What is the Best Shower Stool in 2020? Review & Ratings


Do you suffer from a mild to moderate mobility issue? Does that fact make bathing a bit of a challenge?

If so, you may have considered investing in a shower stool to help make your life a bit easier on that front, but there's a problem. There are literally scores of options on the market today, and finding the 'right' one for you can be a daunting challenge.

That's exactly why this roundup review was written! We've scoured the internet on a quest to find the very best shower stools available for sale today. As we dove deep into the market, we quickly discovered that it made the most sense to break this part of the market into two distinct categories: Teak wood shower stools and medical shower stools.

Teak wood stools make gorgeous accent pieces and are an excellent decorative addition to most bathrooms, but they tend to have fewer safety features, making them a good fit for people who are shopping for convenience, or those who have minor mobility issues that don't impact them much.

Medical devices aren't very attractive and place much more emphasis on function over form. They tend to be sturdier and have more safety features built-in, which makes them a better fit for those with more severe mobility issues. However, we'll be quick to note that the more serious your mobility issue is, the better you'll be served by investing in a bath or shower chair than a simple stool.

Nonetheless, shower stools have an important place in the market. After breaking the results of our exhaustive search into the two segments we just described, we found and declared a clear winner in each category. 

We'll tell you more about our winning entries in just a moment, but before we do that, let's start by taking a high-level view of the top five shower stools in each category to give you a preview of what's to come. Here are the results of our research:

Best Shower Stool – Teak Wood Category

Best Shower Stool - Teak Wood

The Rose Home Fashion Teak Shower Stool with storage shelf

Rose Home Fashion Teak Shower Stool

The EcoDecors Serenity Shower Stool with Asian-inspired design

EcoDecors Serenity Shower Stool

The EcoDecors Eleganto Teak Shower Bench with rustic aesthetic

EcoDecors Eleganto Teak Shower Bench

Water-resistant AquaTeak 18" Asia Teak Shower

AquaTeak 18" Asia Teak Shower

Honorable Mention

Bare Décor Mosaic Folding Stool with open slots on the seat

Bare Décor Mosaic Folding Stool

Luraco i7 Chair

Rating

4.3

4.1

4.0

4.0

3.6

Price

$$$$

$$$$$

$$$$

$$$$

$$$ ½

Overall Dimensions

18” (H) x 20” (W) x 14” (D)

18” (H) x 18” (W) x 12” (D)

18” (H) x 14” (W) x 18” (D)

18” (H) x 18” (W) x 12” (D)

19” (H) x 13.5” (W) x 18” (D)

Max. Weight

250 pounds

250 pounds

250 pounds

250 pounds

200 pounds

Pros

Great looking, well priced, larger than average dimensions, leveling mechanism, rubberized feet, generously sized storage shelf.

Gorgeous. Handcrafted. Generously sized storage shelf. Rubberized feet. Leveling mechanism.

Gorgeous. Handcrafted. Leveling mechanism.

Simple but beautiful design. Leveling mechanism.

Great looking, simple but beautiful design. The folding stool makes it even easier to store.

Cons

Modest weight limit.

Modest weight limit.

Modest weight limit. No storage shelf.

Modest weight limit. No storage shelf.

Lowest supported weight limit on our list of finalists. No storage shelf.

Our Verdict

Highly recommended.

Recommended.

Provisionally recommended.

Provisionally recommended.

Provisionally recommended.

Our Top Pick

Natural Wood, Rose Home Fashion Teak Shower Stool, Small

Rose Home Fashion Teak Shower Stool

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Great looking, well priced, larger than average dimensions, leveling mechanism, rubberized feet, generously sized storage shelf.

CONS

Modest weight limit.

OUR VERDICT

Highly recommended.

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Second Place

Natural Wood, EcoDecors Serenity Shower Stool, Small

EcoDecors Serenity Shower Stool

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

PROS

Gorgeous. Handcrafted. Generously sized storage shelf. Rubberized feet. Leveling mechanism.

CONS

Modest weight limit.

OUR VERDICT

Recommended.

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Third Place

Natural Wood, EcoDecors Eleganto Teak Shower Bench, Small

EcoDecors Eleganto Teak Shower Bench

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Gorgeous. Handcrafted. Leveling mechanism.

CONS

Modest weight limit. No storage shelf.

OUR VERDICT

Provisionally recommended.

