Ella’s Bubbles Walk-In Tubs: All 20 Models Compared

Updated: Sep 23, 2022
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Key Takeaways: 

  • Ella’s Bubbles is a leading provider of walk-in tubs for people with limited mobility.
  • With over 20 models, plus more than 20 options and accessories, there is an almost endless array of design combinations.
  • Each of the five product lines come in several sizes to meet anyone’s needs.
  • Ella’s Bubbles allows you to save money by using your own installer.

One of the most important rooms to consider modifying when outfitting a home for an older adult is the bathroom. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) calls the bathroom “the most dangerous room in the house.” This is in large part due to slippery surfaces that lead to falls around the toilet and tub and shower. There are ways to make a bathroom safer—including the addition of grab bars, non-slip mats or tape, benches, and walk-in tubs. Walk-in tubs, like those made by Ella’s Bubbles, are the priciest and most involved of these options, but they are often the most beneficial and appreciated.

A walk-in tub eliminates the need to step over a high, often wet and slippery threshold. It also generally includes multiple secure places to hold on while maneuvering in and out. When it comes to maintaining independence and enjoying life, a walk-in tub may be just the addition that you’re looking for in your bathroom remodel—and Ella’s Bubbles is a highly recommended brand.

“As our population moves towards including more and more individuals in their 80s, 90s, and beyond, walk-in tubs are becoming more and more popular because they add both safety and pleasure to our lives. A soak in a walk-in tub can often be a highly-valued simple pleasure in one’s day.”

Shawn Shambo, an occupational therapist, senior care specialist, and owner of Assisted Living Locators

About Ella’s Bubbles

Ellla’s Bubbles is a Chicago-based manufacturer of walk-in tubs and accessories. With over 20 fully customizable models, the selections and combinations are practically endless. There are five types of walk-in tubs in their line-up: Inward-Swinging Stainless Steel Door, U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door, Two-Seat Tubs, L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Tubs, and Lay-Down Tubs. Note: Ella’s Bubbles is discontinuing its S-shaped door line as well as its Deluxe model.

Ella’s Bubbles is one of the few walk-in tub companies that lets you use your own installer, which may save money in the long run. Choosing your own installer allows you to gather multiple estimates and select the installer that makes you feel the most comfortable. Companies who include installation with the tub purchase tend to charge very high install prices. Ella’s Bubbles tubs may be purchased from home stores like Home Depot or Lowes or directly from Ella’s Bubbles.

With prices ranging from $2,521 for the smallest soaker tub to $12,000 and up for the largest jetted tubs, they are in the mid-range for cost when compared to other walk-in tub companies. On the lower end, it’s possible to find basic, soaker walk-in tubs for just under $1,000. You can also spend upwards of $20,000 on the tub alone (without installation) with some of the more expensive manufacturers.

The following features make Ella’s Bubbles stand out from the competition:

  • Array of types, sizes, and features
  • Stong, long-lasting acrylic shell with stainless steel frame
  • Easy to care for with auto-cleaning features like Ozone Sterilization for all hydrotherapy jetted tubs and Auto Purge for all air jetted tubs
  • Proprietary dual-drain technology for fast, gravity-fed draining
  • Independent foot massage option
  • Microbubble therapy option
  • 360-degree swivel tray for holding objects like phones, beverages, and books
  • In-line water heater on all hydrotherapy jetted tubs
  • Designed, assembled, and tested in the U.S.
  • Shop directly from their website

Pros and Cons of Ella’s Bubbles’ Walk-In Tubs

Pros

  • Lifetime warranty and technical support

  • Many customization options and sizes

  • Save money by using your own installer

  • Highly rated on third-party customer review sites

Cons

  • No brick and mortar stores

  • Warranty doesn’t transfer to new location or owner

Ella’s Bubbles Walk-In Tub Models

If there’s one drawback to Ella’s Bubbles’ walk-in tubs, it’s that there’s a bewildering assortment of models and packages from which to choose. 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, however, with over 20 named models on the market, and with some models offering up to eight different therapeutic packages, shopping for an Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tub over the internet can be a frustrating experience.

We’ve chosen the Ultimate, one of Ella’s Bubbles’ inward-swinging-door models, as our editor’s choice walk-in tub, but all of Ella’s Bubbles’ inward-swinging-door models have a brushed, stainless-steel and frosted glass panel door with an easy-touch locking lever; a glossy and durable acrylic body backed with a stainless-steel frame; and a proprietary, dual-drain system for a fast exit from the tub. These tubs also come in a wide array of sizes.

