Bariatric Shower Brush

Bariatric shower brush

Author Katy Pen

Author: Katy Pen

A shower brush is a shower brush, right? Wrong! Shower brushes come with different bristles and different handle lengths, and you can even get electric ones for those times when you are just exhausted at the end of the day.

When you see the term “bariatric shower brush”, you may be wondering if that’s a special style or kind of brush. The term bariatric refers to someone who weighs over 350 pounds.

So, we’ve tried to find brushes that make showering more convenient for someone who is overweight.  We’ve narrowed our search to five brushes that have received good reviews from previous customers.

Quick Summary – Best Bariatric Shower Brush

  • Best Multipurpose Brush:  Vive Shower Brush
  • Best Electronic Brush:  Beurer Body Scrubber
  • Best Full Body Coverage:  Rengora Long Handle Bath Brush for Shower
  • Best for Exfoliation:  Metene Shower Brush
  • Best Value:  Greenrain Upgraded Bath Body Brush

Reviews

1. Beurer Body Scrubber Electric Bariatric Shower Brush

Bristle Type: Synthetic
Bristle Firmness: Two heads–one for sensitive skin and one for exfoliation
Handle Style: Long handle
Manual or Electric: Electric
Wet, Dry, or Both: Wet only

The Beurer FC55 body scrubber features two detachable heads for your cleaning needs. One is simply a cleansing head that is good for sensitive skin. The other is an exfoliating head.

Having a brush with both a cleansing head and an exfoliating head saves you both money and effort.

The long handle makes reaching those difficult to reach areas easier. The heads on this brush rotate as well making scrubbing your body less manual work for you.

Beurer bariatric shower brush

The brush is easily rechargeable, and the battery is located in the removable heads. That means you can charge them without them being attached to the handle which means no handle sticking off the sink as an obstacle to you.

Pros

  • Two detachable heads
  • Two speeds
  • Holds its charge well

Cons

  • Can only be used wet
  • Handle can get slippery

Final Say

If you are in the market for an electronic shower brush the Beurer FC55 is a good option. Two detachable brush heads give you some versatility, while the long handle provides much needed functionality. Easy rechargeability is also a plus.


2. Rengora Big & Tall Long Handled Shower Body Brush

Bristle Type: Boar bristles
Bristle Firmness: Firm yet gentle (Also available in Regular–Medium–bristles)
Handle Style: Combination; bamboo
Manual or Electric: Manual
Wet, Dry, or Both: Both

The boar’s hair bristles of the Rengora long-handled bath brush leave your skin feeling soft. The bristles of this brush shed less than those of other natural bristle brushes on the market.

The brush is detachable, so you can use the bristles in a handheld way to get those sensitive areas that are easier to reach.

The long handle of this brush has a slight curve to it helping it to contour to the shape of your body, which makes it easier to use.

The handle is also extra long for all those hard-to-reach places you deal with routinely. There is a non-slip grip near the end of the handle as well as a strap to help you hold on to it.

Pros

  • Anti-slip grip
  • Long, curved handle with strap
  • Can be used as a handheld

Cons

  • Brushhead can slide into the handle
  • Boar’s hair bristles can cause irritation in some people

Final Say

The curved handle of the boar’s hair bristled Rengora long-handled brush makes it contour to the shape of your body.

The extra long handle and the curved shape make it easier to use for those hard-to-reach areas. The firm, yet gentle, bristles provide you with the level of scrubbing power you want.


3. Greenrain Upgraded Bath Body Brush

Bristle Type: Nylon
Bristle Firmness: Soft yet dense
Handle Style: Long-handled
Manual or Electric: Manual
Wet, Dry, or Both: Both

Do you want a shower brush that matches your colorful personality? If so, the Greenrain body brush could be what you’re looking for. It’s available in five different colors, so you can choose your favorite or perhaps match your bathroom decor.

Aesthetics aren’t everything, and the Greenrain brush is quite useful as well.

The curved handle helps make it easier to reach those hard to reach areas that you aren’t sure really get that clean normally. You won’t have to become a contortionist to reach your back when you use this brush.

The brush head is also ergonomically shaped to help you get into all the nooks and crannies you need to reach.  The entire handle of this brush is frosted to keep it from slipping from your hand, which also makes it easier to switch between hands.

Pros

  • Ergonomically shaped brush head
  • Curved handle
  • Available in multiple colors

Cons

  • Brush head is too small for some

Final Say

An ergonomically shaped brush head combined with a curved handle helps you reach all those difficult areas with this brush. The bristles are made from soft nylon to be good for sensitive skin. This brush also fulfills your need to add color to your routine.


4. Metene Long Handled Shower Brush

Bristle Type: Natural bristles
Bristle Firmness: Double-sided: firm and medium
Handle Style: Long-handled
Manual or Electric: Manual
Wet, Dry, or Both: One side wet; one side dry

The Metene shower brush has a double-sided brush head. One side is good for using as a wet scrub brush. The other side makes an excellent exfoliating dry brush, so you get the best of both worlds.

The bristles are soft enough for comfort but stiff enough to get the job done.

The handle on this shower brush is long making it an excellent choice to use on your back and other hard-to-reach areas.

There is a hanging loop on the handle to help keep it out of the way when not in use, or, if you’re like me, you might want to put it on your wrist to help you hold onto the brush. There are grips on the handle to help keep it from slipping from your hands as well.

Pros

  • Can be used wet or dry
  • Easy to hold
  • Exfoliates well
  • Good for sensitive skin

Cons

  • Can be heavy
  • Bristles tend to mat
  • Shouldn’t dry in the shower

Final Say

The Metene shower brush is an excellent choice for those who want to use both a dry and a wet brush. The double-sided head easily accommodates both applications.

