What Is The Difference Between Comfort Height And Chair Height Toilets?

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Comfort Height And Chair Height Toilets

Comfort height toilets and chair height toilets are two names for the same thing. One variation started as a marketing name by the Kohler company and is now used more generically.

Comfort Height And Chair Height Toilets
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To make going to the bathroom a safe and secure process, you should know what type of toilet is the best for the elderly.

This article will cover the differences and similarities between comfort height and chair height toilets.

Different Types Of Toilet Height

If you are looking to install a new tall toilet for a senior or elderly person, here are some of the options you’ll find.

Comfort Height Toilet

The average difference between a raised comfort height toilet and the standard toilet is only a couple of inches. Still, in some cases, that will be all that is needed to make the senior toilet experience both comfortable and safe.

A comfort height toilet will usually measure between 17 to 19 inches, whereas the “Right Height” toilet (standard) is between 15 to 16 inches with the toilet seat.

There are a wide variety of models from which to choose. Different bowl configurations and shapes, dual flush, and various colors make a choice almost impossible.

One of the reasons for this exceptional variety is that comfort height toilets are the most prevalent in the United States because they suit households with various needs (age, height, and disability needs).

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Chair height toilets measure between 17 to 19 inches from the floor.

Chair Height Toilets

Chair height toilets have the exact height specification as comfort height toilets. They should measure between 17 to 19 inches from the floor.

The only difference is that “Chair Height” is used as a model designation by companies such as Kohler Co. – which manufactures high-quality ceramic bathroom fittings.

ADA Height Toilets

Both of these heights of toilets conform to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act which passed in 1990 and are considered ADA height toilets.

The act was passed to ensure that businesses allow equal access to facilities by those with disabilities and comply with the requirements for equal opportunity employment – including opening more jobs to those with disabilities.

Consideration When Choosing A Toilet

It is worth noting that it is essential that both feet must be firmly flat on the ground during the senior’s time on the toilet. Having both feet on the floor will allow them to stand safely.

Incidences of slips and falls rise dramatically as one ages. Many seniors also suffer from balance issues, as well as muscle weakness.

A toilet seat that is too high will cause the feet to dangle and also cause pain and tingling in the upper legs.

Choosing either “Chair Height” or “Comfort Height Toilet” can significantly improve the quality of life for the aged. It will also contribute to a safer environment.

If replacing the entire toilet is difficult or too costly, there are a number of other options for making a toilet higher for elderly loved ones.

It is a purchase that every home with a senior as part of the family should consider.

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Scott Grant, CSA®, ATP

Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®
Assistive Technology Professional
Certified Rehab Technology Supplier (CRTS®)

I have been serving seniors and the elderly for over 20 years as a medical equipment and custom wheelchair specialist for a regional medical equipment company. I am also a lucky dad to four awesome daughters and grandfather to three pretty terrific grandkids. When not helping older adult improve the quality of their lives, I enjoy early morning runs and occasional kayak trips. I am also a self-admitted nerd who loves anything from the 1980's. Learn More

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