs can permit the people to maintain more independence for many extra years.
1. Choose the material. Walk-in baths are typically made from acrylic material, fiberglass, porcelain, or steel. Acrylic tubs are durable and are able to insulate well, but are generally more expensive than fiberglass. Porcelain is not as durable, but it is easy to clean and resistant to corrosion. Fiberglass is inexpensive and light but can accumulate scuffs easily. Steel is often utilized as a sturdy frame for other tub materials. Other considerations may matter more for some customers, but it is still a good idea to learn about the different tub materials before committing to a purchase.
2. Look at optional features. Features that vary among walk-in tubs include the type of door, the size, the inner bench seat, the inclusion of faucets, and various jet options. There is not a significant difference between an inward and outward swinging door, but some users may find that an outward swinging door permits more room to make oneself comfortable before the door shuts. The size of the walk-in bath is important because it needs to fit the intended space. If at all possible, it should be large enough to comfortably accommodate the largest user in the home. Many people with limited mobility appreciate a bench seat so that they do not have to get down to ground level in the bathtub. For this reason, most walk-in tubs include these seats. Many people also enjoy massaging jets in a walk-in bath. Both water jets and air jets are available, and some tubs provide both options. If hydrotherapy is helpful for the tub's user, make sure that jet options are included with the tub. On the other hand, if price is a concern, eliminating some of the extra options can significantly cut down on costs.
3. Carefully consider all of the available options and take the time to decide what will work best for your situation. Searching online is a fast way to find detailed information and brochures for walk-in tubs. If possible, talk to a tub manufacturer or other expert before reaching a final decision.