Written by on March 29, 2017, updated November 1, 2019
Knowing the benefits of a walk-in tub is one thing. Deciding the right time to purchase one is another. Like any investment, you want to make sure you’re getting something that will be of value to you for the long-term.
Fortunately, that’s how our walk-in tubs are built: for life. We stand behind them with our best-in-class lifetime warranty which includes everything from the tub to the installation, and even the labour. To say we believe in the superiority of our walk-in baths is an understatement, but we want to make sure you are purchasing a walk-in tub at the right time for you as well.
We’ve simplified the decision-making process based on frequently asked questions and considerations to help you determine if walk-in tub is the right fit for you. And, if now is the time to buy.
HOW to choose a walk-in tub based on features
Be sure the walk-in tub is designed for the user. Look for grab bars that are built-in and well-placed for easy accessibility. Make sure the tub is easy to enter and exit, has a leak-free door, and has touch controls. A good walk-in tub will have a Quick Drain system in it.
Fall injuries are commonplace among older adults. Over 800,000 patients a year are admitted to the hospital because of injuries related to a fall. According to the CDC, average hospitalization cost for a fall injury is over $30,000.
A quality walk-in bathtub will have safety features that help you bathe safely and independently so you can stay in your home longer. These types of features shouldn’t be considered add-ons to your walk-in tub of choice, but should come standard with the design.
WHAT to consider when buying a walk-in tub
Look for available options including therapeutic air and water hydrotherapy jets, premium faucets that fill quickly, and Quick Draining features. An American Standard ComfortSeries™ walk-in tub comes standard with all these features, including 44 strategically placed air and water jets that allow you to concentrate the therapy on areas that need it most. Plus, it has an exclusive QuickDrain® system that drains your tub in under 2 minutes!
Chromotherapy, aromatherapy, and a waterproof neck pillow for comfort are also included in these walk-in tub models. Ask yourself how a walk-in tub will benefit you and the short- and long-term value you can receive as a result.
WHERE to get your walk-in tub
You’ll want to purchase your walk-in tub from a trusted manufacturer in the bathroom industry. One who will be there to stand behind their products and service. A company with a notable reputation and experience that spans over decades of positive customer service and high-quality products can ensure you receive a walk-in tub to last a lifetime. You can get a free estimate for an accessible or walk-in tub from American Standard today.
WHO should consider a walk-in tub
While most people who use walk-in bathtubs are ages 55 and over, walk-in bathtubs are a comfortable and convenient bathing option for anyone with limited mobility, fear of falling while bathing, or health–related issues that could benefit from their therapeutic features. Many who require wheelchair accommodations turn to an accessible walk-in tub as a safe way to continue bathing independently. With outward opening door options and user-friendly safety bars and touch controls, the features of an American Standard ComfortSeries™ walk-in tub are designed to make the bathing experience easier and enjoyable for anyone.
Not Your Ordinary Walk-In Tub
American Standard walk-in tubs address common concerns people may have about buying a walk-in tub. First is the comfort and convenience. With any walk-in tub on the market, you have to wait until it’s fully drained before stepping out. This means you’re sitting in the cold while the tub drains slowly. Not so with American Standard walk-in tubs. With our patented QuickDrain® feature, your tub is drained in under two minutes. No uncomfortable or awkward waiting times.
The second concern is safety. Ultra-low level threshold entry, wider doorways, textured floors, ADA-compliant seats, and sturdy safety bars are all built-in to create a more stable bathing environment. When it comes to safety, people can feel confident as they step or slide in and out of the tub.
Finally, independence is a recurring topic brought up in the discussion of purchasing a walk-in bathtub. A person should feel they can independently maneuver in and out of the bathtub without assistance. This allows you to maintain privacy when you bathe and take full advantage of the benefits of a walk-in tub.
Is Now the Right Time for Me?
Do you relate to any part of the how, what, where, or who? If so, the “when” should follow naturally. The right time to buy could be now – especially if you feel you can benefit from the built-in features, or the safety features that walk-in tubs provide.
Walk-in tubs aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution, which is why a bathtub specialist will schedule a free, in-home appointment with you to review your bathroom size and discuss your individual sizing, features, and budget needs. Call now 1-844-867-7737.