Mobility and accessibility in the bathroom are usually critical factors when deciding what kind of walk in tub to buy. Wheelchair users usually find it challenging to fully enjoy the benefits of a safety shower if its door opens inwardly.

And here it’s when the American Standard outward-opening walk in tub comes to the rescue! Wheelchair users now can enjoy easier access and transfer to and from their walk in tub without having to sacrifice comfort, a relaxing bathing experience and without taking additional space in their bathroom layout.


In addition to its large door opening outwardly, this American Standard safety tub retains all the great features this brand is well-known for, i.e.  quick drain water removal system, built-in chair height seat for easy wheelchair transfer,  water tight door system, textured tub floor and free standing metal support frame.

At the time of purchase, some customers debate around inward-opening vs. outward-opening. And this is a legitimate concern.  An inward-opening door may not be advantageous to some customers as it makes emergency access difficult and it impairs to some extent the user’s ability to make an easy transfer from the tub into their wheelchair. To address this challenge, the outward-opening walk in tub is designed to facilitate access for wheelchair users who transfer laterally from a wheelchair into the tub.

Worth noting, the outward opening walk in tub does not take additional space in your bathroom. The outward-opening tub measures 52” x 30” x 37” which ensures an optimum and convenient bathing experience for wheelchair users.

We recommend future walk in tub buyers to consider the benefits of an outward-opening walk in tub to enjoy  easier wheelchair access and transfer. After all, it is all about a relaxing and convenient bathing experience!

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31 May 2014

Rick Fangeat

Rick Fangeat is not only the man at the helm of the Walk in Tub Company, but also your trusted source for anything you need to know in connection to walk in tubs and safety showers. Having experienced for himself how family members can sometimes find themselves facing health issues that challenge their independence and mobility, Rick is adept at sharing valuable and straight-forward insights on ways to enhance accessibility and safety for individuals with physical limitations.