Getting in and out of the bath can be challenging for seniors. As well as the physical effort required to get over the side and into the tub, there’s always the risk of slips and falls. This is especially true for seniors who have mobility issues, arthritis, visual impairment, or a tendency to get dizzy.
Walk in tubs provide an easier alternative to standard bathtubs. Walk in tubs feature a seat and an easy open door, so seniors can walk in, sit down, and then turn on the faucets to fill the bath. Remaining seated on a specially designed seat while soaking is a much safer option than sitting or lying down in a standard bathtub.
When it’s time to get out of the bath, seniors can simply drain the tub, then open the door and get out comfortably. Many tubs also have safety features such as non-slip surfaces and handles to grip to make getting in and out easy and safe.
There are also plenty of tubs out there with extra comfort features including whirlpool massage, water jets, and even chromatherapy (colored light) and aromatherapy for the ultimate luxurious, soothing bathing experience.
This all means that seniors can bathe more comfortably. The added safety features are reassuring for carers too, especially if the senior in their life is still independent enough to bathe unaided.
Let’s take a look at Kohler, who manufacture walk-in tubs at locations around the world.
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Who Is Kohler?
Kohler was founded in 1873, in Wisconsin, by an Austrian immigrant named John Michael Kohler. The company had humble beginnings as a foundry producing steel and cast iron products. Ten years later they entered the plumbing business, and these days manufacture and sell bathroom and kitchen fittings worldwide. Kohler’s ethos is all about gracious living and adding safety and comfort features to ensure their products fit comfortably into any existing space.
Kohler’s range includes walk-in bathtubs designed to make senior life easier and facilitate aging in place. Let’s take a closer look at their offerings.
How Much Do Kohler Walk-In Tubs Cost?
Each tub comes with a custom quote (including installation cost) but in general, expect to pay upwards of $4000 for a Kohler tub.
Benefits Of Buying Kohler Walk-In Tubs
Kohler tubs offer plenty of benefits to their customers.
Installation and warranty
- Free in-home evaluation and quote, so you know what your tub and installation will cost.
- Lifetime warranty that covers both workmanship and the tub itself, so you’re covered if anything goes wrong with the tub or with the actual installation.
- Choose from white or biscuit for your bathtub, nickel or chrome for the faucets, and a range of different bath walls to go next to where the bath is fitted.
Safety and accessibility
- A low threshold (just three inches) and textured flooring to make stepping into the tub easy and safe.
- An extra wide door to make it easier to get in and out of the bath, even for larger seniors.
- A fast fill and drain system so there’s no worry about getting chilled while waiting for the tub to fill up or empty.
- Other safety features include a textured seat, easy grip handrails, and an easy grip tub rim so you can get in and out of your seat comfortably and with plenty to hold on to.
- An ergonomic control panel that’s easy to reach from any position in the bath and makes it easy to control the bath at one touch of a button.
- Extra wide seat for a comfortable and immersive bathing experience.
Comfort and spa
- Heated surfaces that are relaxing to sit against, and also help keep you warm while the tub is filling.
- A handheld shower wand.
- Whirlpool hydrotherapy and massaging air jets to soothe aching bones and muscles and provide a soothing bathing experience.
One missing feature that we’d like to see here is ozone cleaning. Ozone generator systems help keep baths sanitized, so this is a major consideration for purchasers.
Readers should also note that Kohler tubs are not wheelchair accessible. They did offer a rising wall tub (Elevance) for disabled users, but this has been discontinued.
Do Kohler Walk-In Tubs Offer Different Models?
All Kohler tubs are based on the same basic model with all the features listed above. Your installation expert will be able to advise you further on any tweaks needed to fit your tub perfectly to your home.
What’s The Web Saying About Kohler Tubs?
We took a look online to find out what consumers are staying about Kohler walk-in tubs.
What people loved: The low threshold, the heated surfaces, the bubble jets and hydrotherapy, and the guaranteed tub plus installation are all popular with customers. Many people also mentioned having a courteous, professional experience with their installation engineers.
What people weren’t so keen on: Some customers have issues with the installation taking much longer than stated, leaving them unable to bathe for several days. A small number of customers have also found that the original quote they were given didn’t cover the amount of replumbing that was needed. We also found reports of leaky faucets and delays in replacing leaking parts.
The verdict: Kohler products are used worldwide and have a good reputation. The low threshold and warming surfaces are lovely touches that mean seniors can get in the bath easily and stay warm even while it is filling. However, we do take the complaints we found seriously too, and suggest that if you opt for a Kohler tub, you get a written estimate of how much you’ll pay for the tub and installation, and any replumbing needed in your bathroom.