In the summer of 2018 my mom had a hip replacement, and as her caregiver I had to procure all the required kit for her rehab.
A raised toilet seat was one of the most important pieces of equipment we were going to need, so that mom would be able to protect her hip when using the toilet, and not hurt herself.
The highest freestanding 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 highest portable toilet seat is the –
TFI Extra Tall bedside commode with a seat height of 28 inches from the floor, but this cannot be used over a toilet, like some models of bedside commode.
The highest seat on a bedside commode which you can use over the toilet is –
Platinum Health’s GentleBoost Uplift 3-in-1 Commode and shower chair, with a maximum seat height of 25 inches from the floor.
The highest raised toilet seat which attaches to your toilet is –
6 inches – a range of companies offer different types of raised toilet seats and models at this height – the overall height of the seat depends on the height of your toilet bowl rim.
The highest Toilet Plinth is –
The Toilevator Grande Toilet Riser raises a toilet by 3 1/2 inches.
The tallest standing toilets are the –
Signature Hardware Bradenton Elongated Toilet has a bowl rim height of 21 inches without a seat.
Convenient height Store Extra Tall Toilet has a bowl rim height of 20 inches without a seat.
The tallest wall mounted toilet is the –
Kohler Veil Wall-hung Toilet K-6303 has a maximum bowl height of 28 1/2 inches from the floor (be warned that only the K-6303 can be mounted this high, the other Kohler models can only be mounted with a bowl height of 23 inches from the floor)
You can check the Kohler Veil K6303 specifications on their pdf. here – https://www.us.kohler.com/onlinecatalog/pdf/K-6303_spec.pdf
Contents Overview & Quick Links
- Toilet seat risers
- Tall toilet seats
- Elevated toilet seats with legs
- Elevated toilet seat and frame
- Portable bedside commodes
- Raised seat with mechanical lift
To start, if you have a standard height toilet, and are looking for a permanent solution to raising your seat as high as you can, then I would look at getting some a new taller toilet.
The standard toilet is between 14 1/2 – 15 inches, from the floor to the rim of the toilet bowl.
But taller models of toilet do exist –
- Comfort toilets
- Chair height toilets
- Universal height toilets
- Right Height toilets
These toilets are all taller at 17 – 20 inches from the floor to the rim of the toilet bowl.
And as I noted in the intro, the tallest of the standing toilets is the Signature Hardware Bradenton Elongated Toilet, which has a bowl rim height of 21 inches without a seat.
The tallest wall mounted toilet has the seat far higher –
Kohler Veil Wall-hung Toilet K-6303 has a maximum bowl height of 28 1/2 inches from the floor. Make sure that you get this specific model, as the other Kohler models have to be mounted around 5 inches lower, with the highest seat level at 23 inches.
Taller toilets may help anyone, including elderly adults, who experience problems with sitting and standing.
But be aware that very tall toilets can also have a downside –
- for those suffering from constipation, it can get worse – being in a lower position is more conducive to passing a bowel movement
- if the user’s feet are not solidly on the floor, circulation in the legs can get cut off, which may lead to a fall when standing, as well as being bad for the circulation
What is a raised toilet seat ?
If you don’t want to purchase a new tall toilet, you can use a raised toilet seat to raise your toilet seat higher from the floor.
There are quite a few different types of raised toilet seat and designs, but they all have the same function, which is to raise the height of the toilet seat from the floor.
People with disabilities, mobility issues, the elderly, and people who have just had knee, or hip operations, and who cannot, or should not, sit as low as a normal toilet seat will use raised toilet seats to facilitate getting on and off the toilet.
The raised toilet seats prevent people from further injuring themselves, and help to support areas of the body which have been weakened by surgery.
For some people it just makes the coordination of the movements easier, especially if they are lacking in strength, or have issues with their vision, and for whom backing up and sitting can cause difficulty.
Who can benefit from a raised toilet seat ?
With the standard height of a toilet seat being so low, for individuals with mobility problems, it doesn’t make sitting down and standing up easy, safe or comfortable.
Elderly adults will typically benefit from a raised toilet seat due to decreasing muscle strength with age.
People with the following health conditions can also benefit from the use of a raised toilet seat –
- spinal conditions
- Parkinson’s disease
- hip replacement surgery
- knee replacement surgery
This means basically anyone who has problems with mobility and balance can benefit from raising the height of their toilet seat.
How high should a raised toilet seat be ?
