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About Ella Brand Walk-In Tubs

Welcome to Ella’s Bubbles!

We know that with so many walk-in tubs choices, it can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we created this page and packed it with lot’s of great content to keep you well-informed about our tubs to allow you to make an educated decision.

List of Ella Walk-In Bathtub Topics

Why Choose Ella’s Bubbles?

Ella brand walk-in tubs are distinguished by its sleek design and variety of styles crafted to perfection. In fact, we are the first company to create a walk-in bathtub for two. We pioneered this life-changing model to help in assisted bathing or create an unforgettable and relaxing experience for you and your companion. You can personalize your acrylic walk-in tub by choosing one of our 25+ elite Ella models, all equipped with safety features, therapeutic options, and unique product add-ons.

In order to prevent traumatic slip and falls, seniors are looking to Ella brand walk-in tubs as a safer bathing alternative due to our low step in threshold for entry and exit, deck and wall mount safety grab bars, textured floor, and built-in contoured molded seat. These features are also helpful for seniors who are released from the hospital but still need accommodations while bathing. Some models have a distinct door to allow an easier transition from wheelchair to tub. Others have a wide entrance to accommodate all body types. Relax in an optional heated backrest and seat while our fast filled faucets quickly fill the bathtub. Additionally, your wait time during drainage is minimized thanks to our exclusive Ella Dual Drain Technology, the fastest gravity driven drain in the industry, which efficiently drains the water within minutes and guarantees a safe exit from your tub.

Ella’s Bubbles Acrylic walk-in tubs also come in a range of therapies, such as: Hydrotherapy Massage, Independent Foot Massage, Air Jet Therapy Massage, and our unique Infusion Microbubble ™ Therapy. Hydrotherapy is the use of water pressure massage to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being. The bather can use an intensity dial control to adjust the strength of the water pressure to their liking- from a gentle pressure to a more rigorous massage. It has the power to alleviate skin related issues and arthritis, create blood circulation, boost immunity, and more. Ella’s Bubbles independent foot massage option is one of most loved features because it can be turned on quickly and used daily. Simply fill the water up to the seat level and use the powerful 6 independent jets to receive a foot and calf massage within minutes. Our innovative Air Jet Therapy Massage system features our 16 strategically placed air jets around the tub. These air jets soothe your aching muscles and rejuvenate your entire body. Finally, our distinct Infusion Microbubble ™ Therapy breaks down water molecules into billions of tiny oxygen rich bubbles that penetrate deep into your pores to exfoliate, detoxify, and moisturize your skin. Infusion Microbubble ™ Therapy helps to minimize skin related issues and is especially helpful for people who spend an extended amount of time in bed. All Ella’s Bubbles therapeutic options can improve oxygen flow through the body, boosting your immune system. Mix and match your therapeutic options to best fit your needs.

Ella’s Bubbles also has unique features you can only get when purchasing our products. One convenient item is our Ella patented 360° swivel tray, allowing you to bathe with your favorite book or glass of wine. Ella’s Chromotherapy LED Lights bring a spectrum of colors and adds an extra dimension to your bathing experience. Our ozone sterilization system is the most eco-friendly, chemical free disinfectant that can eliminate a wide variety of inorganic, organic, and microbiological bacteria. The sterilization system is especially helpful in eliminating odors and hygienic maintenance for our one to two bather walk-in tub options. Finally, if you prefer a traditional shower setting, you can transform your walk-in tub into the ultimate shower by adding a rain shower column kit and 4-fold screen.

About Ella’s Acrylic Walk-In Bathtubs

Ella Acrylic Walk-in Tubs are vacuum formed from a solid, long-lasting acrylic sheet. The non-porous material in white gloss finish is easy to clean and impermeable to mold and mildew. Under the acrylic shell facade is a rust proof, stainless steel frame reinforced with multiple fiberglass mesh and gelcoat layers to ensure the durability of the tub’s structure. The frame has multiple leveling legs that can be adjusted for an easier installation and stronger support.

Ella Exclusive 2″ Dual Drain Technology

Most Ella Acrylic Walk-In Bathtubs include our Dual Drain Technology. Draining a walk in bathtub needs to be fast because a bather cannot exit until all of the water is completely drained. Adding a second drain decreases wait time and adds to the overall bathing experience.