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Fourth Place

Natural Wood, AquaTeak 18" Asia Teak Shower, Small

AquaTeak 18" Asia Teak Shower

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Simple but beautiful design. Leveling mechanism.

CONS

Modest weight limit. No storage shelf.

OUR VERDICT

Provisionally recommended.

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Honorable Mention

Natural Wood, Bare Décor Mosaic Folding Stool, Small

Bare Décor Mosaic Folding Stool

RATING

PRICE

$$$ ½

PROS

Great looking, simple but beautiful design. The folding stool makes it even easier to store.

CONS

Lowest supported weight limit on our list of finalists. No storage shelf.

OUR VERDICT

Provisionally recommended.

More Specifications...

*Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Our Selection Criteria

We approached this roundup review of the best shower stools from the perspective that the overwhelming majority of prospective buyers will want one because they suffer from some type of mobility issue. For that reason, safety features were given the most weight, even where the more attractive teak wood models were concerned (though for the teak stools, aesthetics were also weighted heavily).

There's no such thing as too many safety features, so in general, a stool that packed more such features into the design will score better overall than a stool with fewer safety features, no matter what else the design might get right.

Beyond that, we looked at the value proposition, the quality of the workmanship each product brought to the table, and comfort. Although, in fairness, very few stools of this sort pay any real attention to matters of comfort. Still, when and where a product did give it a nod, we certainly gave them credit for it!

Final note: It should go without saying, but we'll drop this here just for the sake of completion. All of these are waterproof stools, regardless of what they're made of; that's the point!

Top 5 Teak Wood Shower Stools

Rose Home Fashion Teak Shower Stool Bench

Value

Comfort, Versatility & Extras

Brand Reliability*

4.3

Summary

The Teak Shower Stool, by Rose Home Fashion is a fantastic, versatile design that will look great in almost any bathroom. Recommended for anyone who weighs up to 250 pounds, including people with mild mobility issues.

The Rose Home Fashion Teak Shower Stool with shelf

Rose Home Fashion Teak Shower Stool Bench

Our top pick is offered by Rose Home Fashion, a well-respected brand, and makers of a wide range of home décor items. Their sizeable shower stool is a sharp-looking accent piece with clear Asian design influences.

The Asian design influences can either be a good thing or bad, depending on your existing home décor scheme. It will fit right into many homes, but for example, if your home is decorated in a more rustic or casual style, this piece will clash with everything else you've already got in place. It's certainly not the end of the world, but definitely, something to keep in mind.

The Rose Home Fashion Teak Shower Stool with labels of its dimensions

Specifications

Before we say more than that, let's take a moment to do a quick review of the basic stats that define this model. Here they are:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 18" (H) x 20" (W) x 14" (D)
  • Seat Height: 18"
  • Seat Width: 20"
  • Seat Depth: 14"
  • Chair Weight: 15 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 250 pounds

Most of these numbers are quite good. The seat height is just inside of the big and tall range, which starts at 18" and goes up to 22" or higher. Given that, it's high enough to be useful to taller folks, but not so high that an average-sized person couldn't use it comfortably too. The only people who might struggle are shorter folk (say, anyone less than 5' tall).

There are only two numbers in the above that we'd consider marginal or problematic. The seat depth is a bit wanting, but that's probably not a deal breaker for most people since you'll only be sitting in it for the duration of a bath or shower.

The other weak number is the weight limit. Most of the furniture on the market today support in the neighborhood of 300-pounds.

Unfortunately, very few teak wood shower stools sold today manage to hit that mark, and this one is no exception.

A 250-pound weight limit makes it a good fit for some 85-90% of the market, but we advise taking the manufacturer's recommendations seriously. If you weigh more than 250 pounds, don't get this product! The last thing you want is to have the stool collapse under you while you're using it, which is almost certain to make whatever mobility issue you have, even worse.

Not a happy situation.

Although this corner shower stool is not height adjustable, it does have leveling feet that work the same way the feet on your stove, washer, and dryer do. Just screw or unscrew the feet to properly balance the stool to give it more stability—necessary because most showers and tubs have sloping bottoms.

In terms of safety features, the only one you'll find here is the fact that the feet of the stool are rubberized, providing a sure grip to the bottom of your tub or shower, even when it's wet. Since the stool is a bit bigger than average, it also tends to be slightly more stable and less likely to rock as you're getting into and out of it.

