We now know that a walk-in bathtub is great for people having trouble moving around, but what makes them amazing in the first place? We are now going to explain the parts that make it up and how it works.
Basic Parts and Features
Here are some of the key parts that make up a typical walk-in bathtub.
- Seat – Molded seats are a staple in any walk-in bathtub; they provide optimal support and comfort for the user.
- Arm Support – Sides also offer additional support for added comfort.
- Grab Bars – Multiple grab bars are installed for better mobility so users have something to grab on as they enter or exit the tub.
- Non-Slip Surface – The slip-resistant surface adds traction to a user’s footing and helps prevent nasty bumps and falls. This feature combined with the grab bar lets the user walk in and out of the bathtub without having to fear losing balance or slipping.
- Shower Head – Handheld shower units are part of the walk-in bathtub and are provided to give users the option to shower when desired, making it a shower area and a bathtub in one. Also eliminates the need for the user to stand in the first place just for a shower.
- Door – This is the defining feature of a walk-in bathtub. Easy to open doors that swing outward makes access even safer and more manageable. The door is wide enough to allow users to go in and out without much struggle, and there’s no need to bring a leg up when trying to get in or out of the tub. When shut, rubber or vinyl lining forms a perfect seal and keeps the water from seeping through the door seams.
- Heater – Keeps the water that flows out of the tub’s faucet warm.
- Anti-Scald Valve – Ensures the water does not become hot enough to cause scalding or burns.
- Hydro-Therapy Jets – Uses soft water current to further relax and calm the user while bathing.
Learn about basic shopping considerations for the walk-in bathtub, such as what key functions and features to look for in part 3 of this series.