Welcome to Ella’s Bubbles! This page is about all of the Ella brand Walk-in tubs, and it’s been created to educate customers who are looking for detailed information regarding all things walk-in bathtubs. We will showcase various models and their unique features making your next walk-in tub selection an easy and perfect choice!
We are true experts when it comes to walk-in tubs. At Ella’s we always make sure our customers get the perfect walk-in tub that would be best suited for them and their bathroom. We know that with so many various walk-in tubs choices, it can be a bit overwhelming at times. Lucky for you, we want to make sure that our customers are well-informed about our tubs prior to making a final decision.
Along with excellent customer service, we offer a lot of information (downloadable PDF’s and graphics) pertaining to our products which can be found throughout our entire website. Continue to read below for the ultimate walk-in tub guide!
Selecting the Right 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. Ella’s Bubbles takes into account that our customers come in all shapes and sizes. That’s why we offer walk-in tubs in multiple different sizes to accommodate every body type.
Patented Swivel Tray
Patented Swivel Tray
Additional Information Pertaining To Door Type and Tub Style
“Inward swing” refers to the door of the tub. This door swings inwards, towards the inside of the tub, taking up the least amount of space in your bathroom. This door type is also one of the most common options for walk-in tubs and comes in stainless steel with a tempered frosted glass.
“Outward swing” refers to a door that swings outwards towards the outside the tub (just like a car door). This option requires additional space in the bathroom, and it allows the most room to maneuver inside the tub. These doors also feature tempered glass giving you a tub with a unique high-end look
Our Ella exclusive two-seat walk-in tubs offer the ability for two people to bathe simultaneously while siting comfortably. These tubs are a great choice for anyone who is looking to enjoy a relaxing bath while spending time with your loved one. Available in 3 models.
Our wheelchair accessible walk-in tubs have a large outward swinging L-shaped door. This door is designed to make bathing easy for customers who have mobility problems. For example, customers in a wheelchair can easily slide in and out of the seat without having to stand up.
The Ella Lay Down acrylic walk-in bathtubs are available in many options: Soaking, Hydro, Air, and Infusion™ Microbubble Therapy. An optional glass shower screen can be added but it not included with the standard package offered.
The S-Class walk-in tubs also have an inward swinging door, but the main difference is the she shape of it and that it’s made from acrylic as opposed to stainless steel.
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.
The Ella Ultra acrylic walk-in bathtub is sized for the average bather and comes equipped with a wide 21” molded seat. This model includes a brushed stainless-steel inward swinging door with frosted tempered glass, a stainless-steel towel bar for your convenience, and even wall and deck mounted grab bars to work in unison allowing for easy and safe entry/exit of the tub.
The Ella Infusion™ Microbubble Therapy Walk-In Spa is a unique walk-in tub made to wash your furry friends in the comfort of your home! This pet spa features Infusion™ MicroBubble Therapy, which is a process of infusing pressurized water with billions of micro-sized, oxygen rich bubbles.
This sort of therapy offers your pets a calming experience as you wash them. In addition, this spa can help with shedding, itchy skin, tough odors, and can improve anxiety and overall mood.
Materials Of A Walk-In Tub Shell
Acrylic Shell Walk-In Tubs
Ella’s Bubbles is a Chicago-based manufacturer of acrylic walk-in tubs and a nationally distributed manufacturer of private label accessible shower stalls and gel coat walk-in tubs. Our focus has always been on acrylic walk-in tub development, production, and distribution. Considering that acrylic is the better material option, It is important to understand the benefits of acrylic tubs over gel coat tubs.
Acrylic tubs are formed from a solid sheet of material providing you with a consistent and quality product every time. They have a brilliant non-porous finish that is impermeable to mold and mildew, long lasting, and easy to maintain.
Acrylic’s non-porous surface ensures that mold and mildew cannot seep into the material and build up over time causing several issues. Whereas get coat tubs are created using several layers of gel coat which causes a rougher porous surface that is susceptible to mold and mildew.
Gel Coat Shell Walk-In Tubs
These walk-in tubs consist of a gel coat layer that is 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. Gel coat is a porous material, however, it is very important to understand that the quality of the gel coat walk-in baths depends on craftsmanship, experience, and the quality of materials used.
Be cautious about cheaper gel coat walk-in bathtubs available on the market, as they may not have plenty of layers of gel coat sprayed on and polished to perfection in order to achieve the long lasting, easy to clean surface. Gel coat 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.
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.
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.
