Walk-in Tub Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ’s

I’m interested in acquiring a bathtub with you, what should I do? [/1]

Please view our products on our website. If you would like us to assist in product discovery, please let us know what your interests are

Can the order be finished online at ellasbubbles.com? [/2]

Please view our products on our website. If you are ready to begin the purchasing process or if you have any questions please:

Call locally at (312) 666-3552 or toll free at (800) 480-6850
Let me know here in chat

Where are Ella tubs manufactured? [/3]

Products for the American standard 110V electrical requirement are assembled, jetted, tested and completed in Chicago.

Do all bathtubs come with a warranty? [/4]

Yes, Ella’s Bubbles offers a limited lifetime warranty which includes free parts during the lifetime of the original customer, living at the address of installation. This warranty is non-transferable to other customers or locations. Shipping and labor costs are not covered. Delivery time may be affected by customer location and the availability of part(s).

To read more about the warranty, click here.

What happens if a part breaks on my Ella walk-in tub? [/5]

In case of any technical problems, please contact our technical support:

  1. Call locally at (312) 666-3552 or toll free at (800) 480-6850
  2. Click on Live Chat at ellasbubbles.com during business hours

Please be prepared to share a description of the issue and photographic evidence with your technician.

Do you have a touch up or repair kit for your walk-in tub acrylic shells? [/6]

No, but our technical support can assist with directions and options.

Are there special financing opportunities? [/7]

Ella’s Bubbles does not offer financing opportunities. However, some Ella dealers offer financing. If you would like to be connected to a dealer in your area, please call, e-mail, or message one of our agents. Also you can ask questions in our live chat during our business hours.

Additionally, the following providers may offer independent financing:

  • GreenSky
  • Aqua Finance
  • Syncrony
  • GE
  • Enerbank
  • Finwise Bank
  • Credit Union
  • Blispay
  • CrossCountry Mortgage
  • Foundation Finance
  • Hisagrant (Vets)
  • Sunlight Financial

For more information, check out the following blogs:

Is There Financing Available for Walk-in Bathtubs?

Will my health or home insurance cover a walk-in tub? [/8]

Unfortunately, we do not work with insurance companies. Please reach out to your insurance provider directly to ask questions regarding insurance coverage. For more information, check out the following blogs:

Getting the Best Price on a Walk-in Bathtub.

Will My Insurance Pay for a Walk-in Tub?

Will Medicaid Pay for a Walk-in Tub?

What will the VA cover for a walk-in tub? [/9]

For questions regarding what the VA will cover, please reach out to them directly. For more information, check out the following blogs:

What Veterans Benefits Can be Used on Walk-in Bathtubs?

Department of Veterans Affairs Grant Information- Home Modifications

What makes the Ella walk-in tub doors so special? [/10]

The most distinguishing features of Ella brand walk-in bathtubs are the sleek designs and unique mechanics of the doors.

Are all walk-in bathtubs the same? [/11]

No, Ella brand walk-in bathtubs have over 25 different model options. Our tubs range in door style, size, jetting options, and therapeutic options.

Will the walk-in bathtub fit in my home? [/12]

Ella walk-in bathtubs are delivered as one unit. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure you correctly measure the width of your doorways from the main entrance to the bathroom, and turning angles in which you would need to carry your walk-in bathtub into the bathroom.

Will the outswing door open when the door is unlocked and there is water inside the bathtub? [/13]

Yes, the outswing door will open when the door is unlocked- no matter if the tub is empty or filled with water.

A walk-in bathtub has a door–how exactly does water stay in the tub? [/14]

Since bathers enter the bathtub and close the door before filling or draining the bathtub with water, the door is responsible for keeping water in the bathtub. There is a rubber gasket installed into the door or the door frame which is squeezed at the time of closing and locking the door. The gasket seals the door and the door frame.

Are the walk-in bathtub seats comfortable? [/15]

Ella walk-in bathtubs come with a molded acrylic seat. These seats are both sturdy and comfortable. The comfort level will vary due to the length or width of the seat, so please check the drawings to compare and assess.

What is the weight capacity for the seat? [/16]

If the customer can comfortably fit in the tub, the bathtub can hold the bather’s weight.

Can you lie down in a walk-in tub? [/17]

Walk-in bathtubs are designed for seated bathing therefore, laying in a walk-in bathtub is dangerous and prohibited. However, Ella’s Bubbles offers two Lay Down bathtub models: Lay Down 30” x 60” and Lay Down 32” x 72.”

How many jets are in my walk-in bathtub? [/18]

Please visit individual product pages to view images, descriptions and drawings for each particular model and jetting packages or call, e-mail, or message one of our agents. Also you can ask questions in our live chat during our business hours.

Who can install Ella walk-in bathtubs? [/19]

By licensed, insured and experienced contractors.

What installation instructions come with the tub? [/20]

Every walk-in bathtub model installation manual, warranty or other pdf documents can be found on our website, ellasbubbles.com, under the “Downloads” tab of each product page. Additional resources, such as instructional videos can be found on our YouTube channel.

If you have any questions please:

  1. Call locally at (312) 666-3552 or toll free at (800) 480-6850
  2. Click on Live Chat at ellasbubbles.com during business hours

Our agents or customer support will reply.

