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Walk-In Baths

Before you buy a walk-in bath consider the following points;

Walk-in baths tend to be very expensive, so we advise you consider other options which are likely to be cheaper. Sometimes you can keep your own bath and use equipment to help you get in and out. Simple equipment like bath boards and bath seats cost very little and may even be available on loan from community Services. Powered bathlifts cost more but are still only a fraction of the cost of a walk-in bath, and they too may be available on loan following assessment. For further information on powered bathlifts see our before you buy a bath lift section.

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Walk-in baths often have a high step - make sure you can manage this.

Walk in baths often have quite a high step into the bath - make sure you can manage this and also are able to sit down and get up from the seat easily.

Check that you are able to operate the door closing mechanism and that the seals around the door are very reliable - you don't want water leaking out on to the floor.

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Ask about the after-sales service maintenance, servicing and repairs. .

Be aware that you need to get into the bath before the water is run and you need to sit in the bath while the water drains out before you can open the door. Check your water pressure and ask how long the bath will take to fill and to drain - it may seem a long time when you are sitting in the bath waiting.

Because the water cannot be added until you are seated in the bath, the water temperature is carefully controlled by thermostats to prevent the possibility of accidental scalding. It may not be possible, therefore, to have the water as hot as you would normally choose - generally the water will be warm and not hot.

Some walk-in baths will lower the seat so that you can sit as you would in a normal bath, but it is more common for the user to sit on a built-in seat in much the same position as sitting on a chair - this will make it hard for you to soak the upper parts of your body in the water.

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Check how much water the bath takes in order to fill it to a reasonable depth.

Check how much water the bath takes in order to fill it to a reasonable depth. Make sure your tank can hold sufficient water for this.

Ask about after-sales service and the cost of maintenance, servicing, repairs, etc. Make sure that you are able to get this service if you need it.

If you are considering buying a walk-in bath with an integral shower, consider whether it might not be better to put in a low step entry or level access shower with seat in addition to, or in place of, your existing bath. It is usually cheaper to do this and if you select the shower and accessories carefully you will still be able to use this when you are no longer able to manage a walk-in bath. For more information on showers see our before you buy a shower section.  

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Prices can start from around £3000.

Make sure that you get a number of price quotes and ensure that the company includes the installation costs in their quote as this can make a big difference.