Chances are you have probably heard about the Squatty Potty thanks to its hilarious commercial that went viral when it was released. You know the one, the commercial with the ‘Prince’ and a unicorn explaining to you how this product can help you poop better. Yes, it was definitely a great and entertaining way to introduce your brand to the public.
But how well and effective is this product truly? Does it really help you experience better and easier trips to the toilet? We took a closer look at the Squatty Potty and figure out if the story stacks up to the science here: Does the Squatty Potty Really Work?
Since this product was on the show Shark Tank and boomed into a huge business, several other companies have come out with similar-looking stools. We will also be looking at some of these alternatives that have come out on the market since the introduction of this product and see if they can actually match up to the original. All of the models below are plastic. If you are looking for a more elegant wooden squatting stool you may want to see our reviews here of wood toilet stools.
Squatty Potty -The Original Bathroom Toilet Stool Review
At a Glance…
The Squatty Potty is quite simple in design. It is basically a stool designed to help you pass your bowels easier. It comes in two sizes that accommodate the standard toilet sizes (14 to 15.5-inches) as well as comfort height toilets (16 to 18-inches).
It is recommended that beginners start with the 7-inch Squatty Potter as it offers a more comfortable transition. The main function of the Squatty Potter is to relax your digestive system in order to easily pass stool and prevent constipation from happening.
This is based on studies that squatting is the best position when it comes to eliminating waste from the body via a bowel movement.
The Squatty Potty is made from durable plastic and can support the weight of up to 350 lbs. It is made from sturdy polyurethane plastic material which also makes it quite easy to clean. Due to its ability to help make bowel movements easier and faster, this product is highly recommended for people who suffer from constipation or have hemorrhoids.
How do I choose the Right Squatty Potty Size?
As stated earlier, there are two variations of the Squatty Potty. Most standard toilets have a height of 14 to 16 inches, with these toilets the 7-inches model will suffice. Obviously, if you have a toilet higher than 16 inches then the 9-inch model is the recommended choice.
Alternative Products to the Squatty Potty
Since the introduction of the Squatty Potty Original Bathroom Stool, many tried to replicate its success and carve a name for themselves in this niche market. You can debate whether these products are rip-offs but it doesn’t take away from the fact that these alternatives are trying to tweak the Squatty Potty design into something new. Does it work? Let’s find out.
EasyGoPro Squatty Toilet Stool Review
The EasyGoPro Squatty Toilet Stool comes in only one size and has a dimension of 17 x 8.6 x 7.2 inches. It is a pretty simple design and is also quite compact as well. Its size is pretty much compatible with all toilets which are good if you are not sure what toilet stool size to buy.
It uses sturdy and easy to clean polypropylene plastic. The height of the stool also makes it a good choice for children to use. The hard plastic also has good traction and will prevent slips even on wet surfaces.
- Lightweight and compact design.
- Non-slip design.
- It comes in a variety of cool colors.
- Sleeker elegant design – other than the huge logo on the front 🙁
- It only has a plastic version (the original Squatty Potty and other alternatives have a wooden model).
Easy Go Pro is made in the USA and as per their website go into more detail about what sets them apart from the Squatty Potty (mostly shape, size, and colors).
Squat N Go Space Saver Toilet Stool Review
One of the biggest selling points of the Step N Go toilet stool is its extremely compact design. It has an overall dimension of 13.4 x 6.5 x 7 inches which is a pretty decent size that should accommodate standard toilets.
The main thing that sets Squat and Go apart is their foldable model, this unique model allows you to easily fold the legs under the platform for easy storage. They claim to be the only one with this feature. This would be the obvious choice for someone looking for toilet stool that they can store away in between uses.
It is easy to fold and portable making it a good choice if you travel a lot. It would be unfair to call the Squat N Go Space Saver a copycat of the original as it does bring something new to the table. If you plan on going on a vacation, this portable toilet stool will greatly help your bowel movements throughout your travels.
- Detachable and portable design.
- A good choice for small to medium-sized toilets.
- You can’t use the steps separately.
- It might be too low for higher toilets.
One of the largest toilet stools in the market today, the Step and Go is a durable and non-slip stool (thanks to the rubber grips on each leg) designed to help ease constipation and provide hemorrhoid relief. It has a dimension of 20 x 11.5 x 7 inches and offers a great squatting position when used.
It also comes in two sizes: the 7-inch and the 9-inch models. Similar to the Squatty Potty. If you have a toilet that is higher than 15.5 inches then the 9-inch model is a good choice. The Step and Go is quite affordable and is the lowest priced toilet stool in this list. In terms of design, it is quite similar to that of the Squatty Potty but the difference in quality material is quite obvious.
- Affordable price.
- Plastic material feels not as sturdy.
How these stools help with Bowel Movements
The human body, as we have discovered, is not exactly built to poop in a sitting position. In fact, this actually makes the process of expelling waste from our body a tad more difficult. Doctors have stated that answering nature’s call in a squatting position is the most ideal method.
You see, we have a muscle called the puborectalis which bends our colon when we are sitting or standing. This prevents us from accidentally making a mess by keeping stools inside until we are ready to expel them from the body. This muscle is kind of involuntary and will bend the colon most of the time. When sitting in the toilet, this muscle can sometimes make passing the stool difficult.
The most effective way to tell the puborectalis muscle to ease up is by going down to a squatting position. Squatting relaxes this muscle which is why the Squatty Potty was developed. It allows us to assist in relaxing the puborectalis muscle while sitting on the toilet. Thus, making bowel movements significantly easier.
If you regularly have trouble during bowel movements, constipated, or have hemorrhoids, having a toilet stool should help reduce your problems. The Squatty Potty Original Bathroom Toilet Stool holds the crown as the best option thanks to its design and quality. However, there are other choices available as well. Maybe you want something cheaper, lighter, or more portable? The 3 alternatives I listed above are good choices as well to solve your bowel movement woes.