A very comfortable shower wheelchair is a very necessary equipment for those who aren’t able to walk.
They aren’t just wheelchairs that move around, but these are wheelchairs that are able to also handle the shower and toileting.
They are really important tools in aiding mobility in people who aren’t able to walk either due to old age, recovery from surgery, prolonged hospital admission or paralysis. Other tools like chair lift for stairs and tub transfer benches can help in aiding movement too.
The questions that may come to your mind are:
What’s the best shower wheelchair today?
Which wheelchair would be able to handle being routinely wet without losing its quality, getting rusted or breaking down?
Which shower wheelchair will be able durable enough to last a long time while carrying out an everyday role?
Well, this is why we have written this guide. In this guide, we will be highlighting the best ones right now and explaining in detail why we chose each, we will also list their pros and cons, general customer feedback, and what to consider when choosing the best shower wheelchair for you.
So, let’s quickly list out our top 5 favorites.
Best Shower Wheelchairs in 2018
1. Drive Medical Aluminum Shower Commode Wheelchair- Overall Best
2. Duro-Med Shower Transport Chair With Wheels- Most Affordable and Lightweight
3. Laguna Professional Reclining Shower Chair- Best Reclining
4. MJM International Wide Shower Chair- Most Rugged and Durable
5. Travel Pal - 4 in 1 Wheelchair Combo- Most Luxurious and Portable
Now, that we have listed our best, let’s go on to discuss them in details, we would be assessing their benefits and downsides. Just focus on what features are most important to you, because quite frankly, no wheelchair ‘has it all’, and even if it did, its price may not be affordable.
This is the best shower wheelchair right now. It has all the features you’ll likely need and is very usable in the shower.
One very good thing about it is that you can use it as a commode or position it over a toilet. What this means is that if you need to poop, it serves as a commode-- with a plastic pail. On the other hand, if you’ll prefer to use the actual toilet in your apartment, you only need to propel yourself to the toilet and remove the seat cut out, then go ahead and position the wheelchair over the toilet bowl to poop. There won’t be a need to actually get up from the chair at all.
Also, it has a rust-resistant aluminum frame that is quite beautiful to look at, making this wheelchair perfect for showers. So, at a go, you can go to the bathroom, poop, clean up and have a shower while without any need to get up from this wheelchair at all.
The wheelchair is quite comfortable, it has a padded seat, armrests, and back support, so you can seat in it for a while without feeling much pressure, pain or tingling sensation on your legs.
Another feature that sets it apart from many other shower wheelchairs is that it is very adjustable. You can change its height by 2 inches without needing any bogus equipment or tool. The angle of the footrests are also adjustable and can be swung away if you don’t want to use them.
A downside of this wheelchair is that it is quite bulky and relatively heavier than some other wheelchairs. It is also not foldable.
Now that we have discussed it in detail, what do customers who actually spent their money purchasing it actually feel about it? Well, here’s a summary of the customer reviews:
Generally, customers were very happy about its function and versatility, they also liked how it could fit over a toilet or be used as a commode. They also were excited about the rust-resistant features and how comfortable it was.
Some complaints, however, were centered around some damaged parts during delivery.
- Very comfortable, easy to use
- Can be used as a commode or over a toilet seat
- Rust-resistant, made for the shower
- Adjustable height and footrests
- Can be self-propelled
- Quite bulky and relatively heavy (Weighs 41 pounds)
- Not foldable
This shower wheelchair is awesome for two main reasons.
It is lightweight
It is relatively cheap
It is a well-built wheelchair that can be used to move a patient or relative around the house and from the bedroom to the shower. It can serve as a commode chair, although it doesn’t come with a pail, it can be used over a toilet.
It weighs just about 18 pounds, so it is easy to move around and isn’t bulky at all. Despite its light weight, it can still support people who weigh up to 250 pounds, so you don’t have to worry about it breaking down even if it’s used for someone weighing over 200 pounds.
It’s has a simple design, yet comfortable. Its seat is padded and its back support is made of PVC. It may not be the most comfortable wheelchair around, but sure isn’t going to cause you much inconvenience.
The material used in its design is suitable for bathing. It has a rust-free aluminium frame and vinyl seats, making it suitable for the shower. You won’t need to get up from the seat to sit on the toilet bowl, the commode design makes you able to go right away.
Apart from its low price, simple design and lightweight, another advantage of purchasing this shower wheelchair is its lifetime warranty. This should serve as a guarantee of its sturdiness, it is very durable.
Now to its downsides.
It can’t be used without help or support from another person. It has no self-propelling wheels, so that means the patient would have to be nursed and be wheeled around the apartment, clinic or home. This may not be the best, especially if there are no friends or relatives to wheel the patient around.
Also, its height isn’t very adjustable and only the back wheels are lockable, this makes it not so stable. It lacks a pail, so you’ll probably have to buy one to attach to the wheelchair or have to use a toilet instead.
