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(standard 60 inch walk-in tub)
(soaking tub with an alcove installation)
(custom tub with whirlpool and air bath features)
Cost to install a walk-in tub varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from disability remodeling contractors in your city.
A walk-in bathtub is a tub installed in an alcove that allows users to walk or transfer in with no barrier. Rather than a fixed front wall like a standard tub, a walk-in tub has a door that opens outward to allow entry. The occupant sits inside the tub either on the floor of the tub or on a built-in 1 seat. When the door is sealed, the tub can then be filled with water. Some walk-in tubs offer therapeutic options such as airbath or whirlpool jets, while others are strictly for soaking.
A walk-in bathtub is an ideal addition to most bathrooms for people who have mobility issues and cannot safely enter a normal tub by stepping over the edge, or by seating themselves on the edge and swinging their legs in. People with disabilities, the elderly, those who have mobility issues due to conditions such as obesity, people with dementia, and anyone who would have difficulty entering a tub full of water safely can benefit from using this tub, as can their caregivers.
The average cost of a walk-in tub ranges from $3,000 up to $8,500, depending on the type of tub and the various options and add-ons you choose. As an example, a standard 60 inch walk-in tub will cost about $4,000 The final cost you will pay can be influenced by the size and type of tub, whether or not you include a surround, whether an electrician is required to hook up and place a motor, and whether you are replacing an existing tub, or making room for a new one. The project’s lowest cost is around $2,500 for a soaking tub installed in an alcove, while the highest cost is approximately $20,000 for a custom whirlpool tub with an air bath feature.
|Walk-in Tub Installation Costs|
|National average cost||$4,000|
Just like standard bathtubs, there is a range of options available to you for walk-in tubs. From deep soaking tubs to tub/shower combinations and hydrotherapy tubs, there is something for everyone. The type of bathtub is one of the main cost factors for a walk-in tub installation project. The more high-tech and larger the design, the more you will pay. Below are the most common walk-in bathtub types and the average prices.
|Soaking Tub||$2,500 - $5,000|
|Air Bath||$5,000 - $7,000|
|Hydrotherapy (Whirlpool)||$5,000 - $7,000|
|Two-Seater||$7,000 - $20,000|
|Combination||$10,000 - $15,000|
|Bariatric||$10,000 - $20,000|
|Tub/Shower Combination||$10,000 - $20,000|
|Luxury Tubs||$15,000 - $20,000|
The average cost of a soaking tub ranges from $2,500 to $5,000. Soaking tubs are deep tubs designed for sitting and bathing comfortably. They do not have jets or other features but are designed to be comfortable to sit and soak for extended periods. They come in many sizes and may be for one or two bathers.
The average cost of an air bath walk-in tub ranges from $5,000 to $7,000. An air bath generates streams of bubbles from small holes located on or near the bottom of the tub. It provides a gentle massage and is good for increasing circulation to the body, which may benefit those with diabetes or circulation problems. When the air is not on, the tub can be used as a regular soaking tub.
The average cost of a hydrotherapy walk-in tub is between $5,000 and $7,000. This is a jetted tub that vigorously circulates the water. It offers deep tissue massage and is good for relaxing away muscle aches. When not in use, it can act as a regular soaking tub. Jetted tubs are not recommended for some people with heart or blood circulation issues.
A two-seater walk-in tub costs between $7,000 and $20,000. A two-seater tub is designed for two users. It has two backrests with a drain in the center. These tubs may be soaking, air bath, whirlpool, or a combination. They are typically larger, at least 72-inches in length.
A combination tub has both air bath and whirlpool features. Combination walk-in tubs can cost between $10,000 and $15,000 on average. This allows you to customize your experience or two users with different needs to use the tub comfortably.
The average cost for a bariatric walk-in tub is between $10,000 and $20,000. This is a wider tub designed for larger users or users who have significant mobility issues and may need assistance entering and exiting the tub. These tubs may be soaking, air bath, or whirlpool, as well as combinations.
A tub/shower combo can cost between $10,000 and $20,000. A tub/shower combination is a single-piece unit that fits into an alcove where an existing shower is. For households where people shower and bathe and for users who want to shower while sitting down, this can be a good solution for both.
The cost of a luxury tub generally ranges from $15,000 to $20,000. A luxury tub may have additional features such as curved backrests for comfort, chromotherapy lights, or adjustable water jets. They are typically larger and deeper, and many are also more contemporary in appearance.
Another way to determine walk-in bathtub prices are the materials used to make them. The average price ranges from $1,000 to $8,500, depending on the material. Tubs may be made from acrylic, gelcoat, or porcelain, with acrylic being the most durable option on the market. Generally, gelcoat is easier to clean, while porcelain is highly resistant to corrosion. The below table includes the average costs for these tub materials.
|Material||Average Costs (Only Material)|
|Gelcoat||$1,000 - $5,000|
|Porcelain||$2,000 - $7,000|
|Acrylic||$3,000 - $8,500|
With an average cost of around $1,000 to $5,000, gelcoat walk-in tubs are some of the most affordable. A lightweight polyester coating is applied to the tub mold before it's sealed with fiberglass and resin. This results in a tub that’s thinner and easier to lift and maneuver than a porcelain or acrylic tub. Other advantages of gelcoat tubs include the easy installation and repairable finish. Some homeowners aren’t huge fans of this material that is more flexible and less sturdy than others. It also may scratch, crack, or fade over time, so it’s important to take care of it.
Porcelain tubs cost $2,000 to $7,000 on average, depending on the size, brand, and design. Porcelain was traditionally used for classic clawfoot tubs but has become a go-to choice for walk-in style tubs, too. Known as a great value due to its affordability and durability, this popular material has a thin steel sheet covered by porcelain enamel to make these tubs especially sturdy. It’s durable and requires minimal maintenance, with a long-lasting gloss that looks luxurious and modern. One downside of porcelain is that it is the heaviest type of tub and chips easily when it's moved. Limited sizes and shapes are available.
Bathtubs made from acrylic cost between $3,000 and $8,500 on average. As a transparent thermoplastic that’s shatter-resistant and a trusted alternative to glass, acrylic is a solid material for tubs. In addition to the easy maintenance, acrylic tubs are a popular choice for homeowners because they are durable and can be used for various designs. Many tubs with organic shapes are made from versatile acrylic. While this material is susceptible to light scratching, a mild, non-abrasive cleaner can usually get rid of any marks.
A basic walk-in tub is meant to fit into an alcove installation with little retrofitting required for the rest of the bathroom. Therefore, the tub itself will likely measure around 60-inches in length, and up to 30-inches in width. The depth of the tub will vary, but most tubs are designed for soaking, which makes the average depth around 36-inches to 40-inches, although some very deep tubs may be available at 46-inches for a deep soak.
The door of a walk-in tub is meant to swing outward into the bathroom, although a few models offer an inward swinging door for bathrooms where space is tight. When the door closes, it seals completely to keep the water in the tub, and cannot open again until the tub is drained, which means there are no accidental spills or floods. Most doors measure around 15-inches in width, although specialty tubs with custom doors are available from some manufacturers if needed.
While there aren't as many manufacturers for walk-in tubs as other types, there are still plenty to choose from, including low and high-end models. These leading brands have options for hydrotherapy, soaking, and luxury walk-in tubs to suit bathrooms of all sizes. Bathtub installers can offer recommendations based on your budget, with options as low as $1,200 and as high as $17,000.
|Brand||Average Cost (Only Material)|
|Safe Step||$1,200 - $5,000|
|Universal||$2,800 - $5,200|
|Ella||$4,000 - $7,000|
|Premier Care||$5,000 - $10,000|
|American Standard||$5,000 - $16,000|
|Jacuzzi||$6,000 - $12,000|
|Kohler||$12,000 - $17,000|
The average cost of Safe Step Walk-in Tubs is $1,200 to $5,000. This brand is one of the most popular on the market, recognized for its safe, easily accessible tubs. Their walk-in tubs have low and wide entry doors, built-in handlebars, anti-scalding technology, anti-slip floors, and a sanitary gel finish to ensure a safe, clean bathing experience for seniors and their loved ones. Each tub is made in Tennessee and must pass a quality control inspection before being sold and installed.
Universal Walk-in Tubs are priced around $2,800 to $5,200 on average. Built in the U.S., these tubs are made from handcrafted stone, gelcoat, or acrylic. This brand offers a ten-year warranty and a range of walk-in tubs as well as drop-in and freestanding options. Their collection includes 45 choices for wheelchair accessible walk-ins and jetted tubs. You can choose from 18 different sizes and left or right draining.
Expect to pay around $4,000 to $7,000 on average for an Ella walk-in tub. Created by the brand Ella’s Bubbles, each American-made tub is assembled, jetted, and tested in Chicago. They specialize in acrylic tubs and distribute showers, accessories, and fixtures across the U.S. Founded in 2005, the company’s collection of walk-in tubs includes lay-down and two-seat designs and stainless steel doors. They also offer U- and L-shaped outswing doors and S-class walk-in tubs with a molded seat and slip-resistant floor.
Walk-in tubs from Premier Care usually cost around $5,000 to $10,000. Custom pricing is available for each personalized project, so you may be able to get one on the lower end or a luxurious, fully fitted-out tub on the higher end. As a leader in the senior care industry, Premier Care tubs are used in various residential settings thanks to innovative safety features like a low step-in, contoured slip-resistant seat, and other adaptive equipment. The company started as a family business in 1985 and has expanded to offer tubs with air and water massage jets as well as deep soaking tubs. Their tubs offer hydrovescent therapy, a spa system that alleviates chronic pain with several different massage options.
Tubs from American Standard cost $5,000 to $16,000 on average. These high-quality tubs work with many walk-in tub installers nationwide and are often preferred due to the limited lifetime warranty and impressive range of customizable add-ons. The American Standard range includes acrylic and gelcoat walk-in air baths, whirlpools, and combo massage tubs. Some of their most popular features include chromotherapy, built-in grab bars, minute drain, and quick drain.
The average cost for a Jacuzzi walk-in tub is $6,000 to $12,000. As a leading manufacturer of hot tubs and swim spas, Jacuzzi is known for its Swirlpool technology, as well as whirlpool and soaking tubs. There are six hydrotherapy experiences to choose from, including calm hydromassage by Swirlpool, heated soak, Salon Spa, and Pure Air bath. Jacuzzi offers grab bars and bath accessories to complete a stylish, relaxing tub project.
Most homeowners pay somewhere between $12,000 and $17,000 for a Kohler walk-in bath. The company has been around for nearly 150 years and is one of the most trusted and luxurious in the U.S. bath market. These baths are on the higher end due to exclusive features like fast-drain technology and Bask heated headrests. The three-inch step is also the lowest on the market and ensures a safer bathing experience for those with injuries or limited mobility. Hydrotherapy, air jets, and a multi-function hand shower are also available.
Installing a standard walk-in tub into a typical retrofit bathroom is usually straightforward when handled by an experienced professional. The old tub will be removed, along with the row of tile (if applicable) that adjoins it on the walls. Because the new walk-in tub is usually much deeper or higher than the old tub, you will likely need to retile or replace the walls of the tub area. This is especially true if you plan on using the tub as a shower. If you need to install new tile after the project, most professionals charge between $10 and $20 per square foot of ceramic tile.
In most cases, the cost of this is comparable to a standard bathtub installation, which typically takes from 6 to 8 hours at around $85 per hour on average, with many people paying around $1,000 for a standard installation. For a whirlpool or air bath installation, however, the cost can be significantly higher, up to $1,500 - $2,000 for placement of the motor and running of the electricity. This is because the motor will need to be set nearby, as well as hooked up properly.
Most baths easily retrofit into the space already occupied by an alcove tub, so no major remodeling is necessary beyond reconfiguring the stall. However, there may be some additional considerations to make, including:
Two options are available for walk-in tub doors: inward and outward opening doors. Inward opening doors are much more common, although you can choose outward if you have more space. Typically, models with outward doors will be slightly more expensive than those with inward doors, but prices vary depending on the brand, material, and whether it’s a pre-made tub or a custom-built project.
Most walk-in tubs come with inward opening doors, which is the industry standard. By opening into the tub and swinging inward, this type of door is more practical for smaller bathrooms. In addition to saving space, these doors are watertight as the pressure from a tub full of water keeps the door shut tightly. These doors come with a lock to stop accidental opening. They don’t open until all water has drained out. One thing to keep in mind with inward doors is that it may be slightly more difficult to move around the tub when the door is open.
For bathrooms with extra space, outward opening doors are a viable option for a new walk-in tub. It’s easier to navigate inside the tub with a door that opens outward. Tubs with these doors are wheelchair-friendly and better for transferring from chair to tub. Outward doors may be opened even if the water has not completely drained out of the tub, which may be better in emergencies but can also lead to moisture on the floor if you’re not careful. Another consideration with outward opening doors is that the door’s swing may interfere with the toilet, cabinet, sink, or other parts of the room, but this depends on your bathroom layout.
Another way to distinguish between your walk-in tub options is the shape. These tubs come in U, S, and L shapes. You can choose what works best for your bathroom design and how much space you want to take up. If you are replacing an existing tub and wanting to fit the new one in the same alcove, then a U or S shape tub may be the most logical choice, but a larger L shape tub could be installed with some extra labor. Your professional installer can help you find the ideal shape and size for your bathroom.
U shape walk-in tubs typically have inward swing doors, but you can also get one with a three-latch outward swing door. The first is a good option for a traditional home bathroom with minimal extra space. The latter is preferable for a wheelchair-friendly tub in a larger bathroom. These tubs may be slightly smaller than other shapes while still allowing you to stretch your legs in a comfortable resting position. These tubs fit into many bathroom alcoves and come in a wide variety of materials with extra features if you want a more luxurious tub.
S shape tubs have a slight curve to them at one end, so they are another good option for saving space, especially with inward swinging doors. It’s possible to add a shower feature at the wider end to create a more versatile tub and prevent water from spilling out onto the floor. This tub allows for slightly more room to move around, relax, and stretch out. Many homeowners find the slight curve adds an element of elegance to their bathroom.
Some of the larger walk-in tubs available on the market come in an L shape. This is a good choice for corner spots or larger bathrooms where a more spacious tub is achievable. Some L shape tubs accommodate two people and feature Jacuzzi-style jets. L shape tubs may also accommodate a shower and can have outward swing doors for more space and a more accessible design for anyone with mobility issues.
Walk-in tubs can be installed in several different locations, depending on the bathroom layout and the best position plumbing-wise. Installing a new walk-in tub is generally less expensive if you put it in the same position as your last tub. However, talk to your professional installer to determine the best design for your space and what will be most cost-effective.
An alcove tub is the most common, as it fits into a designated space between bathroom walls and is surrounded on three sides. Also known as fitted or recessed, an alcove tub has a finished exposed side for a stylish, complete look. A free-standing tub stands on its own and is not attached to any walls, so it works best in bathrooms with more space to move around. As the name suggests, left and right-side tubs have walls on one side only.
Many features must be considered to upgrade your walk-in bath and make it even safer and more relaxing. These special features range in price from $30 to $500 and are often recommended by professional bathtub installers. While they are an additional cost, they improve the quality and safety of your walk-in tub. Some walk-in tubs come with several features already included, while others can be customized with these features before installation or added on later. The most popular features and their costs are outlined below.
|Slip-Resistant Floor||$30 - $200|
|Grab Bars||$50 - $300|
|Ozone Sterilization||$150 - $300|
|Chromotherapy||$200 - $350|
|Aromatherapy||$200 - $350|
|Thermostatic Control Valve (TCV)||$250 - $400|
|ADA-Compliant Built-in Seat||$300 - $500|
While most walk-in tubs come with some form of slip resistance on the floor, you can invest in an additional non-slip mat or anti-slip treatment for $30 to $200. Using these mats or treatments significantly reduces the risk of falling in the tub, which is important considering an estimated two-thirds of accident-related injuries occur in the tub or shower. For example, slip-resistant mats that suction to the tub floor create a smooth, safe surface to stand on when entering or exiting the tub.
Grab bar installation costs between $50 and $300 on average. Grab bars are an important safety add-on for walk-in tubs, as these handles are positioned so you can hold onto them when getting up and out of the tub, as well as sitting down in the water. Stainless steel grab bars are a popular choice as they are sturdy and resistant to damage. Standard grab bars and decorative choices are available if you’re looking for a certain design.
Some homeowners choose ozone sterilization, a built-in sanitation system that typically costs between $150 and $300. This cleaning system kills bacteria much like chlorine to ensure mold or mildew are eliminated from the tub. The three oxygen atoms in the ozone treatment stick to these germs and destroy them so that you can enjoy a safe bathing experience. This system can be built into the tub, and with the push of a button, you can turn it on to get a cleaner bath.
Chromotherapy, also known as color therapy, costs around $200 to $350to add to a walk-in bath. Different colors can be used to generate certain feelings, such as calmness and relaxation. Chromotherapy lights are used to create a more peaceful bath experience and are often paired with aromatherapy for a totally relaxed experience. Some tubs come with these lights built in, so you can choose to use them based on your mood.
Another option for relaxing walk-in baths is aromatherapy, which plays on the power of scent and costs about $200 to $350 on average. Aromatherapy systems may be built into the tub and paired with hydromassage and chromotherapy for the ultimate relaxation with beautiful, calming scents. You can also use standalone essential oils like lavender or lemon, or even bath salts to create a similar effect that is slightly more budget-friendly.
The average cost for a thermostatic control valve (TCV) is $250 to $400. This bathtub add-on helps to prevent scalding by maintaining a consistent water temperature. It stops the temperature from suddenly changing to an unsafe temperature and comes with adjustable presets so you can control your preferences. Some of the higher-end walk-in tubs on the market already have a TCV system in place.
