Raised Toilet Seat For A Large Person

by | Beginners Info, Personal Hygiene

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 different designs, with weight capacities all the way up to 1200 lb. In general the seats are called “bariatric” or ” heavy duty “.

Raised toilet seats, 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 may not be enough if you have an elderly parent 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, you can raise the toilet seat level as high as 28″ from the floor, and you can get them in wider than standard versions for larger hips as well.

Some commodes that you can use over a toilet 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.

I have put together lists of different seats, elevated frames with seats, and commodes which can be used as raised toilet seats, all with their weight capacity and their manufacturer’s product numbers, so you can find them on the internet.

Personally I would suggest a bariatric commode that you can use either over the toilet, or in the bedroom if the user’s mobility is limited.

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

So what are the different types of raised seats 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.

Big John toilet seats

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 – Big John 2.5 ” original toilet seat w/lid, (universal), Prod. No. 1-W

1200 lb – Big John 2.5 ” original toilet seat w/lid, (universal), Prod. No. 2-CR

1200 lb – Big John 2.5 ” original toilet seat w/lid, open front, (universal), Prod. No. 3-W

1200 lb – Big John 2.5 ” original toilet seat w/out lid, open front (universal), Prod. No. 4-W

800 lb – Big John 1.5 ” standard toilet seat w/lid, open front (universal), Prod. No. 6-W

1200 lb – Big John 2.5 ” classic toilet seat w/out lid, open front (universal), Prod. No. 7-W

 

Risers

Risers are oval, or round (depending on whether you have a standard or elongated toilet bowl) rings of plastic, which can be fitted under your existing toilet seat to raise it up using bolts.

Risers come in hinged and unhinged models – the hinged model allows you to lift it for cleaning the rim of the bowl.

Risers can come with, or without, arms.

To fix a riser in place, you remove the existing seat and lid, and then place the riser on the rim of the toilet bowl and aligning the bolt holes in the riser with those of the toilet.

You then place your seat and lid on top of the riser, and again you position it by lining up the bolt holes.

Once that is achieved, you can pass through the now extended bolt holes with the extra long bolts which came with the riser.

Never over-tighten the bolts, as you can break a ceramic toilet if you over tighten.

One thing to note about risers with arms, is that they are wider than most raised toilet seat models, so if the weight capacity is okay for you, you will get a wider fit

I am listing risers with weight capacities of 250 lb and up.

The risers with arms, unless indicated, allow for more room than a standard raised seat would, as they come out of the side of the seat, and not from the top.

But the actual seat size, unless stated, is just your usual standard or elongated size. 

Risers with arms

250 lb Carex  3.5″ elevated toilet seat w/ removable handles, (Riser – Elongated) Prod. No – FGB31600 0000

250 lb – Carex  3.5″ elevated toilet seat w/ removable handles, (Riser – Standard) Prod. No –  FGB31700 0000

300 lb – Graham Field  4.5″ Lumex raised toilet seat w/ arms, (riser) Prod. No – 6487RA

300 lb – Maddak 3.5″ elevated toilet seat w/ arms, (riser – elongated), Prod. No. T725753311

300 lb – Maddak 3.5″ elevated toilet seat w/ arms, (riser – standard), Prod. No. T725753211

300 lb – Nova 3.5″ raised toilet seat riser w/ arms  (standard), Prod. No. 8344 – R

300 lb – Nova 3.5″ raised toilet seat riser w/ arms  (elongated), Prod. No. 8343 – R

Risers with extra width and arms

400 lb – 3″ Push-Up Elevated Toilet Seat with Arms – Prod. No. F725600050

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

Risers without arms

The seats are no wider than a normal toilet 

300 lb – Alimed 3″ raised toilet seat (hinged riser), Prod. No – 80593

300 lb – Carex 3.5″ toilet seat elevator, (riser – elongated), Prod. No – FGB30600 0000

300 lb – Carex 3.5″ toilet seat elevator, (riser – standard), Prod. No – FGB30700 0000

300 lb – Nova 3.5″ raised toilet seat riser  (standard), Prod. No. 8342 – R

300 lb – Nova 3.5″ raised toilet seat riser  (elongated), Prod. No. 8341 – R

300 lb – Nova 3.5″ hinged toilet seat riser  (standard), Prod. No. 8345 – R

300 lb – Nova 3.5″ hinged toilet seat riser  (elongated), Prod. No. 8346 – R

350 lb – Maddak 3″ Basic open front elevated toilet seat, Prod.No. T725790000

350 lb – Maddak 3″ hinged elevated toilet seat, (elongated), Prod. No. T725711005

350 lb – Maddak 3″ hinged elevated toilet seat, (standard), Prod. No. T725711000

600 lb – Maddak 3″ Secure bolt elevated toilet seat   Prod. No. F725790002

Elevated or raised toilet seats which attach to the toilet

The following are the names of different types of raised toilet seats which can take a range of weights from 220 to 600 lb, but all of which are just for a normal size toilet –

  • clip-on
  • tall seats or spacer seats
  • bubble seats
  • clipper seats
  • side locking
  • front locking

Unfortunately, only a few of these seats add any extra width to the the toilet seat, and are only for a normal size toilet.

I am going to list just those below which take over 300 lb and give more width to the seat.

If a standard sized raised toilet seat without extra width is what you are looking for, you can check out my article on raised toilet seats and their weight capacities – I have over 180 examples listed in that article and you can read it here.

