I know that choosing which pieces of equipment to buy for your elderly loved ones can get a little overwhelming, and then on top of that, choosing where to buy it. But with low tech equipment like raised toilet seats, you can keep it simple and not look too far.
Walmart sells a range of over a hundred raised toilet seats from many of the most established brands. Their range has models of all the different types of raised toilet seat.
Walmart has a large range of raised toilet seats on their website and stocks all the following types of seat –
- hinged risers
- risers with armrests
- bubble seats
- seats with spacers
- side locking seats
- front locking seats without armrests
- front locking seats with armrests
- extra wide front locking with legs
- raised toilet seats with a safety frame
- bedside commodes (these can also be used as a raised toilet seat)
- mechanical lift seats
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What are the brands of raised toilet seats that Walmart carries ?
Walmart carries several hundred raised toilet seats.
Here’s a list of the established brands of risers, hinged risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, seats with spacers, side locking seats, front locking seats without armrests, front locking seats with armrests, extra wide raised toilet seats with front locking and legs, raised toilet seats with a safety frame and bedside commodes –
AquaSense – side locking and front locking seats, ranging in price from $29.99 – $67.99
Bemis – small range 4 of spacer seats, ranging in price from $118.04 – $205.05
Carex – a large range of risers, hinges risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, side locking seats, front locking with and without arms, and mechanized assistance lifts, ranging in price from $15.77 – $165. 74
Centoco – a pair of spacer seats, ranging in price from $93.20 -$119.99
DMI – side locking seat with arms, ranging in price from $35.60 – $59.90
Drive Medical – risers with hinges, risers with armrests, side locking raised toilet seats, front locking seats with and without armrests, ranging in price from $26.77 – $66.46
Equate – front locking seat with armrests $39.53
Essential Medical Supply – risers, risers with armrests, front locking seats with and without armrests, ranging in price from $13.92 – $78.19
Graham Field – riser with armrests, bubble seat, front locking seat without armrests, ranging in price from $22.21 – $75.49
Invacare – bubble seat, ranging in price from $66.97
Maddak – hinged riser, riser with armrests, bubble seats, hip replacement seats, seats with bolt on flange, extra wide seat with legs, ranging in price from $34.82 – $172.02
Mckesson – side locking seats, front locking seat with and without arms, ranging in price from – $30.46 – $54.99
Medline – bubble seat, front locking seats with and without armrests, ranging in price from $23.58 – $53.47
Mobb – foldable hinged raised seats, starting at $84.95
Nova – risers, hinges risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, front locking with and without arms, ranging in price from $27.68 – $75.66
PCP – bubble seats, side locking seats, front locking seats with and without arms and raised toilet seat with safety frame, ranging in price from $19.99-$119.99
Vaunn Medical – front locking raised toilet seats with armrests, ranging in price from $64.16 – $68.86
Vive – riser with armrests, ranging in price from $87.99 – $100.00
Established brands of raised toilet seats
If you are looking for a raised, the following list is of well known brands of raised toilet seat which can be relied upon for their build quality.
The list includes brands which make risers, hinged risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, seats with spacers, side locking seats, front locking seats without armrests, front locking seats with armrests, extra wide raised toilet seat with front locking with and without legs, raised toilet seats with a safety frame –
- Essential Medical
- Graham Field
- Performance Health
- TFI Healthcare
Which retailers have the biggest ranges of raised toilet seats ?
Walmart and Amazon carry almost every type of raised toilet seat that is available in the US and have by far the biggest range of choice – risers, hinged risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, seats with spacers, side locking seats, front locking seats without armrests, front locking seats with armrests, extra wide front locking with legs and raised toilet seats with a safety frame.
Walmart and Amazon have by far the largest number of brands – of the established brands, they each carry at least 20.
Of the established brands Walmart and Amazon carry – AquaSense, Bemis, Carex, DMI, Drive Medical, Easy Comforts, Equate, Essential Medical, Graham Field, Healthsmart, Lumex, Maddak, McKesson, Medline, Mobb, Nova, PCP, Probasics, and Vaunn Medical.
Home Depot has a range of around 50 models of raised toilet seat and caries 8 of the best more established brands.
Of the established brands Home Depot carries are AquaSense, Bemis, Carex, Centoco, Delta, DMI, Drive Medical, Glacier Bay, Healthsmart and Medline.
Home Depot carries a wide range of Centoco raised toilet seats – seats with spacers – which are a bit different from the other types.
Home Depot carries all the following types of raised toilet seats – bubble seats, seats with spacers, risers, hinged risers, risers with armrests, side locking seats, front locking seats, front locking seats with armrests and raised toilet seat with safety frame.
Lowes carries a smaller range of around 26 different raised toilet seats.
