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The Best Shower Chairs of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Platinum Health HydroSlide
Editors Choice

Platinum Health HydroSlide

This shower chair is very comfortable and can fit just about any tub, thanks to extensions. Read More

Pros

  • Very comfortable
  • Easy to assemble and use
  • Eliminates the need to step over tub walls
  • Waterproof and rustproof

Cons

  • Comfort adds to cost
  • Some strength and dexterity is needed to turn the chair and the user’s body into the shower
  • No cut-out for peri-care
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Platinum Health UltraCommode

This shower chair is perfect for use when visiting family or during travel. It folds down to a small size and can be reassembled without any tools. Read More

Pros

  • Easy to assemble, use, store, and transport
  • Waterproof and rustproof
  • Can function as a commode
  • Available in two colors

Cons

  • Versatility impacts price
  • Uncomfortably large cutout
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Walgreens Hygienic Bath Seat with Back & Arms

With a reversible seat that allows the cutout to face forward or back, this shower chair offers versatility at a reasonable price. Read More

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Has a reversible cutout for peri-care

Cons

  • No padding
  • Lengthy assembly and disassembly
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Platinum Health Samson Deluxe

If weight capacity is a concern, the Samson Delue will bring you peace of mind with its 600-pound limit. You'll pay more for the extra support, though. Read More

Pros

  • Can accommodate up to 600 lbs.
  • Easy to assemble
  • Has a removable peri-care cutout

Cons

  • May be too large to fit in standard showers
  • Higher than average price
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Platinum Health GentleBoost Uplift Assist

Getting on and off of this shower chair is made easier with the integrated "GentleBoost" feature, which helps lift and lower the user. Read More

Pros

  • Provides a gentle lift up, off, and down onto the seat
  • Easy to assemble
  • Doubles as a commode
  • Has a cutout for peri-care

Cons

  • Not as cheap as similar products
  • Lower weight limit
  • Takes some getting used to

Shower chairs can be a lifesaving purchase—literally. For anyone struggling with mobility issues, flexibility, or dexterity, getting in and out of the shower or tub can be a complicated, frustrating ordeal. Consider the additional hazards of slippery floors, stray towels, and possibly a large step to get in and out of the tub, and you could be looking at the makings of a very serious fall, which can be especially dangerous for seniors, who may have a harder time recovering.

Whether you have a narrow shower with a small step, a double-wide roll-in shower, a traditional tub, or a spacious walk-in tub, there is a shower chair for you. We especially love the HydroSlide Sliding Bath Chair (available at Amazon) , since it is extremely comfortable and its sliding nature allows users to safely slide their body into the tub instead of having to take a large step while twisting their body toward the shower.

We’ve rounded up five of the best shower chairs that you can get right now to help create a safer and more seamless shower experience at home. Based on personal use and customer reviews alike, these are the best shower chairs for your money.

Editor's Note: The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

HydroSlide shower chair attached to bathtub.
Credit: Cassandra Brooklyn / Reviewed

The HydroSlide fits most tubs.

Editors Choice
Platinum Health HydroSlide

Given the emphasis that Platinum Health puts on not just safety and functionality, but also on comfort, it’s no surprise the Platinum Health HydroSlide bath chair is our top pick. The shower bench is designed to fit virtually any tub, and extensions exist for tubs that are outside standard tub dimensions. What makes it so special is that the user sits down on the chair, lifts their legs, and presses a lever to swivel the chair to face into the tub.

Keep in mind that a certain amount of flexibility is required to lift one’s legs before swiveling the chair, and some finger dexterity and strength is needed to press down on the swivel lever. A caregiver or home attendant could help with these steps, if needed.

Pros

  • Very comfortable

  • Easy to assemble and use

  • Eliminates the need to step over tub walls

  • Waterproof and rustproof

Cons

  • Comfort adds to cost

  • Some strength and dexterity is needed to turn the chair and the user’s body into the shower

  • No cut-out for peri-care

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Platinum Health UltraCommode

If you’re looking for a bathing chair that’s easy to set up, collapse, and take on vacation or use in other bathrooms, you may want to invest in one designed for travel. The UltraCommode Foldable Commode and Shower Chair is just this, as it can be assembled without tools, and completely collapses in just a few seconds, making it ideal for storage and travel.