Ella Dal Drain Technology consists of two 2” gravity driven drains with 4 outlets (2 overflows and 2 openers), allowing the fastest and most reliable drain in the industry. The average drainage time evaluated by our dealers range from only 50 seconds to a couple minutes based on tub size, condition of the house drain and configurations.

Above the floor drain installation (default on most Ella walk-in tubs)

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Below the floor drain installation (refer to specifications for specific tub if this option is available)

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Walk-In Bathtub Categories & Models

Ellas Bubbles Inward Swing Door Walk In Tubs with Door and Seat for Elderly and Handicap

Stainless Steel U-Shaped Inward Swinging Door

The Ella brand walk-in bathtubs with an inward swing door was our first developed product. Since 2008, we have perfected this door style to your liking. The quality brushed stainless steel finish door with frosted tempered glass adds a contemporary design and sleek look to the tub. Additionally, the detachable feature is engineered for easy access and cleaning. The Ella walk-in bathtub with an inward swing door is the most popular consumer choice.

Ellas Bubbles Outward Swing Door Walk In Tubs with Door and Seat for Elderly and Disabled

U-Shaped Outward Swinging Door

Ella U-shape outward swing door walk-in tubs main feature is the door made with industrial grade durable plastic composite material and decorative tempered glass screen front cover. This door is engineered to open outward, giving the bather maximum space inside the walk-in tub to facilitate easy access upon entering and exiting. The easy accessibility created by the U-shape outward swing door keeps this walk-in bathtub in high demand.

Big4Two Two-Seat Outward Swing Door Acrylic Walk-In Bathtub

Two Seat Walk-In Tubs

We pioneered the first ever luxury bathtub for two. This unique design is especially helpful in assisted bathing, or used to create an unforgettable and relaxing experience for you and your loved one. Each model features two molded seats and a centered swing door. The Companion model walk-in tub is equipped with a brushed stainless steel finish inward swing door, while the Tub4Two & Big4Two is fitted with a U-shape outward swing door for easy access.

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Wheelchair Accessible L-Shaped Outward Swinging Door

With Transfer wheelchair accessible walk-in tubs, the bather can conveniently open the L-shaped, aluminum frame outward swing door for an easy passage. The wide entry point is especially helpful for elderly with mobility issues and wheelchair users because it allows the bather to effortlessly hold onto the deck and wall-mounted grab bars, as they slide in or out of the soft, warm to touch acrylic molded seat. This is the premiere choice for bathers with spacious bathrooms.

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Lay Down Acrylic Walk-In Tubs

Our lay-down walk-in tubs have a unique tempered glass inward swing door with a brushed finish aluminum frame. The sleek door was designed in the center of the tub to establish a vertical tub wall, creating a wider interior floor space opposed to that of a standard curvature wall. This, along with a low step-in threshold and textured floors, may reduce the chances of tripping and slipping when standing in, showering, and entering or exiting the tub. An optional glass shower screen is available to make your tub more shower-like.

Ultra Walk In Bathtub - Ella's Bubbles - Bathtubs for Handicapped Elderly Luxurious

Ella Ultra – S Shape Door

The Ultra Acrylic Walk-in Bathtub has a sleek look to the unique inward swing door, designed extra-wide at the top to create a broad entry and made from custom brushed aluminum and frosted tempered glass window. This contemporary looking door uses a lever lock with an extended, polished stainless steel lever. The extension was designed so the lever can bypass a bathers leg as they lift extended handles up to lock the door. The lever lock creates a secure and watertight door seal, providing you with a safe, leak-free bathing experience. Additionally, the Ultra is equipped with a brushed stainless steel towel rack.

Hoist Transfer Bathtub

The Ella Transfer3060HL is a hoist transfer bathtub that is sized for the average bather. This is a great option for customers who have little to no mobility. The tub features a hoist that can be pulled out and moved to assist the user. Once the person is on the hoist, they can easily be pushed straight into the tub in a matter of minutes. As soon as the bath is over, you can store the hoist right behind the tub rolling the bottom underneath to decrease the space being used.

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How to Choose the Correct Size Walk-in Bathtub

We offer a variety of sizes and styles to tailor to your specific needs. To determine an appropriate bathtub length and the optimal width of the seat, establish the following measurements: Bather’s height and hip width in a sitting position. To measure your hip width, sit in a chair and place the end of the measuring tape on the outside of your right hip. Pull the measuring tape straight across your pelvic area to the outside of your left hip.

