Looking for bathroom STABILITY in the form of A grab bar? Read this blog post before you buy!

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"This safety handle will assist you to get in and out of a slippery bathtub.”

“Two suction cups will secure this handle on the side of your bathtub or shower wall and allow you to get a good grip… It instantly installs using suction, without requiring holes, tools, screws or permanent installation."

“At the top of the organic -- meaning unpaid -- Google listings was Amazon, which informs us it has 3,771 listings for grab bars. We took a look at the first one -- the Ideaworks Super Grip Bath Handle w/Color Change Safety Indicator, a little number that goes for $9.04 and even includes an indicator that supposedly changes color to assure us that the handle is firmly gob-smacked onto the wall. BUT, does this sound too good to be true? Yes, well, read on a bit, and buried in their sales copy, you'll find this:

Use for stability only. Not intended to support full body weight.

Hmmm... so in other words, it's fine as long as you don't trip and fall.” (James R. Hood

At No Place Like Home Remodeling, we’ve had several cases like this come up over the years. Before becoming our clients, in each case, they decide to go with the cheaper suction based grab bar option (which can be found on Amazon or at a department store like Walmart). It never really ends well, and we get the call to install a “permanent” stainless steel grab bar (which ultimately replaces the suction based one).

But what’s the true difference? The true benefits of a permanent grab bar? Is it worth it?

Well, let’s take a look at a product we use (every time) when installing permanent stainless steel grab bars:

For the purpose of this blog, we’ll provide the specs for the most common size and brand we use:

Glacier Bay 18 in. x 1-1/4 in.

Made of Stainless Steel and built to exceed ADA standards. It can support up to 500 lbs. It is designed to work with the WingIts stud-less installation fastener, which can support up to 500 lbs. with no studs. Install this item near your toilet, tub or shower for added safety around the bathroom. Concealed Screw Grab Bar.

Specs:

  • WingIts compatible flange for stud-less installation

  • Supports up to 500 lbs.

  • Concealed screw mount with brushed stainless steel finish

  • Mounting hardware included

  • Full product length 21.07 in. bar length 18 in.

  • Exceeds ADA Standards

“Permanent” grab bar installation examples:

Why grab bars at all?

“The ability to maintain your quality of life and a sense of independence is a value many share, especially seniors who are used taking care of themselves. However, studies have shown the risk of a serious bathroom injury due to a slip or fall increases with age. Rather than sacrificing your way of life or avoiding the shower out of fear of falling, consider installing a secure shower grab bar.

Grab bars offer stability and safety when you need it most. They are low-cost investments that allow you to continue to use your own shower without the need for an expensive or extensive bathroom remodel. Grab bars not only offer peace of mind, but also the ability to safely and comfortably shower.” (Health Max 360)

We really hope this information has helped you! And at No place Like Home Remodeling, we understand that making decisions like these can be a daunting task. Feel free to contact us or leave a comment below and we’d be glad to answer any and all your questions!