Walk-In Tub vs Walk-In Shower: Which One Is Right for Your Home?

Did you know that every second of every single day, a senior over the age of 65 falls in the U.S.? Oftentimes, these falls happen in the bathroom. Adding a walk-in tub or a walk-in shower to your bathroom can make bathing easier and safer if you have mobility restrictions. But, how do you know which one will best suit your needs?

Continue reading to learn more about the advantages of each option so you feel better equipped to make a decision for your home. 

What Is a Walk-In Tub?

A walk-in tub reduces the risk of tripping and falling when stepping into your bathtub. Instead of having a traditional high-threshold side, a walk-in tub instead has a built-in, secure door so you can step inside easily. 

In addition to this important safety feature, walk-in tubs also feature comfortable seating so you don’t have to worry about slipping and falling while you bathe. Here at BathWorks, we proudly offer Rane walk-in tubs, with seats that can be heated or cooled to your liking. Rane walk-in tubs also have premium water jets, which can help soothe chronic pain and ease sore muscles. 

Benefits of a Walk-In Tub

In addition to the built-in door and seating, the biggest advantage of walk-in tubs is the other safety features they include. For example, most walk-in tubs also come with nonslip flooring, handrails, and anti-scald features, making them one of the safest bathing options on the market. 

Walk-in tubs are also deeper than traditional tubs, making it easier for you to fully immerse yourself to get the full hydrotherapy benefits of taking a bath. 

walk-in tub vs. standing showers

What Is a Walk-In Shower?

Similar to a walk-in tub, walk-in showers don’t have a lipped floor that you have to step over when you bathe. Again, this helps eliminate the risk of tripping and falling. Depending on your needs, you can even get a wide walk-in shower that can accommodate the width of a wheelchair, if necessary. 

At BathWorks, we offer walk-in showers in a variety of different colors, styles, and materials, so you can choose something that fits your home’s aesthetic and keeps you safe while you bathe. Perhaps best of all, walk-in showers are customizable, so you can create a space that perfectly fits your needs. 

Benefits of a Walk-In Shower

Unlike, walk-in tubs, which have a large footprint, walk-in showers take up less space, making them a great option for smaller bathrooms. They are also very easy to keep clean, which is helpful if you have trouble bending over or kneeling down. 

As we mentioned above, walk-in showers also have customization options, specifically designed to keep you safe. For example, you can choose to add a built-in seat or grab bars so you can feel stable while using your shower. And, because walk-in showers look sleek, they offer great resale value should you decide to sell your home. 

Make Your Bathroom Safer

Now that you know more about the differences and benefits of a walk-in tub vs a walk-in shower, you can start thinking about how to update your bathroom to make it a safer space. Contact the BathWorks team today to set up an initial consultation. We’ll talk to you about your remodeling goals and present you with different options to help you decide the best path forward. 

We can’t wait to make your bathroom a safer, more functional space for your family.