In a Nutshell:
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.
Value for the Money
Do you suffer from any type of mobility issue? Does that fact make bathing difficult? If so, and if you’ve been looking for the ‘right’ bath or shower stool to make your life easier, then you’re going to love this review.
While it’s true that Health Line isn’t the biggest name in the business, this recently updated heavy-duty bath stool is a superb product by any definition. Even if you decide to go in a different direction, we think you’ll be impressed with the Health Line heavy duty shower stool.
It definitely belongs on your shortlist of options to consider, and in the sections that follow, we’ll go into details about everything this model gets right, and point out its very few shortcomings and limitations so you’ll have a complete picture that will allow you to make an informed purchase decision. If that sounds good to you, read on, and let’s take a closer look!
An Overview of the Health Line Heavy Duty Padded Shower Stool
The Health Line heavy duty shower stool, like most medical devices, won’t win any beauty contests. Then again, it wasn’t designed to. The development team put all their effort into functionality and safety and only gave a passing nod to aesthetics.
Given that, while it would be unfair to describe the stool as ugly, it’s also not something that anyone would consider using as an accent piece. It’s not a decoration; it’s a workhorse.
If you’re more interested in aesthetics, our recommendation would be to turn your attention to the broad selection of teak wood shower stools, which look wonderful but tend to be lacking in safety features. If you want something functional, you’ll find a lot to like where this one is concerned.
Before we say more than that, though, let’s turn our attention to the core stats that define the model. Here are the basics:
With one exception, these are exceptional numbers. The overall dimensions make it a good fit for both showers and bathtubs. The only place you may see an issue is if you have a tiny bathroom with a pocket shower. In that case, you may wind up having to leave two of the stool legs outside the shower, but even then, you should be able to use it.
The seat height range is likewise excellent, starting at 16” (2” below the beginning of big and tall range) and going up to a maximum of 19” which is well inside big and tall territory.
That makes this stool extremely versatile and a good fit for a wide range of user heights.
The seat is wide enough to be useful for most users, and the stool is light enough to be moved easily when it’s not in use. Even better, it supports an incredible amount of user weight – an impressive 550 pounds!
The only real point of weakness in these numbers is the seat depth. 10.6” isn’t terribly deep, but it’s wide enough to be useful. If you were going to spend an extended period of time on the stool, the depth could be problematic. Given the use it was designed for, while it’s a bit underwhelming, it’s certainly not a deal breaker.
Adjustability, Comfort, and Extras
There’s actually quite a bit to talk about here. The design team did make at least a token effort to address matters of comfort by incorporating a padded seat into the design. Granted, there’s not much padding present, but given that most shower stools don’t offer any at all, the presence of the modest seat pad represents a big improvement!
The seat is bowed, which further enhances the comfort, and there are holes in the seat to help the water drain away.
We already mentioned the fact that the seat height is adjustable, so here, the only thing we’ll add is that this is accomplished by adjusting the length of each of the legs of the stool, which has the effect of raising or lowering the seat.
Doing this is a lesson in simplicity. On the inside of each leg, you’ll find a button. Press it to release the leg and allow it to slide up and down (longer or shorter). It will automatically lock into place at each pre-drilled hole in the leg.
Just make whatever adjustments you like, then repeat the adjustment for the other three legs, making sure they’re all on the same height setting, and you’re all set!
You’ll also find handles built into each end of the seat, which give you a convenient place grab onto as you’re maneuvering yourself onto and off of the Health Line Heavy Duty padded shower stool. Here, we’re a little underwhelmed at the implementation.
We would have preferred to have seen a rubberized grip on each handle, which would make it less likely that your hand could slip off, but unfortunately, that’s not a feature offered here. Even so, it’s a good addition, just not quite as strongly implemented as we’d like.
Finally, the legs of the stool are capped with rubberized feet that provide a firm grip to the bottom of the tub or shower, even when the water is flowing. This gives the stool stability so you won’t have to worry about it sliding away from, or out from under you when you’re using it.
Some Assembly is Required
Unfortunately, this stool, like most of the furniture you can buy online these days, will arrive at your door in a box and in several pieces if you decide you want one.
The good news is that the production quality is quite high and the pieces fit together well.
Combine that with the fact that the stool can be assembled without any tools, and it’s a winner in our book. Expect to spend no more than about ten minutes from start to finish, and the stool will be ready for first use!
Health Line Heavy Duty Shower Stool Pros and Cons
Aside from the somewhat disappointing seat depth, we love everything about this model, and we think you will too. It’s an incredibly rugged, durable design that packs a lot of functionality and a number of safety features into a surprisingly modestly-priced package.
Health Line Heavy Duty Shower Stool Review Conclusion
If you weigh more than 300 pounds, the process of finding a decent shower stool can be frustrating.
The Health Line heavy-duty shower stool is the answer. Its only real weaknesses are that the design team didn’t put much effort into aesthetics and has a somewhat narrow seat.
In our opinion, these are pretty minor complaints, especially given that every other aspect of the stool is exceptional. We highly recommend this one.
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