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The Best Toilet Frames & Toilet Seat Risers For 2020

Taking patients to the bathroom is an important part of a caregiver’s duties. And when you’re looking after someone who needs a helping hand in the bathroom, it’s essential to ensure that the patient can expect dignity, comfort and as much privacy and independence as possible. But, with the nest will in the world, a range of medical conditions (as well as simple old age) can make something as simple and universal as going to the bathroom seem like a grueling chore. It can lead to frustration, mishaps and mess that both patients and caregivers are keen to avoid.

When caregivers assist in giving their patients bathroom support, it becomes clear that the right assistive equipment can make a huge difference. And that means incorporating Toilet Frames and / or Toilet Risers into your patient’s care regimen. But before we talk about the Best Toilet Frames & Toilet Risers on the market in 2020, we need to talk about why these items of Toilet Support Equipment are so important for patients and what you should look for when choosing one. 

The Best Toilet Frames & Toilet Risers For 2020

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Table of Contents

The importance of the right toilet support for patients

What are Toilet Frames and Toilet Risers? Why do I need them?

How do Toilet Frames work?

How do Toilet Risers work?

What’s the difference between a Toilet Riser and a Raised Toilet Seat?

Who are Toilet Frames and Toilet Risers best suited to?

Do I need a Toilet Frame, Toilet Riser or both?

Toilet Seat Riser

Toilet Seat Riser With Arms

Raised Toilet Seat

Compact Toilet Rail

Two Legged Toilet Safety Frame

Four Legged Standalone Toilet Frame

What to look for in a Toilet Frame

Weight / portability 

Weight capacity

Stability

Integrated seat?

Toilet size and shape?

Adjustability

What to look for in a Toilet Riser or Raised Toilet Seat

The 4 Best Toilet Frames on the market in 2020

Best Two-Legged Toilet Frame- Drive Medical Toilet Safety Frame

Best Four-Legged Toilet Safety Frame- Mobb Healthcare: Folding Toilet Safety Frame

Best Value Budget Toilet Frame- Compass Health: Probasics Toilet Safety Frame

Best Compact Adjustable Toilet Frame- Mobb Healthcare: Ultimate Toilet Safety Frame

The 4 Best Toilet Risers on the market in 2020

Best Hinged Toilet Seat Riser- Drive Medical: Hinged Toilet Seat Riser

Best Toilet Seat Riser With Arms- Healthsmart: DMI Toilet Seat Riser

Best Portable Toilet Seat Riser- Healthsmart: Portable Elevated Toilet Seat Riser

Best Raised Toilet Seat With Arms- Healthsmart: DMI Hi-Riser Locking Raised Toilet Seat

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The importance of the right toilet support for patients

We all have going to the bathroom in common. But as we get older, or health conditions like Arthritis, Motor Neurone’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s, Parkinson's etc. start to reduce our mobility, we can find that even this simple aspect of our lives becomes increasingly difficult. As patients with degenerative conditions start to lose more of their mobility, the right Toilet Support becomes increasingly important and necessary.

However, it goes without saying that patients should expect as much privacy, independence and dignity as possible when visiting the bathroom. And having a caregiver present at all times can be antithetical to them getting the independence and dignity that they deserve.

But Toilet Frames and Toilet Risers, either combined or in isolation, can both be a tremendous support for both patients and caregivers.

What are Toilet Frames and Toilet Risers? Why do I need them?

Toilet Frames and Toilet Risers have the ability to lighten the workload of caregivers while also providing patients with a greater sense of freedom, independence and autonomy. They’re a powerful yet cost-effective way to help patients feel supported yet give them as much independence as possible when going to the bathroom.

How do Toilet Frames work?

A Toilet Frame looks and functions very similarly to a walking frame. It is a sturdy yet lightweight frame that surrounds the toilet bowl with grips on either side to allow the patient to lower themselves down to the toilet seat. Often they have padded handles to enable the patient to get a firm yet comfortable grip.  

There are different kinds of Toilet Frames. Some have two legs and are bolted onto the toilet. These Toilet Bars For Disabled and elderly patients are a useful permanent fixture. However there are some models that have four legs and can be removed and set up in different rooms. And because they’re made of lightweight materials (usually anodized aluminum and plastic), they’re easy for caregivers to transport between rooms. 

There are also Toilet bars for Seniors and disabled patients that can be swung in or out to afford users different width / heights. These are a good for patients with changing needs, or carers who look after more than one patient that uses the same bathroom.

