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Why can’t you feel like you’re in a spa at home? With walk-in tubs with air and water jets, you can. Jets have the ability to relax your muscles, lessening pain and improving circulation. Fortunately, most walk-in tubs on the market today include air and water jets, often in combination for maximum healing, but they may differ in terms of number of jets and types of jets. We’ll tell you about our favorite options below.
Pro Tip: A good walk-in tub needs more than just jets. To find walk-in tubs with aromatherapy and other advanced safety features, read our rundown of the best walk-in baths.
Safety features: Walk-in tubs must provide a low step-in height for easy entrance and exit, grab bars to prevent falls, and anti-slip materials on floors and seats to keep you secure while you’re bathing.
Number of jets: The tubs on this list have anywhere from 10 to 46 jets total. It’s important that jets can reach all of the parts of your body, improving your circulation and easing aches and pains.
Type of jets: We look for tubs with both air and water jets; typically, they come in packages, but we prefer customization options.
Comfort: Aside from air and water jets, which provide comfort, we look for features like aromatherapy, chromotherapy, and wide seats.
Price: Walk-in tubs with jets range from $2,000 to $10,000 and up, according to the National Council on Aging. We prefer to buy tubs directly from manufacturers, as those prices include installation. If you buy a tub from a big-box store, the price may be lower, but you can expect to pay about $5,000 for installation.
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Price range: $5,819-$14,497
American Standard offers the highest number of air and water jets on the market for a one-person tub: a total of 45, which breaks down into 21 air jets and 24 hydro-massage jets, also known as water jets. The company also has the latest selection of jetted walk-in tubs that we’ve seen, with 48 options to choose from, ranging from under $6,000 to nearly $15,000 for the more luxury-minded customer.
No matter which option you choose, you’ll get the therapeutic benefits of jet massage, which can ease the pains that come with age. Unfortunately, the warranty is a bit short at only 15 years on the tub itself and 10 years on its components; we prefer companies that offer limited lifetime warranties. Still, with so many options to choose from and the highest number of jets we’ve come across, American Standard is a fabulous option for a jetted walk-in tub.
Choose showerheads, shower arms, and showerhead finishes
Attractive back walls available
Handheld shower with three spray settings
Price range: $5,000-$10,000
Kohler is a company known for aesthetics, and its walk-in tubs are no exception. Being able to step in and out of your bath safely with a three-inch step-in height doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice looks. For the surrounding tub walls, you can choose from the following options, all of which are made of durable engineered stone:
VeinCut dune and biscuit
VeinCut dune and white
The tub itself is available in white or biscuit; you can add moveable shelves in white, biscuit, dune, or ice-grey, as well as an extra stability bar in bright polished silver, matte black, anodized brushed nickel, or anodized dark bronze. Of course, you’ll benefit from the 10 hydro jets plus air jets. Although this number may sound low compared to what American Standard and Ella’s Bubbles offer, the company claims that having too many jets “[weakens] the massage experience.” Sometimes, more is not better, according to Kohler!
After American Standard, Safe Step offers the most air jets on the market, with 16 air jets (as well as 10 hydro-massage jets). When it comes to walk-in tubs, you can buy the standard walk-in tub or a tub/shower combination. With either option, you’ll receive the spa-like experience that comes with having air and water jets, not to mention therapeutic and luxurious features such as:
On top of the typical air and water jets, Safe Step offers what it calls a MicroSooth Air Therapy System. When you activate it, it will send oxygen bubbles throughout the tub for a relaxing experience. And while we wish there were more than three models to choose from, even the tub-only option comes with a rainfall showerhead and a handheld wand, and you can sit back and enjoy the 17-inch-high seat. We recommend doing both the air and water jets at the same time for the most pleasurable experience!
One of the only manufacturers of two-person walk-in tubs with jets
Up to 46 jets total
4.88-star (out of 5) BBB customer rating and A+ BBB rating
Lifetime limited warranty
Price range: $7,635-$9,590
There are many reasons why someone would want a two-person walk-in tub. Maybe you prefer bathing with your partner and you want enough room and two seats to sit comfortably. Or maybe you have an aide who helps you bathe and it would be easier if they could fit in the tub as well. While two-person walk-in tubs are hard to come by, Ella’s Bubbles is one of the leading manufacturers, with four options to choose from in this category alone.
2-person tub name
Seat widths (inches)
Tub length (inches)
Tub width (inches)
Number of grab bars
Approximate drainage time (seconds)
Number of water jets
Number of air jets
Total number of jets
On top of having tubs with up to 46 air and water jets, the company is also one of the highest-rated walk-in tub companies in terms of customer satisfaction, with an A+ BBB rating and a 4.88-star (out of 5) rating from BBB customers. We recommend choosing the Companion or Escape model so you can get grab bars, which the Big4Two and Tub4Two lack. Whichever tub you choose, it’ll come with a lifetime limited warranty.
Customize with a heated seat or back, aromatherapy, chromotherapy, etc.
Two-person tubs available
18 jets total
Price range: $8,430- $10,930
Maybe you want air bubbles only, or maybe you want both water and air. Maybe you’re willing to pay extra for features like a heated seat, a heated back, chromotherapy, aromatherapy, or aromatherapy with essential oils. Whatever the case, you can completely customize your jetted walk-in tub from Boca, whether you want a one-seater, two-seater, or bariatric tub for larger bodies. See the price list below for both the tub itself and extra therapeutic features.
30x51x36 (standard) (30″ X 60” kit)
26x51x36 (26”) (26″ X 60″ kit)
30x47x36 (47″) (30″ X 56″ kit)
30x51x40 (deep) (30″ X 60″ kit)
32x56x36 (wide) (32″ X 60″ kit)
32x56x40 (wide and deep) (32″ X 60″ kit)
32x62x36 (two-seater) (32″ X 62″ kit)
MICRO THERAPY (pure bubbles) only
Regular dual (water and air)
Regular dual and MICRO THERAPY spa
Aromatherapy essential oils
Choose from three-massage speeds and three levels of heat, which could do wonders to soothe your back. While not everyone will love the rainfall showerhead, which is placed directly overhead, you can use the handheld wand if you prefer having more control.
Extra-large tubs as wide as 32 inches and as deep as 60 inches
Add aromatherapy with essential oils
Interest on five-, eight-, 10-, or 12-year financing
Only three bath wall pattern designs
Whirlpool Jets vs. Air Jets
Browsing walk-in tub companies’ websites, you may read different phrases for the same thing: whirlpool jets, hydro jets, hydro-massage jets, and more. But there really are only two types of jets — air and water — and they’re pretty self-explanatory. Air jets shoot air; water jets, otherwise known as whirlpool jets, shoot water. Water jets are equivalent to a deep tissue massage, while air jets simply feel good, like you’re weightless. If you have to choose between the two, we’d recommend whirlpool jets for their massage capabilities. However, typically, models with one type of jet also include the other, customizable to your needs.
Although the main function of a walk-in tub is to allow you to enter and exit your tub safely and prevent falls, there’s no reason why it can’t also be a relaxing and luxurious experience as well. Water and air jets bring your tub to the next level, and they may have health benefits like improved circulation and reduced pain. With walk-in tubs with jets, you can transform your bathroom into a spa you can use every day.
Amie has been writing about senior care products and services for the last decade. She is particularly passionate about new technologies that help improve the quality of life for seniors and their families. Seeing her parents and grandparents age made Amie ask herself, “Would this be good enough for my loved ones?” In her spare time, Amie enjoys outdoor adventures and spontaneous road trips. Learn more about Amie here