All over the internet, online reviewers praise a wide variety of Ella’s Bubbles tub models for their reliability and quality. What’s more, the company’s pick-and-choose approach, which allows consumers to select individual features rather than choose among a narrow range of packages, means that buyers can settle on the price points, sizes, and configurations that suit them best. By putting so much power in the consumer’s hands and offering a wide range of tubs at a variety of prices, Ella’s Bubbles stands out for letting its customers choose the types and amount of features that will bring them the most value.
Ella's Bubbles Walk-In Tubs Review
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All over the internet, online reviewers praise a wide variety of Ella’s Bubbles tub models for their reliability and quality. What’s more, the company’s pick-and-choose approach, which allows consumers to select individual features rather than choose among a narrow range of packages.
Economy Walk-In Tub
Starting At $2,400
Ella’s Bubbles Economy model doesn’t come with some of the convenience options available in other Ella’s Bubbles tubs, such as a fast-fill faucet or dual-drain system (or the distinctive steel-and-tempered-glass doors that give most other models their distinctive look). What’s more, the Economy model is made out of gelcoat fiberglass over a steel frame, so it doesn’t have the scratch-resistant durability of an acrylic body. For a high quality tub from a major manufacturer, however, it’s hard to beat the Economy’s low price point, and it comes with the same warranties as Ella’s Bubbles’ other models, making it a great value for someone who just wants some of Ella’s Bubbles’ impressive features without the higher prices.
Inward-Swinging Door Tub
Starting At $3,000
We’ve chosen one of Ella’s Bubbles’ inward-swinging door models—the Ultimate—as our best overall walk-in tub for 2022, but all of Ella’s Bubbles’ inward-swinging door models have a beautiful design, including Ella’s Bubbles’ distinctive steel-and-glass door, decorative access plates, a glossy and durable acrylic body, a dual-drain system for a fast exit from the tub, and chrome fixtures. As if this weren’t enough, these tubs also come in a wide array of sizes. As with most Ella’s Bubbles models, consumers can get the inward-swinging-door tub with the full range of therapeutic features, including micro bubbles, air massage, and hydrotherapy. What’s more, Ella’s Bubbles offers one of its few packages in the Ultimate model, which includes all three types of therapy for a price much lower than any of its competitors for a similar array of features. Finally, Ella’s Bubbles adds a nice touch to the Ultimate with its tub-side swivel tray, which gives the user a convenient place to put a drink, bath accessory, or reading material. While the inward swing models tend to be more expensive than the Economy line, they do offer some impressive features for relatively low price points, and, in the Ultimate model, offers one of the best values in full-featured walk-in tubs on the market.
White Label Models
Small, Short, Narrow, Deep, Long, Bariatric
Outward-Swinging Door Tub
Starting From $3,500
As the name implies, Ella’s Bubbles outward-swing-door model features the distinctive Ella’s Bubbles door—except that this door swings outward, rather than inward, making the tub a little more accessible for those with mobility issues. What’s more, this line of tubs includes one of Ella’s Bubbles unique offerings: a tub that allows you to enter from the front (facing the seat) rather than the side, allowing the buyer to place their walk-in in a narrower space than usual while still assuring easy access (note that the front entry model doesn’t have the steel-and-glass door, however). Every size and configuration of this model has the same standard features as the inward-opening-door model, and offers the same range of optional features as well. For those who need a little more accessibility, the outward-swinging door model may be worth a look.
White Label Model
“My hubby and I bought this Walk-In Tub a few years back and it was one of the best purchases we’ve ever made! With Back aches, Knee problems and Arthritis as we age the Air/Hydro jets and heat really help ease the pain.”
Starting For $3,100
Ella’s Bubbles’ two-seat tubs, offers some of the appeal of hot tubs and other communal bathing arrangements by allowing two people to bathe simultaneously. These tubs, which come in a wide range of sizes, are unique on the market, they all include Ella’s Bubbles’ distinctive glass door, and they also offer the foot massage option that isn’t always available in other models. Beyond that, they offer the same range of convenience and therapeutic features as Ella’s Bubbles’ other models, and their unique place in a market that’s otherwise pretty similar across brands makes this tub priceless for those who want to be able to bathe with a partner.
