Sometimes there is nothing better than a good soak in a tub of hot water.
For many seniors and elderly people though, getting in and out of a bathtub is challenging.
But don’t give up! These wonderful products help seniors and elderly people who want to enjoy a good bath safely.
So, to help you out, here are the best models that I recommend.
Buying Guide: Bath Lift Chairs Features and Options
Before buying a bath tub lift, it’s important to understand the features and options. That way, you can pick the best bath tub lift for you and your personal situation.
Best Bathtub Lifts: Reviews, Price Comparisons, and Deals
Now that you know a little more about baths for seniors, how do you know what bath lift to buy?
Based on my experience working at a home medical store, here are five of the best bath lifts for the elderly.
I’ve also included detailed reviews of each model to help you choose your favorite.
Drive Medical Bellavita Auto Bath Lift
This bath lift is more portable than the others I have reviewed.
It has a sleek, aluminum build and its two-piece design is easy to put together with no tools needed. It was designed to be very lightweight – only 20.5 lbs. That makes this lift a great choice for seniors who travel frequently or with multiple residences.
The back of this lift chair even folds down when not in use which is helpful when you store it away.
This lift chair features a padded seat and backrest for added comfort. And, there are very few complaints about the comfort with this one.
It also comes with a simple remote control with bright, colorful buttons. This waterproof hand control fits neatly inside your hand and its raised buttons make it easier to control the different functions that the chair offers. And, it floats!
The lift chair also has four suction cups on the bottom surface which will grip smooth tubs securely and keeps the lift in place.
There is a drawback to this one though. Because of the longer, sleek design, it doesn’t fit well in rounder or garden style tubs. It can definitely be used in them but you might find your knees bent at uncomfortable angles though. I’d only recommend using this one in longer bathtubs.
Weight capacity of this one is 300 lbs.
Here is a video of the Bellavita in action:
Bathmaster Deltis Bathlift
This bath lift features a comfortable seat, transfer flaps, and padded backrest that makes sitting and bathing much easier for seniors and people with disabilities.
Its compact, lightweight frame fits most bathtubs and can be separated into two parts for cleaning and transport.
It has a sturdy, waterproof motor that guarantees many years of safe bathing. The remote also features a low-battery light to keep the user informed on the battery level.
Bathmaster also offers many add-ons along with this device.
The Bathmaster’s weight capacity is 309 lbs.
Lumex 5033A-1 Splash Bath Lift
The Lumex Splash bath lift was designed for smaller spaces.
It is one the lightest bath lifts available and only weighs 14.3 lbs. This makes it possible to lift and transport the lift without any disassembly needed. Just remove it from the tub and go!
This lift is designed to sit at the back of your tub. So, taller people will have more legroom and be able to stretch out a little better. This also helps it fit better in smaller tubs.
It has all my recommended features with the exception of the floating remote. Just make sure you hang the remote in a handy place so that you don’t lose it.
The Lumex Splash also has the lowest weight capacity at 280 lbs.
Drive Medical Whisper Quiet Bath Lift
The Drive Medical Whisper Bath Lift is one of the least expensive models. But, it still has quite a bit to offer.
Its two-piece design assembles easily without using any tools. It also fits both standard and deep soaking garden tubs.
It features a padded seat and reclining backrest but several users have complained about comfort. The cushions aren’t very thick or plush. It seems their main purpose is to keep you from sliding around.
Speaking of not sliding around, the anti-slip suction cups provide greater grip inside the tub. This helps keep the lift from moving around while it is lowering and raising. This is important for establishing confidence while using the device, especially for the elderly.
You can control this lift easily thanks to its remote. The hand control has simple, colorful buttons that make it easy to lift, lower, and recline the bath life. Also, it floats so you wan’t have to hunt for it when you need it.
Overall, the Drive Whisper is a good choice for a bath lift. It is sturdy and durable with most of the necessary features. It is very affordable too! But, it does seem the comfort could be improved.
Weight capacity is 300 lbs.
Mangar Archimedes Bath Lift
The Mangar Archimedes bath lift is very inexpensive but is also a great example of “you get what you pay for.”
It has most of the necessary features: it has suction cups, an easy to use remote, a safety lockout, and it is a cinch to assemble.
Also, like most of the lifts, this one is battery powered which means that there won’t be any wires trailing across the floor.
The Archimedes features anti-pinch flaps which reduces the chance of your skin becoming trapped between the seat and the side flaps when the chair is lowered.
I do like that it was designed to sit further back inside the tub than some of the other bath lifts. This features allows more leg room so it would be good for taller people.
But, there are a fair number of complaints about the overall quality. Several Amazon reviewers complained about early breakage. But, like most other internet reviews, there are more people that swear by it than don’t.
Just remember this is a cheaper bath lift so just adjust your expectations accordingly!
Weight capacity is 364 lbs.