These walk-in bathtubs are also the best option if you’re looking for wheelchair access or a transfer walk-in bathtub. This is a great option considering that wheelchair accessible walk-in bathtub seats align with the height of the wheelchairs. Our Ella brand outward swinging door tubs 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 and out of 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 in walk-in bathtub. These sort of tubs are also are self-sealing. As the water pressure pushes on the door it further seals it to prevent any leaks.
Selecting the Placement for 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.
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.
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.
After you pick the size and the side of the door and the drain of your walk-in tub, you can proceed with package selection.
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
5) Combination of Hydro, Air and/or InfusionTM Micro Bubble Therapy
Selecting the Jetting and Fixtures
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 and 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 can be confusing to non professionals, so it is important to revise the jetting options/packages we offer for each tub.
Please note that we can add the whirlpool massage or therapeutic option to your tub even if there is not a lot of space below. This can be done on a case by case base 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 whirlpool and air combinations of massage or therapeutic options available in Ella walk-in baths: air + hydro = dual massage, air + microbubble, hydro + microbubble, and air + hydro + microbubble. Please view the diagrams of these packages below. For example, on some models the dual massage package also includes ozone, LED light, 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 atso we can help you to make the right decision.
Examples of Massage and Therapeutic Options Shown in Images Below
Ella 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/benefits 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.
Ella Gravity-Driven 2″ Dual Drain Technology for Fast and Reliable Drainage and Exit
With our Dual Drain Technology, Ella standard size walk-in tubs have an approximate drainage time of 80 seconds under ideal home plumbing conditions. Please make sure to check with your contractor as to what the best option would be depending on your in-home plumbing situation before an installation takes place. It is strongly advised that the house drains are tested prior to any installation to assure your drains are not clogged and to avoid drainage issues down the road.
Ella Dual Drain Technology ensures that your walk-in tub will drain quickly, providing you with a fast and reliable exit out of your walk-in tub. The drains also act as a safety feature incase one drain fails or becomes clogged. The drains can be connected using a PVC Tee or PCV Y connecter to the standard 1 ½” or 2” house drain.
We recommend using 2” PVC to connect the drains for a quicker drainage time. Gravity-driven drains are some of the most reliable on the market; requiring no electricity to operate. Whereas electrical driven drains may fail due to electrical shorts or power outages. This drain can be connected to 4×2 inch outlets vs. one 1 1/2″ standard bathtub drain.
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 page 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 tubs 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’’.
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 100.4°, but can be adjusted to your preferred temperature. At Ella’s Bubbles, 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 tub. One feature is the Heated Seat & Back Rest. Feel your muscle tension melt away as your heated seat warms you up to increase your relaxation. Chromatherapy, is the addition of an LED light that cycles through a spectrum of colors. Color adds a new dimension to your bath and can create a more calming atmosphere. Another optional feature you can include is Ozone Sterilization. Ozone Sterilization is a process that clears out all the water and air hoses/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.
Ella Walk-In Tub Faucet Options
Ella walk-in tubs can be equipped with upgraded fast fill faucets from Huntington Brass or Jandon. For a modern aesthetic, Huntington Brass would be the way to go. However, if retro is what you are looking for, Jandon is the perfect option. Both offer fast fill times and are sure to fill your walk-in tub in no time.
Huntington Brass faucets offer a contemporary look in a 5-piece or 2-piece option. When fill times matter our Huntington Brass faucets are sure to get the job done. The 5-piece modern faucet set comes in a chrome finish and includes a jewel arched solid brass spout, hot and cold valves, diverter, and a retractable handheld shower head (w/5ft flexible hose). Three-quarter inch supply lines (not included) provide up to an 18 gallon per minute flow rate from the spout but can vary based on in-home plumbing conditions.
The 2-piece Huntington Brass modern faucet set in a chrome finish offers the same 18 gallon per minute fill time while taking up less deck space on your walk-in tub. This option includes a spout with an attached faucet handle and diverter, as well as a retractable handheld shower head (w/5ft flexible hose). Both of these modern faucets are excellent options when it comes to fast-fill faucets.
If a retro faucet is more your style, then our 5-piece retro faucet in a chrome finish from Jandon is an excellent option. With a fill time of 16 gallons per minute, your walk-in tub is sure to fill quickly. This 5-piece faucet set includes the spout, hot and cold valves, diverter, and a retractable handheld shower head (w/5ft flexible hose).
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. The Ella standard 5 piece faucet set that comes with a deck mounted thermostatic control valve, is an anti-scald feature that keeps the water at a consistent temperature and prevents water from suddenly shifting to unsafe temperature levels.
