Walk-in tubs are an extremely important medical and therapeutic intervention for those with chronic mobility and/or balance issues. The ability to bathe without having to step over the side of a bathtub means that it is possible for the elderly and infirm to continue to live independently – and often gain some relief from pain. Jacuzzi is one of the best-known names in the market, so choosing a tub from them is a solid option.
This guide is designed to go over some of the costs involved in buying a Jacuzzi walk-in tub so that you have an idea of where to save and where to splurge.
Jacuzzi is one of the market leaders in the world of walk-in tubs. There’s a reason why, in many parts of the world, ‘Jacuzzi’ is a synonym for any bathtub with air jets. The company (under the guise of the Jacuzzi brothers) actually invented the world’s first submersible water pump, which allowed for jets to be placed inside a bathtub.
Jacuzzi remains an innovator to this day, specializing in hydrotherapy and massage tubs for those who need additional support when bathing. The company is known for high-quality construction and materials, meaning it’s a solid choice for your walk-in tub needs.
For a full review of Jacuzzi tubs, see our page Jacuzzi Walk-in Tub Review.
Overall, you can expect to pay somewhere between $4,800 and $10,000 for a Jacuzzi walk-in tub. While this does place them somewhere near the more expensive end of the market, Jacuzzi prides itself on being able to offer high-quality features within its walk-in tubs. As befits the fact that Jacuzzi was one of the innovators in the walk-in tubs market, Jacuzzi has a number of features as standard that are luxuries for other brands.
For example, that $4,800 to $10,000 includes the cost of:
When comparing the cost of a Jacuzzi model, it’s not accurate to compare it to a basic model from another company – instead, you need to consider all of the add-ons that you’d need to pay with another company in order to get the ‘standard’ model Jacuzzi.
What is not included in the overall cost above is installation. This very much varies depending on the type of tub you choose. For a more detailed overview, see the section below.
For comparison, check out the costs of some competitor brands:
Although the cost of installation will vary based on factors such as the cost of living in your area, the size and shape of your bathroom, and the difficulty of installation, one of the biggest determinants is the model that you buy. The below will give you a ballpark figure for each of the different model types. The below figures all use a national average of $45 for the labor cost of installation:
For an Economy model, you’ll likely need about 4 hours of labor for installation, which will set you back around $180. In addition, you’ll need about $100 – $500 of installation materials. On top of this, you’ll pay a flat installation fee of around $1,800. In total, this will mean an installation cost of around $2,080.
For the Whirlpool model, the installation fee is $4,000. In addition, there is the same $100 – $500 materials fee for installation. Because the Whirlpool model is more difficult to install than the Economy model, it will take around 6 hours to install, meaning a further $270. This will mean that the final total for installation is around $4,370 – $4,770.
The Airbath model is again more expensive to install, particularly in terms of materials. The flat fee is $5,500. The cost for materials is between $300 and $600. It should, however, take only 4 hours to install, meaning labor costs of only $180. This brings the total installation cost to somewhere between $5,980 and $6,280.
The Bariatric Tub is the largest tub sold by Jacuzzi. As such, it has installation costs to match. The flat fee is $8,000. The materials cost is usually somewhere between $200 and $400. The installation for the Bariatric Tub takes approximately 5 hours, so should cost around $135. This leaves a final installation cost of $8,335 to $8,535.
The Combination Tub is the most expensive model to install due to the relative awkwardness of its size and shape. The flat fee for installation is $8,500. The materials are likely to cost somewhere between $300 and $500. The labor cost is also relatively high, at $270 for six hours’ work. This leaves a final installation cost of between $9,070 and $9,270.
The actual cost of the different models of Jacuzzi tubs is also worth factoring into any of your pricing calculations. Although the exact cost varies depending on some of the specific details of your walk-in tub features (you’ll need to get a personalized quote to find the exact cost) – as a ballpark, you can use the below figures:
The Salon Spa walk-in tub has a number of powerful features that create a spa-like experience. This model has an air injector, jets, as well as an aromatherapy and chromatherapy system. One premium feature of this model is that there is a ‘Heated Soak system’ where you can heat the water in the tub without adding more hot water. This model costs somewhere between $6,845 and $8,026.
The Whirlpool Bath is one of Jacuzzi’s most prestigious models (as you’d expect from a company that essentially invented the whirlpool bath). This is designed to offer a full therapeutic massage. It’s possible to customize the jet options depending on whether you want them to be targeted at your lower back, legs, feet, or some combination of the three. Again, depending on your combination of jets, there will be a difference in price, although you’ll pay between $5,894 and $6,940.
The Pure Air Bath is designed to be a more relaxing experience than the therapeutic massage of the Whirlpool model. The massage comes from the thousands of tiny bubbles that are released (rather than the jets in other models). There is an optional aromatherapy system to create a truly relaxing environment; there is also the option of a bubble foot massage. For this model, you’ll pay somewhere between $5,894 and $6,940.
The soaking tub is one of the simplest models available from Jacuzzi. It comes with a sloped design that will help you relax in the warm water. This model can come with jets and massage options, although it is designed to be a relatively entry-level tub, best enjoyed at its simplest. It is perhaps best suited to those who have very sensitive skin or severe mobility issues who may not be able to withstand the impact the Soaking Tub will cost you between $4,844 and $5,699.
One cost you’ll need to consider is the cost of upkeep. If you don’t currently have a bath, or have one that you only use infrequently, then the additional running costs may have an impact on your finances. The good news is that walk-in baths can still be relatively inexpensive to run.
For example, if you have a 60-gallon bath that you fill every day for a year, you’ll see only a $55 increase in your water bill. Obviously, the larger the bath you buy, the higher this cost will be. However, as a rule of thumb, you expect to pay $1 per year for each gallon. So, for example, if you have a 75-gallon tub, you’re likely to pay $75 per year.
As a company, Jacuzzi often has special offers and promotions. As such, you should keep an eye out for time-limited offers that can save you money. For example, as of May 2022, Jacuzzi was offering a $1,500 cash rebate for select models of walk-in tubs.
Jacuzzi also has financing available for those with good credit. In some cases, that is interest-free financing (again, depending on promotions and your credit rating). You may be able to get a veterans’ discount, although this doesn’t apply to all models. In general, if you have a little bit of time flexibility, it’s worth checking in on the prices of Jacuzzi walk-in tubs over the course of three months. This way, you’re likely to get the best deals.
Ultimately, a walk-in tub isn’t always a luxury purchase, although it carries a luxury price tag. For those who have mobility issues, a walk-in tub can allow the ability to live a relatively normal and independent life.
However, despite the necessity of a walk-in tub for some, the cost is not covered by most insurers. You’ll therefore need to be financially savvy in choosing the best option for you. Hopefully, the above guide will have given you enough information to make an informed choice for your needs and your budget.