Some frames will actually have a raised toilet seat attached. As such, they do not need to be used in conjunction with a Toilet Seat Riser.

How do Toilet Risers work?

Toilet Seat Risers also make it easier and more comfortable for patients to go to the bathroom by providing a higher surface for patients to sit on than the average toilet seat. Most are at a height of around 3.5”-5” and this is usually the best height for a Toilet Seat Riser. 

This means that patients don’t have to lower themselves down quite as far when using the bathroom. Some also have handles to allow patients to better position themselves once they are seated. These are a great option for patients who struggle with hip flexibility or joint pain and may find it difficult or uncomfortable to lower themselves onto a conventional toilet seat, even with the aid of a frame and / or caregiver.

Just take a look at the video below to see how easy a Toilet Seat Riser is to install in your home:

What’s the difference between a Toilet Riser and a Raised Toilet Seat?

A Toilet Sear Riser will be used along with the original toilet seat and lid. A Raised Toilet Seat, on the other hand, will replace the conventional toilet seat and lid, bolting into place at the back of the bowl in the same way that a typical toilet seat would. There are also non-locking Raised Toilet Seats available for temporary use although these are a little less stable and secure. 

Some Raised Toilet seats also have an opening at the front to help with wiping. 

Which is the right choice for you or your patient’s home? It really depends on the home and circumstances. If the toilet will be used by the patient and an able-bodied spouse, child or grandchild, the ease and adaptability of a Toilet Riser may be a better option. However, a Raised Toilet seat may make for a better permanent fixture in the patient’s own bathroom to which they have sole access or are at least the most common user.   

Who are Toilet Frames and Toilet Risers best suited to? 

All kinds of patients with a range of mobility issues will benefit from either a Toilet Frame, a Toilet Riser or even both. They help to ensure that patients who struggle with joint pain or a loss of muscle strength or function can use the bathroom either completely independently or with a minimum of assistance from carers. 

Let’s take a look at some of the patient conditions for which Toilet Seat Risers and Toilet Frames would be beneficial:

  • Those experiencing pain or a loss of mobility due to injury
  • Elderly patients with joint pain, loss of muscle strength or loss of flexibility
  • Patients with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis that may make sitting on a toilet difficult or painful
  • Patients with Multiple Sclerosis whose muscle stiffness and weakness makes it difficult to sit on a conventional toilet seat unassisted.
  • Patients with Muscular Dystrophy who may lack the muscle strength to sit on the toilet and pick themselves up again unassisted.
  • Patients who have a degenerative condition like Motor Neurone’s Disease, Parkinson’s or Huntington’s and are losing the muscle control needed to go to the bathroom without assistance.
  • Bariatric patients may benefit from a toilet frame to help distribute some of their weight and give them stability when using the bathroom. However, most Raised Toilet Seats, Toilet Seat Risers With Arms and  Without Arms will have a weight capacity limit of 300-350 lbs. A Bariatric commode may be a better option for larger and heavier patients.

Because these items require such a modest investment (especially with some of the generous discounts we’re currently offering), anywhere this assistive equipment would bring greater comfort, stability, dignity and independence, they’ll be a great fit. 

All of the Toilet Frames and Toilet Risers that we’ll look at today are quick and easy to assemble and install and can be incorporated into virtually any kind of bathroom setup with either a standard or elongated toilet bowl.

The Best Toilet Frames & Toilet Risers For 2020

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Do I need a Toilet Frame, Toilet Riser or both?

Only patients and caregivers can answer this question realistically. However, by looking at the specifications and capabilities of different Toilet Frames and Toilet Seat Risers / raised Toilet Seats, caregivers and patients can make an informed decision as to which item or combination best suits their needs. Hopefully the charts below will help customers to better understand how each option may suit your needs…

Toilet Seat Riser

Standard or Elongated Toilet Bowl?

Both

Safety Rails?

No

Added Height?

3.5”

Weight Capacity

Around 300-350lbs

Best suited for...

Elderly patients or those recovering from injury / surgery. Patients who share a bathroom.


Toilet Seat Riser With Arms

Standard or Elongated Toilet Bowl?

Both

Safety Rails?

Yes

Added Height?

3.5”

Weight Capacity

Around 300lbs

Best suited for...

Elderly patients or those with long term / degenerative mobility issues.


Raised Toilet Seat

Standard or Elongated Toilet Bowl?

Both

Safety Rails?

Yes

Added Height?

Up to 5”

Weight Capacity

Around 250lbs

Best suited for...