The long handle helps you to reach your back and other difficult places.


5. Vive Shower Brush

Bristle Type: Natural boar’s hair on one side; nylon on the other
Bristle Firmness: Natural side is stiff (firm); nylon is soft
Handle Style: Long-handle
Manual or Electric: Manual
Wet, Dry, or Both: Both

The Vive shower brush has a 17-inch long handle. It also features a double-sided brush head. The length of the handle makes this brush a good choice for scrubbing your back and other hard to reach areas.

The natural boar’s hair bristles are recommended for that application.

On the other side of the double-sided brush head is soft nylon bristles. Those bristles are soft enough that you can use them on your face. The brush head can be used wet in the shower or dry as an exfoliation tool.

There are soft rubber anti-grip pads on the handle to help you maintain your grip on the brush in the shower. Additionally, it has a hanging loop that you can slip over your wrist to help with that issue.

Pros

  • Double-sided brush head
  • 17-inch handle
  • Anti-slip grips
  • Can be used on face

Cons

  • Bristles can mat easily
  • Deteriorates over time

Final Say

If you want the best of both worlds–a natural bristled brush and a synthetic bristled brush – the Vive shower brush is a good choice.

It has a double-sided brush head with one side having natural bristles and the other having synthetic bristles. The 17-inch long handle helps you reach all the hard-to-reach areas in the shower, and it can also be used as a dry exfoliating brush.


Considerations When Choosing A Shower Brush for Large People

You could just grab the first shower brush you see, but in two weeks, you might regret the decision. To save yourself the hassle of buying brushes multiple times, here are some things to consider when making your purchase.

Manual vs. Electric

Most of us think of a manual shower brush when we think of them. Manual brushes are lightweight and you are in complete control of their operation. An electric brush often comes with interchangeable heads–one for scrubbing and one for massaging–and they do all the work for you. An electric brush tends to be heavier than a manual brush, and you must remember to keep it charged.

Handle

You can find shower brushes with three basic handle types: long-handled, handheld, or a combination handle. Long-handled brushes are the best for those areas you can’t reach well.

Handheld brushes don’t have the same reach, but they offer superior control. Combination handles are the best of both worlds. They typically have a long handle and a detachable head for those times when you need more control.

Bristle Type

When we say bristle type we are referring to whether your brush has natural or synthetic bristles. Natural bristles are made from plant or animal fibers (horse hair, for example), and they are considered top of the line in brush bristles.

Synthetic brushes are typically made from nylon or silicone. Synthetic bristle brushes are typically more affordable, but they can be irritating to sensitive skin.

Bristle Firmness

The bristles of a shower brush come in three firmnesses: soft, medium, and firm.

Soft bristles are the most gentle and are best for the most sensitive areas of your skin. Soft bristles are good for your stomach, chest, or face.

Medium bristles are good for removing stubborn dead skin when you use gentle pressure. These brushes are best on the legs, rear, and back. Firm bristles work nicely for those who don’t have sensitive skin. Firm bristles feel good to the skin, but if they are too coarse they can dry out your skin.


How to Assess the Materials of Your Bariatric Shower Brush

Unless you want to replace your big man’s shower brush quickly, you’ll want to assess a few factors before purchase. Doing this will help to ensure you purchase a quality product that meets your needs.

Durability

If you are eco-conscience, you may not like plastic as a choice. However, plastic is typically durable and corrosion resistant. Wood looks nice, but if it gets too wet it can be a petri dish for growing fungus.

Storage

Is there a hook, strap, or suction cup to hang the shower brush? Look at how easily you can store it between uses. Leaving it on the shower floor isn’t the best storage option.

Accessories

Sometimes brushes have “free” accessories with them. Shower mitts or loofahs and things like that are often included in the package. It’s nice to get extra products when they’re offered.

Vegan or Not

If you avoid using animal products whenever possible, you want to pay particular attention to the materials used in your shower brush. Choose a synthetic fiber like nylon or silicone to match your vegan lifestyle.

Can It Be Used Dry?

If you are committed to skin care, you may know that dry brushing helps to exfoliate dead skin. Choosing a brush that can be used both wet and dry gives you a two-for-one deal on your showering products.


FAQ – Shower Brush for Obese

How do I clean my shower brush?

To thoroughly clean your shower brush, combine ½ cup baking soda, ½ cup white vinegar, and 3 cups of very hot water in a bowl or a sink.

Place your shower brush bristle side down into the solution. Do not submerge the handle! Let it soak for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot water. Hang the brush to dry.

Does a shower brush clean better than a loofah?

Shower brushes provide a deeper clean. There is less room for bacteria and dead skin to be left behind when using a shower brush.

When should you change your shower brush?

Regularly cleaning your shower brush helps to extend its life. However, your shower brush should be changed at least three times a year because even with cleaning, unseen bacteria can grow in the bristles.

What is dry brushing?

Dry brushing is using a dry bristle brush against dry skin. It’s a method of exfoliation. However, if you have sensitive skin, sunburn, or open wounds, you don’t want to use a dry brushing technique.

Do you have to take a shower after dry brushing?

You don’t have to shower after dry brushing, but it’s typically easier to add it into your routine around showering. Also, since it’s an exfoliation technique, a shower could help remove dry skin that clings to you.


Conclusion

Choosing a bariatric shower brush seems like a mindless task, but there is more to it than plucking the first one you see off the shelf.

If you’re overweight, you want to consider how easily the shower brush will help you reach your back and other areas that you might not even be able to see.

You also want to consider whether you prefer natural or synthetic bristles, and whether you want a wet brush only or one that can also be used dry. Using this guide will help you find a starting point for shower brush selection.