Best Potty Chair
The OXO Tot Potty Chair is our favorite seat for toilet training. It was a simple two-piece design that is easy to empty and rinse out after each use. There are no small cracks for urine to get stuck in. Toddlers like the substantial look, making it more attractive to use, and parents appreciate the simplicity that keeps the seat from becoming a playtoy. The tall back makes kids more comfortable during long potty sessions, and the seat height is a happy medium that will be perfect for most children. The convenient carry hold on the back makes the OXO less cumbersome to move from room to room with your toddler. Our little tester was so excited about the handle that she wanted to carry it with her everywhere. A rubber non-slip base keeps the chair stable and prevents it from scooching away when kids try to sit down. Lastly, we like that there are many fun colors to choose from when purchasing the OXO Tot, making it easier to match your bedroom decor or add a splash of color to your nursery.
The bowl on this seat is a bit shallower than the competition, and the splash guard is also low. If our tester leaned back too far when doing her business, pee easily sprayed over the edge and onto the floor. In addition, the seat is somewhat wider than some contenders and doesn't have a contoured shape, so it doesn't cradle tushies. If your toddler is potty training at an older age, this may not matter as much. Overall, we love the OXO Tot Potty Chair's durable design and think it is a good go-to option for most potty training families.
The BabyBjörn Smart Potty is one of the most affordable and compact seats in this review. It is a straightforward seat with a low back and a two-piece design. The bowl is deep and narrow and has a substantial splash guard, so there is little concern about spills. The rubber base keeps it steady, and a small handle at the front of the bowl makes it easy to lift for dumping and cleaning. The seat fits easily in the car, a stroller basket, and is easy to carry, so you always have a potty where you need it.
While the Smart Potty's tiny size is what makes it a great portable product, it can be too small for some. If your toddler is on the older/bigger side, the seat's low profile and narrow shape might not be as comfortable. The product we purchased came slightly warped and wouldn't sit flat on the ground. We did not notice that it affected performance, but we suggest checking a seat you buy and returning it if it seems like a problem. Also, our tester preferred seats with a high back, but each child is different, and we've used this seat successfully in the past with our own children. This seat is hard to pass up for value and convenience, and we recommend the BabyBjörn Smart Potty for families who want something smaller or easy to transport.
BabyBjörn Toilet Trainer is a minimalistic potty chair alternative that fits on top of your regular toilet. This means no dumping or cleaning anything extra with each flush! Two adjustable flaps help secure this smaller seat on any size toilet, and the included tall splash guard ensures that waste goes where it should. Although it is a harder plastic, the contoured shape is pretty comfortable. This seat addition lets toddlers feel secure and grown up on an adult toilet and removes extra cleanup steps for parents, making it a win-win for everyone. A rubber carry handle allows for easy transportation and hanging for storage. The slim profile allows it to slip under the bathroom sink if you want it out of sight when guests stop by.
In many ways, this is a potty training dream solution. However, when you introduce your child to the potty, they may be too small to use this seat without help. It will require a stepstool and adult assistance every single time. As a result, your toddler may be more open to using this seat once they are old enough (and tall enough) to use the bathroom independently. We also would not recommend using this as your only potty during the first stages of training. It only works in conjunction with an adult toilet; therefore, you cannot keep it next to your child from room to room. Many toddlers do not always have the bladder control to make it to the bathroom in time. Keeping these things in mind, we still highly recommend the BabyBjörn Toilet Trainer and think it is a seat you will appreciate its simple design and long-term functionality.
The Mayfair NextStep2 is a unique product that combines an adult-sized toilet with a tot-sized seat. They share a hinge, so switching between the two is a simple as lifting the lid. The smaller layer attaches to the cover with a magnet, and you must pull them apart to use it. We love that this offers a one-and-done take on a toddler potty; there is no need to remove or store it when not in use. In our experience, this seat is an ideal long-term solution for older kids who are still a bit nervous about the gaping hole of an adult-sized toilet. Your child will likely be using this up to 7 or 8 years of age. The slow-close lid is a nice touch that prevents the loud slam that may annoy parents and startle young children, and the smaller seat is removable when your child outgrows it.
While the NextStep2 is much more expensive than many other options, we think it is worth it as you can get years of use out of the product. Installing it is more of a process, as it requires you to remove your old seat entirely and attach the new one. You will need a screwdriver and a can-do attitude to get the job done. However, you will only need to do this once, and it is not that difficult. This product may be better for older kids, as it does not have a splash guard, and it is not portable, so your child must have sufficient bladder control to make it to the bathroom. If you are looking for a potty chair to help your little one feel more comfortable using the toilet on their own, and want something that will blend seamlessly into your home, then the Mayfair NextStep2 is an excellent choice.
Nuby My Real Potty Training Toilet is a toddler potty that looks like a grown-up toilet. This design is fun and enticing to young toddlers that want to be just like their parents. It encourages them to use the potty and helps along the training process. The tall back has a button on top that makes flushing sounds when pressed, and there is a compartment on the backside to store baby wipes. The seat's height is ideal for toddlers who are a bit older or are tall for their age.
