• Introduction
  • What is a bath lift?
  • How to use a bath lift
  • How to use a bathing cushion
  • Bath lifts for health conditions
  • Bath lift top tips
  • Which bath lift is right for you?
  • Things to consider

How to choose the right bath lift



If you, or someone you care for, are starting to feel a little unsafe when getting in or out of the bath, or having difficulty lowering fully into the water, it’s a good idea to try a bath lift.

A bath lift gives you the opportunity to continue bathing independently and there are a variety of different features to look out for. When choosing a bath lift that’s right for your needs, remember to explore all of your options, including:

Some bath lifts also feature a swivel and slide seat, so if you find it difficult to transfer from the side of the bath to the centre of the bath seat, or need a little extra help in turning, this will make it much easier.

What is a bath lift and why should you use one?

A bath lift is a seat or cushion which gently lowers you to the bottom of the bath, so you can fully bathe in the water, and lifts you back out when you have finished. It’s an option worth pursuing if you’re starting to feel unstable when standing due to pain or weakness in your legs, pain in your back, pain or weakness in your shoulders and upper body, or you’re experiencing balance issues or dizziness.

The bath lift is secured to the bottom of the bath using suction feet and is operated from a rechargeable, battery controlled handset which has safety features that prevent the lift from not rising due to a flat battery.

You will need to be able to back up to the edge of the bath to sit, and lift and swing your legs over the side to experience the benefits a bath lift can offer, such as:


You need to be able to lift your legs over the side of the bath while in a seated position, and maintain sitting balance while the bath lift is going up or down.

How to use a Bath Lift

Take a look at the Aquila Bath Lift in action below.

How to use a Bathing Cushion

Take a look at the Mangar Bathing Cushion in action below.


Purchasing suitable equipment may prevent you from having to pay for expensive bathroom alterations.

Bath lifts may help those with the following health conditions

Top tips to get the most from your bath lift

  • You will need to think about how easily you can get on to the seat and lift your legs over the bath side. You also need to take into account whether you wish to recline once you are in the bath.
  • Think about your transfer options
    If you think it will be difficult to get on to the seat, look for a bath lift which has a swivel seat option or a slide and swivel seat.
  • Would you like a reclining bath lift?
    Not all bath lifts have a reclining option, but those that do offer a controlled recline once the lift is at the lowest point in the bath. The seat will then return to an upright position before rising up when getting out of the bath.
  • Have you considered a bathing cushion?
    Some bath lifts comprise of a large air-filled cushion, which inflate and deflate to allow access in and out of the bath. These are only suitable if you have good trunk control, as you need to be able to maintain an upright position when lowering or rising.

Which bath lift is right for you?


    • High back rest for postural support

    • Folds away for easy storage

    • Operates with the touch of a button

    • Side flaps for easy side transfers

    • Reclines for additional comfort

    • Requires good trunk control
    • Lightweight and ideal for travelling
    • Operates with a waterproof hand control
    • Inflatable design gives lots of room when lowered
    • Provides a soft yet sturdy seat when lowering and rising

Things to consider

  • Do you need additional support?
    A suitably placed grab rail may provide additional support when getting on or off the bath lift.
  • Is it difficult to bend or stretch?
    A long handled bathing sponge will make it easier to reach your lower limbs or back once you’ve been lowered into the bath.
  • Would a bath step help?
    A bath step will make it easier to sit on the bath lift, and is easy to store when not in use.
  • Do you have weak grip?
    If you find it difficult to grip things, tap turners can be fitted to your bath or sink taps to make them easier to turn.
  • Are you likely to forget the bath is running?
    Magiplugs are an easy-to-use safety device which prevent flooding by releasing the plug if there is too much weight from the water. They also change colour to indicate your water is too warm, preventing the risk of scalding.