What is a Walk-in Tub?
Walk-in bathtubs or safety tubs are bath tubs with a door built into the side or front of the tub. The user opens the door and walks into the tub or moves from a wheelchair through the door into the tub. The lip of the tub beneath the door is usually only about 4 inches high, making access easier than a conventional tub.
Examples of walk-in tubs
What are the advantages of a Walk-in Tub?
These specialty tubs are manufactured to allow the user to enter the tub without having to lift his/her legs over the side of the tub. Sometimes called step-in tubs, many are also designed for wheelchair users or people who must be moved with a lift.
What are the disadvantages of a Walk-in Tub?
The biggest disadvantage of a walk-in bathtub is that the user must enter the tub before it’s filled, and wait to exit until it’s emptied.
Buying Tip: Many tubs have special features that prevent the water from getting too hot as it fills. In addition, some tubs are designed with a drain system that works much faster than a conventional tub.
Who uses a Walk-in Tub?
Walk-in safety tubs, or handicapped tubs, are commonly used by people suffering from arthritis, wheelchair users, people with disabilities, elderly people or anyone who can’t step over the side of a conventional tub.