How To Choose A Walk-In Bathtub

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all walk-in tub and that’s why we created 25+ walk-in tub models, with an average of 4 jetting package options and 2 door directions to choose from.
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There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all walk-in tub and that’s why we created 25+ walk-in tub models, with an average of 4 jetting package options and 2 door directions to choose from.

1: Bather’s Measurements

Walk-in bathtubs with a seat and door are designed for comfortable sit-in bathing. To make a correct walk-in bathtub size selection, you must measure the bather’s hip, shoulder width, and the bather’s extended legs in a sitting position. Please view the images and directions below.

First, take a measurement of your hips. In a relaxed seated position, pull the measuring tape across your pelvic area from one side of your hips to the other. Keep the tape measure straight, making sure it’s not bent around your hips. That will determine hip width. Write that measurement down.

Next, take the tape measure and stretch it across your chest from the outside of your left shoulder to the outside of your right shoulder. Again, don’t bend the tape measure around your chest, keep it straight. That will determine shoulder width. Write that measurement down.

How to choose the correct walk-in bathtub with door and seat

To determine the best length, place the chair facing a wall and gently place your feet against the wall while resting your heels comfortably on the floor. Your toes should touch the wall and your heels should rest comfortably. Now measure from the back of the chair straight to the wall, keeping the measuring tape straight. That will determine length. Write that measurement down.

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WALK-IN BATHTUB SIZE

Every tub on Ella’s website has a product page where you can download specifications.

Click on “downloads” to see every technical measurement associated with the tub you are interested in. Use the personal measurements you wrote down to see which tub will fit you most comfortably. You’ll want to choose the tub that has the best size and soaking depth for your body type. Feel free to contact our representatives, should you have any questions.

First, take a measurement of your hips. In a relaxed seated position, pull the measuring tape across your pelvic area from one side of your hips to the other. Keep the tape measure straight, making sure it’s not bent around your hips. That will determine hip width. Write that measurement down.

Next, take the tape measure and stretch it across your chest from the outside of your left shoulder to the outside of your right shoulder. Again, don’t bend the tape measure around your chest, keep it straight. That will determine shoulder width. Write that measurement down.

To determine the best length, place the chair facing a wall and gently place your feet against the wall while resting your heels comfortably on the floor. Your toes should touch the wall and your heels should rest comfortably. Now measure from the back of the chair straight to the wall, keeping the measuring tape straight. That will determine length. Write that measurement down.

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WALK-IN BATHTUB SIZE

Every tub on Ella’s website has a product page where you can download specifications.

Click on “downloads” to see every technical measurement associated with the tub you are interested in. Use the personal measurements you wrote down to see which tub will fit you most comfortably. You’ll want to choose the tub that has the best size and soaking depth for your body type. Feel free to contact our representatives, should you have any questions.

Soaking Depth is determined by three important factors.

Soaking Depth Factor of Walk In Tub - Overall Length

The overall length of the tub

Soaking Depth Factor of Walk In Tub - Seat to Length

The length of the seat

Soaking Depth Factor of Walk In Tub - Overall Length

The height from the top of the seat to the center of the overflow vent

Soaking Depth Factor of Walk In Tub - Overall Length

The overall length of the tub

Soaking Depth Factor of Walk In Tub - Seat to Length

The length of the seat

Soaking Depth Factor of Walk In Tub - Overall Length

The height from the top of the seat to the center of the overflow vent

For example, here are the dimensions of The Elite:

Soaking Depth Factor of Walk In Tub - Elite

2: Door Style and Accessibility

*Always Consider the bather’s physical dimensions or impairments and bathroom layout when choosing a door type.

Our Inward swing U Shaped Door is best if your narrowest hip dimension is less than 16 ½ inches. Consider the door closing radius as the door needs to clear your knees as it pivots on the door hinge after you step in and sit down.
Inward swing doors are also ideal if objects or fixtures in the bathroom will prevent outward swing door movement. An inward swing door may be best for smaller bathrooms.

Outward swing doors are best if your narrowest hip dimension is less than 20 inches.
Outward swing doors are ideal if you have the space in your bathroom to accommodate the full arc of door opening and closing. Again, always keep in mind the location of cabinets, toilets or other fixtures in your bathroom.

