A walk in tub allows users to enter the bath tub without climbing in. The entryway is a few inches above the floor depending the model. It includes standard shower heads, hand-held shower nozzles, and Jacuzzi-style therapeutic water jets. In appearance, a walk in tub is often taller and narrower than a traditional bathtub, but it is ideal for smaller bathrooms, laundry rooms, and converted closets.
Walk in tubs are not just for the elderly or handicapped. Its compact design and added features are equally beneficial for everyone.
A walk in tub is also known as a Safety Tub. It is easier to maintain the temperature of water coming through faucets. Raised seating is a great feature that allows a safer transfer from a wheel chair to a bath in tub seat. It removes the dependency of family or care givers. Transfer bars and side rails ensure 100 percent safety of bathers. Therapeutic jets in a walk in tub give relief from the pain caused by sore knees and aching muscles. All these fine features make walk in tubs popular among people who are on wheel chair and have issues in movement.
A walk in tub comes with a door. Walk in tubs with inward swinging doors are inexpensive and have proven safety. The inward swing doors are simpler for users to walk directly in tubs. However, when a bath tub fills with water, the water pressure seals the inward swing door tightly. It only opens when the tub is completely drained. This could be troublesome in emergency situation.
There is a group of manufacturers who believe that walk in tubs with outward swinging doors allow the users to enter in tub much easier and ensure quick escape in emergency even when the bath tub is full. For good and safety reasons, outward swinging doors are preferable.