Note: Bather’s weight is not as important if the sizes above are provided. If the customer can comfortably fit in the tub, the bathtub can hold the bather’s weight. The bather’s height will dictate the selection of the bathtub length and depth, while hip size will dictate the selection of seat width. Please keep in mind that walk-in tubs are designed for safe sit-in bathing, and reclining is limited to the length of the seat and/or tub. The depth of the tub may not be as important as the length of the tub when considering the soaking depth. Please view the drawings of the tub to determine the best option for you or contact our customer support or agents.

Next, assess the layout of your house and bathroom. Make sure you take the width of the doorways, from the main entrance to the bathroom, into consideration. Then, measure the space and turning angle in which you would need to carry your walk-in bathtub into the bathroom. Finally, note any objects that may prohibit you from opening an outswing door, if chosen.

Getting Your Walk-In Tub Into The Bathroom

Another important aspect of size is whether or not the walk-in bathtub will fit in your house or bathroom. If the walk-in tub is too large, the walls may need to be cut to get the walk-in bathtub inside of your bathroom. This can be another costly expense so it is vital to pay attention to the walk-in bathtub dimensions as well as your own bathroom and hallway dimensions.

*The size B must be less than the size A

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Left and Right Corner Installation:

For a left or right corner installation, most Ella Walk-in Tubs come with one reversible end L panel and an extension panel/filler (for tubs shorter than 60”). These panels cover the end of the tub to give your bathtub a completed look.

 

60″ Alcove Installation:

Most Ella Walk-in Tubs shorter than 60” will include a filler L panel. For example, the Elite is 30”x52,” so it will come with a L panel filler in the width of 8”. Please refer to specifications of your selected walk-in tub found on every product page under the “Downloads” section.

 

Against the Wall Installation:

In the case of installing your walk-in bathtub against the wall, both ends will be exposed. Although Ella’s provides you with one end panel, you will need to purchase one more end panel to cover the other open end.

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Additional Access Panels For Walk-In Tubs

Ella Walk-in Tubs include one reversible end panel which can be installed to either side. An additional end panel can be ordered in case your tub is installed to the back wall as free standing.

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Selecting the Correct Door Style

The biggest difference between standard bathtubs and walk-in bathtubs is that walk-in tubs use a door and standard bathtubs do not. Therefore, choosing a door is important. For those who are not mobily impaired, consider U-shape outward or inward swing doors. It is easier to enter and exit the tub with an outswing door tub, however if objects prohibit you from opening an outswing door please consider an inward swing door bathtub. Inward swing doors are great space savers and perform well in smaller bathrooms as some bathrooms do not offer the space needed to accommodate an outward swinging door walk-in bathtub. For bathers with mobility issues or with oversized body types, the best door option is L-shape outswing door because it allows for the bather to effortlessly slide into the seat through the wide L-shape opening. Lastly, please take the door’s design into consideration when choosing your walk-in bathtub.

Ella’s Unique Door Styles

2 Latch Door - International Walk In Bathtubs with Door and Seat

A 2-latch door system provides a more secure and watertight door seal than the conventional single latch system. This provides you with a leak-free bathing experience unlike our competitors who typically use a single latch/lever system.

3 Latch Door - International Walk In Bathtubs with Door and Seat

The unique 3-latch door lock system allows for equal pressure to the door gasket throughout its entirety and guarantees a leakproof door seal. This locking mechanism truly differentiates Ella’s Bubbles from its competitors.

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Ella 2 & 3 latch door-lock system vs. Industry 1 latch standard door

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Walk-In Bathtub Therapeutic Jetting Options

Ella’s Bubbles Acrylic walk-in tubs also come in a range of therapies, such as: Soaking, Hydrotherapy Massage, Independent Foot Massage, Air Jet Therapy Massage, and our unique Infusion Microbubble ™ Therapy. Hydrotherapy is the use of water pressure massage to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being. The bather can use an intensity dial control to adjust the strength of the water pressure to their liking- from a gentle pressure to a more rigorous massage. It has the power to alleviate skin related issues and arthritis, create blood circulation, boost immunity, and more. Ella’s Bubbles independent foot massage option is one of most loved features because it can be turned on quickly and used daily. Simply fill the water up to the seat level and use the powerful 6 independent jets to receive a foot and calf massage within minutes. Our innovative Air Jet Therapy Massage system features our 16 strategically placed air jets around the tub. These air jets soothe your aching muscles and rejuvenate your entire body. Finally, our distinct Infusion Microbubble ™ Therapy breaks down water molecules into billions of tiny oxygen rich bubbles that penetrate deep into your pores to exfoliate, detoxify, and moisturize your skin. Infusion Microbubble ™ Therapy helps to minimize skin related issues and is especially helpful for people who spend an extended amount of time in bed. All Ella’s Bubbles therapeutic options can improve oxygen flow through the body, boosting your immune system.

