10 best potties and toilet training seats 2021

24 March 2021

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About to brave potty training? Here’s our pick of the best potties, potty chairs and toilet training seats to make the process that little bit easier.

There are some purchases in life that you really want to go well and potties must be one of them. If ever there were a parenting experience that needed absolutely no additional stress, it has to be toilet training.

In between the bribery, mess and occasional tears (probably yours rather than your child’s), you want a potty or seat that your child is happy to sit on and one that’s easy to clean afterwards. A product that’s well made and also the right one for your lifestyle can make all the difference.

We’ve collated a top 10 of what we think are the best products currently available to buy in the UK. There’s something for every budget and every home as well as some options for travel and more. Strength and honour! But hopefully, with the right potty, you won’t need it.

Here are 10 of the best potties and toilet training seats to buy right now.

1. Best all-round potty: BabyBjörn Potty Chair

“DS refused to use the cheap basic one so I ended up getting the BabyBjörn – two, in fact, as he liked it so much. He still uses it although he's nearly four. I like it as it has an insert you can remove to dump its contents, which is quite handy, and it sits very solidly on the floor so less risk of spillage when children stand up.”

1. Best all-round potty: BabyBjörn Potty Chair

The seat-style BabyBjörn Potty Chair doesn’t come cheap, but Mumsnetters – and parents all over – swear by it.

Popular for its muted colours and attractive curves, parents who struggle with the influx of bright plastic into their stylish homes will breathe a sigh of relief when they see this.

It doesn’t have any bells or whistles, but it's simply designed to do one job well, which we like. It was among the first heavy-duty potties on the market and has been much-copied since – and it’s not hard to see why.

An insert lifts out easily to be cleaned and emptied – no struggling to wrangle an entire potty under the taps – and the insert has a high front to prevent splashing. The back comes up really high too, and the potty has softly-curved arm rests, making it a comfy place for your child to sit while they wait for ‘the magic’ to happen.

Because it’s a good height and has plenty of legroom, the BabyBjörn is a great choice for bigger toddlers or those coming to potty training later. The bottom is also covered in a rubber strip which makes it’s incredibly difficult to tip over.

While it is on the pricey side, you’re paying for excellent quality. It’s robust and should see all your kids through potty training with no problems.

Pros

  • Great size
  • High quality material
  • Lovely design
  • Very low spill risk

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Bulky – not so useful for travelling

Price: £29

Retailers: Amazon, John Lewis & Partners, BabyBjörn and JoJo Maman Bébé

Buy now from Amazon

2. Best budget potty: Boots Baby Potty

“You need a potty with a high bit at the front (some are really low). Boots’ bog-standard ones are good.”

2. Best budget potty: Boots Baby Potty

For a reasonably priced, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin model, the Boots Potty is pretty impressive.

Parents have noted the high splash guard, which not all potties have, and it also has feet that your toddler can stand on, which prevent the potty coming up with them when they stand.

It’s lightweight, which means it's more likely to take a knock and spill than some of the heavy-duty potties around but, on the plus side, the weight makes it easy for your toddler to fetch the potty themselves as and when they need a wee.

It’s also a great chuck-in-the-car-or-under-the-buggy option and, while it's only available in an unimaginative pink or blue, at less than a fiver you could get one of each.

Pros

  • Great price
  • High splash guard

Cons

  • Lightweight and, as a result, less sturdy than other potties

Price: £5

Retailers: Boots

Buy now from Boots

3. Best potty for taller children: Fisher-Price Character Potty

“My son hated the supermarket basic one, as it was too low for his long legs! We got the Fisher-Price Froggy Potty and it's excellent. It’s a good height, has a removable insert and appeals to him.”

3. Best potty for taller children: Fisher-Price Character Potty

The friendly Fisher-Price Character Potty is sure to appeal to toddlers. It’s a great height so is good for bigger or slightly older potty-trainers, and it feels really sturdy, which should prevent any unnecessary spillages as potty training gets underway.

A removable insert means it’s easy to clean after use and a built-in splash guard makes it a good choice for little boys still remembering to “point it down!” The easy-to-grasp handles also help toddlers to stand up without taking the potty with them after use.

The Fisher-Price Potty is available as a frog, duck and more, including Fisher-Price’s newest design, a rather charming unicorn.

Pros

  • Good height
  • Sturdy
  • Removable bucket makes it easy to clean
  • Easy-grasp handles

Cons

  • Price varies according to design
  • Quite bulky

Price: £24

Retailers: Amazon, Very, ASDA and Fisher-Price

Buy now from Amazon

4. Best potty for encouraging potty training: Fisher-Price My Potty Friend

“We've got this one and our two-year-old was potty-trained in a day. When they do anything, it sings and it’s got a realistic flush. We told him that, if he did a wee, it would talk because it was magic. Then, when he did one and it sang, we sang along and danced too (ridiculously enthusiastically). He thought it was brilliant."

