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Guide To Walk-in Tub Prices & Installation Costs

Typical Range: $4,000 - $8,500

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On average, homeowners pay $5,500 for a professionally installed walk-in bathtub. The total price typically ranges between $4,000 - $8,500. Expect to pay between $2,000 and $7,000 for the unit alone.
These products have doors to avoid stepping over the ledge. Installation will require plumbing, and potentially remodeling your bathroom. That's why it's best left to professionals. A pro can also help you choose between types and might get a lower price.

Walk-In Bathtub Prices by Type

Anyone with mobility issues needs the ability to walk into their bath. Most products range between $2,000 and $7,000 for the unit alone. Which option you choose depends on your needs and budget.
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Price Range of Walk-in Tubs
TypePrice RangeMain BenefitMain Drawback
Standard Unit$1,500 - $5,000accessibilityno add-on features
Tub Shower Combo$2,500 - $6,000high versatility
Long Unit$3,000 - $7,000more spaceincreased cost
2 Seater$3,500 - $7,000co-bathinghigh space requirement
Hydrotherapy Water Jet$5,000 - $7,000high massaging pressurehigh upkeep
Jacuzzi Air Jet$5,000 - $9,000helps blood circulationhigh price
Bariatric/Handi-cap Accessible$5,000 - $10,000increased widthhigh price

Standard Walk-in

The most basic unit typically costs between $1,500 and $5,000. It is similar to a regular bathtub, except with a door in its side. It also fits in most regular bathrooms. However, it does not offer many of the features listed for its alternatives below.

Tub Shower Combos

You can combine your unit with a regular shower for a cost between $2,500 and $6,000. Most products already come with a shower head. This option also allows you to stand up. It adds versatility but can be difficult to navigate with limited mobility. That's because it might require standing up and moving around multiple times during a single bath.

Long Tub

A longer unit ranges from $3,000 to $7,000. It allows you to stretch out and lay down, which most other options don't. However, it is expensive and might not fit into your bathroom without a remodel.

2 Seater

The price for product that holds two seats land between $3,500 and $7,000. Two people can bathe at the same time, but it is also significantly bigger than a regular unit. Expect to pay more for labor costs and water usage.

Hydrotherapy Water Jet

For a price between $5,000 and $7,000, you can get a unit that massages you while bathing. Water jet tubs are powerful and offer a variety of pressure options. However, they also require a high degree of maintenance because jets tend to get clogged and need to be kept clean.

Jacuzzi Air Jet

A unit that comes with air instead of water jets costs between $5,000 and $9,000. Using air instead of water jets is especially helpful for blood circulation. But it is also more expensive. The pressure tends to be lower than with water-based alternatives.

Bariatric/Handicap-Accessible

A truly handicap-accessible tub will cost between $5,000 and $10,000. It is typically wider than other units to ease access. It is also the most expensive option on this list. Most units are wheelchair accessible.

Jacuzzi Walk-in Hot Tub

Increasing accessibility is not limited to your bathtub. You can also install a hot tub in your home or yard. First, you have to determine whether a spa tub is worth your investment. The price for walk-in hot tubs ranges between $7,000 and $18,000 including labor. Hot tub maintenance will be an important consideration.
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Tub Cost Comparison by Brand

The brand you choose can impact the type of unit you get. Common brands differ in warranty, price, and feature options.
Avg. Cost Range of Walk-In Tubs by Brand
BrandPrice Range
Safe Step$2,500 - $8,000
Kohler$4,000 - $9,000
American Standard$1,500 - $10,000
Universal$2,000 - $7,000
Premier Care$3,000 - $8,000

Safe Step

Products range between $2,500 and $8,000. The brand focuses on users with limited mobility and handicaps. It also offers hydrotherapy units. The price is relatively high, but a lifetime warranty ensures long-term use.

Kohler

The $4,000 to $9,000 price range includes installation and removal of any old unit. Products feature a step that is only 3 inches above the floor, which is lower than its competitors and reduces tripping hazards. However, it is also the priciest. A fast-drain option is especially beneficial to avoid waiting time, and a lifetime warranty ensures lasting quality.

American Standard

American Standard offers every type of walk-in tub for a price between $1,500 and $10,000. Air baths and water jets are available in several sizes and shapes. A limited warranty lasts 15 years for the unit itself and 10 years for its components.

Universal

These tubs, at a price range between $2,000 and $7,000, are wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. They are especially useful for seniors. Potential features include air and water jets, along with aromatherapy.

Premier Care

Premier Care is based in the UK, but also sells units in the United States. Its tubs stand out with custom features such as bath seat lifts, warmed seats and more. Product and shipping prices can be high.
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Low Price and Wholesale Units

Look to hire a professional as soon as you know you need a walk-in tub. Buying the product from the pro can lead to lower unit prices. Consider the project a package deal. The full budget of the install will likely be lower.

Average Installation Cost & Factors

The total $4,000 to $8,500 cost to install a walk-in tub includes a number of factors. The unit price itself matters. Variables like the space, type of tiling, and features also add up.

Labor

Expect to pay between $700 and $1,200. This price can rise quickly if you need to change the plumbing, remodel the room, or upgrade your water heater.

Space and Size

If it doesn't fit into your current space, plan with a higher budget. If you need to change layout or ceiling height, you might have to remodel your bathroom for $5,900 to $13,000.
The unit itself might also require new plumbing pipes at a cost between $350 and $1,800. Installing larger pipes can lead to faster drainage. These considerations are especially important for nonstandard sizes and jet features.

Tiling

Expenses for installing ceramic or porcelain tile range between $900 and $2,600. Tiling is not always necessary. It helps integrate the unit into the bathroom wall or add a tub surround.

Jacuzzi Jets & other Mechanical Features

Expect to spend $1,000 to $3,000 or more for a unit that accommodates your needs beyond the basics. Jacuzzi jets and other mechanical features should be part of the product you choose, not added individually to a basic tub.

Converting from a Shower to a Tub

If you have already installed a shower, you might be thinking about converting it to a walk-in alternative. This can be difficult, because sizes are not always the same. You will need custom installation, with prices typically ranging between $5,000 and $15,000.
Most homeowners choose to simply make their shower more accessible instead. Adding handle bars can cost as little as $200 including installation. You can also add barrier-free doors to your shower for $500 to $1,500 depending on the door.
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Pros & Cons of Walk-in Tubs for Seniors & Handicap

Benefits of installing a walk-in tub:

  • Accessibility, especially for limited mobility.
  • Slip prevention measures: textured floor, seat, and handle bars.
  • Can raise home value in elderly communities.
  • Therapeutic options through air and water jets.

Disadvantages:

  • High price compared to regular units.
  • Wait time in the tub while adding and draining water.
  • Potentially hidden installation and maintenance costs.
  • Nonstandard sizes and volumes.

FAQs

How Much Does It Cost to Replace & Repair a Walk-in Bathtubs?

Replacing your product with one of comparable size and shape ranges between $1,500 and $2,500 including labor. As your unit ages, you might need to replace it. Assorted sizes and features will increase that cost.
Repair prices depend on the exact problem. Expect to pay $200 to $900 to refinish your walk-in tub. The cost for plumbing will range between $170 and $430 in addition to any other repairs.

Does Medicare or Medicaid Cover Walk-In Tubs?

Medicare does not cover these types of bathtubs. The agency does not consider them to be durable medical equipment. However, homeowners who claim (and prove) it as a medical necessity may get reimbursement after installation.
Medicaid is more likely to cover the installation. However, benefits vary by state. Check with your insurance to see whether you can receive funding.

What Does It Cost to Remove It?

Removing your bathtub typically costs $250 to $700. If the walk-in option is no longer needed, you might be thinking about converting your tub into a shower. The price to install a shower will add another $1,200 to $5,400 to the total project budget.

How Long Does It Take to Fill or Drain a Walk-in Tub?

Filling time depends on your home's water pressure. On average, expect to wait 6 to 8 minutes to fill. You must be in the tub for both. A fast drain with average-sized water volume drains in 2-3 minutes. Slower drains and larger basins will take up to 15 minutes.

How Much Water Does a Walk-in Bathtub Hold?

The average product holds about 50 gallons of water for a single filling. Exact measures vary by product, typically falling between 40 and 80 gallons.
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DIY vs. Hiring a Pro

While not recommended, you can install your own walk-in tub. In that case, you will only need to pay for materials and the unit. Plan with a budget between $2,000 and $7,000. DIY projects require plumbing knowledge. Careless work will result in water leaks. Hiring a pro will get the project done right and ensure your safety for years to come.
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