ABOUT ELLA WALK IN BATHTUBS

Ella’s Bubbles is the expert when it comes to walk in bathtubs. We make sure our customers get the perfect walk in tub, but with so many options it can get overwhelming. We want to make sure our customers are well informed about our walk in bathtubs to make it easier to find the perfect match. Along with our excellent customer service to answer your questions, we offer all the information you need in one easy to find place. Continue reading and you will find the ultimate guide to Walk In Bathtubs.

Ella Walk In Tubs Come in Four Main Categories:

Inward Swing

Inward swing refers to the door of the walk in tub that swings inward towards the inside of the tub. This takes up the least amount of space and is the most common door option.

Outward Swing

Outward swing refers to the door of the walk in tub that swings outward toward the outside of the tub, like a car door. This option requires additional space in the bathroom and allows the most room to maneuver inside the tub.

Twoseat

Our Ella exclusive two seat walk in tubs offer the ability for two people to bathe simultaneously while seated comfortably.

transfer

Our wheelchair accessible walk in tubs have a large outward swing L-shaped door that is designed to make it easy for someone in a wheelchair to slide into the seat of the walk in tub.


Materials of the Walk In Tub Shell

Acrylic Shell Walk In Tubs

One of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether you want a Gloss Acrylic Walk In Tub or a Textured Acrylic Walk In Tub. Each offer their own benefits that may be just what you are looking for. With Acrylic walk in tubs we heat the acrylic sheet and vacuum form it over a mold. Then we spray and roll a layer of fiberglass over it for extra durability and insulation. This process is a little more complicated but it creates one smooth seamless surface that results in a gloss shine. This surface is nonporous which makes it resistant to fading and it makes it easier to clean. The nonporous material also makes it more resistant to mold and mildew. The Gloss Acrylic option gives you a smooth, white gloss finish whereas the Textured Acrylic gives you a textured, off white finish. Both have the benefits that Acrylic material offers, but each has their own aesthetic.

Gelcoat Shell Walk In Tubs

Gelcoat walk in tubs consist of a gelcoat layer sprayed on a mold and a layer of fiberglass over that to reinforce it. Then it is backed with wood and more fiberglass for extra versatility and durability. Gelcoat is a porous material, however it is very important to understand that the quality of the gelcoat walk in baths depends on craftsmanship, experience, and the quality of materials used. Be cautious about cheaper gelcoat walk in bathtubs available on the market as they may not have plenty of layers of gelcoat sprayed on and polished to perfection to achieve the long lasting, easy to clean surface. Gelcoat does have more versatile options and sizes that cannot be achieved with acrylic because of the nature of the material and the process of making it.

Stainless Steel Frame, Adjustable Level Legs & Fiberglass Reinforced Shell

Ella acrylic walk in tubs are constructed of the highest quality grade white acrylic, with an easy to clean gloss finish that is reinforced with fiberglass. The acrylic shell is supported by a rust proof stainless steel frame for durability and adjustable leveling legs for easier installation.

Door Type

Outward swing doors benefit those who need a little extra room to enter the walk-in bathtub or those who have mobility issues and can’t maneuver around an inward swinging walk in bathtub door. Outward swing walk in bathtubs are also the best option if you’re looking for wheelchair access or a transfer walk in bathtub, considering that wheelchair accessible walk in bathtub seat height will align with the wheelchair. Our Ella brand outward swing door walk in bathtubs have 3 latches to prevent the door from warping. The 3 latch system increases the strength against water pressure to prevent any leakage.

Inward swing doors are great for the common bather who doesn’t need the extra room to get into the walk in bathtub. They also are great space savers and perform well in smaller bathrooms as some bathrooms don’t offer the space needed to accommodate an outward swinging door walk in bathtub. They also are self-sealing. As the water pressure pushes on the door it further seals it to prevent leaks.

Outward swing doors benefit those who need a little extra room to enter the walk-in bathtub or those who have mobility issues and can’t maneuver around an inward swinging walk in bathtub door. Outward swing walk in bathtubs are also the best option if you’re looking for wheelchair access or a transfer walk in bathtub, considering that wheelchair accessible walk in bathtub seat height will align with the wheelchair. Our Ella brand outward swing door walk in bathtubs have 3 latches to prevent the door from warping. The 3 latch system increases the strength against water pressure to prevent any leakage.