Starting For $3,700
We’ve chosen Ella’s Bubbles’ wheelchair accessible model—the Transfer—as the Best Wheelchair Accessible walk-in tub for 2022. That’s because like all of its other major models, Ella’s Bubble’s wheelchair accessible line gives consumers a wide range of options in a quality-constructed acrylic-and-steel-frame tub. But unlike the other models (and as the name implies) the Transfer tubs feature an L-shaped, outward-swinging door that allows those in a wheelchair to move directly from the chair seat to the tub seat. Not every manufacturer offers a wheelchair accessible tub, and Ella’s Bubbles’ version is quite economical, requiring only a moderate investment beyond the price of their inward-swinging-door line. This makes it a good value for anyone in a wheelchair or who might have more severe mobility problems.
At a Glance
A checklist of standard walk-in tub features.
|Our Rating||Economy Tub||4.6||Inward-Opening Door Tub||4.8||Outward-Opening Door Tub||4.8||Two-Seat Tub||4.8||Wheelchair Accessible||4.8|
|Price*||Economy Tub||$2600||Inward-Opening Door Tub||$3000 – $5800, depending on size and options||Outward-Opening Door Tub||$3500 – $5800, depending on size and options||Two-Seat Tub||$3100 – $5800, depending on size and options||Wheelchair Accessible||$3700 – $6000, depending on size and options|
|Low Entry Threshold||Economy Tub||standard||Inward-Opening Door Tub||standard||Outward-Opening Door Tub||standard||Two-Seat Tub||standard||Wheelchair Accessible||standard|
|Push Button Controls||Economy Tub||optional||Inward-Opening Door Tub||optional||Outward-Opening Door Tub||optional||Two-Seat Tub||optional||Wheelchair Accessible||optional|
|Built-In Safety Bar||Economy Tub||standard||Inward-Opening Door Tub||standard||Outward-Opening Door Tub||standard||Two-Seat Tub||standard||Wheelchair Accessible||standard|
|Textured Bath Surfaces||Economy Tub||standard||Inward-Opening Door Tub||standard||Outward-Opening Door Tub||standard||Two-Seat Tub||standard||Wheelchair Accessible||standard|
|Wheelchair Accessible||Economy Tub||❌||Inward-Opening Door Tub||❌||Outward-Opening Door Tub||❌||Two-Seat Tub||❌||Wheelchair Accessible||✅|
|Whirlpool/Hydrotherapy||Economy Tub||❌||Inward-Opening Door Tub||optional||Outward-Opening Door Tub||optional||Two-Seat Tub||optional||Wheelchair Accessible||optional|
|Chromatherapy||Economy Tub||❌||Inward-Opening Door Tub||optional||Outward-Opening Door Tub||optional||Two-Seat Tub||optional||Wheelchair Accessible||optional|
|Aromatherapy||Economy Tub||❌||Inward-Opening Door Tub||optional||Outward-Opening Door Tub||optional||Two-Seat Tub||optional||Wheelchair Accessible||optional|
*Price can vary by supplier, and special deals are often available. Contact a supplier or installer for a personalized quote.
The Many, Many Models of Ella’s Bubbles Walk-In Tubs
If there’s one drawback to Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tubs, it’s that there’s a bewildering assortment of models and packages for sale. On the one hand, that kind of variety is great—it lets consumers choose the tubs and features they truly value. On the other hand, though, with thirty named models on the market, and with each model offering at least two (and sometimes three or four) therapeutic packages, shopping for an Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tub over the internet can be a frustrating experience. Each new search seems to yield a new spate of possibilities, and not all online retailers stick with Ella’s Bubbles categories when they list the tubs they have for sale.
