Don’t be one of those consumers who find themselves purchasing a walk in bathtub that doesn’t meet their needs. If you want to be sure you get a walk in bathtub that has the durability and qualities you expect from a major investment, then use this checklist to make sure you don’t miss important features that help you accomplish this.
- Determine which direction you want the door to swing. If you have a small bathroom, choose a bathtub door that swings to the inside. This won’t take up any extra space. If you choose a door that swings to the outside, make sure there isn’t going to be a sink or a toilet that gets in the way of the door.
- Make sure the walk in bathtub has double drains. Most people don’t realize how slowly their bath drains until they have to remain in it until all the water has drained away. Remember in a walk in bathtub the door has to remain closed until there’s no more water inside. Double drains help the water leave the tub twice as fast. You’ll also want to make sure that your plumber plumbs the double drains separately into 3 or 4-nch pipe depending on what size your house uses.
- Make sure the door mechanism is easy to use. This can be especially important if you have arthritis. Levers that rely on more than wrist strength and handgrip will be much easier to manipulate.
- Consider upgrading to a therapeutic walk in bathtub. Therapeutic walk in bathtubs can offer Jacuzzi jets and/or air jets or a combination of both. When combined with the warmth of the bath, air jets are especially beneficial. Their gentle pulsating massage helps to relax muscles and stimulate lymph flow. This can resolve many aches and pains very effectively without the need for over-the-counter medications.
- Make sure you know the measurements for the bathroom and every doorway the bathtub will have to pass through. You don’t want to pay shipping costs on a walk in bathtub that’s too large to get into the house or the bathroom.
- Download walk in bathtub specifications to show to prospective contractors. Nothing helps a contractor prepare a bid more effectively than knowing what’s going to be involved. The contractor can look at the manufacturers instructions and specifications and compare them to your bathroom. This way when you get a quote, the only surprise you can expect is if they find something under your old bathtub that has to be repaired.
- Compare the amount and type of bracing used underneath the shell of the walk in tub with other manufactures models. Inadequate bracing is one of the major enemies to durability in both fiberglass and acrylic walk in tubs. Comparing make sure that you’re getting adequate support. After all, acrylic is a plastic, and fiberglas with a gelcoat can be brittle is struck in the right way.
- Compare the cost fiberglas versus acrylic. In most cases, the slightly higher cost of acrylic is well worth it. Acrylic is solid all the way through, so a chip is easier to fill. If you do opt for fiberglas, how thick is the gelcoat layer? A thicker gelcoat layer is less likely to be chipped all the way through to the Fiberglas layer. You should also compare the thickness of the acrylic between manufacturers. A thicker acrylic will obviously be more durable.
- Compare walk in bathtub warranties. What kind of warranty is offered? What kind of track record does the manufacturer offering a warranty have? A long warranty isn’t worth much if the company offering it isn’t going to be around in a few years.
- Compare online walk in bathtub sources. As you compare different Internet companies, check things like their return policies and shipping costs. Also check their BBB ratings for the community that there in. And be sure to check them on Twitter. If they haven’t given good service or selling shoddy products, you’re likely to hear about it in a tweet.
Armed with this checklist, you are more likely to get exactly what you want out of your walk in bathtub. You may also contact A&R Wholesale for more information on how to get the perfect walk in tub for your situation.