With so many aging Americans facing mobility concerns a traditional hot tub may not be a safe and easy way to enjoy the benefits of hot water therapy. The hot tub industry has tried to address concerns related to safety and mobility by offering shorter profile hot tubs (30” height) and an array of safety accessories such as handrails and motorized lifts, however, for an individual with a major disability, handicap, or other mobility concerns a traditional hot tub still doesn’t fully address accessibility into and out of the hot tub. Interestingly enough, the hot tub industry is taking a page out of the bathtub industry book and seeking to develop a walk in hot tub. Walk-in bathtubs are now flooding the market as viable solutions for the aforementioned mobility concerns and there are even walk-in bathtubs that are jetted so that one can enjoy a true hydrotherapy experience. The issue with these is the same as its been with regular jetted bathtubs that get put in homes every day but go unused because they aren’t convenient to fill up, heat, and drain after every use. One can spend an hour just in preparation for a jetted bathtub experience. The hot tub industry is trying to innovate and create a hot tub that has all of the benefits of a traditional hot tub (larger, always filled and heated, better hydrotherapy, and low maintenance) and all of the safety benefits and accessibility of a walk-in bathtub. These new designs will feature a door entry with low step-in, conveniently placed grab rails, and non-slip surface. It may be a few more years before these units go into full production but rest assured that the hot tub and spa industry is aware of the opportunity and need for such a product. Some manufacturers have gone as far as building prototypes but these units needed to be fully tested before hitting market. As usual, we at Hot Tub Insider will continue to bring you the latest news and updates on this and other new hot tub industry innovations.