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Are You Looking for a Bathtub That Really Stands Out?

By Kerry Knight
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There are some advantages to having a stellar reputation and from being a multiaward-winning bathtub business. And, since our company name is Tub King, many people presume we’re the purveyors of many different types of bathtubs.  So it’s not usual that we’ll periodically receive phone calls asking if we carry regular bathtubs, like the ones you see in many homes. These rectangular tubs are typically 5-feet long and 30-incheswide, and are made of fiberglass, acrylic or some metallic alloy. Depending upon where they were purchased, their color choices can be limited. 
Our answer is always, “Sorry, we only carry specialized tubs.” We don’t try to compete with Lowes or Home Depot, where there is a variety of standard bathtubs. Our tubs are decidedly different and are oriented towards a more discerning type of clientele. We’re not a “one-design-fits-all” type of bathroom tub dealer.  
You see, one of the things that sets us apart is we specialize in the Clawfoot and Pedestal tubs, as well as the highly therapeutic and safety-designed Walk-in tubs. 
As mentioned in a previous blog, “Building a New Home? Add Beauty with a Clawfoot Tub” designers continually strive to make houses stand out by adding elements of elegance and beauty where homeowners can enjoy their personal time. Many designers are now requesting Clawfoot tubs as the centerpiece of a luxuriously appointed, built-for-comfort bathroom.
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Home builders and home buyers are also following suit.  Many who are building their own homes and/or who are currently remodeling their homes often look to “upping the ambiance” of their homes with the inclusion of a Clawfoot tub in their master bathrooms.
All of our Clawfoot and Pedestal tubs are handsomely designed, exotic, and unique-looking. They include the Slipper series where one side is higher than the other, resembling a woman’s slipper (more often akin to Cinderella’s elegant slipper, hence their name.) These come in a variety of sizes: 57-inch, 61-inch and 67-inch.  We also carry the Dual-Ended series with a reclining slope on each end, which also come in a variety of sizes.  Then there is the “romantic” Double Slipper. They are a huge, 72 inches in length with massive, ornate metallic legs and have the high, pronounced slope on each end.  I say romantic because these tubs are perfect for couples that wants to bathe together, or, if you have several children you want to bathe at the same time, these beauties can certainly accommodate them (and the higher double sides help prevent getting water on the floor as the kids frolic in the bath.) The more traditional Roll Top version that is patterned after the old antique tub is anything but ordinary.  These also come in various lengths.
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Now, we’re especially pleased to offer a new line of tubs that are even more handsome and spectacular-looking. We call it our Artisan Series.  Currently we offer two versions in the Slipper style.
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The Hammered Copper look features a process that involves many artistic steps, much of which is done meticulously by hand.  First, a black aerospace primer is sprayed on the outside of the tub.  This provides depth to the finish and offers a strong base for the rest of the process.  Then, a mixture of copper flakes is mixed in a clear resin and sprayed on the outside of the tub with a high volume, low pressure spray rig.  The third step is to take a sea sponge to meticulously create the hammered look on the surface of the cast iron.  The result is an almost three-dimensional look of stone and metal in extravagant, overlapping patterns.
The Hammered Silver look utilizes the very same process except for the type of metallic flakes used in the second step.  Instead of copper, this time we use silver.  
An example of pricing on a 61-inch Slipper Tub with the Artisan Series finish would be $1,695.  Keep in mind, this is not a refinished tub. The inside porcelain is brand new, and the legs are real metal. The ornate Clawfoot-shaped legs on these special models match the finish.  
We can also create custom-ordered Artisan Series tubs. In fact, there’s no end as to what we can do to fashion a unique and special model Artisan Series Slipper tub just for you.   Share your ideas with us.   Let us know what you’re looking for.  We have the ability to create almost any finish you may require on a Clawfoot tub.  We offer up to 300 different color choices for the exterior of the tub and can match any Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore colors.
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Another thing that makes these tubs special is the fixtures.  The goose neck, and the dolphin spout faucet series come in chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.  We also offer the “English Telephone” shape as a hand-held sprayer to give your custom-designed tub an elegant, Victorian look.
So if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed, hand-finished bathtub that really stands out, one that can make your bathroom something truly special, come by our showroom in Jacksonville, Florida or give us a call today. We can create the bathtub of your dreams that is not only unique-looking and that custom-matches the décor in your designer bathroom, but you can be rest-in-your-tub assured that these tubs will last a lifetime as well.  
In this article, I talked about the different type of specialty tubs that Tub King specializes in, namely the Clawfoot, Pedestal tubs and our Walk-in Tubs. I highlighted some of the different models we carry in the Clawfoot line, including the Slipper, Dual-Ended, Double Slipper, and Roll Top models. I then discussed our new Artisan Series lines of Clawfoot tubs both the Hammered Copper and Hammered Silver. I pointed out that Tub King has the ability to customize the exterior of these elegant tubs, having the ability to match any Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore colors. Lastly, I mentioned some of the beautifully appointed accessories we carry for this special line of tubs. 
 
