Commode chairs a necessity for many family members across this great country. Without them, going to the bathroom can become extremely difficult if not impossible. But as a larger person whom needs to use such devices to do his business, finding a suitable extra wide heavy duty commode chair can be quite the challenge.
Some commode chairs are extra wide, yet are made from flimsy materials that couldn’t even support 250 pounds. While others may have even higher weight capacities, but have a narrow seat. Which as a big man, it can be impossible to squeeze into a tiny 13 inch wide seat. This is without even mentioning the distance between the arms on the chair. This too has to be wider than standard commodes if it is to be classified as heavy duty.
While some folks look to find a commode chair that can double as a shower chair and also as a safety rail seat for sitting over the existing toilet. To me, a commode chair should be able to be used from the bedroom, lounge room, office or wherever it needs to be set up. Sure having a padded seat is a bonus, but not a deal breaker for me. If I can get the above requirements while also having a large opening for waste to enter, I’m happy. I can’t stand the commode chairs which don’t have big enough holes to do your business in.
When all is said and done, we all have unique needs when it comes to going to the toilet. So while a commode on caster wheels may work for one, it may be a irrelevance to another. But the main thing to look for when buying a heavy duty commode chair is weight capacity and width between the arms if you are a heavy person like myself. So with that said, the commode chairs listed below have been selected based on what I consider to be the best for a obese or overweight person.
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This Bariatric chair by Drive Medical has the highest weight capacity I know of boasting an impressive 1000 pounds. Which makes it the most heavy duty commode chair on this list. Unlike other toilet chairs, this one has extra support beams to give it the strength and durability it needs to hold heavy weights. Between each of the side legs is a horizontal bar to add the extra strength and support. As you will see, not too many other commodes have this feature which really does add confidence when sitting on it as a larger person.
The chair is stable and strong, but what about the width. Is it a extra wide commode chair as well?. Absolutely. Which is why I highly recommend this chair. The distance between the arms on this chair is just over 23 inches wide. The easy release arm feature also allows you to slide the arm out of the way for when sliding from bed, wheelchair, sofa onto the toilet. Which is very helpful for the very limited mobile people.
The depth of the seat goes back about 18 inches. So if you are tall or have long legs this means you won’t be cramped up while sitting. The height adjustments have a very broad range. Measuring from 17 inches to 22 inches. So most people will be catered for here. If you are unsure on what height toilet seat you need it’s a easy fix. Simply measure the distance between the floor and the underneath side of the knee when sitting down. Add about 2 inches on top and that is the ideal sitting height for sitting on a commode chair.
The other great feature of the Drive Medical commode chair is the oversized waste bucket. The 12 QT bucket is substantially larger than other models on the market and comes with a removable lid. The lid can be slide off from behind the chair. But having the large opening really does make using this chair that much easier as you can relax knowing you’re not going to miss the hole or get too much splash back.
Overall it really is hard to fault this commode chair. It has everything you could desire in a chair. The finishing touches like the rubber feet ensure you wont be sliding around, even on timber floors. The padded arms and padded backrest just finish off the chair perfectly. Bucket liners work wonderfully and the chair is very lightweight. So moving this 21 pound chair wont be a huge mission when you want it out of sight.
Not everyone needs or wants a padded bedside commode chair. But there are many that do. Especially overweight people as it adds a little comfort to the whole endeavor. But finding a high weight capacity padded commode chair that is heavy duty a wide seat certainly is a mission.
Fortunately for us bigger folks, there is this 350 pound capacity padded chair by Medline available on Amazon. Its a super sturdy looking chair with some serious padding. The only downside is that the width between the arms is just 18.5 inches. So get out the tape measure and see if you qualify to sit in the Maserati of commode chairs. Do note the overall width is 22 inches. Do also not the non padded version of this commode is only 300 pound capacity.
Besides the copious amounts of padding on the backrest, seat and foam handles the next best thing about the Medline is that both the arms can swing out of the way for easy transfers. To do this you just need to push in the spring loaded button which releases the arms in a downwards direction. Once down they sit flush with the chair and won’t get in the way.
The chair is very stubborn to move, so it makes it a solid ‘over the traditional toilet seat’ commode. To do this just remove the bucket and going to the traditional toilet is now so much easier and way more comfortable. The commode is a tad heavier at about 28 pounds which is a good thing. It means it wont tip or slide out of the way so easy. Plus its a true testimony to how thick the steel is that gives this commode chair a 350 lb weight capacity.
Overall, its a very solid and strong portable commode chair. The height adjustments are a little limited being 20″ to 25″ so make sure you check your leg measurements to see if this well padded and comfortable toilet chair is suitable for you. The seat has a decent opening size although I wouldn’t complain about an extra inch. It comes with the usual suspects (pail, lid, splash guard) and looks rather appealing compared to some of the creations out there that look flimsy and dull.
Duro Med provide this 500 lbs weight capacity commode chair. It’s certainly heavy duty with an extra wide seat. Certainly suitable for the heavier person, but does come with a couple of common flaws seen in the industry.
Unlike the above Drive Medical, the pail is smaller and doesn’t fit snug up against the bottom of the toilet seat. Being just 7 QT it is just over half the size of the Drive Medical. But the main issue is that it doesn’t fit close enough to the toilet seat. So when urinating, (For a male in particular) it can escape through the gap between pail and seat. So careful aiming may be in order or a bigger splash guard (Get creative here). The gap is there to allow the lid to slide in from behind the commode. So it’s not huge but still worth thinking about.
The last flaw in comparison to the Drive Medical is that there is no padded backrest which is kind of annoying to be honest. But other than those few smaller defects, the Duro Med has some great selling points.
Firstly it’s very heavy duty and can handle up to 500 pounds of user weight. There’s no extra support bars like on the 1000 pound model, but still very strong steel nonetheless. The rubber handles and feet are high quality and don’t look like they would break anytime soon.
One of the best things about the Duro Med is that it gets delivered assembled. Not a huge positive for some, but for myself it’s a welcomed relief. However, the total width of the chair is 24 inches, so be sure you can fit it in your doorway when assembled. The extra wide frame means the distance between the arms is also rather wide. Measuring 23 inches wide, it’s very suitable for oversized persons.
This commode chair has a slightly larger height distance than the Drive Medical. Which is 16.5″ to 23.5″. Not much but that extra one inch may make this rather light 19 pound commode chair the ideal choice for them.
The above 3 commode chairs are my personal recommendations for heavy duty use. If you are plus size or have very high weight, then these chairs may be applicable to you. But as we all have unique individual needs, please be sure to check out the vast variety available. I hope this short guide on extra wide heavy duty commode chairs has been helpful to you and you have now narrowed down your search to at least three.