Accessibility Devices for Traditional Bathtubs
May 03, 2016
Customers are the final arbiters when it comes to how enjoyable a product actually is, and the same holds true for walk-in bathtubs. That's why in this article we will take three of Home Depot's models that earned customer ratings of four stars and up, show their specifications, and compare them to one another. You can find these tubs in many of Home Depot's superstores across America.
The table below will give you more of a read on each of the products' specifications and costs, and what you stand to benefit from your pick.
This spacious tub has a comfortable ergonomic interior to support you whenever you need to soak or bathe.
The thirteen whirlpool jets are movable to focus more pressure on a particular set of muscles and adjustable for the desired low, medium, and high-pressure setting.
Apart from the jets, you also get the added benefit of chromotherapy LEDs built-in with the tub. Now you can create an atmosphere of your choice of cool or warm colors while having your muscles massaged and relaxed before a good night's sleep.
"I bought this for my mother as she has recently been diagnosed with arthritis in her left knee which makes it hard for her to stand in the shower... This bath is worth EVERY cent! Entrance and exit are easy and washing sitting down has done wonders for her leg." - ColeRekman
The traditional-sized model from Universal is just like a regular tub only with an inward swinging door.
This is a perfect bathroom addition for raising the resale value of your home. Once installed, you can then place the safety bars, handheld shower, and shower seat where you need them.
The money you spend on contractors for cutting out a piece of your old bathtub for a door insert can exceed $1,000, and you would not benefit from any warranty service. An inexpensive alternative would be this fan-favorite which you can fit with a power seat (a belt-style seat) to help you maneuver in and out of the bath, and a 10-year long warranty service to go with the entire setup.
For more information on accessible bathing solutions and conversion kits, click here.
"I think it made a great addition to the home after my mom became handicapped. She does not have to worry about falling down while trying to get in and out of the tub. I am so pleased with this product." - Jenmac84
This five-star rated tub earned its stripes for its sheer quality build, contoured interior, and hydrotherapeutic benefits.
Like our first pick from Universal Tubs, this product has thirteen jets not just for a whirlpool feature but air massage as well. This dual message dynamic enhances your quality of life by improving your blood circulation, quickening the healing process of sore muscles, and countering headaches. The air massage feature, in particular, cleanses your skin pores from harmful organic substances with the help of thousands of tiny bubbles. Click here to learn more about hydrotherapy's treatment of diseases.
When you open the inward swinging door you make way for a slip-resistant interior, an ADA compliant seat, ergonomic safety bars, and high-pressure polished faucets. In addition, you don't have to firmly press your legs together when you exit the tub since the door is L-shaped to give way for legroom.
"A wonderful therapeutic tub!" - Cally
|Brand||Universal Tubs||Universal Tubs||American Standard|
|Star Rating||4.5 Stars||4 Stars||5 Stars|
|Tub Dimensions||60"L x 30"W x 37.25"H x 30"D||59.6"L x 30"W x 22"H x 16"D||52"L x 29.75"W x 33.5"H x 35"D|
|Inward/Outward Swinging Door||Inward||Inward||Inward|
|Exterior Bath Shape||Rectangular||Rectangular||Rectangular|
|Faucet Mount||Tub Mounted||Suspended from Wall||Tub Mounted|
|Components Included||In-Line Water Heater, Drain, and LEDs||Drain||Drain|
|Therapeutic Features||Whirlpool and Chromotherapy||N/A||Whirlpool and Air Massage|
|Number of Jets||13||N/A||13|
|Number of Jet Settings||3||N/A||4|
|Product Weight (lb.)||207||177||239|
|Return Policy||30 Days||30 Days||90 Days|
|Features Included||Movable Jets, Adjustable Jets, Chromotherapy Lights, and Anti-Slip Floor||Anti-Slip Floor||Movable Jets, Adjustable Jets, and Anti-Slip Floor|
|Style of Installation||Corner-to-Wall Setup||Corner-to-Wall Setup||Side-to-Wall Setup|
|Water Capacity (gallons)||70||40||60|
Warranties and Certifications
|Certifications||ADA Compliant||UL, CSA, ANSI, IAPMO, and ADA Compliant||ADA Compliant|
|Warranty||10-Year Coverage||10-Year Coverage||5-Year Limited Warranty|