Ella’s Bubbles Ultimate Screenshot

Ella’s Bubbles offers four models with inward-swinging, stainless steel doors: Elite, Petite, Royal, and Ultimate. As with most Ella’s Bubbles’ models, consumers can get the steel inward-swinging-door tub with the full range of therapeutic features, including hydrotherapy, microbubbles, air massage, and independent foot massage.

Ella’s Bubbles also offers one of its few packages in the Ultimate model, which includes hydrotherapy plus air massage plus independent foot massage (it does not include microbubbles) for a price much lower than any of its competitors for a similar array of features. You will not find a package like this in any of the other models offered by Ella’s Bubbles. You can compare the features of each model in the table below.

Price Range (Depending on Jetting Package and Add-Ons)
Elite$4,002–$6,384+
Petite$3,888–$6,290+
Royal$4,033–$8,123
Ultimate$6,566+
Dimensions (Width by Length by Height)
Elite30 by 52 by 38 inches
Petite28 by 52 by 35 inches
Royal32 by 52 by 38 inches
Ultimate30 by 60 by 35 inches
Extension Panel
Elite7 inches
Petite7 inches
Royal7 inches
UltimateN/A
Seat Width
Elite22 inches
Petite19.75 inches
Royal24 inches
Ultimate21 inches
Seat Height
Elite15 inches
Petite15 inches
Royal15 inches
Ultimate15 inches
Threshold Height
Elite6 inches
Petite6 inches
Royal6 inches
Ultimate6 inches
Door Width
Elite16.25 inches
Petite16.25 inches
Royal16.25 inches
Ultimate16.25 inches
Unoccupied Water Capacity
Elite75 gallons
Petite70 gallons
Royal75 gallons
Ultimate95 gallons
Suggested Water Heater Size
Elite75 gallon
Petite75 gallon
Royal75 gallon
Ultimate75 gallon
Approximate Drainage Time
Elite80 seconds
Petite80 seconds
Royal80 seconds
Ultimate80 seconds
Drain/Door location
EliteRight or Left
PetiteRight or Left
RoyalRight or Left
UltimateRight or Left
Number of Grab Bars
Elite2
Petite1
Royal2
Ultimate2
Number of Access Panels
Elite2
Petite2
Royal2
Ultimate2
Number of Hydro Jets
Elite16
Petite16
Royal16
Ultimate17
Number of Air Jets
Elite16
Petite16
Royal16
Ultimate17
Jetting Package Options
Elite

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Foot Massage
Package 5: Hydro, Microbubble

Petite

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Foot Massage
Package 5: Hydro, Microbubble

Royal

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Foot Massage
Package 5: Hydro, Microbubble
Package 6: Hydro, Air, Microbubble

UltimatePackage 1: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage
Faucet Options
Elite2- or 5-Piece
Petite2- or 5-Piece
Royal2- or 5-Piece
Ultimate5-Piece

As the name implies, Ella’s Bubbles’ outward-swinging-door line features the distinctive Ella’s Bubbles door—except that this door swings outward rather than inward, making the tub more accessible for those with mobility issues. The door has a unique, three-latch system ensuring a tight fit with no leaks (which is a bigger concern for outward-swinging doors). The entire latch system opens and closes with a single, easy-to-maneuver lever. This line of tubs also 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 tub in a narrower space than usual while still assuring easy access. (Note: The front-entry model doesn’t have the stainless-steel-and-glass door.)

Ella Front Entry Screenshot

Every size and configuration of this category has the same standard features as the inward-swinging door models and offers the same range of optional features. For those who need a little more accessibility, the outward-swinging door model may be worth a look. Ella’s Bubbles offers six outward-swinging door models: Capri, Monaco, Lounger, Shak, Front Entry, and Mobile. You can compare the features of each model in the table below.

