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How do I Choose the Best Step in Bathtub?

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  • Written By: Norma Jean Howland
  • Edited By: Susan Barwick
  • Last Modified Date: 21 February 2019
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When you are choosing a step in bathtub, make sure that it has a slip resistant floor with grab handles to assist you if needed. Usually, these tubs come with a water tight door, and you should make sure that you are able to operate the door with ease. Some tubs offer ramp entry so that you do not have to step over a sill to get in, which may be an option you want to consider. If you have joint pain, there are tubs that offer water jets to soothe aching muscles.

Deciding to install a step in bathtub may make your life easier and safer too. The floor of the tub should be slip resistant, to help prevent a falls. Grab handles should be available to help you sit down and get up safely. These rails are often installed on the side walls, and the rim of the tub offers extra support when getting in or out of the bathtub.

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Since this kind of tub allows entry through a doorway, you may have to step over a sill that is about 6 inches (15.2 cm) high. If this is too high, there are tubs that offer a ramp system, so that you do not have to raise your legs to enter the tub. It is important to feel comfortable and safe while entering the tub, so make sure that you are able to step in and out unassisted. If you do need assistance, some tubs offer oversized doorways, making room for extra help.

You will want to make sure that your new step in bathtub offers some sort of water tight seal and that you are able to close the door easily. Try out the handle to make sure that it is not too difficult to open and close. Some tubs offer the option of either right- or left-hinged doors, so you can decide which side you prefer. Usually the doors are sealed with a heavy duty gasket-type seal or a magnetic compression latch system to prevent leakage.

If it is within your budget, there are some extras you may want to think about. For a spa like experience, you can purchase a step in bathtub that offers a jacuzzi-style soak, with jets that focus on legs, back, and neck. Some of these tubs have raised seats, similar to those in a hot tub, that are usually slip resistant.

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