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How To Buy A Bath Lift

Posted by Emily . on April 8, 2019

Woman using Bathmaster Premium Bath Lift

This article was updated on 22/04/2024.

A bath lift can be an important bathing aid to invest in as they offer a solution to getting in and out of the bath with limited mobility. For independent bathing as well as being able to enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub, a bath lift or bath cushion is a necessary piece of equipment that can offer the elderly or disabled the choice to take a safe and comfortable bath. 

What is a bath lift?

A bath lift or bathing cushion is a bathing aid that gently lowers the user into the bottom of the bath so that they are submerged in the water as normal. The bath lift will then lift the user to the top of the bath when finished so they can safely get out again. Electric bath lifts and inflatable bathing cushions are usually operated by the user or a carer with a waterproof remote control that is easy to use. The bath lift can be secured to the bottom of the bath by fixing its strong suction cups that sit underneath the seat. Bath lifts and bath cushions often come with a compressor or battery which makes them rechargeable. They also offer safety features where, if there is not enough battery to raise the lift, it will not lower the user in the first place so no event occurs where the user gets stuck at the bottom of the bath. 

Why should I buy a bath lift?

If you have limited mobility or are experiencing difficulty when getting in and out of the bath, a bath lift of inflatable bath cushion could be a suitable choice. A bath lift is also suitable for anyone who experiences dizziness or balance problems as it offers a seated platform to lower yourself into the tub. When using a bath lift, you need to be able to maintain a seated position and lift your legs over the side of the bath while seated.

What type of bath lifts are there to buy?

You will need to take into consideration a few things before choosing a bath lift:

Would you like a reclining bath lift? 

Not all bath lifts recline, so if this is an important feature you require, be sure to choose a bath lift that has this option. A reclining bath lift will lower you into the bath in an upright position, then when at the lowest point, you will have the option to recline the backrest. The Bathmaster Deltis Bath Lift is one of the most popular on the market due to its lightweight frame and reclining backrest. If you prefer a non-reclining option, the Neptune Bath Lift features a sturdy, upright backrest but the seat is detachable for easy cleaning.

Do you require a transfer board to get onto the bath lift?

If a transfer aid is required for getting onto and off of the bath lift from a wheelchair, always see the accessory options as many of the bath lifts feature optional or built-in swivel seats or transfer boards. The Aquajoy Bath Lift features a seat with side flaps that expand to the side of the bath with an optional swivel and slide seat.

Do you want an electric bath lift or inflatable bathing cushion?

Electric bath lifts tend to have the most variety of styles and designs however a popular alternative is the Mangar Bathing Cushion. It's inflatable design and portability make this bathing cushion a bestseller amongst bathing aids. It features a comfortable, inflating seat and back however are only suitable if you have the good balance and trunk control to help maintain an upright posture when raising and lowering yourself into the bath. 


Benefits of an electric bath lift:

  • Strong and stable frame
  • Padded, colourful covers
  • Optional add-ons such as swivel seats
  • Reclining options
  • Side flaps extend across the width of bath

Benefits of a bathing cushion:

  • Inflatable, comfortable seat and headrest
  • Transportable
  • Lightweight
  • Option to keep air in when lowered


You can browse our full range of Bath Lifts and Bathing Cushions to help you make the right choice.


Kate Makin, OT

Kate Makin, Ability Superstore's Occupational Therapist

Kate Makin qualified as an occupational therapist (OT) in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy. She is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

As a registered occupational therapist (OT), Kate is a science degree-based, health and social care professional, taking a “whole person” approach to both physical and mental health and wellbeing. This enables individuals, of all ages, to achieve their full potential and lead as independent life as possible.

Click here for Kate’s registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Throughout her career, Kate has worked in many different clinical settings, in both the public and private sector. Kate has been running her own independent occupational therapist business since 2009. She is passionate about disability aids and adaptations, with a specialist interest in postural management and seating.

As Ability Superstore’s resident OT, Kate is on hand to offer professional advice and answer any queries.