L-shape outswing door tubs are ideal for bathers with oversized body types and bathers that require the use of a wheelchair or walker. The L-shape outswing door allows bathers to effortlessly slide into the seat through the wide 36” L-shape door opening. The L-Shaped door also can fit over a 21” toilet.

 

All of our walk-in tubs, regardless of door style, have an extra low threshold for easy entry and exit. Ella Walk-in tubs are easy-in and easy-out.If you’re not constrained by bathroom size, bathroom fixtures, or physical impairments, you can choose the door that fits your needs or simply looks the best to you.

U-shape Doors

  • Inward Swing: Made from a custom brushed stainless steel and a frosted tempered glass window to give a sleek, contemporary look.
  • Outward Swing: Made with industrial grade durable plastic composite material with a decorative tempered glass front screen to conceal the mechanical door lock system.

L-shape Doors

  • The aluminum door’s distinct L-shape design allows the door to clear a 21” tall toilet and create a wide entry for an easy transition from wheelchair into a smooth acrylic seat. The sleek rubber handle mounted on the inside panel of the door also aids in closing the door.

Door Handles

  • Bathers who have limited ability in their arms, or suffer from reduced upper body strength, will find the U-shape outward swing door easier to operate. The handle allows bathers to simply lift the lever on the outside of the door when opening and closing the door.
  • U-shaped inward swinging door handles are more convenient as they are located next to the hips for easier access. The extended handle allows bathers to effortlessly lift the lever, bypassing bathers legs when opening and closing the door.

3: Drain Positioning

When choosing a walk-in tub drain position, consider the following:

Floor drain position will be up to you as most of our walk-in tubs come standard with a left or right 4-port dual drain system that can be directed to drain water towards the front or rear of the tub.

Ella walk-in tubs come with either a left hand drain, or a right hand drain on all models except Front Entry, and our Two Seat Tubs models. All models are equipped with a Dual 2” Drain except the Mobile and the Front Entry walk-in tub models which come with a single 2” Drain with an emergency pull chain.

If you choose a tub with the door on the right side, the drain will be on the right side and connect to the house drain on the left. If you choose a tub with a door on the left side, the drain will be on the left side and connect to the house drain on the right. However, our flexible design system will accommodate whatever is most convenient for you and your home. We do also recommend a two inch house drain for maximum efficiency.

It basically comes down to an aesthetic choice. It’s up to you where you think it’s best to have the doors and the drains. Think about factors such as if you’d like to face a window or perhaps you have a TV you’d like to view while bathing. Keep all of this in mind as you make your selection. Your comfort and relaxation is an important consideration.

4: Therapeutic Options

Ella’s Bubbles offers a wide variety of therapeutic jetting packages. The configuration of a particular package depends largely on the size and type of tub you order. Basically the larger the tub is, the more components it can house within its stainless steel frame. A smaller tub will naturally have fewer components due to size constraints. The maximum number of therapeutic options that can fit into a tub is 4. Please visit our detailed product pages to see the combination options available for the tub you’d like to purchase.

Larger tubs like TransferXXXL, Transfer60, ShaK, Ultimate and Elite and the 2 seat models can fit all of the below therapy options:

  • Hydro + air + hydro/independent foot massage
  • Hydro + air + microbubble + hydro/independent foot massage

3 of the most popular therapy combinations are:

  • Hydro + Air
  • Hydro + Hydro/ Independent Foot Massage.
  • Hydro + Microbubble Therapy

Below is a description of the benefits of air, hydro, and microbubble therapy. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Seek the medical advice of a doctor before purchasing a microbubbles system to relieve any skin conditions.

Soaking only option (no pumps, no jets)
For anyone looking for a more economic and simple walk-in bathing experience to soak away the stress, this soaking option is an excellent choice. Taking a warm bath may calm nerves, clear sinuses, and reduce inflammation in muscles and joints.

XXXL Soaking walk-in tub

Air Massage Therapy
Bathers who are bariatric or have mobility challenges may enjoy the air massage feature with bidet jets to help keep the bather clean in hard-to-reach places. Air massage is easily activated with the touch of a button and has three speeds, low, medium and high. Our air massage system also comes with auto purge. Auto purge clears the moisture from your tub’s air system after bathing to prevent mold and mildew. 20 minutes after your bath, auto purge turns on and runs for two minutes, clearing the air lines so there’s no standing water in the system.

