Walk-in tub prices vary depending on the size, type, brand, level of customization and features you select.
The average cost of a walk-in soaking tub is generally between $2,000 to $5,000. Models that feature hydrotherapy average $5,000 to $7,000, while special models like bariatric or combination (air and water) walk-in tubs start closer to $10,000 and can cost up to $20,000 or more.
How much does it cost to install a walk-in tub?
Walk-in tub installation costs range from about $700 to $3,000, though most average $1,500 or less. If installing your walk-in tub requires you to get larger pipes or a wall surround, installation costs will go up. You’ll also have to pay for labor costs, which may or may not include the removal of your old tub.
Most walk-in tub companies provide an in-home consultation so you can get an accurate estimate of the costs based on your situation. Because this is a major purchase for most homeowners, many companies also offer financing options or flexible payment terms to make it more accessible.
Compare walk-in tub prices
|Walk-in bathtub types||Price range||Advantages|
|Walk-in soaking tubs||$1,500 to $5,000||Safety and affordability|
|Hydrotherapy walk-in tubs||$5,000 to $7,000||Soothed muscles|
|Walk-in tubs with air baths||$5,000 to $9,000||Improved circulation|
|Combination air and water jet walk-in tubs||$7,000 to $10,000||Versatile therapies|
|Bariatric walk-in tubs||$5,000 to $10,000||Handicap accessibility and comfort|
|Walk-in tubs plus shower units||$2,500 to $6,000||More bathing options|
|Luxury walk-in tubs||$9,000 to $20,000||More features and design options|
|Two-seater walk-in tubs||$3,500 to $7,000||Can fit two users at once|
Are walk-in tubs covered by Medicare?
Medicare doesn’t consider walk-in bathtubs to be durable medical equipment (DME) and will not cover the tub or installation costs except in a few extreme cases, such as accommodating somebody with a spinal cord injury. Some Medicaid plans provide reimbursement, but you’ll need to file a claim with details about why the walk-in bathtub is medically necessary. The odds of Medicaid reimbursement are stronger when a walk-in tub is an absolute necessity. In most cases, a written description outlining your medical diagnosis and why you need a walk-in tub is required for consideration.
Does Medicaid cover walk-in tubs?
You’re more likely to fund your walk-in tub purchase through Medicaid than Medicare, but Medicaid coverage varies from state to state. To determine if you can get help paying for a walk-in tub, research your state’s Medicaid waiver policies or contact your Medicaid authority directly.
Are walk-in tubs tax deductible?
If so, you may be able to claim it as a Medical or Dental Expense. If you're the caregiver of an older person and decide to install a walk-in tub, you may be able to claim the tub’s cost under the Dependent Care Tax Credit.
While your walk-in tub may not be tax deductible or covered by insurance, you can often work out a payment plan with your walk-in bathtub company. Some companies even offer low-interest financing for qualifying customers.
Getting financial assistance for walk-in tubs
Walk-in tubs are only tax deductible if they're purchased because of medical safety reasons.
- If you're a veteran, check with the Department of Veterans Affairs to see if they offer programs that help with paying for walk-in tubs.
- Look at home modification grants available in your area. Some states offer non-Medicaid financial assistance programs for older adults and people with disabilities.
- Some nonprofit organizations serving mobility-challenged communities may also offer assistance. Check with local charities and aid groups to see if you qualify for help buying a walk-in tub.
Don’t let the upfront price of a walk-in tub discourage you. While the expense is considerable, a walk-in tub is an investment in your safety and comfort.
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