In Buying Tips Transfer Benches (below) you will find Sage Tips to help you make a product selection by the features listed in the left navigation bar. Helpful links are below on the right. When you are ready to make a selection, follow this link
All transfer benches in the Selector have a back, are adjustable height and can be used for entry from either side. They must also have a weight capacity of 250 lbs or more.
Swivel and Slide transfer benches can provide additional mobility in the bathroom
Consider the falling risk to the user of sitting down, swiveling, sliding and standing up again.
When selecting for a large person, select weight capacity first. Then consider transfer options
If a bathroom has multiple users, a tub-mounted transfer bench will reduce the falling risk for those other users. Product with four legs have two legs outside the tub.
Assembly requirements vary considerably with transfer option. Make your choice and check the requirements in our link to assembly at the top of each product detail page.
Some users may find sliding across a transfer bench causes discomfort. In these cases, consider a swivel and slide bench
Handles and belts are available on transfer benches to make swivel and sliding easier and safer.
Handles are a good fall prevention option to assist a user in sitting down or getting up from a bench, as well as sliding along the bench into showering position.
In a situation where a transfer bench will be used by multiple users, a safety belt may be a good option to accommodate a wider range of needs. Sanitize the bench after each use.
For some users, security provides comfort. Additional security is available by using a belt.
Handles can make a transfer bench easier to use when sitting down, swiveling, sliding and standing up.
Pooling water is breeding ground for bacteria. Options vary in terms of form of drainage and comfort. All products should be cleaned after each use.
Will the user turn on the shower before getting into shower position? If so, consider drainage options to reduce water pooling on the bench to reduce risk of falling as they slide into showering position.
Drainage holes are not available for padded seats, in which case a split seat will improve drainage. Clean all benches after each use.
Padded seats do not come with drainage holes but some are available with split seats.
Carefully consider the weight capacity that is appropriate for now and possible future use.
Never buy a transfer bench with insufficient weight capacity.
Bariatric products are available to suit needs due to obesity.
You can check the weight capacity recommendations of the manufacturer in the assembly and use instructions.
Select a seat depth and width that will allow for safe movement onto the bench and transfer to the shower area.
Consider the seat size that will allow a user to safely swivel and slide, particularly on a standard bench where the user must swivel and slide themselves.
A large person should consider a deep bench seat so that they can sit and move along the bench without losing balance.
Check the manufacturer's instructions for assembly and tub requirements for a tub-mounted product
After making selections for safety, consider deep seat for more comfort while sliding into showering position.
Consider the size of the seat that will ease the user's ability to slide across the bench into showering position.
Material choices are available for Feet, Seats and Frames. After making choices for safety, make choices for comfort since comfort promotes use.
For a standard (not swivel and slide) transfer bench, consider the seat material that will allow the user to slide safety into showering position.
Seat materials are important for hygiene. Select one that you can easily clean.
Padded seats are available to provide extra comfort.
Consider the seat material that will ease the user's ability to slide across the bench into showering position.
A soap dish and handheld shower holder can reduce the amount of reaching required while showering on a transfer bench.
Consider Extras like a soap dish or handheld shower if reaching could cause a falling risk.
A handheld shower holder encourages the user to pick up the shower and direct water at their body and can improve hygiene.
Some people may define comfort as not having to reach - extras can help reduce reaching
Having a shower will be easier for many people with a soap and hand held shower holder within easy reach.
Consider a color that is a contrast to the main color in the bathroom. It will be easier to see when not in use.
If a bathroom will be shared, consider a product in a contrasting color, particularly if selecting product with four legs - two will sit outside the tub.
If you want to select by brand, click on "More" under Brands in the Transfer Bench Product Selector. You will see the complete list of brands available.
Our selection of transfer benches 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.
Selecting a transfer bench without the data in our Selector can result in poor choices for fall prevention.
Matching the size of the user with the product is important for a transfer bench to facilitate a safe entry and slide to the shower area.
It is difficult to assess whether you have made the right hygiene choices without our Selector or professional help.
If a bathroom will be shared, you may want to consider a tub-mounted transfer bench - not an option generally available on either the internet or mass retailers.
Proper assembly and set-up of a transfer bench is essential. We have the manufacturer's instructions to check your selection.