Best Shower Chairs for Seniors

Best shower chair or bench for seniors

The best shower chair for seniors depends on their stability and the shower or chair size. Within each category, the best chair will not rust  and will be dependably stable.

Even the Best Chairs Have this Problem?

Metal shower chairs have a rust problem. Some come with anodized aluminum, which definitely slows the rust process. Only wood and stainless steel are rustproof. To get the best shower chair that lasts, get a stainless or wood chair.

Best Shower Chairs for Stable Seniors

My favorite shower chair for the senior who can sit upright without a chair back is the AquaTeak Asia Shower Bench.  Teak is a beautiful choice that does not rust, so it lasts forever. This is the chair that’s lightweight, doesn’t rust, is easy to put together, and looks smashing in any home.

The Carex is a great budget choice that holds up to 400 lb. Because it’s plastic, it won’t rust. It’s lightweight, portable, and sturdy.

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Most Elegant
AquaTeak The Original 18" Asia Teak Shower Bench
Best Budget & Bariatric
Carex Bath Seat And Shower Chair With Back For Seniors, Elderly, Disabled, Handicap, and Injured Persons, Supports Up To 400lbs
Chair
AquaTeak Asia Shower Chair
Carex Bath Seat
Material
Teak
Plastic
Seat Dimensions
18 in. W x 12 in. D
23.75 in. W x 18 in. D
Height
18 in.
16 to 21 in.
Capacity
250 lb.
400 lb.`
Best for
Best for small showers and tubs, and patients who have the stability to get into the tub, and to sit on the bench without the use of chair arms and a chair back. This is the most elegant choice and it does not rust.
Best for small showers and tubs, for bariatric patients up to 400 lb., and for patients who need a seat back for resting. This is a cost-effective choice that does not rust.
Price
Most Elegant
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AquaTeak The Original 18" Asia Teak Shower Bench
Chair
AquaTeak Asia Shower Chair
Material
Teak
Seat Dimensions
18 in. W x 12 in. D
Height
18 in.
Capacity
250 lb.
Best for
Best for small showers and tubs, and patients who have the stability to get into the tub, and to sit on the bench without the use of chair arms and a chair back. This is the most elegant choice and it does not rust.
Price
Best Budget & Bariatric
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Carex Bath Seat And Shower Chair With Back For Seniors, Elderly, Disabled, Handicap, and Injured Persons, Supports Up To 400lbs
Chair
Carex Bath Seat
Material
Plastic
Seat Dimensions
23.75 in. W x 18 in. D
Height
16 to 21 in.
Capacity
400 lb.`
Best for
Best for small showers and tubs, for bariatric patients up to 400 lb., and for patients who need a seat back for resting. This is a cost-effective choice that does not rust.
Price

Best Shower Chairs for Seniors Needing Support

I was hoping to find a solidly-built teak shower chair with both arms and a back. The EcoDecors has two arms for support, but not a back. It’s a brilliantly beautiful piece of furniture with a wide seat and that will not rust.

The Drive Medical chair is all plastic and so will also not rust. It also has a wide seat and can carry up to 350 lb. It’s the best choice for someone needing both arm and back support.

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Most Elegant
EcoDecors Symmetry -Shower -Bench, Natural
Bariatric & Arm/Back Support
Drive Medical RTL12505 Premium Series Shower Chair with Back and Arms
Chair
EcoDecors Symmetry Bath Chair
Drive Medical RTL12505 Shower Chair
Material
Teak
Plastic
Seat Dimensions
24.5 in. W x 14.5 in. D
21.75 in. W x 16.5 in. D
Height
18.75 in.
16 to 20.5 in.
Capacity
250 lb.
350 lb.
Best for
This is the only teak shower bench I could find with a solid, quality build at something resembling arms. I could not find one with a back. For that, you have to go to plastic. This is an elegant shower chair that will fit medium or large tubs or showers. Teak does not rust.
This chair is an excellent choice for someone who needs a chair back and arms for support. It's solid plastic that will not rust. This chair has a wide seat and holds up to 350 lb.
Price
Most Elegant
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EcoDecors Symmetry -Shower -Bench, Natural
Chair
EcoDecors Symmetry Bath Chair
Material
Teak
Seat Dimensions
24.5 in. W x 14.5 in. D
Height
18.75 in.
Capacity
250 lb.
Best for
This is the only teak shower bench I could find with a solid, quality build at something resembling arms. I could not find one with a back. For that, you have to go to plastic. This is an elegant shower chair that will fit medium or large tubs or showers. Teak does not rust.
Price
Bariatric & Arm/Back Support
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Drive Medical RTL12505 Premium Series Shower Chair with Back and Arms
Chair
Drive Medical RTL12505 Shower Chair
Material
Plastic
Seat Dimensions
21.75 in. W x 16.5 in. D
Height
16 to 20.5 in.
Capacity
350 lb.
Best for
This chair is an excellent choice for someone who needs a chair back and arms for support. It's solid plastic that will not rust. This chair has a wide seat and holds up to 350 lb.
Price

Best Bath Transfer Bench

Rust is a big issue in bath transfer chairs. Most are made from rust-proofed aluminum, but the manfacturers don’t use stainless steel screws. I searched for quite a while to find a solid, well-loved shower transfer bench that does not rust. The Moen Bench uses stainless steel screws, and contains the screws in high density plastic feet. This is a solid transfer bench that won’t rust.