Customers expressed delight at its low weight and mobility, it seemed very easy for them to wheel their relatives around.
Complaints were however centered on its relative instability, needing them to put the chair up against a bed or wall in order to ensure the patient is adequately balanced at rest. The non-detachable armrest was also a concern for people when trying to transfer the patient to and from the bed.
This shower wheelchair also didn’t seem to be efficiently packaged and setting it up wasn’t the easiest task for many customers.
However, considering a large number of reviews of the product, the general consensus was positive, most people loved it, especially because it was easy to use.
- Easy to move around
- Ideal for showers
- Can support people that weight up to 250 pounds
- Very durable
- Lifetime warranty
- Lacks a lock on the two back wheels. Not very stable
- Doesn’t come with a pail or bucket
- Not self-propelling
- Non-detachable armrest
This is a cool shower wheelchair for one major reason: it can be reclined.
This feature makes it very different from most shower wheelchairs. When bathing, the reclining ability helps you better-position yourself to wash your hair, you can recline by almost 180 degrees. This is quite unlike most others that are quite uncomfortable to use when sitting to wash your hair in the shower. This wheelchair was built to be very comfortable.
It is also very water-friendly, the seat doesn’t absorb water. So, it can be used in the bathroom and can easily be cleaned.
The frame and casters are rust-resistant, which also makes it cool for the shower and ensures it lasts a very long time without looking old or worn out after a while
Even though this reclining shower chair has a commode feature, it won’t fit over a toilet seat, instead, it comes with a detachable pail.
It is quite comfortable too, its seats, armrests, and backrest are padded. This helps to prevent pressure sores when used for a prolonged period of time. Practically speaking, non-padded wheelchairs can cause a lot of discomforts, back pain and sometimes pressure and tingling sensations in the legs. This is not commonly experienced when using this shower wheelchair.
To add to its comfort, it comes with an optional pack that contains a padded headrest that is easily attachable to the backrest, so that you get an extra comfort when reclined to wash your head or treat your hair.
Generally, the product is durable and comes with a lifetime warranty.
How about its downsides?
Well, it is a bit bulky and heavy. It doesn’t have the simplest of designs.
Also, when reclined, the footrest position could be better. What do I mean? Imagine being reclined on the seat, you’ll need the footrest to be able to support your legs so that you don’t get extremely uncomfortable. It would have been better designed if the footrest could be elevated to support your legs while you’re in the reclined position. This problem seems worse if you’re a tall person. To cope with this design flaw, you’ll probably need to support your legs with a slab or stool.
There were praises for its comfort and padded backrest, armrest, and seat. Customers were also impressed by its reclining feature, ease of use and mobility, the detachable armrests also make it easy to move to and from the chair.
On the other hand, they didn’t seem to like the price much, some thought the price was a bit high. There were also concerns about the footrest position when reclining (as we have earlier explained) and the fact that it can’t be used over a toilet seat.
There was one anecdotal report of issues with the customer service and lack of support after purchasing it.
In general, the product seems quite good from the reviews, nobody questioned its sturdiness and durability.
- Reclining chair
- Comfortable to use, well padded.
- Rust-resistant frame
- Shower-friendly seat
- Detachable armrest
- Commode features, comes with a pail
- Price is a bit high
- Not self-propelling
- Footrest could be better positioned when the seat is reclined
- Not usable over a toilet seat
This is a very tough shower wheelchair. It is built for rugged use and is very durable
The designers certainly focused on the basic functions of a shower wheelchair and doubled down on that.
It isn’t the prettiest or most fancy, but it is strong.
It is a wide shower wheelchair that can support patients that weigh up to 375 pounds! This is by far more than what most shower wheelchairs can handle. It’s wide seat is also useful in making people of higher weights feel comfortable.
It can be easily used in the shower without the fear of rust or material breakdown because instead or regular metal, it is made out of special plastics that are durable and can withstand a great deal of pressure. Another difference in design is that the backrest is made up of a removable mesh that has antibacterial properties instead of plastic. This means you can easily take out the back rest, wash or clean it and leave to dry, making maintenance quite easy.
Its four casters are also lockable unlike some other wheelchairs that have just the rear casters lockable. This provides a much needed stability when showering or pooping.
To provide more support, it comes with a safety belt, anti-slip hand grips and a slide out footrest. This shower wheelchair serves as a commode chair with a removable bowl, so you don’t need to get up from it to use the toilet bowl, you could use the attached pail instead.
Assembling a wheelchair can be quite tasking, although with this product, this is quite different, assembling it is not difficult.
Talking about its downsides, well, it isn’t the most beautifully designed shower wheelchair around. Also, it is a bit bulky and heavy. It is not self-propelled and its height is not adjustable.
I won’t say it is very comfortable either, there are far more comfortable ones available. It only has a padded seat but lacks padded armrests or backrest.
This product has very positive reviews, perhaps the fact that it sticks to the basics and that it is very rugged pleases customers. Many customers were impressed by how easy it was to assemble. In one of the comments, a 76-year-old woman even praised its ease of putting together.