Package selection

Depending on the available space below the molded seat of each average size walk-in tub model, you can choose a single or dual therapy option. For larger size walk-in tubs, it’s possible to fit up to 4 therapeutic options. Please visit product pages to see available therapeutic combination options.

The most popular two therapy combinations are Air + Hydro, Hydro + Microbubble, and Hydro + Hydro Foot Massage. However, for larger models or Two-Seat walk-in tubs, the most popular multi-therapeutic combinations are Air + Hydro + Hydro Foot Massage, and Air + Hydro + Microbubble + Hydro Foot Massage. Therapeutic package options are listed below:

1) Soaking option (no jets)
2) Air Jet + Hydrotherapy (dual)
3) Hydrotherapy + Independent Hydro Foot Massage
4) Hydrotherapy + Infusion Microbubble
5) Air Jet + Hydrotherapy + Infusion Microbubble
6) Air Jet + Hydrotherapy + Independent Hydro Foot Massage + Infusion Microbubble

Independent Foot Massage

Air Jet Massage Therapy

Hydrotherapy Massage

Infusion Microbubble Therapy

Ella Walk-In Bathtub Faucet Options

When fill time matters, our faucet options will get the job done. We offer 5 different options varying in style and finish: Huntington Brass 5-piece faucet, Ella 5-piece fast-fill faucet, Ella 2-piece fast-fill faucet, Jandon 5-piece faucet, and lastly the Ella standard 5-piece Faucet Set that comes with a deck mounted Thermostatic Control Valve.

Thermostatic Control Valve

Plumbing codes require a Thermostatic Control Valve (TCV) in commercial applications like nursing homes, hospitals or for customer’s with safety concerns. The Ella Standard 5 Piece Faucet set that comes with a deck mounted thermostatic control valve is an anti-scald feature that keeps water at a consistent temperature and prevents water from suddenly shifting to unsafe temperature levels.

In some states, local plumbing codes require a TCV in showers and bathtubs. When the code does not require a TCV, please consider the fill time. TCV fill time is 7-8 GPM (gallons per minute), while fast fill deck mount bathtub faucets fill time range from 12 to 18 GPM. The flow rate can be affected by size of supply lines or in-house water pressure. If possible install 3/4″ water lines vs 1/2″.

When you choose a TCV please consider your local water quality. The TCV cartridge is sensitive and most likely will clog, due to hard water with calcium and iron. In this event, the TCV will need to be removed and cleaned. Therefore, the warranty for TCV is only 1 year. There are a variety of other TCVs available on the market which can be installed into the hot water supply line. Please consult with a professional licensed plumber to avoid any issues that may occur.

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Walk-In Bathtub Features and Additional Fixtures

Ella’s Bubbles also has unique features you can only get when purchasing our products. One convenient item is our Ella patented 360° swivel tray, allowing you to bathe with your favorite book or glass of wine. Ella’s Chromotherapy LED Lights bring a spectrum of colors and adds an extra dimension to your bathing experience. Our Ozone Sterilization System is the most eco-friendly, chemical free disinfectant that can eliminate a wide variety of inorganic, organic, and microbiological bacteria. The sterilization system is especially helpful in eliminating odors and hygienic maintenance for our one to two bather walk-in tub options. Finally, if you prefer a traditional shower setting, you can transform your walk-in tub into the ultimate shower by adding a Rain Shower Column Kit and 4-Fold Screen.

Heated Seat & Back

Available on all Ella walk-in tubs, the Heated Backrest & Seat system helps keep you comfortable and warm while your tub fills. Operated with on/off push control, the heated backrest and seat is activated in minutes, keeping users cozy and relaxed from the moment they enter the tub.

Ozone Sterilization

Our ozone sterilization system is the most eco-friendly, chemical free disinfectant that can eliminate a wide variety of inorganic, organic, and microbiological bacteria. The sterilization system is especially helpful in eliminating odors and hygienic maintenance for our one to two bather walk-in tub options

LED Chromatherapy

LED Chromatherapy features multicolor LED lights, creating a relaxing and harmonious experience at the push of a button. It is believed that individual wavelengths of light have different healing properties.