Come visit us at the Jacksonville Home & Patio Show. We look forward towards seeing you there.
If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a Free Clawfoot Tub Buyer’s Guide, click here. Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you. 
Thanks again for visiting with us.
A Happy Tub King Customer and her Double Slipper Tub

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., andSeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

Is Your Bathroom a Safe Haven or a Minefield?


By Michael Masson
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A bathroom should be a safe place. It should be warm, cozy, and inviting, a place for revitalization andreflection. Of all of the rooms in your house, it should be the safest, but unfortunately it also hides many dangers. We may overlook these dangers believing that such an intimate space would inherently be safe. It can be, but attention must be paid to the risks that every bathroom poses.

I’m going to go through some simple, effective methods to make your bathroom as safe and welcoming as possible.  The greatest danger in any bathroom is the possibility of slipping, falling, and harming oneself. The water in the bathroom can easily splash on the floor, causing a slip hazard. There are close to 200,000 bathroom accidents every year. This accounts for a full 70% of all household accidents. These dangerous situations can easily be avoided.
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First, keep the floor free from water as much as possible. Ensure there are no leaks in the sink or toilet, andif using a shower obtain a lined shower curtain to keep the water from spraying out. Some people have young children or pets and often find the floor wet. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to keep something handy like a mop or spare towel to clean away the water immediately.

Second, remove any loose throw rugs and replace them with non-slip bathroom rugs. Most slips occur when transferring between the shower and the bathroom floor. A non-slip rug will help alleviate this risk. Hardware and bathroom stores also have adhesive non-slip strips that can be attached to any rug for more stability.
One of the best safety additions to any bathroom is a handrail for the shower, tub, and toilet. Most stair risers have a 6-8″ clearance between steps and most stairs are built with handrails. The average tub has a 13″ clearance, yet most tubs and showers are built without them. Be careful not to mistake towel racks for handrails. Towel racks are not meant to bear all that much weight. Secure handrails will ensure safe transitions through the entire bathroom.
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One of the best safety additions to your shower is also the simplest. A shower seat or bench will allow the occupant of the shower to leisurely wash themselves without fear of falling. This will be especially important for those with weak legs, or trouble standing for long periods of time, or after a major surgical procedure. It’s also important to keep the bottom of the tub clean and free from soap residue, as this increases the chance of slippage.

One aspect of shower safety that is often overlooked is the shower fixture. There is a greater chance for an accident when an occupant has to move, bend, or stretch to adjust the temperature or the water flow. Some fixtures are difficult to maneuver for people with arthritis. Install the fixtures within reach of the occupant and test them to make sure they are easy to use.
The tub and shower are not the only areas that can compromise safety. Some senior citizens have difficulty sitting down and standing up from the toilet because the seat is often installed low to the ground. A seat extension can be added to make the process much easier. Adding handrails around the toilet would also ensure its safety.
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Make sure that there is sufficient lighting in the bathroom, and the light switch should be placed near the doorwhere it is easy to find. Also, keep the tub and sink area free of electrical devices such as radios or blow dryers. These can prove very dangerous if they should slip into the water while they are plugged in.

Most of these safety precautions can be addressed by installing a Walk-in Tub in your bathroom. A Walk-in Tub provides the convenience and luxury of a bathtub. It also provides something even more important when speaking of bathroom safety: peace of mind. A Walk-in Tub eliminates many of the dangers inherent in tubs and showers, while addressing many of the safety concerns already mentioned.
As previously stated, most tubs have a 13″ clearance to negotiate.  Walk-in Tubs have a six-inch clearance for easy access. This lowered entry height means you no longer have to worry about handrails or making that big step. Just open the door, enter, and sit down. Inside the tub are additional handrails for sitting and standing in the tub.
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One tip I mentioned earlier was to install a seat or bench in your shower. The Walk-in Tub has anADA-compliant, slip-resistant safety seat installed for your convenience. The door of the tub has a patented locking system with a watertight seal to insure less water spillage on the bathroom floor. Our tubs come from the factory with a slip-resistant floor so there is no need to install non-slip adhesive strips.