There were barely any negative comments about this chair, the fact that it can support people of high weights seemed to please people. In general, it was very recommended by customers who bought it.
- Very strong and durable
- Relatively cheap
- Can support weights up to 375 pounds
- All 4 casters are lockable, making it very stable.
- Also serves as a commode chair with a bucket
- Not the best aesthetics
- It is not self-propelled
- No padded armrest or backrest
This elite chair is loaded with many features that make it exclusive and luxurious. It is a 4 in 1 chair. It has the following main features:
So, it is really more than just another shower chair, it has every feature a good shower chair should have, and even more.
It is basically for those who still want to be independently mobile and those who travel a lot. It is self-propelled, lightweight and uniquely portable. It can be folded to be carried into any compartment (including the hand luggage area of a plane). So, if you want to catch a quick flight, instead of worrying about transporting a bulky wheelchair, you can simply just fold this up, and it can be unfolded when you get to your destination.
It also serves as a commode chair, that works in two ways. With the central hole, you can decide to use the chair over a toilet seat- it fits very well, or you can use the pail that comes with the chair. Its parts are entirely water resistant, so it is very shower-friendly, perfect for homes, hotels, and hospitals. You can simply wheel yourself to the toilet, poop, clean up and have a shower without getting up from your seat. It basically helps you be more self-reliant.
To ease transfer to and from the chair, the armrests can be pushed up, it also has a footrest, ensuring that you can sit down for long periods without feeling uncomfortable.
One other awesome thing about this shower chair is its aesthetics. It is extremely good to look at, it’s really adorable. It’s by far the most beautiful amongst other chairs in its category.
Now let’s discuss what we think isn’t awesome about it.
It does not have push-handles, so it isn’t built for another person to push, rather the patient must be almost completely self-reliant. It also can’t handle weights above 220 pounds, which may be a disadvantage.
Lastly, it is quite expensive. To get this shower chair, you may have to spend around $1,000, which isn’t the most affordable price.
Perhaps due to its high price and elite features, there haven’t been many reviews about it. However, customers showed concerns about the fact that it isn’t very usable by those who need caregivers, you can’t have someone wheel you around. So, you might find it a bit hard getting over a curb all by yourself, since it won’t let others angulate the chair and help you over it. The chair was built for flat surfaces like in homes, hotel rooms, showers and airplane aisles.
Below is a summary of its pros and cons.
- Very pretty
- Extremely portable
- Very comfortable
- Amazing design
- No push-handles
- Can only be used on flat surfaces
So, this wraps up our top 5 shower wheelchairs available right now.
Let’s go on to discuss what features you should consider when attempting to buy one for yourself, a friend, a relative or clinic.
What To Look Out For When Buying A Shower Wheelchair
In this section, we will be looking at important aspects you should consider before committing to buying any shower wheelchair.
This matters a lot. When trying to purchase one, you’ll definitely not want to overspend. The average price ranges from about $200 to $1000. By the way, you can actually find some of them at a discount or on sale, so you may be lucky enough to get them cheaper than their normal price.
I don’t believe the absolute price is what matters here though, I think what is more important is the value you get for the money you spent. If you read this review entirely, you’ll notice that we placed emphasis on the qualities of a particular wheelchair. So, if you are paying $600 for a wheelchair with the basic functions, you are probably choosing the wrong one.
Even though this isn’t an official rule, I will suggest that any wheelchair that costs more than $500 should have unique features that you actually need.
If you buy a good quality wheelchair, it will be comfortable. This is a very important feature to consider before taking out your credit card. Why?
If you buy a very basic one that lacks padding on its armrest, backrest or seat, you should expect that you won’t be able to sit on it very long. So, if you want to spend time in the shower, taking care of your business, you may have to cut the time very short because you may start feeling uncomfortable with perhaps tingling sensations moving through your legs.
A good quality shower wheelchair should have paddings around it, a footrest, and a detachable or movable armrest. If the armrest is fixed, it may be cumbersome mounting and getting up from it.
Ease of Use
A good buy should be easy to use. It should have a commode, just in case you want to use the toilet before taking a shower. This avoids unnecessary get-ups and sit-downs.
The very good shower chairs serve dual purposes when it comes to toileting. They can be positioned over a toilet seat when you need to poop or they come with a bucket when you want to use it as a commode chair.
A good one should also be easy to move around. The casters or wheels should be freely mobile. They should have push handles, just in case you need help from caregivers and should have large back wheels when you need to move by yourself.
Over To You
So, that’s all there is to choose the best shower chair for you. It’s now over to you to make your choice.
We also want to hear from you. Is there any product you have tried that you feel deserves to be on this list? Also, have you used any of these products before, we would love to hear your experience. Kindly say your mind in the comment section, we’ll be paying attention.
We’ll try to update this review as frequently as we can, and we will be very happy to include your recommendations.