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Bariatric Bedside Commode Weight Limits: A Guide With 60 Examples and Illustrations

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After doing a lot of investigation into the different types of bedside commodes, so that I would be able to choose one for my elderly mom’s healthcare needs, I compiled a huge amount of data and lists of the different types, costs and weight capacities. I have decided to put these in articles so that they would be of use to people.

Bariatric bedside commode have weight capacities starting at starting 400 lb, and going all the way up to the strongest models with weight capacities of 1500 lb. 
 

What are the different types of bariatric bedside commodes ?

 

The term “bariatric” comes from the greek word “baros meaning heavy.

Bariatric commodes are simply commodes which are able to support heavier individuals, and the types of bariatric bedside commodes are exactly the same as standard bedside commodes, they are just a bit bigger and made of stronger materials –

 

  • bariatric bedside commodes
  • bariatric drop arm bedside commodes
  • bariatric transport or rolling bedside commodes
  • combination bariatric shower chair, transport chair and bedside commode

 

Typically, you will find that bariatric commodes also come in “wide“, “extra wide” and “tall” versions.

Often the term “heavy duty” is used in place of the term “bariatric“, but it simply means a stronger design for a greater weight.

Like all other bedside commodes, you will also find that some have hard plastic, padded, waterproof and folding versions available.

And that some models will mix the various types together – such as a “drop arm shower transport commode”.

Bariatric commodes come in a variety of different sizes to fit different users –

 

  • seat height from the floor ranges from 17″ up to 28″ 
  • seat widths range from 13″ up to 31″
  • seat depths range from 14″ up to 23″
  • widths between armrests range from 17 3/4″ up to 31 1/4″ 
  • open front seats

 

In the article “Do Bedside Commodes Come In Different Sizes ?”, you will find information about all the different heights widths and seat shapes and sizes, and examples of each of the different types.

I have written a more extensive article in which I discuss the different types of bedside commode, which can be read here – “Bedside Commodes: How To Make The Right Choice ?”.

Static bariatric bedside commodes

 

Of the static bedside commodes the 3-in-1, or All-in-One bedside commodes offer bariatric models.

These models have multiple functions, somewhat indicated by these other names.

 

The 3 intended uses are –

 

  • bedside commode
  • as a raised toilet seat
  • as a toilet safety frame when you remove the seat, pale and lid

 

The frames for the bariatric, and heavy duty frames are usually steel, double tubed aluminum, or special plastic PVC constructions.

3 in 1 bedside commode

Drop arm bedside commodes

 

Static drop arm commodes are distinguished from a static bedside commode by their armrests, which are not in a fixed position.

Their arms may swing up or down, or be removed.

The drop arms help with getting onto the commode from the side from a wheelchair or a bed, for example, where the user needs to gain access from the side.

Drop arms may also be found on all the other types of commode.

Drop arm commodes are designed for a number of functions –

 

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

Static drop arm bedside commode

Transport or rolling bedside commodes

 

Transport, or rolling bedside commodes, are quite simply bedside commodes with wheels, which are extremely practical for frail elderly loved ones who sometimes may be too tired to walk, or who mobility issues restricting their movement.

Just as with the previous types, this type of commode has multiple uses –

 

  • a transport chair
  • a bedside commode
  • a raised toilet seat over a toilet

 

The maximum weight capacity I found on a bariatric transport bedside commode was 750 lb. The static chairs go to double that weight.

Attendant transport bedside commode

Self-propelling transport commode

Shower transport bedside commodes

These commodes have been specifically designed for wheeling into the shower, so be warned if you have a step or a rim to your shower they won’t work for that.

These commodes have multiple uses just like the other types – 

  • as a shower chair
  • a transport chair
  • a bedside commode
  • a raised toilet seat over a toilet – but only certain types can do this, so do check if this is something that you need it for

The highest weight capacity I found for this type of commode was 750 lb.

Attendant shower transport bedside commode with four small wheels

Attendant shower transport bedside commode with medium sized rear wheels

Self-propelling shower transport bedside commode

Bariatric bedside commodes weight limits

 

I am starting my list of bariatric bedside commode weight limits with those at 400 lb, and going up to those with limits of 1500 lb.

I have divided the commodes by weight groups, and then into their broad categories.

I have tried my best to provide the manufacturers product numbers with the models of commode where I could find them – I tried to get them from the manufactures’ websites rather than retailers.

Unfortunately, not all the brands have websites, and do not manufacture the commodes themselves, which makes it a little hard to get that information, and so some manufacturer’s product numbers are not included here, for those reasons.

I have entered all of the names of the commodes with their product numbers into my browser window, and checked that they do bring up the correct models when you search.

 

400 – 500 lb weight capacity bariatric bedside commodes

 

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

400 lb

Model

TFI Healthcare drop arm commode w/ elongated seat

Product Number

3225
450 lb

Model

Tuffcare extra wide drop arm commode chair

Product Number

M470
470 lb

Model

Performance Health drop arm commode

Product Number

081299338

Shower/ transport/ bedside commodes (can have drop arms)

400 lb

Model

Healthline Shower Taxi, shower / transport bedside commode

Product Number

ST603OFT5SF
400 lb

Model

IPU Oversize shower chair commode with round seat

Product Number

SCC9250-OS
435 lb

Model

Mor Medical New Era PVC bariatric 26" wide rolling commode shower chair without insert

Product Number

DNE-126-4TWL
435 lb

Model

Mor Medical New Era PVC bariatric 26" wide rolling commode shower chair with insert

Product Number

DNE-126-4TWL-SSI
435 lb

Model

Mor Medical New Era PVC bariatric 26" rolling commode shower chair w/ footrest, w/out insert