Those recovering from injury / surgery. 

Compact Toilet Rail

Standard or Elongated Toilet Bowl?

Both

Safety Rails?

Yes

Added Height?

No 

Weight Capacity

Around 300 lbs

Best suited for...

Travel, shared bathrooms or patients who only need a little extra support in using the bathroom.

Two Legged Toilet Safety Frame

Standard or Elongated Toilet Bowl?

Both

Safety Rails?

Yes

Added Height?

No

Weight Capacity

Around 300lbs

Best suited for...

Permanent installation for elderly patients or those with degenerative or long term mobility issues.

Four Legged Standalone Toilet Frame

Standard or Elongated Toilet Bowl?

Both

Safety Rails?

Yes

Added Height?

No

Weight Capacity

Around 300lbs

Best suited for...

Elderly patients, patients with long term . degenerative mobility issues or those recovering from injury / surgery. 

Homes or facilities with more than one patient. 

Multiple toilets

What to look for in a Toilet Frame

With so many different models on the market, it can be confusing finding the right Toilet Frame for your needs. While we’ll get into specific model recommendations shortly, it’s nonetheless important to know what to look for when choosing a Toilet Support Frame for your patient. 

While everybody's needs are unique, these are the things that you should consider when choosing a Toilet Frame...

Weight / portability 

The weight of the Toilet Frame itself may be pertinent if you’re thinking of getting a Standalone Toilet Frame that will be used in multiple bathrooms. Caregivers will want something that, while sturdy and durable, will be easy to transport from room to room. Some models also fold for easy portability and storage. Even if you opt for a two-legged Toilet Safety frame for permanent installation, you’ll likely want to opt for something relatively light for ease of installation. Anodized aluminum tubing is the best option for a Toilet Frame as it’s light yet sturdy and corrosion-resistant. 

Weight capacity

Depending on the weight of your patient, you may want to check the frame’s capacity. The patient will, at times, need to transfer quite a lot of their body weight onto the frame or bar, and patients and carers alike need the assurance that a Toilet Support for Elderly, injured or handicapped patients will be able to bear their weight. Fortunately, most Toilet Frames are capable of supporting up to 300 lbs. 

Stability

Some patients with conditions like Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy or Multiple Sclerosis may require a little extra stability when using the bathroom. As such, you should ensure that your intended frame doesn’t wobble when in use.

Integrated seat?

Some Toilet Frames also have an integrated seat that is placed over the conventional toilet seat. This may or may not make it better suited for the patient’s needs. It does offer convenience. However, because it is not firmly attached it may not offer the stability that you or your patient are looking for. 

Toilet size and shape?

Depending on the patient’s needs the home or facility may either have a standard or elongated toilet bowl. You’ll need to ensure that the Toilet Support Frame you choose is compatible with the type of toilet that it will be used with.

Adjustability

Depending on the height of the toilet and the patient you will likely want to be able to adjust the height of your Bathroom Helper frame. You may also want to be able to adjust its width to better suit the patient’s needs so that they have a good combination of stability and comfort.

The Best Toilet Frames & Toilet Risers For 2020

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What to look for in a Toilet Riser or Raised Toilet Seat

A Toilet Seat Raiser or Raised Toilet Seat (depending on which is best for you . your patient’s needs) will have many of the same criteria as your Toilet Frame. You’ll need to ensure that it can help the user sit at a comfortable height without pain or discomfort. You will also need to ensure that it has the weight capacity to accommodate you or your patient. 

Most Toilet Risers and Raised Toilet Seats can accommodate user weights in excess of 250 lbs, with some even going as high as 350 lbs. This should comfortably accommodate most adult users. It should also be easy to clean and easy to adjust / remove when you need to clean the underside.

You may or may not choose to opt for a model with arms. These can be extremely helpful in giving patients extra support and allowing them to better position themselves. As with a Toilet Frame, however, you should ensure that there is sufficient padding to make using the arms and handles comfortable. 

The 4 Best Toilet Frames on the market in 2020

Now that we know a little more about the different types of Toilet Frames and what to look for when choosing one, let’s take a look at some of the best that the market has to offer in 2020.

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Best Two-Legged Toilet Frame- Drive Medical Toilet Safety Frame

Drive Medical: Toilet Safety Frame

This outstanding Two-Legged Toilet Frame for elderly and disabled patients has everything you could want at an exceptional price. Made from anodized aluminum, it’s sturdy and lightweight, yet provides the strength and stability that patients need to support them when they use the bathroom. There are also plastic arm rests for additional comfort and support. 

