How Much Does a Walk-In Bathtub Cost?
$4,000 - $20,000
$4,000 - $20,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated May 27, 2022Reviewed by Jeff Botelho, Licensed Journeyman Plumber.
The average cost to install a walk-in bathtub is $5,500, which includes the actual walk-in tub cost plus the cost of labor and materials. The price of a walk-in bathtub installation can vary by type, brand, size, and features, typically landing between $4,000 and $10,000, though higher-end models can cost up to $20,000 installed.
Labor costs can range from $700 to $3,000 for a walk-in tub installation but may vary by location.
The largest factor affecting your walk-in tub installation cost will be the type of tub you choose. Uninstalled, walk-in tubs typically cost between $2,000 and $10,000. For the most basic unit, you might spend as little as $1,500, while a high-end walk-in bathtub cost can reach $20,000 before installation.
This table breaks down walk-in tub costs by type, not including labor or materials.
|Walk-in bathtub type||Price range||Features|
|Standard units||$1,500 – $5,000||Cost-effective soaker tub with no bells and whistles|
|Tub and shower combos||$2,500 – $6,000||Higher walls that allow for showering|
|Long tubs||$3,000 – $10,000||Increased dimensions to accommodate reclining|
|Two-seater tubs||$3,500 – $10,000||Can fit two bathers at once|
|Hydrotherapy tubs with water jets||$3,000 – $10,000||Uses water jets for bath massages|
|Whirlpool tubs with air jets||$3,000 – $10,000||Uses air jets for bath massages|
|Water and air jet combo tubs||$4,000 – $11,000||Combines air and water for multiple therapy options|
|Bariatric and limited mobility accessible tubs||$5,000 – $10,000||Designed for bathers 300+ lbs; many offer easy wheelchair access|
|Luxury walk-in tubs||$15,000 – $20,000||Multitude of high-end features|
The most basic walk-in tub units typically cost between $1,500 and $5,000. Though similar to a regular bathtub, a basic walk-in tub still has a side door that serves as a safety feature, allowing for easier entry and exit. Aside from that, these tubs don’t offer many special features.
Installation is typically easy because standard walk-in tubs fit most standard-size bathrooms.
For $2,500 to $6,000, you can find a walk-in tub that offers a regular shower. This versatility allows bathers to shower sitting or standing and it doesn’t cost much more than a standard unit.
Be prepared for the potential of additional plumbing and tiling costs compared to a standard unit, which can drive up installation costs.
The unit cost of a long tub is typically between $3,000 and $10,000. These versatile tubs allow bathers to lie down and stretch out—not a standard feature of most walk-in tubs.
Because of their unique size and shape, long walk-in tubs might not fit your current bathroom layout without a remodel. Small bathroom remodeling costs are an average of $6,500 but can range anywhere from $1,500 to $15,000 or more.
Two-seater walk-in tubs cost between $3,500 and $10,000. Because these tubs can accommodate two bathers at once, they are larger than the standard tub and can be trickier to install. Expect higher labor costs (and more water usage over time).
A walk-in bathtub with water jets typically lands between $3,000 and $10,000. The water jets are great for high-pressure therapeutic massages, but because the jets can easily clog, these tubs require a high degree of maintenance. Consider reaching out to a drain cleaning service near you for a routine maintenance estimate.
Like hydrotherapy tubs, whirlpool tubs generally cost $3,000 to $10,000. Air jets are more helpful for blood circulation and are a good low-pressure alternative to hydrotherapy units.
If you want the best of both worlds (i.e., the ability to switch between water and air jets), you’ll spend between $4,000 and $11,000 or more.
A bariatric tub can cost between $5,000 and $10,000, accommodating walk-in or additional support requirements.
High-end luxury tubs can cost $15,000 to $20,000. For the steeper price, you can expect enhanced comfort features like heated seats, curved backrests, chromotherapy lights, aromatherapy, and adjustable water jets.
As with any other purchase, brand can have an impact on the final cost of your walk-in tub. The table below compares costs for several popular tub brands:
|Safe Step||$2,500 – $10,000|
|Kohler||$4,000 – $12,000|
|American Standard||$3,000 – $11,000|
|Universal||$2,000 – $7,000|
|Ella||$2,500 – $10,000|
You’ll spend between $2,500 and $10,000 on a Safe Step walk-in bathtub. These tubs are specifically designed for bathers with limited mobility and disabilities. Prices can tend toward the high side, but Safe Step offers a lifetime warranty for long-term use.