Inward swing doors are great for the common bather who doesn’t need the extra room to get into the walk in bathtub. They also are great space savers and perform well in smaller bathrooms as some bathrooms don’t offer the space needed to accommodate an outward swinging door walk in bathtub. They also are self-sealing. As the water pressure pushes on the door it further seals it to prevent leaks.

Door Shape

Picking the correct door type is an important detail that you don’t want to overlook. There are ‘U’ shaped doors that sport a modern design and are perfect for the common bather.  L shaped doors are great for those with mobility issues as they allow for easy transfer from wheelchair to walk in bathtub and back.

Selecting the Right Size Walk In Tub

Another big decision you’ll have to make is the size of your walk in bathtub. We offer a variety of sizes to tailor to your specific needs. When picking a size you’ll need to take into account your body type, the water usage of that walk in bathtub, and whether or not you can fit it through your house and into your bathroom.

Body Types

Ella’s Bubbles takes into account that our customers come in all shapes and sizes. That’s why we offer walk in tubs in several different sizes to accommodate every body type.

Inward Swing Walk In Tubs

Ultimate Walk In Bathtub

30″W x 60″L
seat size: 20″

deluxe walk in bathtub

30″W x 55″L
seat size: 19,75″

royal walk in bathtub

32″W x 52″L 
seat size: 21,75″

elite walk in bathtub

30″W x 52″L
seat size: 21,75″

petite walk in bathtub

28″W x 52″L
seat size: 19,75″

Outward Swing Walk in tub

monaco acrylic outward swing walk bathtub

32″W x 52″L
seat size: 23″

malibu acrylic outward

30″W x 52″L
seat size: 20,75″

lounger acrylic outswing walk in bathtub

27″W x 60″L
seat size: 20,75″

mobile walk in tub

26″W x 45″L
seat size: 19″

front entry walk-in tub

32″W x 40″L
seat size: 20″

Transfer Walk In Tubs

ella transfer xxxl walk-in tub

36″W x 55″L
seat size: 31″

ella transfer 60

30″W x 60″L
seat size: 22″

ella transfer 32

32″W x 52″L
seat size: 24,5″

transfer acrylic outward

30″W x 52″L
seat size: 22″

ella transfer 26

26″W x 52″L
seat size: 19,5″

Selecting the Placement of the Walk In Tub

The house drain positioning will determine where the walk-in tub can be placed. If it is new construction, the positioning of the drain and walk-in tub placement can be planned. In many remodeling cases it may not be feasible to change the drain positioning.  Selection of the walk-in tub drain side will be based on drain positioning of the current shower or the bathtub. Your contractor must make sure the house drain can be connected to the drain of your selected walk-in tub. For example in many cases you have to choose the left drain/door walk-in tub to connect to the existing right side drain of the bath-tub or shower you are replacing. Please consult to your licensed contractor to assure the correct selection.

Bathroom Space

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 than walls may need to be cut to get the walk in bathtub to 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

Choosing Additional Accessories

It is important to be aware of the Ella end access panels. Ella walk-in tubs include one reversible end panel which can be installed to the other side. The additional end panel can be ordered in case if your tub is installed to the back wall as free standing. Please go to Accessory page for more accessory options like seat raisers, grab bars or head support.

Selecting the Jetting and Fixtures

After you pick the size, the side of the door and the drain of your walk-in tub you can proceed with package selection. To make your process easier we suggest to follow these directions or call our customer service at 800-480-6850.

