Feb 142011
 


Compare different Medline bariatric bath benches below. That’s followed by a summary of positive and negative online review comments about Medline bath benches. Finally, you can look at individual Medline bariatric shower chair products.


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Product Comparison Chart

Feature 1. Medline Bariatric Bath Bench without Back

2. Bariatric Heavy Duty Bath Bench/ Chair
3. Heavy Duty Shower Bench Bath Chair by Medline

4. Medline Bariatric Bath Benches (Without Back)

5. Medline Bariatric Bath Benches (With Back)

6. Medline Bariatric Bath Bench with Back

7. Bariatric Bath Bench (With Back)

Weight capacity up to 550 pounds
Construction

   Cross Braces
   Aircraft Rivets
   Drain Holes NO
   Integrated Handles NO NO
Assembly Required Completely assembled Completely assembled Completely assembled Completely assembled Required Completely assembled
Materials:
Blow-molded plastic seat
Dimensions listed 20.5″W x 15.7″D 20″W x 12″D None (Typical: 20″W x 12″D) None (Typical: 20″W x 12″D) None (Typical for this model is 18″W x 21.5″D) None (Typical for this model is 18″W x 21.5″D) 18″W x 21.5″D (Back Included)
Seat Height adjusts in 1 inch increments From 14” to 17” From 14” to 17” From 14” to 18” From 14” to 18” From 16.5” to 20.5” From 14.5” to 19.5” From 16.5” to 20.5”
Legs:
   Aluminum
   Suction cups on tips
Backs / arms NO NO NO NO Back Back Back
Cost Under $50
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About $60
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Under $50
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Under $55
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About $70
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Under $85
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About $85
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Other Listed as Model MDS89740AXW No model # listed No model # listed Listed as Model MDS89740AXW Listed as Model MDS89745AXW
Item differs from photo
No model # listed Listed as Model MDS89745AXW

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Product Review Summary

The following summarizes reviews of Medline shower seats from various online sites.

Positive comments

  • Benches are sturdy and stable.
  • The cross bars on the bottom helped prevent the legs from bending or collapsing.
  • Most people said the bench was able to support their weight without any problems.
  • The chairs with backs provided extra support.
  • Some people found the chairs easy to assemble, but others like the fact that their model came already assembled.
  • No problems with mildew, mold, or rust.
  • Lightweight enough to store or travel with.
  • Easy to adjust seat.
  • Negative comments

  • Height of seat is too short. (Measure from your feet to a seat bottom on a regular chair to get an idea of how much height you need.)
  • Does not fit in shower or tub. (Check the width and depth of the seat you are buying. A Medline shower bench will typically take up an approximately 2 foot by 18” space. Make sure your shower or tub can handle that size.)
  • One person thought the bolts and screws used on the seat were “junk.” (Note: This review was from 2009, so bolts and screws may have been replaced by rivets in later models.)
  • A few people found the seat height difficult to adjust.
  • A few people found the seat difficult to assemble.
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    Individual Medline Bath Bench Products


    Overall note: Different companies may list different sizes for the same model number of shower chair. These differences may be due to data entry errors or different methods of measurement.

    Medline Bariatric Bath Bench without Back

    What’s Different?

    Listed as Model MDS89740AXW

    Seat dimensions provided: 20.5″ W x 15.7″ D

    Seat height adjusts from 14 to 17 inches

    Needs assembly

    Cost: Under $50. Click here for latest Amazon price

    Bariatric Heavy Duty Bath Bench/ Chair

    What’s Different?

    Seat dimensions: 20″W x 12″D

    Seat height adjusts from 14″ to 17″

    Completely assembled

    Cost: About $60. Click here for latest Amazon price

     

    Heavy Duty Shower Bench Bath Chair by Medline – Size Bariatric 550 LB

    What’s Different?

    Seat dimensions not provided (Typical dimensions are 20″ W x 12″ D)

    Seat height adjusts from 14 to 18 inches

    Completely assembled

    Cost: Under $50. Click here for latest Amazon price.

     

    Medline Bariatric Bath Benches Without Back
    What’s Different?

    Seat dimensions not provided (Typical dimensions are 20″ W x 12″ D)

    Listed as Model MDS89740AXW

    Seat height adjusts from 14″ to 18″

    Completely assembled

    Price: Under $55 Click here for latest Amazon price.

     

     

    Medline Bariatric Bath Benches with Back

    What’s Different?

    Item may differ from image shown

    Listed as Model MDS89745AXW

    Seat dimensions not provided (Typical dimensions are 18″ W x 21.5″ D)

    Seat height adjusts from 16.5″ to 20.5″

    Completely assembled

    Price: About $70 Click here for latest Amazon price.

     

    Medline Bariatric Bath Bench with Back
    What’s Different?