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Non-Rusting High Quality
Moen DN7105 Home Care 33-Inch W x 18-Inch D Adjustable Height Non Slip Bath Safety Transfer Bench, Glacier White
Chair
Moen DN7105 Transfer Bench
Material
Plastic (plastic covers stainless steel screws)
Seat Dimensions
33 in. W x 18 in. D
Height
16.5 to 21 in.
Capacity
400 lb.
Best for
This is a high-quality, sturdy shower transfer bench that does not rust. That's a tall order, it took me quite a while to find a good bench without rustable metal.
Price
Non-Rusting High Quality
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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
Chair
Moen DN7105 Transfer Bench
Material
Plastic (plastic covers stainless steel screws)
Seat Dimensions
33 in. W x 18 in. D
Height
16.5 to 21 in.
Capacity
400 lb.
Best for
This is a high-quality, sturdy shower transfer bench that does not rust. That's a tall order, it took me quite a while to find a good bench without rustable metal.
Price

Example Chairs from “What Kind of Shower Chair Works Best for Seniors”

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NOTE: The items directly below were used as examples of different kinds of chairs. If you are interested in following up with those examples, are are the links. My picks for BEST CHAIRS are in the section below the table.

Sample Chairs

Chairs mentioned in What Kind of Shower Chair Works Best for Seniors?

For Small Tub
OasisSpace Shower Chair, Adjustable Bath Stool with Free Assist Grab Bar - Medical Tool Free Anti-Slip Bench Bathtub Stool Seat with Durable Aluminum Legs for Elderly, Senior, Handicap & Disabled
Arm Support
Essential Medical Supply Shower and Bath Bench with Arms and Back
Back Support
Essential Medical Supply Adjustable Tool Free Blow Molded Shower Bench with Removable Back
Movement Help
Medline Tub Transfer Bench With Microban Antimicrobial Protection, for Use as A Shower Bench or Bath Seat, Blue
Chair
OasisSpace Shower Chair
Essential Medical Supply Shower and Bath Bench with Arms and Back
Essential Medical Supply Shower Bench with Removable Back
Medline Shower Bench
Back
Arms
Seat Dimensions
18 in. W x 11 in. D
16 in. W x 13 in. D
15 3/4 in. W x 13 in. D
30.5 in. W x 23 in. D
Height
13.5 to 18.5 in.
16 to 21 in.
16 to 21.5 in.
14.5 to 19.5 in.
Capacity
300 lb.
300 lb.
300 lb.
350 lb.
Material
Aluminum
Anodized aluminum
Anodized aluminum
Anodized aluminum
For Small Tub
OasisSpace Shower Chair, Adjustable Bath Stool with Free Assist Grab Bar - Medical Tool Free Anti-Slip Bench Bathtub Stool Seat with Durable Aluminum Legs for Elderly, Senior, Handicap & Disabled
Chair
OasisSpace Shower Chair
Back
Arms
Seat Dimensions
18 in. W x 11 in. D
Height
13.5 to 18.5 in.
Capacity
300 lb.
Material
Aluminum
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Arm Support
Essential Medical Supply Shower and Bath Bench with Arms and Back
Chair
Essential Medical Supply Shower and Bath Bench with Arms and Back
Back
Arms
Seat Dimensions
16 in. W x 13 in. D
Height
16 to 21 in.
Capacity
300 lb.
Material
Anodized aluminum
Price
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Back Support
Essential Medical Supply Adjustable Tool Free Blow Molded Shower Bench with Removable Back
Chair
Essential Medical Supply Shower Bench with Removable Back
Back
Arms
Seat Dimensions
15 3/4 in. W x 13 in. D
Height
16 to 21.5 in.
Capacity
300 lb.
Material
Anodized aluminum
Price
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Movement Help
Medline Tub Transfer Bench With Microban Antimicrobial Protection, for Use as A Shower Bench or Bath Seat, Blue
Chair
Medline Shower Bench
Back
Arms
Seat Dimensions
30.5 in. W x 23 in. D
Height
14.5 to 19.5 in.
Capacity
350 lb.
Material
Anodized aluminum
Price
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