@lljk As an old geezer who will be looking for a new house when covid-19 makes a move (at least a bit more) safe, a walk-in tub is an “Oh, hell no!” on my list. For a shower, it lacks a decent wall to keep water from splashing on the bathroom floor. For a bath, you have to be inside with the door locked before running the water. No running a bath to get the temp right before getting in unless you like climbing over the top. Same in reverse getting out. You are going to have to wait for all of the water to drain before opening the door. The door seal is prone to leaks unless constantly attended to. And they are just irritating and difficult to clean properly. If I did buy a house with one, the cost of having it replaced with a conventional tub or shower would have to be figured into the cost.
I think a big claw foot tub would be really nice to soak in but I’ve never been in one so I don’t really know. Regular bathtubs aren’t big enough to soak in. I’d have to have a nice glass shower also though too, have one and there great.
@Star2236 I grew up in two houses that had them and rented 3 that did. Deeper than the typical tub but taking a shower in one is a pain as the shower curtain needs to go all the way around it.
Also when I worked in the UK they had them. They also kept the window open in the bathroom in the winter so filling it up with hot water (they are cast iron) and letting that sit for a bit to warm up the tub was critical.
@Star2236 Who knows. They claimed it was healthy to do that but then they told me that going outside in the winter with wet hair was going to make me sick. Go figure. Of course this same place heated everywhere with wood burning fireplaces only (and trust me that does not work all that well, especially when they aren’t in every room). I bought an electric heater for my bedroom which didn’t make people happy but I was tired of drafty old Scottish and English buildings and freezing (same issue both places).