Best Shower Chair For The Elderly & The Disabled

shower chair and other stools for elderly and disabled

Showers and bathtubs can provide a halo of relaxation to those who need it, but they can also cause more slips and falls than any other area in your home. A shower chair has been one of the many inventions that help those of us needing a little more stability in the shower. Whether you need to find the best shower chair due to aging, rehabilitation, disability, or peace of mind, there are a lot of options to choose from, but the game of trial and error is much less fun when it's your safety on the line. To narrow your search, we've compiled a list of the best shower chairs, so you can skip the trial period.

Comparison Table

The Best Shower Chair

As you look through this list, there are a few things to consider that will help you know exactly what you need from a shower chair as well as what will make the best shower chair. We would recommend reading through and answering each of these questions first, so you know what criteria your chair needs to meet before you even think about buying.

1. What Is a Shower Chair?

2. Do You Need Assistance In and Out of the Shower?

3. Consider Weight

4. Do You Need Adjustable Height?

5. Do You Need Compartments?

How We Reviewed

In order to provide a straightforward and unbiased comparison, we are using the following criteria: features, price, back support, weight capacity, construction, portability/storage, adjustability, and multi-functionality. We found these criteria to both highlight the unique features of each chair as well as answer the above questions - hopefully leaving you with a clear choice for the best shower chair.

Overall Price Range

While the range for shower chairs, in general, can be quite large ($20 to over $300), we have narrowed it for this comparison to $20 to about $100, with a little wiggle room on both ends. To keep up with the changing market prices, we have abbreviated the prices as follows: $ for up to $30; $$ to $60; $$$ to $100

What We Reviewed

  • Drive Medical Bath Stool
  • Moen DN7105 Transfer Bench
  • Ridex Shower Chair
  • Pcp Padded Bath Shower Safety Seat

Drive Medical Bath Stool

Drive Medical Bath Stool With Padded Rotating Seat, White with Blue Seat
  • Padded seat rotates 360 degrees and locks every 90 degrees to reduce twisting and reaching while in the shower
  • Easy tool free assembly with a removable seat top for easy cleaning
  • Seat height can be adjusted from 16" to 22" in 1" increments
  • Comes with removable tray for storing personal items
  • Seat Diameter: 14"; Seat Height: 16" 22"; Outside Legs: 15"(D) x 15"(W); Weight Capacity: 450 pounds. The rotating top of the seat can be removed for easy cleaning
  • Features
  • Back Support?
  • Weight Capacity
  • Construction
  • Portability/Storage
  • Adjustability
  • Multi-Functional

There is no multi-functionality for this stool as it cannot be transformed into a chair with a backrest or armrests. There are, however, compartments attached to store shower amenities.

Moen DN7105 Transfer Bench

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Moen DN7105 Home Care 33-Inch W x 18-Inch D Adjustable Height Non Slip Bath Safety Transfer Bench, Glacier White
  • SAFETY FIRST: Bathroom accessories to lend a helping hand when you need it
  • 16.5" to 21" adjustable height fits a variety of tub and shower styles
  • Seat measures 33" wide x 18" deep
  • Supports up to 400 pounds
  • Non slip seat surface with built in drainage system
  • Features
  • Back Support?
  • Weight Capacity
  • Construction
  • Portability/Storage
  • Adjustability
  • Multi-Functional

This chair is built for those who need help in and out of the shower. The chair sits in and out of the tub to help those who have a hard time getting over the tub walls. It is also a full chair with a backrest and hand support.

Ridex Shower Chair

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  • Features
  • Back Support?
  • Weight Capacity
  • Construction
  • Portability/Storage
  • Adjustability
  • Multi-Functional

This seat is not collapsible, so it is only the adjustable legs and removable back that aid in storage. The chair is lightweight though, so moving it in and out of the shower, if needed, shouldn't be a hassle.

Pcp Padded Bath Shower Safety Seat

Shower Safety Seat, Cutout for Easy Cleaning, Non-Slip Bath Support Recovery Chair with Backrest
  • Cutout seat features a notched split top for easy cleaning of perineal area; Caregiver approved for hygiene, hemorrhoid, and postnatal recovery; Allows reduced pressure around vagina, testicles, anus and rectum; Tool free (no tools needed) to assemble
  • Lightweight portable shower chair; Bathing and cleansing is safe comfortable and relaxing; Stability and sturdy support for seniors, limited mobility, and recovering patients; Fits almost anywhere in bathroom; Grips to slick wet tub basin and tile floors
  • Padded comfort seat top with removable backrest; Simple to clean and sanitize, non-marring non-slip suction feet, durable rust proof construction; Increase security and independence for elderly, injured, and disabled users; Minimize falls by sitting
  • Affordable alternative option to costly permanent fixtures with the added value and peace of mind for safety, traction and control; Convenient reliable daily living aid for men and women of all ages; Angled legs and drain holes ensure non-skid design
  • Seat dimensions: 17.5 inches wide; 14 inches deep; Product weight 5 pounds; Weight capacity 300 pounds; Adjustable seat height for custom fit (17 to 21 inches in 1 inch increments); Backrest is 14" tall from top of seat; Easy to lift and maneuver. The base dimensions are 22 X 20 inches maximum and 21 x 19 inches minimum
  • Features
  • Back Support?
  • Weight Capacity
  • Construction
  • Portability/Storage
  • Adjustability
  • Multi-Functional

Yes - it is not removable but is padded with sanitary and anti-bacterial materials.

The Verdict: The Best Shower Chair

There are a lot of options and a lot of contenders for the best shower chair - but not all of them will be the best shower chair for you. What we have listed here represents a variety of different types of chair (or stool) within a more narrow price bracket, so you don't end up spending a fortune for something that won't fit your needs.


While we can't tell you what the best shower chair is for your individual needs, we can give some suggestions: for those needing portability and ease of use and maneuvering, we would recommend the Ridex chair for those needing a back or the Drive stool for those who don't need a back. Both offer lightweight and more collapsible options.


For those needing as much support and stability as possible, the Moen Transfer bench is the obvious choice. It will grant you the most support and ease of use in terms of getting in and out of the shower.

Featured Image Source: CC BY 2.0, The Living Room via Flickr.com

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