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Raised Toilet Seats For A Large Person : The complete guide

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Updated Feb 2022

If you are looking after an elderly parent who is larger than average, you are going to need a raised toilet seat which is a bit stronger, wider and possibly taller than the standard seats on the market, in order to keep your loved one safe.

Raised toilet seat for a large person. Raised toilet seats for large people come in a range of weight capacities all the way up to 1200 lb, differing widths up to , and depths 

Raised toilet seats which fit to the toilet bowl, as well as having different weight capacities, come in a range of heights which can raise the toilet seat level by 2-6 inches.

Most of the standard models are not exactly suited to a larger framed, or a taller individual, as they either are too small, or they can’t take the weight.

The brand Big John has seats with a capacity of 1200 lb, but they only raise the seat by 2.5″, which, although they are far wider than an ordinary toilet seat, may not be enough of a lift if you have an individual who has trouble with sitting due to illness, or to frailty, and you really wanted 4-6 inches.

With a bariatric commode (heavy duty) used as a raised toilet seat over your toilet, you can raise the toilet seat level as high as 24″ from the floor on many models, and you can get them in wider than standard versions for larger hips as well.

Some other bedside commodes can be used over a toilet and will also have armrests which you can raise, and lower, to enable easy access for a caregiver, or so the user can transfer horizontally to a wheelchair, or a bed.

Personally, I would suggest a bariatric commode that you can use, either over the toilet as a raised toilet seat, or in the bedroom if the user’s mobility is limited – they do come in a variety of widths, depths, heights and with differing weight limits.

We will take a look at all of that.

My elderly mom has been using a bedside commode over the toilet for around 20 months, and she finds it very practical due to the large armrests, and the solid frame.

So, what are the different types of raised seats available for larger people ?

 

The following are different types of raised toilet seats, or equipment which raise a toilet seat, and are best suited for larger individuals –

  • raised toilet seats with legs
  • risers
  • Big John raised toilet seats
  • safety frames with elevated seats
  • bariatric bedside commodes
  • extra tall bedside commodes
  • extra wide bariatric bedside commodes
  • elongated bedside commodes

 

As you will have noticed I have included bedside commodes, and that is because they can be place over a toilet and used as a raised seat, and in general have a wider range of  higher weight capacities.

 

I am only listing seats which can hold a minimum of 300 lb in weight.

I will be looking first at –

  • a range of seats in each different weight capacity
  • a range of seats in different widths
  • a range of seats in terms of height
  • a range of elongated seats

 

Best raised toilet seats for a large person

If you don’t want to go through the whole article and pick through all the lists to find what you want, I have chosen examples of what I think are very good models in each of the categories I listed above.

The models here are not just standard raised toilet seats, but also bedside commodes which can be used over a toilet, and which are often far wider, taller, and often have a far higher weight capacity than a raised toilet seat.

Some models will of course combine several features, and that will be noted.

If you are unaware of what the different types of raised toilet seats, risers, elevated seats with frames and bedside commodes are, you can learn about all of that in my article “Types Of Raised Toilet Seats: All You Should Know Before You Buy”

Best Heavy Duty Riser for a large person

 

Maddak  3″ Push-Up elevated toilet seat with armrests

Weight capacity: 400 lb

Width between the arms: 20.25″

Seat height: adds 3″ to your toilet seat height

Overall width: 25.5″

Prod. No: F725600050

 

The design of this riser enlarges the width of the existing toilet seat by a few inches on either side.

 

 

Maddak 3.75″ Secure bolt elevated toilet seat without armrests

 

You need to make sure that you purchase the correct model for your toilet, as these are not universal, and there is a “standard” model, and an “elongated” model, and you need to select the appropriate one for your toilet.

 

Weight capacity: 600 lb

Seat width: it uses your toilet seat

Seat height: adds 3.75″ to your toilet seat height

Prod. No: F725790002

 

Best raised toilet seat with legs for a large person – extra wide

 

Maddak 4″ Extra Wide Tall-Ette Elevated Toilet Seat with aluminum legs

Weight capacity: 400 lb

Width between the arms: 19″

Seat height: seat slides up and down the legs, adjusting to all toilet heights

Overall width: 22.5″

Prod. No: T25881000

 

Maddak 4″Extra wide Tall-Ette elevated toilet seat with steel legs

This model is superior to the prior model, in as much as it has steel legs, not aluminum