Price Range (Depending on Jetting Package and Add-Ons)
Capri$4,357– $6,878+
Monaco$4,374– $8,346+
Lounger$4,374– $6,896+
Shak$8,302– $10,063+
Front Entry$3,870– $6,220+
Mobile$3,973– $6,478+
Dimensions (Width by Length by Height)
Capri30 by 52 by 40 inches
Monaco32 by 52 by 40 inches
Lounger27 by 59 by 42 inches
Shak36 by 72 by 40 inches
Front Entry32 by 40 by 40 inches
Mobile26 by 45 by 40 inches
Extension Panel
Capri8 inches
Monaco8 inches
LoungerN/A
ShakN/A
Front EntryN/A
MobileN/A
Seat Width
Capri20 inches
Monaco23 inches
Lounger20 inches
Shak29 inches
Front Entry23 inches
Mobile18 inches
Seat Height
Capri17 inches
Monaco17 inches
Lounger17 inches
Shak17 inches
Front Entry16 inches
Mobile15 inches
Threshold Height
Capri6 inches
Monaco6 inches
Lounger6 inches
Shak6 inches
Front Entry5 inches
Mobile6 inches
Door Width
Capri20 inches
Monaco20 inches
Lounger20 inches
Shak20 inches
Front Entry20 inches
Mobile20 inches
Unoccupied Water Capacity
Capri85 gallons
Monaco95 gallons
Lounger85 gallons
Shak100 gallons
Front Entry70 gallons
Mobile75 gallons
Suggested Water Heater Size
Capri75 gallon
Monaco75 gallon
Lounger75 gallon
Shak75 gallon
Front Entry75 gallon
Mobile75 gallon
Approximate Drainage Time
Capri80 seconds
Monaco80 seconds
Lounger80 seconds
Shak80 seconds
Front Entry140 seconds (only one drain)
Mobile140 seconds (only one drain)
Drain/Door location
CapriRight or Left
MonacoRight or Left
LoungerRight or Left
ShakRight or Left
Front EntryCenter
MobileRight or Left
Number of Grab Bars
Capri2
Monaco2
Lounger1
Shak2
Front Entry0
Mobile1
Number of Access Panels
Capri2
Monaco2
Lounger2
Shak2
Front Entry2
Mobile2
Number of Hydro Jets
Capri15
Monaco15
Lounger11
Shak21
Front Entry13
Mobile11
Number of Air Jets
Capri16
Monaco16
Lounger16
Shak16
Front Entry16
Mobile14
Jetting Package Options
Capri

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Foot Massage
Package 5: Hydro, Microbubble

Monaco

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Foot Massage
Package 5: Hydro, Microbubble

Lounger

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Foot Massage
Package 5: Hydro, Microbubble

Shak

Package 1: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage
Package 2: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage, Microbubble

Front Entry

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Microbubble

Mobile

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Foot Massage
Package 5: Hydro, Microbubble

Faucet Options
Capri2- or 5-Piece
Monaco2- or 5-Piece
Lounger2- or 5-Piece
Shak5-Piece
Front Entry2-Piece
Mobile2- or 5-Piece

Ella’s Bubbles’ two-seat tubs offer 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 to the market and all include Ella’s Bubbles’ distinctive glass door. Beyond that, they offer the same range of convenience and therapeutic features as Ella’s Bubbles’ other models. In addition to their unique place in a market that’s otherwise pretty similar across brands, this tub is of high value for those who want to be able to bathe with a partner. Ella’s Bubbles offers four two-seat models: Tub4Two, Big4Two, Companion, and Escape. The Big4Two deserves special consideration as the largest two-seat tub available on the market, measuring 36 by 80 inches.

Ella’s Bubbles Big4Two Screenshot

You can compare the features of each model in the table below.

Price Range (Depending on Jetting Package and Add-Ons)
Tub4Two$8,302–$9,848+
Big4Two$10,660–$12,206+
Companion$8,302–$9,848+
Escape $9,495–$11,288+
Dimensions (Width by Length by Height)
Tub4Two32 by 60 by 40 inches
Big4Two36 by 80 by 40 inches
Companion32 by 60 by 40 inches
Escape 36 by 72 by 40 inches
Seat Width
Tub4Two20 inches and 22 inches
Big4Two22 inches and 24 inches
Companion23 inches and 24.5 inches
Escape 27 inches and 29 inches
Seat Height
Tub4Two17 inches
Big4Two17 inches
Companion15 inches
Escape 17 inches
Threshold Height
Tub4Two6 inches
Big4Two6 inches
Companion7 inches
Escape 7 inches
Door Width
Tub4Two19.75 inches
Big4Two19.75 inches
Companion16.5 inches
Escape 16.5 inches
Unoccupied Water Capacity
Tub4Two100 gallons
Big4Two145 gallons
Companion100 gallons
Escape 145 gallons
Suggested Water Heater Size
Tub4Two75 gallon
Big4Two80 gallon
Companion75 gallon
Escape 80 gallon
Approximate Drainage Time
Tub4Two120 seconds
Big4Two180 seconds
Companion130 seconds
Escape 120 seconds
Drain/Door location
Tub4TwoCenter
Big4TwoCenter
CompanionCenter
Escape Center
Number of Grab Bars
Tub4Two0
Big4Two0
Companion1
Escape 1
Number of Access Panels
Tub4Two3
Big4Two3
Companion4
Escape 4
Number of Hydro Jets
Tub4Two26
Big4Two24
Companion20
Escape 26
Number of Air Jets
Tub4Two18
Big4Two22
Companion14
Escape 19
Jetting Package Options
Tub4Two

