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3 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Walk-In Tub

by Caitlin Obara

If you have mobility issues, a walk-in tub could address safety concerns you have about using a traditional bathtub. The use of the tub can drastically reduce the chances that you could suffer a slip and fall while getting in and out of the tub. If you are in the market for a walk-in tub, here are some questions to ask when evaluating your available options.  

What Size Tub Do You Need?

Walk-in tubs are available in various sizes. You can choose to get a tub that is the same size as the original tub installed in your home or opt for a different size. Which size to choose will depend on several factors.  

For instance, if you are looking for a walk-in tub that you can navigate a walker or wheelchair through with ease, you might need a wider tub so that you can comfortably fit within the space. Of course, you have to make sure you have the room for an expansion. If the tub is too big, you could end up moving other fixtures to make room. Moving fixtures can increase the costs of installing the tub.  

What Type of Door Is Ideal for Your Situation?

Walk-in tubs feature a door that seals closed when it is in use. The doors prevent water from leaking out and allow you to have the bath or shower you want. You can choose between an outward- or inward-opening door. The type of door you select depends on your space and condition. 

For instance, if you use a wheelchair, a door that swings outward might be best because you can enter and exit the door without having to pull it into the bathtub space. If you do not use a wheelchair or walker, the inward-opening door is an option. 

What Features Are Available?

As the price of the walk-in tub increases, you will find more features available to make your bathing and showering experience more appealing. Some of the features are considered additional safety features, while others are can help improve the therapeutic nature of the tub.  

For instance, there are tubs that include jacuzzi jets, anti-slip surfaces, and built-in grab bars. Features such as rapid draining can help ensure the water drains quickly so that you can exit the tub within a couple of minutes.  

Consult with a walk-in tub retailer like Twin City Stair Lifts to learn other factors you should consider before making your final selection.