For those with limited mobility, a standard tub can make bathing uncomfortable at best, and a safety risk at worst. Walk-in tubs, on the other hand, provide both safety and therapeutic benefits not part of a standard bathtub. Various types of walk-in tubs are available to consumers, with different combinations of features and options. To help you learn the basics and make your purchasing decision easier, our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best walk-in tub companies in Denver.
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Walk-in tubs are designed to prevent falls and other accidents, which are common in bathrooms. They can be particularly useful for the nearly 12 percent of Denver’s population over 65, or for the six percent with a disability. Many walk-in tubs also offer therapeutic benefits and relief from aches and pains.
Walk-in tubs usually fit in the area where an existing standard tub is located, but for larger models, more space may be required. It may also be necessary to make updates to electrical or plumbing systems, like installing a larger water heater. A basic walk-in tub uses about 50 to 55 gallons of water, more than an average bathtub.
The following features ordinarily come standard with a walk-in tub:
A door and low step-up, usually between 4 and 7 inches, makes it easier for those with limited mobility to enter.
A built-in tub seat, at chair level, offers easy transition into the tub.
An anti-slip textured floor is helpful for reducing the risk of falling due to a slick, wet surface.
Grab bars provide balance and make it easier to get in and out of the tub with ease and without assistance.
A hand-held showerhead allows people to remain seated while bathing.
Depth, allowing on average about 2.5 feet of water, provides a spa-like feeling.
When shopping for a walk-in tub in Denver, you will also see many options for types of tubs.
Walk-in tub type
Basic model with safety features; no air or water jets
Air jets create water circulation and massage-like experience
Water jets provide a higher-pressure massage; may also include air jets
Heavy-duty walk-in tub built for larger individuals
Outward-facing door allows easier transition from wheelchair into tub; lower seat
Combination aerotherapy/hydrotherapy; can be further customized with other features like chromatherapy, aromatherapy
How much does a walk-in tub in Denver cost?
Walk-in tubs in Denver can cost between $1,500 and $20,000, based on the type of tub, features, level of customization and cost to install. A soaker tub usually costs between $2,000 and $5,000. Many companies will offer installation services — some will include the cost in the price of the tub. The average cost for walk-in tub installation in Denver is about $1,500 or less, but this depends on the amount of work necessary.
To pay for a walk-in tub, many buyers will take advantage of financing options offered by manufacturers, which can include monthly payment plans and low interest rates. Some sellers will have discounts available for seniors, veterans and others.
Medicare in most cases will not cover the cost of a walk-in tub because it is not considered durable medical equipment. Colorado’s Medicaid program may provide reimbursement in certain circumstances, such as for home modification programs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs has housing grants for disabled veterans.
When you purchase a walk-in tub in Denver, be sure familiarize yourself with the warranty. With regular, easy cleaning — the seller will provide cleaning instructions — your walk-in tub should last long-term. But if the tub needs repairs at any point, it’s important to know if you are covered. Many walk-in tubs come with lifetime or limited lifetime warranties.
Safe Step’s walk-in tubs, all American-made, go through a 14-point quality inspection and are backed by a lifetime guarantee. Each tub has an industry-leading step-in, two grab bars, anti-slip flooring and a hand-held shower wand. Safe Step also offers a lowest-price guarantee. Denver customers say Safe Step is helpful answering questions and that the installation process is smooth.
Designed with comfort and safety, Kohler Walk-In Bath features a wide door and ultra-low step-in to make bath entry easy. Hydrotherapy jets target the legs, feet and spine while neck, shoulder and back surfaces are heated for warmth and comfort. Customer reviews say that sales reps are professional and installation went smoothly.
Independent Home has been manufacturing walk-in tubs for 15 years. Customers can start by setting up an in-home inspection, after which they are given a written price quote good for one year. Eight different walk-in tub models are available. Each comes with a lifetime warranty. Independent Home gets many five-star reviews from customers, who recommend the company to others.
Bath Planets tubs are low-maintenance and use the thickest acrylic materials in the industry. The company offers a limited lifetime warranty on all products. Bath Planet has many styles, patterns and colors to suit every taste and budget. Tallahassee reviewers rate the company highly and say the employees are kind and courteous.
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