Bath Step Stools Guide

Buying Guide

 

Bath Step Stools


Plastic Step Stool

Low One Step

Stool with 2 Steps

Low Two Step

Step Stool with Handle

One Step with Handrail

Extra Wide Step Stool

Extra Wide One Step

Foldable 1 Step Stool

Folding One Step

Foldable 2 Step Stool

Folding Two Step

Below you will find tips to help you make a product selection by the features listed in the left navigation bar.  Helpful links are below on the right.

All Products

To help you make a safe choice, a product must have a weight capacity of 250 pounds or greater to be in our Step Stool Selector. Complete data for weight capacity, height, step width and step depth is also required.

In addition, to provide price discovery, all products must have a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”).

Sage Caution Level

The Sage Caution level groups products by multiple factors (handrail, step height and step depth) to provide an indication of level of caution.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

A low Sage Caution level indicates that a step stool has a handrail or a small step height along with a large step depth - all are good features to consider for fall prevention.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

A step stool that has a handrail or a small step height along with a large step depth will be easiest to use.  This combination of features has aa "low" caution level warning.

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Handrail

A handrail will provide support for stepping up.  If moving from the step stool into a bathtub, consider adding a grab bar installed in easy reach.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

To help prevent falls getting into a bathtub, use a step stool with a handrail to help set up onto the stool.  In addition, grab bars should be positioned to assist with bathtub entry.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Size

Handrails on Step Stools are inverted "U" shape with an overall height of around 3 feet - a design intended for people of all heights.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

Step stools with Handrails are not foldable, for easy storage when not in use.  If a bathroom is shared consider whether you are creating a falling risk for other people.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Assembly

Typically, the handrail on a step stool needs to be assembled.  Check the manufacturer instructions, where available.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

A handrail can make a step stool easier to use.

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Number of Steps

Consider the overall height required for the bath step.  Step heights of products in our database range from 4 to 9.5 inches.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

A step stool with two steps requires significantly more balance to use without falling.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

Two small steps may be more comfortable to use than one large step.  Note that two steps requires the use to balance themselves.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

If you require a step stool with two steps, consider a handrail for ease of use.

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Folding

A folding step stool can be stored for occasional use by multiple people.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

A product that stores offers convenience.  First, ensure that a step stool has the fall prevention features (step height and possibly a handrail).

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

A folding step stool can be multi purpose for various family members from grandparents to grandchildren.

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Weight Capacity

Consider all people who might possibly use the bath stool when selecting an adequate weight capacity.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

It is very important to use products with sufficient weight capacity to prevent falls.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

For multiple users, ensure that you have adequate weight capacity for all people who might possibly use the bath step stool.

 

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Height

Step height should be selected with the capabilities of the person using the bath stool in mind.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

A person should be able to easily lift their foot to the step, possible with support from a handrail or grab bar.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Size & Fit

A shorter person is likely to prefer a low step height.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

When a step stool will be shared, consider the step height that will be safe for the person with the greatest needs.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

For step height, safety and comfort are related. If the step height is uncomfortable, it might not be safe.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

A step stool should feel "easy to use".  This likely means the height is comfortable and additional support (handrail or installed grab bar).

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Width

Will both feet be placed on the stool?  If so, ensure the step width is adequate.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Consider a wide step stool if the intention is to have both feet rest on the stool (for example, when reaching).

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Size

Bariatric step stools are wide allowing the person to safely place both feet on the platform.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

Safety and comfort are related when considering step width.  If you can comfortably stand on the platform, the width is likely safe for you.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

You should be able to easily stand with both feet on the platform (without looking down to check if you are on the edges).  Select a stool width accordingly.

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Materials

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

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Carefully select feet and platform materials to meet fall prevention needs.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Hygiene

A step stool should be cleaned regularly to prevent the build up of bacteria.  Consider the platform material and how easily it can be kept clean.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

A step stool that is shared should be cleaned with an antibacterial cleaner after each use for good hygiene.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

There are significant differences in the feel, and comfort, of the options for platform materials.  Since comfort promotes use, select comfort once safety needs are met.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

Look at the non-slip material on the feet.  A product that doesn't slip is easier to use.

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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.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

A step stool, or platform of a step stool, in a different color that the bathroom is easier to see to avoid a fall.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

When a bathroom with a step stool is shared, consider some contrasting colors to ensure all people can see the step stool.

 

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Marketplace

Our selection of step stools can be sorted by Manufacturer's Retail Price (MSRP).  If you are comfortable with your choice, you can then decide where to buy - locally, or on the internet in our marketplace.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Selecting a step stool without the data in our Selector can result in poor choices for fall prevention.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Size

Matching the size of the user with the product is important for safety.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Hygiene

At Sage in Home, you can easily select materials that will make your step stool easier to clean.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

Without Sage Tips and the Selector, it is difficult to consider all factors when selecting a bath stool that will be shared.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Assembly

Proper assembly of a step stool with a handrail is essential.  We have the manufacturer's instructions for most products.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

The Sage in Home Selector allow you to make choices for safety first and then find the comfort features that will promote use.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

If you buy the first step stool you see, you may be not have considered all of our Ease of Use tips.  See the tips, then use the Sage in Home Selector.

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