KOHLER® Walk-In Bath Review

 Jake Parker

In a Nutshell

The KOHLER Walk-In Bath, also known as the Belay™ Walk-In Bath, stands out for its innovative hydrotherapy tech and stylish design. With a large range of safety and comfort features on offer, KOHLER has created an attractive product that’s sure to be a hit with customers who can afford its hefty price tag. In this KOHLER review, we’ll take a close look at what the KOHLER Walk-In Bath can do for you.

pros

  • Low 3-inch threshold
  • Built-in handrails
  • Adjustable hand shower

cons

  • Can’t order directly
  • Could be cheaper
  • Some customers report installation difficulties

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KOHLER at a Glance

Best for: Advanced hydrotherapy
Average price range: $8,000 to $16,000
Warranty: Lifetime limited warranty
Therapy types: Heated backrest, whirlpool jets, BubbleMassage
Main safety features: Low step, handrails, textured surfaces, wide door

Tub Types

Regular KOHLER tubs come in various designs, including the Stargaze freestanding bath, the Archer alcove bath, and the Sunward drop-in bath. The KOHLER Walk-In Bath, on the other hand, is only offered in a single design with standard dimensions of 52” x 28” x 39”. However, these can be adapted to your available space as each KOHLER Walk-In Bath is customized during installation. 

Every KOHLER Walk-In Bath can be personalized with a range of finishes, accompanying bath wall, and color choice. For your bath hue, you can select between White and Biscuit, and stylish KOHLER Walk-In Bath faucets are available in both Vibrant Brushed Nickel and Polished Chrome.


Pricing 

Like many walk-in bath manufacturers, KOHLER offers pricing by quote only. In fact, the company specifically states that it is unable to release a price range because every KOHLER Walk-In Bath is custom-fitted to the bathroom of its purchaser. In order to get a quote, you’ll need to contact a KOHLER representative directly or fill out a form to arrange a quote appointment.

Even though KOHLER doesn’t release price ranges, reports from past customers suggest costs for KOHLER Walk-In Baths range from approximately $8,000 to $16,000. The final amount you’ll pay for a KOHLER Walk-In Bath will be determined by factors such as the difficulty of installing a tub in your bathroom and the add-on accessories you select.

With basic walk-in tubs from other manufacturers available for $2,000, there’s no doubt that the KOHLER Walk-In Bath is more expensive than the majority of competitors on the market. However, that’s understandable given that the company uses premium materials and goes the extra mile when it comes to hydrotherapy and comfort. 

Testimonials 

“I just love my new walk-in bath. I’m really glad I waited for KOHLER to make a walk-in bath, because of the great name. It is so soothing, comfortable, and more importantly safe. I just absolutely love it!” — Doreen, PA

“The whole process was great but the presentation was the best part, it was really good and it gave me a good feeling about the whole thing. I was most satisfied with the overall courtesy and timeliness of the people and with the jets in my KOHLER walk-in bath.” — Gary, TX

“Ever since my wife broke her leg last year she hesitated to use the old tub. Now, she feels very safe using the new walk in with all of the features. She has no problem using the new tub. She is not afraid of falling.” — Gerry, PA

Walk-in Tub Features

The primary features of the KOHLER Walk-In Bath are all related to mobility and accessibility. The bath’s design facilitates independent bathing and makes it extremely easy for users to enter and exit the bath. To make that possible, each KOHLER Walk-In Bath includes the following:

  • A 3” walk-in threshold which is significantly lower than that of many competing brands
  • Extra-wide door to make getting in and out of the tub simple
  • Ergonomically positioned handrails to help you get a firm grip
  • Multifunction pivoting shower head
  • Textured flooring so you can move around safely
  • Accessible controls that you don’t have to stretch for

Beyond safety, the KOHLER Walk-In Bath sets itself apart from the crowd with superior comfort features. These are focused on creating a spa-like environment in your own bathroom. To take your bathing experience to the next level, KOHLER Walk-In Baths feature:

  • Whirlpool jets for a powerful back, leg, and foot massage
  • Soothing BubbleMassage™ air jets
  • A quick drain system so you aren’t waiting around after your soak
  • An extra-wide reclining seat
  • A heated backrest with 3 temperature settings

While the above features all come standard, the KOHLER Walk-In Bath can be further customized with a decorative LuxStone® bath wall and surround. These are made from an engineered stone material and you can pick multiple texture schemes to match the look-and-feel of your bathroom.

Walk-in Tub Installation

To buy a KOHLER Walk-In Bath, you’ll first need to get a free quote via a virtual or in-home appointment. Once you’ve decided to go ahead with your KOHLER purchase, the company will arrange for a certified professional to come and fit your new tub. KOHLER says its walk-in bath is designed to facilitate easy installation so, once your tub is prepped, it should be installed in a single day.

Of course, in some cases, it may take longer to install your tub, and you’ll need to contact your local KOHLER authorized dealer to find out what the expected installation time for your bathroom will be.

Once you’ve settled on an installation date, you’ll be able to relax as you don’t need to hire a separate plumber to manage the installation. A KOHLER technician will handle everything, including the necessary electrical and plumbing work. The technician will also dispose of your old tub for you.

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Warranty

Kohler offers a lifetime limited warranty with all KOHLER Walk-In Bath purchases. This covers any manufacturing defects you encounter with your bath’s hydrotherapy system, door seals, or hand shower. Of course, there are some exceptions to this warranty but, in general, KOHLER will repair issues that arise under normal use, as long as the original purchaser still owns the home where the tub is installed.

Summary

As long as you can afford its high price point, KOHLER’s Belay Walk-In Bath is well worth taking a look at. For customers with limited mobility or conditions that need to be addressed through hydrotherapy, the KOHLER bath is an ideal product as it comes with a long list of safety and comfort features.


Jake is a freelance writer from Britain. After studying climate science, he began writing full time in 2018 and his favorite topics include sustainability and technology. When not travelling and writing, he can be found editing videos or trying to fix some mechanical problem, normally on his latest cheap vehicle.

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