Walk In Bathtub
WALK IN BATHTUB
Ella’s Bubbles is your expert when it comes to walk in bathtubs. We want to make sure our customers get the perfect walk in tub but with so many options it can get overwhelming to browse through. 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 Original Brand Walk In Bathtubs
Our Acrylic Inward Swing Door Walk In Bathtubs with the Removable Stainless Steel (SS) & Tempered Glass Door offer many exclusive features that separate us from the competition. One such feature is Dual Drain Technology which allows the walk in bathtub to drain in approximately 80 seconds under ideal plumbing conditions. Two independently operated 2 in. drains with two independent overflow drains allow for faster gravity drainage compared to other single drain models. Three of the models are equipped with a unique removable patented 360° Swivel Tray.
The tray is a convenient place to put your bathroom essentials and it’s 360° mobility prevents it from getting in your way. Ella Acrylic walk in bathtubs are constructed with the highest grade acrylic with an easy to clean white gloss finish. The acrylic shell is reinforced with fiberglass and supported by a stainless steel frame and leveling legs to adjust with the option to lower the step in threshold for easier access into the walk in bathtub. Most models offer the option of an extension panel to fit a 60″ opening. All models come with three front access panels, one end panel, and a pre-installed grab bar(s). Each model is available as a dual massage or soaking model, and can be ordered with a left or right side door/drain position.
Our Ella Acrylic Outward Swing Door Walk In Bathtubs are our latest product line which presents a fresh new design. Ella Acrylic walk in baths are constructed with the highest grade acrylic with an easy to clean white gloss finish. The acrylic shell is reinforced with fiberglass and supported by a stainless steel frame and leveling legs to adjust. All models come standard with two front access panels and one end panel. Each model comes with the hydro jetting option and can be ordered with a left or right side door/drain position.
The outward swing door allows for easier accessibility and contain three latches to increase strength and stability against the water pressure. The Ella Acrylic Outward Swing Door Walk In Bathtub line is one of the firsts in the industry to include a roomy two seat bathtub, Tub4Two, that has an outward swinging door and a hydro massage diverter. Our Acrylic Outward Swing Door Walk In Bathtubs will soon include extra features such as ozone sterilization, chromatherapy, air jetting, heated seating and much more.
Ella Private Label Walk In Bathtubs
The Ella Private Label Outward Swing Door Walk In Bathtubs are made of a textured acrylic shell and feature a unique aluminum outward swinging door for greater accessibility. There are two types of outward swing door walk in bath tubs: easy step in and wheelchair accessible or wheelchair transfer walk in bathtubs. The wheelchair accessible walk in bathtubs are the perfect solution for wheelchair users or persons with low mobility by allowing the bather to sit down and slide in. The door shape is designed to swing over an existing toilet for maximum ability to open.
All 17 inch seat heights are ADA compliant, along with mounted grab bars and reachable handles. Available jetting options are Air Massage, Hydrotherapy Massage, Dual Massage (the combination of Air and Hydro), or Soaking (no jets). The Tramo 59 walk in tub model does not come in a dual massage option, however it is available in a unique Nano micro bubble air jet system. The Tramo 59 walk in tub unique frame design allows for patient lift access. Outward Swing Door Walk In Bathtubs are a great option for those looking for transfer walk in tubs or those needing greater accessibility.
Our Private Label Gel Coat Walk in Bathtubs are made of the highest quality gloss gel coat for consistent color and reinforced with fiberglass for strength and durability. Each size of the Gel Coat Walk In Bathtubs fulfill a unique purpose — known as our specialty size walk in tubs. Most of the Gel Coat Walk In Bathtubs are delivered standard with a 5-Piece Fast Fill Faucet set with a hand-held shower unit, a safety grab bar, built-in door drain, 2″ quick drain, and extension panel (exceptions found in the Front Entry, Small, and Lay Down Models).
Our Gelcoat Walk In Bathtubs do not come with end panels at this time. Jetting options include Air Massage, Hydrotherapy Massage and Dual (Air & Hydro) Massage or without jets, also known as soaking. Upgrade options are available: Chromatherapy, Aromatherapy, O3 System and/or Heated Back Rest.
One of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether you want a Gloss Acrylic Walk In Tub with an Inward Swinging Door, a Gloss Acrylic Walk In Tub with an Outward Swinging Door, a Textured Acrylic Walk In Tub, or a Gelcoat Walk In Tub. Each offer their own benefits that may be just what you are looking for. 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. 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 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. Whichever material you choose from Ella’s Bubbles you will get a long lasting, durable walk-in bathtub that is backed with a warranty.
The next option you might have to make a decision on is the door type you want. We offer a variety of different styled walk in bathtubs that come in many different door shapes and functions. The first thing you will notice is that we have outward swing doors and inward swing doors. 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. Outward swing walk in bathtubs are also the best option if you’re looking for wheelchair access or a transfer walk in bathtubs 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.
The other thing you’ll have to consider about the door is the shape. There are ‘U’ shaped doors that sport a modern design and are perfect for the common bather. The Elite, Petite, Royal, Ultimate, Companion, Deluxe, Kai, Oasis, Bariatric, Deep, Long, Narrow, Small, Big4Two, Tub4Two, Dealer Exclusive, Lounger, Slim, and Short walk in tubs offer this style of door. Then there are L shaped doors that are great for those with mobility issues as they allow for easy transfer from wheelchair to walk in bathtub and back. The Mahalo, Titan, Classic, and Wheelchair Access walk in tubs offer this style of door. The Tramo walk in tub is another great wheelchair accessible bathtub but it is a lay-down transfer walk in bathtub so it’s door is more rectangular – wide U shape instead of L shaped. It can be used by sitting on the edge and sliding into the transfer walk in bathtub. Lastly, there is Front Entry which makes for a great space saver and can be a freestanding walk in bathtub. Picking the correct door type is an important detail that you don’t want to overlook.
