What Is A Walk-in Bathtub?

Walk-in Bathtubs are specially designed bathtubs that allow those with limited mobility or disabled easy and secure access into a bathing fixture. Walk-in bathtubs enable the elderly and the partially physically handicaps to safely enter and exit the bathtub without having to step over a 14″ to 17″ edge of a traditional bathtub. Allowing the elderly or disabled to safely bath without the assistance of another’s, giving them freedom and an independent life style.

These bathtubs with doors that allow for easy entry, are popular among people with limited balance and agility, older people, and those who often prefer a bath to a shower.

The bath has a door that is equipped with a locking system, which is lever-operated, and ensures a safe seal to prevent any water leakage.

The lengths of walk-in baths vary from (38 – 60 in.) and have widths from (26 – 36 in.).


Many accessible bathtubs are available with hydrotherapy or whirlpool, air massage therapy, aromatherapy, and Chroma therapy features. They include an internal safety grab bars, an anti-slip floors and seats, and handheld showerheads that, in some cases, can also be wall mounted to enable a person to take a standing shower.

Walk-in bathtubs have either an inward or outward-opening or "cap" like fitted door that is self-sealing. Most walk-in bathtubs also have a chair-height seat, but some, which are the same basic configuration as a standard bathtub, do not have any seat. Although for these bathtubs, there are aftermarket bath lift seats available. Multiple walk-in bathtub manufacturers design their walk-in bathtubs to have seat heights compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, this being 17” high.

Bathtubs categorized as "walk-in" actually require a low step-in, as they have higher seats and outward-opening doors that enable a person to simply sit on the seat and pivot and swing his or her legs into the tub. This type of walk-in bathtub can be helpful to those confined to wheelchairs and to others with mobility challenges.

Walk-in tubs take up a similar amount of space in a bathroom as a traditional bathtub. This allows for a quicker installation and simpler alignment of the water drains. There are also smaller walk- in tubs that offer front and side entry for a less than standard space.