Depending on how focused your toddler is (and let's be honest, how many focused toddlers do you know?), they may be easily distracted by the flushing button, the toilet lid, or the wipes in the back. You risk turning the potty seat into a playtime item and hindering the training process. The Nuby is large and bulky and not something we would want to lug around the house. You'll likely leave it in one place and need to rush your little one there when they need to go. However, suppose these things do not bother you, and you are looking for something fun and exciting to get your toddler interested in potty training. In that case, the My Real Potty Training Toilet is an interesting contender.
If you can't decide which style you want to use, the Munchkin Arm & Hammer 3-in-1 has you covered. It can be a standalone potty, but the seat is removable and can sit over the top of an adult toilet. When not used as a potty, the lid lowers, and the whole thing becomes a sturdy stepstool. This feature can be a convenient addition to a child's bathroom. Although small, the splash guard is tall enough to keep everything in the bowl. Overall, the seat's construction feels robust and durable, making it a product that can last through multiple children.
Unfortunately, the lid does not stay open on its own, so your toddler will have to sit down while simultaneously holding the top up, a task that may be unattainable for some younger kids. To access and empty the bowl, you must lift the lid and remove the seat, and we do not like that there are multiple steps to this process. Because there are so many parts to this chair, there is an abundance of cracks and hinges that pee may get stuck in and are not easy to clean. Finally, the lid has a deodorizing tablet that supposedly prevents bad odors from building up. However, we think it smells like strongly scented diapers and prefer to use the seat without it. While there are some design flaws in this seat, we feel that it is a good option for parents who value versatility and multifunctional products.
The Dreambaby Soft Touch Potty Seat is an on toilet option that is squishy foam coated with a flexible vinyl material. The deeply contoured shape combined with the slightly more pliable material is more comfortable for tiny tushes to rest. It is one molded piece, making it super easy to clean. The Dreambaby is lightweight and easy to place on a toilet, so toddlers will quickly figure out how to do it independently. The on-toilet design saves you from cleanup duty, and the slim profile allows for quick storage.
Small ridges on the bottom of the seat hold it in place, but it is not adjustable, so it may not fit every toilet snugly. Many parents also note that the durability of this seat is not the best. Over time, the vinyl coating may start to crack and create a tush pinching hazard. As with other on-toilet options, this seat must be used with an adult toilet and cannot follow your toddler throughout the day. When testing the product, we were surprised by how not soft it is. We were not expecting it to be quite so stiff, although it is still cushier than hard plastic options. The Dreambaby may be appealing for toddlers who spend a lot of time on the toilet and need a little extra support.
Summer Infant My Size is a toddler potty that mimics an adult-sized toilet. The "water tank" has a handle that makes a flushing noise when pressed, which both encourages kiddos to use the toilet and also helps start good flushing habits. Lift the cover, and there is a small storage area adequate for a set of undies or some wipes. There is an additional itty bitty lidded compartment on the top of the tank for any smalls extras you want to keep handy. The seat lifts allowing easier access to the bowl, which is simple to remove and small enough to rinse in the sink. The seat's adult-like design may entice some kids who want to be just like mom and pop.
Unfortunately, the My Size potty comes partially unassembled and has lots of parts and pieces. Even after you get it all put together, many parents complain that it doesn't stay put. The seat detaches from the hinges very easily and often needs to be repositioned mid-use. The lid to the water tank does not latch or snap, so kids may dislodge it by accident when flushing. Because nothing seems to stay put, the parts of this toilet may get lost or broken more easily than some others. We do not like the fact that there is no non-slip texture on the base. It tends to slip around when placed on a hard surface, preventing toddlers from feeling secure. For these reasons, this may not be the perfect potty for every family. However, if you want something that will make the potty training process more attractive to your little one, the Summer Infant My Size may be a good choice.
The Jool Baby Potty Training Chair is a potty with all the bells and whistles, which we feel are unnecessary and arguably make it less functional than more straightforward options. It has a back/armrest combo that detached too readily and kept falling off during our testing. There are two carry handles on either side of the seat, but it still requires two hands and feels substantial and bulky when carrying. You empty the bowl by way of a drawer that slides out the backside. It clicks in and out of place, making it nearly impossible for a baby to "help" clean up and leads to accidental spills. However, as parents, we also found it somewhat difficult to open without creating a sloshing mess. Many parents also complain that the splash guard is more or less useless, and the way the seat hangs over the bowl creates a gap for the pee to splash through, creating a cleaning nightmare. Finally, the plastic components all feel very flimsy and may get separated easily. In the beginning, we were intrigued by the unique design of the Jool Baby, but after putting all the seats to the test, we found this is not one we'd recommend.