Ideally, a when the user sits, their hip should not be lower than the middle of the back of their knee, so the raised toilet seat should add the height required to arrive at this sitting position. It can also be a little higher, but no lower.
The toilet seat should also not be so high that feet dangle in the air, as this can cut off the blood supply, causing the feet to go to sleep, and leading to falls when standing back up.
To find out more about how high a toilet seat should be, you can read my post all about how to do the calculation, here – “How High Should A Raised Toilet Seat Be ?”.
Although, here we are discussing which are the highest raised toilet seats, those which attach to the toilet bowl do come in a range of fixed heights from 1 to 6 inches, with a few models having an adjustable height of 2 to 6 inches.
The freestanding raised toilet seats on frames, which are placed over the toilet, are adjustable.
Typically, safety frames and bedside commodes have an adjustable seat height from 17 to 23 inches above the floor. A few models’ seats do go higher.
You will find all the different models and their heights in the list below.
How to measure for a toilet seat ?
Now that you know the height of seat that you want, if you are going to buy a raised toilet seat which attaches to the bowl of your toilet, you need to know that there are two main shapes of toilet bowl in the US –
- standard (round)
The standard toilet bowls are smaller by a few inches than the elongated bowls, and are also referred to as round.
You will, with some models, discover that they are manufactured in both shapes, and you have to get the correct one for your toilet
The round or standard toilet bowl is 16 1/2 “, and the elongated is 18 1/2 “.
Many models come as a universal fit, especially those called “Front Locking”, but you will need to check.
Risers and spacer seats definitely come in both elongated and standard, and it is up to you to measure your seat to make sure you buy the right one.
If you need to find out how to check the measurement and where you have to measure from, you will find that, and more, in my post “How To Measure For A Raised Toilet Seat ?”
While you are looking for raised toilet seats, there is lots more that you can do to make your bathroom a safer place for seniors, or anyone else with mobility issues.
To find out all the different things you can do, to have an instant impact on bathroom safety, take a look here, “54 Bathroom Safety Tips For Seniors – A Helpful Guide”.
What are the types of raised toilet seat ? And which are the tallest examples of each ?
Raised toilet seats come in six main types –
- temporary seats with no type of bolt or lock attaching them to the toilet bowl, or seat
- seats which lock onto the toilet bowl – for medium term use
- seats which are actually bolted to the toilet itself, and are suited to long term use
- raised toilet seats with legs
- safety frames with elevated seats which are placed over your toilet – suited for long term use
- bedside commodes which can be used over a toilet – ideal for long term use
The last four types of seat are the most secure, and best suited to long term use for the elderly and the disabled.
There is another option which I will touch on later – a “toilet plinth”, which will raise the toilet up from underneath.
Temporary raised toilet seats
Clip On raised toilet seat
Clip-on raised toilet seat - topside
Clip On toilet seats are open at the front, like a horse shoe, and are simply clipped onto your existing toilet seat.
There are no bolts or clamps, and no models with armrests.
The highest Clip On seats are 3 inches tall.
An example of 3 inch tall Clip-on seat is –
- Ability Superstore 4 inch Clip On Raised Toilet Seat
“Bubble” raised toilet seat
Bubble seat raised toilet seat
Bubble seats – these are made of a compressed foam, which you simply push them down over the bowl of your toilet, and they are designed to grip.
The seats have no clamps, locks or bolts to secure them to the bowl.
These models do not come with armrests, cannot be adjusted in height, and have a lower weight capacity than seats which secure to the bowl with clamping or locking systems.
The highest Bubble seat is 6 inches tall.
An example of a 6 inch seat of this type is –
- Maddak Tall-Ette 6 inch Standard Elevated Toilet Seat, Model No. 725861000
Raised toilet seats for Medium term use
Seats which “lock” onto the bowl are a less temporary option than the bubble and clip-on seats.
The most secure of these seats being the front locking designs.
Side locking raised toilet seats
Side locking raised toilet seat with lid
A large number of raised seat designs have clamps or locking mechanisms on the sides of the seat towards the rear – these lock onto the toilet bowl as the clamps, or bolts, are tightened.
These seats do not have armrests, and the weight capacity will be lower than the raised toilet seats with front locking mechanisms, but you can have one with a lid if you would like !
The tallest side locking raised toilet seat is 6 inches, and you can find a number of brands with very similar seats which are 6 inches.
Examples of 6 inch side locking raised toilet seats are –
- Homecraft Savannah 6 inch Raised Toilet Seat
- Drive Medical Premium 6 inch Raised Toilet Seat, Model No. 12066
- UBesGoo 6 inch Raised Toilet Seat with Lock and Lid
Clipper raised toilet seat
There is actually only one brand that makes these seats, but they are markedly different from the other types.
