Finding an affordable walk-in tub or roll-in shower can be a challenge, but it’s crucial for safe aging at home for seniors with limited mobility or balance issues. There are a number of options for walk-in tub shoppers, ranging from all-in-one contractors who custom-build the tub and handle the installation to companies that produce and ship tubs and showers for drop-in installation by a local plumber.
Tub King knows the bathtub business from the ground up. Brothers Alan and Terry Knight started out refinishing vintage tubs, trained refinishing contractors across the US, and had tubs custom-built. After their mother fell in her own tub at home, the brothers added affordable, accessible walk-in tubs and easy-access showers to their product line. Tub King has won the Best of Jacksonville award from the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce 4 times.
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Tub King offers 6 walk-in tub models, 6 zero-threshold shower models for wheelchair access, and 2 low-threshold shower models for easy walk-in access.
- The Seaspray 051 walk-in tub is the smaller of Tub King’s two tub platforms. It measures 48 inches long, 28 inches wide, and 38 inches tall.
- The Seapsray 202 is larger, measuring 54 inches long, 30 inches wide, and 40 inches tall.
Both model numbers are available as walk-in soaking tubs, as hydrotherapy walk-in tubs with air jet massage features, and as dual-system walk-ins with both air jets and whirpool water jets plus an inline heater for long, chill-free soaks.
Among the standard features on all Tub King walk-in tubs are ADA-compliant faucets and seats, slip-resistant flooring, a leakproof door seal and lock, and handheld shower heads. The tubs are made from gel-coated marine-grade fiberglass and are pre-plumbed.
The low-threshold shower suite has a 60-inch by 32-inch footprint and a 4-inch threshold to prevent water spillage while reducing the likelihood of tripping. It’s available in two finishes at different price points and includes HansGrohe hardware.
Zero-threshold shower suites for wheelchair access are available in 6 sizes, ranging from 48” by 36” to 60” x 36” to fit a variety of tub and shower spaces. Safety seats, accessible plumbing fixtures, and grab bars are included in each shower model.
Tub King clearly lists all prices for tubs, showers, accessories, and delivery on its site, and the company’s prices are competitive. Each product listed in the online store includes measurements, plumbing information, features, and optional accessories. Customers have the option to buy online or to call customer service to order. The company can recommend licensed plumbing contractors in many areas to handle installation. Tub King has been Better Business Bureau accredited since 2010 and has an A+ rating as of July 2015.
The only showroom where customers can see Tub King’s products in person is located in Jacksonville, Florida. Customers must prepare for delivery and arrange to get the tub or shower off the truck and into their home; a licensed plumbing contractor must handle the actual installation.
Tub King walk-in tubs feature a patented watertight door seal and lock system with a lifetime warranty. Customers must inspect items for damage on delivery and file any damage claims within 24 hours. Uninstalled items may be returned within 30 days of the ship date and are subject to a 25% restocking fee.
Prices range from $2095 for smaller soaking tub models to $2695 for a larger model with whirlpool water jets and an inline heater. Zero-threshold Safety Suite Shower packages range from $2995 to $3195. Specialty finish and feature upgrades are available for extra fees. Free shipping is available on walk-in tubs. Shipping rates for other large items range from $150 to $350 per item across the continental US; shipping to Alaska and Hawaii is $450 per item. Additional charges may apply for deliveries to some New York City boroughs and to island addresses.
Senior homeowners and family members who want a value buy on a safe tub or shower; homeowners who don’t mind coordinating an order, delivery, and installation.