Adult potty chairs are also called bedside commodes or bedside toilets and are designed to allow anyone with a disability, who is bedridden, elderly, or physically challenged to use a toilet safely and conveniently. They look like chairs and can be placed next to the bed.
Unlike a toilet, a bedside commode doesn’t attach to the plumbing and it needs to be emptied manually. They are available in a variety of models, styles and colors and can be moved from room to room. Some models are even designed to be taken on overnight trips!
Who Should Use an Adult Portable Potty Chair
Bedside toilets, or commodes, are for anyone with mobility or continence issues. Post-surgery and rehabilitation patients, seniors, people with urinary tract infections, people that have difficulty walking and with balance issues can also benefit from a bedside commode.
Unlike a bedpan, a toilet chair lets you sit comfortably and upright, which makes it easier to empty your bowels and bladder. Physicians and caregivers also agree it’s better to get out of bed rather than using a bedpan because it can help reduce the risk of bedsores and pressure points.
Having a bedside commode gives you peace of mind, and a certain level of independence knowing you can go to the bathroom safely, as often as you need.
Choosing an Adult Potty Chair
A toilet chair looks like a normal chair but it has an open seat with a pail or basin to collect waste which is then emptied into a toilet. While they often look similar, they are made with different materials, like PVC, plastic, aluminum, and steel. Some can be attached to a normal toilet and the user can adjust the height for additional stability. Others can be used as a shower chair.
For your convenience, we’ve put a list together of our top 5 adult potty chairs with reviews. Let’s take a look.
Medline Deluxe 3-in-1 Steel Commode
The Mediline Deluxe 3-in-1 steel commode is made of aluminum or steel and the frame and seat can support up to 350 pounds. It’s an affordable choice for anyone needing a bedside toilet. A regular toilet is around 16 1/8”, but the standard Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires a height of 17” to 19”, which makes this a good option for nursing homes and rehabilitation centers that need to adhere to the ADA regulations.
The Medline 3-in-1 can also be used over a toilet as an elevated seat because of the removable back rail. The commode is rust-resistant and made from powder-coated steel, making it suitable for use in bedrooms and bathrooms, without the frame being affected by the moisture in the bathroom.
As far as versatility, durability, and affordability go, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another potty chair like the Medline.
Color: Gray and SilverCollapsible: Not completelyConstruction Time: 5 minutes
Pros: Lightweight and Portable, Easy to Clean, Easy to Assemble (no tools required)
Cons: Narrow, Small Opening
Drive Medical Steel Folding Bedside Commode
This Drive Medical Steel Folding Bedside Commode is a steel welded construction and is described as durable and tough. For convenience and transport purposes the commode folds flat in a few seconds and fits into most sized vehicles.
For additional comfort as well as safety, the chair has plastic arms and can hold a person weighing up to 350 pounds. The seat depth is 15 inches and the width is 13.5 inches.The Drive Medical Bedside Commode is sold with a 7.5-quart bucket with a cover, a carry handle and a splash shield. Users did mention that the bucket has to be attached securely or it will fall through, but other than that it’s a popular choice.
Color: Dark GrayCollapsible: YesConstruction Time: 5 minutes
Pros: Sturdy, Folds, Easy Assembly (no tools required)
NOVA Medical Folding Commode
The NOVA Medical Folding Commode is a multi-purpose toilet chair that combines versatility, comfort, and convenience. It can be used as a commode, an elevated seat cover for a toilet or as a toilet frame. As per the Americans with Disabilities Act, the seat height is adjustable from 16 to 23 inches and the width between the chair’s arms is 18 inches.
The commode folds and unfolds quickly and easily and is suitable for a person who weighs less than 300 pounds. The NOVA Medical Folding Commode is sold with a bucket, a splash guard and a lid, and no tools are needed to put it together.
Drive Medical Steel Drop Arm Bedside Commode with Padded Seat and Arms
Another 3-in-1 multi-purpose toilet chair, the Drive Bedside Commode can be used as a bedside commode, a raised toilet seat and a safety frame. For comfort, the chair comes with a padded back, armrests and a seat and can accommodate a person weighing up to 300 pounds.
The Drive Medical commode is easy to assemble and the legs can be adjusted with the touch of a button, which is a great feature. This quality toilet chair is sold with splash shield, carry handle and a bucket that has a 12-quart capacity.
Duro-Med DMI Heavy-Duty Steel Commode with Platform Seat
The Heavy-Duty Duro-Med DMI Commode is exactly that: durable and built for users who weigh up to 500 pounds. It’s definitely more of a mid to high-end product and, unlike other commodes, the Duro-Med has a platform seat that makes wheelchair transfers onto the toilet chair easier.
It can also be used as a toilet riser by removing the bucket while the contoured armrests are for additional comfort and they make standing easier. The seat is adjustable between 16.5 and 23.5 inches. If you’re looking for a well-made, heavy-duty commode, the Duro-Med is a very good option.
Our 2017 guide will hopefully make your purchase less stressful and let you choose the most suitable adult potty chair. They’re an important piece of medical equipment, allowing those who are bedridden, recovering from surgery or an injury, or who are unable to get to the bathroom quickly, or frequently to make use of a toilet safely and as often as they need. There is a wide variety to choose from to suit all needs and budgets. The 3-in-1 models are good value for money and some can also be used as shower chairs.