If the walk-in tub is installed into a three-wall opening, would maintenance be affected? [/21]

By placing the walk-in bathtub snugly into a 3 wall opening, it would create limited access for maintenance since the both ends of the tub will be enclosed. However, the removable front apron has access panels for maintenance purposes. Most Ella walk-in tubs come with one reversible end panel included for left or right corner installation. If you need to cover both ends, please purchase an additional end panel.

What electrical house wiring is needed for my walk-in tub? [/22]

The house wiring for the tub will be determined by your professional electrician who will calculate total Amperage for each component. For example, if you only have one 5AMP hydro pump with a 7 AMP in-line water heater, it’s a total requirement of 12AMP. Since breakers are available in increments of 5 Amperage, it’s important to round up; therefore, for 12 AMP, a 15 AMP breaker is required. Walk-in bathtubs, the same as any other bathtubs with electrical parts, will require a dedicated GFCI protected electrical line. Consult with your local licensed electrician.

How do I seal between the tub and wall? [/23]

You can seal between the tub and the wall using 100% silicone or silicone based caulking. Please see manuals for additional information.

Where do the water supply lines must be installed before the walk-in tub is installed? [/24]

Ella 2-Piece or 5-Piece fast fill faucets include two (2) five-foot long water supply lines, which must be connected to the shut off valves near the tub. Most non-Ella brand faucets may not include supply lines so please check the contents of your purchase.

Click here to learn more about the Ella deck mount 2-Piece and 5-Piece faucets.

Does the tub come with an in-line water heater? [/25]

The Hydro Massage Pump is equipped with an in-line water heater. This in-line water heater is not designed to heat up the water, rather it only maintains the water’s temperature in the tub. As an alternative, the heated seat and backrest option can be purchased to keep the seat warm. It is suggested to upgrade to the largest available water heater to ensure enough hot water.

What size water heater is required? [/26]

It is suggested to upgrade to the largest available water heater to ensure enough hot water. Please consult with a professional contractor to determine if your water tank can provide enough hot water for a walk-in bathtub or contact Ella’s Bubbles agent or customer support.

What is the difference between air massage, hydro massage, and Microbubbles? [/27]

The air massage has an air pump which pushes the air through the air hoses and air jets, while the hydro massage has a water pump which pushes the water through the water pipes and hydro jets. Microbubble therapy is not a massage but a unique dermatological therapy. Rather, billions of microbubbles are injected through a single water jet by filling the tub with tiny microbubbles capable of penetrating and moisturizing and exfoliating your skin, as well as offering many benefits.

Why are the faucets so far from the seat? [/28]

Faucets are positioned farther from the seat and closest to a small front access panel to gain maintenance access if needed. However, you can request the faucet to be placed on the side wall since the faucet holes are drilled only after the orders are placed.

Does the bath come with a faucet or handshower? [/29]

If you order an Ella 2-piece or 5-piece deck mount faucet, it will include a faucet and a pull out hand mixed. Click here to learn more about the 2-Piece and 5-Piece faucets.

What’s the difference between a 2-Piece and 5-Piece fast-fill faucet? [/30]

The main difference between the 2 and 5-Piece faucet is, the 2-piece faucet saves deck space (as there are two pieces); however, the 5-piece faucet has a slightly faster fill time.

Click here to learn more about the 2-Piece and 5-Piece faucets.

Can the thermostatic control valve be adjusted, and if so, how? [/31]

Yes, the Thermostatic Control Valve can be adjusted by pressing the button and turning the knob towards the red dot to increase the warmth. Please visit the thermostatic control valve page for more information.

Is it possible to shower in a walk-in bathtub? [/32]

Yes, if the shower head or shower column is properly installed to avoid water leaks through the pull out hand shower. The pull out hand shower is not designed to be hung on the wall because the water may leak through the retraction hole. Please see helpful informations here:


Additionally, a Shower Column Kit also can be purchased. To learn more, click here.

Can one of the sections of the 4-fold shower screen be removed? [/33]

Yes, one (1) of the 4-fold sections can be removed to create a 3-fold shower screen. Click here for more information.

Is the extension panel custom sized for each tub to fit in a 60” alcove opening? [/34]

Yes, most Ella tubs that are shorter than 60” include one (1) custom size extension panel to fill a three-wall, 60” alcove. Some tubs, like Front Entry or Mobile, do not have extension panels.

Can I have additional grab bars installed onto my tub? [/35]

No, it will void the warranty. Any additional grab bars must be installed on the bathroom wall.

Are walk-in bathtubs hard to maintain? [/36]

Please click here for cleaning and maintenance instructions.

Do I need to flush the unit before and after use? [/37]

Please click here for cleaning and maintenance instructions.

What cleaning product(s) do you recommend using for an Ella walk-in bathtub? [/38]

Please click here for cleaning and maintenance instructions.

Can I use epsom salt in my walk-in bathtubs? [/39]

Yes, you can use epsom salt because it will dissolve in the water.

Can I use a bath bomb in my walk-in bathtubs? [/40]

We do not recommend using a bath bomb because it is sticky, may clog the jet system and might be difficult to clean.

How long has Ella’s been in business? [/41]

Ella’s Bubbles has been in business since 2005. To learn more about Ella’s Bubbles, click here.