The purpose of a Thermostatic Control Valve (TCV) is to regulate the temperature of water before it reaches your sink or bathtub faucet. A TCV ensures a constant water temperature by blending hot water with cold water to prevent scalding or thermal shock. There are circumstances where inlet temperature and pressure are inconsistent and pose potential danger to a bather. Responding to these variations in temperature and pressure is the only way to ensure maximum bather safety.
Heated Seat and Backrest
Available on all Ella walk-in tubs, NuWhirl’s CozyHeat systems help keep you comfortable and warm while your walk-in tub fills. CozyHeat activates in minutes, keeping users cozy and relaxed from the moment they enter the tub.
These surface heaters are safe and easy to operate controlled through a simple on/off button. With one of the fastest heating curves in the industry, CozyHeat dramatically enhances your bathing experience. Advanced radiant heaters provide soothing comfort directly to the surface of the tub or shower which allow for a heated seat and backrest.
With its warm touch, our heated seats deliver comfort, relaxation, and soothes your body’s aches and pains.
The heating cables are encased in a multi-layer mesh blanket, bonded together through a heat press process, providing excellent mechanical strength and a long lasting, durable design to ensure that you have an excellent bathing experience.
Infusion™ MicroBubble Therapy Massage
Ella’s Bubbles has another incredible feature that is available with out walk-in bathtubs. Infusion™ MicroBubble Therapy is available on the Ella Elite, Petite, and Royal models. The MicroBubble jet is different from air and hydro jets because it produces billions of tiny oxygen rich bubbles, much more than the air jet can produce.
This sort of therapy delivers incredible chemical-free hydrating and exfoliating benefits while you soak. Relax as billions of tiny bubbles saturated with oxygen burst around you, cleansing while lifting away impurities and dead skin without the use of additional soap, bath oil, or other products.
Exclusive Features – Why Ella Walk In Bathtubs
First, there are some features that only our brand, Ella Acrylic Walk-In Tubs, can offer. For example, these can 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. In addition, our tubs come in a Removable Stainless Steel Door with Tempered Glass with a sleek, modern design 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 it doesn’t 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. Furthermore, that 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 by Ella’s Bubbles. Also, competitors’ 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. Lastly, 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
Moving one, this brand new four-fold shower screen door just launched by Ella’s Bubbles, is the most convenient alternative to regular shower curtains. Why? Because 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. Further, thus door has a 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 helps with fast placement so you can enjoy your bath even more without having to constantly adjust your headrest.
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. Adding accessories are just another way to create a rejuvenating bath.
Ella 6-Piece Cultured Marble Walk-In Tub Wall Surrounds
Ella’s Bubbles offers 6-panel Cultured Marble wall surrounds designed specifically for walk-in tubs. They are available in a variety of colors, patterns, and finish options.
The 1/4″ thick cultured marble wall panels are durable and feel like stone to the touch, unlike acrylic wall liners or gelcoat showers. This unique 6 panel shower wall kit makes the installation process easier by offering multiple unique 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.
The back wall of the Ella 6-panel shower consists of two 36”x60”x90″ high panels. If the 2” trim is placed in the middle, it will add 2” width to extend to 62” wide and 90” high on the back wall. All panel edges are factory finished and joints are treated as regular tiles, finish with grout. The back-wall panels can be cut on their sides to fit into opening. The side walls are installed over the back wall panel covering the cut edges. The side walls consist of two 36” wide and 60” high panels installed on bottom and two 36” wide 60” high panels stacked on top of each side.
The 36” wide side panels are cut to size and can accommodate any shower base or bathtub from 30” to 36” width. If the 36” shower base or bathtub is selected, the edges of 36” side panels and base or tub must be covered with 2”x3/4” trims and Package 3 with 2” trims must be selected.
The 2” trim will nicely cover the edges of the 36” side panel, shower base or a bathtub. The edges of the 36” wide side panels are ¼” thick and factory finished, they can be installed with caulking and paint if a tub or shower base smaller than 36” is selected. In this case the 36” wide side panel will overlap the shower base or bathtub. Please see manuals and consult with professional contractor to assure the correct selection.
The 6-piece shower kit is shipped on a flat, well protected custom designed 64”x40” honeycomb pallet. The shipping costs are much lower than common large or oversized shower wall crates. They are easier and safer to carry into the bathroom by a single person without risking breaking the large panels and the need for 2 or more people to help.