What kind of whirlpool or jet options are available on Walk-in Tubs?
Many manufacturers refer to options for whirlpools or jets as “hydrotherapy.” Most safety tubs either come with this function or offer it as an option.
There are two kinds of jets available: air and water. Some tubs offer air jets, some offer the water, some offer a combination.
What’s the difference between an air jet and a water jet?
Water jets are generally stronger and the rush of water is pushed through a larger opening than air jets. These jets of water are usually adjustable, so that you can choose the pressure you want. Air jets, on the other hand, are smaller, delivering a gentler rush of water though more holes.
Air jets also have the advantage of allowing the bather to add oils, scents and soaps to the water without damaging the system because the water does not recycle through the system as it does with water jets.
Water jet systems often leave residual water in the pipes of the system, which can result in a build up of mold or bacteria in the pipes.
Buying Tip: If you buy a system with water jets, ask the manufacturer if there is a flushing function that will allow you to clean the system after using it in order to prevent fungi or mold.
The number of jets in a walk-in or step-in tub is also optional, in many cases. That means you can select the number, paying more money for additional jets.