To make the process easier, we’ve stuck with the names Ella’s Bubbles uses for its models and features in this article. But we’ve included links to some selected models for sale at online retailers to make searching easier, and to help you better navigate the listings you’ll encounter as you shop.
Ella’s Bubbles Features
We’ll go over Ella’s Bubbles most popular models below. But since Ella’s Bubbles offers the same features for almost every model they sell—allowing the consumer to choose the tub that best suits their needs—we’ll start with a quick look at these optional features.
Faucet and Showerhead
Depending on the retailer, Ella’s Bubbles offers a full five-piece faucet set with every model of tub, including two taps, a spout, a handheld showerhead, and a thermal control valve that provides anti-scald protection. It should be noted, though, that some retailers, such as Home Depot, require the faucets to be bought separately, and that for most models, a fast-fill faucet (which puts out 18 gallons per minute rather than 14) costs about $500 extra.
Thermostatic Control Valve
As mentioned above, Ella’s Bubbles provides a thermal control valve that prevents potential scalding by limiting the temperature of the water coming into the tub. This is standard on most models, though not on the Economy tub—and may not come standard from some retailers.
Kickplate and Adjustable Feet
Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tub models also come with a bottom kickplate that can be removed so that the adjustable feet can be lowered significantly. This is a good feature, but it should be noted that with the kickplate in place, the threshold on the tub is higher than it is among some of Ella’s Bubbles’ competitors.
Infusion MicroBubble Therapy
Ella’s Bubbles gets its name from this system that infuses the water with millions of microscopic bubbles, creating a unique sensation of buoyancy and a soothing and gentle massage effect, as well as providing a cleansing effect for the pores and skin.
Infusion MicroBubble Therapy is one of the most beneficial bathing technologies in history—the MicroBubbles are oxygen-rich, infusing the bath water with up to 80% more oxygen than untreated tap water. In a test sponsored by Ella’s Bubbles’ partner NuWhirl, 100% of participants had improved skin hydration after just ten minutes in MicroBubble infused water. Most participants also saw significant improvements in the softness and texture of their skin.
Besides these skin benefits, Infusion MicroBubble Therapy also promotes relaxation and transition to sleep, increases circulation, neutralizes free radicals, exfoliates skin, and even helps to keep your body warmer both during and after bathing. It even helps to remove toxins from the body through the skin and stimulates collagen production. While anyone can benefit greatly from Infusion MicroBubble Therapy, people who deal with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema may see significant improvement in terms of skin condition, integrity, and comfort.
In this feature, air jets provide a gentle massage: depending on the model and the tub size, the air jets providing this soothing therapy can number in the dozens. Ella’s Bubbles offers this—a common feature among walk-in tubs—for about $900–$1100 extra.
Therapeutic Hydro Massage
The most powerful massage feature in any tub is hydrotherapy, which pumps water into the bath to work the legs, back, shoulders, and other areas likely to experience tension or chronic pain. Hydro jets provide a more intense massage than air jets, and Ella’s Bubbles tubs have an intensity dial to increase or decrease hydro jet pressure. Hydro jets deliver an intense massage, but by applying this pressure underwater the user also benefits from reduced gravitational stress on bones, muscles, and joints. Consumers who choose this option also get chromatherapy (where multicolored lights provide a soothing display in the water) and aromatherapy (where an infuser introduces essential oils into the water as well). In addition, people who choose this feature also enjoy Ella’s Bubbles’ ozone sterilization system, which helps remove microbes from the water for the cleanest possible bath. Hydrotherapy costs about $1,500–$1,900 dollars extra, depending on the model.
Independent Foot Massage
Some select models offer an independent foot massage option, which allows the user to partially fill the tub and enjoy hydrotherapy for their lower legs and feet. By combining two independently operating pumps and strategically placed jets at the bottom of the tub, you can stay dry and clothed while enjoying the relaxation and stress relief benefits of a foot soak and hydrotherapy massage. The jets in this independent system can be adjusted from low to high intensity to give your feet their ideal and most comfortable jet pressure.
