what do walk-in tubs cost

What Do Walk-In Tubs Cost?

What are walk-in tubs and why do you need one? And, most importantly, what do walk-in tubs cost?

A walk-in tub or a universal tub is mostly used by seniors and those who have mobility issues. It is a high-walled bathtub that features an outward or inward-opening door. It lets you walk right in the tub, hence the name. 

Since seniors and those with mobility issues are usually the most common users, a walk-in tub has additional safety features. These features usually include a grab bar or a handrail, and a built-in seat. It makes it easier for users to take a bath without worrying about their safety. Some premium walk-in bathtubs also feature therapeutic technology such as hydrotherapy jets. 

Depending on the type of walk-in tubs, the cost usually ranges from $1500 to $20,000. Here are some examples to help you see what the average costs are for different types of tubs and their common features.

  • Walk-in soaking tubs 
    • Cost: $1,500 to $5,000
    • Features: grab bar/handrail, a built-in seat, leak proof doors
  • Hydrotherapy walk-in tubs 
    • Cost $5,000 to $7,000
    • Features: water jets for water massage, helps soothe muscles and improve blood circulation
  • Walk-in tubs with air baths
    • Cost: $5,000 to $9,000
    • Features: air therapy tubs to improve blood circulation
  • Bariatric walk-in tubs 
    • Cost: $5,000 to $10,000
    • Features: wider and longer, easier accessibility
  • Combination air & water jet walk-in tubs
    • Cost: $7,000 to $10,000
    • Features: versatile therapies
  • Wheelchair accessible walk-in tubs
    • Cost: $5,000 to $10,000
    • Features: larger than standard tubs, outward-opening door, easier to move from chair to tub
  • Walk-in tub with shower unit
    • Cost: $2,500 to $6,000
    • Features: shower option
  • Two-seater walk-in tubs
    • Cost: $3,500 to $7,000
    • Features: can fit two users at the same time
  • Luxury walk-in tubs
    • Cost: $9,000 to $20,000
    • Features: more luxury and design options

Now, let’s talk about installation. Naturally, you’ll need to hire a professional to install the walk-in tubs in your home. Usually, the average cost of installing a walk-in tub is anywhere between $700 to $1,500. But it does depend on the work that needs to be done. It may cost more if your bathroom needs additional electrical and plumbing work.

Costs may also increase depending on the size of the walk-in tub, and the size of your bathroom. More factors can include plumbing upgrades, whether or not the tub has a motor, removal of old bathtubs. You should also consider the maintenance costs of walk-in tubs.