Bath Chairs – Buying Guide

Bath Chairs, Stools, Seats and Benches (portable)


We can help you find the best bath chair for your health, lifestyle and safety needs - AND SAVE TIME + MONEY! The left hand menu lists your main decisions when selecting a bathing chair, stool, seat or bench.  Each decision is matched with applicable Sage Health & Lifestyle Icons and Sage Tips for Safety, Comfort and Ease of Use.  EASY!!

Shower Chair with Back

Chair with Back

shower Chair with Back and Arms

Back and Arms

Shower Chair with Back and Handles

Back and Handles

Rotating Stool for Showering

Stool with Rotation

Shower Stool with Handles

Stool with Handles

Shower Stool with Arms

Stool with Arms

Major product variations shown above are back, arms, handles and rotation. We refer to products with backs as bath chairs, and call those without backs stools, seats or benches interchangeably.  Product manufacturers do not use a standardized definitions when marketing their products.

Safety Basics

To cover the minimum Safety Basics, we suggest careful consideration of

  • Area of Use
  • Leg Width; and
  • Weight Capacity

Area of Use

Certain products are ONLY intended for showers and should not be used in bathtubs.  If you are looking for a product that may be used in a Bathtub, select  "Bathtub or "Bathtub or Shower" in Area of Use.

Health & Lifestyle - Area of Use

To see other features of a bath chair that you should consider for mobility, arms & hands, vision, grandkids and visitors, click here.

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Sage Tips - Area of Use

Sage Tip for H2  Fall Prevention

If the product will be used in a bathtub it is important to measure the flat bottom of the bathtub so that the chair can sit on a flat surface. Select a leg width less than the measurement. If you intend to use the product in a small shower, you should measure.

Sage Tip for H2  Right Size

If  you are obese or have bariatric needs, chairs are available with weight capacity and seat dimensions that may suit your needs.  However, not all will safely fit in a bathtub.  Measure the space available.

Sage Tip for H2  Multi-Gen

If a home is shared by multi-generational users, take a moment to consider the falling risks that could be created for other family members if a bath chair is part of a bathroom.  Perhaps bathroom usage should be re-allocated among family members.

Sage Tip for H2  Ease of Use

If ease of use is concern when selecting a bathing chair for use in a bathtub, you may want to consider a transfer bench.  Transfer benches offer more stability.

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Back and Rotation

A back can provide comfort and support.  However, if you want or need a product that will rotate to enhance mobility, it will not have a back.

Health & Lifestyle - Back and Rotation

To see other features of a bath chair that you should consider for mobility, arms & hands and vision, click here.

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Sage Tips - Back and Rotation

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Backs on chairs are intended for support while sitting.  Grab bars are a preferable form of support when getting into position to sit.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

Backs on chairs can help create a comfortable bathing experience.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

A back on a chair provides support during use and can be helpful for a person with vision issues to sit down easily.

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Arms and Handles

Arms and handles can provide support, comfort and ease of use if used safely.  A user should be able to distribute their weight evenly between the arms or handles when sitting down or getting up. Otherwise, the risk of falling is serious.

Health & Lifestyle - Arms and Handles

To see other features of a bath chair that you should consider for mobility, arms & hands and vision, click here.

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Sage Tips - Arms and Handles

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Arms and handles can provide support when sitting down or getting up from a bath chair.  Always distribute weight evenly between both sides of chair to prevent tipping.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

Consider whether the bathing experience would be more comfortable with arms or handles on the chair or bath stool.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

Being able to rest your arms on a chair arm or handle can make bathing easier.  Arms can also be useful for people with vision issues when sitting down to use the chair.

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Drainage

Pooling water is breeding ground for bacteria.  Drainage options vary in form (e.g. holes, slots) that may conflict with comfort goals .  Remember, all products should be cleaned after each use.

Health & Lifestyle - Drainage

To see other features of a bath chair that you should consider for memory click here.