There are 4 main therapeutic or massage options:
1) No jetting – just a soaking tub
2) Air massage
3) Water (hydro) massage
4) InfusionTM Micro Therapy bubble massage

It is important to understand that the fixtures and pumps (parts) for each massage or therapeutic option requires substantial space. These parts are normally installed below the seat on your walk-in tub. The bigger the tub is the more parts can be fit below so that determines what package can be installed on your tub. For example our Big4Two can have as many massage or therapeutic options as you wish since this tub is 36×80 and has 2 seats with plenty of space for parts to fit below. Selecting the packages is confusing to non professionals so it is important to revise the options/packages we offer for each tub. Please note that we can add the massage or therapeutic option to your tub even if there is not space below. This can be done on case by case bases and only if there is a closet next to your tub, and enough space in your closet to place these additional parts. Your contractor or Ella authorized reseller must revise each case and determine if that can be done.

There are multiple combinations of massages or therapeutic options available in Ella walk-in baths: air + hydro = dual massage, air + microbubble, hydro + microbubble, air + hydro + microbubble. Please  view the diagrams of these packages. For example on some models the dual massage package also includes ozone, LED light, aroma therapy and more. The package options with model numbers are shown in both walk-in tub category pages.

Ella offers 3 faucet options or no faucet option on selected models. You can also choose the heated seat and backrest or dual heated seats for two seat walk-in tubs. Please feel free to ask your reseller or call us direct at 800-480-6850 so we can help you to make the right decision.

Examples of Massage and Therapeutic Options Shown in Images Below

Please view the Package and Feature diagrams. The space for parts placement below the seat of each walk-in tub will determine how many massage or therapeutic options can be installed/added in each tub. The custom jetting can be added on case by case bases.

Walk In Tub Features

Now that you’ve picked out the most important qualities of your walk in bathtub all you have to do is pick out which features you would want. Our walk in tubs come with a variety of options for added features and it can be a daunting task to figure out which ones you want. So we’ve compiled a breakdown of them for you to make the selection process that much simpler.

Infusion­™ MicroBubble Therapeutical Massage

The other specialty walk in bathtub we have is the Infusion™ Therapy MicroBubble Walk In Bathtub. The MicroBubble Jet is available on the Elite, Petite, and Royal models. The MicroBubble jet is different from both the air and hydro jets as it produces billions of tiny oxygen rich bubbles, much more and much tinier than the air jet can produce. These tiny bubbles go a long way into warming, moisturizing, and exfoliating you skin. MicroBubble jets will make your bath feel silky smooth and the effects will last long after you’re finished.

Walk In Bathtub Safety Features

Along with comfort, walk in tubs are designed to reduce the amount of injuries that occur in the bathroom. That’s why many of our walk in bathtubs come with features such as grab bars, slip resistant floors, low thresholds, and thermostatic control valves. Grab bars are strategically placed where support is needed most. Depending on the design of the walk in bathtub, some have deck mounted grab bars and others have them mounted to the inside bathtub wall. Check out our comparison charts pages located on each product listing page to determine how many grab bars your preferred walk in tub comes with. All of our walk in bathtubs have a textured slip resistant floor. This helps to prevent slips and falls when entering and exiting the walk in tub. All of our walk in bathtubs vary in threshold height but most are lower than your average bathtub. This makes it easier to step into the walk in bathtub without falling, especially for those with mobility issues that have difficulty stepping over higher ledges. Our Low Threshold Model has our lowest threshold step clocking in at only 3.5’’. Then there is the Thermostatic Control Valve that is exclusive only to the Ella Acrylic Inward Swing Door Walk in Bathtubs and the Ella Acrylic Outward Swing Door Walk In Bathtubs. The Thermostatic Control Valve (TCV) is a valve that regulates and mixes the intake of warm and cool water to create the perfect water temperature in your walk in bathtub. The TCV is a great tool for preventing the water from reaching unsafe, scalding temperatures. The default temperature it is set at is 100.4° but it can be adjusted to your preferred temperature. At Ella, safety and comfort are at the forefront of our minds and that’s why our walk in bathtubs cater to minimizing bathtub related injuries.

Thermostatic Control Valve

The plumbing code requires you to have a thermostatic control valve in commercial applications like nursing homes, hospitals or for customer’s with safety concerns. You can choose Ella standard 5 piece faucet set that comes with a deck mounted thermostatic control valve, which is an anti-scald feature that keeps the water at a consistent temperature and prevents water from suddenly shifting to unsafe temperature levels.