4. Best potty for encouraging potty training: Fisher-Price My Potty Friend

If it’s bells and whistles you want, this is your potty of choice.

Little ones who need a bit of encouragement to potty train will love the realistic toilet look of the My Potty Friend, but also the songs and sounds it plays (using a clever wetness sensor) whenever your toddler hits the target.

It also has a flush noise on the handle and a retractable toilet roll holder. Handles on the sides help your toddler feel safe on the chair too.

It’s quite large in size but, if you have room for it, Fisher-Price's My Potty Friend is really comfy chair-style potty that your child will love spending time on. Plus, it's sure to bring reluctant toilet-users out of their shell.

Pros

  • Lots of rewards for children, including songs
  • Good for role play
  • Effective for elimination communication

Cons

  • On the large side
  • Pricey

Price: £37

Retailers: Argos, Amazon, Fisher-Price and Very

Buy now from Argos

5. Best potty training seat: IKEA Tossig Toilet Seat

“We have the IKEA Toilet Seat. My three-and-a-half-year-old isn't small, but she uses it and will do for a long while yet I imagine.”

“I have always used the IKEA ones – they’re brilliant.”

5. Best potty training seat: IKEA Tossig Toilet Seat

IKEA often comes up trumps for simple, but brilliant, baby and child products. If you’re a fan of their cheap and cheerful Antilop Highchair and Lockig Potty, you’ll like the Tossig Toilet Seat.

In green and white, its soft curves make it comfy to sit on and easy to clean. It sits securely over your usual toilet seat and is easy to manoeuvre onto – you might like to invest in IKEA’s toilet step at the same time to help with this.

After use, it slides easily down the side of the loo or can be hung on the wall, and it’s lightweight enough to go with you on holiday or to the houses of family and friends.

If you don’t have an IKEA near you, they also offer it on a delivery basis and, at £5, you might be happy to buy one for every loo in your home.

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Good price
  • Lightweight
  • Stores easily
  • Generous size

Cons

  • Small or nervous children might feel precarious on it

Price: £5

Retailers: IKEA and Amazon

Buy now from IKEA

6. Best potty chair: Strata Deluxe Silver Lining Potty Chair

“We have the big Strata for keeping at home, which is very large and comfy.”

6. Best potty chair: Strata Deluxe Silver Lining Potty Chair

Strata's Deluxe Silver Lining Potty Chair is a generously-sized potty chair with plenty of room for toddlers to get really comfy. It's also a good option if you like the BabyBjörn Potty Chair, but can’t justify the expense.

While not quite as luxe (if there is such a thing in the potty world) as the BabyBjörn, it has similar features, including a lift-out insert with splash guard that makes cleaning easy, comfy back- and armrests, rubber feet to keep it steady, and a good height so that your child can sit comfortably with their knees in front of them.

The sweet star design also suits a neutral nursery or grown-up bathroom without looking obtrusive or garish.

Pros

  • Generous size
  • Comfy
  • Removable insert
  • High backrest

Cons

  • Large footprint

Price: £15

Retailers: Amazon

Buy now from Amazon

7. Best no-mess potty: Pourty Easy-to-Pour Potty

“We got our daughter a Pourty which we find great! So easy to empty.”

7. Best no-mess potty: Pourty Easy-to-Pour Potty

The Pourty Potty turns traditional potty design on its head. Designed by a dad of two, fed up with potties that were awkward to empty and clean, the Pourty has a handle at the front rather than at the back. In place of a backrest, you'll also find an easy-pour spout that allows you to chuck the potty contents easily down the loo afterwards with no risk of spillage or dribbling.

It also means anything yucky goes out the back of the potty, rather than over the front edge, which is the bit your child touches most. Very clever.

The base is wide to keep the potty secure on the floor and it has a flat, wide seat too, which is extra comfy and avoids that unattractive potty ring look on their bottom when they’ve been sitting for a while. It also comes in several colours to match any bathroom.

Pros

  • Clever design
  • No mess and easy to clean
  • Sturdy
  • Lots of colour options to choose from

Cons

  • No backrest

Price: £10

Retailers: Amazon and John Lewis & Partners

Buy now from Amazon

8. Best travel potty: My Carry Potty

“Thumbs up for the My Carry Potty from this household! DD loves it and insists on carrying it herself.”

8. Best travel potty: My Carry Potty

It can take ages to get a child used to a potty. Then you step out of the house and it’s a whole new board game with a different potty they don’t recognise. The My Carry Potty is the ideal solution – designed to be used both on the go and at home, it offers the best of both worlds for potty-training families.

