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Price Guide: How Much Do Walk-In Tubs Cost?

Designed with special safety and comfort features, a walk-in bathtub is an excellent investment for people of all ages and levels of needs who want to remain independent at home.

As you shop for the right walk-in bath, it’s important to know what goes into your tub’s total cost. The price can vary depending on the size, type, brand, add-on features, installation and labor costs and more. You can expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 for a standard walk-in tub without installation to $25,000+ for a premium tub with additional features and installation included.

In this price guide, you’ll find everything you need to know about the cost of a walk-in bath so you can make an informed decision.

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Walk-In Tub Cost Chart

When you purchase a walk-in bath, you are buying more than just the tub itself. You need to factor in the cost of any add-on accessories, as well as the cost of labor and installation. The chart below provides price estimates of potential factors to consider as you plan your budget:1

Cost Consideration Cost Details
Walk-In Tub Only $2,000 - $20,000+ Depends on Brand and Features
Accessories $1,000 - $5,000+ Walls, Extra Grab Bars, Shower Option, Etc.
Installation $2,500 - $8,000+ Plumbing, Electrical, Etc.
TOTAL $5,500 - $33,000+

Average Cost of a Walk-In Tub by Type

The average price of a walk-in tub ranges from $2,000 to $20,000. While many factors impact the total cost, the type of tub has the greatest influence.

Tub Type Price Range (Tub Only)2 Accessories & Features
Basic Walk-In Baths $2,000 - $5,000
  • Soaking walk-in tub without additional features
Hydromassage Walk-In Tubs $5,000 - $10,000
  • Whirlpool jets
  • Air jets
  • Combination hydrotherapy and air jets
Specialty Walk-In Baths $2,500 - $15,000
  • Combination walk-in tub and shower ($)
  • Two seats ($$)
  • Wheelchair accessible ($$$)
  • Slide-in access ($$$$)
Premium Walk-In Tubs $7,000 - $20,000
  • Walk-in tub that comes standard with advanced features like heated backrest, adjustable jets and handshower
  • Oversized walk-in tub with or without advanced feature options

Walk-In Tub Features & Accessories

Most walk-in tubs come with basic safety features. More advanced models like hydrotherapy and premium tubs are designed with special comfort features in addition to standard safety features. You also have the opportunity to customize your walk-in tub with extra accessories based on your needs and preferences. Here are some common walk-in tub features and accessories to consider:

  • Safety Features
  • Comfort Features
  • Additional Accessories

Low Step-In Threshold: The standard threshold height is 3 to 7 inches but can vary by brand. A lower step-in reduces your risk of falling.

Handrails or Grab Bars: Most tubs include built-in grab bars inside the bath for stable transitioning. Some may be designed with an indented handrail on the rim of the tub for secure movement.

Textured Surfaces: Non-slip textured surfaces and floors provide more secure footing as you enter and exit or transition from sitting to standing.

Wide Door: An extra-wide door is designed to give you easy access to the walk-in tub and may feature integrated safety rails and grips to provide additional stability while entering and exiting the tub.

Built-In Seat: An integrated seat helps you get in and out of the bath independently and with ease.

Air and/or Whirlpool Jets: Air jets release tiny bubbles to deliver a gentle, relaxing massage, while hydrotherapy or whirlpool jets provide an intense, directed massage to sore muscles and joints. When combined, they create the ultimate spa-like bathing experience.

Heated Backrest: A heated seat keeps your neck and back warm as the bath fills and drains.

Handshower: A handshower helps you rinse hard-to-reach areas with multiple spray settings.

Fast Drain: Standard walk-in tubs can take up to 10 minutes to drain. Quick-draining systems can be much faster, ensuring minimal waiting time and a comfortable soak from start to finish.

Control Panel: An ergonomic control panel inside the bath allows you to adjust heated surfaces and jets to your preferences.

Self-Cleaning: A self-cleaning or ozone sanitizer system clears bacteria and viruses for better hygiene.

Chromatherapy: Chromatherapy systems use colored lights to improve relaxation and your bathing experience.

Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy systems infuse essential oils in the bathwater to create a relaxing soak.

Extra Grab Bars: You can buy additional grab bars if needed for $25 to $370 each, depending on the length and finish.3 This provides extra peace of mind knowing you’ll have a stable grip at all times during your bath.

Bath Walls: Decorative bath walls add a pop to your bathroom and allow you to express your personality and design taste. Depending on the material you choose, the price can vary widely, from $300 for an acrylic surround to $2,000 for stone.4,5

Shower Option: Some walk-in tubs have the option to become a walk-in tub shower combo with add ons like an overhead showerhead and bath screen. This upgrade gives you the ability to enjoy a traditional standing shower as well as a luxurious soak, improving the tub’s versatility and function.

