Works well. I was able to get it to fit on four inch tiles, but just barely as you can see from the photo. If you are off by a little bit, or if your installer spaced the tiles a little wider than mine did, it will not work.
I had purchased an adjustable length grab bar, but it costs about 5 times as much. I thought I would take a chance with a non-adjustable 12 inch model, and it worked.
I'm getting old, and I don't have the agility, strength, or balance I did years ago. This thing is great if I'm standing on one foot and washing the other, anytime I need a third anchor point to help me remain balanced. I no longer trust my two feet alone to keep me upright. Someone I know recently died from falling in the shower, so it's a serious matter.
You can't use this thing to do pull-ups, but it's great for that little bit of extra support that assures you remain vertical. It's made to fit four inch tiles, and it really hangs onto ceramic tiles firmly and for a long time. I test its grip before every time I use it, giving it some good tugs in several directions, and it's been hanging on for dear life for months now without having to reset it.
When I look at the bar from the side, I can see that one of the rubber suction cups hangs past the edge of one tile by maybe 1/8", over a grout line, but It still works. I imagine the designer didn't account for grout lines when he did the math for the bar's dimensions. Make sure the tile is clean and dry, pull the bar's two levers out, position the bar, press it firmly against the tile, and close the levers as you're pushing. If it doesn't hold on with the first try, change its position a bit and try again.
So my bottom line is, this device can help you remain vertical, but I wouldn't rely on it to rescue me if I slipped and grabbed it.
I'm giving it five stars because it works flawlessly for me and keeps me safe, but you're mileage may vary.
I'm a big guy, so I wanted two handles to divide the amount of force when I pull myself up from the shower chair. And having two of them helps A LOT.
Also, it's nice having them there to help me steady myself when I'm standing up.
The cups really grab the hard, shiny fiberglass. Even so, I check them when I first get in the shower.
Moen Suction Shower Grab Bar
Safety (used in all of our tiled bath settings for anti-fall, balance and grip assistance), reliability (less than once per 3 months: rarely need re-adjustment), simplicity (no tools required; just place on wall and compress suction levers into position), moveability (needed elsewhere? just lift-release suction levers.and go with no residual holes or marks).
Damn cheap for such convenience and security.
I weigh 200 lbs. I think I could do pull-ups with one of these on the ceiling. Clean the location first, then just put these on the wall. They'll stay there till you remove them. And that's another thing. These will go on the road with you for hotel stays. Don't bother with the disks even if you have 4 inch tile. See my review on the disks for an explanation of that. I love these grab bars. The piece of mind is well worth the price. I have one at the entrance to the shower and another inside the shower. They're great! Hope this helps you decide.
This works great, have never had it to come loose, and it has probably saved me from many falls in the past year. Have it applied to the back wall of our acrylic fiberglass shower stall near the door. I always grip it with my left hand before I step out of the shower, and grip the towel bar outside the shower with my right hand. I took a bad fall in my kitchen two years ago (but didn't break any bones), and since then I've tried to be very careful, and install things like this around the house to be of help. I would recommend this product to anyone really, but especially for seniors who have balance problems. Going to get another one to put in my suitcase for when we travel.
Since some of the reviews here referenced situations where the suction would come loose or not hold at all, I was apprehensive about purchasing this grab bar. I went to my local Home Depot to try checking one out in person, and they had the exact product in stock. I took it out of the box, attached it to an adjacent fiberglass shower enclosure, and it stuck like it had been glued in place with industrial adhesive! Taking it home and placing it on 6-inch tiles, it held with the same ferocity as the fiberglass surface at the store; it has been in place for two weeks, with no indication of coming loose. Very secure for our needs.
For reference, the center-to-center distance between suction cups is about 8-1/4-inches, with the cup diameter approximately 4-inches each. I feel that many of the issues others have had with sticking have been due to improper installation. You must push in on the cup ends about 1/8-inch towards the mounting surface BEFORE securing the clasp, otherwise it will just fall off the wall. Long story short, this is an excellent product, and I will be purchasing another shortly for our second bathroom. Highly recommended!
I am coming off having my left ankle fused and my balance is not all that great. I got this handle as I felt the need to have something to grab v. falling while in the shower. The great feature of these handles is you can place them where they are needed and can move them around without drilling holes in your shower walls. I may eventually put in some permanent grab bars but for now, I like these until I settle on something better. I am also amazed at how strong the suction feature is on my marble walls. These are not for tile walls and is it stated on the box these come in. I don't think tile would stand up to the pulling even if you could get them to attach, you might find a tile pulled off your wall.
Update: May 13, 2016.. I am so impressed with the quality and how well these balance assist handles worked I bought 3 more for a recent tub to large walk-in shower. I did not want to drill holes in my new marble shower and these assist grips work superbly to help with balance while taking a shower. It says right on the packaging they won't support full weight but I can attest that they have never failed me when I have needed them to help me with my balance issues. You won't go wrong with these assists, they work great and they won't deface your shower walls.
Two large suction cups provide a very strong grip. I purchased two and they're both holding tight after a month. It does seem like you could put your full weight on this handle. My shower wall is very smooth and made of a fiber glass material so the suction cups hold firmly. If you have another typ surface, you can purchase smooth discs to first attach to the wall.
I bought this for my Mother who is 95. She was afraid to put any weight on the handle so I told her to use it just for balance as I gave her a shower. I had to remind her a few times not to hang on too tight, but it never moved while she was holding on to it. She is really happy that I bought it and she said she doesn't feel like she is going to fall all the time anymore. I installed it the night before my Mom was to use it. I had read where this type of product had sometimes fallen off the shower wall after a short time and some had not even been used yet. My Mom is very frail and I was so afraid it would come off while she was holding onto it. It has not come off or even budged since I put it on the shower wall. I always check it and make sure it is attached securely before she takes her shower. I highly recommend the Moen LR2308W. I am very pleased with this product and I hope you will be too.