Product Number

DNE-126-4TWL-SF
435 lb

Model

Mor Medical New Era PVC bariatric 26" rolling commode shower chair w/ footrest, w/ insert

Product Number

DNE-126-4TWL-SF-SSI
440 lb

Model

Rebotec Dallas bariatric shower commode chair

Product Number

TRE-359
440 lb

Model

Healthline EZee Life heavy duty shower commode wheelchair

Product Number

186-24
450 lb

Model

Tuffcare Heavy duty rolling shower commode chair

Product Number

S950
450 lb

Model

Tuffcare Bariatric shower commode wheelchair

Product Number

S990

Transfer bedside commodes

400 lb

Model

Drive Medical Padded transfer bench commode

Product Number

12005KDC-1
400 lb

Model

Drive Medical Plastic transfer bench commode w/ opening

Product Number

12011KDC-1

500 – 600 lb weight capacity bariatric bedside commodes

 

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

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

Shower/ transport/ bedside commodes (can have drop arms)

500 lb

Model

Drive Bariatric Aluminum Rehab Shower commode chair

Product Number

NRS185008

600 – 700 lb weight capacity bariatric bedside commodes

 

 

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
650 lb

Model

TF1 3244 Extra tall, wide commode w/ elongated seat

Product Number

3244

Drop arm bedside 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
644 lb

Model

Drive bariatric drop arm commode

Product Number

11135-1
650 lb

Model

Probasics heavy duty drop-arm commode

Product Number

BSBDAC

Shower/ transport/ bedside commodes (can have drop arms)

600 lb

Model

ActiveAid heavy duty rolling commode shower chair

Product Number

720
600 lb

Model

Healthline bariatric shower commode chair

Product Number

--

700 – 800 lb weight capacity bariatric bedside commodes

 

 

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

700 lb

Model

Performance Health heavy-duty commode w/ elongated seat

Product Number

081261767
700 lb

Model

TF1 3240 Extra large bedside commode w/ elongated seat

Product Number

3240

Drop arm bedside commodes

700 lb

Model

AMG bariatric drop arm commode

Product Number

AMG770322
700 lb

Model

Performance Health drop arm all-in-one commode

Product Number

081110287

Shower/ transport/ bedside commodes (can have drop arms)

705 lb

Model

Arjo carmina bariatric shower and commode chair

Product Number

ARJ-BLB1000-013
705 lb

Model

Arjo carmina bariatric shower and commode chair w/ adjustable footrest

Product Number

ARJ-BLB2000-013
750 lb

Model

ConvaQuip bariatric rehab shower rolling commode chair w/ 26" wide seat

Product Number

1326P-24
750 lb

Model

ConvaQuip bariatric rehab shower rolling commode chair w/ 28" wide seat

Product Number

1328P-24
750 lb

Model

Gendron bariatric mobile shower chair w/ 26" wide seat

Product Number

GDN-5226
750 lb

Model

Gendron bariatric mobile shower chair w/ 28" wide seat

Product Number

GDN-5228

800 – 900 lb weight capacity bariatric bedside commodes

 

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

800 lb

Model

Big John Commode chair, adjustable legs

Product Number

BJBC
850 lb

Model

Model 724T Bedside commode w/ fixed arms

Product Number

724T

Drop arm bedside commodes

850 lb

Model

Medline Steel Drop arm bedside commodes

Product Number

MDS89668XW
850 lb

Model

Model 724DAU Bedside commode w/ drop arms

Product Number

724DAU
850 lb

Model

Model 724DAL Bedside commode, w/ left drop arm, right arm fixed

Product Number

724DAL
850 lb

Model

Model 724DAR Bedside commode, w/ right drop arm, left arm fixed

Product Number

724DAR

1000 lb weight capacity bariatric bedside commodes

 

Static beside commodes with fixed arms

1000 lb

Model

Model 730 Bedside commode w/ fixed arms

Product Number

730

Drop arm bedside commodes

1000 lb

Model

Drive Medical bariatric drop arm bedside commode

Product Number

11132-1
1000 lb

Model

Homecraft deluxe bariatric drop arm commode

Product Number

081706381

1500 lb weight capacity bariatric bedside commodes

 

 

Drop arm bedside commodes

1500 lb

Model

Model 736DAU Bedside commode w/ fixed arms

Product Number

736DAU
1500 lb

Model

Model 736DAL Bedside commode w/ left drop arm, right arm fixed

Product Number

736DAL
1500 lb

Model

Model 736DAR Bedside commode w/ right drop arm, left arm fixed

Product Number

736DAR

Where can I buy a bariatric bedside commode ?

 

There are many places online where you can buy a bariatric commode, a well as at major retailers –

 

  • Amazon
  • Home-med-equip.com – this site has a lot of specialized bariatric commodes, with a huge stock list, and the descriptions etc., are about as good as it gets
  • Convaquip.com
  • Lowes.com
  • Walmart.com
  • Walgreens.com
  • Cvs.com

 

I hope that this was useful to you, and I do frequently update the models in the lists to keep it current.

If you wish to know more about where to buy bedside commodes, I have an article which deals with just that, “Where To Buy A Bariatric Commode ?”.

How much does a bariatric commode cost ?

 

The prices of Bedside commodes ranges from around $40.00, to as much as $3300.00, depending on the type and model.

Bariatric commodes are cost more expensive than standard commodes, due to the materials used for a superior build quality.

The price of a bariatric commode will depend upon –

  • weight capacity required
  • the features

Bariatric commodes are typically closer to the $200.00 price mark, for the basic models.

If you want to know weight capacities and prices, they are all listed by weight capacity in my article, “How Much Does A Bedside Commode Cost ? A Guide With Over 160 Examples By Category”.

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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