Installation Costs of a Walk-in Tub

The average cost to install a walk-in tub lies between $2,500 and $8,000, depending on the complexity of the job. You’ll absorb more labor costs if you need to reconfigure plumbing, install an electrical motor or remodel your bathroom to fit a larger-than-standard tub. Below are a few factors that can impact the cost of installation:

  • Size of Your Tub:

    Most walk-in tubs easily fit in the footprint of a traditional tub (60" L x 30"-32" W) and won’t require extensive renovations. If you install a larger tub, like a bariatric model, you’ll pay higher labor costs to move walls, fixtures or cabinets.

  • Plumbing and Electrical Upgrades

    For specialty walk-in tubs like those with air or whirlpool jets, installation costs can be higher because of the extra electrical and plumbing work it takes to set up those features.

  • Water Heater Capacity

    Walk-in baths require more water than traditional tubs. Most manufacturers recommend that you have a new 50+ gallon water tank in order to maintain the preferred water temperature in the bath. This could cost between $1,500 - $5,000.

  • Removal of the Old Tub

    Some companies charge an additional fee of $250-$700 to remove the old tub before installing your new walk-in tub, while other companies include this step as part of their installation service.3

In some cases, the cost of installation may be factored into the price of your walk-in tub. Make sure to ask your sales representative for details.

Cost of Maintenance for a Walk-In Tub

Maintenance costs are typically low for walk-in tubs. Jetted tubs or those with electric features will require extra upkeep—every couple of months with specialty cleaners and every few years by a plumber or electrician for routine jet and motor repairs.

Quality manufacturers and installation professionals often provide long-term customer service, maintenance and warranties for their walk-in tub to give you peace of mind for years to come.

Will Insurance or Medicare Cover the Cost of a Walk-in Tub?

Medicare does not cover the cost or installation of a walk-in tub, except in rare situations.5 This is because a walk-in tub is not considered “durable medical equipment,” which is a device designed to support a medical condition. However, you may find financial assistance through other programs, including:

  • Medicaid

    This program is more likely to pay for a walk-in tub through opportunities like a home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver.

  • Department of Veterans Affairs

    If you’re a veteran, you may qualify to receive financial assistance for a walk-in tub through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • US Department of Agriculture

    The USDA offers loans and grants to low-income older adults in rural areas that cover safety-based home repairs, improvements or modifications like a walk-in bath.

For more information, contact the individual programs and departments to see if you qualify for financial assistance. You can also learn more on our blog.

What Are the Alternatives to a Walk-in Tub?

Walk-in tubs are not the only safe bathing solution available. Learn about alternative options to a walk-in bath.

  • Assisted Living & In-Home Care
  • In-Home Alternatives
  • Walk-In Showers

Assisted Living And In-Home Care

Professional, Long-Term Care Services

Type Price Range
Home Health Aide $54,912 per year7
Assisted Living Facility $51,600 per year7
Nursing Home $105,850 per year7
*Estimates are the national annual median cost in 2020

Older adults who need help with medical and/or personal care may benefit from in-home or long-term residential care. Unlike a walk-in bath, which is a one-time purchase, care services require yearly payments. A person's individual needs and level of independence will determine the type of care and assistance needed.

In-Home Alternatives

Bath Safety Equipment to Improve Home Accessibility

Type Price Range
Bath / Shower Chair $35 - $7653
Transfer Bench $50 - $3503
Walk-In Tub Conversion Kit $230 - $6003
Bathtub Lift $380 - $2,5003

Bath chairs, transfer benches and other bath safety equipment allow individuals with various mobility needs to shower or bathe in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. These in-home alternatives are ideal for people who consider safety a top priority and can go without enhanced comfort features.

Roll-In Or Walk-In Showers

Low Barrier or Curbless Showers for Enhanced Independence and Safety

Accessible showers like walk-in and roll-in showers promote independence and safety. The main difference between the two is the curb height—walk-ins feature a low-step base, while roll-ins are barrier-free and may be wheelchair accessible. If you want a safe bathing solution without the added comfort features, you may consider a shower instead of a walk-in tub. You can expect to pay between $5,000 to $30,000+ for a roll-in or walk-in shower without installation.6

Where Can I Shop for a Walk-In Tub?

You can purchase a walk-in bath directly from the manufacturer, from a big-box retailer or a contractor. When deciding which to buy from, consider the differences in customer service, incentives and warranties. Here’s what you can expect from each seller:

Start Shopping for Your Walk-In Tub Today

Many factors go into the price of a walk-in tub, so be sure to explore all your purchase options. As you shop, consider your needs and budget. To help you get started and feel confident in your choice, explore these questions you should ask during your walk-in bath quote appointment.

For total transparency, the KOHLER Price Promise gives you the exact cost of a KOHLER® Walk-In Bath down to the penny. Watch the video below to learn more:

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Kohler’s Price Promise makes shopping for a walk-in bath easy and worry-free.

During your in-home consultation, your Kohler specialist will review a 35-point checklist to determine the price of your walk-in bath, installation and bath walls.

With Kohler, the price you receive is the price you will pay, down to the penny. That way, there are no surprise costs or fees on installation day.

Contact Kohler to schedule your free in-home quote appointment today.

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