Weight capacity: 600 lb

Width between the arms: 18″

Seat height: seat slides up and down the legs, adjusting to all toilet heights

Overall width: 22.5″

Prod. No: T725882000

 

Best safety frame with raised toilet seat for a large person

 

Platinum Health Ultimate Raised Toilet Seat

Weight capacity: 350 lb

Width between the arms: 20″

Seat width: 16″

Seat height: 19.5 – 23.5 adjustable height

Overall width: 27″ at the base

Prod. No: PRT4747BPLA

 

Best bariatric commodes for use over a toilet for a large person

 

Nova heavy duty drop arm commode

Weight capacity: 500 lb

Width between the arms: 24 1/2″

Seat width: 24 1/4″

Seat height: 19″ – 23″

Width between the arms: 24 1/2″

Overall width: 28 1/2″

Prod. No: 8583

Bedside commode with the highest weight capacity which can be used over a toilet –

 

Homecraft deluxe bariatric drop arm commode

 

Weight capacity: 1000 lb

Width between the arms: 25 1/2″

Seat width: 23 inches

Seat Height: 19 – 23″ adjustable

Overall width: 30″ at the base

Prod. No: 081706381

Drive Bariatric drop arm commode

Weight capacity: 1000 lb

Width between the arms: 25 1/2″

Seat width: 25 1/2″

Seat height: 17 1/2″- 22″

Overall width: 28 1/2″

Prod. No: 11135-1

Best elongated raised toilet seat for a large person

 

Guardian Medline 3 in 1 commode

Weight capacity: 400 lb

Elongated seat size: 16.5″ deep

Seat height: 17″ – 23″

Width between the arms: 19″

Overall width: 22″

Prod. No: MDS89664EL

Best extra wide raised toilet seats for a large person

 

Maddak 4″Extra wide Tall-Ette elevated toilet seat with steel legs

Weight Capacity: 600lb

Width between the arms: 18″

Seat Height: seat slides up and down the legs, adjusting to all toilet heights

Prod. No: T725882000

– this model is superior in as much as it has steel legs, not aluminum

 

Homecraft Deluxe Bariatric Drop Arm Commode

Weight capacity: 1000 lb

Width between the arms: 25 1/2″

Seat width: 23 inches

Seat Height: 19 – 23″ adjustable

Overall width: 30″ at the base

Prod. No: 081706381

 

You can drop the arms away if you wish, giving you more room for your thighs.

 

Drive Bariatric drop arm commode Prod. No. 11135-1

 

Weight capacity: 1000 lb

Width between the arms: 25 1/2″

Seat width: 25 1/2″

Seat height: 17 1/2″- 22″

Overall width: 28 1/2″

 

Best extra wide and elongated raised toilet seat for a large person

 

TFI Healthcare wide 3 in 1 commode with elongated seat

Weight capacity: 400lb

Elongated seat size: 14 3/4″ wide x 19″ deep

Seat height: 18 1/4″- 22 1/4″

Width between the armrests: 22 3/4″

Overall Base width: 26″

Prod. No: TFI3224G

Best extra tall raised toilet seat for a large person

Homecraft drop arm padded commode

Weight capacity: 350lb

Seat size: 16″ wide x 16″ deep

Seat height: 19 1/2″- 25″

Width between the armrests: 18″

Overall Base width: 21″

Prod. No: 081706399

So if you didn’t find what you were looking for in the “Best of” categories, here are the lists of lots of different examples of each type of raised toilet seat that is adapted to use by a larger person.

Raised toilet seats with a 300 – 399 lb weight capacity

 

Risers with armrests

 

300 lb

Model

Graham Field 4.5" Lumex raised toilet seat w/ arms, (riser)

Product Number

6487RA
300 lb

Model

Maddak 3.5" elevated toilet seat w/ arms, (riser - elongated)

Product Number

T725753311
300 lb

Model

Maddak 3.5" elevated toilet seat w/ arms, (riser - standard)

Product Number

T725753211
300 lb

Model

Nova 3.5" raised toilet seat riser w/ arms (standard)

Product Number

8344 - R
300 lb

Model

Nova 3.5" raised toilet seat riser w/ arms (elongated)

Product Number

8343 - R

Raised toilet seats with legs

 

300 lb

Model

Mobb raised toilet seat with legs - this seat has 20.5 inches between the armrests