Why You Should Trust Us
Having lived through potty training days with more than one child, our BabyGearLab team has learned all the tips and tricks over time as parents and professional caregivers. Senior Review Editor, Abriah Wofford, draws from her experience as a nanny and older sister to inform this review. Two-year-old Annie gave us help with hands-on testing. She started her potty training journey with lots of options, and together we quickly narrowed it down to the favorites. Throughout her toilet training days, we kept track of which potty chairs she could use by herself, which ones she was drawn to, and which ones we had the easiest time cleaning and toting around.
Analysis and Test Results
To find the best potty chair, we considered portability, ease of cleaning, durability, and, most importantly, how much a toddler likes to use the potty chair.
Toddler Ease of Use
How much your toddler likes to use a potty chair is one of the most critical factors to consider when choosing the perfect seat. After all, your toddler is the one that needs convincing, and if they don't like it, they won't use it. Take into account how cushy the seat is and how comfortable it is for your toddler. Products like the BabyBjörn Toilet Trainer and the Dreambaby Soft Touch Potty Seat have deeply contoured shapes designed to fit your baby's bum and make them comfortable for long sitting sessions. However, both of these seats sit on top of an adult toilet, and younger toddlers cannot use these chairs on their own. If your child is a bit older, they will likely want to use the chair more independently. The OXO Tot Potty Chair is light enough for toddlers to carry around by the handle, giving them a sense of pride and ownership in their potting training journey.
The BabyBjörn Smart Potty's simple design does not look fun or exciting compared to some other products. But it is easy for toddlers of all ages to sit and comfortable when they need to take their time. It can be tempting to get a potty chair that is fun and flashy, but fun features can also be great distractions from the main mission. We have better luck when we keep things simple and prevent any possible sidetrack. The Nuby My Real Potty Training Toilet is the most toddler-enticing chair in the group, with a design that mimics an adult seat and a flush handle that makes gurgling sounds when pressed. But beware, if the potty becomes a toy, it may be challenging to keep them focused on the real goal.
Ease of Cleaning
Cleaning the seat is a job that falls to parents, and you probably want to find something that is simple and quick to tidy up. When choosing a potty, take a look at the design. Are there any nooks and crannies that may trap liquids? How do you remove the bowl? Will it easily fit into a sink for a quick rinse? All are essential considerations. The BabyBjörn Smart Potty is one of the most straightforward chairs to clean. It has two solid plastic parts, and both are small enough to fit in the kitchen sink for a good scrub. The bowl on its own is small enough to fit in any restroom sink for on-the-go scenarios. The Jool Baby is one of our least favorite products to clean. It has a lot of parts to wash and many crevices that allow pee to reach unexpected places hard to reach with a paper towel or scrub brush.
The Mayfair NextStep2 requires no more effort than what you would put into your standard bathroom cleaning routine. No dumping, no rinsing, and no storing. We love it. The Dreambaby Soft Touch Potty Seat is the next best thing, as it is a single piece of vinyl-covered foam that has no cracks to catch the liquid. However, beware of surface tearing that could allow pee or other matter to reach the foam core.
While maybe not the first thing that comes to mind, portability is more important than you would think, even if you don't plan to use the seat outside the house. Having a potty chair that is light and convenient to carry around can mean the difference between a successful potty experience and a mess on the carpet. When considering portability, size and weight come into play, including the number of parts and any carry handles. If you plan to take the chair with you on outings, the BabyBjörn Smart Potty is ideal because it is easy to stash in the bottom of a stroller or the trunk of your car.
Despite the slightly larger size, we like the OXO Tot Potty Chair because it has a handle that makes it convenient to carry and is even fun for toddlers to tote around on their own (just make sure it's empty first). It is essential to have a seat that is easy to keep near toddlers at all times. In the early days of potty training, kids do not always have enough bladder control to make it to the bathroom in time.
How much do you ask of your potty chair? The level of durability you need depends on how long it takes to potty train, how many kids you plan to potty train, and how frequently you plan to bring it along on outings. We are confident that all of the seats we tested are sturdy enough to last through the training of at least one toddler, but some stand out as an item that you would be able to reuse for a second child or pass along a friend. The Mayfair NextStep2 is as durable as they come and can endure years of use by toddlers and adults alike. The Munchkin Arm & Hammer 3-in-1 has some of the stiffest plastic we encountered, and the lid is extra thick, so it can act as a stepstool when not being used as a potty chair. Both of these seats extend their longevity by being multifunctional and highly durable.
There are various approaches to potty training little ones, and each method has pros and cons that work differently depending on your child's personality. Your chosen method may not even include using a potty chair, as you already have a toilet for this very purpose. However, if you decide the convenience or size of a potty training chair would be useful for your training style, finding one that is easy to clean and transport could be the key to toilet success. We chose top options and various styles to test after winding our way through the plethora of available potty chairs. Finally, we note pros and cons while making specific recommendations to help you choose a seat that fits your home and lifestyle.
— Abriah Wofford