Showers can become exhausting as you age, recover from surgery or deal with a chronic illness—and standing for long periods of time to get clean might not be an option for everyone. Shower chairs provide both the physical support to bathe and help empower you or a loved one.
“We’ll recommend a shower chair to help conserve energy, because for a lot of people, showers can be really taxing,” says Renee Makin, an occupational therapist based in Culver City, California. “People start to avoid showering because it’s difficult for them. And sometimes it can be scary because a lot of people have falls in the shower. So if you can equip them with something that’s sturdy, they’ll feel a bit more comfortable.”
To determine the top shower chairs, the Forbes Health editorial team analyzed data on products designed by 18 different companies, factoring in average price, maximum weight capacity, user ratings and more. Read ahead to discover more about the different types of shower chairs available, key features to look for and which shower chairs earned our recommendations.