With its friendly animal designs (everything from ladybirds to dinosaurs), this travel potty will appeal to almost any toddler and it's sturdy enough to be used as a main potty thanks to non-slip feet, a splash guard and a large, comfortable seat.

It folds up like a travel bag so it can be taken to nursery, the grandparents’ house or even out to the shops with you, and it's lightweight enough to be hung on the handles of a buggy.

Because it doesn't require a bag, there’s no additional outlay once you’ve bought it (and it’s better for the environment as well). If your child is caught short somewhere inconvenient, the potty also has a leakproof seal so you can just close it up and deal with the contents later.

All in all, this potty has fast become a favourite with parents, and it’s very easy to see why.

Pros

  • Can be used at home or away
  • Totally leakproof and doesn’t need to be emptied immediately
  • Available in lots of animal designs

Cons

  • Not as easy to empty as some, especially the Pourty Potty

Price: £28

Retailers: Amazon, Boots, JoJo Maman Bébé and John Lewis & Partners

Buy now from Amazon

9. Best folding potty seat: Potette Plus 2-in-1 Convertible Travel Potty

“I used a Potette. Really useful for emergency wees. Sometimes we used it in the back of the car and it saved accidents.”

9. Best folding potty seat: Potette Plus 2-in-1 Convertible Travel Potty

This award-winning, multi-tasking travel potty folds flat to fit into a bag or suitcase. Then, with just a couple of clicks, fold the legs out to the sides to turn the potty into a seat (with handles) to put over a toilet.

Alternatively, lock the legs into place to turn the Potette Plus into a standalone potty complete with an absorbent biodegradable bag that folds easily over the seat.

When your child has finished, you just tie up the bag and the absorbent liner soaks up any liquid. After use, give the potty a quick clean with an antibacterial wipe and it can go back into your bag for the next outing.

Parents tell us they kept the Potette Plus well past the toddler years as it was also perfect for pukes in the back of the car. It’s a genius product that you’ll always be glad to have in your bag or car boot.

Pros

  • Fits easily into a travel bag
  • Doesn’t require a loo to empty
  • Works as a toilet seat as well as a standalone potty
  • Good for public toilets

Cons

  • Need to buy refill bags – not very economical
  • Is quite small so not terribly comfy as toddlers get bigger

Price: £17

Retailers: Amazon, John Lewis & Partners and Potette

Buy now from Amazon

10. Best 2-in-1 toilet seat: Amzdeal Family Toilet Seat with Child Seat Built-in

“We got a family seat and replaced the normal loo seat with it”

10. Best 2-in-1 toilet seat: Amzdeal Family Toilet Seat with Child Seat Built-in

The family toiler seat replaces your entire loo seat, which means that you don’t have to buy and then store a separate potty or trainer seat.

It’s just like a normal loo seat with lid, but it has an additional small seat that pulls down when your child wants to use the loo. It then goes back up inside the lid when an adult is using it.

If you’re in this for the long-haul and may have younger children coming out of nappies in the near future, then this is a good purchase that will see you through the whole ordeal. The Amzdeal model is made from sturdy plastic and is easy to clean.

We like the soft-close lid that releases slowly, preventing any sudden bangs or trapped fingers.

Pros

  • Very sturdy and stable
  • Saves on space
  • Suitable for the whole family

Cons

  • Can’t be moved around easily

Price: £30

Retailers: Amazon

Buy now from Amazon

Potty buyer's guide

Getting ready to start toilet training requires a bit of kit. And, as well as the potty training charts, many pairs of trainer pants and a generous supply of carpet cleaner, you’ll need something for your toddler to do the deed in. Whether you go for a standalone potty or a potty seat that attaches to the loo (or both) is up to you. Here are a few questions that might help you make the decision.

What's the best potty to buy?

The best potty is ultimately one that your toddler is happy to use, but there are a whole host of potties that come highly recommended by parents.

We think the BabyBjörn Potty Chair is the best all-round potty to suit most families, but we also rate potties from the likes of Fisher-Price and Potette.

What to look for when buying a potty

As well as thinking about which type of potty will suit your toddler best (see below), it’s worth considering size and where it’s going to live. If you have a tiny bathroom, something that can be hung on the wall or sit neatly in the corner might be a good idea. If you’re blessed with space, you could use your bathroom to house something much more throne-like.

Think, too, about how long you want to use it for. If you’re aiming to use the potty as a short step to a toilet training seat, something small and budget-friendly will suffice. But if you think the potty might be a longer-term prospect or your toddler is on the taller side, consider a sturdy potty with plenty of height so that their knees aren’t round their ears when using the loo.

Check the quality of the potty you have your eye on before you buy – does it look flimsy or have bits that might snap off easily? Also look for a rubberised base that will stop the potty from sliding around on hard floors, grips or handles to help your child get up from the potty once they're done, and any extra features that might make potty training easier for your child.

