How a Bariatric Tub Helps Overweight Bathers


Obesity is one of the primary medical conditions facing our society today.

One of the main concerns for people with this condition is the increased effort they require for mobility and general daily independence.

There are many different forms of bariatric equipment available such as chairs, elevators, stairlifts, scooters, and bariatric walk-in tubs.

Bariatric walk-in bathtubs are a relatively new concept compared to traditional tubs. They offer overweight people and others suffering from limited mobility the ability to bath in a larger, custom-installed tub.

Bariatric Design

The bariatric walk-in tub is ultimately designed to accommodate larger people and those with disabilities.

Most of the tubs created today are regular-sized bathtubs made for people weighing less than 300 lbs.

Bariatric walk-in tubs can handle people weighing up to 600 lbs.

They have built-in non-slip floors to avoid slipping and a low step entry for easy and safe access.

Bariatric Walk-In Tub Features


Bariatric walk-in tubs feature a booster seat approximately 17 inches above the tub floor.  This allows for comfortable bathing, improved spinal support while making it easier to stand up.

A hand-held showerhead makes it easier for larger or mobility-impaired people to reach all parts of their bodies.

Walk-in tubs have safety grab bars to help improve balance when entering or exiting.

Walk-in tub doors are able to open either from the left or the right to accommodate an already existing bathroom and they fit into the existing spaces of most regular bathtubs.

Special Sizes

  • The widest bariatric tubs can be as wide as 42″ and have a 26″ wide door opening. These larger models are designed to accommodate a person weighing up to 600 lbs.
  • Standard walk-in tub models are around 30″ wide with a height of about 40″.
  • Average lengths are around 50 to 55″ but extra-long tubs can measure up to 67″.
  • Space-saving models can be as short as 38″.


walk-in-tub-shower-combo-home-depotWalk-in tubs can deliver a permanent spa-like experience to your home.

Many walk-in tubs come with whirlpool functionality and can include over 10 adjustable water jets.

You also have the option of fitting a water heater and water/ air-jet channels so you can enjoy a soothing massage.

Certain models have adjustable seats and sanitation systems.

Certain brands come standard with these features, others may have them as optional extras.

What Will It Cost Me?

The price of a bariatric walk-in tub will vary because of the different sizes and optional extras available, such as air and water jets.

You can expect to pay between $2,000 and $12,000 for a walk-in tub. Depending on your location, your home, the brand you choose, and your regional pricing trends, there are many factors that can affect the overall price.

The cheapest option would be a soaker tub and on average the most expensive is the dual combo massage tub.

Bariatric walk-in tubs are available online and from medical supply stores.

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