The Rose Home Fashion Teak Shower Stool with rubberized feet

Another nice feature offered by this best rated shower stool is the fact that it's got a generously sized storage shelf located beneath the seat. Again, since the stool is a bit bigger than average, the shelf is also correspondingly larger and is roomy enough to store a wide range of bathroom supplies, making it a handy addition indeed. More storage space is always welcome, especially where home bathrooms are concerned!

As is the case with most of the furniture you can buy online these days, if you decide you want one of these, it will arrive at your door in a medium-sized box and in several pieces.

You'll have some work to do before it's ready for first use.

Fortunately, the production quality is quite high, and the assembly instructions are clear, so the process of putting it together is simple and straightforward. With the only real limitation of the design being the modest weight limit, it's a well-rounded, versatile piece of furniture that would make a great addition to most homes. Provided, of course, the Asian styling is a good fit for you. We highly recommend it and regard it as the best teak wood shower stool on the market today.


EcoDecors Serenity Shower Stool

Value

Comfort, Versatility & Extras

Brand Reliability*

4.1

Summary

The EcoDecors Serenity Shower Stool is a versatile, attractive handcrafted teak wood stool that looks great in most bathrooms. Recommended for anyone who weighs up to 250 pounds who doesn’t have a mobility issue and is looking for a fantastic accent piece for their bathroom.

The EcoDecors Serenity Shower Stool has a number of things in common with our top pick, including its Asian-inspired styling, but there are some striking differences to be aware of too.

The EcoDecors Serenity Shower Stool with shelf under the seat

Specifications

Before we get into the particulars, let's start by doing a quick stats review, so we can see exactly what we're working with:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 18" (H) x 18" (W) x 12" (D)
  • Seat Height: 18"
  • Seat Width: 18"
  • Seat Depth: 12"
  • Chair Weight: 21 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 250 pounds

Structurally, it's quite similar to our top pick, though the seat is neither as wide nor as deep. The width is still sufficient to make this design broadly accessible, but with an underwhelming 12" depth, it may be a bit on the uncomfortable side depending on your body shape. For most people, and given the short periods you'll be sitting on it, it should be fine, but it's definitely something to keep in mind.

As with most of our finalists in this section, the weight limit could be problematic, and if there's a number in the stats above that may be a dealbreaker, the 250-pound weight limit would be it.

Unlike our top pick, though, all of EcoDecors furniture is handcrafted, so although there is a high degree of standardization, each piece will have subtle differences that make it unique, and that's pretty cool. If you have an eye for aesthetics and want something special, this one could easily surpass the Rose Home Fashion offering as your top pick.

While this stool is not height adjustable, it does come with levelers on the feet, which allows you to tweak it slightly to account for the curved bottom of your tub or shower, keeping it level and increasing its stability.

It also has the most basic safety feature found on all shower stools, rubberized feet, which helps ensure that it won't slide out from under you when you're getting into or out of it.

Yet another feature this model has with our top pick is the fact that it's got a storage shelf below the seat, although here, given the slightly smaller overall size of the stool, the shelf isn't quite as big, which does limit its usefulness a bit. 

It's still big enough to hold the basics, but given the smaller overall dimensions and the slant of the legs, you'll be somewhat limited in terms of what you can store on the shelf.

On the other hand, unlike our top pick of best bath chair, if you decide to order one of these, it will arrive at your door fully assembled and ready to use. It's a small thing, but a nice touch and highly convenient.

The EcoDecors Serenity Shower Stool with rubberized feet

Overall, it's a good product, and we love the fact that each piece is handcrafted. Assuming that the modest weight limit isn't an issue for you and the Asian-inspired styling meshes well with your existing décor scheme, this one is definitely recommended. An exceptional teak shower stool, no matter how you slice it.


EcoDecors Eleganto Teak Shower Bench

Value

Comfort, Versatility & Extras

Brand Reliability*

4.0

Summary

The EcoDecors Eleganto Teak Shower Bench is a gorgeous, solid teak wood shower bench/stool with a more rustic appearance. Recommended for anyone weighing up to 250 pounds who loves the rustic aesthetic offered by this model.

EcoDecors dominates this part of our chart with a second entry, in the form of the Eleganto teak shower bench. This model represents a significant departure from the others, because most of the products in this section are strongly influenced by Asian design, and this one has a decidedly reluctant aesthetic.

If you're not a fan of the Asian look that so many of the other models are sporting, this one could easily become your top pick simply because it has such a different look and feel to it.

