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How to Select A Transfer Bench (or Sliding Transfer Bench)?

A bathtub transfer bench may be helpful to you when you take shower or help another person to take shower, particularly if you or the person you help have difficulty stepping over a bathtub wall or stepping into a standard shower stall. There are a variety of styles of bathtub transfer bench seats: 
  • Some styles are non- sliding transfer benches (31110), some are sliding transfer benches (most bellow) and some are sliding transfer benches with swivel seats (31602, 31612, 31611, 31712, and 31711). 
  • Some of the sliding transfer benches are molded with hard surface for easy clean and dry (61211, 61213, 61214, 31512, 61291, 61293, 61294, 31513, 31522, 31523,31532, 31533, 31812, 3160231612, and 31712) while the other sliding transfer benches are padded with soft seats and back rests for comfortable seating (31511, 31514, 31521, 31531, 31611, and 31711). 
  • Some of the sliding transfer benches are designed with center cut-out seat for patient with fecal incontinent to defecate during the time of shower without having to transfer the patient out of the tub (31513, 31523, 31533 and 31514).
  • Some of the sliding transfer benches are designed to mount onto the tub wall in order to save bathroom space (31712, and 31711).
  • Some sliding transfer benches are designed to have extra long sliding distance (61291, 61293, 61294, 31531).
  • The weight capacities of the sliding transfer benches can be up to 250, 300, 400 and 450 (heavy duty models) lbs. 
  • While all of the sliding transfer benches contain double safety locks, some have extra cushion foam belt ideal for sick children or young adults (31602).
  • All of the transfer benches are built to be rust-resistant with non-slip finish.
  • All of the sliding transfer benches (with or without swivel seats) are designed to be easy to use, install and uninstall.
Sliding transfer benches make shower even easier and have become more and more widely used. They have become the most popular bathroom safety products for elderly persons and those with handicapping diseases. There are several options available and your decision will be based upon the size of the seat and the ease with which you can operate the slide mechanism. Some general aspects to think of when select a transfer bench or sliding transfer bench include:

Your Weight: As you can see, the transfer benches have specific weight limitations, so recognize that your personal weight is an important factor when selecting a bathtub transfer bench.

Bench Legs: For most of the transfer benches including the non-sliding or sliding transfer benches, the four legs are positioned so that two legs are on the outside of the bathtub and two legs are on the inside the bathtub. For some models, e.g. those tub mount models, two legs of one side of the sliding transfer bench are on the inside of bathtub and the other side of the transfer bench is mounted on the tub wall. This design is to minimize the splash of water out of the tub which may cause slippery and to save space in bathroom.

Bench Depth/Length: Bathtub sliding transfer benches are available in different depths and lengths. To determine the proper depth, you need to be seated. Then take your body measurement from the back of your hips to just behind your knees. The transfer bench depth should be as close to that measurement as possible; To determine the proper length, measure from the far inside wall of your bathtub to the outside wall. This is the minimum length needed. Depending on the bathroom space, extra long model may be used for longer sliding distance.

Seat Materials: Bathtub sliding transfer benches are available with plastic molded or padded seats. You can consider purchasing a padded model, if you have trouble sitting on a firm surface.

Cut-Out Seat: For patient with fecal incontinence, a model with cut-out seat provides extra convenience.

If you need help to determine which is best to meet your specific needs, consult a therapist.

Summary of the features for the sliding transfer benches Back to Transfer Bench

Item Number Slide / Swivel Molded / Padded Cut-Out Mount on Tub Base Width Weight Cap. Pediatric

31110 Molded 31" 250 lbs.
31602 Both Molded 34" - 35" 250 lbs. Yes
31612 Both Molded 34" - 35" 250 lbs.
31611 Both Padded 34" - 35" 250 lbs.
31622 (Heavy Duty) Both Molded 39" - 40.25" 450 lbs.
31621 (Heavy Duty) Both Padded 39" - 40.25" 450 lbs.
31712 (Heavy Duty) Both Molded Yes 34" - 35" 450 lbs.
31711 (Heavy Duty) Both Padded Yes 34" - 35" 450 lbs.
61211, 61213, 61214 Slide Molded 37.5" - 38" 400 lbs.
31512 Slide Molded 34" - 35" 250 lbs.
61291, 61293, 61294 Slide Molded 46.25" - 47" 300 lbs.
31513 Slide Molded Yes 34" - 35" 250 lbs.
31521 (Heavy Duty) Slide Padded 39" - 40.5" 450 lbs.
31522 (Heavy Duty) Slide Molded 39" - 40.5" 450 lbs.
31523 (Heavy Duty) Slide Molded Yes 39" - 40.5" 450 lbs.
31823 (Heavy Duty, Foldable) Slide Molded 43" - 46.5" 450 lbs.
31511 Slide Padded 34" - 35" 250 lbs.
31514 Slide Padded Yes 34" - 35" 250 lbs.
31531 Slide Padded 45.5" - 46" 350 lbs.
31532 Slide Molded 45.5" - 46" 350 lbs.
31533 Slide Molded Yes 45.5" - 46" 350 lbs.
31631 Both Padded 45.5" - 46" 350 lbs.
31632 Both Molded 45.5" - 46" 350 lbs.
31613 Both Molded Yes 34" - 35" 250 lbs.

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