How to Choose a Raised Toilet Seat for Bathroom Safety

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Raised toilet seats are ideal for those who have trouble sitting down and getting up from a standard toilet seat. A raised toilet seat increases the height of your existing toilet by 2” to 6”, making going to the bathroom easier and safer. By decreasing the distance between the toilet seat and the user, less strain is applied on the hips, knees, and legs. Not only does a raised toilet seat prevent unnecessary joint pain in the user, it reduces the risk of falling. Here are some features to consider when choosing a raised toilet seat:

Seat height

A higher raised toilet seat will require you to bend less. However, if the seat is too high, you could lose stability. Your feet should rest comfortably flat on the floor.


Determine whether you would prefer sitting on hard, yet, durable plastic or on padded vinyl. People who are prone to getting pressure sores may benefit from a padded seat.

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Arm support

Some raised toilet seats have removable or non-removable arm handles. You can also purchase a separate toilet safety frame or install grab bars for additional stability.

Weight capacity

Most elevated toilet seats can support up to 250 lbs. Raised toilet seats for bariatric use are available for those who need a higher weight capacity.


We offer quality toilet seat risers and raised toilet seats from reputable manufacturers, including Drive Medical, Ableware, Medline, and MabisDMI.


Some raised toilet seats feature legs that act as a toilet safety frame. For added stability, install toilet grab bars.

Toilet bowl style

Make sure to choose a raised toilet seat that fits your toilet. For example, the Elongated Hinged Elevated Toilet Seat is specifically designed for elongated toilet bowls.

Asymmetrical design (post-surgery, injuries, & fractures)

For those recovering from surgeries or joint injuries, there are special elevated toilet seats, such as the Raised Toilet Seat for Hip Replacement, that have an asymmetrical shape.

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