Raised toilet seats with extra width

This first seat has 20.5 inches between the armrest in the center

300 lb – Mobb raised toilet seat with legs, Prod. No. MOBB MHRTSL

The three Maddak seats have 18.5 inches between the armrests

300 lb – Maddak 4″ Extra Wide Tall-Ette Toilet Seat, Prod. No. T725891000

400 lb – Maddak 4″ Extra Wide Tall-Ette Elevated Toilet Seat with Aluminum legs, Prod. No. T25881000

600 lb – Maddak 4″Extra wide Tall-Ette elevated toilet seat with Steel legs, Prod. No. T725882000 

Safety frames with raised toilet seats

Elevated, or raised, toilet seats also come mounted on safety frames, and these are called a”raised toilet seat with safety frame”, or “elevated toilet seat with safety frame” or “safety frame with raised toilet seat”….

These are placed over the toilet, and are independent of it.

The frames have legs and don’t in any way wobble, as do some of the cheaper models of raised toilet seat, which attach to the rim of the bowl of the toilet only.

The different models do also come in bariatric, or heavy duty, models which are specifically designed for larger individuals, and I have listed those below with their weight capacities.

330 lb –  Aidapt President Bariatric raised toilet seat and frame, adjustable height, Prod. No. VR219AL

340 lb –  Aidapt Solo Skandia raised toilet seat and frame w/ clip on seat, Prod. No. VR157FC

340 lb –  Aidapt Solo Skandia raised toilet seat and frame w/ lid, Prod. No. VR215

340 lb –  Aidapt Solo Skandia bariatric raised toilet seat and frame w/ lid, Prod. No. VR215B

420 lb –  Homecraft Deluxe Sterling toilet frame, Prod. No. 081124585

420 lb –  Aidapt President Bariatric raised toilet seat and frame adjustable height and width, Prod. No. VR220

420 lb –  Ashby Lux toilet seat and frame, adjustable height, Prod. No. VR213

420 lb –  NRS Healthcare Mowbray lite toilet frame and seat, width adjustable, Prod. No. NRS M66613 

420 lb –  NRS Healthcare Mowbray lite toilet frame and seat, Prod. No. NRS M66625

420 lb –  NRS Healthcare Mowbray lite toilet frame and seat, “510” version, Prod. No. NRS M92740

420 lb –  NRS Healthcare Mowbray toilet seat and frame, adjustable width, Prod. No. NRS M11089

420 lb –  NRS Healthcare Mowbray toilet seat and frame, Prod. No. NRS M92739

540 lb –  Aidapt Solo Skandia bariatric raised toilet seat and frame, Prod. No. VR157B

540 lb –  Aidapt Solo Skandia bariatric raised toilet seat and frame, fixed floor, Prod. No. VR158B

540 lb –  Aidapt Solo Skandia bariatric raised toilet seat and frame w/ lid, Prod. No. VR215B

550 lb –  Aidapt Solo Skandia Bariatric raised toilet seat and frame, Prod. No. VR215B

560lb –  Aidapt Cosby bariatric toilet seat and frame, Prod. No. VR224

550 lb –  NRS Healthcare Mowbray toilet seat and frame, Extra wide, Prod. No. NRS M48805

550 lb –  NRS Healthcare Mowbray toilet seat and frame floor fixed, Extra wide, Prod. No. NRS M48817

560 lb –  Aidapt President Bariatric raised toilet seat and frame, adjustable height, aluminum, Prod. No. VR219

560 lb –  Aidapt Cosby bariatric toilet seat and frame, Prod. No. VR224 

Bedsides Commodes as raised toilet seats

Bedside commodes can also be used as elevated toilet seats, just like safety frames.

You can lift out the commode bucket, or potty, and after checking the height of the legs, place the frame and toilet seat over the open bowl of the toilet.

The advantage here is that you have a huge range of bariatric, or heavy duty commodes which can be placed over the toilet which are specifically designed for the comfort and safety of larger people. 

These commodes come with drop arms and in extra wide, or extra tall versions, so larger people should find what they are looking for here rather more easily than in the standard raised toilet seat ranges.

Here is an extensive list of bedside commodes which can be used as raised toilet seats, with their weight capacities and their product numbers.

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

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

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

400 lb – TFI Healthcare drop arm commode w/ elongated seat, Prod. No. 3225

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

435 lb –  Mor Medical New Era PVC bariatric 26″ wide commode shower chair, Prod. No. DNE-126-4TWL

450 lb –  Probasics heavy duty wide commode, Prod. No. BSB31C

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

470 lb –  Performance Health drop arm commode, Prod. No. 081299338

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

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

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

545 lb –  Aidapt Sussex bariatric commode, Prod. No. VR221 

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

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

650 lb –  Probasics heavy duty drop-arm commode, Prod. No. BSBDAC

650 lb –  TF1 3244 Extra tall, wide commode w/ elongated seat, Prod. No. 3244

700 lb –  Performance Health heavy-duty commode w/ elongated seat, Prod. No. 081261767

700 lb –   Performance Health drop arm all-in-one commode, Prod. No. 081110287

700 lb –  TF1 3240 Extra large bedside commode w/ elongated seat, Prod. No. 3240

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

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

1000 lb –  Drive Bariatric drop arm commode Prod. No. 11135-1

What else should you consider when picking a seat ?

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 form 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 any one 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.

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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