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Almost 12% of the Boston population is over 65, so whether it's due to aging, health issues or even injuries, there’s a good chance you or someone you know is considering the benefits of a walk-in tub. Boston.com has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing dozens of safety features, therapeutic and comfort options and models to find the eight best walk-in tub in Boston.

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What to know about buying a walk-in tub in Boston

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When looking for a Boston walk-in tub, there are many things to consider. Aside from choosing a walk-in tub type, you’ll have to decide if the investment is worth it in the long run. The walk-in tub is only a portion of the overall cost; you’ll need to budget for installation, bathroom remodeling fees and plumbing and electrical configuring. Because of walk-in tub benefits, you have to decide if the benefits outweigh the financial cost in the long run. Many companies offer promotions, rolled-in installation costs and financing to help with the financial commitment.

There are several standard and add-on walk-in tub features to consider, all of which impact price. These include size, seating, non-slip surface, backrests, massagers, handheld sprayers and fast drains. If you have special mobility needs and can’t sit down, you may also be able to find a company that offers standing walk-in tubs.

In addition to features, you’ll need to have certain information ready to request a quote. Companies often ask for the size of your bathroom, accessibility requirements and what your specific needs are. Because of the highly custom nature of walk-in tubs, most companies want an on-site consultation to take measurements and go over your needs in depth. This will help limit surprise fees when the tub is installed.

Outside of services and specialization, hiring an honest and reputable company is another important decision.

“Don’t buy the first one you see,” said Jake Romano, systems manager for John the Plumber. “Just because it is marketed well doesn’t mean it’s high quality. Do deeper research than Googling best walk-in tubs.”

Romano said making sure the company is established helps. You can read reviews, ask friends and family for referrals and always read the fine print of any order or contract before signing. Additionally, you can use www.mass.gov to check Boston contractor licenses online.

How much do walk-in tubs cost in Boston?

Walk-in tub costs vary based on size, features and accommodations, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 up to $20,000, potentially more. The reason there’s such a wide price range is because there are several styles of tubs with different luxury features. For example, you will pay more for a combination air and water jet walk-in tub as opposed to a basic walk-in soaking tub. Additional luxury features and accommodations affecting price can include bariatric tubs, two-seaters, heated backrests, neck support, additional grab bars, chromatherapy, foot massagers and aromatherapy.

Another pricing consideration is installation cost and complexity. If plumbing has to be reconfigured or a bathroom remodel done, you’ll have additional costs. You’ll also need to ensure your water heater can handle a walk-in tub. Manufacturers recommend a 50+ gallon water tank. After a consultation with a walk-in tub company, be sure to ask for a detailed, itemized cost estimate upfront. This will help make sure you aren’t hit with any surprise bills after the job is finished.

Boston walk-in tubs FAQ

How much do walk-in tubs cost?

Walk-in tub pricing varies, mostly dependent on the type of walk-in tub you choose. You can expect pricing to start around $1,500 for a basic walk-in tub, and it could run higher than $20,000 for luxury walk-ins. A benefit of walk-in tubs is most companies can find an option that fits your needs within your budget because there are so many choices available.

Are walk-in tubs covered by Medicare or insurance?

No, Medicare usually doesn’t cover walk-in tubs, as they are not considered durable medical equipment (DME). Private insurance outside of Medicare may provide coverage, so talk with your insurance company.

How do I install a walk-in tub?

Because of the unique plumbing for walk-in tubs, yours will need to be installed by a professional contractor. Most walk-in tub manufacturers and sellers have a network of vetted contractors in the Boston area.

Are walk-in tubs tax deductible?

There are certain instances when a walk-in tub could qualify for a tax deduction. For example, if you’re a caregiver for an incapacitated spouse or an adult dependent and install a walk-in tub, it could be claimed under the Dependent Care Tax Credit. Consult with your tax advisor or preparation company on the specifics of your situation before claiming.

Boston walk-in bathtub company information

Safe Step Walk-In Tubs

Safe Step claims their walk-in tubs can help increase mobility, boost energy, improve sleep and relieve pain. Their tubs offer a 4-inch step-in threshold, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy systems, shower wand, ozone cleaning system, easy drain, anti-scald technology, built-in grab bars and a sanitary gel coat. Additional convenience features like a quick fill faucet, LED keypad, locking handle, built-in towel bar and a water-resistant remote control are available. Safe Step works with a network of contractors for tub installation, and discounts and financing are available. Additionally, it backs every product with a lifetime warranty.

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Kohler Walk-In Bath

Kohler Walk-In Bath manufactures walk-in tubs with a 3-inch threshold, all designed and engineered in the USA. Other features include fast-drain technology, multifunction hand shower wand, easy-grip handrails, hydrotherapy and air jets and a heated backrest. Installation can be done in as little as one day with old bathtub removal. Kohler works with vetted and authorized contractors and dealers for walk-in tub installation, and all tubs are backed by a lifetime limited warranty. Financing is available for those who qualify.

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American Standard Walk-In Baths

American Standard Walk-in Baths include outward and inward swinging doors, built-in safety bars, ADA compliant chair-height, slip-resistant floors, touch button controls, low entryway, a self-cleaning system and a handheld shower wand. Additional features include a patented leak-free door system, extra wide doors, hydrotherapy jet systems, leg and foot massage, aromatherapy and chromatherapy. American Standard works with a network of trained and certified installers. Their team will haul away the old tub after walk-in installation. Walk-in tubs are covered by a lifetime warranty, and American Standard offers 12-month, no-interest financing.

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Boca Walk-In Tubs

Boca walk-in tubs have a 2-inch threshold or less. Their tubs are American made and backed by a lifetime warranty. Walk-in tubs are available in two colors and seven sizes. Standard features include heated hydrotherapy, water jets, grab bars and non-slip surfaces. Boca works with a network of dealers and installers for placing walk-in tubs. Free quotes for your project can be requested online.

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Bath Planet of Boston

Bath Planet of Boston offers walk-in tubs that can be fitted to your current tub space. Each tub has a swinging door, grab bars and a heated air system. Bath Planet tubs carry a Good Housekeeping Seal, which has a money-back guarantee or replacement. There is also a walk-in tub lifetime warranty. Bath Planet of Boston offers free consultations, and financing is available. Bath Planet of Boston has a showroom at 15A Cummings Park Drive, Woburn, MA 01801.

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RANE

RANE offers seven walk-in tub models that have varying weight limits and features. Standard features include inward swinging doors, outward swinging doors, lift access, soakers, side panels and quick fill and drain times. Optional features include right or left hinge doors, air spas, combination jets, filler panels, bariatric tubs and compact tubs. RANE walk-in tubs are available in Boston and nationwide.

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Bath Makeover by Capital

Bath Makeover by Capital offers walk-in tubs in Boston and throughout New England. Tub features include grab bars, easy reach controls, low entrance threshold, built-in seats and hydrotherapy jets. Bath Makeover by Capital walk-in tubs include warranties that are valid as long as you own your home. Financing options, including zero payment and zero interest for 12 months, are available. Bath Makeover by Capital is located at 354 Turnpike St., Ste. 302, Canton, MA 02021.

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Living Baths

Living Baths offers walk-in tubs in the Boston, Massachusetts and Connecticut areas. You can request a free, no-obligation consultation with a specialist online. Living Baths’ walk-in tub features include hydrotherapy jets, grab bars, easy-reach controls and a low threshold entrance. Tubs are made from durable, multi-layer acrylic and are protected by a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. Living Baths is located at 2341 Boston Road., Ste. 2, Wilbraham, MA 01095.

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