In this article, we’ll do a side-by-side comparison of the various the pricing, advantages, disadvantages, similarities and differences of walk-in showers versus walk-in tubs.
While we do receive a lot of calls about walk-in tubs, we don’t install very many. Because of this trend, we wanted to delve into the differences between the two and explore why walk-in showers are typically the preferred choice among customers.
Similarities between walk-in showers and walk-in tubs include:
- Both are normally installed to serve as a replacement for an old tub.
- Both typically fit into the “wet area” of where the old tub previously sat.
- Both are beneficial for people who have issues with mobility.
- Both can have a bench for sitting.
- Both can have a sliding, adjustable shower wand.
Advantages of a walk-in shower:
- Can be custom made in various sizes and styles.
- Can be designed large enough so that a shower chair can be rolled in.
- Can be made with little or no step (curbless).
- Greater artistic options – you can design a very attractive bathroom with a broad variety of options and materials.
Disadvantage of a walk-in shower:
- If you only have one bathroom and install the walk-in shower in it, you will lose the option of having a tub in the home and this could affect the resale value of your home.
Pricing for walk-in showers:
- Acrylic Walk-In Shower: Between $6,000 and $7,000, includes all labor/materials
- Onyx Walk-In Shower: Between $7,000 and $8,500, includes all labor/materials
- Walk-In Shower with Custom-Tiled Walls: Between $10,000 and $11,600, includes all labor/materials
Advantages of walk-in tubs:
- Can be used for soaking, with therapeutic jets.
Disadvantages of walk-in tubs:
- You must wait to fill it up and drain it out. However, some models have a pump that makes the tub drain much quicker.
- You have to run an electrical wire for the tub pump.
- There is still a step that must be stepped over to get in and out of the tub which presents a fall risk.
- If you only have one bathroom and install the walk-in tub in it, you will lose the option of having a shower in the home and this could affect the resale value of your home.
- If your mobility declines after installing a walk-in tub, you may have to then replace the new walk-in tub with a shower, putting in a second installation and doubling your expense.
Pricing for walk-in tubs:
- A walk in tub, with all the bells and whistles, can cost up to $15,000.
- A basic walk-in tub unit can cost approximately $10,000, depending on your preferences and specifications.
- Walk-in tubs can be a more expensive option.
In closing, a great deal of companies have “jumped on the bandwagon” in regards to walk-in tubs because they are seen as necessary for seniors. The walk-in tub business can be a very sales driven industry, with infomercials playing all night and high pressure sales tactics being used. We strive to provide customers with valuable insights that assist them in making an informed decision.
Although we make note of the possibility of affecting the resale value of your home through a bathroom remodel, we believe that necessary home modifications, which aid in keeping you living safely at home, are far more important. Anything you do to improve your in-home bathroom safety should be viewed as a positive step towards remaining happy and healthy for many years. Honor yourself and your family by staying safe and investing in your own longevity.