We have used the swivel style sliding bench for many years. We needed to replace it so we opted for this style with the replaceable cutout. The only thing different from the regular swivel sliding bench is that to accommodate the cutout, the seat is about 2-3 inches taller for us even at the lowest adjustments. For those who are considering this model you need to take that into consideration. If the person showering has short legs or is short, the seat is higher to get onto and when in the bathtub, a stepstool will be needed under their feet. (We have used a hard plastic foot stool we bought at Walmart for less than $10 to put under his feet while in the tub.). One benefit of the seat being higher is that it is easier to lift their feet over the edge of the tub. And I don't have to bend over as far to help with washing. So there are pluses and minuses to this seat model. I am dealing with my adult son with CP in this showering/bathing process so I am the one making the accommodations and assistance. For us, this model still worked well for us but as I have indicated it is different in height from the regular swivel model. But either way, I have to transfer assist him onto the seat, push it into position,and pull it back each time we use it. This seat swivels and slides easily so we are pleased. The cutout will be useful when cleaning between the legs is necessary and there is space to easily access between the legs (because of the height of the seat). The space is adequate and similar to a separated toilet seat being open in the front. The cutout lifts out easily and stays in place when in position....though not tight.
I was searching for a transfer bench for my mother. She is very weak in the upper and lower extremities and has difficulty stepping over the the tub wall to get into the shower and has difficulty standing in the shower. I thought a transfer bench would be safer instead of using a shower chair because she would still have to step over the tub wall into the shower to sit on a chair.
After looking at transfer benches, I was afraid it would be difficult for her to scoot across it and then try to lift her legs over the tub wall.
After much research, I'm glad I found this transfer bench. I didn't know they made them with a sliding and swivel chair.
It was easy to assemble-it feels sturdy. After I assembled it-I wanted to check it out and I placed it in the shower and had her use the sliding chair to get into the shower-it worked perfectly--but we haven't used it for bath time yet...One thing I did not take into consideration is how to get the shower curtain around it and not get the bathroom floor wet-(it extends past the tub out into the bathroom area-the bench is about 36" long. I just came up with the idea of getting 2 vinyl shower curtains for the shower rod and using Velcro or tape to attach them together, down to the part that meets the bench then tucking them in and around the bench and back into the shower. I hope it works--(I think this bench will be much safer and easier for my mother.