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Infusion™ Microbubble Therapy
Bathers who have skin conditions may benefit from a microbubble jetting feature. The microbubble system generates literally billions of microbubbles that are less than 50 microns in size. The water in your tub will turn from clear to completely cloudy as these tiny bubbles fill the water in the tub. Microbubbles penetrate the initial layer of the bather’s skin thereby creating an exfoliating, hydrating and invigorating bathing experience. Some of our customers have told us that the microbubble therapy has helped them with their psoriasis and eczema, as well as leaving their skin feeling healthier and cleaner.

Ella's Bubbles Infusion Microbubble Therapy Lifestyle Close Up

Hydrotherapy Massage
Bathers who have circulatory challenges like diabetes, hypertension, or amputation may benefit from a hydrotherapy jetted walk-in tub. An intensity control dial allows the bather to control the intensity of the hydrotherapy jets to suit their personal comfort level. Turning the control dial up introduces more air into the jet stream and turning it down reduces the amount of air. An inline water heater keeps the temperature of the bath consistent and comfortable, allowing you to bathe as long as you like. And eco-friendly ozone sterilization automatically engages when the hydro massage is activated to help keep your tub clean and fresh.

Hydrotherapy + Independent Foot Massage
This is one of Ella’s most popular features and only we offer it! Now you can enjoy a luxurious hydro foot massage without having to fill the entire tub. Just fill the foot well in your tub and turn on the foot and calf jets to experience a soothing, relaxing hydro foot massage. This also comes with its own separate pump and intensity control dial so you can adjust the level of hydro massage. In just minutes, you can enjoy an independent hydro foot and calf massage with 4 strategically placed jets.

Soaking only option (no pumps, no jets)
For anyone looking for a more economic and simple walk-in bathing experience to soak away the stress, this soaking option is an excellent choice. Taking a warm bath may calm nerves, clear sinuses, and reduce inflammation in muscles and joints.

XXXL Soaking walk-in tub

Air Massage Therapy
Bathers who are bariatric or have mobility challenges may enjoy the air massage feature with bidet jets to help keep the bather clean in hard-to-reach places. Air massage is easily activated with the touch of a button and has three speeds, low, medium and high. Our air massage system also comes with auto purge. Auto purge clears the moisture from your tub’s air system after bathing to prevent mold and mildew. 20 minutes after your bath, auto purge turns on and runs for two minutes, clearing the air lines so there’s no standing water in the system.

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Infusion™ Microbubble Therapy
Bathers who have skin conditions may benefit from a microbubble jetting feature. The microbubble system generates literally billions of microbubbles that are less than 50 microns in size. The water in your tub will turn from clear to completely cloudy as these tiny bubbles fill the water in the tub. Microbubbles penetrate the initial layer of the bather’s skin thereby creating an exfoliating, hydrating and invigorating bathing experience. Some of our customers have told us that the microbubble therapy has helped them with their psoriasis and eczema, as well as leaving their skin feeling healthier and cleaner.

Ella's Bubbles Infusion Microbubble Therapy Lifestyle Close Up

Hydrotherapy Massage
Bathers who have circulatory challenges like diabetes, hypertension, or amputation may benefit from a hydrotherapy jetted walk-in tub. An intensity control dial allows the bather to control the intensity of the hydrotherapy jets to suit their personal comfort level. Turning the control dial up introduces more air into the jet stream and turning it down reduces the amount of air. An inline water heater keeps the temperature of the bath consistent and comfortable, allowing you to bathe as long as you like. And eco-friendly ozone sterilization automatically engages when the hydro massage is activated to help keep your tub clean and fresh.

Hydrotherapy + Independent Foot Massage
This is one of Ella’s most popular features and only we offer it! Now you can enjoy a luxurious hydro foot massage without having to fill the entire tub. Just fill the foot well in your tub and turn on the foot and calf jets to experience a soothing, relaxing hydro foot massage. This also comes with its own separate pump and intensity control dial so you can adjust the level of hydro massage. In just minutes, you can enjoy an independent hydro foot and calf massage with 4 strategically placed jets.

