What are the best toilets for seniors? That really depends on several personal factors of the toilet user:

  1. Lower leg height
  2. Physical strength
  3. Ability to stand and sit
  4. Length of and ability to reach and ability hold things
  5. Ability to clean oneself after finishing
  6. Issues with incontinence
  7. Physical gender

Once you know the personal factors, you are in a better position to evaluate the features of any given toilet and match them to the person who will be using the toilet.

What are the most important toilet features for seniors?

  1. Height (standard height 15″-16 1/8″, comfort (ADA) height 17″-19″, or extra high 20″) Measured from floor to seat top.
  2. Bowl size(round or elongated)
  3. Flushing mechanism (handle, push button, or foot pedal)
  4. Noise of flushing
  5. Power of flushing
  6. Economical use of water
  7. Ease of cleaning
  8. Other Features:
    • Raised toilet seats and toilet risers (elevators)
    • Toilet grab-bars
    • Bidets
    • Soft-close toilet seats
    • Special purpose – RV toilet

Toilet height is an extremely important factor for seniors. Bending down to use the toilet and standing back up when done can lead to one or more health, comfort, and safety issues:

  1. Numbness in the legs and lower body.
  2. General body weakness.
  3. Joint pain.
  4. Dizziness and a spinning feeling.
  5. Loss of balance and accidental falls.

If you ever experience any of the above when using the toilet, you will likely benefit from a higher toilet (comfort height), or a raised toilet seat installed on a standard height toilet. If you are really tall, you may want to install an extra high toilet. Many seniors also add toilet grab bars to help them sit down and stand up.

You should be aware that many commode / shower wheelchairs can be backed over a standard height toilet when the commode pan is removed. If the person using the toilet is going to be wheeled by a home care aide over the toilet, then any toilet higher than the standard height will be impractical.

Terminology describing toilet heights varies a little vendors, but is relatively standardized. Below is a table showing commonly used terms and related heights.

Common Terminology —> Inches from Floor to Top of Seat —> Comments

Standard Height —> 15″-16 1/8″ —> Best for shorter and average height persons. Best choice to avoid constipation
ADA Height (Americans with Disabilities Act) —> 17″-19″ —> Height set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act
Comfort Height —> 17″-19″ —> Used by Kohler
Chair Height —> 17+” —> Height from heels to bottom of thigh while sitting
Right Height —> 17″-19″ —> Used by American Brand
Universal Height —> 17″-19″ —> Used by Toto Brand
Extra High Height —> 20″-22″ —> For tall people

The bowl size is generally described as Standard Round or Elongated. Round bowls are typical 17 inches from the front outer rim of the bowl to the seat-screws in the back of the bowl. The corresponding measure of elongated bowls is 19 inches.

To give you a better idea of what is available in each category of Toilet and Toilet Accessory, shown below are three examples of each type of Toilet and Toilet Accessory described on this page. I have selected examples from higher consumer-rated Toilets and Toilet Accessories offered on Amazon. Click the picture of the item or the “Buy Now” button below the description to read more about each item shown.

Below is a sampling of toilets and toilet products that are designed to help you age in place for a longer period of time. Click on the links to find out more information, see other products selections, and if you like, to make a purchase from one of our providers.

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20 inch Extra Tall Toilet. Convenient Height bowl taller than ADA Comfort Height. Dual flush, Slow-close seat, New handle

  • Bowl height from floor to top of rim: 20". Total height to the top of toilet seat: 21"
  • Adds bathroom safety. Helps sit down and stand up more easily. Helps prevent falls. Eliminates inconvenience of low toilets and elevated riser seats.
  • Approved by Board of Registration of Plumbers GF. Accepted by California Energy Commission (CEC)
  • May qualify for Tax Deduction as medical expense (see Pub. 502); seek Water-Saver rebate offered by some States
  • Water economy dual flush valve: 1.28 gal/full, 0.9 gal/light. Free expedited shipping ($120 value). Advanced packaging safe delivery

Carex Elongated Hinged Toilet Seat Riser – Adds 3.5 Inches of Toilet Lift, 300 Pound Weight Capacity – Hinged Toilet Riser For Easy Cleaning