Product Number

MOBB MHRTSL
300 lb

Model

Maddak 4" Extra Wide Tall-Ette Toilet Seat - this seat is 18.5" between the armrests

Product Number

T725891000

Safety frames with raised toilet seats

 

 

300 lb

Model

OasisSpace Stand Alone raised toilet seat and safety frame

Product Number

--
300 lb

Model

OasisSpace Premium safety frame and raised toilet seat

Product Number

--
300 lb

Model

PCP raised toilet seat and safety frame 2-in-1

Product Number

7007
300 lb

Model

Aidapt President Bariatric raised toilet seat and frame, adjustable height

Product Number

VR219AL
300 lb

Model

Aidapt Solo Skandia raised toilet seat and frame w/ clip on seat

Product Number

VR157FC
300 lb

Model

Aidapt Solo Skandia raised toilet seat and frame w/ lid

Product Number

VR215
300 lb

Model

Aidapt Solo Skandia bariatric raised toilet seat and frame w/ lid

Product Number

VR215B
300 lb

Model

Platinum Health Ultimate Raised Toilet Seat

Product Number

PRT4747BPLA

Raised toilet seats with a 400 – 499 lb weight capacity

 

Risers with armrests

 

 

The design of this riser enlarges the width of the existing toilet seat by a few inches on either side.

400 lb

Model

3" Push-Up Elevated Toilet Seat with Arms

Product Number

F725600050

Raised toilet seats with legs

400 lb

Model

Maddak 4" Extra Wide Tall-Ette Elevated Toilet Seat with Aluminum legs

Product Number

T25881000

Safety frames with raised toilet seats

420 lb

Model

Homecraft Deluxe Sterling toilet frame

Product Number

081124585
420 lb

Model

Aidapt President Bariatric raised toilet seat and frame adjustable height and width

Product Number

VR220
420 lb

Model

Ashby Lux toilet seat and frame, adjustable height

Product Number

VR213
420 lb

Model

NRS Healthcare Mowbray lite toilet frame and seat, width adjustable

Product Number

NRS M66613
420 lb

Model

NRS Healthcare Mowbray lite toilet frame and seat

Product Number

NRS M66625
420 lb

Model

NRS Healthcare Mowbray lite toilet frame and seat, "510" version

Product Number

NRS M92740
420 lb

Model

NRS Healthcare Mowbray toilet seat and frame, adjustable width

Product Number

NRS M11089
420 lb

Model

NRS Healthcare Mowbray toilet seat and frame

Product Number

NRS M92739

Bedside commodes

400 lb

Model

Lumex imperial collection 3-in-1 bedside commode

Product Number

7446A-2
400 lb

Model

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

Product Number

3224G
400 lb

Model

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

Product Number

3223G
400 lb

Model

TFI Healthcare drop arm commode w/ elongated seat

Product Number

3225
400 lb

Model

Tuffcare M450 extra wide 3-in-1 commode chair

Product Number

M450
435 lb

Model

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

Product Number

DNE-126-4TWL
450 lb

Model

Probasics heavy duty wide commode

Product Number

BSB31C
450 lb

Model

Tuffcare extra wide drop arm commode chair

Product Number

M470
450 lb

Model

Tuffcare extra wide drop arm commode chair

Product Number

M470
470 lb

Model

Performance Health drop arm commode

Product Number

081299338

Raised toilet seats with a 500 – 599 lb weight capacity

 

Safety frames with raised toilet seats

540 lb

Model

Aidapt Solo Skandia bariatric raised toilet seat and frame

Product Number

VR157B
540 lb

Model

Aidapt Solo Skandia bariatric raised toilet seat and frame, fixed floor

Product Number

VR158B
540 lb

Model

Aidapt Solo Skandia bariatric raised toilet seat and frame w/ lid

Product Number

VR215B
550 lb

Model

Aidapt Solo Skandia Bariatric raised toilet seat and frame

Product Number

VR215B
550 lb

Model

NRS Healthcare Mowbray toilet seat and frame, Extra wide

Product Number

NRS M48805
550 lb

Model

NRS Healthcare Mowbray toilet seat and frame floor fixed, Extra wide

Product Number

NRS M48817
560 lb

Model

Aidapt President Bariatric raised toilet seat and frame, adjustable height, aluminum

Product Number

VR219
560 lb

Model

Aidapt Cosby bariatric toilet seat and frame

Product Number

VR224

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
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
545 lb

