Buyer’s Guide

Features of UltraTubs Walk-In Bathtubs vs The Competition

Before committing to a purchase, carefully compare the features of Ultra Tubs’ top-tier walk-in bathtubs with those of “lower-priced” models. Avoid overspending on inferior quality and make an informed decision!

Metal Framework:

  • ¾ inch or 1 ½ inch Members
  • Aluminum Stock or Stainless Steel
  • Wooden or Steel Platforms

Legs on Frame:

  • Four or Six Adjustable Feet
  • ⅜ inch or ¾ inch
  • Plastic or Metal Feet
  • Padded Feet or Non-Padded Feet


  • Air Jets vs. Water Jet vs. Both
  • Inline Heater or Not
  • Custom Positioned for Needs

Air Jets

  • Placement on Seat Base vs. Hip Directional
  • Total Number of Jets and Distribution


  • Pneumatic Buttons vs. Electronic Touch Pad
  • Variable Speed or Single Speed
  • Self-Purging Timed Delay or Not

Blower Motor(s)

  • Power and Warranty
  • Padded Mounting Blocks
  • Bolted To Frame vs. Just Sitting on Floor
  • Mufflers or Not (Quiet or Loud)

Hydrotherapy Hoses

  • Balanced Distribution System vs. Pigtail Rigging
  • Stainless Steel Clamps vs. Glue
  • Individual Hoses vs. Strip Pressure

Tub Construction

  • Fiberglass vs. Acrylic

Door Hinges

  • Stainless Steel Piano Hinge vs. Plated Drop Pins

Door Handles

  • Striker Plate To Avoid Chafing or Not
  • Single or Double Locking Handle
  • Heavy Duty Easy Grip or Not

Door Seal

  • Lifetime or Limited Warranty


  • One Piece vs. Four Piece
  • Easy-Turn Paddle Shape or Crosshairs

Grab Bars

  • Built-In or Optional

State Approval

  • Without This You Void Your Permits and House Insurance

Shower Head

  • Wall or Deck-Mounted


  • Power Drain for Fast Draining
  • Snorkel Vent for Gravity Drain


  • Experienced Crew or Licensed Carpenters, Electricians, and Plumbers With Guaranteed Satisfaction or DIY

Warranty Support

  • Ship It Back vs. On-Site Service

Scroll on for pictures and detailed descriptions of these essential components. If you find the differences unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a more in-depth explanation of the potential consequences associated with each issue.

Frame, Platform, & Legs

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Ultra Tubs:

  • Stainless Steel Frame
  • Stainless Steel Platform
  • 6 (¾ inch) Legs With Steel Feet and Cushions
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The Competition:

  • Aluminum Frame
  • Particleboard Platform
  • 4 (⅜ inch) Legs With Plastic Feet

Door Hinge

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Ultra Tubs:

  • Full Length Stainless Steel Piano Hinge 
    • Helps to more evenly distribute weight.
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The Competition:

  • Two Plated Drop Pin Hinges
    • Simply leaning on the top of the door can put too much torque on the top hinge.

Door Handle

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Ultra Tubs:

  • Heavy Duty With Easy-Grip Head
  • Single Pivot
  • Striker Plate To Protect Door
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The Competition:

  • Thin
  • Double-Relay
  • Chafes on Fiberglass


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Ultra Tubs:

  • Four Separate Heavy-Duty Units With Separate Shower Options
  • Large Easy-Turn Handles With ¼ Turns
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The Competition:

  • Clumsy, Small Handles
    • Difficult To Turn With Arthritis
  • Single-Unit Complications


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Ultra Tubs:

  • 1-2 Motors With Variable Speeds
  • Bolted To Steel Platform
  • Cushioned Feet
  • Mufflers for Silent Operation
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The Competition:

  • One Air Motor
  • Sits on Floor or Wood
  • Loud And Loose

Air Hose System

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Ultra Tubs:

  • Balanced, Individual Feed Lines That Run Through Pressure Distribution System
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The Competition:

  • Flimsy, Clustered Pigtail of Air Lines

Hose Clamps

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Ultra Tubs:

  • Stainless Steel Strap Clamps Over Glue and Threading
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The Competition:

  • Duct Tape Connections

Pump Controls

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Ultra Tubs:

  • Electronic Touch Pad Controls – Include Variable Speeds and In-Line Heaters
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The Competition:

  • Simple Pneumatic ‘Column of Air’ Button That Trips A Motor Switch
    • The concern is water potentially getting into the air tube, which can cause problems.


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Ultra Tubs:

  • Up to 24-Port Airjet System, Positioned Above Seat Curve, With In-Line Heater


  • 5 to 12 Nozzle Water Jet System, Custom Positioned, With Heater


  • Combination Dual System
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The Competition:

  • 10-Port Airjet System as Only Option
  • Jets on Seat Bottom
    • These can become blocked when you sit on them.

Tub Depth

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Ultra Tubs:

  • Sizes Tub to Your Desires
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The Competition:

  • Limited Size Options


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Ultra Tubs:

  • All Permits Pulled and Work Done by Licensed Plumbers, Electricians, and Carpenters
  • All Work Approved by Customer and Guaranteed
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The Competition:

  • “Anything Will Do” Attitude
  • No Floor Supports – “Out of Sight” Mentality


  • Pick It Up and Do It Yourself


Ultra Tubs stands out by offering a lifetime guarantee on the tub, door frame, and all seals, along with a minimum of ten years of coverage for the moving parts (pumps).

Unlike many companies that provide a one-year or less guarantee and simply advise you to ‘return the tub’ in case of an issue, we are committed to addressing any concerns directly in your home.

State Approval

In terms of compliance with State requirements, certain companies may overlook crucial regulations, potentially resulting in the installation of a tub that is not legally approved.

Ultra Tubs ensures full compliance by providing tubs that are entirely approved. Our installations won’t jeopardize your house insurance, as we meticulously pull permits for every installation, adhering to all legal requirements.


Certain companies incur substantial expenses from TV commercials, spokespeople, warehousing, nationwide presence, call centers, and extensive management. These costs significantly contribute to the overall price, even for tubs of lower build quality.

On the other hand, Ultra Tubs operates differently. We ship directly from the factory, maintaining minimal overhead. Our advertising approach primarily relies on ‘word of mouth’ recommendations from satisfied clients. This distinctive strategy allows us to offer the best quality tubs at substantial cost savings for you.

Other Benefits Available From Ultra Tubs:

  • Many Sizes for Personalized Fit, Including Highest Wall Height in the Industry
  • Great Alternatives To Walk-In Tubs as Appropriate
  • Assistance With Financing
  • Wide Selection of Handicapped Tubs and Showers
  • Free Individual Consultations for Best Results in Getting the Perfect Tub With Customized Features for Your Comfort and Security

In a world full of ordinary bathtubs, Ultra Tubs is the extraordinary choice you've been searching for.

Our commitment to ironclad guarantees, seamless installation, premium components, and a complete bathing experience reflects our dedication to your satisfaction. We invite you to explore our range of tubs, designed to cater to your unique preferences. Contact us today to indulge in a world of security, luxury, and personalization like never before.

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