Everyone loves a shower – but if you’re unsteady on your feet, that wet floor can be dangerous. And standing for longer periods can be uncomfortable for all of us.
A shower chair is a brilliant solution. But with so many different designs on the market, how do you pick the one that will work for you?
Our reviews of ten of the best shower chairs are here to help. We’ll take you through their benefits and any drawbacks to consider. And our buying guide will pinpoint the features to look for to get the best fit for you.
Medline Shower Chair Bath Seat with Padded Armrests and Back, Great for Bathtubs, Supports up to 350 lbs
The Best Shower Chair on the Market 2020
1. Ez2care Adjustable Shower Bench
If you’re looking for a simple but effective shower bench, Ez2Care’s adjustable model is worth considering.
This is a shower bench where function has been prioritized over style. The white plastic anti-slip chair and tubular metal legs give it a medical appearance. The aluminum legs are anodized, so you won’t have to worry about them corroding in the water.
The large rubber feet aren’t the most attractive. They will, though, anchor the chair very effectively to the floor whilst you wash. That will be reassuring for anyone who’s worried about safety.
There are drainage holes in the chair, so you won’t have water pooling uncomfortably beneath you. And the chair adjusts to a height of between 12 and 18 inches. That means it will suit both taller and shorter users, as well as those with different levels of flexibility.
The chair is 18 inches wide. It’s compact enough to be used in most standard and even some smaller bathtubs, as well as in the shower.
It’s lightweight at just over four pounds, and handles are cut into the sides. That makes it easy to move if your shower is also used by someone who prefers to bathe standing up. Assembly is simple and you won’t need any tools.
Be aware though, that this isn’t suitable for users above 250 pounds. And don’t be tempted to straddle it lengthwise. It’s not designed to be used that way and won’t be as secure.
Overall, then, this is a functional and cost-effective option for anyone below 250 pounds in weight.
2. Medline Shower Chair with Padded Armrests and Back
If you like the extra security of a back and armrests, check out this shower chair from Medline.
It’s slightly narrower than the Ez2care version, at 16 inches. But if you’re looking for a higher chair, it’s a good option. It will adjust from a minimum of 16 inches all the way up to 21 inches. The adjustments can be made an inch at a time, providing plenty of flexibility.
Just bear in mind that the legs are angled – so the taller the chair height, the broader the base. That keeps it nice and stable, but it will take up more room if you want a higher setting.
That extra height makes the back and armrests particularly helpful. Together, they make this a more secure perch than bench or stool-style options.
The armrests are padded for comfort, and they’re non-slip too. There are plenty of drainage holes in the chair to keep the water draining through. And the rubber feet will keep the chair securely in place on the shower floor.
The weight limit for this one is a generous 350 pounds. Bear in mind, though, that it has a narrower chair and armrests. They may mean it isn’t as comfortable as a stool for those with larger builds.
This is a heavier duty shower chair, weighing just over seven pounds. Assembly involves a number of different parts, and the instructions aren’t the easiest to use. Be prepared to spend a bit of time putting this one together.
3. Dr Kay’s Adjustable Height Bath and Shower Chair
Another simple bench-style chair, this one from Dr Kay uses the familiar combination of white plastic and tubular aluminum. Its medical aesthetic won’t be to everyone’s taste. But set that to one side, and it offers lots of advantages.
The design here is very simple. There’s a chair that curves gently upwards at either end. Four anodized aluminum legs will resist corrosion, and rubber feet provide a stable base. The length of the legs can be adjusted to give a chair height of between 12.5 and 18.5 inches.
There are two extra bars which cross beneath the chair to brace the legs for added security. The whole thing still weighs only four pounds but will securely hold anyone up to 250 pounds in weight.
As with the Ez2Care version, hand holds are cut into the chair. That means it’s easy to move it in and out of the shower. Six further holes in the chair allow the water to drain through efficiently.
Assembly is as easy as pie. There are a few screws, but they’re all wing-tip versions that can be tightened by hand. You can put the whole thing together in a few minutes without needing any tools.
It has a compact footprint, so it can be used in standard bathtubs too. Just check the screws from time to time. You may need to re-tighten them to keep everything secure.
4. Zhuoyue Corner Shower Bench
Zhuoyue’s corner shower bench combines a comfortable chair with a handy storage shelf. And it’s less than half the price of similar designs we’ve seen.
It’s constructed from bamboo, and its clean lines will look at home in any bathroom. There are smoothly rounded edges, so you won’t get any bruises if you bump into it in the shower. And the corner design means it will tuck neatly out of the way.
It’s sturdy enough to hold the weight of anyone up to 250 pounds. And if you’re looking for a little more storage in your shower, the shelf below the chair will prove useful. Both chair and shelf have slats to allow water to drain straight through.
There are discreet rubber feet at the end of each leg to prevent it from slipping on wet surfaces. The feet are smaller than the legs, so you won’t see the rubber when it’s standing on the floor.