Self Cleaning and Maintenance Features That Come With Your Tub

All Ella brand Walk-in Bathtubs with air or hydro massage packages are equipped with self-cleansing features to help maintain a clean, long lasting walk-in tub.

Hydro massage systems are equipped with Ozone Sterilization. Ozone is a proven water disinfectant. It can eliminate a wide variety of inorganic, organic, microbiological bacteria, and odor. It is the most eco-friendly, chemical-free, and green technology for disinfectants.

Ella air massage systems are equipped with Auto-purge. Auto-Purge automatically activates shortly after completing your bath in order to blow out any excess water and bacteria from the air system. When you shut off the air massage pumps, excess moisture can collect in the air jet tubes. The Auto Purge System prevents your walk-in bathtub from getting moldy or clogged by automatically turning on the air pump and blowing air through the tube system effectively drying out the air jet system.

Therapeutic Benefits

Bathers may benefit from air and hydrotherapy jetted walk-in tubs if they suffer from these health concerns:

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis or Osteoarthritis arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Adema
  • Knee replacements
  • Amputees
  • Users of canes, walkers, wheelchairs
  • Discectomy or Laminectomy
  • Lupus
  • Parkinsons
  • Hip pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Strokes
  • Injury from falling
  • Hypertension
  • Slow circulation

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Always consult your doctor before buying/using a walk-in tub.

5. Home Dimensions, Electrical and Plumbing Requirements

Assess the layout of your bathroom or other location where the walk-in tub will be installed.

Before purchasing a walk-in tub, measure the door and hallway widths from the front door all the way to the bathroom, including turning angles leading to and into the bathroom. These dimensions will help you choose the right tub length and width that meets your space constraints. We want to make sure you don’t order a walk-in tub that will not fit into your home. Installing a tub that is larger than the door width is possible, but it will probably require door frame removal or possible door opening modification. Measure carefully!

Also, keep in mind any fixtures in your bathroom where the tub will be located, such as cabinets, drawers, toilets or sinks may prohibit the opening and/or operation of an outswing door. Read all specifications carefully, and as always, feel free to call our customer service should you have any questions.

Proper Hot Water Heater And Supply Requirements

Ella Recommends the maximum hot water supply that’s available for your home. Anything less than a 75 gallon hot water heater is not recommended. If your hot water heater is too small, your tub will not be supplied with enough hot water. We also recommend ¾ inch supply lines with shut off valves that are close to the tub and easily accessible. Keep in mind that when you order our two or five piece fast fill faucet sets, five foot supply lines will be included with your tub!

Proper Electrical Requirements

What electrical house wiring is needed for my walk-in tub?

The house wiring for the bathtub will be determined by your professional electrician working within State and Local electrical codes. They will calculate total amperage for each electrical pump or component. For example, if you only have one 5AMP hydro pump with a 7 AMP in-line water heater, it’s a total of 12 AMP. Since breakers are available in increments of 5 Amperage, the breaker size must be rounded up. Therefore for a 12 AMP load, a 15 AMP GFCI protected breaker is required. Walk-in bathtubs, the same as any other bathtubs with electrical parts, will require a dedicated GFCI protected electrical line. Always consult with your local licensed electrician.

 

Who can install Ella walk-in bathtubs?

We recommend using only licensed and experienced contractors who are familiar with and work within the local building construction requirements. Experienced electricians and plumbers will be able to install the bathtub by following our installation manuals and directions by Ella’s technical support team. Live video chat with our technical support is available upon request. Our technical support agent can show you your bathtub live and lead you in the right direction.

6. Selecting the Right Tub for You

Congratulations! After reading about all the important facts and figures that make Ella walk-in tubs the best in the world, you are now ready to select the best Ella’s walk-in tub for you and your family.

If you’d like, you can set up a live video chat with one of our knowledgeable sales staff and they can personally walk you through every aspect of your new Ella’s walk-in tub in real time! If you have a specific question about one of our unique features, they can video chat with you and answer any question you may have. It’s like having a personal designer for your walk-in tub. This is a feature that none of our competitor’s can offer. Please give us a call at 800-480-6850 or visit our website at www.ellasbubbles.com to begin the purchase process.

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