Package 1: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage
Package 2: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage, Microbubble

Big4Two

Package 1: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage
Package 2: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage, Microbubble

Companion

Package 1: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage
Package 2: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage, Microbubble

Escape

Package 1: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage
Package 2: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage, Microbubble

Faucet Options
Tub4Two2-Piece
Big4Two2-Piece
Companion2-Piece
Escape 2-Piece

Ella’s Bubbles’ wheelchair-accessible line gives consumers a wide range of options in a quality-constructed acrylic-and-stainless-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 wheelchair seat to the tub seat. The door is wide across the top, distinguishing it from standard U-shaped walk-in tub doors.

Ella transfer 30 screenshot

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. Ella’s Bubbles offers five wheelchair accessible models: Transfer 26, Transfer 30, Transfer 32, Transfer 60, and Transfer XXXL. The Transfer 32 model is a reasonably priced option that is large enough for comfort yet will fit in a standard-sized tub/shower alcove. You can compare the features of each model in the table below.

Price Range (Depending on Jetting Package and Add-Ons)
Transfer 26 $4,673–$7,214+
Transfer 30$4,691–$7,232+
Transfer 32$4,709–$7,867+
Transfer 60$4,839–$7,992+
Transfer XXXL$4,999–$8,353+
Dimensions (Width by Length by Height)
Transfer 26 26 by 52 by 40 inches
Transfer 3030 by 52 by 40 inches
Transfer 3232 by 52 by 40 inches
Transfer 6029 by 60 by 40 inches
Transfer XXXL36 by 55 by 40 inches
Seat Width
Transfer 26 19 inches
Transfer 3022 inches
Transfer 3224 inches
Transfer 6022 inches
Transfer XXXL29 inches
Seat Height
Transfer 26 17 inches
Transfer 3017 inches
Transfer 3217 inches
Transfer 6017 inches
Transfer XXXL17 inches
Threshold Height
Transfer 26 7 inches
Transfer 307 inches
Transfer 327 inches
Transfer 607 inches
Transfer XXXL7 inches
Door Width
Transfer 26 36 inches
Transfer 3036 inches
Transfer 3236 inches
Transfer 6036 inches
Transfer XXXL36 inches
Unoccupied Water Capacity
Transfer 26 75 gallons
Transfer 3080 gallons
Transfer 3288 gallons
Transfer 6090 gallons
Transfer XXXL90 gallons
Suggested Water Heater Size
Transfer 26 75 gallon
Transfer 3075 gallon
Transfer 3275 gallon
Transfer 6075 gallon
Transfer XXXL75 gallon
Approximate Drainage Time
Transfer 26 80 seconds
Transfer 3080 seconds
Transfer 3280 seconds
Transfer 60120 seconds
Transfer XXXL160 seconds
Drain/Door location
Transfer 26 Right or Left
Transfer 30Right or Left
Transfer 32Right or Left
Transfer 60Right or Left
Transfer XXXLRight or Left
Number of Grab Bars
Transfer 26 2
Transfer 302
Transfer 322
Transfer 602
Transfer XXXL2
Number of Access Panels
Transfer 26 3
Transfer 303
Transfer 323
Transfer 603
Transfer XXXL3
Number of Hydro Jets
Transfer 26 13
Transfer 3013
Transfer 3213
Transfer 6013
Transfer XXXL13
Number of Air Jets
Transfer 26 17
Transfer 3017
Transfer 3217
Transfer 6017
Transfer XXXL17
Jetting Package Options
Transfer 26

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Foot Massage
Package 5: Hydro, Microbubble

