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How to Buy a Walk-In Tub

September 8, 2010

For whatever reason you need a walk-in tub for your bathroom there are a few things one needs to know before shopping . Know that you’re not going to find what you need at Home Depot or Lowe’s…a walk-in tub is a specialized item so we thought this article from Disaboom might be of value.

As you can see from the photo a walk-in tub is quite a bit larger than the usual bathtub you may already own, you know the one that ‘s nearly impossible for anyone of any height to stretch their legs out into. Many of these walk-in tubs also have water jets like a jacuzzi or hot tub used for therapeutic massage.

What makes it so hard for consumers to safely buy a walk-in tub in this “jungle”?

(1)    Walk-in tubs are a necessity, not a luxury. If you are in the home you hope to stay in, a walk-in bathtub (or a slide-in or transition tub) is, without question, the single most important “first step” to being able to achieve independent living.

(2)    Discovering which walk-in tub is the best for you is essential.  Every person’s health, weight or mobility challenge is different, and there are many options to learn about.

(3)    Most manufacturers and walk-in tub peddlers don’t really know how to advise you to select the best walk-in tub for you. In fact, I believe the “best” walk-in bathtub marketers are often selling the worst walk-in tubs!

The three things you need to know before you (or a loved one) buy any walk-in tub.

1.    How to determine the best walk-in bathtub design for you. You have unique physical and mobility issues. Walk-in tubs range in sizes from tiny to very large. Quality ranges from garbage to state-of-the-art.  The wrong design or size will create a very unpleasant “rest of  life” experience, and a waste of your precious money. WARNING – Most walk-in bathtub re-sellers don’t know (or don’t care) how to properly size a walk-in tub to match your needs, nor do they know high quality engineering and designs to best meet your mobility needs.

2.    How to get the maximum health and safety benefit based on your medical issues.  The proper deep soaking walk-in or adapted tub will offer you access to Medical Hydrotherapy™, which can be life altering. However, this technology is little understood in the US. There are many aspects of “Jacuzzi” and water jetted systems that can be unsafe for you. Also, medically appropriate systems may be prescribed by your doctor. Proper hydrotherapy design can make the difference between a true medical breakthrough for you, or perhaps an unwanted health risk.

WARNING – It is very difficult to locate a walk-in tub internet re-seller or manufacturer that truly understands the significance of Medical Hydrotherapy™. Don’t buy any walk-in tub without knowing your health concerns are being best addressed and after consulting with your healthcare provider.

3.    How to respect your financial situation and maximize your investment. Your financial situation is unique to you. Most internet “walk-in tub peddlers” are selling the same few products. They suggest to you that price is the only factor; as if “a walk-in bathtub is a walk-in bathtub”. Well, just as not all 4 door gray sedans are equal, neither are walk-in bathtubs. There are vast quality differences. Also, there are many important safety and ADA guidelines that will impact the accessories best suited for you.

Finally, installation is vital to be done right. Many walk-in tub installers put them in like a washing machine. Walk-in tubs can be installed properly and in a professional fashion in a number of different ways, and at differing costs.

WARNING – You should be fully and objectively advised on all walk-in tub options and prices, and installation pricing options, so you can decide how you want to invest your money. You should be able to decide if you want to buy a Kia, or a Bentley, or something in between.

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