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Bath board user tests

Rica, a UK consumer research charity, carried out user research with a range of bath boards and bath seats. 10 people tried each of the boards and seats for a week, and the features of each were also assessed by expert therapists - see the comments below.

This information here is to help you choose. Rica does not sell products. Search online by product name to find suppliers.

Bath board test summaries

Alton bath board

Alton bath boardPrice:  £30.90 - £54.95
Size (length x width x depth):  68 x 29.5 x 2.3cm
Longer version available:  No
Weight:  4.8kg
Material:  White plastic coated steel
Strong enough? (max user weight):  30 stone / 191kg
Drainage (holes or slats):  Drainage holes
Cutaway:  No
Comments:  Wide board; easy to fit; heavy; slippery and cold when wet
Options:  None given

Cosby bath board

Cosby bath boardPrice:  £25.74 - £41.70
Size (length x width x depth):  71 x 25-29 x 2.5cm
Longer version available:  No
Weight:  2.8kg
Material:  Solid white plastic
Strong enough? (max user weight):  30 stone / 191kg
Drainage (holes or slats):  No
Cutaway:  No
Comments:  Hard to reach; easy to fit
Options:  None given

Medeci bath board

Medeci boardPrice:  £23.94 - £31.19
Size (length x width x depth):  67.3 x 24.8 x 2.5cm
Longer version available:  70cm and 72.5cm versions available
Weight:  2.3kg
Material:  Slatted white plastic
Strong enough? (max user weight):  22 stone / 140kg
Drainage (holes or slats):  Slats
Cutaway:  No
Comments:  Will not fit curved baths; brackets difficult; fills with water
Options:  None given

Homecraft padded bath board

Homecraft padded boardPrice:  £35.94 - £57.59
Size (length x width x depth):  67 x 23.5 x 3cm
Longer version available:  73cm board available
Weight:  1.9kg
Material:  Padded grey PVC
Strong enough? (max user weight):  20 stone / 127kg
Drainage (holes or slats):  No
Cutaway:  No
Comments:  Easy to fit; slippery when wet
Options:  None given 

Etac Rufus bath board

Rufus board(Now replaced by RFSU Fresh)
Price:  £47.99
Size (length x width x depth):  69 x 30 x 2cm
Longer version available:  74cm board available
Weight:  n/a
Material:  Solid white plastic
Strong enough? (max user weight):  20 stone / 127kg
Drainage (holes or slats):  Drainage holes
Cutaway:  No
Comments:  Easy to fit; grab bar was liked
Options:  None given

See also Bath seat user tests.

Last updated: August 2016


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