Lowes carries the following types of raised toilet seats – risers, hinged risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, side locking seats, front locking seats without armrests, and front locking seats with armrests.
Of the established brands Lowes carries – Carex, Delta, Drive Medical, Essential Medical supply and Moen.
Walgreens also carries a smaller range of around 23 raised toilet seats, again all of which are from well known brands – AquaSense, Carex, Drive Medical, Essential Medical, Healthsmart and Nova.
The types of raised toilet seats carried by Walgreens are – risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, side locking seats, front locking seats with armrests, and front locking seats without armrests.
Rehabmart.com is a very good specialist online supplier of durable medical equipment, and they sell a range of between 40 and 50 models of raised toilet seat including – risers, hinged risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, seats with spacers, side locking seats, front locking seats without armrests, front locking seats with armrests, extra wide front locking with and without legs and raised toilet seats with a safety frame.
Of the established brands Rehabmart.com carries – AquSense, Bemis, Carex, Drive, Etac, Guardian, Handicare, Maddak, North Coast, Performance Health, and TFI Healthcare.
If I were shopping for a raised toilet seat, where would I go ?
Personally, I’d go to Rehabmart.com first, they have a good range, and I like to support a smaller company.
Rehabmart.com is a company run by occupational therapists, and they have a range of 40-50 raised toilet seats with all the big brands, and all the model types.
If Rehabmart.com don’t have what it is I am looking for, I would go to Walmart or Amazon to browse through what they have, but first to get an idea of what is available.
If I had to choose between Walmart and Amazon, I would go with Walmart, just because a refund is simpler if the product doesn’t work out.
I also think that Walmart’s site is more user-friendly than Amazon – they don’t throw in so much unwanted stuff in the search results – but between the two, I really don’t think there is much of a difference.
Home Depot is the place to go if you want Centoco raised toilet seats, and they have a lot of the Carex and Drive Medical models.
Lowes and Walgreens do sell the established brands, but the ranges are pretty small, so are going to get something very standard and no models with nay variations.
Have you thought about a bedside commode as a raised toilet seat ?
If you are looking for an elderly loved one and want something more secure than your standard front locking toilet seat, or something with larger armrests, then I’d consider a 3-in-1 bedside commode.
You can simply remove the bucket and use it over the toilet.
My mom was going to have a raised toilet seat, until she discovered that she really wanted something a bit bigger, that had legs and big armrests – this is not to say that raised toilet seats do not suit some people, but as a 91-year-old lady who had just had a hip replacement, they did inspire confidence for my mom.
So, we opted for a 3-in-1 commode and have used that for mom over the toilet for over two years now, and mom prefers it to the toilet even though she no longer needs it.
You can find lots of examples of these at Walmart also, but if you want some other choices, read on.
Where would I go to buy a bedside commode to use as a raised toilet seat ?
If you decide that you would like to get a bedside commode that you can use as a raised toilet seat, and as a toilet safety frame, then you will need a model which goes over a toilet.
So, you are going to be looking at these types of bedside commodes –
3-in-1 or All-in-One bedside Commodes –
Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, Rehabmart.com, Home-med-equip.com – all have a wide range.
Drop Arm 3-in 1 Commodes –
Walmart, Amazon, Rehabmart.com, Home-med-equip.com – you have a good range
Bariatric 3-in-1 commodes –
Walmart, Amazon, Rehabmart.com, Home-med-equip.com – I do prefer the two specialist online sites (I don’t mean Amazon) as they have Tuffcare and TFI Healthcare who have some models with more features
To buy any type of bedside commode which is for use over a toilet, I like American Discount Home Medical – https://home-med-equip.com.
The site has a good range of bedside commodes, they give all the specifications for every model, all the manufacturers’ information is available, and well laid out for the customer to navigate through.
All the equipment is high quality – they also note with each model if it can be used over a toilet or not.
This is not to say that you won’t get a good 3-in-1 model at Walmart or any of the other sites, and if you do, I would get one of the well known brands.
The advantage of buying in a retail store is that you can check it out and take it back more easily if you have a problem with it.
If you need to check weight capacities for raised toilet seats of virtually any type, I have an article with more than 180 raised toilet seats, in which I list the seat name, manufacturer, model number and the weight capacity – “Raised Toilet Seat Weight Capacities: over 180 examples”.