Model

Aidapt Sussex bariatric commode

Product Number

VR221

Raised toilet seats with a 600 – 699 lb weight capacity

 

Risers without armrests

600 lb

Model

Maddak 3" Secure bolt elevated toilet seat

Product Number

F725790002

Raised toilet seats with legs

600 lb

Model

Maddak 4"Extra wide Tall-Ette elevated toilet seat with Steel legs

Product Number

T725882000

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
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

Probasics heavy duty drop-arm commode

Product Number

BSBDAC

Raised toilet seats with a 700 – 799 lb weight capacity

 

Bedside commodes

 

 

700 lb

Model

Performance Health heavy-duty commode w/ elongated seat

Product Number

081261767
700 lb

Model

Performance Health drop arm all-in-one commode

Product Number

081110287

Raised toilet seats with a 800 – 899 lb weight capacity

 

Raised toilet seats

800 lb

Model

Big John 1.5 " standard toilet seat w/lid, open front (universal)

Product Number

6-W

Bedside commodes

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

Raised toilet seats with a 1000 – 1099 lb weight capacity

 

Bedside commodes

1000 lb

Model

Homecraft deluxe bariatric drop arm commode

Product Number

081706381
1000 lb

Model

Drive Bariatric drop arm commode

Product Number

11135-1

Raised toilet seats with a 1200 lb weight capacity

 

Big John Toilet seats are oversized toilet seats which are installed on a toilet in the same way as an everyday toilet seat. They are though a lot wider, and have a 2.5″ lift.

The seats bolt to the toilet, once you have removed your existing toilet seat.

On the underside, the seats have a special no-slip area around the rim, which stops the seat from sliding all over the place.

 

Big John raised toilet seats

1200 lb

Model

Big John 2.5 " original toilet seat w/lid, (universal)

Product Number

1-W
1200 lb

Model

Big John 2.5 " original toilet seat w/lid, (universal)

Product Number

2-CR
1200 lb

Model

Big John 2.5 " original toilet seat w/lid, open front, (universal)

Product Number

3-W
1200 lb

Model

Big John 2.5 " original toilet seat w/out lid, open front (universal)

Product Number

4-W
1200 lb

Model

Big John 2.5 " classic toilet seat w/out lid, open front (universal)

Product Number

7-W

Extra wide raised toilet seats for a large person

 

Now we are moving on to raised toilet seats which are more generous with their width, and are suited to those individuals with larger thighs.

 

Raised toilet seats

The only raised toilet seats that I know of without legs which have extra width is the range made by Big John – the seats bolt onto your toilet like any other seat, but are much wider.

And one of the Maddak extra wide raised toilet seats without legs.

 

Big John 2.5″ original toilet seat w/lid

Weight capacity: 1200 lb

Seat width: 19.2″

Prod. No: 1-W

 

Big John 2.5″ original toilet seat w/lid

Weight capacity: 1200 lb

Seat width: 19.2″

Prod. No: 2-CR

Big John 2.5″ original toilet seat w/lid, open front

Weight capacity: 1200 lb

Seat width: 19.2″

Prod. No: 3-W

 

Big John 2.5″ original toilet seat w/out lid, open front

Weight capacity: 1200 lb

Seat width: 19.2″

Prod. No: 4-W

 

Big John 2.5″ classic toilet seat w/out lid, open front

Weight capacity: 1200 lb

Seat width: 19″

Prod. No: 7-W

 

Maddak 4″ Extra Wide Tall-Ette Toilet Seat

Weight capacity: 300 lb

Width between armrests: 18″

Prod. No: T25891000

Extra wide raised toilet seats with legs

 

Mobb raised toilet seat with legs

Weight capacity: 300 lb

Width between armrests: 20.5″

Prod. No: MOBB MHRTSL

 

Maddak 4″ Extra Wide Tall-Ette Elevated Toilet Seat with aluminum legs

Weight capacity: 400 lb

Width between armrests: 19″

Prod. No: T25881000

 

Maddak 4″Extra wide Tall-Ette elevated toilet seat with steel legs

Weight capacity: 600 lb

Width between armrests: 18″

Prod. No: T725882000 

 

Extra-wide bedside commode frames with wider seats

 

With bedside commodes which have weight capacities of 400 lb and up, there are lots of models with extra wide frames and slightly wider seats – typically between 24 and 26 1/2″ in between the armrests, as opposed to around 18″ on a standard bedside commode.

