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Ultimate Buying Guide for 2024 - Top 10 Bathing Aids

Posted by Francis Whitehead on June 13, 2024

Hand gripping grab bar with text above reading 'Top 10 Bathing Aids'

Bathing aids can help maintain your dignity and independent living by providing convenient solutions to mobility problems in the bathroom. You may find that as you get older, your mobility, dexterity, and strength weaken due to aging, which makes getting in and out of the bath, using the shower and using the toilet a more difficult experience.

Luckily for you, we have written a list of our Top 10 Bathroom Aids for 2024 as chosen by our team of experts.

What are Bathing Aids?

Bathing aids are any pieces of equipment or mobility aids that will help you to get in and out of a bath or shower safely, as well as allowing you to navigate the bathroom independently. These are carefully crafted with the user's needs in mind, designed to help people with reduced mobility bathe safely and securely.

Why Use Bathing Aids?

Using bathing aids not only promotes independence for individuals with mobility challenges but also reduces the risk of accidents and injuries. For caregivers and family members, these aids make the task of assisting with bathing and showering much safer and more manageable.

There are many different bathing aids available depending on the size of your bath, shower and bathroom and the assistance you require. For those with limited space in their bathroom, there are compact and portable bathing aids that can be easily stored when not in use. On the other hand, if you require more extensive support, there are sturdy and durable aids that provide maximum stability and security and these can be permanently placed within the room.

Bathroom Grab Rails

For example, bathroom grab rails ensure you have a secure surface to grip when lowering yourself in and out of the bath, or getting in and out of the shower. They are mounted to the wall and are available in a range of colours and materials. They can be permanently fixed into position or, if using a suction style grab rail, it can be removed and repositioned as required.

Bath Steps

Bath steps help to reduce the distance required to step into and out of the bath, which is particularly helpful if you find it difficult to lift your legs up high. They are available in a range of heights (some adjustable), and with or without support handles.

Bath Seats

Bath seats are designed to securely fit into the bathtub, providing a secure and comfortable seating option for individuals while bathing. They can be used as a surface to sit on whilst bathing or as a stepping platform down into the bath. They are easily removed when not in use, by lifting the tab on each suction cup to allow for others to use the bath or for cleaning.

Bath and Shower Boards

Bath boards and shower boards are reliable and popular bathing aids for those with mobility issues. They extend across the bath’s width to provide a surface to sit on. A bath board is generally used as part of the “step” down process into the bath, whilst a shower board (which has more slats that a bath board) is used to sit on so that the user can use their shower attachment in the bath to wash.

Bath and Shower Mats

Bath and shower mats help ensure your personal safety in the bathroom. Often, the base of a bathtub or a shower cubicle is smooth and shiny and, when wet, can be very slippery underfoot, creating a risk for falls. Bath and shower mats sit on this surface and provide a textured, grippy surface for your feet whilst showering or bathing, as well as when you get into and out of the bath or shower.

Bath Lifts

Bath lifts are perfect bathing aids for those who lack dexterity or struggle to support their own weight as they do all the work of lowering you into and raising you out of the bath. They are battery powered and easily rechargeable. They can be removed easily for others to use the bath or for cleaning.

Shower Chairs

Shower chairs are designed to be used in a shower cubicle or wet room, and they allow you to sit down whilst taking a shower. Some of these bathing aids have wheels, which allows the chair to be wheeled into position – this is particularly useful when you have a wet room. A shower commode chair is similar to a shower chair however, it features a cut out in the base which allows it to be wheeled over a toilet. Alternatively they can usually be fitted with a potty or commode bucket below, which allows the chair to be used as a commode / toilet.

Ability Superstore’s Top 10 Bathing Aids

Now we have given you a rundown of the various types of bathing aids you can buy, we’re here to provide you our Top 10 Bathing Aids for 2024 available on our website, illustrating some prime examples of each. From these, you can gather which one is best for you.

Number 10 – Bamboo Step

Bamboo Step

The Bamboo Step is crafted from durable bamboo wood, known for its sturdiness and strength. It can support up to 317kg (50 stone), making it a reliable choice for individuals of all sizes. The natural bamboo material also adds a touch of sophistication to your bathroom, elevating the overall aesthetic.