Deck Mounted Thermostatic Control Valve Close Up

Deck Mounted Thermostatic Control Valve Close Up

Optional Features

There are many features that we offer that can enhance your bathing experience but aren’t essential to your walk in bath. One such feature is the Heated Seat & Back Rest. Feel your muscle tension melt away as your heated seat warms you up to increase your relaxation. Two other features that can sometimes go hand in hand are Chromatherapy and Aromatherapy (Note that some Ella Acrylic Walk In Bathtubs don’t offer aromatherapy at this time). Chromatherapy is the addition of an LED light that cycles through the spectrum of color. Color adds a new dimension to your bath that can create a more calming atmosphere. Aromatherapy is the addition of scented oils that fill your bathroom with wonderful aromas that can whisk you away to a serene state of mind. Another optional feature you can include is Ozone Sterilization. Ozone Sterilization is a process that clears out all the water and air hoses and tubes to prevent mold or mildew from growing in them. It’s activated with a simple press of a button and can be run during your bath. We care about giving you the best bath experience you can get and these optional features will help to reach that goal.

Exclusive Features – Why Ella Walk In Bathtubs

There are some features that only our brand, Ella Acrylic Walk In Tubs, can offer. These include the Removable Stainless Steel Door with Tempered Glass, the Patented 360° Swivel Tray, the Thermostatic Control Valve, and Dual Drain Technology. The Thermostatic Control Valve we discussed above in safety features. The Removable Stainless Steel Door with Tempered Glass is a sleek, modern door that can be detached from the walk-in bathtub. This allows you to be able to clean hard to reach places much more easily. The Patented 360° Swivel Tray is a tray that can easily be rotated so as to not make it difficult to enter of exit the walk in bathtub. It 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. The 360° Swivel Tray is available on the Elite, Petite, Royal, and Ultimate models. The Dual Drain Technology is a feature that helps to decrease drain time. With the addition of a second drain (no electrical equipment necessary) drain time can be reduced to 80 seconds in ideal plumbing conditions. This is important as the bather has to wait for the walk in bathtub to drain before being able to exit. Ella Brand Walk In Bathtubs stand out from the competition because we add such unique features.

Patented 360° Swivel Tray

The 360° swivel tray is a patented product. This means you won’t be able to find the convenience of a swivel tray anywhere else! Other companies might try to recreate the capabilities that the tray offers, but their products won’t be able to offer the ease and comfort of the swivel tray. Their solutions can often get in the way and make the bath an uncomfortable or inconvenient experience. Alternatively, the swivel tray has the patented capabilities that allows the bather to rotate the tray out of the way to enter or exit the bath tub easily. It also provides a convenient, dry surface to place one’s belongings on. It even comes with a cap that can cover the screw when the tray is not in use for a more aesthetically pleasing look.

Aegis 3mm Tempered Glass 4 Fold Bath Screen for Walk In Tub

The brand new four-fold shower screen door just launched by Ella’s Bubbles is the most convenient alternative to regular shower curtains. It is specifically designed and sized to fit on walk-in bathtubs in tight alcove openings or corner installs. This Euro-style semi-frameless 4-fold shower screen gives an airy open feeling with the option to push the screen aside quickly and easily. The sturdy construction of 1/8” thick lightweight glass secured in anodized aluminum frames enables smooth door operation with equipped high quality geared hinges strong enough to endure rigorous daily use.

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 your bath even more without having to constantly adjust your headrest.

Accessory Options

Some of our walk in tubs allow for extra accessories. 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. If you need extra support you can add the Fold Down Grab Bar. The Fold Down Grab Bar can also be wall mounted and helps to increase your stability just like the other grab bars. Lastly, certain walk in bathtubs have the option of switching out certain faucets. We offer three types of faucet sets. There’s the Ella Original Brand Faucet that comes with a Thermostatic Control Valve, there’s the Huntington Brass Roman Faucet which comes with a fast fill faucet, and then there’s the Jandon Traditional Roman Tub Faucet which also comes with a fast fill faucet and offers a more traditional aesthetic. Adding accessories are just another way to create a rejuvenating bath.