Another safety tip I mentioned was the importance of easy-to-reach fixtures. All of the fixtures installed in our Walk-in Tubs are perfectly positioned so that the seated occupant can reach them with ease. They’re ADA-compliant and customizable to your individual tastes.
At the end of a long day, you don’t want to see your bathroom as an obstacle course. It shouldn’t be a series of challenges to be overcome. Your bathroom should be a welcome refuge designed to eliminate the stresses of the world. The last thing you want to worry about in the bathroom is coping with the possibility of being injured.  You want your bathroom to be a safe haven, not a minefield.
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In this article, I discussed the potential dangers that exist in any bathroom, especially for seniors. I also shared ways to eliminate these dangers to make your bathroom a safer environment.  If you enjoyed reading this article, please leave a comment in the Comments section below. Feel free to share this with your family, friends and colleagues as well. 
Michael Masson is a guest blogger for Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com in Jacksonville, Florida. Tub King is a Walk-in tub distributer with many years of experience in the senior bathtub industry. This company not only provides superior products, it is also as multi-award-winner, having received the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. To contact Tub King, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231 or email alan@tubking.com. 
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How to Avoid Needing a Senior Nursing Home


By Kerry Knight
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I’ve heard many horror stories about senior nursing homes.  People being mistreated. Facilities providing inferior care, neglecting tenents who need special medication or regular care. Excessive charges for menial things like aspirins or toilet paper. I personally never want to live in one.

Don’t get me wrong.  Nursing homes are needed, especially when some are beyond the care that other providers can give.  For those who need care 24-hours day in and day out, a nursing home may be their only solution.  But if you’re looking at a nursing home for a loved one, there are ways to locate the very best ones.
Nursing homes are regulated by both public and private agencies on a state and federal level. Still, sadly,   A resident walking “off campus” can be a danger to themselves and an embarrassment to the home. However, having a number of smaller violation that add up month- after-month is even worse.  It shows a lack of regard for consistent good management and tenent care.

there are some bad players out there.

Look Out for Homes With High Staff Turnover

When you find a staff where several have been there 15 or 20 years,  you probably have a good   There needs to be positive and consistent interaction between staff and residents. Staff members who make an effort to call residents by their first names are a good sign.  Staff members who ignore residents or walk away when a request is made shows that their heart is not in their work.  This most often leads to poor morale and residents who are prone to depression.

environment.

Facilities With Unnecessary Restritctions

One good example of this is when a home refuses to allow residents to hang personal pictures or artwork on their walls. The connection with happy memories is very important to residents.meaningful   Many draw on these memorable moments with family and friends when looking at pictures that were taken many years ago.  This helps keep their spirit up. How Well-kept is the Facility?
Are there objectionable smells in the building?  There is no excuse for this one.  Some nursing homes have a multiple floors, and they may keep many of their problems on those floors so that guests will never see nor smell them.

Consider How the Staff Dresses

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Are they clean and neat?  Do they look professional?  Again, this says something about the entire organization.  Is it being run properly?

Avoid the Need for a 24/7 Facility

Now the above points might help you in choosing a better nursing home, but what about ways to avoid going to a home?
First, as I stated from the opening paragraph, I don’t want to ever live in one. However, going to a nursing home may be unavoidable for some.  If care is needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it may be the only solution.  But let me offer a suggestion about one way to completely avoid the nursing home.  
I think most would agree that one of the major reasons seniors must go to a nursing home is their history of falling.  Some falls are unavoidable.  However, if a senior has a pattern of falling, there are somethings that can help.  Obviously, using a walker, grab bars, and/or possible removing obstructions in the house are good ideas.  Checking for side effects with prescription drugs is another.  
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But where do most falls occur? The bathroom! It’s the most dangerous room in the house for seniors. Thebathtub, especially, with its tall step-over and adjacent slippery floors makes it risky environment for many seniors. That’s one reason the Walk-in Tub was designed.

