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Find the Best Walk-in Tubs in Buffalo, NY

About 12% of Buffalo’s population is over 65, and 13% of people under 65 have a disability. Both of these populations can benefit from the installation of a walk-in tub, which helps lower the risk of falling in the bathroom. The Buffalo News has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing the local popularity, product selection and regional availability of 21 businesses and choosing seven favorites from the top walk-in bathtub companies in Buffalo.

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What to look for in a walk-in tub in Buffalo

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Walk-in tubs come in different styles and with various safety and comfort features, depending on the company and model. All walk-in tubs have a lower step-in threshold than a regular bathtub, a swinging door, a nonslip floor, a built-in seat, a grab bar and a hand-held showerhead.

Other available features can make a tub more relaxing or more targeted toward treating specific issues, like arthritis or stress. For example, customers can choose to add air or water jets, LED lighting, aromatherapy and heated surfaces.

The most popular types of walk-in tubs in Buffalo include the following:

  • Soaker walk-in tubs are basic walk-in tubs with standard safety features. Soakers are the most affordable type of walk-in tub and can fit in the space of an existing bathtub or shower.
  • Hydrotherapy walk-in tubs use water jets to provide a massagelike experience. Some users find that hydrotherapy tubs and aerotherapy tubs, with air jets, help relieve symptoms including muscle and joint pain and stiffness.
  • Wheelchair-accessible walk-in tubs are designed to make it easy for wheelchair users to transfer in and out of the tub. This type of tub has an outward-swinging door and wide entryway.
  • Bariatric walk-in tubs are built for heavier individuals. These tubs have wide entryways, a larger seat and more overall space.

How much does a walk-in tub cost in Buffalo?

In Buffalo, standard soaker walk-in tubs start around $1,500. Adding hydrotherapy or aromatherapy to a tub increases the price to around $6,000. Other options include shower-tub combos, bariatric walk-in tubs and two-seaters, which range between $3,500 and $7,000. Highly customized and feature-rich walk-in tubs can cost $10,000 or more.

Most walk-in tub companies in Buffalo offer a free in-home inspection to provide an accurate quote for both the tub and the installation. The price of a walk-in tub includes the walk-in tub warranty but not always installation. During your consultation, ask a representative about whether the company performs installation and how much it costs.

Buffalo walk-in bathtub FAQ

Is a permit required to install a walk-in tub in Buffalo?

Yes, you may need a permit from the City of Buffalo before installation of a walk-in tub. Contact the city and speak with your walk-in tub installer to find out if a permit is required.

Are walk-in tubs tax deductible?

Yes, a walk-in tub can be tax deductible if it’s purchased for medical reasons. Speak with a tax professional about your specific situation to learn more.

How do walk-in tubs work?

Walk-in tubs are bathtubs that make bathing safer for users. They have a swinging door that’s leakproof, a low threshold to step over, a built-in seat, a nonslip floor, a grab bar and a hand-held showerhead. Users must enter the tub before filling it and wait for it to drain before exiting. Walk-in tubs can have features such as air and water jets, heated rests, quick drains, light therapy and more.

Do I need to hire a plumber to install my walk-in tub in Buffalo?

We recommend having a professional install a walk-in tub, in order to protect your home from damage and maintain the tub’s warranty. Many companies install the walk-in tubs they sell. If you buy a walk-in tub from a company that doesn’t do installation, ask for a recommendation for a contractor licensed in the City of Buffalo.

What’s a typical warranty for walk-in tubs in Buffalo?

Walk-in tubs come with a warranty that covers all the main components of the tub, including the shell, door seal and jets, plus labor. Keep in mind, however, that not all components are always covered for the same length of time. For instance, the door seal is usually covered for the life of the product, while motors are covered for five to 10 years.

Buffalo walk-in bath company information

Safe Step

Safe Step offers walk-in tubs that are fully customized to each home’s budget and needs. With each purchase, the company includes a 100% guaranteed installation by professionals. All tubs go through a 14-point quality inspection after manufacture. Safe Step includes a lifetime warranty on the entire tub.

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American Standard

American Standard is a leading manufacturer of walk-in tubs in North America. Its line of walk-in tubs includes walk-in air baths, deep soaking tubs, combination massage tubs and walk-in whirlpool tubs. American Standard offers free in-home evaluations and estimates on walk-in tubs. Products come with a lifetime warranty on the door seal and warranties on the tub and components.

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Kohler has 160 years of experience working on plumbing solutions, including walk-in baths. Its baths come with 3-inch threshold. Each purchase includes a lifetime limited warranty that covers the systems, features and shell. Kohler offers financing options and a free quote backed by a price promise.


Independent Home

With nine models available, Independent Home offers customers the flexibility to find the right walk-in tub for their budget and needs. The company offers a $1,500 installation certificate to help cover the cost of installation by professionals. Each product includes a full lifetime warranty. Independent Home offers a free site inspection and consultation. Financing is available for qualified customers.

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Comfort Windows & Doors

Comfort Windows & Doors sells and installs soaker and jetted walk-in tubs. Customers receive a free in-home estimate. The company provides a limited lifetime warranty on tubs, showerheads and walls. Comfort Windows & Doors has four showrooms throughout Western New York, including one at 560 Fillmore Ave., Tonawanda, NY 14150.

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Hart Medical Design

Hart Medical Design was founded with the mission of helping seniors live in their homes longer and more comfortably. All walk-in tub purchases begin with an initial consultation and assessment to help customers find the right walk-in tub and to provide a free, accurate quote on services. Hart Medical Design is located at 1810 Military Road, Ste. 100, Kenmore, NY 14217.

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Luxury Bath Technologies

Luxury Bath is a national leader in walk-in tub design and manufacturing. All tubs are infused with Microban technology, a special product designed to keep mold, mildew and unhealthy microbes at bay. Each custom-measured bath can be professionally installed and comes with a five-year warranty. The company also offers repair services and financing options. Luxury Bath serves Buffalo from 80 Clinton St., Ste. 206, Tonawanda, NY 14150.

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