There are many different varieties of bath chairs. Many people prefer the all composite plastic shower chairs as they are easy to clean and will never rust; however, bath chairs that are made of aluminum and plastic will also have little issues with rust. The seat size is also important. You want a shower chair that will provide enough room for the user, but not too big and bulky so that it gets in the way. Most standard seat dimensions are approximately 16"-20" wide x 14" deep, but can vary depending on the models. Weight capacity is another important factor. There are bath chairs that include a 250 lb. weight capacity and those that support up to 500 lbs.
Shower Seats are available with and without a backrest, depending on your needs. Backrests can make your bathing experience safer and more comfortable; however, some people prefer the open back to have better access to cleaning and to have more freedom to lean backwards. The open back would not be recommended for those with limited mobility, as they would require the additional support.
Shower Chair handles are another option that is based on user needs. Handles or Armrests provide leverage to help with sitting, standing and maneuvering on the bath chair as needed. Handles are generally removable, so you can remove them at any time. The handles of the bath bench are really meant to be used as a balance assist for help with sitting and standing. If you have grab bars or a tub rail installed, it may be easier for some individuals to pull their full weight up from a seated position rather than try to push up their weight. Of course, the bath chair handles, grab bars, and tub rail can all be used together if this will provide the safest option for the user.
Shower Chairs are available in many different styles and colors to fit your specific needs. Most include rubber non-skid tips and others include actual suction cup feet. Some include padded seats, folding options for portability, as well as wheels for mobility. The options can be overwhelming, but when you decide on a style that fits your specific needs the best, make sure that you double check all of the chair dimensions to make sure that the unit will provide the best option for your needs, as well as the bathroom space. You may need to measure the tub to determine the width of the legs to ensure they fit in that space.