What to Look for in a Shower Grab Bar
You’ll need to factor in a few points when purchasing your bathroom grab bar. Safety is a crucial matter when it comes to shower grips. Resting your weight on a bar can cause even more injury if it’s not installed correctly and comes loose. Beyond your budget, consider some of the following as you make your decision.
Weight and Mount Style
Most shower bars are not meant to carry full body weight for long periods of time. They are meant for use as an aid to pull yourself up or help you sit down. They can also be used for balance and support, but not for extended periods of supporting complete body weight. All shower bars have a weight limit capacity. Check packaging to make sure the one you are considering will support you. For the most stabile support, consider a grab bar that’s mounted into the studs of your bathroom wall. Suction cup grab bars work well for light support or travel.
Most bars designed for the shower are rust and corrosion resistant. Look for shower bars made to withstand constant water and moisture. Many models these days don’t look like shower bars and can often match your other bathroom fixtures. However, if you’re still worried about the possibility of rust, or don’t like the stainless steel or aluminum options, a plastic model might be a good choice for you.
Consider how important a textured grip is for you when selecting a shower grab bar. It may not seem imperative until you actually need to grab on quickly to steady yourself. If you have large hands, looking for a bar with a little extra clearance from the wall (over three inches) or a curved shape bar might be a good idea.
Suction style grab bars are very convenient for ease of installation but can come loose over shorter periods of time. Moreover, they are not designed to hold as much weight as a wall mount steel bar, for example. Suction models are ideal for travel. They also work well for those individuals who will rest very little weight on the bar and just want the extra assurance getting in and out of the shower.