Shower Stool: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our big shower stool test 2020, where we present all the shower stools we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information and also added a summary of customer recessions on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best shower stool for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. On this page you will also find some important information that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a shower stool.

The most important facts in brief

  • Shower stools and shower chairs are aids and are designed to make showering easier and safer for people with restricted mobility or elderly people. In fact, a shower stool can also be used by people with no restrictions.
  • Due to the many models and designs there is something suitable for everyone. Be it with armrests, backrest, intimate recess, foldable or fixed to the wall. There is also a wide choice of materials.
  • Depending on the model, the shower stool can also be used as a seat outside the shower/bath.

Shower stool test: the editors’ favourites

  • The best height adjustable shower stool
  • The best aluminium shower stool
  • The best folding shower stool

The best height adjustable shower stool

The MCTECH height-adjustable bathroom stool has four non-slip aluminium legs and a 360° rotating plastic seat. It has a height that can be adjusted 7 times, with a height range between 36 and 51 cm.

This shower stool weighs 2 kg and can be loaded up to 136 kg. The diameter of the blue seat is 30 cm, that of the white seat plate 33 cm.

This shower stool is very popular with its buyers, especially because of its stability. Most buyers said that they felt safe on this bathroom stool and that the construction worked perfectly.

The best aluminium shower stool

The HENGMEI aluminium shower chair is a model with backrest and armrests. The non-slip legs are made of aluminium and the seat and backrest of plastic.

This shower chair weighs about 4.1 kg and its maximum load capacity is 136 kg. Its height can be adjusted seven times and it has a generous seat.

The Hengmei shower chair is height adjustable and therefore also suitable for tall people. Buyers are very satisfied with this shower stool because it is easy to assemble, stable and handy.

The best folding shower stool

This shower stool has four non-slip aluminium legs and a slightly curved plastic seat with water drainage holes and handles. Due to the built-in folding mechanism, this shower stool can save a lot of space in the bathroom.

When opened, this shower stool has the following dimensions: 50 x 32 x 48 cm. Folded it has the following dimensions: 65 x 32 x 14,5 cm.

The side handles offer safety when sitting down and standing up. The seat is generous and the stool is stable. This model is particularly popular because it is easy to fold and stow away.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before buying a shower stool

For whom is a shower stool recommended?

A shower stool is primarily an aid and is suitable for people with impaired standing ability. It is primarily intended to make work easier for older people and people with limited mobility and to give them a safe feeling when showering.

A shower stool is suitable for everyone.

Of course, a person with no impairments, for example due to comfort, can also use a shower stool. Therefore, a shower stool is basically suitable for everyone.

Whether you are brushing your teeth, dressing and undressing or shaving, you can also use the shower stool as a normal seat in the bathroom and thus benefit several times over.

If you do not have a shower, you can also buy a bath seat.

Which shower stool is best suited for me?

This question is not so easy to answer, because everyone has different needs and wishes, which have to be considered. Therefore there are various types and designs of shower stools.
The standard shower stool has four non-slip legs and a round or square seat. It is best suited for people with no or very slight movement restrictions.
It is the simplest version of the shower stool. However, this model can be extended with, for example, armrests, backrest and/or intimate recess. Furthermore, the shower stool can also be upholstered on request for a comfortable showering experience.
For people who have a more intensive restriction of movement, a shower stool with backrest and armrests is probably recommended, as this version of the shower stool offers by far the most stability, but also takes up a little more space.

If you don’t have much space in the bathroom and want to use it sparingly, a folding shower stool or a wall-mounted seat is just the thing for you.

What are the highlights of the different shower stools?

The basic features of the shower stool are non-slip legs and a square or round seat. This ensures the necessary safety.
As already mentioned, this standard shower stool can be improved with upgrades. Below you can see the various highlights that a shower stool can offer.

Where can I buy a shower stool?

Shower stools can be found in department stores or specialist shops as well as in online trading.  If you are looking for something very special, we would advise you to look for the shower stool you want in online stores, because there you have the largest selection.
On the following websites you will find a large selection of shower stools and shower chairs:

amazon.com
real.com
sanitary house-24.de
claravital.com
activeworld.com

All shower stools that we present on this page have a link to at least one of these shops. If you have found a stool that you like, you can strike immediately.

How much is a shower stool?

The price range between the different shower stools is enormous. Depending on the quality, the prices vary between 10 and 400 EUR. It should be noted that most shower stools are in the price range between 10 and 100 EUR. The price of much more expensive shower stools is mainly due to the material used or the load capacity of the shower stool.

In the following table you can see a rough price comparison between the standard shower stool with non-slip legs and a seat and the shower stool with backrest and armrests.

As you can see, a standard shower stool is considerably cheaper than a shower chair with backrest and armrests. We have set the upper limit at 400 EUR, as the vast majority of shower stools are in this price range. Of course there are far more expensive shower stools.

What alternatives are there to a shower stool?

There is no alternative that could replace the shower stool as an aid. But instead of getting a shower stool, you might consider installing a bench or a folding seat on the wall of your shower or bath.
This would save you space and you would always have your seat at hand.

Decision: What types of shower stool are there and which one is right for you?

If you want to buy a shower stool, there are several different alternatives that you can choose from:

  • Standard shower stool
  • Shower stool with backrest
  • Shower stool with backrest and armrests
  • Shower stool with handles
  • Shower stool with intimate recess
  • Foldable shower stool

All of these alternatives have advantages and disadvantages or put a certain emphasis on them. In the following section we will introduce you to the individual alternatives of the shower stool to make your decision easier.

