The 10 Best Walk-In Bathtubs
This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in May of 2020. Elevate your bathing regimen and maintain your independence with a purpose-built, walk-in bathtub. Not only are they a practical option for those with reduced mobility, but they also include features not commonly found in regular tubs. Large doors, anti-slip floors, and grab bars improve safety, while body jets and integral heaters turn your daily soak into a relaxing, spa-like experience. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
May 30, 2020:
Walk-in bathtubs have self-sealing doors that descend to near ground level, allowing a person to enter the tub without climbing over its side. Designed for seniors and those with limited mobility, safety is obviously of primary concern. As such the tubs ranked in this wiki not only conform to ADA standards, but are often packed with features not normally found on regular bathtubs.
Choosing a suitable model is not a decision to be taken lightly. Not only are they expensive, but they will require a lengthy installation process. So lets first consider size: The easiest option is to choose one that is the same shape as your existing tub. The Spa World Venzi and the Ellas Bubbles Lay Down are the same dimensions as a traditional bathtub and essentially could be a straight swap, without too many adjustments to your tiling and decoration. However, these are still designed for reclined bathing and may not be suitable for those with severe mobility issues.
The most accessible walk-in tubs are identifiable by their integrated seats, which provide an upright bathing position along with additional safety features such as grab rails, anti-slip floors, and ergonomic controls. This does alter the design somewhat, making them taller and narrower, and thus requiring a more complicated installation procedure. The Ariel Soaker and the Empava Pure-Scape are both simple models that meet basic safety requirements. On the other end of the scale, we have two options from Energy Tubs and American Standard that boast whirlpool and air-jet massaging systems, and the Anzzi 2753WI, which also includes mood lighting and an in-line heater that maintains the water temperature. If you're in the mood to share your bathing experience with a loved one, then the Ellas Bubbles Companion is a twin-seat option that offers an invigorating spa-like soak for two.