Complete with a powder-coated aluminum bracket, it fits quickly and easily but completely securely to any toilet bowl. And because assembly is 100% tool-free, it can be set up by pretty much anyone. 

This two-legged toilet frame is suitable for both standard and elongated bowls, and though it is lightweight and discreet it can support weights of up to 300 lbs with ease. 

Furthermore, this unit is completely adjustable, so you can get a perfect fit for your patient with a minimum of hassle. The arm height can be adjusted to 25.5" at the lowest and 29.5" at the highest. The width between arms can also be adjusted to 18.5" at the narrowest to 22.75" at the widest. So users can get the space and support where they are needed the most. 

There’s also a limited lifetime warranty, so you can use this Toilet Frame with complete peace of mind. 

Was: $61.00 Now just $41.25

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Best Four-Legged Toilet Safety Frame- Mobb Healthcare: Folding Toilet Safety Frame

Mobb Healthcare: Folding Toilet Safety Frame - MHFTSF - Actual Image

Looking for a frame that delivers sturdy and stable support for patients yet is light and portable enough to be used in a variety of rooms and locations? Look no further than this great value folding Toilet Safety Frame by Mobb Healthcare. 

This universal-fit model is perfectly compatible with all standard sized toilets, and although it is lightweight and highly portable, it can support up to 300 lbs of patient weight. Padded armrests also ensure that the patient remains as comfortable as possible when using this Toilet Frame. 

Best of all, because it’s foldable, it can be easily stored when out of use, or stowed for use when traveling. Perfect when you’re caring for a relative with whom you share a home, or ensuring that a patient gets the support they need when on vacation. Just use the easy lever function to fold, and away you go! 

This unit comes fully assembled, so DIY-phobic caregivers can breathe a sigh of relief. 

If you’re looking for a standalone unit that’s sturdy and reliable yet light and portable, this reliable Toilet Frame is the one you’re looking for. And, needless to say, we’re offering it at an amazing price, too!

Was: $52,42 Now just $48.60

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Best Value Budget Toilet Frame- Compass Health: Probasics Toilet Safety Frame

Compass Health: ProBasics Toilet Safety Frame 300 lb Weight Capacity, 4/cs - BSTF Main View

If it’s a reliable yet eminently affordable Toilet Frame you’re looking for, you could do a whole lot worse than this entry from Compass Health. If you’re not quite sure what kind of Toilet Safety Frame is the best fit for your / the patient’s needs, this is an excellent all-rounder at an irresistibly low price.  

Made from anodized, non-corrosive 1 inch aluminum tubing, it is lightweight, portable and easy to assemble without tools. What’s more, the contoured waterfall armrests ensure that the user gets an optimal gripping surface, as well as additional comfort and support when using the unit. 

Best of all, it can hold its own against any other entry in this list, readily supporting user weights of up to 300 lbs. 

All-in-all, this is everything you could want in an entry-level Two-Legged Toilet Frame at an excellent price. 

Just: $19.02

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Best Compact Adjustable Toilet Frame- Mobb Healthcare: Ultimate Toilet Safety Frame

The last entry on our list is perfect for those looking for something that’s compact and versatile, yet still offers excellent stability and support. Lightweight and highly adjustable, yet strong and stable offering great support, this is an outstanding all-rounder. 

What’s more, this small and unassuming Toilet Frame can support weight of up to 400 lbs. The steel hardware transfers the user’s weight to the toilet bowl as they lower themselves down. Yet, the adjustable arms are easy and comfortable to use.

This universal-fit frame is compatible with all standard toilets, and because there are no legs, it’s easy to clean the toilet and surrounding floor even when it’s set up. There’s even an integrated toilet roll holder that can be positioned on either side.

See how easy it is to install and use this Toilet Frame for yourself by checking out the video below:

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The 4 Best Toilet Risers on the market in 2020

Now that we’ve looked at Toilet Frames, let’s take a look at some of the best Toilet Seat Risers and Raised Toilet Seats on the market in 2020. These can be used to either supplement or substitute for a Toilet Frame to give patients greater freedom and comfort when going to the bathroom...

Best Hinged Toilet Seat Riser- Drive Medical: Hinged Toilet Seat Riser

Hinged Toilet Seat Riser, Standard Seat - RTL12607

If it’s you’re looking for an entry-level hinged Toilet Seat Riser that’s quick and easy to install yet string and stable, we heartily recommend this entry from Drive Medical. With models available for both standard and elongated toilet seats, it’s the perfect entry point for those who are looking for their first ever Toilet Riser.

