For many seniors, getting in and out of the bath can be challenging and dangerous. When mobility and balance are compromised, it’s easy to slip and fall. Falls in the shower or bathtub can lead to serious injuries or even death.
Showering and bathing doesn’t have to become a thing of the past. With the right bath lift, many seniors are able to take back their independence and bathe on their own.
We’re going to share our top three picks for the best bath lift chair.
Our 3 Picks for the Best Bath Lift
There are many bathtub lifts for the elderly, but some are better than others. These three models are well-rated, and made by brands that are trusted and respected in the industry.
1. Drive Medical Whisper Quiet Ultra Bath Lift
Just as its name suggests, Drive Medical’s Whisper Quiet bath lift is quiet. It’s easy to use, too, thanks to the waterproof lift control.
The control floats in the water, so you don’t have to worry about losing it while bathing or not being able to reach it. The buttons are bright and easily accessible, which makes it easy to raise, lower and recline the seat whenever you please.
The two-piece lift is easy to assemble and doesn’t require tools. It works with both standard and deep soaking tubs.
The padded backrest and reclining function make the lift comfortable to use. The seat is ergonomically designed to minimize physical effort. Comfort is the top priority with this lift.
The seat has a slim profile, which allows it to be lowered to 2.3″ for full immersion in the tub. And when you’re ready to exit the tub, the seat can be lifted as high as 18″ to make it as easy as possible to get out.
The bottom of the bath lift has four quick-release suction cups that keep the seat firmly in place. The machine can support up to 350 pounds of weight.
- Easy assembly
- High weight limit
- Easy control system
- Controller is waterproof
- Backrest reclines for maximum comfort
- May not fit all bathtubs
The only complaint with this lift is that it may be too narrow or too wide for some bathtubs. Check the width of your tub and the width of the lift to make sure that this model will work for your bathroom.
Otherwise, this lift is sturdy, durable and easy to use.
2. Drive Medical Bellavita Auto Bath Tub Lift
Drive Medical’s Bellavita bath lift is easy to assemble, and folds down when not in use to save on space.
Like the Ultra Bath Lift model, the Bellavita has a padded backrest and seat as well as a reclining function. Comfort is the name of the game with this bath lift, and you have the option of reclining up to 50 degrees while bathing.
The waterproof controller floats as you bathe. The buttons on the controller are large and colorful, which makes it easy to move the lift up and down.
The Bellavita has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. The seat can be lowered to 2.3″ and raised to 18,” allowing you to enjoy easy entry and exit from the tub. This model is great for deep tubs, and the reclining function allows you to stretch out your legs and truly enjoy your time in the tub.
The two-piece construction makes it easy to assemble and disassemble the lift, so you can take it with you when you travel or stay with friends.
The bottom of the lift features suction cup feet to keep the chair firmly in place.
- Easy to assemble
- Can be folded in between uses to save on space
- High weight capacity
- Allows for full submersion
- Reclining seat
- Not ideal for round tubs
The Bellavita lift is not ideal for use with round tubs, so if you have a garden or jetted tub, this model may not be a good fit for you.
Aside from this issue, the Bellavita is a good fit for anyone looking to regain bathing independence. It’s easy to use, and highly durable.
3. Mangar Archimedes Bathtub Lift
Mangar’s Archimedes bath lift features a simple design and the highest weight limit of all three models: 364 pounds.
The machine separates into three pieces, which makes it easy to fit and remove when needed. And it comes with a safety feature that makes it stand out in the crowd: The lift won’t lower you into the bath unless there’s enough battery power to lift you back up.
This feature ensures that you’re never stuck in the bathtub with no way of getting out.
The Archimedes is designed to sit further back in the tub, so you can stretch out your legs. Suction cups on the feet of the lift keep the machine firmly in place while you bathe.
The waterproof hand control makes it easy to lift and lower the chair, and the side flaps eliminate the risk of skin becoming trapped between the seat the tub wall.
The lift is easy to remove after bathing, and it can even be separated into multiple pieces for easy cleaning.
- Easy to use
- Supports up to 364 pounds
- Separates into three pieces for easy cleaning
- Will only lower if there’s enough battery power to raise the seat back up
- Fits further back in the tub to provide more leg room
- Waterproof hand control is easy to use
- No reclining function
With the Archimedes, the backrest and seat are one solid piece. Because of its design, reclining is not an option with this model. That being said, the Archimedes is designed to sit further back in the tub, which should give you plenty of space to stretch your legs.
Aside from this minor issue, the Archimedes is an excellent bath lift that is comfortable and easy to use.
Allie has worked in care facilities for the last 15 years providing mobility and health care to seniors of all skill levels. She is passionate about senior advocacy and is and loves to spend her free time in the outdoors.