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Bath seat 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.

Bath seat test summaries

Ascot combined seat and board

Ascot combined seat and boardPrice:  £165.60 - £198.99
Size (length x width x depth):  36 x 32cm
Material:  PVC 
Strong enough? (max user weight):  20 stone / 127kg
Seat height:  15cm above bottom of bath
Drainage (holes or slats):  No
Cutaway seat:  On £85 version
Backrest:   Padded 
Comments:  Easy to fit; heavy; cutaway means seat is narrower
Options:  Standard or cutaway seat

Derby bath seat

Derby bath seatPrice:  £32.94 - £59.99
Size (length x width x depth):  40 x 20cm
Material:  Cream plastic 
Strong enough? (max user weight):  30 stone / 191kg
Seat height:  15cm above bottom of bath
Drainage (holes or slats):  No
Cutaway seat:  No
Backrest:   No 
Comments:  Seat could wobble; suckers hard to remove
Options:  One other seat height - 20cm, £29

Farnham bath seat

Farnham bath seatPrice:  £44.95 - £55.19
Size (length x width x depth):  40 x 31cm
Material:  Plastic coated steel 
Strong enough? (max user weight):  23 stone / 146kg
Seat height:  14cm below rim of bath
Drainage (holes or slats):  Holes
Cutaway seat:  Yes
Backrest:   No 
Comments:  Easy to adjust; heavy
Options:  Plastic seat £36; shower seat £39; padded seat £45

Medeci seat

Medeci seatPrice:  £19.95 - £64.74
Size (length x width x depth):  48-61 x 23cm
Material:  White plastic 
Strong enough? (max user weight):  30 stone / 191kg
Seat height:  15cm above bottom of bath
Drainage (holes or slats):  Slats
Cutaway seat:  No
Backrest:   No 
Comments:  Width hard to adjust; suckers hard to remove; fills with water
Options:  Other seat heights - 20cm, £18; 30.5cm, £20

Rentwood bath seat

Rentwood bath seatPrice:  £34.99 - £61.99
Size (length x width x depth):  40 x 22cm
Material:  Solid plastic 
Strong enough? (max user weight):  15 stone / 95kg
Seat height:  Adjusts to 15 or 20cm above bottom of bath
Drainage (holes or slats):  No
Cutaway seat:  No
Backrest:   No 
Comments:  Fiddly to fit
Options:  Padded seat £38; backrest £60

See also Bath board user tests.

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Last updated: June 2016


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