The Walk-in Tub could keep a loved one out of the nursing home.  It provides a safe and easy entry inot and exit out of the bathtub.  Most thresholds are just six inches, compared to 12 inches in most traditional bathtubs.  Also, there is plenty to hold onto while getting in and out of the tub.  The tub itself stands about 40 inches high and is sturdily constructed.  And for those who can’t stand, the tub offers a non-slip seat, so seniors can sit down and bathe in comfort and safety.  Its built-in, hand-held shower sprayer allows one to rinse off and wash the hair, all without standing.  There is also an interior grab bar to make getting up a lot easier.  The seat and floor are slip-resistant, and  the door on the tub is water tight, so you can fill the tub and relax in nice, warm water, while not fearing of falling. 
Walk-in Tubs can be a way to delay or even avoid the nursing home if used soon enough.  It allows for independent bathing, without the dread of falling. It also provides a feeling of independence and privacy so many seniors want to keep.
In this article, I provided a number of ways to evaluate nursing homes so that if a loved one has to live there, you can choose the best one. Falls are the number one reason seniors end up needing 24-hour care. This article also provides ways of not needing to make this decision for a senior loved one by using a Walk-in tub to help them be safer, remain more independent, and retain their privacy and dignity with its use.  
If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you. 
Thanks again for visiting with us.
About the Walk-in Tub Buyer’s Guide
Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., andSeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

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Check Out Your Fall Home & Patio Show


By Kerry Knight
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I’m often asked, “What’s an easy way to learn about the latest trends in bathroom remodeling? You know, what kind of bathtubs are coming out, what’s the latest in Walk-in tubs? Are there new kinds of fixtures, flooring, etc.?” Here’s my answer: Don’t just scour the Internet, go to a Home and Garden Show so you can touch and see firsthand the latest bath tubs and bathroom remodeling products.

Most cities of any size will have at least one Home and Garden Show a year. These are usually in the Spring when people are thinking about working around the house.  Some will be painting the outside of the house, building a pergola or gazebo, adding a landscape water fall, or adding a new addition.  It’s a fun time to attend the shows to see all the new things out there. These shows can bring in as many as 60,000 people over a few days.  Plus, they’re all there with one thing in mind: how to beautify their home and property.
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Some of your major metro areas will have two shows a year, one in the Spring and another in the Fall.  Jacksonville and Orlando, will both host their Fall Home and Garden shows in October this year, and Tub King will be there.  

It’s the perfect occasion to show off our beautiful Cast iron and Porcelain tubs with handsome Clawfoot legs in brushed nickel, chrome and oil-rubbed bronze.  We’ll display several of our popular tubs: the Slipper tub, the Dual-ended, the Slight Slipper, the Double Slipper, the Pedestals, and the traditional Roll Tops.  This year we’ll be showing off our newest production:  A Slipper tub with an oil-rubbed bronze finish on the outside.  The legs are also oil-rubbed bronze.  With a “British telephone” faucet in the same finish, it really “pops.”  It will be on display and I’m sure it’ll be sold before the show is over on Sunday.

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We’ll also display our Walk-in Tub for seniors or anyone with mobility concerns. There are two sizes to fitevery customer and every bathroom space.  It comes in three different models:  the Soaker, without jets; the Air-jetted version, with 18 therapeutic bubble ports; and the Dual System with water and air jets, which carries both systems, along with an inline heater.

All of our tubs at the Home and Garden Shows are discounted for the lucky patrons attending.  Even installation prices are reduced when you purchase a tub from us during the shows. You’ll be able to see the tubs and even sit in them.  Knowledgeable professionals will be in our booth to answer your questions. This is the perfect time to see and compare products side by side. And, you can get a real idea what they’ll look (and feel) like in your bathroom. There’s nothing like seeing and experiencing a product first-hand, before you buy it.

So this fall, go to your Home and Garden Show and enjoy the day. Even if you’re not ready to remodel yourbathroom yet, you’ll get some ideas as to what you can do and be able to compare products as well.

Please join us if you can.  The Jacksonville Home and Garden Show is October 2 – 5 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center.  The Orlando Home Show is October 24 – 26 at the Orange County Convention Center. We actually have a few free tickets available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  So call us if you’d like to attend.  You can reach our showroom and office at (904) 732-9906. Can’t make this show? You’ll still have the one in Spring 2015 (only six months away).
In this article, I discussed how you can learn about the latest trends in bathroom remodeling by attending a Home and Garden Show. The advantages of seeing and feeling a beautiful claw foot tub in person or sitting in and feeling the comfort of a Walk-in tub in person is immeasurable.

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If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you. 
Thanks again for visiting with us. See you at the shows!
Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., andSeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

Building a New Home? Add Beauty with a Clawfoot Tub

By Kerry Knight
TubKing Double slipper Clawfoot Tub
Today’s builders are looking for ways to add value to the homes they build. Many homes, especially in nicer, upscale neighborhoods, are adding designed bathroom and kitchens. These are two places that people spend a lot of time. 

