Are you wondering if a walk-in tub is right for you? A walk-in bath is a great way to upgrade your home to make your bath experience safer, more comfortable and more therapeutic. But how much do walk-in tubs cost?
A basic walk-in tub is intended to fit into an alcove installation which requires little retrofitting required for the rest of the bathroom. The tub itself would most likely measure around 60-inches in length, and up to 30-inches in width.
The tub depth may vary, but most tubs are built for soaking, making the average depth around 36-inches to 40-inches, although some very deep tubs may be available at 46-inches for a deep soak.
A walk-in tub door is intended to swing out into the bathroom, but a few models provide an inward swinging bathroom door where space is small.
When the door closes, it seals completely to keep the water in the tub, and cannot open again until the tub is drained, which means there are no accidental spills or floods.
Most doors measure around 15-inches in width, although specialty tubs with custom doors are available from some manufacturers if needed.
Pros and Cons of Walk-in Tubs
They have a low threshold and are designed to give you a safe experience for bathing
Some may even convert to tub/shower combos, so you can sit on the tub bench to shower safely as well
Offer a complete experience you can’t get from any other bathtub.
Walk-in tubs are difficult to use for wheelchair users
Walk-in tubs also rely on the door sealing, which can fail over time
In addition, if you are in the tub you must wait for it to drain completely before you can exit the tub
Also, you must enter the tub before turning on the water
Walk-in Bathtub Prices by Type
The soaking tubs are large tubs built to comfortably sit and bathe. these don’t have jets or other features but are built to sit and soak comfortably for extended periods of time.
These come in a multitude of sizes and can be for one or two bathers. A soaking tub has an average cost ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.
An air bath produces bubble streams from tiny holes found on or near the bottom of the pool. This offers a gentle massage and is perfect for improving body circulation.
The tub can be used as a regular soaking tub if the air is not on. An air bath walk-in tub has total cost ranging from $5,000 to $7,000
This is a jetted tub, which circulates the water vigorously. It can offer massage of deep tissue and is good for relaxing muscles aches. It can serve as a normal soaking tub when not in use.
For certain people with heart or blood pressure, jetted tubs are not recommended. The estimated cost of a walk-in hydrotherapy tub is between $5,000 and $7,000.
A two-seater tub is designed for two users. It will have two backrests with a drain the center. These tubs may be soaking, air bath, whirlpool, or combination, and they are typically larger – at least 72-inches in length. A two-seater walk-in tub will cost between $7,000 and $20,000.
A combination tub has both air bath and whirlpool features. This can allow you to customize your experience or to allow two users with different needs both use the tub comfortably.
Combination walk-in tubs can cost between $10,000 and $15,000, on average.
This is a wider tub designed for larger users or for users who have significant mobility issues and may need assistance entering and exiting the tub.
These tubs may be soaking, air bath, or whirlpool, as well as combinations. The average cost for a bariatric walk-in tub is between $10,000 and $20,000.
Walk-in Tub Shower Combo Cost
A tub/shower combination is a single-piece unit that can fit into an alcove where an existing shower is. For households where people both shower and bathe and for users that want to shower while sitting down, this can be a good solution for both.
A tub/shower combo can cost between $10,000 and $20,000.
A luxury tub may have additional features such as curved backrests for comfort, chromatherapy lights, or adjustable water jets. They are typically larger and deeper, and many are also more contemporary in appearance.
The cost of a luxury tub generally ranges from $15,000 to $20,000.
Lower step-in threshold of 3-inches
Many options available
How Much Does It Cost to Install a Walk-in Tub?
Installation of walk-in tub costs vary from around $700 to $3,000, but the most typical $1,500 or less is. If you need to expand your walk-in tub to get wider pipes or a surrounding wall, the construction costs would increase.
You will also have to pay for the cost of labor, which may or may not involve removing your old tub.
Most walk-in tub companies provide an in-home consultation so you can get an accurate estimate of the costs based on your situation.
Because this is a major purchase for most homeowners, many companies also offer financing options or flexible payment terms to make it more accessible.
Enhancement and Improvement Costs
When you intend on tiling the tub into the surrounding room, ask to have a tile flange in the shower. This flange allows the tile to be placed tightly in the shower. Depending on the size and location flanges cost between $100 and $500.
Longer Tubs or Two-seater Tubs
Longer tubs or two-seater tubs are also available to make bathing easier for caregivers or families, costs start at around $5,000.
Neck rests may be available as an add-on item for some tubs, with costs starting at around $100.
Some tubs may also offer a surround to allow for shower conversion. Costs for a surround start around $1,000.
Are Walk-in Tubs Tax Deductible?
Walk-in tubs are tax-deductible only if they are purchased for reasons of medical safety. If so, they may be claimed as a Medical or Dental Expenditure.
If you are an elderly caregiver and you install a walk-in pool, under the Dependent Care Tax Credit, you will be entitled to deduct the expense of the pool.
While your walk-in tub may not be covered by insurance or be tax-deductible, you can often work out a payment plan with your walk-in bathtub company. Some companies even offer low-interest financing for qualifying customers.