Air or Water Jets?

We offer walk-in bathtubs with air jets, water jets or both.

Bathtubs with Water Jets

A water jetted bathtub has multiple jets that propel water in a forceful stream. A central pump circulates the water around the tub and back. There are usually from 4 to 12 jets.  Water jets can be adjusted to provide a strong massage by varying the pressure of the water. Due to the complicated design, the pump and the functionality of water jetted bathtubs, they tend to be more costly than air jetted bathtubs.

As far as the advantages of water jetted tubs, the most important one is the increased luxury and massaging pressure provided. There are also a few disadvantages to consider. As the water is circulated repeatedly between the tub and pump, there is an increased chance of contaminants entering the interior of the tub. This makes a water jetted bathtub difficult to clean and maintain. Regular maintenance is required to prevent unsanitary conditions in the tub. Also, the use of aromatherapy oils, soaps and bath salts is not recommended in a water jetted bathtub. However, they can be put in a bowl of warm water and then added to the water in the tub.  This is because the particles will be very difficult to remove after use, and the buildup of residue can be damaging to the system.

Bathtubs with Air Jets

A jetted bathtub that uses air jets functions by streaming air into the water. The air jets are much higher in number as compared to the water jets, sometimes ranging up to 120. However, the massaging action is not as forceful compared to water jets. Air jetted tubs use an air compressor that enables the projection of air through the jets.

Air jetted bathtubs are cheaper than water jetted models of the same size. This is because the mechanism is not as complex as that of a water jetted model. Also, the maintenance aspect is much easier than that of a water jetted bathtub. Just turn it on for a few seconds after you get out of the tub to blow out any water that might get into the jets. You can use soap and oils in an air jetted bathtub, because there is no chance of contamination and residue buildup.

Combination Jetted Bathtubs

The most expensive option of all, a combination jetted bathtub uses air jets and water jets. You can choose to include one or both of these when you take a bath. Combination jetted walk-in bathtubs offer all the best features of both systems, but they may be difficult to maintain and require regular cleaning. However Adapted Living Solutions tubs come with an Ozone Sterilization system to assist in keeping the tub clean.  Some potential buyers may be discouraged to buy a combination jetted bathtub as it is a lot more expensive.

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"We are very pleased with our Ella Royal Walk-in bathtub. With my wife having undergone knee replacement surgery and another one required in about a year the installation of this bathtub makes it possible for her to continue to have regular baths which she prefers over the shower. The unit is very well constructed from our observation and feedback from the contractor who installed the unity, is spacious and stylish. We highly recommend this unit to anyone thinking in stalling a walk-in bath"

- L. Boone

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