Walk-In Tubs: What are the Pros & Cons?

Relaxing in a Walk-In BathtubWalk-in tubs are often marketed as an amazing product to assist the elderly and people with disabilities. There are even claims about how it can greatly maximize your ability to bathe with no worries of injuries or accidents coming in your way.

Many people are still wondering about the real purpose and measure of safety it provides. Just like many other things, walk-in tubs have its fair share of benefits and downsides.

Here are some of them, just to name a few:

Cons:

  • The faucet and shower head are positioned closed to each other creating an almost claustrophobic experience to the user.
  • It takes three to five minutes for the water to drain before you are able to open the door and exit the tub.
  • Depending on the tub you choose, the construction charge may cost you a fortune.
  • Certain types might be too confusing to operate, so be sure to review all your options to avoid choosing the wrong one.

Pros:

  • Bathtubs for the disabled and elderly offers the benefit of walking into the tub rather than going over it.
  • The tubs are designed to have slip-resistant flooring which decreases the risk of falling, injuries, and damages.
  • The tubs have built-in seats allowing more relaxed and comfortable bathing experience.
  • Since the sides have a higher elevation, it is easier for seniors to gain balance and stability as they take a good bath.
  • Several types of tubs feature hydrotherapy option, which is excellent for relieving arthritis, cramps, and other muscle related pain or injury.
  • As compared to a normal bathtub, these are much easier to clean and maintain.

If ever you’re contemplating on installing a walk-in tub in your bathroom, you should perform a thorough assessment and research about what you’re exactly getting. Consider the features, size, form, and even the level of comfort and safety it’ll give you. Otherwise, it might even become a risk factor to the welfare of your family members.