 

Tuffcare extra wide 3 in 1  commode chair

Weight capacity: 400 lb

Width between armrests: 24″

Seat size: 15 1/2″ wide x 16 1/2″ deep

Seat height: 18″ – 23″

Overall width: 28″

Prod. No: M450

 

Tuffcare extra wide drop arm  commode chair

Weight capacity: 400 lb

Width between armrests: 25″

Seat size: 15 1/2″ wide x 16 1/2″ deep

Seat height: 19″ – 24″

Overall width: 31″

Prod. No: M470

 

Drive deluxe bariatric drop arm commode

Weight capacity: 1000 lb

Width between the arms: 25 1/2″

Seat width: 25 1/2″

Seat height: 17 1/2″- 22″

Overall width: 28 1/2″

Prod. No:

Lumex heavy duty drop arm commode

Weight capacity: 600 lb 

Seat width: 25″

Seat height: 19 1/2″ – 23 1/2″

Width between the arms: 25″

Overall width: 31″

Prod. No: 6438A

Nova heavy duty drop arm commode

Weight capacity: 500 lb

Width between the arms: 24 1/2″

Seat width: 24 1/4″

Seat height: 19″ – 23″

Width between the arms: 24 1/2″

Overall width: 28 1/2″

Prod. No: 8583

Elongated raised toilet seats for a large person

 

For easier access for a larger user for cleaning themselves, some bedside commodes have seats which have a more elongated form front to back.

Some elongated seats are also be open at the front, with the design affording even more access to the user for cleaning themselves.

As you will see, the frames are not much wider than a standard frame.

 

Elongated bedside commode seats

 

Probasics heavy duty wide commode with elongated seat

Weight capacity: 450 lb

Elongated seat size: 15.5″ wide x 15.5″ deep

Seat height: 17″ – 23″

Base width: 30″

Width between the arms: 21″

Overall width at arms: 22 1/2″

Prod. No: BSB31C

 

Guardian Medline 3 in 1 commode

Weight capacity: 400lb

Elongated seat size: 16.5″ deep

Seat height: 17″ – 23″

Width between the arms: 19″

Overall width: 22″

Prod. No: MDS89664EL

Elongated bedside commode seats with extra wide frames

 

On some models of bedside commodes with elongated seats, the width of the frames have also been increased to give more room to accommodate the thighs, and hips of larger users.

The extra wide commode frames start to appear at weight capacities of 400 lb, and above.

Most cannot be used over a toilet, but the model below can.

 

TFI Healthcare wide 3 in 1 commode with elongated seat

Weight capacity: 400 lb

Elongated seat size: 14 3/4″ wide x 19″ deep

Seat height: 18 1/4″- 22 1/4″

Width between the armrests: 22 3/4″

Overall Base width: 26″

Prod. No: TFI3224G

Extra tall raised toilet seats for a large person

 

This is not going to be very difficult, as there is really only one raised seat that is for very tall people, and that is the –

Homecraft drop arm padded commode

Weight capacity: 350lb

Seat size: 16″ wide x 16″ deep

Seat height: 19 1/2″- 25″

Width between the armrests: 18″

Overall Base width: 21″

Prod. No: PHS2000

This is the tallest bedside commode seat there is, and it can be placed over a toilet.

 

Platinum Health’s GentleBoost Uplift 3-in-1 Commode and shower chair

Weight capacity: 285 lb

Seat size: 16″ wide x 16″ deep

Seat height: 25″

Width between the armrests: 20.5″

Overall Base width: 26.5″ to 27.5″

Prod. No: 081706399

What else should you consider when picking a raised toilet seat for a large person ?

 

As well as looking at the size of a raised toilet seat and its weight capacity, I would advise you to also consider the strength, coordination, vision and mobility of the person who will be using the seat.

If the person who will use the seat is –

 

  • elderly with mobility issues due to ill health
  • elderly and recovering from surgery
  • elderly and very frail

 

I would be inclined to suggest a bariatric elevated seat with a frame, or portable commode (I am taking it as given that they are a larger individual).

For anyone who is elderly and has poor balance, the frames really afford the most support, and are themselves totally stable, as they have four legs.

I do hope that this has been of help to you. I took all the weights and product numbers from the various manufacturers websites, so you should just be able to type them into a search engine and find them.

Good luck.

 

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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.

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