When getting out of a bathtub is difficult or impossible, people often find themselves standing in the shower neglecting all of the benefits of taking a bath. Not only are baths relaxing, they also help the body get rid of excess water, relieve pains and ache, and they also help with circulation.
The elderly often forget the pleasures of a long, hot bath because it’s too difficult to get in and out of the tub from a laying position.
The Drive Medical Blue Whisper ultra quiet bath lift removes all of these obstacles so anyone can get in and out of their bathtub with ease.
One of the great things about a bathtub lift is that you don’t need to make any structural changes to your bathroom like you would for a walk-in bathtub. You also don’t need to make modifications to you bath tub use this bath chair lift. You simply place the unit in the tub when needed. You can even bring this model with you on a road trip to allow you to take a bath in a hotel if you want.
It’s the practical way for persons of all mobility levels to be able to enjoy a bath.
Let’s take a look at what this model has to offer and how it can help you enjoy a hot bath whenever you feel the need to relax.
Blue Whisper Bathtub Lift Features
- Recline: 50 degrees
- Storage: Foldable
- Secure: 4 suction cups; 2 anti-slip bases
- Controls: Water-tight and float
- Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
- Backrest Recline: 140 degrees
- Lift Height: 18 inches
- Weight: 20.5 pounds
Drive Medical Blue Whisper Review
When I came across this model, everyone was calling this the best bath lift on the market. And naturally, I was skeptical. This model surpassed all of my expectations, and it does what it is supposed to do: assist users getting in and out of the bath tub.
What else can you ask for?
Installation and Setup
The setup process is a very attractive feature of this life. When a person of all ages can easily set this model up, it’s a major benefit for all parties involved.
And the entire setup is tool-free.
The base of the unit is 22”, so you need a bath this wide at a minimum. On the bottom of the unit, there are two anti-slip bases as well as four suction cups that help to install the unit. This will allow you to ensure the unit remains in place when transferring on and off of the unit.
The unit comes in two-pieces, and they snap together quickly.
You’ll notice that the sides of the seat have “wings,” and these will fold down when the chair is lowered into the water. The great thing is that these wings will help when trying to transfer on the lift and ensure there are no gaps between the unit and the tub.
Four Easy Button Controls
The remote is sealed tightly, and this is likely why you can’t change the batteries. This is a very important feature because the remote can safely be placed in the water without the unit burning out.
With just four buttons, anyone can use these easy controls.
Lowering the unit will allow it to stand just 2.3 inches from the bottom of the tub. When you raise up the lift, it will reach 18 inches high, allowing for an easy time standing off of or transferring out of the tub into a wheelchair if needed.
Ergonomic Design for Comfort
The seat has been ergonomically designed to conform to the body and provide the utmost in comfort when in use. A hygienic seat ensures no bacteria or mold grows on the seat. The backrest can be reclined to 50 degrees to allow for maximum submersion into the tub.
Users can adjust the back to their own liking.
The controller holds the unit’s charge, and there is a safety mechanism in place that ensures a user will never be lowered into the tub when the battery is too low to lift the user back out of the tub.
You’ll be able to use the chair about six times before needing to recharge the unit. A light will alert you when you need to recharge the unit.
- “Installation” takes mere minutes
- Easily removes and folded for all shower access
- Holds 300 pounds and has an easy time lifting users
- Fits in small tubs and is easy to use
- Users over 6’ tall will not be able to lay flat
- Controller battery isn’t able to be replaced
If you’re a taller user, you’ll find that you can’t lay flat on the lift. Your knees will be bent, and this will cause you to not be able to submerge in the water, which is always a concern. But a lot of bathtubs are too small to fit taller users anyway.
The controller battery does die after years of use. The issue is that you need to buy a new controller and can’t buy a battery.
But these two concerns are found across all models. The company doesn’t allow you to replace the battery, and this is likely because the controller is water-tight. The height issue is something that cannot be corrected with ease – and all models have the same issue.
Anyone who is shorter than 6’ won’t have an issue with lying flat in the tub.
If your doctor has recommended that you take baths to help you ease pain, for health reasons, or you simply miss the pleasure of taking a bath, this is the affordable, practical option that will work in every bath tub.
Tim is a professional caregiver who has helped hundreds of seniors gain back their freedom and independence. He has been actively helping the senior community for 20+ years.