Dual Drain Technology
To speed up the water draining process, Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tubs have two drains instead of one. This dual drain technology empties the tub in roughly 80 seconds, allowing the bather to exit the tub sooner. By eliminating the waiting period between bathing and exiting the tub you are less likely to get cold waiting and less likely to exit before the tub is completely drained. Staying warm between bathing and exiting the tub maximizes the bath’s benefits for your circulation, joints, skin, and relaxation.
All Ella’s Bubbles tubs except the Economy model can come with heated seat and back surfaces, for about $700–$900 extra.
Slip Resistant Surface
Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tubs all come standard with slip-resistant texturing at the bottom of the tub. As opposed to adhesive grips or mats, the body of the tub itself is textured to provide maximum foot grip while standing or transferring into or out of the tub.
Finally, for about $200 extra, users who have opted for the hydrotherapy, air massage (or both) in their tub can choose to have it include an LED control system rather than the standard push-button controls. This feature is not available from all retailers, however.
While Ella’s Bubbles offers nearly a dozen different configurations of optional features, the tubs themselves really come as blank slates: all of them can come equipped with most of the options listed above—or with no optional features at all. Here’s a quick look at Ella’s Bubbles’ model categories.
Ella’s Bubbles Walk-In Tub Accessories
In addition to the many standard and add-on features available for Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tubs, there are accessories that can be purchased separately to further customize your tub.
Patented 360° Swivel Tray
This tray is the perfect addition for anyone who likes to multitask in the tub. Whether you’re bathing with a book or a beverage, the tray provides a stable surface that can swivel 360 degrees to easily move into reach or out of the way. The tray is standard on Elite, Petite, Royal, and Ultimate models, and it can be added to others.
Tempered Glass Shower Screen
This foldable glass shower screen helps to contain any splashes from bathing or showering, while also adding an element of privacy to your walk-in tub or tub-shower combo. It is made of four glass panels and built with durable hinges and an aluminum frame to withstand frequent opening and closing, and it can be mounted to fit any Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tub depending on your walls and surrounding space.
Shower Column Kit
If you’re wanting to add shower capability to your walk-in tub, the shower column kit is a great option and eliminates the need for a wall-mounted shower head. The kit comes with everything you need to connect the shower column to the existing two-piece or five-piece deck-mounted faucet on your Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tub. With a rain shower head that extends up to 7 feet high and a five-mode hand shower, this kit expands your walk-in tub’s functionality for a more customizable bathing experience.
Seat Pillow and Riser
Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tubs have comfortable seating, but the additional seat pillow and riser (with bidet cutout option) adds softness and a bit of height to your tub seat. Great for extended baths, added pressure protection for delicate skin, and an overall comfort boost, the waterproof and washable seat pillow attaches securely and removes easily.
