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Thread: whirlpool tub

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    Super Member Ditter43's Avatar
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    We have been talking about putting in a whirlpool tub. Does anyone have one? Pros and cons?

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    oh Ditter, that would really warm you up! all i can say is go for it.

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    I have one. It's huge.

    Pros:

    It feels good in the winter to soak in a hot bath.

    Cons:

    It is TALL! I can already see when I get older it may be tough to get in and out of it.

    It is a pain to clean! I have to get in it to clean it.

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    I have a small one and love it. A few years back there was a leak in the wall in my bathroom so ... if we had to fix it anyway, why not change out the tub?!?! It's the size of the tub it replaced so - small, but I fit just fine - I'm not quite 5' tall, but I don't think you have to be a shrimp to enjoy.

    It does take more water than a regular tub, but the difference in the water bill hasn't been noticeable. We had a heater added - it's supposed to maintain the heat rather than actually heat it - but had to have a dedicated plug put in when the tub was put in. That's under the skirting so you don't see it. Probably need the plug whether you add the heat thing or not, but I recommend the heat thing.

    I love bubbles, but if you put more than 2 drops - literally 2 drops! - you have them pouring over the side. So have found bath salts instead.

    Even though it is the length of my old tub it is about 4 inches wider. (I think I remember it right.) The toilet sits next to the tub and did not have to be relocated anyway.

    So to put in the tub needed plumbers, electricians, and a tile guy for the new surround. Also put in a tile floor when we had all that done.

    No one uses this tub except me - my husband uses the "master bath" which has only a shower - this is in the hall bath which had the tub originally. But I just decided I'm worth it!

    I see few cons - cleaning it is more time consuming and tricky - my old one was cast iron, this one is fiberglass so scratches easier. Your water bill might increase a bit. I never put back the shower curtain cause it would cover up my pretty tile work so my kids make fun that we don't want them to visit. My bathroom was torn up longer than I had expected it to, but had the repairs, the demo, etc with plumbers who would do emergency calls before they did mine. It is taller, but I just hold the side as I climb in and out. we were going to put a grab bar in, but found it was not needed. If you'd really have to lean over to grab the side I'd recommend grab bars.

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    Super Member MaryStoaks's Avatar
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    Wish I had one!

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    I don't have one...would love one. I would think a whirlpool tub would be very therapeutic for you with the fibromyalgia. I vote YES :thumbup:

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    yes, we have one & the only problem I have is that the really hot water makes me itch.

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    have one love it agree about cleaning and tall getting in and out but well worth it . I am just to cheap to use it often uses so much water. If you are having one installed i would for sure get one with a hand held shower head to help with cleaning.

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    BF has one, and I love it. BUT it does use alot of water!

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    I'm tall, my daughter is tall, and we just find them too uncomfortable.

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