For certain Tampa residents, like seniors and those with disabilities, it can be difficult to use a traditional bathtub. A walk-in tub, with easier accessibility and multiple safety features, can simplify the bathing experience and lessen the risk of a fall or injury. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best walk-in tub companies in Tampa to make sure you are well-informed before purchasing.
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Tampa is often listed as one of the most popular places to retire, and the numbers back it up: Forbes in 2016 analyzed U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest percentage of those 65 and older, putting Tampa at number one on its list. The number of individuals with disabilities in Tampa, according to the census, is also higher than the national average.
Walk-in tubs provide these populations with a safe and soothing way to continue living at home and bathing themselves. If you have a loved one who lives alone and worry about the potential for bathroom falls, a walk-in tub can provide peace of mind.
A walk-in tub is a bathtub with a door that opens and closes and has a low entry threshold. Other standard features of walk-in tubs in Tampa include:
Grab bars, which bathers can hold on to when entering, exiting and using the tub
Built-in chair for comfort
Non-slip floor surface
Shower heads that are detachable and handheld
Custom features and upgrades may include:
Walk-in tubs in Tampa cost between $5,000 to $7,000 on average, including installation. Depending on the features, it can cost less or significantly more. Installation times depend on your bathroom and the amount of work that needs to be done. During in-home consultations, which many companies offer, a specialist will be able to give you an accurate installation timeline. Make sure it is clear whether installation is built in to the price of the walk-in tub or if there is an extra charge.
Once you have an established price, many companies will discuss financing options with you, including a monthly payment plan. Medicare and Medicaid generally will not pay for walk-in tubs in Tampa, but if you’re a veteran, there may be grants available for the modification of your home.
After you’ve purchased your walk-in tub in Tampa, you won’t have to put too much effort into maintenance. The company you purchase from will give you instructions for cleaning. With minimal care, a walk-in tub can provide you with relaxation and safety for years.
Offering a line of more than 60 models costing between $4,500 and $10,000, American Standard brings customers a wide selection of quality walk-in tubs with whirlpool, quick drain and light therapy options. Customers in Tampa love the walk-in tubs’ massage features, saying they make for a relaxing soak, but some people report issues in homes with older water heaters.
Each walk-in tub from Safe Step is American-made and comes with an extensive lifetime warranty. Customers can customize their purchase with different safety and comfort features. They also benefit from a lowest-price guarantee and personalized financing plans. Each walk-in tub goes through a 14-point quality control inspection. Reviews recommend Safe Step to others looking for a walk-in tub in Tampa. Safe Step is BBB-accredited with an A+ rating.
Designed with comfort and safety, Kohler Walk-In Bath features a wide door and ultra-low step-in to make bath entry easy. Hydrotherapy jets target the legs, feet and spine while neck, shoulder and back surfaces are heated for warmth and comfort. Customer reviews say that sales reps are professional and installation went smoothly.
The name brand that defines hot tubs, Jacuzzi brings their excellence in hydrotherapy to walk-in tubs. Trained professionals take out your old bathtub and install a Jacuzzi walk-in tub, letting you enjoy safety features, whirlpool jets and warm water that circulates constantly. Reviews mention they chose Jacuzzi because of the brand name and were impressed with the fast, professional installation.
Independent Home has been manufacturing walk-in tubs for 15 years and sells, installs and services its own product line. Each tub comes with a full-coverage lifetime warranty. Those in the market for a walk-in tub can schedule a free consultation with an Independent Home specialist and get a price that is good for one year. Independent Home, BBB-accredited with an A+ rating, provides buyers with great experiences, according to reviews.
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