3 Things To Consider While Buying A Shower Wheelchair

Want to take a shower safely while having limited mobility? A shower wheelchair is what you require to take a shower independently and with safety. But there are 3 important questions that you must ask before buying a shower wheelchair. What are they? Let’s go through some key attributes that make a great shower wheelchair.

People with disability need to face the challenges of immobility also with losing dependence to do things their way. That’s why a disabled person misses their freedom the most. But do you know what a disabled person fears the most? No, it’s neither the prejudice they face in the society nor the constant reminder that they have limited abilities. But it is their fear of visiting bathrooms. Just imagine a person shuddering at the idea of taking a shower or answering nature’s call. Without a shower wheelchair – all because they have limited mobility.

This is where technology and medical sciences have to work hand-in-hand to help solve various aspects of immobility. The answer to this problem lies in a shower wheelchair, also called bath chair, bath bench, shower stools or shower bench. They are designed to provide support to anyone who can’t stand safely alone while taking a shower.

Roll over commode with Frido

Injuries and disabilities can occur anytime, leaving you with limited ability to move either for a brief time or forever, depending on the degree of injury. But not having access to shower due to immobility can be excruciating. You might possibly think that any chair or stool can be used for this purpose. But limited mobility makes the surroundings really hazardous for a wheelchair user, especially if that place is a bathroom.

We guess, by now you might consider buying a shower wheelchair which is not only for your safety and mobility but also for overall convenience and comfort while bathing and using a commode. But what are the things that you must keep in mind while buying a shower chair? Here are top 3 questions which need to be answered before you finalize that shower chair for yourself.

Three Questions To Ask Before Buying a Shower Chair


The foremost thing to consider when buying a shower chair is how robust it is in its construction. You don’t want to buy a wheelchair that is wobbly, unstable or rickety. This problem might get even worse while transferring an individual from the chair to bed and vice-versa.

When you are checking a chair to be robust, consider the weight capacity as well. Shower wheelchairs come in a variety of sizes depending upon the requirements of the customers.


The shower chairs available in the market are available in different construction and sizes. Many shower chairs come with locking casters that ensure safety while transferring in and out of the bath. Others don’t have wheels but only safe-grip leg coverings that prevent the chair from slipping.

Try avoiding dismantled wheelchair because the tools or parts kept separately either damage themselves or other parts of the chair when packed for transit.  A shower wheelchair along with being portable should be compact and not occupy too much of space when not in use.


It is important to consider the material used in the build of a shower wheelchair.  Listed below are few materials that you should look out for: –

  • Aluminium – Even though it is lightweight, the chair made from this material is rustproof which is a big plus point as using a shower involves a lot of moisture and humidity. However, the chairs made from a good quality aluminium alloy are usually very expensive.
  • Stainless Steel – The high corrosion resistance of steel makes it ideal for use in dairy industries, surgical equipment and in wheelchairs. The best part is that chairs made from this material are economical.
  • Coated Mild Steel – This material should be avoided because once the coating begins to wear down it begins to rust. Given the fact that the shower chair will be used in moist conditions, the wearing of this coating usually happens sooner.
  • Plastic – Even though plastic wheelchairs are lightweight, they lack the required strength that is required in a shower wheelchair. Besides, the plastic chairs don’t have as many features as wheelchairs made from other material.

Shower WheelChair – Frido Break Free By Arcatron Mobility

Frido Break Free designed by Arcatron Mobility is a user-inspired design that addresses the fear of disabled and people needing assisted living.  It gives them freedom and the much-needed confidence to do their daily tasks of living with pride and convenience. Frido, which sounds closer to freedom is a first major attempt to make bathroom access much more dignified and safer at all levels for individuals with limited mobility.

By |2019-04-08T16:31:12+05:30February 1st, 2018|Categories: Bathroom Safety, Commode chair, Patient Handling, Shower chair, Wheelchairs|14 Comments


  1. Jonathan Fleming July 25, 2018 at 6:49 PM - Reply

    This is a must to people who plans to but a shower wheelchair. There are things to consider in buying a product and for buying a shower wheelchair, this article is a good read for you to verify the right shower wheelchair.

  2. shower chair July 27, 2018 at 3:16 PM - Reply

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  3. Bonnie Dilamarter Davis August 6, 2018 at 11:13 PM - Reply

    What is the weight for the chair and how much does it cost.

    • Arcatron August 6, 2018 at 11:20 PM - Reply

      Please feel up the contact form and we will send you a quote.

  4. Ding August 22, 2018 at 5:09 PM - Reply

    What type of wheelchair to consider for a person where both hand and legs discoordinated and unable to sit stablely. How much?

  5. Phillip Rhodes August 29, 2018 at 4:28 PM - Reply

    There are different types indeed of wheelchair you could use. However, it really depends on how you choose them depending on the materials used and the design as well.

  6. Evelyn September 6, 2018 at 9:21 AM - Reply

    I’m having extreme pain in my butt and low back. I cannot be still I hurt so bad. M

  7. Jimmy Owens September 24, 2018 at 5:52 PM - Reply

    I agree on the things to consider on buying shower chair would be the materials choose, are they worth the price and also if it is convenient to use such wheelchair for elders as well. Thank you for sharing some of the tips on choosing the right shower wheelchair.

  8. Robert Chase November 12, 2018 at 1:22 PM - Reply

    Great post! These are some helpful tips for making plan for traveling with disabilities Most of the blog I search mobility aided tools no one can fulfill my expectation without you. So I highly appreciate your work. You discuss the mobility assist traveling step by step, as wheelchair users, this is a great job for me.

  9. Ron Wulkan November 20, 2018 at 2:31 AM - Reply

    Shopping for shower/commode self-propelled wheelchair.
    Prices please?

  10. linda November 23, 2018 at 10:20 PM - Reply

    hello my son is bedridden and on medicaid his body type is barriateic but his weight is only 320 he is 5feet 7 inches twe have a roll in shower but state medicaid gave him a roll in plastic pvc pipe shower chair he has no vision and is very scared to use this chair it has no foot rest and his feet dangle being his caregiver i hate it it feels like it is wobbly and i only used it twice giving him bed baths now please help me

  11. Shelly Wood November 26, 2018 at 12:47 PM - Reply

    I was wondering the weight limit on this chair and what would the price be? I would also like to know that what height of toilet will it go over.

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