The seats are all 4.3 inches tall, and some models do have armrests.
The clipper seats have four plastic clips which grip the outside of the toilet bowl when pushed in, exerting equal pressure evenly around the outside of the toilet bowl.
The examples of these 4.3 inch seats are –
Herdegen Clipper III raised toilet seat w/ lid, Prod. No. 500411
Herdegen Clipper V raised toilet seat w/ swing-up armrests and a lid
Clipper raised toilet seat with armrests
Front locking raised toilet seats
Front locking raised toilet seat without handles
Front locking raised toilet seat
There are various brands which manufacture a raised toilet seat with a clamp at the front of the seat, and a lip at the back which slots under the inside rim of the toilet.
Most of these models come with armrests, which can be adjustable and removable.
The tallest front locking raised toilet seats 5 inches, and they are made by quite a number of different brands – they are all very similar.
Examples of 5 inch front locking raised toilet seats are –
- Carex E-Z Lock 5 inch Raised Toilet Seat with Arms. Model No. FGB30500
- Drive Medical 5 inch Raised Toilet Seat with Removable Arms, Model No. RTL12027RA
- Guardian 5 inch Locking Raised Toilet Seat with Armrests, Model No. G30270A
- Equate Locking Raised Toilet Seat with Adjustable Comfort Handles, Model No. FG31F044T
Raised toilet seats for long term use
Toilet seat risers
A riser is an oval, or round, ring of plastic of a specific height (from 2 to 4 inches) which is attached to the toilet under your existing toilet seat.
The riser is attached placing the seat bolts through the seat, as usual, and then through the riser, and on through the bolt holes in the toilet.
The tallest unhinged toilet riser without armrests is 3 1/2 inches – there are again a number of brands who make such risers
Examples 3 1/2 inch risers are –
- Nova 3 1/2 inch Toilet Seat Riser, Model No. 8342-R
- Essential Medical Supply 3 1/2 inch Toilet Seat Riser, Model No. B5080
- Carex 3 1/2 inch Raised Toilet Seat Riser, Model No. FGB30600 0000
Hinged toilet seat risers
These risers, are only different in that like your toilet seat they have a hinge, and can be lifted to clean underneath them.
They attach in exactly the same way as an ordinary riser.
The tallest hinged toilet seat riser is 4 inches tall.
An example of a 4 inch hinged toilet seat riser is –
- Maddak 4 inch hinged Toilet Riser
Alignment of a riser toilet seat, lid and toilet
Toilet seat riser with armrests
You can also find toilet seat risers with armrests.
The tallest toilet seat risers with risers are 3 1/2 inches tall.
An example of a hinged riser –
- Nova 3.5″ riser with armrests (standard), Prod. No. 8344 – R
- Nova 3.5″ riser with armrests (elongated), Prod. No. 8343 – R
Riser with armrests installed on a toilet under the seat and lid
Tall toilet seats or seat with spacers
Spacer raised toilet seat with lid
esThese seats replace your existing toilet seat, and are attached through the same holes.
The seats have legs, or spacers, of specific heights on the underside.
The tallest seats with spacers are 3 inches high.
An example of one of these seats is –
- Centoco 3L440STS-001 raised toilet seat with lid
Elevated toilet seat with legs
Raised toilet seat with legs
These are elevated toilet seats which have legs.
The seat can slide up and down the legs to adjust the height – your toilet must not be taller than a certain height, depending on the brand of seat you buy.
The tallest raised toilet seat with legs is 4 1/2 inches high.
Example of a 4 1/2 inch raised toilet seat with legs –
- Mobb Raised Toilet Seat with Legs, Model No. MHRTSL
Elevated toilet seats with safety frames
Toilet safety frame with elevated seat
This type of seat is a metal safety frame with a built-in seat.
The toilet seat on your toilet is either removed, or put in the upright position, and the frame and built in seat are placed over your toilet bowl.
The frames have adjustable heights, armrests and can be made of either aluminum, or steel.
There are also bariatric models for heavier individuals.
None of the body weight with these frames is placed on the toilet itself, and the legs distribute the weight to the floor.
The tallest safety frame with a raised toilet seat is 27.5 inches.
The only example of this is –
- OasisSpace Stand Alone Safety Frame and Raised Toilet Seat
Portable bedside commode
3 in 1 bedside commode
“3-in-1” commodes, can be used with their commode bucket by the bedside, or just like a safety frame with a seat, they can be placed over the toilet, without their bucket.