EcoDecors Eleganto Teak Shower Bench with levelers on the feet

Specifications

Before we say more than that, though, let's continue as we have been and take a moment to look at the core stats that define the model. Here are the basics:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 18" (H) x 14" (W) x 18" (D)
  • Seat Height: 18"
  • Seat Width: 14"
  • Seat Depth: 18"
  • Chair Weight: 15 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 250 pounds

There's a lot to like in these numbers. The height, being right on the edge of big and tall territory, makes it a versatile stool, even if it's not height adjustable. The rest of the seat dimensions are respectable, though the width is a bit underwhelming. It's certainly adequate given the amount of time you're likely to spend on it, but it could be a minor issue for some.

Again, the limiting factor here is the maximum supported weight limit, which doesn't quite reach the 300-pound informal standard that most home furnishings are built around.

Although there are no adjustable features on offer, this model, like most of the others offered in this section of our best shower chair review, features levelers on the feet, allowing you to make minor adjustments to keep the stool level on the curved bottoms that most showers and tubs come with. These function the same way that the leveling feet on your stove, washer, and dryer do.

As with the other furniture designed by EcoDecors, each of these stools is handcrafted, so the one you get will have subtle differences in the manifestation of the design that make it totally unique, giving you a one of a kind accent piece for your bathroom.

That, combined with the delightfully rustic look and feel, is a powerful combination. It is made even better by the presence of the levelers built into the feet and the fact that they are rubberized, which makes it very unlikely that the stool will slide out from under you while you're getting into, or out of it, or are in the middle of using it.

If this bench has one shortcoming (other than the modest weight limit) that causes it to rank somewhat lower, it is the fact that unlike our top two picks, this one doesn't offer a storage shelf below the seat. It may not seem like a huge deal, but given that most bathrooms are short on storage space, that's something you can never have too much of.

EcoDecors Eleganto Teak Shower Bench with rubberized feet

Overall though, it's a rock-solid design, and if you're a fan of the rustic aesthetic, this wood shower stool brings to the table, and again, provided that the weight limit isn't a dealbreaker for you, it's an excellent choice. On that basis, we provisionally recommend it.


Original 18" Asia Teak Shower Bench, by AquaTeak

Value

Comfort, Versatility & Extras

Brand Reliability*

4.0

Summary

The Original 18" Asia Teak Shower Bench, by AquaTeak is a very stylish, Asian inspired shower stool design, offered in solid teak wood. Recommended for anyone weighing up to 250 pounds who doesn’t have a mobility issue (if you have a mobility issue, a medical shower stool is simply a better choice).

In fourth place is the Original 18" Asia Teak bench, offered by AquaTeak. Although this isn't actually the first commercially available teak wood shower bench, it is the first model offered by this company and is a time-tested design.

As with most of the finalists in this section, this one sports unmistakable Asian design influences. Although unlike our top picks, you won't find a storage shelf beneath the seat. That's unfortunate because it would be very easy to add one.

AquaTeak Original 18" Asia Teak Shower Bench with rubberized feet and levelers

In any case, before we say more than that, let's continue with our tradition of taking a quick look at the core stats that define the model:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 18" (H) x 18" (W) x 12" (D)
  • Seat Height: 18"
  • Seat Width: 18"
  • Seat Depth: 12"
  • Chair Weight: 19 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 250 pounds

For the most part, these are good numbers, but as is the case with most of our finalists, the two weak spots are the seat depth (just 12" here), and the modest maximum supported weight limit.

As we've mentioned with other products, given the relatively short periods you'll be spending on the stool, the depth isn't likely to be a dealbreaker. But, the more time you spend on it, the more uncomfortable it's apt to get. The weight limit is standard for most teak wood shower stools, but it still falls well short of the informal 300-pound weight limit offered by most of the other furniture on the market today.

Even given the limitations described above, though, this is a very good, versatile stool. If our top picks aren't exactly what you're looking for, this is an excellent alternative to consider. The assembly process is simple. Like most of the other products on this part of our list, it does come with rubberized feet and levelers for added stability. Given all of that, we provisionally recommend it.


Bare Décor Mosaic Folding Stool

Value

Comfort, Versatility & Extras

Brand Reliability*

3.6

Summary

The Bare Décor Mosaic Folding Stool is stylish and attractive, this is a great little shower stool for anyone who’s looking more for a decorative piece than something to help with mobility issues. Recommended for anyone weighing up to 200 pounds who doesn’t suffer from any sort of mobility issue and doesn’t need one for that reason.

