Walk in Bath Tub | Differences Between Inward & Outward Swinging Doors

Walk in Bath Tub Doors

Deciding on whether you want a walkin bathtub with a door that swings inward or outward, is about more than preference. There are pros and cons to each so be sure to educate yourself on each and make a decision that is best for your particular situation.

Inward Swinging Door - How it Works

The inward swinging door opens into the tub. Once the person bathing enters the tub, properly shuts the door and fills it with water, the water presses against the door frame creating an extra tight seal. The tubs shell has a beveled lip that provides support for the inward opening door so the tubs shell bears the water weight. Walk in bath tubs hold about 35 to 60 gallons of water so with the door frame bearing that weight, it makes it impossible to open the door without first, draining the water.

To Summarize: 
-  Contains a self-seal as the pressure of the water reinforces the seal around the door
-  Less risk for flooding your bathroom because it is difficult to  open a door that swings inward
-  Accommodates for larger quantities of water than tubs with an outward swinging door
-  Easier for those with mobility issues to close the door once settled inside the tub
-  Difficult for someone outside the tub to open the door in the case of an emergency

Outward Swinging Door- How it Works

The outward swinging door opens outward and towards the person entering the tub. Instead of the door resting in a built in shelf within the tub’s shell, it is bolted shut. The mechanism for securing this type of door adds a complexity making it more expensive than comparable tubs with inward swinging doors, which naturally help to create a leak-proof seal.

To Summarize:
-  Safety Feature: Provides easy access to the person bathing
-  In Case of an Emergency: A caretaker can assist without hassling with the door
-  Complex and Costly- Requires a latching system to ensure the seal is working correctly
-  Not Usually ADA compliant
* Latching the tub requires strength so it may be difficult for the bather to secure
* Demanding more than minimal hand strength, these doors are usually not ADA complaint