Illustrations of the different types of raised toilet seats
Systems that use your existing toilet seat –
Riser with armrests
Riser installed on a toilet under the seat and lid
Clip-On raised toilet seats
Clip-on raised toilet seat - topside
Clip-on raised toilet seat - underside
Models where your existing toilet seat is removed
Seats with spacers
Spacer raised toilet seat with lid
Spacer raised toilet seat without lid
Spacer raised toilet seat installed on a toilet
Raised toilet seats, which don’t require the removal of the existing toilet seat
Bubble seats (this is not an official name for these seats) –
Bubble seat raised toilet seat
Bubble seat raised toilet seat - underside
Clipper raised toilet seat
Clipper raised toilet seat with armrests
Clipper raised toilet seat - underside
Clipper seat on a toilet
Seats with side fixings and a front “bracket” –
Side locking raised toilet seat with lid
Side locking raised toilet seat without lid
Side locking toilet seat installed on a toilet
Front Locking raised toilet seats –
Front locking raised toilet seat
Front locking raised toilet seat clamping mechanism underside
Front locking raised toilet seat on a toilet
Raised toilet seats with legs
Raised toilet seat with legs
Safety frames with elevated seats
Toilet safety frame with elevated seat
Toilet safety frame with elevated seat placed over a toilet
3-in-1 bedside commode
3 in 1 bedside commode
Do you have Medicare Part B or a Medicare Advantage plan ?
Before you buy a raised toilet seat, or a 3-in-1 bedside commode, if you are enrolled in either Medicare Part B, or a Medicare Advantage plan, you may want to consider seeing if you can get coverage.
If you can qualify for coverage for a bedside commode through Medicare, you will typically be covered for up to 80% of the Medicare-approved price, if it is considered “medically necessary”.
Unfortunately, Medicare Part B will not cover a raised toilet seat.
Qualifying for Medicare Part B coverage for a bedside commode ?
If you want Medicare Part B to cover 80% of the Medicare-approved price for a bedside commode you must –
- be enrolled in Medicare Part B
- have a signed prescription from a Medicare-enrolled physician certifying that it is medically necessary for you to have a bedside commode
From Medicare: –
Part B (Medical Insurance) covers commode chairs as durable medical equipment(DME) when ordered by a doctor for use in your home if you can’t use a regular toilet.“
You can check it here at Medicare.gov.
Your Medicare-enrolled physician has to show that you are medically unable to use the toilet, or get to the toilet without assistance.
You will then go with the prescription to a Medicare-enrolled supplier – you want one who is a “Medicare Participating Supplier” who accepts “assignment”, so that you get the best deal.
If you use a supplier who accepts assignment you will only pay 20% of the Medicare-approved price for the 3-in-1 commode, as your coinsurance, and if your deductible applies you will pay that as well.
Now, it probably seems a little crazy paying your Medicare deductible for a $100 bedside commode, as it is more than the price of most 3-in-1 commodes, but if your deductible doesn’t apply, you will get a $100 commode for $20.
If you want to find out more about purchasing a 3-in-1 commode with Medicare, I have a long article all about how it works, and which talks about other funding sources if you don’t qualify with Medicare. “Does Medicare Cover Bedside Commodes ?” can be found here.
Where do you buy a bedside commode with Medicare Part B ?
If you got a signed prescription from a Medicare-enrolled doctor, don’t forget that you can only use Medicare-enrolled suppliers if you are to get coverage, and to get the lowest coinsurance payment you can only use “Medicare Participating Suppliers”, and only if they accept assignment.
To find a local DME supplier you can go here on Medicare.gov.
Do I get coverage for raised toilet seats and bedside commodes with Medicare Advantage plans ?
Medicare Advantage plans have to offer the same services as Medicare Part B.
3-in-1 bedside commode –
So, if you qualify for a 3-in-1 bedside commode under the Medicare guidelines for a bedside commode, and you have an Advantage plan, you are covered to at least the same level as with Medicare Part B – but you will have to go through your Advantage plan’s providers and their supply network.
Raised toilet seats –
Medicare Advantage plans as of the fall of 2020 are being allowed to offer some new benefits, and these include bathroom safety devices – it is only a minority of plans doing this right now, but it is a good idea to check and see if yours does this.
Can I get coverage for raised toilet seats and 3-in-1 commodes on Medicaid ?
Individuals on Medicaid may be able to enroll as participants in certain programs, and then qualify for durable medical equipment for free through these different state programs, HCBS waivers and 1915 waivers.
Programs and waivers will vary by state, but if you qualify, and you can get into a program or waiver for home and community based services, you may be able to get coverage for all or some of your durable medical equipment for the home.
Go to the section on Medicaid in the second half of this article here.
Using the links in the section on Medicaid in the article, you can check and see which programs, if any, are available in your state, and what the guidelines are for qualification.
You will also find out whom you have to contact to find out if you qualify.
If you are a Veteran can you get financial help for a raised toilet seat ?
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has grants, programs, and pensions for veterans which will help to cover the cost of durable medical equipment such as raised toilet seats and 3-in-1 commodes.
To find out about your local VA Medical Centers, Clinics and offices and get more information, use this link here.
