About Some of the Walk-In Tub Distributors:
There are many walk-in tub distributers out there. I know of two that you need to be very cautious with – Premier and First Street. The seniors I’ve worked with that had Premier out to their house received quotes of up to $19,000 for a walk-in tub installed, and as a bonus, got a high-pressure salesman in their home sellign them more than they need. Others have talked to the folks at First Street and reported high costs, but not nearly as high as Premier. One customer of mine said First Street wanted almost $4000 for a walk-in tub very similar to a tub US Medical was selling for less than $1700.
Active and Forever is another pretty good site. They usually have a better selection than US Medical, but they can be a little more expensive. If you want to buy a walk-in tub, try US Medical first.
One last thought on distributors in general. Most companies make money from repeat business. Walk-in tubs are really a one-time purchase. That means if you buy a walk-in tub from someone that only sells walk-in tubs, they are going to try to get as much money from you on that purchase as they can. You know the drill - upsells, magazine subscriptions, extended warantees, extra shipping, bait-and-switch routines, etc... However, comapnies that sell numeous products are more likely to try to give you a better deal since they want you to buy from them again. They want you to have a positve experience. I don't know about you, but I'm more likely to trust a company that wants to make me happy.
As for costs, a good Walk-In Tub should cost you about $4000-$6000 including the installation. That means don't pay much more than $2000 for the tub and $3000 for the installation. The price goes up several hundred dollars if you want jets, heater, and other luxury features.