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Find the Best Walk-in Bathtubs in Madison, WI

For the 11% of Madison’s population that is 65 and over, using a regular bathtub can be a safety risk. Walk-in tubs, with low entries and nonslip floors, decrease the risk of falling in the bathroom. Madison.com has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing threshold height, luxury features and consumer reviews of 26 businesses and choosing right from the top walk-in bath companies in Madison.

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Types of walk-in tubs in Madison

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The most common types of walk-in tubs available in Madison include the following:

  • Soaking tubs are the standard walk-in tub model, focusing mainly on user safety. This type of tub has a leakproof door, a low step-in, built-in seat and nonslip floor.
  • Whirlpool tubs have all the features of a soaking tub, plus jets that provide a therapeutic massage. Whirlpool tubs may be aromatherapy tubs (air jets), hydrotherapy tubs (water jets) or combination tubs (both types of jets).
  • Wheelchair-accessible tubs have a wider entry and a chair-level seat to make the transition from wheelchair to tub convenient.
  • Bariatric tubs are larger walk-in tubs built to accommodate heavier individuals.

Madison residents with mobility issues, like those who live in downtown condos near Capitol Square or in popular areas like Shorewood Hills and Middleton, benefit from the safety features of walk-in tubs, like the low entry threshold, grab bar and nonslip flooring. Walk-in bathtubs are about 1 to 2 feet deeper than traditional tubs.

Walk-in tubs aren’t only about safety, though. Premium walk-in tub models have air and water jets and heated surfaces, which can provide relief from muscle and joint pain. Other add-on features available for walk-in tubs in Madison include:

  • Chromotherapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Quick-fill faucets and quick drains
  • Self-cleaning systems
  • Customized tub and faucet colors
  • Wall surrounds

Most Madison walk-in bath companies assist you with choosing the right walk-in tub for your home during a free consultation, where a representative can take measurements in your bathroom and go over product options.

How much do walk-in tubs cost in Madison?

Walk-in tubs in Madison vary from $1,500 to $20,000, depending on the type of tub and its features. Most walk-in tubs cost between $5,000 and $8,000, including installation. Tubs with luxury features and tubs that you customize are more expensive than basic soakers. Specialty models, like wheelchair and bariatric walk-in tubs, also carry extra cost.

Walk-in tub companies in Madison that offer professional installation include the cost of installation in the quote. If installation is not included, expect to pay $1,500 or lower, unless your bathroom requires extensive electrical or plumbing work.

Madison walk-in tub installation

Installing a walk-in tub takes between one and three days. Most walk-in bath companies in Madison provide professional installation or will recommend a contractor licensed in the state of Wisconsin. Older homes, like those in Maple Bluff and Nakoma, may require an update to electrical and plumbing systems, which extends installation time.

The city of Madison may require permits for bathroom alterations, like installing a walk-in tub. Talk to your walk-in tub installer about whether obtaining a permit is necessary before work begins. You can also contact Madison’s Development Services Center with questions.

Madison walk-in tub FAQ

How long does it take to have a walk-in tub installed in Madison?

Installing a walk-in tub in Madison usually takes from one to three days. It can take longer if you need significant renovations to your home, like installing a larger water heater. During an in-home consultation, a tub company representative will tell you what time frame to expect.

Do walk-in tubs leak?

A walk-in tub comes with a strong door seal that prevents leaks. Before purchasing your tub, check the warranty for the door seal; most companies cover this tub component for an unlimited time.

What financial assistance programs are available for a walk-in tub purchase in Madison?

Medicare and Medicaid generally don’t cover walk-in tubs in Wisconsin. If you’re a veteran with disabilities, you may qualify for a housing grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Department of Agriculture also offers housing loans and grants to low-income, rural residents. Most Madison walk-in bathtub companies offer financing plans with monthly payments.

How do I clean a walk-in tub?

Cleaning a walk-in tub is similar to cleaning a regular bathtub or shower. When you finish using the walk-in tub, rinse it with warm water to drain residue and avoid stain buildup. Once a week, clean the surfaces, faucet, and the showerhead with a mild cleaning solution. Some Madison companies sell walk-in tubs with self-cleaning systems that prevent microbial growth.

Madison walk-in bathtub company information

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Safe Step

Safe Step designs walk-in tubs for safety and comfort. Homeowners in Madison receive Safe Step’s lowest-price guarantee and professional installation. Each Safe Step tub is backed with a lifetime warranty and goes through a 14-point quality control inspection. Contact Safe Step for a free consultation and no-obligation quote.

Safe Step Learn More (800) 692-1935
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American Standard

American Standard, a leading provider of plumbing products in North America, offers over 200 different styles of walk-in tubs, including a wide selection of features, colors and styles. Tubs include warranties of at least 10 years. Residents of Madison can contact American Standard to schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation.

American Standard Learn More (855) 858-5417
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Kohler

Kohler offers Madison homeowners several walk-in tub styles with options like water and air jets, fast-drain technology and heated surfaces. Installation time is as short as one day and is provided by company-certified specialists. Kohler offers financing to qualified buyers, and tubs come with a limited lifetime warranty. Contact Kohler for a free quote.

Kohler Learn More (800) 997-3146
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Jacuzzi

Jacuzzi designs its walk-in tubs to fit into existing tub space so you don’t need significant remodeling. Each tub features a leakproof door, hydromassage jets and fast drain technology. Its trained technicians do all installations, sometimes in as little as one day. They will also remove and dispose of your old tub. Jacuzzi offers Madison residents pricing specials and free estimates.

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Mad City Windows & Baths

Mad City Windows & Baths provides residents of Madison with several walk-in tub options from Luxury Bath. It offers full service to its customers from a certified team of factory-trained experts. Mad City Windows & Baths walk-in tubs have a lifetime guarantee and are made in the U.S. Contact the company for a free consultation and quote, or visit the local office at 5020 Voges Road, Madison, WI 53718.

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Tundraland

Tundraland provides the entire state with several walk-in bathtub models. Its walk-in tubs have safety features including easy-to-grip handrails and ultra-low entryways. Madison residents can contact Tundraland for a free quote and to learn about payment plans. Tundraland has showrooms in Kaukauna and Wausau but services homes in Madison and all over Wisconsin.

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Badger Bath

Badger Bath offers Madison homeowners with walk-in tub conversions, saving clients time and money. These conversions generally take less time than a full walk-in tub install. All conversions have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a full warranty. Call Badger Bath for more information and a free estimate.

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Home Depot

Home Depot offers Madison residents numerous walk-in tub options and provides comprehensive financing options and professional installation services. It carries many brands, sizes and price ranges. All of Wisconsin can see Home Depot's walk-in tubs and product specifications via its website. Home Depot has two Madison-area stores, including one at 4550 Verona Road, Madison, WI 53711.

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