Tempered Glass 4 Fold Bath Screen

The Ella brand 4-fold shower screen is the best option in the industry for walk-in tubs because of the foldable feature that’s not offered with a standard shower glass or curtains. This gives bathers an airy, open feeling with the option to easily push the screen aside. The lightweight glass, secured in an aluminum frame with quality gear hinges, is sturdy enough to endure rigorous daily use.

Aegis 4-Fold 3MM Tempered Glass Shower Screen for Walk-In Tubs

Rain Shower Column Kit

The shower column kit connects to a diverter on an Ella brand 2 or 5 piece deck mounted faucet in order to create an extended overhead shower. The stainless steel, chrome finish column can be effortlessly adjusted up to 7 feet tall. Along the column is a vertically movable, 5 mode multi-functional hand shower, and attached at the top is an oversize rain shower that can be directed with ease to the seat for a seated shower or footwell for a stand up shower. This shower column kit replaces the need for a wall-mounted showerhead.

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Walk-In Bathtub Accessories

Some of our walk-in tubs allow for extra accessories. The most unique accessory we have is the Ella 360° patented swivel tray. The tray can hold your bathroom essentials such as a nice glass of wine or a good book and it doesn’t get in your way thanks to the rotating capabilities. One such accessory is the Seat Pillow Riser or the Bidet Seat Pillow Riser. These seat pillows add extra cushion and support to the walk-in bathtub seat to aid in your comfort. Another accessory you can add is the Headrest. The headrest adds extra cushion and support just like the seat pillows, but it can be wall mounted with suction cups so you won’t have to constantly adjust it. Adding accessories are just another way to create a rejuvenating bath.

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Patented 360° Swivel Tray

Ella patented 360° Swivel Tray can hold your must read book or favorite beverage for an added convenience to your experience. The 360° rotation capability is designed to allow bathers to enter and exit the bathtub without any interference. However, if the swivel tray is unwanted by the bather, it can be easily detached and comes with a cap that can cover the screw in order to give a more pleasing aesthetic.

SeatRiser-3 (20 1/2″W x 13″L x 3 1/2″H)

Bathtub Seat Pillow and Riser with Bidet Cutout

Perfect for home spas and walk in baths, this luxuriously thick pillow is incredibly comfortable. This bathtub seat pillow can be used as riser or additional seat support in all walk in bathtubs. The interior material is washable and can be removed. This model comes with a centered cutout for use with Ella Dual Massage Walk In Bathtubs.

Removable Headrest and Neck Support for Walk-In Bathtub

Increase you comfort with the Ella Walk In Bathtub Headrest. The headrest can be mounted on the wall or on the deck. The included suction cups makes for fast placement so you can enjoy you bath even more without having to constantly adjust your headrest.

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Ella Grab Bars for Bathroom Safety

The modern Ella grab bars feature a new innovative design! For maximum security and safety, it is recommended that bathrooms be equipped with grab bars in your walk-In tub, by the toilet, in the the shower, and in transition areas.

Ella 4 & 6-Piece Cultured Marble Walk-In Bathtub Wall Surrounds

Ella’s Bubbles offers Cultured Marble wall surrounds, specifically designed for walk-in tubs or showers enclosures. Our glued up shower wall panels and surrounds feel like natural stone and are available in most popular colors and patterns, from contemporary to classic styles. Ella brand cultured marble wall surrounds give your bathroom a luxurious look and have a natural feel that’s easy to clean and maintain.

The 1/4″ thick cultured marble wall panels are durable and feel like stone to the touch, unlike acrylic wall liners or gelcoat showers. These unique shower panels make the installation process easier by offering multiple assembling options and fixture placement variations. The accessories or panels can be added and repositioned based on the customer’s choice and needs. Decorative tile can be added in between panels to increase the size of the wall or to add an accent to the wall design.

All panel edges are factory finished and joints are treated as regular tiles, finished with grout. The back-wall panels can be cut on their sides to fit into the opening. The side walls are installed over the back wall panel covering the cut edges. The side walls consist of two 36” wide and 30” high panels installed on bottom and two 36” wide 60” high panels stacked on top of each side. The back of the shower wall consists of two 30”x60” panels.

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4-Piece Wall Surround For Walk-In Tubs
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6-Piece Wall Surround For Walk-In Tubs
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