    Seat dimensions not provided (Typical dimensions are 18″ W x 21.5″ D)

    Seat adjusts from 14.5 to 19.5 inches

    Flat seat

    Needs assembly

    Cost: Under $85 Click here for latest Amazon price.

     

    Bariatric Bath Bench Size: 16.5″-20.5″ H x 18″ W x 21.5″ D

    What’s Different?

    Model MDS89745AXW

    Dimensions: 18″ W x 21.5″ D (Back Included)

    Seat adjusts from 16.5″- 20.5″

    Flat seat

    No drain holes

    Completely assembled

    Cost: About $85 Click here for latest Amazon price.

    NOTE: Smaller model (without back) Model MDS89740AXW also available on this page
    • Dimensions: 20″ W x 12″ D
    • Seat height adjusts from 14”-17”

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    Feb 042011
     

    The term “bariatric,” if you are not familiar with it, refers to weight. Simply put, a bariatric shower seat can hold more weight than the standard shower seat which typically can hold someone up to 250 pounds.

    These heavy duty shower seats are available for people who weigh over 250 pounds up to about 900 pounds. These chairs are built to provide extra stability, allowing the larger person to enjoy the benefits of sitting while in the shower.

    There are a number of factors to consider when you are about to buy one of these bariatric shower chairs. All bariatric chairs are not the same. By matching your individual needs with the considerations below you will be able to find a safe and comfortable chair.

    The features you should consider are similar to the ones found in The Benefits and Features of Shower Seats.

    • Weight capacity
    • Construction and Materials
    • Dimensions
    • Seat height
    • Seat Legs
    • Backrests and Armrests
    • Cost

    Weight capacity

    The key feature to consider is, of course, how much weight the chair can hold. Chairs are available that can hold 350, 500, and even up to 900 pounds. This is the first thing to look for when buying a bariatric shower chair. A shower seat that is labeled “bariatric” or “heavy duty” should list its weight capacity. That’s the first thing you should look for.

    And when you first get the chair, sit on it before you use it in the shower to be sure it’s stable and the seat legs do not bend in any way.

    Construction and Materials

    How the seat is put together will give you a clue about how sturdy it will be. Most bariatric shower chairs will have cross-braces going across the legs. This key feature is what helps the chair support the extra weight. If you have to assemble the chair yourself be certain these braces are tightly in place.

    You need to consider what material the seats and legs are made of. You want the legs to be made of aluminum, rather than steel. Aluminum is less likely to bend and it will be more rust-resistant. The seats are usually made of vinyl or plastic which helps prohibit mildew.

    You also want to know the materials used to hold the chair together. Is it screws, rivets, or all plastic? Screws must be securely tightened. Rivets must be welded properly. And the PVC must be solidly glued together.

    Other questions about the assembly of the chair include:

    • Does it have drain holes in the seat to let water through, reducing the chances for mildew?
    • Is the seat curved or straight? Which one will you feel more comfortable sitting on?
    • Does the seat come with other construction options you want such as handles in the seat or padding on the seat?

    Dimensions

    The size of the seat is important because each of us has a different shaped body. Check the width, length, and depth of the seat. You want the measurements to be large enough to accommodate your bottom.

    I recommend actually measuring how much space your bottom takes up when sitting in a chair. Then check to make sure your shower seat is wide enough for those measurements. If you don’t fit comfortably on the shower chair there is a danger of you slipping off, even if it can hold your weight.

    Seat height

    This measurement can be important, especially if you are tall. You want your feet to rest comfortably on the shower floor when you are sitting in your seat. Otherwise you may be off balance.

    While sitting in a comfortable chair, measure the dimension from the floor to where your bottom is on the chair. This is usually from 14 to 19 inches. Some shower chairs have seats that are adjustable. Make sure the seat can adjust to the height you need.

    Chair Legs

    You don’t want your shower chair slipping around in the shower. Make sure that the legs have rubber tips or suction cups on them to hold the chair in place when you’re using it in the shower.

    Backrests and armrests

    Some models are available with backs and some come with backs and arms. People find that having a back or back and arms provides added support, especially if you are overweight.

    The back prevents you from leaning too far back in the seat and the arms can help you get into and out of the chair. Attached arms can limit the width of the seat, so if you do want arms, make sure the width of the chair will still accommodate your body.

    Bariatric Chair Cost

    A shower seat with bariatric support will typically cost a bit more than a standard shower chair. The additional cost is for the added bracing used on these type seats. But it is well worth it for the comfort and safety. Also, chairs with backs and arms will also cost more.

    You can find these chairs online and in local pharmacies or large chain stores. Prices can vary a lot, so be sure you are comparing similar models with similar dimensions and features.

    NOTE: Some overweight people use wheelchairs. For them, bariatric transfer benches are available. These transfer benches are long seats that provide extra support legs in the middle. You can then more easily move from your wheelchair to sit in your shower. Read more in Bariatric Shower Seats, Shower Commode Chairs, and Shower Transfer Benches