How do Walk-in Tub doors work?
The door for a walk-in safety bathtub is designed to seal shut so that no water escapes. You walk into the tub, sit down, then close and latch the door.
Buying Tip: Most manufacturers warranty the door seal. Be sure to ask about this before you buy.
Here’s what you should ask yourself about the door before you shop:
Do you want a side or front door in your walk-in or safety bathtub?
On most models, the door is located on the side of the tub. On some models, usually smaller models, the door is in the front.
Do you want the door to swing in or out?
Walk-in tubs, sometimes called step-in tubs, come in two basic styles; tubs with doors that swing in and tubs with doors that swing out.
- Swing-in: In general, bathtubs with doors that swing in are larger to accommodate the door. Also, they do not take up as much room in the bathroom. These inward swinging doors have a downside, however. In an emergency, you must wait until the water is completely drained to exit a bathtub with an inward swinging door.
- Swing-out: Although tubs with doors that swing outward tend to be smaller and take up less room in the bathroom, they do offer the advantage of an emergency exit. Inward doors can not be opened because of water pressure against the door, but you can simply open an outward swinging door and let the water rush out.
Do you want the door to swing right or left?
Almost every model of walk-in tub we researched has a swinging door. (We found one model with a door that slides.) Most manufacturers have designed their doors so that they can be attached to swing either left or right.
Is the door easy to close?
If you are handicapped or lack muscle strength, a few models are designed so that the door is particularly easy to latch.
Buying Tip: Be sure to look on the individual model page of our website for a more detailed description of each tub, including side and front door options, and easy latch doors.