Weighing in at just over 5lbs, it’s discreet, portable and easy to install quickly without tools. Yet it can support weights of up to 250 lbs, adding 3.5 inches to your toilet seat’s height. Constructed from heavy-duty molded plastic, it’s highly durable and will stand the test of time. It’s even backed by a limited lifetime warranty. 

And, because it’s hinged, it can be discreetly moved out of the way when not in use. 

Needless to say, we offer this model at a fantastic price. 

Was: $58.50 Now just $39.00 (standard model)

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Best Toilet Seat Riser With Arms- Healthsmart: DMI Toilet Seat Riser

Healthsmart: Dmi® Toilet Seat Riser With Arms 522-1503-1900 - Actual Image 

Those looking for something that offers a little extra support when getting seated or changing position will probably want to invest in a Toilet Seat Riser With Arms. For these customers, we heartily recommend the DMI Toilet Seat Riser With Arms from Healthsmart.

Sturdy construction combined with a comfortable and generously sized seating area make this a great choice for patients who want space and autonomy as well as support. Capable of supporting weights of up to 300 lbs, this unit weighs less than 4 pounds itself. And this highly versatile model has options for both standard and elongated toilet bowls. 

The seat height provides a generous extra 3.5 inches, with the arm height at 7.25 inches above the rim of the bowl. And with a generous 19 inches between arms, patients can get the support they need without impinging on their space or comfort. 

Sturdy, durable and easy to install and clean, this molded plastic Toilet Seat Riser with arms is a great fit for a wide range of patients.

Just: $60.85

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Best Portable Toilet Seat Riser- Healthsmart: Portable Elevated Toilet Seat Riser

Healthsmart: Portable Elevated Toilet Seat Riser - 522-1508-1900HS - Actual Image

Need a Toilet Seat Riser that you or your patient can use on the go? Or do you want to use the same Toilet Riser for multiple bathrooms in the home? In either case, you can’t go wrong with this Portable Elevated Toilet Seat Riser from Healthsmart.

This feather-light and easy to transport unit adds a generous 5 inches to the height of your toilet seat, and will support patients up to 250 lbs in weight. It fits onto most standard toilets in seconds, with 4 slip-resistant pads holding it in place. No tools or expertise required. 

And with a limited lifetime warranty, you know that you have complete peace of mind. Especially at such an amazing price!  

Just: $28.23 

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Best Raised Toilet Seat With Arms- Healthsmart: DMI Hi-Riser Locking Raised Toilet Seat

If you’re looking for the ultimate Raised Toilet Seat With Arms, you’ve found it in this entry from Healthsmart. Its combination of versatility, sturdy construction, comfort and security make it suitable for a wide range of patient needs. 

Adding 5 inches to your toilet seat height, this unit can hold a generous 250 lbs when in use. The plastic contoured seat and padded aluminum armrests make this extremely comfortable to use, while the arms can also be removed quickly and easily for hassle-free lateral transfers. 

There’s a generous 18 inches of space between arms to ensure that patients are not hemmed in by the unit, and its comfort is matched only by its security and stability. 

The easy to use front locking bracket fixes the seat safely and securely to most toilet bowls, without the need for any tools. 

This video neatly demonstrates just how easy this unit is to install:

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Why Choose Scooters N Chairs for your Toilet Frames & Risers?

We understand that there are lots of mobility equipment suppliers when it comes to choosing the best Toilet Frames and Toilet Risers for your patient/s. But at Scooters N Chairs, we pride ourselves on providing the best equipment and advice for patients and carers with mobility issues. And the kind of support that comes on wheels is just the tip of the iceberg!

We strive to be the #1 online resource for outstanding mobility products anywhere in the US for caregivers and their patients. As well as an outstanding range of products, we are also perfectly positioned to provide impartial, astutely-informed advice based on years of experience and expertise in the industry. 

Everything we do is driven by both passion and compassion. We take the time to listen to and truly understand the needs of our customers and their support networks. Delivering consistently excellent service and value to all.

We know how important the right Ceiling Mounted Lift Systems can be in bringing our customers happiness, autonomy, freedom, and peace of mind. We understand that our products help pour customers to enjoy the best possible lifestyle, and it’s a responsibility that we don’t take lightly. 

We invite you to check out all our range of Toilet Frames and Toilet Risers, and if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 1-800-674-8395, emailing [email protected] or leaving us a ticket.


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