Best Portable Toilets for Elderly Seniors (Review)

If you’re a senior or caregiver to an elderly person, you’d agree that rising from the bed or chair and walking all the way to the toilet can be very tiring for old people, especially those with walking disabilities and those whose bones have become very weak due to old age. For these categories of people, a portable toilet placed close by can make life much easier as it obviates the need for frequent walks (or moves in whatever manner) to the toilet.

Although people have different meanings for the word “portable toilet”, what we’re referring to here is the small bedside potty-like toilet that can easily be carried by hand, not the big mobile toilets used at outdoor events.

Why are portable toilets good for seniors?

As stated earlier, portable toilets save elderly people from the stress of moving themselves down to the toilet each time they need to ease themselves. These portable conveniences look so much like the traditional ones that everyone is used to, so the user won’t feel much difference in terms of comfort.

And if you’re a stickler for near-perfect hygiene, you won’t be disappointed because most portable toilets come with a water flush system that allows you to flush down wastes after each use. Some also come with a toilet paper holder.

Portable toilets vs. portable commodes

Although they both serve the same purpose, portable toilets and portable commodes differ slightly. While a portable commode can double as a chair, a portable toilet cannot.

And while a portable toilet usually comes with a water flushing system, a portable commode does not. Each has other pros and cons that we won’t bother mentioning here. But both are good for seniors.

Best portable toilets for elderly seniors (our top picks)

As with most other products, portable toilets of various types and quality levels abound in the market. And this can make it very difficult to make a choice from the huge pack. But we’ve made things easier for you by comparing a good number of them and assessing them based on real buyer opinions, suitability for seniors, pricing, and other important factors. And here are the three options we strongly recommend.

1. Thetford 92360 Porta Potti 550E Curve Portable Toilet

The Thetford 92360 Porta Potti 550E Curve Portable Toilet is a two-part portable toilet that features a larger toilet bowl size, comfortable seat height, battery-powered freshwater flush system and a toilet paper holder. The two-piece design makes it easy to separate the toilet’s two compartments — a top half that stores fresh water used for washing down the bowl (flushing) after each use and a bottom half that holds waste until it’s time for emptying into the toilet.

The Thetford 92360 Porta Potti 550E Curve Portable Toilet is sanitary, odorless, leak proof, easy to use, durable, and rugged. Emptying wastes is very easy with the pivoting pour-out spout, which has a cap for keeping it closed.

The portable toilet has a height of 44.8 cm, a width of 38.8 cm, and a depth of 45 cm. The top tank can hold 4 gallons of fresh water, while the bottom tank can hold 5.5 gallons of waste water.

What we like

  • Good height that makes it convenient for seniors
  • Battery powered water flush system (can be done manually, too)
  • Toilet paper holder included
  • Suitable for ligthweight and heavy users

What we dislike

  • The lid can’t double as a chair (too thin)

2. Camco 41541 Portable Toilet

The Camco 41541 Portable Toilet is another cool-looking portable toilet that is very much suitable for seniors due to its comfortable height, light weight (11.5 lbs.) and ease of use. It features a sealing slide valve that blocks out all odors. Its light weight notwithstanding, the portable toilet can support up to 330 lbs. of user weight.

It also comes with a freshwater flush system that uses a bellow-type flush and pull slide valve for easy flushing. Made of durable polyethylene, the Camco 41541 Portable Toilet comprises two compartments. The top half has 2.5-gallon capacity and it stores fresh water, while the bottom half has 5.3-gallon capacity and it holds waste. The toilet measures 16.38″H x 13.75″W x 16.13″D.

What we like

  • Lightweight
  • Good height that makes it convenient for seniors
  • Suitable for heavy users

What we dislike

  • The lid isn’t strong enough to serve as a chair
  • Flushing system isn’t battery-powered
  • No toilet paper holder

3. Camping Toilet by Zimmer

Another suitable portable toilet for seniors, the Camping Toilet by Zimmer features two compartments: a 3-gallon water holding tank above and a 5-gallon waste-storing tank below. Made of high density polyethylene, the toilet is sturdy and durable, yet lightweight (weighs about 10 lbs.).

The Camping Toilet by Zimmer is easy to use. The bottom can be easily detached from the top whenever it’s time for emptying. After each use, the toilet is “flushed” by sliding the front lever, which the forces some water down to wash off the waste into the second compartment.

The toilet measures 6.5″H x 13.5″W x 12″D.

What we like

  • Ease to use
  • Lightweight, yet durable
  • Odorless

What we dislike

  • Too short (some seniors might need to place it on a base support for additional height)
  • The lid isn’t strong enough to serve as a chair

 

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