What’s the difference between a potty and a toilet training seat?

A toilet training seat goes over your usual toilet seat, making the hole small enough so that your toddler can comfortably sit over it.

A potty is a more traditional type of chamber pot that your toddler sits on to go to the loo. You then empty the contents down the toilet before wiping the potty clean.

Don’t forget that, if you’re buying a toilet seat, you’ll also need a step for your child to be able to get up onto the loo.

Is a potty or training seat better?

Both a potty and training seat work equally as well when it comes to potty training, but your choice will ultimately depend on whether or not you’re happy to skip the potty stage and get your toddler straight onto the loo.

Think about whether your child will be happy to sit on the loo – even with the safety of a seat, many toddlers can be wary or scared of the toilet. Also think about whether you’d be happy spending many an hour sitting on the floor of the bathroom next to them.

Potty training in the early days can involve a lot of cheerleading and reading of potty training books while your child sits on the throne. If your bathroom is comfy, no problem at all, but if it’s tiny and you’d rather base yourself somewhere more scenic while they crack potty training, it might be wiser to begin with a potty.

It’s also worth thinking about the layout of your house. When toddlers start recognising that they need a wee, they don’t usually give you a lot of warning. If you live in a flat or have a downstairs loo, you'll be able to go straight to a toilet seat. If the loo is a dash up two flights of stairs, then a potty that can go wherever you are in the house may be a better option.

For taller children, a toilet seat may be more comfortable, but you'll just as easily find larger potties that sit high off the ground.

What are the different types of potty?

As well as toilet training seats, there are several different types of traditional potty.

  • Potty chair – very popular with parents, and usually has arms and a backrest, making it a very comfy option for children who like a good, long sit.
  • Mini toilet potty – these look like tiny toilets and, while they don't actually flush, they can be very appealing to toddlers. They often have sounds, lights and more to encourage children to potty train.
  • Travel potty – some fold out and have disposable bags inside that can be tied and binned after use, while others can be carried like a bag, opened up for use and then emptied into a public loo.

Many potties also have inserts, which can be removed for easy emptying, or pour functions that prevent dribbles when emptying contents into the loo.

What’s the best potty for a boy?

Potties are all unisex but, if you’re potty training a boy, look for a product with some height between the legs, which helps to prevent splashes. It’s not such an issue with girls who don’t have willies to contend with.

When should I buy a potty?

Potty training age is usually being the ages of two and two-and-a-half, but will depend entirely on your child.

Indeed, many parents don’t even think about potty training until nearer their child’s third birthday, while other children are completely dry before age two.

It’s a good idea to have a potty or potty training seat lying around the house a few months in advance so that potty training doesn't seem too new or scary. It also gives your toddler a chance to become familiar with it, and they might even like to have a go on it in a low-key way before you start training properly.

Lots of parents find offering children the chance to sit on the potty before a bath regularly helps to make it a habit and often means they manage to get their first wee on target before potty training fully kicks in, giving them a much-needed confidence boost.

Do I need a travel potty?

Travel potties can be really useful, but aren't essential, especially if you plan to stay indoors until your child has cracked potty training.

If you plan to venture outdoors and don't fancy playing Russian Roulette with underpants, a potty can make life easier all-round, offering a bit of comfort for toddlers not keen on contending with scary public loos.

Dedicated travel potties are made for being on the go, so are easy to carry and to use, but you could just as easily buy a small, cheap potty to pop under your lightweight buggy instead.

The advantage of a proper travel potty is that you won't usually need somewhere to empty it. And, let's face it – no one wants to be left with an unexpected poo and nowhere to put it.

How to clean a potty or potty training seat

Always empty your potty or potty training seat immediately after use. Leaving the contents to fester not only increases the chances of it being kicked over, but it also makes the contents (and germs) harder to shift.

Chuck the proceeds of your child’s potty trip down the loo and wipe the potty with a bit of toilet roll if needed. Then swill with water a few times, throwing that down the loo too, before finally giving it a quick wipe over with an antibacterial product. If anything more solid needs shifting, you may need to get the loo brush out and swill the potty with a bit of extra Dettol.

You should also give your potty a thorough clean at the end of each day. Wipe it over thoroughly with disinfectant and make sure there’s nothing unmentionable lurking in any corners or under edges.

How we chose our recommendations

Before looking at any reviews, we first went to the experts; real parents who'd bought the products themselves. We trawled the Mumsnet forums for recommendations on potties and toilet seats for all occasions, lifestyles and budgets, also noting any that parents said were a waste of money or a disappointment in any way.

Next we researched the reviews market, looking at what products other websites and print titles had recommended, and consulted consumer sites such as Which?.

We also looked at which products had won awards and accolades, and why. We then collated all this information to see which came out on top to create a final roundup.

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