What distinguishes the Standard Shower Stool and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The standard shower stool has four non-slip and height-adjustable legs. It has a round or square seat. The Standard shower stool is normally very handy and light. This makes it possible to use the shower stool also for matters outside the shower/bath.

Although it is a simple construction, the Standard Shower Stool can also bear above-average weight. However, you should check these specifications before buying, as the load capacity varies depending on the model.

Advantages

Mobile use
Light
Loadable
Easy to clean
Durable material

Disadvantages

Spacious
Hard to stow away
Small seat

What distinguishes a shower stool with/without pad and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

There are shower stools where you can optionally clip an upholstery onto the seat. This soft seat gives you a very pleasant and comfortable showering experience.

Since the upholstery can be used optionally, you are not bound to anything. It also makes it easier for you to care for the shower stool. All other features correspond to those of the standard shower stool.

Advantages

Comfortable
Mobile use
Light
Loadable
Easy to clean
Durable material

Disadvantages

Spacious
Hard to stow away
Small seat

What distinguishes a shower chair with armrests and backrest and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A shower chair with armrests and backrest offers you by far the most safety. If you have a severely impaired ability to stand and are happy for every support, then you should choose this model.

This model also has non-slip and height-adjustable legs. Although it offers maximum safety and is far more comfortable than the standard shower stool, it takes up the most space of all models, which could mean that it may not fit in your shower.

Advantages

Very safe
Comfortable
Loadable
Mobile use
Easy to clean
Durable material
Large seating area

Disadvantages

Spacious
Hard to stow away
Is heavier
More complex during installation

What distinguishes a shower stool with armrests and hygienic cut-out and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The shower stool with armrests offers you the possibility to hold on to your body when showering. The built-in hygiene recess enables you to perform ideal intimate body care. Furthermore, this stool is no different from the standard shower stool.

Advantages

Facilitates intimate care
within easy reach
Mobile use
Light
Loadable
Easy to clean
Durable material

Disadvantages

Spacious
Hard to stow away
Small seat

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate shower stools based on these factors

In the following we will show you on the basis of which aspects you can decide between the multitude of possible shower stools.

The criteria you can use to compare the shower stool include

  • Weight
  • Resilience
  • Material
  • Cleaning
  • Height-adjustable legs
  • Assembly and stability

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important for each of the criteria.

Weight

The weight of the different shower stools varies according to the model and the material used. However, most shower stools are handy and light, as the seat is made of plastic and the legs of aluminium.

Especially if the shower chair is to be used for several purposes, in and outside the shower, it is important that it is not too heavy and therefore easy to transport.

Resilience

The load-bearing capacity of the shower chair is an individual criterion and should be judged by each buyer. One thing is certain: you will definitely find a shower stool that fits your weight.

Material

A shower stool can be made of different materials. However, the most common forms consist of a plastic seat, aluminium legs and rubber feet.

Compared to metallic or ceramic materials, plastics are considerably lighter due to their low density. In addition, the strength and stiffness of plastics is very low.

As a result, although plastics are very flexible, they are not so easily broken. This criterion is extremely important, as shower stools and shower chairs are sometimes loaded with a lot of weight and should not be easy to break.

Just like plastics, aluminium has a very low density and is considered a typical light metal. Therefore, these two materials can undoubtedly be used to produce a light shower aid.

Most shower stools have aluminium legs and a plastic seat.

Equally common are shower stools and shower chairs made of wood. Shower chairs made of wood are very durable and stable. However, you must make sure that the wood is sealed to protect it from dirt and scratches. Otherwise, a wooden shower stool is probably the most environmentally friendly.

Cleaning

All shower stools with plastic seat and aluminium legs are very easy to clean. After each use you should wipe it with a damp cloth. If it is very dirty, you can also use mild detergents, but never caustic chemicals.

It is somewhat more difficult to care for the shower stool if unusual materials are used. In this case, however, you should check with the manufacturer.

Height-adjustable legs

Not all, but most shower chairs are equipped with height-adjustable legs. Almost all shower chairs with aluminium legs can be adjusted in height. This is important because your feet should be in contact with the floor when showering so that you don’t lose your balance.

There are shower stools where you cannot adjust the height. This applies especially to wooden shower stools. Before buying a shower stool, you should make sure that the height of the shower stool corresponds to your individual size.

Assembly and stability

There are both shower stools that you can cover ready assembled and those that you first have to assemble at home. The assembly of shower stools is not witchcraft and is reasonable for everyone. You will certainly have no problems with the assembly instructions.

Another purchase criterion is stability. As already mentioned several times in the previous sections, even the simplest version of the shower stool

It depends very much on what model you are looking for and to what extent you want to use the shower stool in the end. In this respect, all shower stools offered are of good quality and have good stability.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about shower stools

Where can I buy spare parts?

You can probably get the right spare parts for your model in the specialist shop or online shop where you bought your shower stool.

How do I assemble my shower stool?

You can easily assemble your shower stool using the assembly instructions that you should find in the packaging. You will probably not need more than one screwdriver.

How do I keep my shower stool hygienic and clean?

It is important that you clean and care for your shower stool after each use. To do this, it is quite sufficient to wipe your shower stool with a clean, damp cloth. If you want to clean your stool a little more thoroughly, you can also use mild care products.

As long as no unusual materials have been used and nothing else is noted in the package insert, you can perform the cleaning as explained.

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