How Much Does a Walk-In Bathtub Cost?

Mariel Loveland
Written by Mariel Loveland
Updated September 16, 2022
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Walk-in tubs cost about $4,000 but can go upwards of $12,000 depending on type and size

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Walk-in tubs make taking a bath and soothing sore muscles easier and safer for you or your loved ones. However, not all tubs are the same, and knowing which one to pick will come down to your budget and individual needs. You could save thousands by installing the tub yourself—or by simply being practical about the features you need. 

Even with the plethora of options out there, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about walk-in bathtub prices to make finding the right one easier.

Low CostAverage CostHigh Cost
$1,500$4,000$12,000

How Much Do Walk-In Tubs Cost by Type?

There are many types to choose from, and each walk-in bathtub has its own pros and cons. The one you install will dramatically impact the overall price of your project. In general, walk-in bathtubs cost anywhere from $1,500 for a basic model to $20,000 for something high-end. Here’s what you can expect to spend based on type. 

Type of Walk-In BathtubPrice Range
Standard Walk-In Tub$1,500 – $5,000
Tub-Shower Combination$2,500 – $6,000
Hydrotherapy Tub$3,000 – $10,000
Air Tub$3,000 – $10,000
Long Tub$3,000 – $10,000
Two-Seater Tub$3,500 – $10,000
Bariatric Tub$5,000 – 10,000
Wheelchair Accessible Tub$5,000 – $10,000

Standard Walk-In Tub

Standard walk-in tubs usually cost between $1,500 and $5,000. This no-frills option looks similar to a traditional bathtub but has a door for easy entry and exit. Since standard-size walk-in tubs fit easily in most standard-sized bathrooms, you’ll also save a little bit on installation costs.

Tub-Shower Combination

Most walk-in tub-shower combinations cost between $2,500 and $6,000. These units are similar to a standard walk-in tub but allow you to sit or stand while showering. You may spend a little extra on plumbing costs because of the shower.

Two-Seater Tub

Two-seater walk-in tubs typically cost $3,500 to $10,000. These tubs are larger than standard tubs because they’re designed to accommodate two people. Since they’re so big, you’ll also spend more on installation and water costs. The bigger the tub, the higher the water bill.

Hydrotherapy Tub

Hydrotherapy walk-in tubs typically cost between $3,000 and $10,000.These tubs come with water jets that you can use for therapeutic massages. Keep in mind that they require a little more maintenance because the jets can clog.

Bariatric 

Bariatric walk-in tubs typically cost between $5,000 to $10,000. These tubs are specifically designed to accommodate bariatric patients and may or may not be wheelchair accessible.

Air Tub

Like hydrotherapy tubs, air walk-in tubs typically cost between $3,000 and $10,000.These units use air jets instead of water jets, which have lower pressure and can help improve blood flow.

Long Tub

Long walk-in tubs usually cost between $3,000 and $10,000. They’re exactly what they sound like—tubs that are longer than standard-sized tubs. They have enough space for an adult to stretch out their legs. These may cost a bit more to install because you might need additional renovations to fit them in your bathroom.

Wheelchair Accessible 

Wheelchair accessible tubs typically cost between $5,000 and $10,000. These units have additional features like wider, L-shaped doors that make it easier for bathers who use wheelchairs to enter the tub.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Walk-In Bathtub?

Installation costs for a walk-in bathtub usually range from $700 to $3,000.This price factors in labor and materials, but excludes the cost of your tub. The more complicated the job, the higher the price. Depending on your setup and needs, you may need additional work for your installation. Each of the following jobs add additional costs. 

Old Tub Removal

A contractor will generally charge $200 to $1,200 to remove and dispose of your old bathtub. Standard alcove and freestanding tubs are the least expensive to remove. 

Plumbing and Water Hardware

You can expect to spend $350 to $1,800 on plumbing costs for tubs that have jet features or aren’t a standard size. Your plumber might have to install larger pipes for faster drainage. The cost to install pipes is $600 to $1,600 per fixture.