We didn't feel that this section of our roundup review would be complete without giving a brief shout out to Bare Décor's Mosaic Folding Stool.

As the name suggests, this model has the distinction of being the only one on our list of finalists that folds, which makes storing the stool when you're not using it even easier.

Specifications

Before we go further, here are the core stats that define this model:

Bare Décor Mosaic Folding Stool with foldable legs
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 19” (H) x 13.5” (W) x 18” (D)
  • Folded Dimensions: 25” (H) x 6” (W) x 14.5” (D)
  • Seat Height: 19"
  • Seat Width: 13.5"
  • Seat Depth: 18"
  • Chair Weight: 7.8 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 200 pounds

A couple of things jump out at us here. First, we love the delightfully small footprint, and especially its folded dimensions and scant weight, which combine to make storage a snap.

The seat width is a bit underwhelming, but surprisingly, it's not the worst in class in this dimension and is still adequate given what the product is designed to be used for. The weight limit, though, is even more disappointing. While all of the other stools in this section boast a 250-pound weight limit (which is still below average), this one can't quite muster that, supporting just 200-pounds. Unfortunately, that limitation does make this model less useful to significant segments of the market. If you weigh more than 200 pounds, it's simply a non-starter, no matter how much you might like it.

Two Bare Décor Mosaic Folding Stools

Assuming the weight limit isn't a dealbreaker for you, though, it's a great little product, especially if you're short on space. On that basis, we provisionally recommend it. It's a superb folding shower stool.


You May Also Want to Consider…

If none of the options above are exactly what you're looking for, we do have a couple of other alternatives you may want to consider. As you'll see, these are markedly different from the products we've talked about thus far and don't really belong in quite the same category, but we didn't feel this roundup would be complete if we didn't at least give them a mention.

Rose Home Fashion 13.5" Teak Shower Foot Stool

Rose Home Fashion 13.5" Teak Shower Foot Stool

Value

Comfort, Versatility & Extras

Brand Reliability*

3.9

Summary

The Rose Home Fashion 13.5" Teak Shower Foot Stool is a cute, unobtrusive little stool, perfect for shaving your legs. This is very much a niche product. You'll either love it or not be at all interested.

The Rose Home Fashion 13.5" Teak Shower Foot Stool which will in a corner

Rose Home Fashion 13.5" Teak Shower Foot Stool

If you don't want or need a full-sized shower stool, but you're still interested in adding an attractive accent piece to your bathroom décor that gives you a convenient platform to help shave your legs, then you may want to consider something like this handy little stool.

Offered by Rose Home Fashion, it's got some similarities with its larger cousin that we mentioned earlier, but this one is a corner stool and doesn't sport Asian design influences.

The Rose Home Fashion 13.5" Teak Shower Foot Stool with labels of its dimensions

Specifications

Here are the basic stats that define this model:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 13.5” (H) x 15” (W) x 5” (D)
  • Seat Height: 13.5"
  • Seat Width: 15"
  • Seat Depth: 5"
  • Chair Weight: 8 pounds

As you can see, this one is markedly smaller than the stools we just told you about, and it's not sturdy enough to sit on, but it does provide a handy platform, well-sized and well suited for shaving your legs.

There's no built-in storage shelf on offer here, but that's not much of a loss because even if one were present, it would be too small to hold much of anything. Even so, it's a stylish little piece of furniture that fills an important niche. Granted, it's a fairly small niche, but if you're in the market for something like this, this model is about the best and most attractive option you'll find.

As with most of the other stools we've mentioned, this one won't arrive at your door assembled. You'll have a bit of work to do before you can start enjoying it, but Rose Home Fashion has a reputation for quality, and the pieces all fit together exactly as they should.

Water-resistant Rose Home Fashion 13.5" Teak Shower Foot Stool
Rubberrized foot of the Rose Home Fashion 13.5" Teak Shower Foot Stool

That, combined with the fact that there aren't many pieces to contend with, makes the assembly process a snap.

It's too much of a niche product for us to give it a strong recommendation, but we do provisionally recommend it. It's a good product that will look great in almost any home. In our view, this is the best small shower stool for shaving legs on the market today.