To use over the toilet, you simply remove the commode bucket and place the commode over the toilet bowl.
The leg height can be adjusted to generally to around five different heights.
As with the safety frames with elevated seats, you can get the models in aluminum or steel, along with models for different weight capacities.
The tallest bedside commode you can use over a toilet has a seat height of 25 inches.
The only example of this type of bedside commode with this seat height is –
- Platinum Health’s GentleBoost Uplift 3-in-1 Commode and shower chair
For those interested in learning more about using bedside commodes over a toilet, and in particular which models you can use, I have a post on the subject here – “Can A Bedside Commode Be Used Over A Toilet ?”.
If you want to discover more about the different aspects of using a bedside commode, over, and away from a regular toilet, you should take a look at my post “Using A Bedside Commode: An Illustrated Guide”.
Raised seat with mechanical lift
Another option is a toilet lift.
Toilet lifts are for very frail or disabled individuals who don’t have the strength to sit down on, or to get back up from, the toilet seat.
The seat has a built-in mechanism which raises and lowers the user.
Some models will be a frame which is on the floor around the toilet with a lift mechanism and a seat –
- The Liftseat Powered Toilet Lift
- The Uplift Commode
A different design where the lift attaches to the toilet without legs to the floor is –
- Easy Access Tilt Toilet Lift
Raise your toilet seat height permanently with a base riser or plinth
For a permanent change to your toilet seat height, other than buying and installing a taller toilet, you can install what is called a “toilet riser” (not to be confused with “toilet seat riser”), “base riser”, or “toilet plinth”.
These look like the toilet, they don’t replace your seat, and the whole toilet structure remains just as sturdy, but is simply taller.
Examples of these are –
Medway Easy Toilet Riser
Thetford toilet riser
Easy Toilet Riser
You can read more about these and other methods of raising a toilet seat in my post – “How To Raise The Height Of A Toilet Seat ? 11 Great Choices !”
List of the taller raised toilet seats
You are not necessarily just going to want the tallest, as if you didn’t know what that was, it may be too high, so here’s a list of different seats and the model type.
6 inch raised toilet seats
5 inch raised toilet seats
5 inch seats continued
Toilet seat risers
Your toilet seat is bolted on top of the riser, so it will make it comparable to a 5 inch raised seat –
3.5 inch toilet seat risers
Safety frames with raised toilet seats
Frames with elevated toilet seat
Portable bedside commodes
Portable Bedside commodes - in order of maximum seat height
Features to consider on a raised toilet seat
The important features that you want to keep in mind when looking at the raised toilet seats are –
- height – check the seat provides the height you need before you buy
- how the seat locks on to the toilet – push-on, clip-on, bolt-on, side fixings, front-locking, front-locking with legs, or freestanding – the more long term your need is, and your age, should dictate the type of seat you use
- armrests – for individuals with visual impairments, frail individuals, and the elderly, seats with armrests are typically advised
- weight capacity – you must check this when you buy, and do note that for larger individuals you really want a freestanding raised toilet seats on a frame with armrests
- seat width – any models with legs, or a frame, will take a little more room, and some have up to 32 inches between the armrests
- padded seats are available on some models for greater comfort
- you can get some models with or without a lid
- seat size – are looking for a universal, elongated or round toilet fit, if you are attaching the seat to your toilet – safety frames with raised toilet seats, and 3-in-1 bedside commodes, will typically fit over most toilets, you just have to check how high the seat can go, and add about 1 1/2 inches, and see if it clears you toilet bowl rim height
- materials – the freestanding models are way more solid, and are built on either aluminum or steel frames – this also relates to whether you want padded seats and armrests
If you want to check weight capacities, you can check my list-post here –
If you are looking for a bedside commode to use as a raised toilet seat for a larger person, you can check out each of these articles –
How to choose a raised toilet seat ?
To decide on a particular raised toilet seat, I have found that it helps to ask yourself specific questions, to help you find out what it is that you really need –
- the height
- the weight capacity
- any specific features you need
- the space around the toilet
- the height of your toilet
- how healthy the user is
- the age of the user
- how strong the user is
- are there any specific medical conditions ?
- is there any visual impairment
- do you need a specific width seat, or an extra wide seat
- is there already a grab bar
- is the seat for post surgical recovery ?
You will also have questions about the brand, where to buy it, and also can you get it covered by medical insurance.