  • Contains (1) Carex elongated raised toilet seat. Hinged toilet seat riser adds 3.5" of height to your toilet to aid those with bending and sitting difficulties. This elevated toilet seat has a weight capacity of 300lbs. No locking is required, portable.
  • The hinged seat makes it easy to clean just like a regular toilet seat and lifts easily. The toilet riser seat fits most standard elongated toilets for support bending & standing whether during surgery, injury recover, or for chronic condition.
  • A lift toilet seat that installs safely & quickly between your toilet bowl and existing toilet seat; an easy choice for those with mobility issues making it difficult to sit & stand providing support where it's needed & comfort where it's wanted.
  • Looking for raised toilet seats for elongated toilet? Toilet riser is a simple solution for those with bending or sitting difficulties and a perfect handicap toilet seat or toilet seat for seniors and elderly. Toilet seat is also very comfortable.
  • Trust Carex, a leader in disabled products and medical supplies and equipment for seniors. We are also a trusted manufacturer of raised toilet seats for elongated toilets and standard toilets.

EagleHealth Toilet-to-Tub Sliding Bench 77993 XXL

  • Toilet-to-Tub Sliding Transfer Bench (77993) makes transferring from toilet to tub easier, safer
  • CutOut for personal cleaning. Seat slides, locks at each end. Tool-free assembly. Height adjustable
  • Base Length: 64.5"-65.5" (XXL). Specs below. Assemble to face either right or left. Armrests #71002
  • Middle legs installed anywhere along rails. Other lengths: EagleHealth #77963 (Long) & #77983 (XL)
  • This Hygiene Product is NON-RETURNABLE once opened. Please measure your tub and bathroom carefully.

GenieBidet [ELONGATED] Seat-Self Cleaning Dual Nozzles. Rear & Feminine Cleaning – No wiring required. Simple 20-45 minute installation or less. Hybrid T with ON/OFF Included!

  • NOTE: Please View The Images To The Left to Determine The Best Fit. Only Fits ELONGATED Toilet Models.
  • ADJUSTABLE Soft To Strong Spray. Separate Nozzles For Feminine & Rear Cleansing & Soft Close Seat!
  • DUAL Retractable Self Cleaning Nozzles With Rear Cleaning & Feminine Cleaning.
  • INCLUDES OUR Best Selling Hybrid T-Connector W/ Pressure Control & Shut-off
  • USA BASED Customer Support/Shipping/ With a ONE YEAR REPLACEMENT WARRANTY.

SmartBidet SB-1000 Electric Bidet for Toilets with Remote Control Electronic Heated Toilet Seat with Warm Air Dryer & Temperature Controlled Wash Functions, White-Made in Korea

  • Control with remote control
  • Adjustable water pressure (5 levels), water temperature (3 levels) & nozzle positions (5 levels)
  • Warm air dryer, adjustable to 5 levels, which eliminates the need for toilet paper
  • Energy saving mode, soft closing lid and seat, easy to install
  • Bolt Spread:5.5 inches

Toilevator Toilet Riser : Grande

  • Easy installation - all the hardware required is included. Discreet and durable as it sits under the existing toilet base
  • Toilevator raises the entire toilet making it more stable and secure than traditional elevated plastic toilet seats
  • No need to remove unsanitary, difficult to remove elevated seats for other family members - you use the regular toilet seat
  • 500 Pound maximum weight capacity
  • No special maintenance or cleaning required
Also available in the Standard Toilet Size.

Vive Toilet Safety Rail – Adjustable Grab Bar – Compact Support Frame with Handrail for Bathroom Toilet Seat – Easy Installation for Handicap Senior Bariatrics, Elderly Balance – Padded Hand Armrest

  • SAFELY SIT AND STAND: Supporting up to 300 pounds, the compact safety toilet rail provides additional safety and security when sitting down or standing up in the bathroom. Perfect for seniors, arthritis sufferers and for those recovering from injury or surgery, the rail provides additional stability to prevent harmful slips and falls.
  • FITS ALL STANDARD TOILETS: The compact toilet safety rail can be used with any standard elongated or oval toilet. Rail handles easily adjust in width for a customized fit for every household. Handles can be adjusted from 17” to 20” wide providing a comfortable amount of space above the toilet.
  • SOFT NON SLIP HANDLES: Rail handles are padded with a soft rubber for superior support. The textured rubber handles create a comfortable, non-slip surface for a safe and secure grip when sitting or standing.
  • EASY TOOL-FREE INSTALLATION: Easy to assemble and install, the durable and compact toilet rails work with most standard toilets. No tools, drilling or cementing is required. The compact safety rail is installed and removed by utilizing the existing seat bolts. Lightweight and durable, the aluminum frame is also corrosion resistant, perfect for long term use.
  • VIVE GUARANTEE: Lifetime guarantee so you can purchase now with confidence.