How to Choose a Commode Chair

Medline Folding Steel Commode

Toilet commode chairs are convenient for those who have trouble getting to the bathroom, either due to a medical condition, disability, or surgery. Commodes may be placed by the bed or used over a toilet to reduce the risk of falls. The 3-in-1 commodes are versatile, working as a regular bedside commode, added toilet safety frame or raised toilet seat to make getting on and off the toilet easier. Some can even be wheeled into the shower for safer showering, with or without the assistance of a caregiver. A pail, lid, and splash guard are usually included. Here’s what you need to consider when choosing a commode:


Depending on your individual needs, you might need a versatile commode chair that is designed to be used as a bedside commode, toilet safety frame, or raised toilet seat.

Weight capacity

Many commodes are built to support up to 250-300 lbs. Heavy-duty, bariatric commodes have a larger weight capacity of 400 lbs. or more.


Commodes are typically made from rust-resistant, waterproof, and durable materials, such as steel, aluminum or blow-molded plastic. Commodes with a padded seat, back, or armrests offer additional comfort.


The commode should be tall enough so that you can easily get on and off without much bending or effort. A height-adjustable commode allows for a proper fit.

Back support

A backrest, whether it’s made of padded material or mesh, removable or non-removable, makes the commode more comfortable and safe to sit.


Some commodes feature wheels and/or removable footrests that swing away or slide back to avoid obstruction. The Nova Shower Chair/Commode with Padded Seat and Footrests is one example.


Commodes with a drop-arm feature allow you or your caregiver to lower the armrest for easy and safe lateral transfers to or from a wheelchair, bed, or transfer board.

PVC Shower Chair Commode


Commodes with wheels make it easy to maneuver and transport to and from the toilet or shower. Wheels usually have locking casters to keep the commode from moving.


Just Home Medical carries a wide selection of commode chairs from reputable manufacturers, including MabisDMI, Invacare, Graham-Field, Guardian, and NOVA Ortho-Med. 

The best commode chair should provide support, comfort, and independence. We carry a large selection of commodes to accommodate all users. If you still need help choosing a toilet commode, please call us at 1-800-998-7750 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST