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Walk-in Tub Installation Cost

Walk-in Tub Installation Cost

National average
$4,000
(standard 60 inch walk-in tub)
Low: $2,500

(soaking tub with an alcove installation)

High: $20,000

(custom tub with whirlpool and air bath features)

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Walk-in Tub Installation Cost

National average
$4,000
(standard 60 inch walk-in tub)
Low: $2,500

(soaking tub with an alcove installation)

High: $20,000

(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.

The average cost of installing a walk-in tub is $4,000.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Walk-in Tub?

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.

Walk-in Tub Prices

Walk-in Tub Installation Costs
National average cost$4,000
Average range$3,000 - $8,500
Minimum cost$2,500
Maximum cost$20,000


Walk-in Bathtub Prices by Type

Just like standard bathtubs, there is a range of options available to you in walk-in tubs:


Walk-in bathtub prices

Walk-in bathtub prices


TypeBenefitCost
Soaking tubRegular bathing$2,500-$5,000
Air bathGood for those with diabetes and circulation problems$5,000-$7,000
Hydrotherapy (whirlpool)Good for deep tissue massage or muscle aches$5,000-$7,000
Two-SeaterAllows two people to bathe together at the same time$7,000-$20,000
CombinationAllows users to switch between air or water jets as needed$10,000-$15,000
BariatricWider tub made to accommodate those who have mobility issues or those who find a standard size tub too tight or confining $10,000-$20,000
Tub/shower CombinationHas shower walls for an alcove installation$10,000-$20,000
Luxury tubsHas additional options such as chromatherapy or curved back rests$15,000-$20,000


Soaking Tub

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 of time. They come in many sizes and may be for one or two bathers. The average cost of a soaking tub ranges from $2,500 to $5,000.

Air Bath

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. When the air is not on, the tub can be used like a regular soaking tub. The average cost of an air bath walk-in tub ranges from $5,000 to $7,000.

Hydrotherapy (whirlpool)

This is a jetted tub that vigorously circulates the water. It can offer 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.The average cost of a hydrotherapy walk-in tub is between $5,000 and $7,000.

Two-seater

A two-seater tub is designed for two users. It will have two backrests with a drain the center. These tubs may be soaking, air bath, whirlpool, or combination, and they are typically larger - at least 72-inches in length. A two-seater walk-in tub will cost between $7,000 and $20,000.

Combination

A combination tub has both air bath and whirlpool features. This can allow you to customize your experience or to allow two users with different needs both use the tub comfortably. Combination walk-in tubs can cost between $10,000 and $15,000, on average.

Bariatric

This is a wider tub designed for larger users or for 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. The average cost for a bariatric walk-in tub is between $10,000 and $20,000.

walk-in Tub Shower Combo Cost

A tub/shower combination is a single piece unit that can fit into an alcove where an existing shower is. For households where people both shower and bathe and for users that want to shower while sitting down, this can be a good solution for both. A tub/shower combo can cost between $10,000 and $20,000.

Luxury

A luxury tub may have additional features such as curved backrests for comfort, chromatherapy lights, or adjustable water jets. They are typically larger and deeper, and many are also more contemporary in appearance. The cost of a luxury tub generally ranges from $15,000 to $20,000.

Basic Features of a Walk-in Tub

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.

Walk-in Tub Costs by Brand

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.

BrandDescriptionCost
Safe StepHybrid tub and showers available
Air bath systems available
$1,200 - $5,000
Homeward BathMany variations and sizes available$1,600 - $2,400
Safety TubSmaller tubs available for tight spaces$2,000 - $4,000
UniversalMany sizes of doors available, including extra wide$2,800 - $5,200​
EllaOffers an inward swinging door$4,000 - $7,000
American StandardQuick draining$5,000 - $16,000
KohlerLower step-in threshold of 3-inches
Fast draining
Many options available
$12,000 - $17,000


Labor Costs to Install a Walk-in Tub

The installation of a standard walk-in tub into a typical retrofit bathroom is usually straightforward. 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 likely to be much deeper, or higher, than the old tub, you will likely need to retile or replace the walls of the tub area as well, particularly if you plan on using the tub as a shower as well. 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 airbath 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:

