Your walk-in tub should be a wonderful addition to your home that suits your unique needs. As you select the right tub for your needs, you’ll need to make a few key choices, such as what type of door you’ll need for your model. Use this guide to help you get started.
As you make decisions regarding what tub is best for your needs and your home, you’ll need to account for you current and future mobility. For example, if you expect to see a decrease or increase in mobility, this will affect what type of door and tub best for you.
For a walk-in tub, you should be able to stand and move between a relatively narrow door way. You’ll have to step over a threshold as you enter and exit the tub, so this option is best for more mobile individuals. If you would like to move more effortlessly from a wheel chair to a sitting position, a slide-in tub will be the better option.
Outward swinging doors are best for more spacious bathrooms and if you don’t want an extremely smooth entering and exiting process. Inward swinging doors can be a bit difficult to maneuver around as you try to close the tub, but they are best for smaller bathrooms with limited space.
Jets are perfect for those that love a gentle massage and strong water flow as they bathe. However, if you have a compromised immune system or intend to use soaps and other bath additives, you may want to choose a soaker. Jet systems recycle their water, which can lead to soap scum getting caught in pipes or stagnant water.
Now that you have an idea about the pros and cons of each option, you are ready to start making some decisions about your new walk-in tub!