How Much Does it Cost to Replace and Install a Bathtub?

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$4,119 - $10,722

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Updated March 18, 2022

Reviewed by Jeff Botelho, Licensed Journeyman Plumber.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Bathtub Installation or Replacement Cost

The average cost to install a bathtub is $7,157, but can range from $4,119 and $10,722, depending on the type of tub and modifications needed. The average cost of the tub itself ranges from $200 to $8,500 or more.

Adding a new tub or replacing an existing one can help you create a spa-like experience for your entire bathroom. However, this project can also be time-consuming and labor-intensive. Unless you’re a skilled carpenter and plumber, it’s probably in your best interest to hire a professional to do the job. Here’s what costs to expect when planning a bathtub installation or replacement project.

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National Average $7,157
Typical Range $4,119 - $10,722
Low End - High End $85 - $28,000

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 39,385 HomeAdvisor members.

Cost to Install a Bathtub

The cost to install a new bathtub ranges from $100 to $2,000. The most basic service includes setting and fastening. If you need to put in a waterproof layer on the wall or a new plumbing line, you’ll pay more.

TaskAverage Cost Range
Remove Tub$50 – $100
Dispose of Old Materials$100 – $4200
Fix and Prepare Surface$300 – $800
Bathtub$200 – $14,000
Surround$500 – $2,000
New Faucets$50 – $900
Install Plumbing$400 – $1,900
Total$750 – $20,000

Although the biggest price variable is the bathtub itself, it’s important to consider other factors like the condition of the existing plumbing or the installation surface. If you’re hoping to save the existing surround, be sure to find out if it’s even possible.

Installation Labor Costs

The cost to install a new tub runs from $100 to $2,000. Installation labor costs include prep work and installation. Basic surface preparation entails leveling the new tub's surface and adding in any necessary supports. Next, the new tub is installed and secured.

Depending on your contractor, cleanup may be included with your project fee, or it may be separate.

Average Cost to Replace a Bathtub and Surround

The average cost to replace a bathtub and surround is $1,500 to $11,000. Installation tends to run the least if you choose a combo with built-in shower and surround.

Cost to Tile a Tub Surround

The cost to tile a tub surround ranges from $750 to $1,500. This depends mostly on the material, which runs $0.50 to $15 per square foot. You’ll pay more for natural stone and less for ceramic.

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Additional Cost Factors

Bathtub installation may require additional services, such as:

For example, if you double the size of your tub, you may need a bigger water heater or a new electrical panel to handle the jets.

Bath Liner

Bath liners fit over existing bathtub installations. Bathtub liner prices vary based on what type of material you choose (vinyl or acrylic), your bathtub’s size, and any design features (bathtub front), faucets and hardware, doors, and accessories. The average cost for a bathtub liner installation ranges from $2,100 to $7,700

Floor Reinforcements 

Floor reinforcements for bathtubs include floor joists and framing to help distribute and support the weight of a standard bathtub. A regular bathtub should be able to hold 40 to 60 gallons of water plus the weight of an adult. During installation, a bathtub pro will take into account the material and dimensions of your tub and ensure that it has adequate support underneath to hold the new bathtub. Preparing the surface may account for an additional $300 to $800 in project cost.

Shower-to-Tub Conversion Cost

The cost to convert a shower to a bathtub ranges from $1,900 to $10,400. The biggest factor is the price of the materials.

This range assumes that you don’t need to adjust the size of the space to make room for the tub. If you’re expanding your bathroom, you can expect to pay at least $10,000 to $15,000 more.

Remove Shower$50 – $100
Haul Away Debris$100 – $200
Cleanup/ Repair$300 – $800
Bathtub$500 – $5,500
Tub Surround$500 – $1,000
New Faucets$50 – $900
Install Plumbing$400 – $1,900
Total$1,900 – $10,400

Bathtub Sizes, Styles, Prices, and Installation Costs

Most bathtub prices range from $600 to $14,000. The total depends mostly on the features and the size.

StylePrice
Jet/Whirlpool$1,000 – $14,000
Clawfoot$600 – $10,000
Soaking$600 – $13,000
Freestanding$750 – $12,000
Walk-In$2,000 – $8,000

Jet & Whirlpool Tub Costs

The total cost to install a jetted whirlpool bathtub ranges between $1,500 and $17,000 with an average price of $6,500. This price includes the cost of the tub itself as well as installation charges and materials.

Jetted bathtubs, also called whirlpool tubs, come in many shapes and sizes. Most people pay between $1,000 and $14,000 with an average price of $5,000 for the actual tubs, depending on the type, size, and brand.

Labor typically costs $450 to $2,000, not including extra work like hanging new walls or pouring a concrete slab. The project takes an average of 18 hours to complete, with a total range of 6 to 25 hours.

Average Jet Tub Installation Costs
Tub$1,000 – $14,000
Labor$450 – $2,000
Glue$20 – $60
Sealant$20 – $80
Joists*$30 – $40 each
Concrete Slab*$4 – $6 per square foot
Total$1,500 – $17,000

*Joists and a concrete slab are not required for all installations.