Designers are always trying make a house more functional, and are also striving to add elegance, beauty in places where home owners can relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of today’s stressful life.  Many designers are now calling for Clawfoottubs as their designed bathroom center piece.

TubKing Slipper Clawfoot tub in Red and gold.
And it’s not just designers and homebuilders who are doing this. Many who are in the market for buying, or having a custom homebuilt, are also looking to add a touch of elegance to the biggest purchase they’ll ever make.

Clawfoot tub sales are up. Many are in the market to purchase these elegant tubs. If you don’t know about this let me explain.  About 150 years ago, Clawfoot tubs were introduced to American society. At first, only the rich and famous had them. They were mostly a European product, and they became very became fashionable after the Civil War.  Foundries abroad, using a mold, would cast a bathtub out of iron.  They would then spray a porcelain glass material over the cast iron to make a high-gloss finish that was both beautiful and functional.  Legs, also made of cast iron, were then fashioned into many exotic designs to fit on the bottom of these tubs.  It became a craze that reached into the U.S. very quickly, and the concept continued for over a hundred years.

TubKing tubs can be customized for color and feet type.
Eventually, foundries in the U.S. began to close due to lack of demand.  They were being replaced by a new substance called fiberglass.  It was much more cost effective and the units were not nearly as heavy.  The one piece shower surround became the new craze.

Today, many are returning to the retro look of the antique Clawfoot tubs.  Most have to be imported, but the quality is the same.  The advantage today is there are more shapes and sizes to choose from.  The Slipper Tub, especially, is a hot item.  Made of cast iron and porcelain, these tubs have the pronounced slope on one end of the tub that has been seen on many movie sets.  It is exotic-looking to say the least, and especially attractive for ladies.  The exterior of the tub can be done in any color and the legs can come in many different metallic finishes.

At TubKing, we can create one just fro your taste & budget.
We’ve found that many who are in the process of building a new home have created ways to really glamorize their bathrooms.  Most builders will put in the standard 5-foot fiberglass shower surround or an acrylic garden tub.  These are all too common.  A better choice might be to talk to your builder about making an exchange.  Get a credit for his fiberglass tub and purchase one of the classic Clawfoot tubs.  It will immediately add perceived value to your home and become the centerpiece for decorating your bathroom.

I’m currently in the process of building a new home and have already told the builder I didn’t want his standard tub.  I’ll put in my own cast iron and porcelain Slipper Tub.  The faucet, drain, water supply lines and the legs will be oil-rubbed bronze. It will also have the “English Telephone Faucet” with sprayer.  Yes, there will be a separate shower stall, but this tub will be the focal point of the entire bathroom.

Another TubKing Clawfoot tub.
You spend a lot of time designing a home; do something special in one of your bathrooms.  You can even make it into your own private oasis. Guests will love it, and you’ll get a hundred years of use out of your Clawfoot and your bathroom will be the envy of all who visit.

In this article, I discussed how you can have a new Clawfoot tub installed in that new house you’re planning to buy instead of having to settle for a plain old shower/tub combo. Many home builders and designers are using Clawfoot tubs as a showcase item to bring elegance and beauty to the designer home they’re selling. In many cases, you can get a credit for the planned tub or shower enclosure in exchange for the Clawfoot tub.

Customer testimonial for a clawfoot tub.

If you found this article useful, please share it with your family, friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the Comments section of this blog.  If you’d like to find more articles about Clawfoot tubs, enter “clawfoot” in the search box at the top of this blog. Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you. 
Thanks again for visiting with us.

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., andSeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.
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HOW MUCH SHOULD I PAY FOR A WALK-IN TUB?

LEARN THE FACTS!

By Kerry Knight
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When the Wild, Wild West was first opened to settlers, anything and everything was going on. Today the Internet is a lot like the Wild, Wild West was in the1800s. Especially if you are buying products. Pretty much anything goes.

I recently received a phone call from a potential customer and she said, “The prices for Walk-in tubs are all over the map.  How do I know what I should pay?”  Good question.  I’ve heard every price you can imagine.  Some have been as high as $20,000, and that’s without installation.  Let me offer some observations that may help.

Enjoy a soaker walk in tub.

When considering a Walk-in Tub, decide which features are important to you. Sometimes I hear from people who say, “I don’t want anything fancy, just a safe tub that I can get into without falling.”  The soaker tub is designed without any electrical parts, with no jets, motors or heaters.  The customer can enter the tub with a slight 6 inch threshold, close the watertight door, and sit down, to bathe in comfort and safety.  The grab bar is right beside the seat, and the faucet handles are within easy reach.  The hand held shower comes with a four foot, metal braided hose that retracts back into the tub with a counterweight when not being used.  This allows a person to enter safely, sit down, lean back and relax in warm water.  This is the Soaker version.  A fair price for this tub is around $2,000.


The next step up would be the air jetted, hydrotherapy model.  It typically comes with 18 jet ports that create thousands of therapeutic bubbles for helping with many medical conditions.  An air pump brings warm air into the water to create the effect of a hot tub.  It relaxes the body and helps with tired aching muscles.  Water therapy has been used for thousands of years in the healing of the body.  A fair price for this version of the Walk-in Tub would be around $2,500.

Here you can see the jets and the heater.
The next step would be to add the water jetted massage system.  This model really helps when treating an injury or back and knee pain.  There are typically six water jet ports:  two ports behind the back, two behind the knees and two across from the knees.  The great thing about this version is the jets are moveable, so you can direct the water force at key points of the body.  You can also adjust the amount of force coming through the jet as to reach your perfect comfort level.  This model comes with the air jetted system, water jetted system, AND the inline heater.  The heater helps in keeping the water warm, so that you can remain in the tub longer.  A fair price for this deluxe model would be around $3,000.

So, my conclusion is you should be paying between $2,000 and $3,000 for your Walk-in Tub, based upon the unique features that you want.

The shipping and delivery of the tub can be another place where companies sneak in excessive fees. Our tubs come with free shipping to the lower 48 states. In many cases, companies will any anywhere from two to four hundred dollars for shipping.

Some companies also charge a separate fee for the fixtures, adding another $200 to the price. Always ask what’s included with the Walk-in tub.

Then there’s this question.  “How much is the installation cost?”  There are many ways to answer that. 

Benefits of the Walk In Tub

You may be one of the fortunate ones who have a family member that has handyman skills.  I know in our case, many of our customers install the tubs themselves, sometimes using a licensed electrician or plumber on the side for the delicate work.   There are also technicians out there who specialize in installing Walk-in Tubs.  Our technicians have installed hundreds of these tubs all around the immediate Southeast. 

These should be included.

Unfortunately, some Walk-in Tub companies try to hide much of their profit by charging ridiculous prices for installation.  They may say, “I will sell you the tub for $3,000, but the installation is $10,000.”  More often, they combine the two together so you don’t know what you are paying for each one separately.


Typically, an installation takes two days:  one for demolition (taking out the old tub, if there is one), and the second day for installing the new Walk-in Tub.  This sometimes requires widening a door if the tub won’t pass through, or doing extra tile work.    A basic installation of setting the tub in place and hooking up the plumbing and electrical, should cost no more than $3,000.  The bathroom will be put back into working order, cleaned up and all debris removed.  The technician will also test the tub to make sure it is working properly and demonstrate to the customer how to operate the tub.  There should also be an owner’s manual left for the customer.  The phone number for the technician should also be left in case there are questions.

Some  Walk-in Tub companies will not give you a price over the phone.  Always beware of that.  They want to send a high-pressure salesman to your home to talk you into spending $20,000.  They will try to scare you with statistics about falling.  They will appeal to your spouse and shame them over their lack of concern.  Anyway, it often works.  Don’t get caught in their web, just say no!

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Just like in the Wild, Wild West, anything goes if you’re uninformed. Remember our prices, (which are very competitive); the very best model (with all features mentioned) is $3,000 and with a thorough installation of the tub, the price should be in the $6,000 range.  Don’t make the mistake of overpaying.  Compare quality, features and include shipping and installation. Don’t let high-pressure salesmen treat you like it’s the Wild, Wild West!


In this article I provided a detailed description of what you can expect to pay when investing in a Walk-in tub.  My discussion also provides a detailed description of the many tricks companies use to increase the cost or hide their higher inflated prices to fool the average consumer. Knowing these tricks and actual fair prices will help any consumer make a wise decision when buying a Walk-in tub. Take the time to shop and compare our Tub King products with that of any competitor, and we’re sure we’ll come out on top. We offer a guaranteed low price, high quality, plus provide free shipping in the lower 48 states. 

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If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you. 

Thanks again for visiting with us.

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.


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