Other Available Accessories
- Infusion MicroBubble Therapy Universal Installation Kit
- Deck Mount Thermostatic Control Valve Five-Piece Faucet Set
- Heated Seat and Back Rest
- Removable Headrest and Neck Support
- Five-Piece Fast Fill Faucet
- Two-Piece Single Lever Fast Fill Faucet
- Two stylish Five-Piece Roman Faucet Set options
- Hand Shower Hose Extension Kit
|Acrylic Over Steel Body With Leveling Feet||Economy Tub||❌||Inward Swing Door Tub||standard||Outward Swing Door Tub||standard||Two Seated Tub||standard||Wheelchair Accessible||standard||White Label||❌|
|Fast Fill Faucet||Economy Tub||❌||Inward Swing Door Tub||optional||Outward Swing Door Tub||optional||Two Seated Tub||optional||Wheelchair Accessible||optional||White Label||optional|
|Dual Drain System||Economy Tub||❌||Inward Swing Door Tub||standard||Outward Swing Door Tub||standard||Two Seated Tub||standard||Wheelchair Accessible||standard||White Label||white|
|Anti-Scald Technology||Economy Tub||❌||Inward Swing Door Tub||standard||Outward Swing Door Tub||standard||Two Seated Tub||standard||Wheelchair Accessible||standard||White Label||standard|
|Handheld Shower Wand||Economy Tub||✅||Inward Swing Door Tub||standard||Outward Swing Door Tub||standard||Two Seated Tub||standard||Wheelchair Accessible||standard||White Label||standard|
|Tub-Side Swivel Tray||Economy Tub||❌||Inward Swing Door Tub||❌||Outward Swing Door Tub||❌||Two Seated Tub||❌||Wheelchair Accessible||❌||White Label||❌|
|Heated Seats||Economy Tub||❌||Inward Swing Door Tub||optional||Outward Swing Door Tub||optional||Two Seated Tub||optional||Wheelchair Accessible||optional||White Label||optional|
|Back Support||Economy Tub||❌||Inward Swing Door Tub||optional||Outward Swing Door Tub||optional||Two Seated Tub||optional||Wheelchair Accessible||optional||White Label||optional|
|Foot Massage||Economy Tub||❌||Inward Swing Door Tub||❌||Outward Swing Door Tub||optional||Two Seated Tub||optional||Wheelchair Accessible||❌||White Label||❌|
|Infusion MicroBubble Therapy||Economy Tub||optional||Inward Swing Door Tub||optional||Outward Swing Door Tub||optional||Two Seated Tub||optional||Wheelchair Accessible||optional||White Label||❌|
|Air Massage||Economy Tub||optional||Inward Swing Door Tub||optional||Outward Swing Door Tub||optional||Two Seated Tub||optional||Wheelchair Accessible||optional||White Label||optional|
|Hydrotherapy (With Ozone Sterilization, Water Heater, Chromatherapy, And Aromatherapy)||Economy Tub||optional||Inward Swing Door Tub||optional||Outward Swing Door Tub||optional||Two Seated Tub||optional||Wheelchair Accessible||optional||White Label||optional|
|Sizes Available (wxl)||Economy Tub||• 26 inches by 51 inches||Inward Swing Door Tub||• Petite: 28 inches by 52 inches ||Outward Swing Door Tub||• Lounger: 27 inches by 60 inches ||Two Seated Tub||• Companion: 30 inches by 60 inches ||Wheelchair Accessible||• Transfer: 30 inches by 52 inches ||White Label||• Small: 26 inches by 45 inches |
•Long: 32 inches by 60 inches
Frequently Asked Questions
Medicare and health insurance usually only covers items that deemed “medically required” so it is best to think of a walk-in tub as an out of pocket expense. There are some rare occasions where medicare and health insurances will provide financial assistance. Check with your insurance agent to see what your specific policy covers. Most walk-in tub providers also have a specialist you can contact for more information.
What Ella’s Bubbles Customers Have to Say
As our rating indicates, Ella walk-in tubs have a solid track record of satisfying consumers looking for more accessible bathing. Consumers overall seemed very happy with their tubs’ construction, quality, and features, with many specifically mentioning the ways that their tub helped them address problems like injuries or arthritis. Remarkably, too, Ella tubs seemed to have fairly trouble-free installation: while most of the reviews we surveyed dealt with installations done by retailers (as opposed to manufacturers, or manufacturer-preferred installers), there were very few complaints about the process, and quite a few consumers offered specific praise for the contractors and the ease with which their tubs became a fixture in their bathrooms.
“The Companion Massage Whirlpool Walk In Tub is a pretty unique product in that it is a two seater. My wife and I chose this tub over others as we needed something that was ADA accessible for my father-in-law, who lives with us, but also wanted something that we could use. Our plumber and contractor didn’t have much trouble with installation and so far it works great.”
Customers also seem thrilled with Ella’s Bubbles’ customer service. They have plenty of enthusiastic reviews across a number of websites and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Reviewers of Ella’s Bubbles regularly mention outstanding customer support.
