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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.
 
 

What is a 3-in-1 bedside commode

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.

Lastly, there are versions of both the 3-in-1, and 3-in-1 drop arm commodes, for larger users called bariatric, or heavy duty commodes.

If you want to know more about bariatric commodes, other than just their weight limits, I have an article all about them – “What is a bariatric commode ?”.

 

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 a wheelchair, and need to slide over onto the commode from the side, rather than sitting down on the commode from the front.

If you want to find out more about drop arm commodes, compared with 3-in-1 commodes, you can read my article, “Drop Arm Commode vs 3 In 1 Commode: There’s At Least One Big Difference”, which, as well as comparing the two types of commodes, looks at –

  • static drop arm commodes
  • drop arm transport commodes
  • drop arm shower transport commodes

Features on different types of 3-in-1 commodes

 

As I mentioned in my intro, there are standard 3-in-1 commodes which typically support up to 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’ title for the commodes, the model numbers and of course the weight capacities.

3-in-1 bedside commodes with a 200 – 300 lb weight capacity

Static 3-in-1 bedside commode with fixed arms

250 lb

Model

Nova drop arm 3-in-1 commode

Product Number

8900W

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

275 lb

Model

Patterson Medical adjustable height stacking commode

Product Number

521A

3-in-1 bedside commodes with a 300 – 400 lb weight capacity

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

300 lb

Model

Carex folding bedside commode

Product Number

B341-00
300 lb

Model

Lifestyle Mobility Aids folding 3-in-1 steel commode

Product Number

B3400F
300 lb

Model

Lifestyle Mobility Aids folding 3-in-1 commode with elongated opening

Product Number

B3500F
300 lb

Model

MedPro Homecare commode chair

Product Number

770-315
300 lb

Model

Nova folding commode

Product Number

8700-S
300 lb

Model

Probasics 3-in-1 steel commode

Product Number

BS31C
350 lb

Model

Homecraft Heavy-duty 3-in-1 commode

Product Number

081437862
350 lb

Model

Invacare Lightweight All-in-One commode

Product Number

9605-4
350 lb

Model

Invacare I-Class All-in-One commode

Product Number

9630-1
350 lb

Model

Medline Guardian deluxe All-in-One bedside commode

Product Number

G30213-1F
350 lb

Model

Medline 3-in-1 steel bedside commode

Product Number

MDS89664KDMBG
350 lb

Model

Probasics 3-in-1 folding commode

Product Number

BSFC
350 lb

Model

Drive Medical 3-in-1 Competitive Edge folding commode

Product Number

11148CE-4
350 lb

Model

Drive Medical 3-in-1 steel folding bedside commode

Product Number

RTL11158KDR
350 lb

Model

Drive Medical 3-in-1 steel folding bedside commode

Product Number

11148-1

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

375 lb

Model

Aidapt Essex stacking bedside commode

Product Number

VR161LIN
375 lb

Model

Drive adjustable height stacking bedside commode

Product Number

181

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

300 lb

Model

Drive Medical deluxe steel drop arm commode

Product Number

11125KD-1
300 lb

Model

Drive Medical drop arm commode with padded seat

Product Number

11125PSKD-1
300 lb

Model

Guardian drop arm bedside commode

Product Number

98202
300 lb

Model

Guardian padded drop arm commode

Product Number

98204
300 lb

Model

Healthline drop arm 3-in-1 bedside commode

Product Number

HL7105
300 lb

Model

Healthline drop arm bedside commode with padded seat

Product Number

HL7107
300 lb

Model

Lifestyle Mobility Aids steel drop arm commode

Product Number

B3900
300 lb

Model

Lumex drop arm 3-in-1 commode

Product Number

6433A
300 lb

Model

Nova drop arm padded commode

Product Number

8901W
300 lb

Model

Probasics drop arm 3-in-1 commode

Product Number

BSDAC
350 lb

Model

Homecraft drop arm padded commode

Product Number

081706399

3-in-1 bedside commodes with a 400 – 500 lb weight capacity

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

400 lb

Model

Lumex imperial collection 3-in-1 bedside commode

Product Number

7446A-2
400 lb

Model

Medline microban bedside commode

Product Number

MDS89664ELMB
400 lb

Model

TFI Healthcare 3-in-1 commode w/ elongated seat

Product Number

3223G
400 lb

Model

TFI Healthcare wide 3-in-1 commode w/ elongated seat

Product Number

3224G
400 lb

Model

Tuffcare M450 extra wide 3-in-1 commode chair

Product Number

M450
450 lb

Model

Probasics heavy duty Wide Commode

Product Number

BSB31C

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

450 lb

Model

Tuffcare extra wide drop arm commode chair

Product Number

M470
470 lb

Model

Performance Health drop arm commode

Product Number

081299320

3-in-1 bedside commodes with a 500 – 600 lb weight capacity

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

500 lb

Model

Duro-Med heavy duty steel commode w /platform seat

Product Number

23044
500 lb

Model

Nova heavy duty commode w/ extra wide seat

Product Number

8582
500 lb

Model

Performance Health Briggs heavy-duty commode

Product Number

081437862
500 lb

Model

Performance Health Hip commode

Product Number

081512821

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

500 lb

Model

Healthline bariatric drop arm bedside commode

Product Number

HL7206-2
500 lb

Model

Homecraft heavy-duty drop arm commode

Product Number

081611110

3-in-1 bedside commodes with a 600 – 700 lb weight capacity

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

650 lb

Model

Drive Deluxe bariatric commode

Product Number

11130-2
650 lb

Model

Drive folding bariatric commode

Product Number

11117N-1
650 lb

Model

Probasics bariatric commode extra wide seat

Product Number

BSB24C

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

600 lb

Model

Lumex 6438A imperial collection 3-in-1 steel drop arm

Product Number

6438A
600 lb

Model

Performance Health heavy-duty 3-in-1 drop arm commode

Product Number

081202704
600 lb

Model

Drive bariatric drop arm commode

Product Number

11135-1

3-in-1 bedside commodes with a 700 – 800 lb weight capacity

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

700 lb

Model

AMG bariatric drop arm commode

Product Number

AMG770322

3-in-1 bedside commodes with a 800 – 900 lb weight capacity

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

800 lb

Model

Big John Commode chair, adjustable legs

Product Number

BJBC

3-in-1 bedside commodes with a 1000 lb weight capacity

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

1000 lb

Model

Homecraft deluxe bariatric drop arm commode

Product Number

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 your 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 your 3-in-1 splash guard
  • if you are using your commode as a raised 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

To find out about splash guards, and how to use them, you can read either of these two articles, “What Is A Commode Splash Guard ?” and “How To Use A Commode Splash Guard ?”.

Well known brands of 3-in-1 bedside commodes

 

Here 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 to buy a 3-in-1 bedside commode ?

 

You can buy  3-in-1 bedside commodes at many retailers, including –

 

  • 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

 

For more information on the subject, you can check out my article  “Where To Buy A Bedside Commode ?”. In the article, you can find out –

  • which retailers have the widest range of new bedside commodes
  • well known brands
  • Medicare Part B guidelines
  • where you buy one with Medicare
  • coverage for veterans
  • refurbished bedside commodes
  • AT Programs with bedside commodes

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.

 

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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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