  • Plumbing: upgrading your pipes to a ¾-inch diameter will enable the tub to fill more quickly. This can be expensive, however, costing between $4,000 to $6,000 to complete. In addition, you may need to upgrade your hot water heater, as these tubs can hold up between 50 and 80 gallons. A tankless heater will supply an endless amount of hot water for around 3,500, while a standard heater that will supply 50 gallons of hot water costs between $600-$800.
  • Electrical: the drain pump 2 and any jets will require a dedicated circuit of 15 amps and a GFCI grounding for use in the bathroom. Electricians charge about $65-$85 an hour, and an upgrade of the circuit may cost between $1,300 and $3,000 if needed.

Pros and Cons of Walk-in Tubs

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.

Converting from a Shower to a Tub

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.


Contemporary bathroom design with a luxury walk-in bathtub


Are Walk-in Tubs Covered by Medicare?

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. 

Are Walk-in Tubs Tax Deductible?

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. 

Walk-in Bathtub Maintenance

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. 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.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Flanges

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

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

Neck rests may be available as an add-on item for some tubs, with costs starting at around $100.

Surround

Some tubs may also offer a surround to allow for shower conversion. Costs for a surround start around $1,000.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • One drawback to a walk-in tub is the fact that you must enter before the tub fills, which may be cold or uncomfortable; the door is meant to be sealed when the tub is filled with water.
  • Entry to the tub is around 6-inches on average, but some models may offer a lower entry of around 4-inches at no additional cost; check the manufacturer’s specs before ordering to be sure
  • Depending on your needs, you may find that a ceiling lift for around $3,000 can assist you with entering a standard tub. Or, a curbless shower for around $6,000 can allow for walk-in or wheel-in entry with barrier. Shower benches and shower chairs are also available with costs ranging from $50 to $500, allowing you to bathe in a standard shower while seated.
  • Because walk-in tubs are often a specialty item, most people who sell them also offer installation.
  • Most tubs with a mechanical feature will require some degree of maintenance, such as running the jets with specialty cleaners that cost around $10. You may also need to have a plumber or electrician out every few years for routine maintenance or repairs.
  • Every manufacturer has a different warranty. Look for those that offer a lifetime guarantee on the seal of the door to avoid leaks. Jets and motors may have separate warranties, and some companies may allow you to purchase an extended warranty to cover the tub longer.
  • The US Department of Agriculture has a program that may offer financial assistance to elderly homeowners looking to make upgrades in their homes, such as a walk-in tub.
  • Always look for a tub that has a CSL/UL Certification.

FAQs

  • How much does it cost to install a walk-in tub?

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.

  • How much does it cost to replace a tub?

The cost of replacing a tub with one of similar size and shape is around $1,900.

  • How much does it cost to put in a bathtub?

The average cost of installing a bathtub is around $1,900.

  • Are walk-in tubs covered by Medicare?

Walk-in tubs are not covered by Medicare, because they are not considered durable medical equipment.

  • How long does it take for a walk in tub to drain?

The draining time varies by tub; tubs equipped with a fast drain can drain in as little as 2-3 minutes.​​

  • What is a walk-in bathtub?

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.

  • How many gallons does a walk in tub hold?

The number of gallons a walk-in tub holds depends on its size, but on average a tub will hold around 50 gallons.

  • What size water heater do I need for a walk in tub?

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.

  • How long does it take to have a new walk-in tub installed?

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. ​

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+24%
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+21%
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+37%
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+6%
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+32%
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+16%
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-14%
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-2%
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+40%
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+5%
Concord, CA
+30%
Corpus Christi, TX
+4%
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-15%
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+17%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Flint, MI
-4%
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+2%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
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+6%
Frisco, TX
+23%
Gilbert, AZ
-2%
Greenville, SC
-12%
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-14%
Hampton, VA
-18%
Harrisburg, PA
+2%
Hartford, CT
+23%
Hayward, CA
+31%
Hobart, IN
+11%
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0%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
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+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Largo, FL
-14%
Lima, OH
-12%
Logan, UT
-46%
Marana, AZ
-20%
Mckinney, TX
+23%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Nashville, TN
+21%
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