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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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    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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    I have an outdoor hot tub, love it, here in WI there are a few days I don't go out.
    but I have to say it helps all the aches go away.
    Electricity, for us is around $30 a month, maybe more when it is really cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx
    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.


    This sounds just like my situation! Hall bath, need to replace the tub! I would be the only one using it most of the time. Not a hot tub, just like an oversized bathtub with all the jets!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    Thanks!!

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    Hi Ditter,

    I have one in my current home, it's what sold me on the house. I love it! It is fiberglass and the size of a normal tub. With the tub being a normal size it's very easy getting in and out. Since it's the size of a normal tub there is no difference in water usage other than taking more baths than showers.

    The previous owners had a shower door installed as well. The only problem I'm having is that there is a panel on the front that covers getting to the controls underneath and it now will not stay attached by the velcro. I also have one little cat that insists on checking into the space every time she goes by which of course does not help. It needs to have some sort of additional attachment clamps or hangers besides the velcro strips. I don't have a "honey do" around to help with the situation. I would imagine that they have a better way of doing things now.

    Be sure to check all around for all the different models available before making your final selection. Be sure to keep us updated in the process. Good Luck!

    Pam M
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    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.
    WE( my brother & I) Got my Dad a chair that sits in the whirlpool tub and can me lowered or raised to get him in & out by the push of a button. My Daddy is 93yrs my Mom 83yrs both use it.

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    We have one and we don't use it. Maybe if you could heat the water after it is in the tub? Seems like it cooled down too quick. And after we had it installed it was a dry year, and we are on well water. Hubby keeps saying when the above ground pool goes, he'll put in an outdoor hot tub.

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    When we redid our upstairs, we wanted to add a tub since we only had a shower in our master bath. I thought about a jetted tub, buy the water stays in the jet system after the bath. I don't like the idea of my next bath having all that old, bacteria rich water added to it. So we got a huge soaking tub with no jets. Just smooth walls, cast iron to hold the heat, and big enough for both of us at the same time! No one has to eat their knees! T's so big, my 8 yr old can swim in it. Well, kind of!

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    Hi Kas and others,

    With regards to the jet system, after you take a bath and use the system, you refill with fresh water and add clorine bleath or pool cleaner to flush. My jet intake is at the lower part of the tub so doesn't really take a lot of extra water or cleaner to flush and clean. It's really nice having the whirlpool action in a regular sized tub at home!

    Have a Great Quilty Day!

    Pam M
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    A picture is worth 1000.....

    You can tell from the potty beside it what the heighth is - taller than the previous tub, but not huge.

    It's a Jacuzzi bought at either Lowe's or Home Depot. Has 10 jets I think.
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    I had to laugh about the bubble comment. On vacation one year, my 4 year old son poured a BOTTLE of shampoo in the Jacuzzi tub while taking a bath. I was in the other room and hear him calling me. When I walked in, bubbles were stacked up to his chin while he was standing in the tub! I didn't think we'd ever get the bubbles cleared out of that room, but it did make some cute pictures.

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    I'm thinking of getting one in the second bathroom. Long and deep bath with jets to help with my various arthritises. Time and money pending,

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    I'm thinking of getting one in the second bathroom. Long and deep bath with jets to help with my various arthritises. Time and money pending,

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    I'm thinking of getting one in the second bathroom. Long and deep bath with jets to help with my various arthritises. Time and money pending,

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    If it were me, I would rather have a hot tub than a whirlpool tub. A bathroom whirlpool, or jetted tub, is not the same as a hot tub. Go for a hot tub.

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    You need a large hot water heater, and crank the temperature up on them. They are not easy to keep clean and cleaned out/maintenance.
    Other than that? they are a God send :D:D:D

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    With the size of ours - length of regular tub - we did not change our hot water heater. This tub is deeper than the standard one it replaced, but because of its shape - I think they called it a bow tie - it does not take as much water as if it were straight sided.

    Good luck with whatever you decide!

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