One of its key features is the curved top surface, which not only adds a stylish touch but also serves a functional purpose. The curves are functional too, acting as a water channel, allowing excess water to drain away easily. This design helps in maintaining slip resistance, ensuring a safe bathing experience for all users.

Whether you are looking to add a chic element to your bathroom or need a reliable aid for daily use, this bamboo step is the ideal choice. Say goodbye to boring, utilitarian bath steps and upgrade to the Bamboo Step for a touch of luxury in your daily routine.

Number 9 – Luxury Shower Mat

Luxury Shower Mat

The key feature of the Luxury Shower Mat is its non-slip material. This material provides a secure footing for users, giving them peace of mind while showering or taking a bath. The mat is soft and pleasant to rest your feet on or sit on, ensuring a comfortable experience every time.

The underside is equipped with innovative suckers that keep the mat securely in place. These suckers prevent any slipping or sliding, allowing you to shower with confidence. You can trust that the mat will stay exactly where you need it, providing stability and safety.

In addition to its safety features, it also prioritizes hygiene. An anti-microbial coating prevents bacterial and fungal growth, ensuring a clean and healthy environment in your bathroom. The mat's self-draining mechanism prevents moisture build-up, which can attract household germs.

Number 8 – Shower Stool with Swivelling Seat

Height Adjustable Shower Stool with Swivelling Seat

This innovative Height Adjustable Shower Stool with Swivelling Seat features a rotating seat that allows you to move freely in any direction, providing you with the flexibility and mobility you need in the shower.

The sleek light blue and white design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional. The rounded seat is designed for maximum comfort, allowing you to relax and enjoy your shower time without any discomfort. The rotating top can be easily removed for hassle-free cleaning, ensuring that your stool stays hygienic and in top condition.

Whether you prefer to leave the stool in the shower for everyday use or remove it to accommodate other family members, this shower stool offers the flexibility you need. Its lightweight construction makes it easy to move in and out of the shower, allowing you to customize your shower experience according to your preferences.

It is useful in the bathroom in other ways too, as it allows you to sit at the sink/basin to brush your teeth or do your hair and make up. The fact that it is height adjustable allows it to be used in various situations within the bathroom.

Number 7 – Etac Swift Commode Chair

Etac Swift Commode Chair

The Etac Swift Commode is a versatile and comfortable shower chair that offers more than meets the eye. With both back and seat pads, this commode provides the ultimate in comfort and discretion. The seat pad cleverly conceals a removable commode pan with a secure lid that automatically locks when lifted.

One of the key features of this shower chair is its multi-functionality. Not only can it be used as a shower chair, but it can also double as a standard commode or a freestanding toilet seat raiser. Each part is easily removable, allowing for seamless transitions between uses. This versatility makes it the perfect option for those who need a reliable and adaptable solution.

Aside from its versatility, the Etac Swift Commode is designed with convenience in mind. The easy-to-remove parts make it simple to transport, whether you're traveling or just moving it from room to room. The secure lid on the commode pan also adds an extra layer of safety and peace of mind for users, making it a discrete and safe choice.

Number 6 - Savanah Slatted Shower Board

Savanah Slatted Shower Board

One of the standout features of the Savanah Slatted Shower Board is its integrated slats. These slats are strategically placed to ensure that excess water is drained efficiently, reducing the risk of creating a slippery mess on your bathroom floor. This not only helps to maintain a clean and safe bathing environment but also saves you time and effort in cleaning up after each use.

Unlike standard bath boards, this boasts a wider design. The wider surface area provides optimal support for users of all sizes, making it a versatile and accommodating option for a range of individuals. Whether you're looking for extra stability during your shower or simply want a more comfortable bathing experience, the wider design of the Savanah Slatted Shower Board has you covered.

With its efficient drainage system and wider design, the Savanah Slatted Shower Board offers a practical and user-friendly solution for enhancing your shower routine.

Number 5 – Bathmaster Deltis Bath Lift

Bathmaster Deltis Bath Lift
The Bathmaster Deltis is one of our bestselling bath lifts that exemplifies quality and functionality. With its easy installation process, this bath lift is suitable for bathrooms of all sizes.