Installation requirements of a standard jetted bathtub include materials like:

  • Joists to strengthen the floor

  • Glue and sealant

  • Concrete to create an even surface

  • Wires and parts to connect to the home's electrical system

Not all installations need joists and a concrete slab, but almost all require glue, sealant, and hookups to electrical systems. A full bathroom remodel may be required to handle the extra weight of the tub. The area surrounding the tub will also need to become fully sealed to prevent leaks.

When seeking to install a jetted indoor or outdoor tub, it’s best to start with hiring a plumber. In most cases, you’ll need to hire a plumber and a bathroom remodeler. A standard contractor is unlikely to have experience in all of these areas.

Cost to Install Jetted Bathtub vs. Whirlpool Hot Tub

The average cost to install a jetted bathtub falls between $1,500 and $17,000 while whirlpool hot tub installation costs between $1,250 and $10,700. The primary difference is in the cost of the tubs themselves, though hot tubs take less to install.

MaterialJetted BathtubOutdoor Hot Tub
Tub$1,000 – $14,000$1,000 – $10,000
Labor$450 – $2,000$175 – $500
Glue$20 – $60$20 – $60
Sealant$20 – $80$20 – $80
Total$1,500 – $17,000$1,250 – $10,700

*This chart doesn't include the cost of joists, a concrete slab, or any remodeling costs that may be necessary when installing either type of tub.

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Clawfoot Tub Cost

Clawfoot tubs cost $600 to $10,000, averaging about $2,000. The most expensive options feature high-end materials like copper or natural stone.

Clawfoot tubs range from a classic 19th-Century style to a modern look with clean lines. This makes them a great choice for almost any theme, from vintage to minimalist.

Soaking Tub Cost

The price of a soaking tub averages $1,000, with a range of $600 to $13,000. The cost depends mostly on the size since this type frequently comes large enough for two.

Soaking tubs can be drop-in or freestanding. Since they’re built for sinking in deep, the basin is usually at least 14 inches tall.

Cost of Freestanding Tub

The cost of a freestanding tub is $750 to $12,000, averaging around $2,500. This style allows for free movement on all sides. It usually requires a larger bathroom.

Garden tub prices range from $900 to $5,000. This type is freestanding and tends to be larger than average.

Walk-In Tubs

Walk-in tubs range from $2,000 to $8,000, about $5,000 on average. The price point depends mostly on the features, like jets.

Walk-in styles mainly accommodate people who have a hard time getting into a regular bathtub. They’ve got all the features you expect from a high-end option, like whirlpool jets or built-in alcoves for soap.

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New Tub Costs by Material

A new tub costs $200 to $14,000, depending on the material. Most options range from $500 to $2,000.

MaterialPrice
Cast Iron$400 – $14,000
Acrylic$300 – $14,000
Cultured Marble$1,200 – $2,000
Steel$200 – $1,000
Fiberglass$200 – $800

Cast Iron Tub Cost

Enameled cast iron tubs cost $1,300 on average, or $400 to $14,000. This durable, solid material retains heat well. It is also quite heavy and may require additional structural reinforcement of your flooring.

Acrylic

The cost of an acrylic bathtub ranges from $300 to $14,000. You can expect to pay $700 to $1,000 for most standard-size models.

Acrylic is generally resistant to abrasion and fading, which is why it’s popular for families. The non-porous finish makes it easy to clean and warm to the touch.

Cultured Marble

A cultured marble bathtub will cost between $2,000 and $5,000, installed. Labor will make up about $450 to $2,000 of this total. There are many options for materials when replacing your bathtub.

Cultured marble provides a sleek and stylish look, but it can also be brittle and scratch easily. It’s also considerably heavier than acrylic, which can be problematic if your floor cannot handle the additional weight.

Enameled Steel

Enameled steel bathtubs cost $200 to $1,000. This material is less expensive and lighter than cast iron. It also chips easily and may create a lot of noise when filled.

Fiberglass

The price of a fiberglass bathtub ranges from $200 to $800 for most models. This lightweight material comes in a range of colors. Since it does not retain heat well, it’s better for quick baths than long soaks.

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DIY Tub Installation vs. Hire a Pro

Bathtub installation usually isn’t a DIY project, especially if you have to remove the old one. When you’re ready to find bathroom remodelers near you, remember to ask about past projects and get at least three quotes before you make a choice.

FAQs

How much does a plumber charge to install a bathtub?

A typical bathtub installation costs $100 to $2,000, not including the price of the unit. Placement in a new bathroom may run the least, especially if you’re putting in pipes at the same time.

If you are replacing your old tub, you may encounter plumbing issues that will increase the cost. This includes $400 to $1,900 for new piping and $150 to $350 to fix leaks.

Where should I install my tub?

You’ve got a variety of options for installing your bathtub, including:

  • Alcove

  • Platform

  • Undermount

  • Freestanding

  • Corner

Can I refinish my tub?

The cost to refinish a bathtub ranges from $330 to $600. This is an affordable alternative to replacement, If it’s in good condition but has a few scratches or chips.

The price to install a bathtub liner is $1,800 to $5,300. This job involves creating an acrylic liner that covers the existing setup. It’s a great choice if your bathroom needs a refresh but you don’t want the hassle of a full replacement.

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