18" Teak Wood Corner Shower Stool By Rose Home Fashion

Value

Comfort, Versatility & Extras

Brand Reliability*

4.2

Summary

The 18" Teak Wood Corner Shower Stool by Rose Home Fashion is a gorgeous, versatile corner stool that looks great in nearly any setting and blends well with most bathroom décor schemes. Recommended for anyone weighing up to 250 pounds, but especially those who don’t have a lot of room to work with.

This handsome corner bench is the larger cousin of the little footstool we just described. Where the footstool is only large enough to serve as a platform to help with shaving your legs, this great looking accent piece is big and robust enough to sit on, and it sports a generously sized storage shelf under the seat. Even better, as a corner stool, it makes a fabulous addition to just about any bathroom, even if you're short on space.

As attractive as the options in our main list above are, most of them feature Asian influences in their design. 

That's fine if you like the style and it won't clash with your existing décor but let's face it, not everyone is a fan and if you don't already have an Asian-themed décor in your bathroom, adding one piece is going to make it stick out like a sore thumb.

If that describes your situation, this is a superb alternative.

The 18" Teak Wood Corner Shower Stool by Rose Home Fashion with labels of its dimensions

Specifications

As we've done with the other models we've talked about, here are the core stats for this model:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 18" (H) x 16" (W) x 16" (D)
  • Seat Height: 18"
  • Seat Width: 16"
  • Seat Depth: 16"
  • Chair Weight: 15.5 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 250 pounds

The only real point of weakness here is the modest weight limit, which is a common theme with all of the teak wood benches we found on the market today. 

Provided that's not a dealbreaker for you, though, this would make a fantastic addition to your home.

It's got rubberized feet which, combined with the widely spaced legs, adds stability to the structure. Like most of the others we've talked about to this point, it also has a leveling mechanism that increases its stability on uneven surfaces like the curved bottoms of showers and bathtubs.

If you decide you want one of these, it will arrive at your door in a large box and unassembled. Just like the other Rose Home Fashion offerings we've talked about, the production quality is very high, and the instructions are clear. You won't have any trouble at all getting it ready for first use.

Given its gorgeous finish and impressive versatility, we highly recommend it.



Best Shower Stool – Medical Device Category

Best Shower Stool – Medical Device

The Healthline Heavy Duty Shower Stool with a molded plastic seat

Health Line Heavy Duty Shower Stool

The Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Bath Bench with white molded plastic seat

Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Bath Bench

The Nova Shower and Bath Chair with handles

Nova Shower and Bath Chair

The Carex Universal Bath Seat made of white molded plastic

Carex Universal Bath Seat

Honorable Mention

The Nova Medical Ortho-Med Shower Chair with white molded plastic seat and red handle

Nova Medical Ortho-Med Shower Chair

Luraco i7 Chair

Rating

4.5

4.2

4.2

4.1

4.0

Price

$$

$ ½

$$

$$

$$$

Overall Dimensions

16” – 19” (H) x 17.5” (W) x 10.6” (D)

17.5 – 18.5” (H) x 20” (W) x 20.5” (D)

23” - 28” (H) x 21” (W) x 18.25” (D)

16” – 21” (H) x 21” (W) x 18” (D)

15” - 21” (H) x 19.5” (W) x 17.5” (D)

Max. Supported Weight

550 pounds!

300 pounds

300 pounds

400 pounds

300 pounds

Pros

An expertly designed product with well-implemented extras and even a nod to comfort! Highest supported weight on the list.

A fantastic folding design, perfect for those who are short on space because it's so easy to store. Offered by one of the most respected names in the business.

Simple, functional design that packs a lot of good features in a modestly priced package.

Simple, functional design that supports a generous amount of user weight (second highest on our list of finalists).

A very well designed stool that may be a good fit even for people with more serious mobility issues.

Cons

Seat depth is slightly underwhelming.

None, though it doesn't support as much weight as our top pick.

None (again, though, it doesn't support as much weight as our top pick and its features are quite as well implemented as our #2 pick).

Offered by a smaller, less well-known brand (Carex does have a good reputation tho, despite not being one of the biggest names in the industry).

Somewhat more expensive than most of its peers.

Our Verdict

Highly recommended.

Highly recommended.

Recommended.

Recommended.

Recommended.

Top Pick

White Color, Healthline Heavy Duty Shower Stool, Small

Healthline Heavy Duty Shower Stool

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

An expertly designed product with well-implemented extras and even a nod to comfort! Highest supported weight on the list.

CONS

Seat depth is slightly underwhelming.

OUR VERDICT

Highly recommended.