Expect to pay somewhere between $300 to $500 for a built-in seat that meets Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. These ADA-compliant seats meet rigorous safety checks, including a sturdy placement, a non-slip surface, and proper support. For those with disabilities or limited mobility, an ADA-compliant seat is a smart safety investment and should come with grab bars for easy sitting and standing.
Like any addition you may make to your home, there are a lot of pros and cons when it comes to the decision to get a walk-in tub. If you enjoy bathing and are having difficulty with getting into and out of a standard tub, then a walk-in tub can be a safer alternative. They have a low threshold and are designed to give you a safe experience for bathing. Some may even convert to tub/shower combos, so you can sit on the tub bench to shower safely as well.
Walk-in tubs are difficult to use for wheelchair users, however, who may find the transition through the door difficult unaided. Many wheelchair users prefer using a roll-in shower instead. Walk-in tubs also rely on the door sealing, which can fail over time. In addition, if you are in the tub you must wait for it to drain completely before you can exit the tub, and you must enter the tub before turning on the water. This can be uncomfortable for some people.
Walk-in tubs can sometimes be installed in the same alcove where you may currently have a tub/shower combo. Some walk-in tubs may also come in a tub/shower combination themselves, so that you can fit the entire unit into the alcove as a single piece.
Other tubs are designed to be used solely as tubs, so unless you have a separate shower, you will be replacing the shower with the tub. This can take many forms. Walk-in tubs are taller than standard tubs, so you will need to demo at least some of the existing shower walls, as well as removing the old tub or shower floor. You will need to replumb for the tub spout to be higher, and unless your new set up is a tub/shower combination, you will want to remove the showerhead and retile or fill the hole where it was. This isn’t necessarily a large job, but if you want to use the tub as a shower as well you may want to invest in a single tub/shower unit, which can make the transition easier.
Walk-in tubs are not considered durable medical equipment. This means that while they may assist you in bathing more easily than in a standard tub, they are not designed to treat or support a medical condition. For this reason, Medicare will not cover the cost or installation of a walk-in tub.
If you are purchasing a walk-in tub for medical safety reasons, meaning that if you did not have such a tub you could not safely bathe yourself or someone you are a caregiver for, you can deduct the cost of the tub from your taxes. If you are purchasing the tub for someone in your care, and they are a dependant of yours, who you are claiming on your taxes, you may also be eligible to get a Dependent Care Tax Credit for the cost of the tub.
Fortunately, it doesn't cost too much to maintain a walk-in tub. Usually, the only essential maintenance required involves running the jets with special cleaning solutions to keep them free of dirt, debris, and clogs. RetirementLiving recommends cleaning the walls and floor of a walk-in tub of soap, oils, shampoo and any other residue. The surface and other parts of the tub should also be cleaned regularly, and you may wish to get the tub checked over by a professional every year to be on the safe side
Most manufacturers offer good warranty policies, but the specifics of each policy can vary from one brand to the next. Be sure to check out the warranty in advance before buying a walk-in tub and try to find one with the longest possible coverage. Ideally, you want to find a manufacturer that offers lifetime coverage for the door seal, as this can degrade and start to leak over time, so may need to be replaced after several years of use.
If you plan on tiling the tub into the surround, ask for a tile flange to be included in the tub. This flange allows for a watertight installation of the tile to the tub. Flanges cost between $100 and $500 depending on type and placement.
Longer tubs or two-seater tubs are also available to make bathing easier for caregivers or families, costs start at around $5,000.
Neck rests may be available as an add-on item for some tubs, with costs starting at around $100.
Some tubs may also offer a surround to allow for shower conversion. Costs for a surround start around $1,000.
The typical cost of installing a walk- in tub is between $700 and $1,500 for a total cost of $5,000-$7,000 on average including the tub.
The cost of replacing a tub with one of similar size and shape is around $1,900.
The average cost of installing a bathtub is around $1,900.
Walk-in tubs are not covered by Medicare, because they are not considered durable medical equipment.
The draining time varies by tub; tubs equipped with a fast drain can drain in as little as 2-3 minutes.
A walk-in bathtub is a tub with a low barrier to entry and a door that seals shut, allowing you to enter the tub safely, even with mobility issues.
The number of gallons a walk-in tub holds depends on its size, but on average a tub will hold around 50 gallons.
Your water heater is sized to the capacity of the tub. Most households find that a 50 gallon heater is enough, but large households may need to upgrade to 100 gallons.
Tub installation can be done in 1 - 3 days depending on the type of installation and how you’ll finish the walls/area around it.
(standard 60 inch walk-in tub)
(soaking tub with an alcove installation)
(custom tub with whirlpool and air bath features)
Cost to install a walk-in tub varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from disability remodeling contractors in your city.