Tiling and Wall Remodeling

If you want to install ceramic or porcelain tile, this will typically bump the total installation cost to $900 and $2,600.The average cost to retile a bathroom is $2,000, butkeep in mind that not all bathtubs require tiling. If you want to make significant renovations, you could spend anywhere from $300 to $3,000 on tasks like fixing drywall, building or removing a wall, and painting or installing wallpaper.

Floor Reinforcement

You may need to reinforce your flooring if you install a larger tub that holds a lot of water or a tub made from a heavy material like granite or cast iron. This generally costs $300 to $800.

Electrical Work

If you need any adjustments to the electrical in your bathroom, which is common if you’re installing a tub with electrical features, expect an electrician to charge $50 to $100 per hour.

Walk-In Bathtub Cost Breakdown

Though your specific tub will dramatically impact the overall cost of installation, there are a few other cost factors to consider. Space is a big deal, and so are the upgrades you choose. Keep in mind that the further you deviate from a standard model with basic features, the more your installation is going to cost—both in added labor and for the unit itself.

Size of Tub

A standard walk-in tub is designed for one person to sit or stand comfortably. You can find both affordable and high-end models for this style. Long units, bariatric tubs, and two-seaters could drive the price of your walk-in tub up by $1,000 or more.

Walk-In Tub Brand

Brand names could impact how much (or how little) you pay for your walk-in tub. Most popular brands offer units that cost less than $4,000, but you’ll pay more for an upgraded model. Keep in mind that each brand offers tubs with different features and safety specifications. Not every model will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

BrandPrice Range
Universal$2,000 – $7,000
Safe Step$2,500 – $10,000
Ella$2,500 – $10,000
American Standard$3,000 – $11,000
Kohler$4,000 – $12,000

Tub Material

Walk-in tubs are usually made from Gelcoat, porcelain, or acrylic. Gelcoat tubs, which have a fiberglass structure finished with a top layer of Gelcoat, are the least expensive and least durable. Porcelain is prone to chips, but it’s in the middle of the price range. Acrylic is best for easy maintenance but is also the most expensive. 

The Size of Your Bathroom

The basic cost to replace a bathtub is as low as $700 to $1,200. Keep in mind, that’s just a minimum range. If your new walk-in tub doesn’t fit into a standard-sized space, costs will increase. You could spend anywhere from $6,150 to $15,250 remodeling your bathroom—which includes things like adding electrical hookups and changing the plumbing. Tiling alone could cost $900 to $2,600.

Shower to Tub Conversion

Showers take up less floor space than a bathtub, which means you may have to do some pretty serious renovations. According to HomeAdvisor, a shower to tub conversion costs $4,000 to $6,000, but it could cost more depending on the type of tub and existing space.

ADA Compliance

Tubs that are ADA-compliant tend to cost more than standard walk-in tubs. You can expect to spend an average of $9,000 for the cost to make a bathroom accessible

Additional Features

The more features you need in a walk-in tub, the higher the price. For example, massaging jets, dual swinging doors, and combination walk-in tubs cost more. For a tub with special features, expect to spend $1,000 to $5,000 or more on installation alone. Installation costs are particularly high for tubs with mechanical features like whirlpool jets, which you cannot retrofit.

Walk-In Tub Costs: DIY vs. Hiring a Pro

It’s technically possible to install a walk-in tub on your own, but you really shouldn’t attempt this job without hiring a plumber. A DIY installation will save you around $700 to $3,000 on labor costs, but water damage can easily wipe out those savings. On average, repairing water damage costs more than $3,000. It’s best to play it safe and hire a qualified bathtub installer near you.

Frequently Asked Questions 

A walk-in tub can increase your home value if you live in a community of older adults who appreciate accessible features. It depends on the buyer. One bathroom feature that tends to have more resale value is a walk-in shower. 

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