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.
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. For the more petite bather we have the Petite (28x52x38), Mahalo (27x51x40), Oasis (27x51x38), Narrow (26x53x40), Short (28x48x40), Slim (26x52x43) and Small (26x45x40) models. All of these models you will notice have smaller widths for the tiny waisted. For the larger bather we have the Royal (30x52x38), Titan (35x53x38), Tramo (32x59x33), Bariatric 33 (33x55x41), Bariatric 35 (35x55x41), Long (32x60x38), Big4Two (36x71x42), and Wheelchair Access (32x52x41) models. These bathtubs have a wider width so they are roomier than the average walk in bathtub. We also have walk in bathtubs for the short and tall. If you are on the shorter side we have walk in bathtubs that are shorter in length such as the Slim (26x52x43), the Short(28x 48x 40), and the Small (26x45x40) models. If you are on the taller side you might consider the Deep (30x55x46), Ultimate (30x60x38), Long (32x60x38), Lay Down (30x60x22), Lounger (26x59x43) or the Tramo (32x59x33) models as they are longer or deeper than the average walk in bathtub. For more of the average sized bather there are the Elite (30x52x38), Deluxe (30x55x38), Companion (30x60x37), Classic (30x51x38), Kai (30x51x41), Lay Down (30x60x22), Dealer Exclusive(30x52x43), Tub4Two(32x60x42), or Low Threshold (30x51x41) models. All of these models have an average width and length for the average body type. The Companion, Tub4Two, and the Lay Down are longer than average but that’s because the Companion and Tub4Two are two seaters and the Lay Down doesn’t have a seat. This allows you to bath with a significant other in the Companion and Tub4Two or stretch out your legs in the Lay Down.
It is important to note that certain walk in bathtubs require larger water heaters as they have a larger water capacity. The larger walk in bathtubs that have a larger water capacity are the Titan, Bariatric 33, Bariatric 35, Deep, Long, Big4Two, and Wheelchair Access models. Similarly, the smaller walk in tubs won’t need a larger heater. These walk in tubs are the Petite, Front Entry, Lay Down, and Small models. Installing a new water heater to compensate for your walk in bathtub can be a costly expense so it is vital the you check our comparison charts located on each product listing page to determine which water heater you might need.
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. If you have tighter doorways or narrow hallways then the Petite (28x52x38), Mahalo (27x51x40), Oasis (27x51x38), Narrow (26x53x40), Short (28x48x40), Slim(26x52x43), and Small (26x45x40) models are a good choice as they are the narrowest walk in bathtubs we offer. If you don’t have much space in your bathroom then you might want to go with the Front Entry (38x33x40), Short (28x48x40), Slim(26x52x43), or Small (26x45x40) models as their widths and lengths are smaller. For those that need the extra room and have the bathroom space for it can look into the Royal (30x52x38), Ultimate (30x60x38), Titan (35x53x38), Tramo (32x59x33), Bariatric 33 (33x55x41), Bariatric 35 (35x55x41), Long (32x60x38), Big4Two(36x71x42), Lounger (26x59x43), and Wheelchair Access (32x52x41) models as these models are on the wider side. The other models such as the Elite (30x52x38), Deluxe (30x55x38), Classic (30x51x38), Kai (30x51x41), Lay Down (30x60x22), Dealer Exclusive (30x52x43), or Low Threshold (30x51x41) all are of average sizes and can fit in the average sized bathroom.
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.
Common Jet Types
Most of our walk-in tubs come with different jet options that offer different perks. In most of our walk in bathtub models you can choose between an air jet, a hydro jet, or dual jets which contain both air and hydro jets. (Ella Acrylic Walk in Bathtubs don’t offer just air jets or just hydro jets and the Lay Down model doesn’t offer dual jets). Air jets pull in air and blow it into the water whereas hydro jets pull in bathwater and blow it back into the bath. Air jets don’t produce as much pressure as hydro jets so you get a much gentler massage. Hydro jets exert higher pressure and feel much more like a traditional water massage you’d get from a hot tub. Each bathtub has differing amounts of jets strategically placed to target the various problem areas. You can check out how many jets the walk in bathtub you’re interested in has in the comparison charts page located in each product listing category. Of course if you’re just looking for a regular walk in bathtub all of our walk-in bathtubs come in a soaking option which doesn’t include any jets.
Triple Massage – Independent Seat and Foot Hydro and Air Jet Massages.
We also offer two different specialty jet walk in tubs. We have the Ultimate Walk In Bath with a Foot Massage feature. This walk in bathtub has extra hydro jets placed by the feet to relieve all the aches and pains you might have in them. You can even just fill the walk in bathtub halfway to use just the foot massage feature instead of taking a whole bath.
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 resistance floors, low thresholds, and thermostatic control valves. Grab bars are strategically placed where support is most needed. 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.
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 Heated Seat & Back Rest. Feel your muscle tension melt away as your heated seats warm you up to increase your relaxation. Two other features that can sometimes go hand in hand are Chromatherapy and Aromatherapy (Note that 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. Adding 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.
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 head rest 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.