Portable Walk-In Tubs Review

portable walk-in tub

If you’re advancing in years, you probably know all about loss of balance and mobility. Bath time can be pretty daunting when it’s a little tricky to move around. There’s a lot of hard corners and slick bathroom tile to deal with!

It should come as no surprise that a walk-in bathtub is a fantastic addition to your home if you want to age independently, and with grace, for as long as possible. But what are the downsides of a walk-in tub installation?

Walk-In Tub Installations

When most people think of a walk-in tub, they picture something permanently attached to the bathroom wall and tiled in. They imagine that senior drying hairthe tub installation was expensive, took a long time, and disrupted the household. It’s an incredible thing to have in your home, but pricey and immovable. And if you’re selling your home, you’ll have to leave your prize bathtub behind!

Many seniors live in a home with family members of various mobility levels, or have a small bathroom. The prospect of a messy and inconvenient remodel that takes up space and time is probably not something that fills you with joy.

So is there an option for people who want the safety and therapeutic benefits of a walk-in tub, but not the hassle that comes with it?

The answer is yes! You can purchase a portable walk-in tub.

Portable Walk-in Tubs

A portable bathtub is a fantastic innovation. It doesn’t need a messy installation. It can be used as soon as you get it into the house. It’s a space saver that can be moved into position when you want to use it, then stored out of the way when you’re done. It can be packed up and put on a truck if you move house.

The tub can be connected wherever your plumbing is installed. Have a great view from your kitchen or laundry room? Nothing’s stopping you from enjoying a bath in those spaces if you want to.

Portable Walk-in Tub Features

There are a few safety features you should expect from any good-quality specialized bathtub. Some of these features are a low threshold, a leak-proof door, slip-resistant floor and seat, and ADA-compliant grab bars and fittings.

The main difference between a portable and tiled-in walk-in tub is the castor wheels. The bath moves on these durable wheels, that can be locked with a mechanism that stops the tub moving while you’re getting in and out. So you can choose a good spot for your bath, lock the wheels, and you’re all set.

Another unique feature of the portable walk-in tub is its quick-connection water box. It’s not a vital feature of the tub, but it eliminates the need for adjusting the temperature and flow rate of the water from the faucet. If you want to control the water temperature and pressure from the unit’s built-in dials, then it’s worth the extra $110 cost.

Heavenly Walk-in Tubs

There’s currently only one American brand of portable walk-in tub on the market – Heavenly. The price of these portable bathtubs ranges between safe senior bathing$6,000 and $10,000, depending on whether you opt for a standard space-saving soaker, or a luxury tub loaded with hydrotherapy features.

Heavenly tubs come in the following variants: the portable soaker tub, the Petite portable hydrotherapy tub, and the Deluxe portable hydrotherapy tub. Each bath has different functionalities to suit every bather.

Below you can see the different sizes and features of the various tub models:

Portable Soaker Tub

  • Dimensions: 29” wide x 52” long x 39” tall
  • Wheels on the base for easy moving
  • 7” – 8.5” step-in threshold
  • Left or right-sided door
  • Inward-opening door
  • Quick connection water box

Portable Petite Hydrotherapy Tub

  • Dimensions: 26” wide x 49” long x 32” tall
  • Wheels on the base for easy moving
  • 7” – 8.5” step-in threshold
  • Left or right sided door
  • Inward-opening door
  • Quick connection water box
  • 10 water massage jets
  • 8 air massage jets
  • 2 minute drain time
  • Built-in bidet

Portable hydrotherapy tub

  • Dimensions: 29”wide x 52”long x 39” tall
  • Wheels on the base for easy moving
  • 7” – 8.5” step-in threshold
  • Left or right sided door
  • Inward-opening door
  • Quick connection water box
  • 10 water massage jets
  • 8 air massage jets
  • 2 minute drain time
  • Built-in bidet
  • Extra-long power cord, water and drain lines

Heavenly Tubs Prices

A portable walk-in tub won’t suit a shoestring budget, but it’s not terribly expensive either. You should take into consideration what you’ll be saving on installation costs.

ModelStarting Price
Portable Soaker
$6,495
Petite Hydrotherapy$6,695
Portable
Hydrotherapy
$7,995

If you’re thinking of buying a walk-in tub, it’s easy to see that the most notable feature of the Heavenly tub is its portability and convenience. But rest assured that it doesn’t skimp on safety and luxury features.