One standout feature of the Bathmaster Deltis is its quick release system at the rear. This innovative design allows for effortless removal without the hassle of using screwdrivers or pressing multiple switches. The convenience and ease of use make this bath lift a popular choice among customers.

Being fully battery powered, there’s no risk of electric cables running through your bathroom too. For easy and convenient lowering and raising in and out of the bath, this is the ideal bathing aid for you. For an upgraded option, a version with premium comfort covers is available too.

Number 4 - Mangar Inflatable Bathing Cushion

Mangar Inflatable Bath Cushion
The Mangar Inflatable Bathing Cushion is a revolutionary bathing aid that offers a truly unique experience for those with mobility issues. Unlike traditional bath seats or chairs, this cushion allows users to sit comfortably at the bottom of the bath, providing a sense of security and independence.

One of the key features of this bathing aid is its ability to be inflated or deflated to the desired height. This means that users can easily adjust the cushion to raise or lower themselves as needed, making it easier to get in and out of the bath safely.

Using the included compressor, users can quickly inflate or deflate the cushion to their desired level of comfort. When sitting at the bottom of the bath, they can choose to keep some air in the cushion for added support or release it all to lie back and enjoy a completely natural bath experience.

With the Mangar Inflatable Bathing Cushion, individuals can regain a sense of independence and confidence in their ability to bathe safely and comfortably. Say goodbye to the limitations of traditional bath seats and embrace a new way to enjoy a relaxing bath.

Number 3 - Suction Grab Bar

Suction Grab Bar
The Suction Grab Bar is an incredibly accessible addition to the bathroom. Its installation is incredibly simple, making it a convenient option for those looking to add extra support and safety to their bathroom without the need for complex tools or adjustments to the wall.

It features two pressure switches at each end that create a strong vacuum. This vacuum allows the grab bar to easily stick to any flat, smooth surface, providing a secure grip for those who may need assistance in the bathroom.

This in turn makes it incredibly portable. Since it does not require drilling or permanent installation, it can easily be brought along on trips. This is especially useful when staying in accommodations where the bathroom may not have the appropriate support features in place.

Whether you're staying in a hotel, rental property, or with friends and family, the Suction Grab Bar can provide added peace of mind and support during your travels.

Number 2 - Polished Stainless Steel Chrome Grab Rails

Polished Stainless Steel Chrome Grab Rails
These Polished Stainless Steel Chrome Grab Rails are not only designed to provide additional support but also seamlessly blend into a modern decor, making them a perfect addition to any bathroom.

They are crafted from high-quality stainless steel, ensuring durability and rust resistance. This means that you can enjoy the benefits of these grab rails for years to come without worrying about corrosion or wear and tear.

The oval shaped fixing plates not only provide a secure installation but also come with an attractive cover to hide any unsightly screw heads, maintaining a clean and seamless look in your bathroom.

Number 1 - Myco Ultra Adjustable Width Swivel Bather Bath Seat

Myco Ultra Adjustable Width Swivel Bather Bath Seat

The Myco Ultra Adjustable Width Swivel Bather Bath Seat is the ultimate in bathing aids and is full of innovative features. This is ideal for people who find turning themselves and lifting their legs in and out and over the side of the bath difficult to manage, as the anodised swivel pin allows the user to safely turn and face the direction they’re getting into or out of the bath.

This bath seat has been cleverly designed with drainage holes so that water drains away quickly, and its frame is made from high-quality stainless steel tubing for a long-lasting product.

With a maximum user weight rating of 25 stone (160kg), it can support people of all sizes, and the locking lever and secure positioning screws ensure your safety when using it.


Woman in bathrobe leaning on bathtub

In conclusion, there is a wealth of options to choose from when looking to purchase bathing aids. However, it’s important to consider some factors before you decide on which one will be perfect for you, such as what type of assistance you need.

Everything you’ve seen here is available here on our website, and if you have any questions about any products featured please feel free to get in touch. We will be more than happy to guide you in the right direction! With our team of experts, you can be sure to receive trustworthy experience and guidance.

Kate Makin, Ability Superstore's Occupational Therapist

Kate Makin, OT

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.

For Kate’s registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, click here.

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.