The chair is fixed at 16.9 inches high. So if you need something higher or lower than that, it won’t be for you.
It’s not possible to adjust the feet, so it will wobble a bit if your shower isn’t level. That will be the case with most showers, which have a slope for drainage. Happily, it’s easy to fix that problem by adding a small rubber bumper to the bottom of the feet.
The bamboo makes this a less expensive product than teak versions, as well as more environmentally sustainable. And we think it looks every bit as good. Add a coat of sealant to help avoid the growth of mold or mildew.
5. Moen DN7110 Home Care Wall Mounted Teak Folding Shower chair
If you’re prepared to splash some serious cash on your shower chair, take a look at this one from Moen. You could buy ten of the Ez2care chairs for the same price as one of these. But if you want something that will look the business in your shower, this could be the right choice.
It’s made from solid teak with a smart powder-coated trim in a brushed nickel shade. (It’s also available in chrome or old bronze.) The Moen logo is stamped on the front edge. It will look good in either a classically styled or contemporary bathroom.
It has a simple hinged design, allowing it to be folded away when not in use. When folded, it’s less than three inches deep, so doesn’t take up much room. If you don’t want to use it every time you shower – or if you share the shower with someone who prefers to stand – it’s a great choice.
It’s very sturdy too, able to hold up to 400 pounds in weight. But there are a couple of issues to bear in mind before deciding if this is for you.
The first is installation. There aren’t lots of pieces to assemble, but you will need to secure the chair to a stud. The fixing holes are 16 inches apart, and you’ll need the stud positioned at the right level for your chair.
The alternative is to install backing boards. Unless you’re part way through building your home, that will mean removing tiles and opening up the wall. So check the position of your studs before your buy.
The second issue is that the teak is unfinished. That means it will weather over time to silver. If you prefer a deeper color – and want a smoother finish – you’ll need to apply Danish or teak oil. Bear in mind that it’s smelly stuff, so you’ll need to keep the bathroom ventilated until the smell wears off.
6. AquaTeak Scratch & Dent Shower Chair Bench
If you’re looking for a classic shower bench with bags of style, this one from AquaTeak could be for you.
This beautifully designed bench has a chair that curves gently upwards at the edges. There are two wide legs supported by a simple stretcher bar. As the name suggests, it’s made of solid teak. Oil it from time to time and it will stay looking good for years.
The chair sits 18 inches above floor level, and it can’t be adjusted. So if this height doesn’t work for you, stop reading here.
The bench is 18 inches wide and 12 inches deep. It’s an exceptionally sturdy piece of furniture, weighing in at 20 pounds. You’ll want to leave it in place as a design statement, not move it in and out of the shower.
There are rubber feet so it won’t slip on the wet floor. And they’ll also protect your shower floor from marks.
Assembly is simple. There are just four pieces of wood to put together with six screws. An Allan wrench is included as part of the package to help with the task.
If you’re looking for a shower chair that can be moved around with ease, this won’t be for you. And because it’s fairly big, it works best in a wet room or larger shower enclosure.
But if that’s what you have, this is a stylish choice that oozes quality.
7. Bambusi Shower Bench Stool with Shelf
The second bamboo shower chair to make our list, this one from Bambusi offers good looks at an excellent price.
It isn’t adjustable, so if the 18 inch high chair won’t work for you, it won’t be the right choice. But if you want a well-designed, good quality bench with extra storage, it’s well worth considering.
The bench is a generous 19 inches wide by 10 inches deep. Its gently concave shape is very comfortable, and the slatted surface means that water won’t pool on the wood.
The slatted design is repeated in the shelf below. There you’ll find plenty of room for storing toiletries and shower paraphernalia. Bear in mind, though, that while travel sizes will fit comfortably, the space between chair and shelf won’t accommodate taller bottles.
One thing this doesn’t have is rubber feet. If you think this is the chair for you, it may be worth purchasing rubber pads separately. They’re not expensive and will avoid any risk of the bench sliding on the wet shower floor.
The bamboo construction will stand up to being soaked. But if you want to maintain the color and avoid mildew, give it an oil now and then.
8. Drive Medical Adjustable Height Bath Stool
Drive’s stool is another one with a medical appearance. The round chair is made of plastic and sits on top of four aluminum legs. It’s not the most attractive shower chair out there, but the design is well thought out.
The chair height can be adjusted in one inch increments. Its lowest setting is 13.5 inches, and it will go all the way up to 21 inches.
Each of the legs has a support collar. That helps make sure it won’t move, as well as avoiding any rattling sounds while you’re using it. There are also large rubber feet, so there’s no risk of the stool slipping on wet floors.
The chair is 13 inches in diameter, and the legs don’t splay much. That means it’s compact enough to be used in a small bathtub as well as a shower if you wish. And at just 3.5 pounds, it’s the lightest stool on our list.
