History of Walk-In Tubs

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The very first patent for a form of a walk-in tub dates back to 1946 by Arthur E Fowler and Jr Albert Dressler.

History of Walk-in Tubs

The very first patent for a form of a walk-in tub dates back to 1946 by Arthur E Fowler and Jr Albert Dressler.  They came up with the mechanism to open and close a bathtub so that you would be able to walk into the tub and close the door.  

One of the most popular companies that made walk-in tubs was Safety Tubs.  They were the original manufacturer of an acrylic walk-in tub.  They held most of the newest technology patents of the cutting edge parts that go into walk-in tubs.  American Standard acquired Safety Tubs In 2010.  It wasn't too long after that most of the patents expired, and the best technology for walk-in tubs became available to every manufacturer.

In-Swing Vs. Outswing

In-swing walk-in tubs have been around much longer than out-swing.  Out-swing requires more room to open than an in-swing, and we find that most bathrooms have a hard time accommodating an out-swing tub.  Out-swing works better for people who have a bigger physique and need an optimal place for getting in and out of the tub, for example, if you're in a wheelchair.

In-swing walk-in tubs are most common.  They can fit in tighter spaces and have an excellent seal.  We do feel that these tubs are a better fit for someone with a smaller profile.


Walk-in tubs can be a personal spa.  We recommend the following updates to get that spa experience:

  • Water Jets
  • Air Jets
  • Heat Pump
  • Quick Drain
  • Heated Seat
  • Chroma-therapy
  • Handshower
  • Bidet


One thing to consider about walk-in tubs is that they are not small by any means.  Most interior doors are 24" wide, which makes it challenging to get the bathtub inside the room.  It's best to have a professional design consultant to assess the area.  

When adding in the upgrades, provide electricity to the area, and most of the time, it will require more than one circuit.


Walk-in tubs have proven to help people with PTSD with its therapeutic benefits.  Another medical advantage is the increase in blood flow by the use of specially positioned water jets. Increase blood flow specifically helps people who have diabetes.

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Mitchell Clay

Proud father and husband. A big comic book nerd and sweets are my kryptonite. I fell in love with the remodeling industry in 2008 and it's held a tight grip on me ever since.

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