Transfer 30

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Foot Massage
Package 5: Hydro, Microbubble

Transfer 32

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Foot Massage
Package 5: Hydro, Microbubble
Package 6: Hydro, Air, Microbubble

Transfer 60

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Foot Massage
Package 5: Hydro, Microbubble
Package 6: Hydro, Air, Microbubble
Package 7: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage

Transfer XXXL

Package 1: Soaking Only
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Hydro, Air
Package 4: Hydro, Foot Massage
Package 5: Hydro, Microbubble
Package 6: Hydro, Air, Microbubble
Package 7: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage
Package 8: Hydro, Air, Foot Massage, Microbubble

Faucet Options
Transfer 26 2-Piece
Transfer 302- or 5-Piece
Transfer 322- or 5-Piece
Transfer 602- or 5-Piece
Transfer XXXL2- or 5-Piece

Ella’s Bubbles is one of the few manufacturers to offer lay-down walk-in tubs. They come in two size options and include a tempered glass, center-placed, inward-swinging door, allowing for a vertical tub wall. This creates a wider interior floor and reduces slip and fall hazards often associated with a curved wall, especially when exiting and entering the tub. The Lay-Down tubs do not include grab bars, so you may very well want to install some on the walls yourself. This type of tub will feel more like a traditional tub and appeal to those who prefer not to sit upright while bathing. The Laydown 30-by-60-inch model will fit into a standard tub space and accommodates smaller- to average-sized bathers.

Ella’s Bubbles Lay-down Screenshot

You can compare the features of each model in the table below.

Price Range (Depending on Jetting Package and Add-Ons)
Laydown 30×60$2,521–$4,133+
Laydown 32×72$3,338–$4,950+
Dimensions (Width by Length by Height)
Laydown 30×6030 by 60 by 21 inches
Laydown 32×7232 by 72 by 21 inches
Threshold Height
Laydown 30×605.5 inches
Laydown 32×725.5 inches
Door Width
Laydown 30×6016.5 inches
Laydown 32×7216.5 inches
Approximate Drainage Time
Laydown 30×60120 seconds
Laydown 32×72120 seconds
Drain/Door location
Laydown 30×60Center
Laydown 32×72Center
Number of Grab Bars
Laydown 30×600
Laydown 32×720
Number of Access Panels
Laydown 30×603
Laydown 32×723
Number of Hydro Jets
Laydown 30×608
Laydown 32×728
Number of Air Jets
Laydown 30×6020
Laydown 32×7220
Jetting Package Options
Laydown 30×60

Package 1: Soaking
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Air
Package 4: Microbubble

Laydown 32×72

Package 1: Soaking
Package 2: Hydro
Package 3: Air
Package 4: Microbubble

Faucet Options
Laydown 30×60Not included (must be wall-mounted)
Laydown 32×722- or 5-Piece

Ella’s Bubbles Features and Accessories

One thing that makes Ella’s Bubbles such a desirable brand is their long list of available features and accessories. After choosing a model, you may customize your tub to your exact specifications with the addition of those features most important to you.