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Second Place

White Color, Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Bath Bench, Small

Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Bath Bench

RATING

PRICE

$ ½

PROS

A fantastic folding design, perfect for those who are short on space because it's so easy to store. Offered by one of the most respected names in the business.

CONS

None, though it doesn't support as much weight as our top pick.

OUR VERDICT

Highly recommended.

More Specifications...

Third Place

White Color, Nova Shower and Bath Chair, Small

Nova Shower and Bath Chair

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Simple, functional design that packs a lot of good features in a modestly priced package.

CONS

None (again, though, it doesn't support as much weight as our top pick and its features are quite as well implemented as our #2 pick).

OUR VERDICT

Recommended.

More Specifications...

Fourth Place

White Color, Carex Universal Bath Seat, Small

Carex Universal Bath Seat

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Simple, functional design that supports a generous amount of user weight (second highest on our list of finalists).

CONS

Offered by a smaller, less well-known brand (Carex does have a good reputation tho, despite not being one of the biggest names in the industry).

OUR VERDICT

Recommended.

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Honorable Mention

White Color, Nova Medical Ortho-Med Shower Chair, Small

Nova Medical Ortho-Med Shower Chair

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

A very well designed stool that may be a good fit even for people with more serious mobility issues.

CONS

Somewhat more expensive than most of its peers.

OUR VERDICT

Recommended.

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*Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Top 5 Medical Shower Stools 

Winner – Health Line Heavy Duty Shower Stool

Healthline Heavy Duty Shower Stool

Value

Comfort, Versatility & Extras

Brand Reliability*

4.5

Summary

A superbly designed stool with some nice extras and accents that’s capable of supporting an amazing amount of user weight. The Health Line Heavy Duty Shower Stool is recommended for anyone. This is an exceptional product.

We were fully expecting to find one of the big names in the industry-leading the pack in this part of the roundup review, so the fact that Health Line came away with the top spot was a bit of a surprise to us.

While they're not one of the Industry's Titans, they've been in the business for a long time, and they make quality products. This heavy-duty shower stool, redesigned for 2020, is an excellent example of their work and one of the best values you'll find anywhere.

Specifications

Let's start by taking a quick look at the core stats that define the model:

The Healthline Heavy Duty Shower Stool with labels of its dimensions
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 16” – 19” (H) x 17.5” (W) x 10.6” (D)
  • Seat Height: 16" to 19"
  • Seat Width: 17.3"
  • Seat Depth: 10.6"
  • Chair Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 550 pounds!

With one underwhelming exception, these are superb numbers. The stool is highly adjustable in a band that starts 2" below the traditional big and tall range and extends well into big and tall territory, making it as useful to shorter folk as it is for big and tall people.

The seat width is sufficient to allow almost anyone to sit in it comfortably, and the stool is light enough that it can easily be moved when it's not in use. Best of all, though, is the fact that this model supports an impressive 550 pounds of user weight, which makes it best in class and suitable for some 98% of the potential market for it.

The only stat we weren't thrilled with was the seat depth, which at 10.6" is disappointingly modest.

Even so, given that you won't be spending a lot of time sitting on this stool, it's adequate, though we regard this figure as being the one weak point in the numbers above.

Our top pick here suffers from a problem that's common to almost all medical shower stools. Namely, they're not much to look at. If you want something that's more stylish, then you'll definitely want to take a look at the teak wood stools we talked about above.

The trade-off is that those stools don't have nearly as many safety features on offer, so it becomes a matter of which is more important to you: form or function.

Where safety features are concerned, given this stool's wide stance, the rubberized feet provide a sure, stable grip to your shower or tub, so you won't have to worry about it trying to slide away from you as you're getting onto or off of it. This stool also comes with handles built into both ends of the seat, giving you a convenient handhold as you're moving onto and off of it.

Rubberized feet of the Healthline Heavy Duty Shower Stool

While we love the fact that the handholds are present, they're not as strongly implemented as we'd like to see. Ideally, they should have rubberized handgrips for added safety, but that's an extra not present here.

In terms of adjustability, it couldn't be easier. On the inside of each of the stool's legs, you'll find a silver button. Press the button to release the leg, allowing it to telescope in or out. The leg will lock into position each time it encounters one of the pre-drilled holes, so if you need to move it more than an inch, you just have to press the button again and keep going.

Then, when you get one leg where you want it, just adjust the others to match, and you're all set!