To help you with all of this, I have a very in-depth article which outlines the questions you should be asking yourself, along with a PDF of the questions that you can download and print out for free – “How To Choose A Raised Toilet Seat ?”
I had purchased an equipment pack for post-operative rehabilitation for my mom, but frankly the raised toilet seat which came with this inspired about as much confidence, as a chocolate fire grate.
The seat was the type which has a lip at the back which slips under the rim of the inside of the toilet bowl, and two side clamps, but even when properly attached it was like being at sea in a storm.
We had visions of me finding my mom wedged between the toilet and wall, having slipped off, so that was obviously not going to do the job.
Ultimately, we bought a portable bedside commode, not understanding just how great this was, until we realized that if you remove the potty, you could then place it over the toilet.
This gives you a seat in a frame, with armrests, which is above the toilet bowl.
You just lift your toilet seat, and then place the commode frame over the toilet.
It cannot come off the toilet as it is not attached to it, so is the most stable solution, along with safety frames with raised seats.
The frames come in aluminum, or steel, are very strong and have adjustable heights.
They will fit over almost any toilet.
This also means you can’t pick the wrong height, as you can just change it. The range on most is about 5 inches – I believe 18 – 23 inches for the seat height, but one goes up to 28 inches.
The portable commode was put over our toilet 18 months ago, and it still lives happily over the toilet in our bathroom, and can just be lifted away for other people to use the toilet.
The purpose of this passage was just to illustrate that, if you are trying to decide what height raised seat you need, that should not be your only consideration.
Best raised toilet seats for the elderly
As well as deciding on the correct height of a toilet seat, you really need to decide what is the appropriate type of seat for an elderly, or frail, person.
Certain seats, such as “bubble seats” without armrests, or locking device, may be highly inappropriate for an elderly person who is lacking in strength and stability, and who may be far more suited to, and safe using, a safety frame with an elevated seat, or a portable bedside commode, placed over the toilet bowl.
If you are looking for a raised toilet seat for an elderly loved one, I have an article “Best Raised Toilet Seats For Elderly Seniors: A Detailed Guide With Prices”. I have suggested a possible 16 different raised toilet seats, which are all, depending on the situation, very good options for an elderly adult.
I have outlined the different seats which are best suited to different sized elderly adults, and also with regard to an individual’s strength and mobility.
Best raised toilet seats after a hip replacement
The best raised toilet seat for after hip surgery for an elderly person is a 3-in-1 bedside commode placed over the toilet, an elevated toilet seat with safety frame, a raised toilet seat with legs, a riser.
I actually have written an extensive article on this subject, which as well as suggesting the best raised toilet seats for the job, with all the reasoning behind my preferences, also includes information about –
- how high your raised toilet seat should be
- who needs a raised toilet seat after hip surgery
- how long you need a raised toilet seat for after hip surgery
- how to select a raised toilet seat
- how to sit on a raised toilet seat after a hip replacement – with lots of illustrations
- what the 90 degree rule for sitting is – with illustrations
- how to use a raised toilet seat and a walker to sit after hip surgery – with illustrations
Here is a link to the article “Best Raised Toilet Seats After A hip Replacement”
I am going briefly this question into two sections, and if you want the full answer you can read the answer which I linked to above –
- best raised toilet seats for elderly adults who may be more frail due to age
- best raised toilet seats for fitter younger seniors who have no mobility issues aside from the new hip, or knee replacement
Best raised toilet seat after a hip replacement for an elderly person
As we are all different, and no one seat will adapt to all situations, I have selected what I think are the best models for multiple situations, which I have outlined below –
1) Medline – basic 3-in-1 Bedside Commode
2) OasisSpace Stand Alone Safety Frame and Raised Toilet Seat – two models, one with a padded seat, one with a hard seat
3) PlatinumHealth Ultimate Raised Toilet Seat (safety frames with raised toilet seat)
4) Nova Drop-Arm Padded Commode
5) PlatinumHealth GentleBoost Uplift 3-in-1 Commode and Shower Chair
For larger Individuals –
1) Nova Heavy Duty Drop-Arm Commode
2) Drive Deluxe Bariatric Drop-Arm Commode
The highest raised toilet seat is 27 1/2 inches from the floor if you use a OasisSpace Stand Alone Raised Toilet Seat over your toilet.
But the height of the seat should not be your only consideration, especially with elderly parents.
You should be looking at all the different parameters of the situation in which you are using an elevated toilet seat.
I hope this helps.
Good luck !
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.