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Sage Tips - Drainage

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Hygiene

Bathing chairs with drainage are more hygienic.  However, all bathing stools and seats should be cleaned after each use.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

A chair or stool that will be used by multiple users needs to be cleaned after each use. Drainage options in the chair can make cleaning easier.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

Drainage holes are not available for padded seats, in which case a split seat will improve drainage.  Clean products after each use.

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Weight Capacity

Consider any possible weight gain as well as other possible users of a bath chair when selecting weight capacity.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Always use and purchase products with adequate weight capacity.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Right Size

In addition to weight capacity, large people should consider seat dimensions (width and depth).

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

If a chair or stool may be used by another person in the future, consider their weight needs.

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Legs

To prevent falls, measure the flat surface available for a bath chair or stool and select a leg width that is less than the measurement.  See Sage Bath Chair Guide for picture of risk.

Health & Lifestyle - Legs

To see other features of a bath chair that you should consider for mobility, arms & hands and vision, click here.

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Sage Tips - Legs

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Adjustable height seats can create a falling risk for people with mobility, strength or vision issues

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

Adjustable seat heights can be handy for bathing Grandchildren.  Also consider if the chair might be used by a visitor or family member.

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Seats

A seat width greater than leg width may create a falling hazard if a person with mobility or strength issues uses the edge of the chair to help them get up.

Health & Lifestyle - Seats

To see other features of a bath chair that you should consider for mobility click here.

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Sage Tips - Seats

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Adjustable height seats can create a falling risk for people with mobility, strength or vision issues.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Right Size

Consider whether you want a seat that is wider than the leg width.  If the seat is wider than the base, it may feel unstable.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen/ Use

Adjustable seat heights can be handy for bathing Grandchildren.  Also consider if the chair might be used by a visitor or family member.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

After making selections for safety, consider whether a wider or deeper seat might provide more comfort.

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Materials

Material choices are available for Feet, Seats and Frames.  After making choices for safety, make choices for comfort since comfort promotes use.

Health & Lifestyle - Materials

To see other features of a bath chair that you should consider for mobility, arms & hands and green, click here.

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Sage Tips - Materials

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

For extra fall prevention, you may want to look at chairs and stools with suction cup feet.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Hygiene

Seat materials are important for hygiene.  Select one that you can easily clean.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

Padded seats are available to provide extra comfort. 

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Extras

A handheld shower holder can reduce the amount of reaching required while showering, in either a bathtub or shower.

A bath chair that folds can be a falling hazard or a very handy feature, depending on the capabilities of the people using it.

Health & Lifestyle - Extras

To see other features of a bath chair that you should consider for mobility, arms & hands, vision, grandkids and visitors, click here.

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Sage Tips - Extras

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Moving a foldable chair and unfolding it can be a falling hazard for some people.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Hygiene

A handheld shower holder encourages the user to pick up the showerhead and direct water at their body.  This can improve hygiene.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

A folding chair can be a great convenience when multi-generations share a bathroom.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

Some people may define comfort as not having to reach.  Consider a bathing chair with a hand-held shower attachment.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

A handheld shower reduces reaching in the shower. This can increase independence in the bathtub for those with vision or reach issues.

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Color

Consider a color that is a contrast to the main color in the bathroom.  It will be easier to see when not in use.

Health & Lifestyle - Colors

To see other features of a bath chair that you should consider for color, click here.

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Sage Tips - Colors

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Color contrast is a good fall prevention tip.  Consider a bath chair that will be easy to see.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

In a shared bathroom, a new bath safety product should work for all users' needs.

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Assembly

Proper assembly and set-up of a bath chair or stool is essential. Complexity varies considerably from product to product. We have the manufacturer's instructions to check your selection. 

Health & Lifestyle - Assembly

To see other features of a bath chair that you should consider for mobility, arms & hands, vision and memory, click here.

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Sage $

Never sacrifice safety features.  The "cost" of a fall or poor hygiene far exceeds the costs of basic safety features to prevent falls.

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