Walk-in bathtubs are becoming increasingly popular as a safer and more accessible option for those with mobility issues. While they come with a variety of features and options, one of the biggest questions on many people's minds is how much they cost.
In this article, we'll explore the factors that influence the cost of walk-in bathtubs and what you can expect to pay.
Size and capacity
One of the biggest factors that affects the cost of walk-in bathtubs is size. Larger walk-in bathtubs are typically more expensive than smaller ones, as they require more materials and take up more space in your bathroom. Additionally, bathtubs with higher capacity (i.e. more water) or shower baths with an enlarged end (as pictured below) will also cost more, as they require larger plumbing systems and more water to fill.
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Another factor that affects the cost of walk-in bathtubs is the material they're made from. Generally, bathtubs made from higher quality materials, like acrylic, are more expensive than those made from lower quality materials like plastic. Additionally, bathtubs with reinforced materials like fibreglass, metal frames or thicker walls will also cost more, as they provide added durability and stability.
Walk-in bathtubs can come with a variety of features that can impact the overall cost. For example, bathtubs with built-in jets or heated surfaces will cost more than basic models, as they require additional components and installation. Other features like non-slip surfaces, easy-to-reach controls or built-in grab bars can also add to the cost of the bathtub.
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The cost of installation can also impact the overall cost of a walk-in bathtub. If you're replacing an existing bathtub, the installation process may be relatively straightforward and require minimal modifications to your bathroom. However, if you're installing a walk-in bathtub in a new location, you may need to make significant modifications to your bathroom, which can add to the overall cost.
Brand and quality
Finally, the brand and quality of the walk-in bathtub you choose can also impact the cost. High-end brands with a reputation for quality and durability are typically more expensive than lesser-known brands. However, investing in a high quality walk-in bathtub can be a wise investment, as it will last longer and provide better performance over time.
In conclusion, the cost of walk-in bathtubs can vary widely depending on factors like size, material, features, installation and brand. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from £2,000 to £3,000 or more for a specialist walk-in bathtub, with the average cost being around £2,500. By considering these factors and shopping around, you can find a walk-in bathtub that fits your needs and budget.
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