In my day to day role as a physiotherapist working in community settings, I have firsthand experience of seeing the bath lift in action, and decided to write a review about my experiences so far.
In this Bellavita Lightweight Reclining Bath Lift Review, I will discuss how well it works, highlight the key features and benefits, what I like and don’t like about it, some minor drawbacks with it, and where to get the best deal online.
By the end of this review you should have a good idea whether the Bellavita Bath Lift is suitable for you.
Lightest bath lift on the market ( weighs 9.3Kg )
Separates easily and quickly into 2 lightweight sections for ease of fitting/removal, storage and transportation
Can be lowered to 6cm ( 2.3″ )
Maximum seat height of 48cm ( 18.9″ )
Seat can be reclined to 50 degrees
Maximum User Weight 22 Stones ( 140 Kg )
Can be used with or without washable, hygienic covers
Easy to operate lightweight, waterproof and floatable hand control with light-touch buttons
Quick, rechargeable hand control ( with integral lithium ion battery )
Indicator lights signal when charging is required and built-in safety feature prevents bath lift from lowering without sufficient charge to return it to top of bath
Unique front aperture in seat to allow easier personal cleaning
Emergency stop button incorporated into hand control
4 quick-release suction feet allow easy removal from bath
OVERALL LENGTH (WITH BACKREST IN A RECLINED POSITION)
OVERALL WIDTH (SEAT INC SIDE FLAPS)
OVERALL LENGTH OF SEAT
SEAT HEIGHT MIN
SEAT HEIGHT MAX
HEIGHT OF BACKREST
WIDTH OF BACKREST
32cm – 36cm (13” – 14”)
WIDTH OF BASEPLATE
LENGTH OF BASEPLATE
TOTAL WEIGHT (EXC HAND CONTROL)
MAXIMUM WEIGHT CAPACITY
So does it actually work as advertised ?
The rest of this review will be devoted to my experiences with using this product.
My Personal Experience
Whilst out seeing a patient on a community visit with one of my colleagues, an Occupational Therapist, to do a washing and dressing assessment with the lady, by chance I was lucky enough to be able to see and try out personally the Bellavita bath lift.
The bath lift had been bought for the lady’s husband and had been installed 18 months previously. However, due to her worsening arthritis the lady was considering using herself.
The white plastic framework of the bath lift had blue cushion support on both the seat and backrest. What struck me was how comfortable the seat was, despite not looking that supportive. The bath height was 24″ high so for someone like me – I’m 6 feet tall I was able to sit at right angles to the seat in a comfortable sitting position, and swing my legs up and over the bath.
This may be a struggle for some people, and they may need a swivel seat attachment to manage this safely. Alternatively, a small half step at the side of the bath may be the answer.
The hand control was easy to operate, basically on, off, up and down, and the side panels created a functional surface getting on and off the bath. I felt secure as I lowered myself into the bath, as the white side panels folded in on themselves.
There also seemed to be ample room in the bath once the bath lift was in set up for someone to stand and shower. The tilt mechanism of the backrest was great, allowing me to lie back and it felt quite relaxing just sitting there. Obviously, I only tried it without water in the bath.
The seat was secure but the suckers at the base of the seat didn’t seem to be fully attached at the sides due to the curved shape of the bath. However, this didn’t seem to be an issue as the bath lift was in a fixed position, and not moving.
Pros ( What I liked about it )
It is lightweight and portable, really easy to set up.
The tilt mechanism was easy to operate and lying back in the bath lift felt really supportive.
It had a good starting height which meant transferring on and off it was easy.
The seat was comfortable.
Easy to operate hand controls.
The bath lift goes that low it feels like you are almost sitting in the bath. The low height makes it easy to have a good long soak.
Quick and easy to re charge the battery.
Cons ( What I didn't like about it )
The seat was secure but the suckers at the base of the seat didn’t seem to be fully attached at the sides due to the curved shape of the bath.
However, this shouldn’t be a problem as the bath lift was in a fixed position, and not moving.
Excellent quality at a low price. Enables my wife to enjoy bathing again despite suffering from arthritis. The device was well packaged, easy to assemble and comprehensive instructions were included. Very pleased with the overall outcome.
Yes, it works well. It is strong and sturdy with plenty of support. The side flaps are particularly useful as you can raise it so that they are level with the bath edge, then just swivel round and hop (slowly) out onto your feet. Recommended.
There are other reclining bath lifts currently available on the market that also perform as well as the Bellavita Lightweight Reclining Bath Lift,however, they don’t offer some of the unique features that the Bellavita bath lift does.
It is the lightest battery-powered reclining bath lift available, the seat backrest reclines to a market leading 50º, and also the seat is one of the highest at 48cm (18.9″).
It is lightweight and portable, ideal for easy transportation and storage. All in all the Bellavita offers the user a wondeful bathing experience.