“First of all, let’s talk about service. Ella tub service dept. is the best service I have ever experienced. Daphne was my representative and she was always polite, answer my question directly, and is the most caring and empathetic service representative. Daphne if you read this I want to thank you, you are the reason I bought an Ella walk in tub. The tub itself is luxurious, quality built, and is very therapeutic and soothes the soul. I love my Ella tub and for those who are oozing for a walk in tub, Ella by far out performs all other companies. Thanks Ella and Daphne!!!”
—Better Business Bureau
Price and Warranty
Many walk-in tub manufacturers prefer to give interested buyers individualized estimates of how much it will cost to buy and install one of their units. But since Ella’s Bubbles tubs are widely available from online retailers, it’s easier to get a handle on the price of a particular Ella’s Bubbles model. All the same, different retailers can sometimes offer different prices on the same model, and the cost of installation (and shipping, if you’re buying online) is always a wildcard. Even if you’re still in the window-shopping phase, however, you’re probably hoping to get some idea of the cost of the unit you’re most interested in.
As detailed above, Ella’s Bubbles tubs come at numerous price points depending on the options you choose to include with them, with select models offering basic features (the Economy) or a full-featured package (the Ultimate). Note, too, that some retailers sometimes offer special discounts on Ella’s Bubbles tubs, and it’s always possible you’ll find a great deal if you look online.
Ella’s Bubbles’ warranty on their walk-in tubs is comparable to competitors. They offer a limited lifetime warranty on their tubs which includes the frame, shell, door, door seal, and finish. The limited warranty also covers supporting equipment such as motors, pumps, and electronic components. The warranty is only valid for the original purchaser, and the tub or parts must not have been moved from their originally installed location. As with most warranties, the Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tub warranty only applies under normal use and conditions, and only the original purchaser.
If you are having a problem with your Ella’s Bubbles tub and need replacement parts that are covered under warranty, the replacement parts will be shipped to you. The warranty states that Ella’s Bubbles is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred by replacing defective parts. This means that they’ll ship you what needs to be replaced, but you will have to pay for labor if you hire someone to install it.
|Price||Economy Tub||$2,600||Inward-Opening Door Tub||$3,000–$5,800||Outward-Opening Door Tub||$3,500–$5,800||Two-Seat Tub||$3,100–$5,800||Wheelchair Accessible||$3,700–$6,000|
|Lifetime Warranty—Tub Shell, Frame, Door, and Door Seal||Economy Tub||✅||Inward-Opening Door Tub||✅||Outward-Opening Door Tub||✅||Two-Seat Tub||✅||Wheelchair Accessible||✅|
|5 Year Warranty—Parts||Economy Tub||✅||Inward-Opening Door Tub||✅||Outward-Opening Door Tub||✅||Two-Seat Tub||✅||Wheelchair Accessible||✅|
|1 Year Warranty—Thermostatic Control Valve (Anti-Scald Device)||Economy Tub||✅||Inward-Opening Door Tub||✅||Outward-Opening Door Tub||✅||Two-Seat Tub||✅||Wheelchair Accessible||✅|
“I cannot speak highly enough of this tub! We removed an old corner jacuzzi from a concrete floor, and thanks to a highly skilled contractor, electrician and plumber, we were able to replace it with this Ella’s Elite. We also installed a new 50 gallon hot water heater. We are in a rural area with a deep water well. The tub fills in 6 or 7 minutes (with the stock hardware) and drains in an amazing 60 seconds!”
Except for its stripped-down fiberglass Economy model, Ella offers high-quality acrylic tubs with an almost bewildering array of options that allow the consumer to get the exact model of tub they prefer. What’s more, Ella tubs come in some unique configurations, with its two-seat tubs especially standing out in a crowded field. While Ella’s warranties may leave something to be desired, the company clearly aims to meet every consumer’s need, and does so at highly competitive price points.