Kohler models tend to be the more expensive option: A Kohler walk-in bathtub cost can range from $4,000 to $12,000. For that higher price tag, expect standout features like a 3-inch step (shorter than competitors), a fast-drain option, and a lifetime warranty.
American Standard walk-in tubs cost anywhere from $3,000 to $11,000. This brand offers all of the standard types, including water and air jets. American Standard also sells its walk-in tubs with a lifetime warranty.
Universal sells walk-in tubs on the lower end of the price range, from $2,000 to $7,000. Universal tubs are wheelchair-accessible and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant. Higher-end models are available with luxury features like aromatherapy.
You’ll spend between $2,500 and $10,000 for a walk-in tub from Ella. Ella sells tubs with dual-drain technology that drain in as little as 80 seconds without any electrical pumps. If you have a larger budget, you can find Ella tubs with features like foot massage, heated seats, and aromatherapy.
How much does it cost to install a walk-in tub? It can vary by type (and if the installation necessitates higher bathroom remodeling costs), but in general, labor and materials for an installation can range from $700 to $3,000. Complex installations can go as high as $5,000, plus the cost of the tub.
Factors that might drive up the cost of a walk-in tub installation include:
New flooring and tiling
More complex plumbing work (like rerouting or drain installation)
Disposal of old materials
The total cost to install a walk-in tub includes several factors beyond the unit price. Here are other walk-in tub cost factors to consider:
The baseline cost to install a bathtub ranges from $700 to $1,200. But the price can rise quickly if the installation requires reconfiguring the plumbing, remodeling the bathroom, or upgrading your water heater.
Installing ceramic or porcelain tile for your walk-in tub will bump up the price, typically between $900 and $2,600. Not every walk-in tub installation requires tiling, but it can help integrate the tub into the bathroom wall.
Plumbing costs for tubs in nonstandard sizes or with jet features can run between $350 and $1,800. Plumbers might also need to install larger pipes to allow for faster drainage. For the most accurate estimate, contact a plumber near you.
“Another major contributor to the installation cost of a walk-in tub with jets, chromotherapy or aromatherapy systems, etc., is electrical work,” says Jeff Botelho, Angi Expert Review Board member and Massachusetts-licensed journeyman plumber. “These tubs require power to run pumps, fans, lights, etc., and will require an electrician to perform this work in many areas.”
The hourly labor rate for an electrician ranges from $50 to $100. Rates can vary extensively by location, so find an electrician near you for a more accurate estimate.
If you have a standard bathroom, installing a standard-size walk-in tub should be doable without a major remodel. But if you choose a larger tub (like a two-seater or a long tub), your project might require more extensive work.
Bathroom remodels cost between $6,600 and $16,500 on average, but you can contact a local remodeling contractor for the most accurate price estimate.
Installation for a more complex unit, like one with whirlpool jets, costs more, typically between $1,000 and $5,000 or more. Jets and other mechanical features aren’t available as a retrofit, so they should be a part of your purchased product.
While not recommended, it is possible to do a DIY installation of your walk-in tub for roughly $2,000 to $10,000, including the price of the tub, tools, and materials. Note: A walk-in tub installation requires proficient plumbing knowledge. “If you plan to install a jet- or air-bath type of tub, you’ll likely need to perform electrical work as well as plumbing in order to power the unit,” says Botelho.
Local ordinances may require permits for the plumbing and electrical work; a licensed plumber or electrician will have an easier time securing these permits.
Because improper installation can result in water leaks and serious damage (and water damage repair costs $3,300 on average), it’s safer to hire a local bathtub installation professional to ensure your new tub’s safe operation.
Medicare doesn’t cover walk-in tubs because the agency doesn’t consider them durable medical equipment. However, if you can prove it is a medical necessity, you may get reimbursement after installation.
You’re likely to have more luck with Medicaid, but benefits vary by state. Check with your insurance carrier for details.
Depending on your home’s water pressure, a walk-in tub takes 6 to 8 minutes to fill. A fast drain with an average-size water volume drains in 2 to 3 minutes, but slower drains and larger basins can take up to 15 minutes.
Remember that the bather must remain in the tub while it fills and empties to avoid spillage when the door opens.
The average tub holds roughly 50 gallons of water. Exact capacities vary by product, typically between 40 and 80 gallons.
Installing grab bars costs as little as $200. You can add barrier-free doors for roughly $500 to $1,500.
If the IRS sees the purchase as a qualified medical expense, walk-in tubs may be tax-deductible. Alternatively, caregivers who install a walk-in tub may qualify for the Dependent Care Tax Credit.