Last updated: August 5, 2021

Welcome to our big shower stool test 2021. Here we present all the shower stools that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best shower stool for you.

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




Summary

  • Shower stools and shower chairs are aids designed to make showering easier and safer for people with limited mobility or older people. However, people without limitations can also use a shower stool.
  • Due to the many models and designs, there is something suitable for everyone. Be it with armrests, backrest, intimate recess, foldable or wall-mounted. 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/tub.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a shower stool

Who is a shower stool recommended for?

A shower stool is primarily an aid and is suitable for people with an impaired ability to stand. The main purpose is to make it easier for older people and people with mobility impairments and to give them a safe feeling when showering.

A shower stool is suitable for everyone.

Of course, a person without impairments can also use a shower stool, for example because of its comfort. Thus, a shower stool is basically suitable for everyone.

Whether old or young, personal hygiene is a must. (Image source: unsplash.com / Lubomirkin)

Whether you are brushing your teeth, dressing or undressing, or shaving, you can also use the shower stool as a normal seat in the bathroom and benefit several times over in this way. If you don't have a shower, you can also buy a bath seat.

Which shower stool is best for me?

This question is not so easy to answer, because everyone has different needs and wishes that have to be taken into account. That is why 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 to 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 shower experience. For people who have a more intensive movement restriction, 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 a lot of space in the bathroom and want to use it sparingly, a foldable 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.

Highlight Explanation
Backrest and armrests A shower stool with backrest and/or armrests offers you more safety and a comfortable showering experience.
Intimate recess Shower stools with intimate recesses allow you to take proper care of your intimate area.
Foldable and wall-mounted shower stool If you have limited space, the foldable and wall-mounted shower stool is just what you need.
Curved, padded, round or square seat A slightly downward curved seat gives you better support. The seat is also available upholstered, round or square.

How much does a shower stool cost?

The price range between the different shower stools is enormous. Depending on the quality, the prices vary between 10 and 400 EUR, whereby it should be noted here that the very majority of shower stools are in the price segment between 10 and 100 EUR.

The price of significantly more expensive shower stools is mainly due to the material used or the load capacity of the shower stool. The following table shows a rough price comparison between the standard shower stool with non-slip legs and a seat and the shower stool with backrest and armrests.

Type price range
Standard shower stool 12 - 330 EUR
Shower stool with backrest and armrests 90 - 400 EUR

As you can see, you can buy a standard shower stool much 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 segment. 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 could at best consider installing a bench or a folding seat on the wall of your shower or bathtub. Among other things, this would save you space and you would always have your seat within reach.

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

If you want to buy a shower stool, there are several different alternatives to 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 come with advantages and disadvantages or have a certain focus. In the following section, we will introduce you to each of the shower stool alternatives to help you make your decision.

There are various shower stool models for both showers and bathtubs. (Image source: pexels.com / Christa Grover)

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 usually very handy and light. This makes it possible to use the shower stool for activities outside the shower/tub.

Although it is a simple construction, the standard shower stool can be loaded with above-average weight. However, you should check this information before buying, because the load capacity varies depending on the model.

Advantages
  • Mobile use
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable material
Disadvantages
  • Spacious
  • Hard to store
  • 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 a pad onto the seat. This soft seat provides you with a very pleasant and comfortable showering experience. Since the padding can be used as an option, 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
  • Lightweight
  • Resilient
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable material
Disadvantages
  • Spacious
  • Hard to store
  • Small seat

What are the features of a shower chair with armrests and backrest and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A shower chair with arms and backrest offers by far the most safety. If you have a severely impaired ability to stand and are happy for any support, then you should choose this model. This model also has non-slip and height-adjustable legs.

While it offers the highest level of safety and is by far more comfortable than the standard shower stool, it takes up the most space of all the designs, which could mean that it may not fit in your shower.

Advantages
  • Very safe
  • Comfortable
  • Loadable
  • Mobile
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable material
  • Large seat
Disadvantages
  • Spacious
  • Hard to store
  • Is heavier
  • More complicated to assemble

What are the features of a shower stool with armrests and hygiene cut-out and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The shower stool with armrests offers you the possibility to hold on to something while showering. The built-in hygienic cut-out allows you the ideal intimate body care. Furthermore, this stool is no different from the standard shower stool.

Advantages
  • Facilitates intimate hygiene
  • Easy to grip
  • Mobile use
  • Lightweight
  • Resilient
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable material
Disadvantages
  • Spacious
  • Hard to store
  • Small seat

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate shower stools

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible shower stools. The criteria with which you can compare the shower stool with each other include:

  • Weight
  • Load capacity
  • Material
  • Cleaning
  • Height adjustable legs
  • Assembly and stability

In the following paragraphs, we will explain to you what is important in the individual criteria.

Weight

The weight of the different shower stools varies depending on the model and the material used. However, most shower stools are handy and light because the seat is made of plastic and the legs of aluminium. Especially if the shower stool is to be used for several purposes, in and out of the shower, it is important that it is not too heavy and therefore easy to transport.

Load-bearing capacity

The load-bearing capacity of the shower chair is an individual criterion and should be assessed by each buyer himself. One thing is certain: you will definitely find a shower stool that suits 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. Plastics are considerably lighter than metal or ceramic materials due to their low density.

In addition, the strength and rigidity of plastics is very low. As a result, plastics bend well but do not break easily. This criterion is enormously important because shower stools and shower chairs are sometimes loaded with a lot of weight and should not break easily.

Just like plastics, aluminium also has a very low density and is considered a typical light metal. So through these two materials, a lightweight shower aid can undoubtedly be made.

Most shower stools have aluminium legs and a plastic seat.

Equally common are shower stools and shower chairs made of wood. Wooden shower chairs are very durable and sturdy. However, you must make sure that the wood has been 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 seats and aluminium legs are very easy to clean. After each use, you should wipe it down with a damp cloth. If the stool is very dirty, you can also use mild cleaning agents, but never corrosive chemicals.

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

Height-adjustable legs

Not all, but most shower stools 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 you shower so that you don't lose your balance.

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

Assembly and stability

There are shower stools that you can buy ready-assembled as well as those that you have to assemble at home first. The assembly of shower stools is not witchcraft and can be done by anyone.

With the assembly instructions, you will certainly have no problems in this regard. Another purchase criterion is stability. As already mentioned several times in the previous sections, even the simplest version of the shower stool offers excellent stability and resilience.

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

Interesting facts about shower stools

Where can I buy spare parts?

You may be able to get the right spare parts for your model from the specialist shop or online retailer where you bought your shower stool.

How do I assemble my shower stool?

You can easily assemble your shower stool with the help of the assembly instructions, which you should find in the packaging. You probably won't need more than a screwdriver.

How do I keep my shower stool hygienic and clean?

It is important that you clean and maintain your shower stool after each use. To do this, it is sufficient to wipe your shower stool with a clean, damp cloth. If you want to clean your stool 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 clean the stool as explained.

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