Wheelchair Accessible
Stainless Steel Inward-Opening Door Walk-In Tubs
U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Walk-In Tubs
Two-Seat Walk-In Tubs
L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Walk-In Tubs
Lay-Down Walk-In Tubs
Heated Seat and Backrest
Stainless Steel Inward-Opening Door Walk-In TubsOptional
U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Walk-In TubsOptional
Two-Seat Walk-In TubsOptional (1 seat or both)
L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Walk-In TubsOptional
Lay-Down Walk-In TubsOptional
Controller Options*
Stainless Steel Inward-Opening Door Walk-In TubsPush button or digital (the Ultimate model comes with digital)
U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Walk-In TubsPush button or digital (the Shak model comes with digital)
Two-Seat Walk-In TubsPush button or digital
L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Walk-In TubsPush button or digital
Lay-Down Walk-In TubsPush button or digital
Shower Column
Stainless Steel Inward-Opening Door Walk-In TubsOptional
U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Walk-In TubsOptional
Two-Seat Walk-In TubsOptional (1 or 2)
L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Walk-In TubsOptional
Lay-Down Walk-In TubsOptional
Shower Screen
Stainless Steel Inward-Opening Door Walk-In TubsOptional
U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Walk-In TubsOptional
Two-Seat Walk-In TubsOptional (4-fold to cover one side or 4- and 3-fold to cover both sides)
L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Walk-In TubsOptional
Lay-Down Walk-In TubsOptional
Swivel Tray
Stainless Steel Inward-Opening Door Walk-In Tubs
U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Walk-In Tubs
Two-Seat Walk-In Tubs
L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Walk-In Tubs
Lay-Down Walk-In Tubs
Dual Drains
Stainless Steel Inward-Opening Door Walk-In Tubs
U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Walk-In Tubs (except for the Front Entry and Mobile)
Two-Seat Walk-In Tubs
L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Walk-In Tubs
Lay-Down Walk-In Tubs
Textured Slip Resistant Floor
Stainless Steel Inward-Opening Door Walk-In Tubs
U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Walk-In Tubs
Two-Seat Walk-In Tubs
L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Walk-In Tubs
Lay-Down Walk-In Tubs
Thermostatic Control Valve
Stainless Steel Inward-Opening Door Walk-In TubsOptional on 5-Piece Faucets
U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Walk-In TubsOptional on 5-Piece Faucets
Two-Seat Walk-In Tubs
L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Walk-In TubsOptional on 5-Piece Faucets
Lay-Down Walk-In TubsOptional on 5-Piece Faucets
Seat Pillow Riser
Stainless Steel Inward-Opening Door Walk-In TubsOptional
U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Walk-In TubsOptional
Two-Seat Walk-In TubsOptional (for one or both sides)
L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Walk-In TubsOptional
Lay-Down Walk-In Tubs
Head Rest
Stainless Steel Inward-Opening Door Walk-In TubsOptional
U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Walk-In TubsOptional
Two-Seat Walk-In TubsOptional (for one or both sides)
L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Walk-In TubsOptional
Lay-Down Walk-In TubsOptional
Aromatherapy
Stainless Steel Inward-Opening Door Walk-In TubsOptional with Hydrotherapy
U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Walk-In TubsOptional with Hydrotherapy
Two-Seat Walk-In TubsOptional with Hydrotherapy
L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer Walk-In TubsOptional with Hydrotherapy
Lay-Down Walk-In TubsOptional with Hydrotherapy

Stainless Steel Frame

Where many competitors use regular steel frames underneath fiberglass or acrylic tub bodies, Ella’s Bubbles uses stainless steel. By using a stainless steel frame, Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tubs are less likely to have internal rust and corrosion, maintaining their structural integrity longer than other brands.

Dual-Drain Technology

To speed up the water draining process, most 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. Some competitors quote drain times of two or three minutes and more. 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.

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 in or out of the tub.

Therapeutic Hydro Massage

The most powerful massage feature in any tub is hydrotherapy, which pumps water through jets 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. 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, and an in-line water heater to keep the tub warm for longer baths. Hydrotherapy costs about $800–$1,000 extra, depending on the model. An aromatherapy tray can be added to any hydromassage-equipped tub for an additional $200.

Air Massage

Unlike hydrotherapy which distributes water through the jets, air massage refers to the distribution of air though jets. Depending on the model and the tub size, the air jets that provide a gentle massage can number in the dozens. Air massage comes with a three-speed push control and auto-purge to reduce maintenance and keep the lines clean and clear of water and mildew.

Independent Foot Massage

Some models offer an independent hydrotherapy 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.

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, while also providing a cleansing effect for the pores and skin. Infusion 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 10 minutes in MicroBubble infused water. Most participants also saw significant improvements in the softness and texture of their skin. Besides these skin benefits, the NuWhirl study also claims that this technology promotes relaxation and transition to sleep, increases circulation, neutralizes free radicals, exfoliates and moisturizes skin, and even helps to keep your body warmer both during and after bathing.

Controls

Most models can come with push-button controls or have an additional digital LED control pad. Users who have opted for the hydrotherapy or air massage (or both) in their tub can choose to have it include an LED control system rather than the standard push-button controls.

Faucets and Thermostatic Control Valves

Ella’s Bubbles offers two- and five-piece, deck-mounted, chrome, fast-fill faucet sets on most models of tubs. The five-piece faucet includes a hand-held sprayer and can include a thermostatic control valve that prevents potential scalding by limiting the temperature of the water coming into the tub. Note that a thermostatic control valve will slow down the fill rate of the faucet.

Two-piece faucets come in chrome or brushed nickel and five-piece faucets come in chrome or may be upgraded to a Huntington Brass brand faucet in satin nickel or antique brass. It’s important to note, though, that the jets will always be encased in chrome, so if you don’t want mixed metals in your design you only have the option of chrome faucets.