The chair comes with an adjustable seat height so it can accommodate users of different heights. The multi-function nature of the chair means that, in addition to being a bath and shower chair, it can also serve as an over-the-toilet or bedside commode. It even comes with a free commode pail and cover.

The UltraCommode is fully padded (including the seat, backrest, and armrests), so it is fairly comfortable to sit on, but the large center cutout that enables it to serve as a commode means it’s not quite as comfortable as the HydroSlide (which doesn’t have a cutout).

The chair is made of medical-grade aluminum and waterproof foam padding, meaning it won’t rust or get cracked and moldy over time. It can support up to 300 pounds and can be easily cleaned by wiping it down.

The 16 x 16-inch seat base is more generous (and comfortable) than most shower chairs, and, unlike most chairs, it comes in two colors: blue and gray. Given all the bells and whistles on the chair, expect to pay a bit more than basic versions. But if you’re looking for a comfortable chair that’s easy to store and transport or function as a commode, users believe it’s well worth the price.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble, use, store, and transport

  • Waterproof and rustproof

  • Can function as a commode

  • Available in two colors

Cons

  • Versatility impacts price

  • Uncomfortably large cutout

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Walgreens Hygienic Bath Seat with Back & Arms

While extra features might be nice, they cost more too, and may not always be necessary. If you’re looking for a basic, budget-friendly chair, the Hygienic Bath Seat with Back & Arms from Walgreens is a great option for folks with limited mobility.

Not only is the chair extremely affordable (about half to a third of the price of fancier models), it’s also easy to assemble, easy to clean, and, thanks to adjustable and removable arms, it can be tailored to your specific needs.

The Hygienic Bath Seat is made of heavy-duty molded plastic and aluminum, it has slip-resistant rubber tips to keep it from sliding around the shower, and it can accommodate up to 300 pounds.

The downside of the cheaper, unpadded model is that it takes much longer to break down, and it’s not as comfortable as higher-end models, especially if you’re sitting on the hard plastic for long periods of time. Some users report that draping a rag or hand towel over the back of the chair while using it makes it more comfortable.

The seat’s cutout feature makes peri-care much easier, allowing users (or their caregivers) to have better access to private areas that can be very hard to reach. While the cutout usually goes in the front of the seat, some users and home attendants we spoke with said they find it more helpful when the cutout is in the back. You can try out both ways to see which arrangement works best for you.

Pros

  • Very affordable

  • Has a reversible cutout for peri-care

Cons

  • No padding

  • Lengthy assembly and disassembly

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Platinum Health Samson Deluxe

Most shower chairs, be they designed to stand up in a shower or straddle across a tub, can only accommodate around 300 pounds. Even shower chairs designed to accommodate higher weights typically top out at 450 pounds., so we were impressed that the Samson Deluxe Bariatric 3 in 1 Shower/Bath/Commode Chair has a weight limit of 600 pounds. With a seat measuring 20.5 x 13.5 inches, it’s the largest surface available for this style of shower chair.

Unlike most shower chairs that double as commodes, the commode cutout on this chair is removable. If you’re not using the chair as a commode and don’t need the cutout while bathing, leaving it in there could make for a more comfortable sit. The soft padding on the seat, seat back, and armrests also contribute to a more comfortable experience than purely plastic chairs.

This shower seat can be assembled in a few minutes (without tools), it’s made of medical-grade and rust-proof aluminum, and it has a clever side rung to hang toilet paper when used as a commode. Note that, because this is an extra-wide chair, you’ll want to measure your shower to make sure it fits.

Pros

  • Can accommodate up to 600 lbs.

  • Easy to assemble

  • Has a removable peri-care cutout

Cons

  • May be too large to fit in standard showers

  • Higher than average price

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Platinum Health GentleBoost Uplift Assist

If getting up out of the shower chair is challenging, it could be helpful to invest in a chair that provides a bit of a boost. The GentleBoost Uplift Assist Commode & Shower Chair does just this without a motor. Its self-powered, spring-assist system automatically raises up the user to help bring them to a standing position, and it does the same to slowly and safely help them down onto the chair.