Buying a refurbished raised toilet seat or 3-in-1 commode
Goodwill, the Salvation Army and other charitable organizations have stores where you can buy “gently used” or refurbished equipment like raised toilet seats and bedside commodes.
You will also find them in thrift stores across the US.
You can find local Goodwill stores throughout most of the US.
To locate Goodwill store that’s near you, go here – https://www.goodwill.org/locator/
The Salvation Army is another charitable organization with stores across the country.
You can go to their website here and use their locator to find a store near you – https://satruck.org/
Area Agency On Aging
Another fantastic resource for information on a local level, where you should be able to find out a lot about programs in your area for refurbishing and recycling, is your local Area Agency on Aging.
They work with local community groups working to help caregivers and the elderly.
To locate your local Area Agency on Aging, you can use this locator tool – here
Assistive Technology Programs
State Assistive Technology Programs are also often are partnered with both nonprofit and community organizations working to recycle and refurbish AT devices and medical equipment.
The AT programs have websites through which their services are coordinated, with different events that they run statewide, and from which they do their outreach work.
You can register with the state AT programs on these websites with if you are in need of assistance and equipment.
You can also contact the AT programs on the websites to find out all about refurbishing centers, and to find out how you can buy cheap refurbished medical equipment, or sometimes, in cases of proven financial difficulty, get equipment for free.
State AT Programs also have “Online AT Exchange”, where once registered, you can exchange, buy, sell or donate equipment.
You need to be a resident of the state to register, and you can really find some great deals, or even gifts from others on the online AT exchange – registration is free.
I have article about donating equipment to charitable causes, loan closets and on AT online exchanges, in which I have made a list all of these AT Programs, with links to their websites and to their Online AT Exchanges. The list of states is halfway down the article, click on your state, and it gives you the information about the AT program in your state with links to the website and the online exchange. You can find all that here.
Frequently asked questions
What is the highest raised toilet seat ?
The highest raised toilet seat is the OasisSpace Stand Alone Safety Frame and Raised Toilet Seat, which has a maximum seat height of 27.5 inches.
The tallest raised toilet seat which attaches to the toilet seat is a 6 inch high seat, of which there are many models, but even on the tallest standing toilet they are not as high as the OasisSpace Stand Alone Safety Frame and Raised Toilet Seat.
What is the tallest toilet seat available ?
The tallest toilet available is a wall mounted toilet from Kohler.
The Kohler Veil Wall-hung Toilet K-6303 has a maximum bowl height of 28 1/2 inches from the floor.
The tallest standing toilet is the Signature Hardware Bradenton Elongated Toilet, which has a bowl rim height of 21 inches without a seat from the floor.
What sizes do raised toilet seats come in ?
Raised toilet seats which attach to the toilet come in a range of heights from 1 inch up to 6 inches.
With regard to the size of the toilet bowel shape, you can get raised toilet seats which fit only elongated toilets, only round/standard toilets, and seats which are universal.
You can also buy raised toilet seats in safety frames with standard models, or 3-in-1 commodes, which range in seat height from 17 to 21 inches – which have adjustable legs and are placed over your toilet.
The tallest model is the OasisSpace Safety frame with elevated toilet seats, which have a top seat level of 27 1/2 inches.
Can a raised toilet seat be too high ?
If a toilet seat is too high and the user’s feet are hanging in the air, and not flat to the floor, the blood circulation in the legs can be affected, causing the user’s feet to go to sleep, and lead to falls when standing.
Secondly, for those with issues with constipation, a lower seat is more conducive to passing a bowel movement.
How to measure for a raised toilet seat ?
To find the correct height of raised toilet seat that you need –
- measure the height of the toilet bowl rim from the floor
- measure the from the floor to the back of your knee where it bends
- subtract the first measurement from the second, and the difference is the height of raised toilet seat that you need
The position you are looking to achieve is one where, when seated, your hip is not lower than your knee.
Do raised toilet seats fit any toilet ?
A freestanding elevated toilet seat should be able to be place over most toilets, as they typically have a maximum seat height of at least 21 inches from the floor.
Raised toilet seats which attach to the toilet, depending on the particular model, can be for –
- elongated toilets only
- round toilets only
- universal, fitting both types of toilet type
Does Medicare cover raised toilet seats ?
Medicare does not give coverage to raised toilet seats, as they are considered not to be primarily medical in nature.
Certain models of bedside commode are covered by Medicare Part B, for use in the home, with stipulations, and can be used as a raise toilet seat.
What is the purpose of a raised toilet seat ?
The purpose of a raised toilet seat is to reduce the distance the user has to bend, to use the toilet. This should make the process safer, hopefully increasing the user’s independence, their privacy and ultimately their confidence.
I’m Gareth, the author and owner of Looking After Mom and Dad.com
I have been a caregiver for over 10 yrs and share all my tips here.