Shower Column Kit

If you want 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 to a walk-in tub shower combo.

Tempered Glass Shower Screen

This foldable glass shower screen helps contain any splashes from bathing or showering, while also adding an element of privacy to your walk-in tub or tub-shower combo. It’s 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.

Heated Seats

All Ella’s Bubbles tubs can come equipped with heated seat and back surfaces. Many people consider this crucial because it will help keep you warm while waiting for the tub to fill and drain.

Seat Pillow and Riser

Ella’s Bubbles’ seat pillow and riser (with bidet cutout option) adds cushioning 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 with suction cups and removes easily.

Headrest and Neck Support

A 5-inch-thick, removable neck-support pillow can be added to any tub. It can be attached directly to the wall or with an L-shaped bracket to the deck with suction cups. It is made with waterproof, mildew-inhibiting polyester.

Patented 360-Degree 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 all Inward-Swinging Stainless Steel Door models.

Cost of Ella’s Bubbles Walk-In Tubs

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, as well as directly from their website, 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. A call to Ella’s Bubbles or a look at their website will give you straightforward pricing information for all models.

Note: When buying directly from Ella’s Bubbles, enlisted or veteran military are eligible for a 5% discount. They also offer a senior citizen discount, which can be applied by phone. As with most walk-in tub companies, Ella’s Bubbles offers special financing options for those wanting to spread out the cost over time.

With 21 models and so many available features and accessories, pricing can vary greatly. While the price depends on configuration and specific model, here is a breakdown of the pricing by model:

  • Steel Inward-Swinging Door: $3,088–to $8,123
  • U-Shape Outward-Swinging Door: $3,870–$10,063
  • Two-Seat: $8,302–$12,206
  • L-Shape Outward-Swinging Door Transfer: $4,673–$8,353
  • Lay-Down Walk-In Tub Stainless: $2,521–$4,950. 

Any optional features and accessories will add to the final price.

Most models can be customized with the features and accessories most important to you. Here is a breakdown of the pricing for Ella’s Bubbles features and accessories:

Feature
Hydrotherapy
Price $800–1,000, depending on model
Chromatherapy
Price Included with hydrotherapy
Air massage
Price $750–$1,100, depending on model
Independent foot massage
Price $1,000, depending on model (only available with hydrotherapy tubs)
Infusion microbubble therapy
Price $1,500–$1,750, depending on model
LED control
Price $200, depending on model (only available with jetted tubs)
Shower column kit
Price $460
Tempered glass shower screen
Price $450
Heated seat and back
Price $490
Seat pillow/riser
Price

Standard: $190
U-shaped: $230

Headrest/neck support
Price $190

Ella’s Bubbles Warranty

Ella’s Bubbles’ warranty on their walk-in tubs is comparable to competitors. They offer a lifetime limited warranty 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 with the original purchaser.

If you’re 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.

Unique to this company, Ella’s Bubbles also offers lifetime technical support by phone, email, video chat, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, or WeChat.

Ella’s Bubbles Customer Reviews

Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tubs have a solid track record of satisfying consumers looking for more accessible bathing. It’s difficult to find complaints online. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) gives them an A+ rating and 5/5 stars for customer satisfaction. They reported only one complaint in the last three years that has since been resolved. Consumers overall seemed happy with their tub’s construction, quality, and features, with many specifically mentioning the ways that their tub helped them address problems like injuries or arthritis.

Ella’s Bubbles tubs also seemed to have a fairly trouble-free installation. 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.

Customers also seem thrilled with Ella’s Bubbles’ customer service. They have plenty of enthusiastic reviews across a number of websites, regularly mentioning outstanding customer support.

We can confirm, after multiple calls to Ella’s Bubbles, that someone helpful always answers the phone and earnestly addresses all of our questions. Their website also has a handy online chat feature if you would prefer not to speak with someone by phone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Medicare and health insurance usually only cover items that are deemed “medically required,” so it’s 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. However, this will only happen with appropriate documentation and clearance from your doctor. 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.

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Lauren Sherman, M.S., is a health content writer with a master's degree in human genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, laboratory experience at National Jewish Health, and clinical experience at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has extensively researched products to help those wanting to age in place such as medical alert systems, walk-in tubs, adjustable beds, and oxygen concentrators.

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