The downside of the lightweight construction is that this isn’t the most robust chair out there. We’ve heard of instances where the legs have cracked or even collapsed after a period of use. We wouldn’t recommend it for anyone with a heavier build. And if you use it regularly, check the condition of the legs from time to time.
9. Medokare Shower Stool with Padded chair
If you like a little more comfort, consider Medokare’s shower stool. This one has a padded chair to cushion your derriere!
This is another one with adjustable legs. The range in this case is from 16 to 23.2 inches, with push-button adjustment. That gives it a maximum height greater than any other chair on our list. If you’re taller or struggle to bend, this could be a good option.
It weighs just under five pounds, but is sturdy enough to hold anyone up to 280 pounds in weight. Just make sure you properly tighten – but don’t over-tighten – the screws.
One major issue to be aware of is that those screws can work loose over time. Check all of them and press the buttons to make sure they’re tight before each use.
The padded chair has holes for drainage, and the padding can be removed to make cleaning easy. The chair measures 20 inches wide by 12.2 inches deep. For most people, that will provide a generous perch.
Each leg has a large rubber foot to keep it secure on wet surfaces. There are cut outs at either side of the chair to help with moving it around. And a particularly nice touch is the notch for a shower head. That means you can position it securely next to your chair before getting comfortable.
You get a freebie with this one too. It comes with a blue mesh tote bag that you can fill with toiletries and hang up in the shower. It goes nicely with the blue padded chair!
10. Kenley Folding Shower chair
The second wall mounted shower chair to make our list, this one from Kenley is a real looker. It has a solid teak chair and shiny stainless steel hinges. And it will fold flat against the wall to take up minimal room when not in use.
The chair is 15.7 inches wide and 13.4 inches deep. It’s not the biggest chair on this list, but it will support a weight of up to 330 pounds. And the simple platform design means that there’s nothing to get in the way if you’re a larger build.
Although the majority of the construction here is teak and stainless steel, the hinge covers are plastic. Take care when cleaning to avoid the build up of mold.
The wood is highly polished, so you won’t need to worry about oiling it. And there aren’t screws to work loose. That means you’ll be able to use it with confidence without having to undertake regular checks.
The main issue here, as with our other wall-mounted chair, is installation.
You’ll need enough wood behind your shower wall in order to screw it in securely. The instructions show how to use a horizontal header bar to help with this task. But if you’re not confident with DIY, it may be worth seeking the services of a handyperson.
Still not sure which is the right shower chair for you? Read on for some questions to consider before you make your final choice.
Is your priority function or style?
There are a lot of good shower chairs out there and narrowing them down can be tough. A good way to start is by asking yourself what you most need from the product.
Do you have a mobility or medical issue and already have aids and adaptations in your bathroom? If so, a shower chair with a medical look will blend in fine. And it will probably offer you features that more design-led chairs will struggle to match. You won’t find a teak bench with adjustable legs, for example.
But if you use a chair for occasional tasks like shaving your legs, you may prefer something that looks more like standard furniture. There are plenty of good-looking teak or bamboo options out there.
How often will you use your chair?
Are you the only person who uses your shower? And will you want to use the chair every time you do? If so, you won’t need to worry about how heavy or bulky it is. As long as it will fit in the space you need it to, it will work fine.
But if you only want to use the chair now and again, look for something that can be moved easily. Lightweight stools are great, particularly those with hand holds in the chairs.
Another option is a wall mounted chair. These fold back neatly when not in use, taking up minimal room. But they do need a stud behind the wall into which they can be screwed. Check the position of your studs to make sure you’ll be able to install the chair in the right place.
Think about the person who’ll be using the chair
The chairs on our list vary widely in how much weight they will hold, from 250 to 400 pounds. If your chair needs to accommodate someone of a larger build, make sure you check its capacity before you buy.
And remember that freestanding chairs, particularly those with adjustable legs, require a number of screws. It’s possible for these to work lose over time, so make sure you check them regularly.
chair height is another important consideration. Lower chairs will be more stable, but higher chairs will require less bending. Consider the height of the person using the chair to see what will be comfortable.
Armrests can offer more security, particularly for those who need or prefer a higher chair. But they may get in the way for people with larger builds.
And if comfort is a priority, look for curved chairs or consider padded options.
Ready to choose?
We hope you’ve enjoyed our reviews of 10 of the best shower chairs on the market today. And we hope too that our buying guide has helped you pick the one that’s right for you.
Our favorite for anyone with mobility needs is Medline Shower Chair. It’s lightweight yet sturdy, and compact enough to be used in the bath too.
If you prefer a wooden finish, we’d recommend Bambusi’s shower bench. It offers bags of style at a very competitive price. Just invest in some rubber feet to avoid slippage.
Whichever one you choose, you’ll soon be enjoying the luxury of showering whilst sitting down. Happy shopping!