The mechanism is designed to minimize the amount of coordination and muscle power required, but, since no motor is used, some personal strength is still needed to get up and sit down (a caregiver could easily help with this, however).

The GentleBoost Uplift Assist frame is made with rust-proof, medical-grade aluminum and the seat, armrests, and back are made of institutional-quality foam padding that is a highly visible bright blue, fully waterproof, and easy to clean. No tools are required for assembly (which takes only a few minutes), the seat height can be adjusted for comfort, and non-slip suction cups on the feet prevent it from sliding around.

Some users say the design takes some getting used to and that it could be difficult for shorter people (around 5 feet 5 inches and under), whose legs may dangle a bit. Also note that its weight capacity is 285 pounds, which is slightly lower than most shower chairs.

Pros

  • Provides a gentle lift up, off, and down onto the seat

  • Easy to assemble

  • Doubles as a commode

  • Has a cutout for peri-care

Cons

  • Not as cheap as similar products

  • Lower weight limit

  • Takes some getting used to

What You Should Know About Shower Chairs

As mobility becomes a struggle thanks to age or disability, using the tub or shower can require some assistance. Shower chairs are designed to make entering the bathtub less treacherous. The chair attaches to the tub and swivels, so the user can sit on it from outside the tub and lift their legs over the side as the chair turns to face them toward the tub's spout. Some can be reversed, if that works better.

Many shower chairs have cutouts that allow for cleaning in ways that the solid seats won't. Peri-care capabilities are a major consideration to think through before your shower chair purchase.

When choosing a bathing chair, consider how much weight you’ll need it to support, whether you’ll be using it in the tub or shower (or both), if you might want it to double as a commode, and if you need it to be small and foldable for storage or travel.

If the chair will be used by someone with visual or cognitive impairments, you may want to consider getting a chair that is a bright color, like blue, that can be more easily distinguished from its surroundings.

Does Medicare cover shower chairs?

Generally speaking, shower chairs are not covered under a traditional Medicare Part B plan. In the rare case they would be covered as Durable Medical Equipment, the chair must meet the following criteria:

  • Used inside your home
  • Used repeatedly
  • Expected to last for at least three years
  • Necessary for a specific medical condition

Given these stringent requirements, a concrete need for a shower chair can be a challenge to justify, but you can still attempt the process by having your doctor write a valid prescription for the item. If approved, you’ll work with Medicare to find an applicable supplier.

Shower chairs are far more likely to be covered under a private Medicare Advantage plan, which includes Medicare Part C, but most folks on standard Medicare probably won’t have much luck getting coverage for shower chairs.

Where can I buy shower chairs?

As detailed above, shower chairs can be purchased from a wide variety of retailers. We’re partial to larger all-encompassing shops like Amazon or Walmart, but local drug stores and medical supply sellers are also likely to have a basic selection of shower chairs if you need something a bit simpler than what we’ve listed here.

Especially when leveraging the endless list of suppliers on the internet, it shouldn’t be difficult to find a shower chair that works for you. This list should ease some of the heavy listing in making an appropriate selection, but, as always, take care to pay attention to customer reviews or the advice of professionals before committing to a single choice. After all, safety should always be a top priority when navigating damp surfaces.

Meet the tester

Cassandra Brooklyn

Cassandra Brooklyn

Contributor

Cassandra is a freelance writer and guidebook author with bylines in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, and Forbes, among others. While she’s written everything from real estate features to recipe recommendations, her work typically focuses on travel, sustainability, the intersection of technology and culture, and all things outdoors. She’s also the owner of EscapingNY, a travel consultancy specializing in off-the-beaten path travel around the world. She rotates between New York City, where she brews kombucha and composts obsessively, and Milwaukee, where she helps care for her mother. You can follow her on Twitter at @escapingnewyork or Instagram @escapingny.

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