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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: