3 In 1 Bedside Commode Weight Limit Guide: With Over 50 Examples

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In our home we have been using a 3-in-1 commode for my Mom for over 2 yrs now, and she is very happy with all it has done for her. We’ve used it as a bedside commode, as a raised toilet seat in the bathroom, as a toilet safety frame and as a chair for Mom. It is currently over our toilet for a safety frame for my Mom, but I can very easily pick it up and move it whenever I wish to use the toilet. 

3-in-1 bedside commode weight limits range from 250 lb up to 1000 lb. A standard 3-in-1 bedside commode will typically support up to 300 – 350 lb, and anything above that is typically referred to as a bariatric or heavy 3-in-1 commode, and these can support up to 1000 lb.

The 3-in-1 bedside commode, also called an All-in-One bedside commode is a static portable bedside commode, and is so-called because it is destined for 3 functions –

  • as a bedside commode
  • as a raised toilet seat
  • as a toilet safety frame

 

3 in 1 bedside commode

There are actually two other types of commodes which are not called always called 3-in-1 commodes, but that have the same functions –

  • stacking bedside commodes – there of models of this type which if they have adjustable legs are capable of being used in the same three ways
  • drop arm commodes – drop arms are found on many types of commode, but often a static portable bedside commode with the drop arm feature is just called a “drop arm commode” because that is the prime feature, and more important than the fact that it may also be a 3-in 1 commode as well

In my lists of the different 3-in-1 commodes I have separated out the drop arm 3-in-1 commodes, to show which they are.

You cannot assume though, that a drop arm is always a 3-in-1, but for the most part they are.

Static stacking bedside commode

Static drop arm bedside commode

Drop arm commodes have armrests which are not fixed, which can be moved out of position to allow side access and may also be removed on a lot of models.

Drop arm commodes are designed, typically, for those individuals who cannot stand, who are transferring either from a bed, or from wheelchair, and need to slide over onto the commode from the side, rather than sitting down on the commode from the front.

Other differences between 3-in-1 commodes

As I mentioned in my intro there are standard 3-in-1 commodes which typically support up 300 – 350 lb, and then you have what are known as “bariatric” or “heavy duty” 3-in-1 commodes which support greater weights.

3-in-1 commodes can also vary in the types of seats they may have –

  • elongated – this is simply a deeper seat from front to back which helps with cleaning
  • open front – this is a seat which is open at the front and again is designed to help the user have more access for cleaning
  • extra wide seats – these are generally found on the models which support greater weight and are for the comfort of those users with wider hips and thighs 
  • padded seats – the standard commodes come with a hard plastic seat, and some users prefer a soft padded one instead

3-in-1 commodes may also  –

  • have an extra wide frame – again this is for the comfort of users on the larger models
  • extra tall frame – for taller users 

3-in-1 bedside commodes weight limits

The following is a list of different 3-in-1 commodes, including the drop arm commodes which also happen to be 3-in-1 commodes just not in name.

The commodes are grouped in different weight categories to make it a little easier to read. 

Almost without exception I have used the manufacturers tilelt for the commode, the model number and of course the weight capacity of the commode.

 

200 – 300 lb weight capapcity

Static 3-in-1 bedside commode with fixed arms

250 lb – Nova drop arm 3-in-1 commode, Prod. No. 8900W

Stacking bedside commodes – which are also 3-in-1 commodes

275 lb – Patterson Medical adjustable height stacking commode, Prod. No. 521A

300 – 400 lb weight capacity

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

300 lb –  Carex folding bedside commode, Prod. No. B341-00

300 lb –  Lifestyle Mobility Aids folding 3-in-1 steel commode, Prod. No. B3400F

300 lb –  Lifestyle Mobility Aids folding 3-in-1 commode with elongated opening, Prod. No. B3500F

300 lb –  MedPro Homecare commode chair, Prod. No. 770-315

300 lb –  Nova folding commode, Prod. No. 8700-S

300 lb –  Probasics 3-in-1 steel commode, Prod. No. BS31C

350 lb –  Homecraft Heavy-duty 3-in-1 commode, Prod. No. 081437862

350 lb –  Invacare Lightweight All-in-One commode, Prod. No. 9605-4

350 lb –  Invacare I-Class  All-in-One commode, Prod. No. 9630-1

350 lb –  Medline Guardian deluxe All-in-One bedside commode, Prod. No. G30213-1F

350 lb –  Medline  3-in-1 steel bedside commode, Prod. No. MDS89664KDMBG

350 lb –  Probasics 3-in-1 folding commode, Prod. No. BSFC

350 lb –  Drive Medical 3-in-1 Competitive Edge folding commode, Prod. No. 11148CE-4

350 lb –  Drive Medical 3-in-1 steel folding bedside commode, Prod. No. RTL11158KDR

350 lb –  Drive Medical 3-in-1 steel folding bedside commode, Prod. No. 11148-1

Stacking bedside commodes – which are also 3-in-1 commodes

375 lb –  Aidapt Essex stacking bedside commode, Prod. No. VR161LIN

375 lb –  Drive adjustable height stacking bedside commode, Prod. No. 181

Drop arm bedside commodes – which are also 3-in-1 commodes

300 lb – Drive Medical deluxe steel drop arm commode, Prod. No. 11125KD-1 

300 lb – Drive Medical drop arm commode with padded seat, Prod. No. 11125PSKD-1

300 lb – Guardian drop arm bedside commode, Prod. No. 98202

300 lb – Guardian padded drop arm commode, Prod. No. 98204

300 lb – Healthline drop arm 3-in-1 bedside commode, Prod. No.HL7105

300 lb – Healthline drop arm bedside commode with padded seat, Prod. No.HL7107

300 lb – Lifestyle Mobility Aids steel drop arm commode, Prod. No. B3900

300 lb – Lumex drop arm 3-in-1 commode, Prod. No. 6433A

300 lb – Nova drop arm padded commode, Prod. No. 8901W

300 lb – Probasics drop arm 3-in-1 commode, Prod. No. BSDAC

350 lb – Homecraft drop arm padded commode, Prod. No. 081706399

400 – 500 lb weight capacity

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

400 lb –  Lumex imperial collection 3-in-1 bedside commode, Prod. No. 7446A-2

400 lb – Medline microban bedside commode, Prod. No. MDS89664ELMB

400 lb – TFI Healthcare 3-in-1 commode w/ elongated seat, Prod. No. 3223G

400 lb – TFI Healthcare wide 3-in-1 commode w/ elongated seat, Prod. No. 3224G

400 lb – Tuffcare M450 extra wide 3-in-1 commode chair, Prod. No. M450

450 lb –  Probasics heavy duty Wide Commode, Prod. No. BSB31C

Drop arm bedside commodes – which are also 3-in-1 commodes

450 lb –  Tuffcare extra wide drop arm commode chair, Prod. No. M470

470 lb –  Performance Health drop arm commode, Prod. No. 081299320

500 – 600 lb weight capacity

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

500 lb – Duro-Med heavy duty steel commode w /platform seat, Prod. No. 23044

500 lb – Nova heavy duty commode w/ extra wide seat, Prod. No. 8582

500 lb – Performance Health Briggs heavy-duty commode, Prod. No. 081437862

500 lb – Performance Health Hip commode, Prod. No. 081512821

Drop arm bedside commodes – which are also 3-in-1 commodes

500 lb – Healthline bariatric drop arm bedside commode, Prod. No. HL7206-2

500 lb – Homecraft heavy-duty drop arm commode, Prod. No. 081611110

600 – 700 lb weight capacity

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

650 lb – Drive Deluxe bariatric commode, Prod. No. 11130-2

650 lb – Drive folding bariatric commode, Prod. No. 11117N-1

650 lb – Probasics bariatric commode extra wide seat, Prod. No. BSB24C

Drop arm bedside commodes – which are also 3-in-1 commodes

600 lb – Lumex 6438A imperial collection 3-in-1 steel drop arm, Prod. No. 6438A

600 lb – Performance Health heavy-duty 3-in-1 drop arm commode, Prod. No. 081202704

644 lb – Drive bariatric drop arm commode Prod. No. 11135-1

700 – 800 lb weight capacity

Drop arm bedside commodes – which are also 3-in-1 commodes

700 lb – AMG bariatric drop arm commode, Prod. No. AMG770322

800 – 900 lb weight capacity

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

800 lb – Big John Commode chair, adjustable legs, Prod. No. BJBC

1000 lb weight capacity

Drop arm bedside commodes – which are also 3-in-1 commodes

1000 lb – Homecraft deluxe bariatric drop arm commode, Prod. No. 081706381

How to use a 3-in-1 commode over a toilet ?

So now for the great advantages of the 3-in-1 commodes – using them over the toilet for a really stable and easy to use seat for those who are recovering from surgery, elderly or disable, and who have issues with balance and mobility.

The size of the armrests and the solidity give the user a confidence that I don’t think you can get with most raised toilet seats which just attach to the rim of the toilet bowl with a plastic clamp.

The commode is on its four legs and has no wobbles to it and cannot come off the toilet as it isn’t attached to it.

If you have an elderly loved one who has any issues with their sight, the size of the armrests and the width of the seat is greater than raised toilet seats, so the armrests will come into the peripheral vision of the eye to a greater degree – I know this for a fact as my Mom has Advance Macular Degeneration in one eye, and she can easily see the armrest on that side.

Anyhow good luck, and here is how you set the commode over the toilet.

How to set up a 3-in-1 commode over a toilet as a raised toilet seat or safety frame –

  • remove the commode bucket from the bucket platform before you do anything else
  • measure how high your toilet bowl rim is from the floor
  • adjust you commode leg so that the commode seat is higher than the toilet bowl rim
  • to adjust the length of the legs, push in the spring loaded buttons on the tubing and then pull or push the leg in- when they are in position give them a good jiggle to make sure the push buttons have popped back out properly
  • all the legs must be the same length
  • make sure the actual toilet seat and lid in the upright position (not the bedside commode)
  • place the 3-in-1 over the toilet
  • check that the seat height which suits the user -the user’s feet must be on the floor when seated on the commode – not just the toes -frailer individuals can fall when trying to get up from the toilet if their feet were dangling in the air when seated 
  • if you are using the commode as a safety frame only, you will not need to use you 3-in-1 splashguard
  • if you are using your commode as a raissed toilet seat of more than a couple of inches, lift the seat of the commode and place the splash guard in the bucket platform
  • lower the commode seat back down into position and it is ready to use over a toilet

3 in 1 bedside commode installed over a toilet

Well known brands of 3-in-1 bedside commodes

The following is a list of well known brands who make 3-in-1 commodes –

  • Carex
  • Drive
  • Guardian
  • Homecraft
  • Invacare
  • Medline
  • Nova
  • Patterson Medical
  • Performance Health
  • Probasics
  • TFI Healthcare
  • Tuffcare
  • Guardian
  • Vive 

Where you can buy a 3-in-1 bedside commode ?

You can find retailers for bedside commodes a

 

  • American Discount Medical Equipment – home-med-equip.com – This is my go-to specialist website 
  • CVS
  • Lowes 
  • Target
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • Amazon 
  • Rehabmart.com – another specialist website for medical equipment which is very good and run by people with years of experience in the field

Does Medicare cover bedside commodes ?

If you have Medicare Part B or a Medicare Advantage plan and you may qualify for 80% coverage of the Medicare approved price for a bedside commode. You will then have your coinsurance of 20% of the Medicare approved price and your deductible to cover.

You have to get a signed prescription from a Medicare-enrolled physician certifying that according to the Medicare qualifying guidelines that a bedside commode is “medically necessary” for you, and then to purchase the commode from a Medicare-enrolled “participating” supplier who accepts assignment.

You can find out about the guidelines and how to do it all in my article “Does Medicare Cover Bedside Commodes” here.

I hope that the list was useful to you. I update every time I find a new 3-in-1 bedside commode.

I’m Gareth and I’m the owner of Looking After Mom and Dad.com

I have been a caregiver for over 10 yrs and share all my tips here.

Gareth Williams

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