The Best Potty Training Toilet Chairs and Seats

Whether you're looking for a potty with songs and stickers or one to blend into your bathroom decor, we tested the latest potties to help you choose the best toilet training gear.

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    Summer Infant Story Time Potty

    Use all that time waiting for number 2 to help your child become number 1 at reading.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love the cute frog design and the included book and interactive panel that reads a story and encourages their efforts. Parents will love the integrated splash guard, large and easy-to-remove pot, and wipe-able storybook.

    Potty Problem: The audio playback has no stop button or volume control, so you're going to get really tired of it. Plus, the book holder is big enough to hold only the one included story, so it's not easy to swap out other books.

    Parent Feedback: "The Summer Infant Story Time Potty was a huge hit with my 2-year-old son, who loves to read books on the potty. It was a perfect motivator to get him to sit on the potty. I love that the potty has a removable seat that can go on the big potty, which my 5-year-old enjoyed using. The Story Time Potty is comfortable, sized right, and adds fun to the potty experience." - Kate S.

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    Safety 1st Ladybug Potty

    Find the perfect potty pal to help your tot go tinkle -- also available as Monkey, Lion, Baseball, and Soccer Ball.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love the friendly animal designs and unusual round shape. Parents will love the deep pot and adorable designs.

    Potty Problem: This potty has to be set out from the wall because of its round lid; it lacks handles and a sufficient splash guard.

    Parent Feedback: "This potty is adorable! It's ideal for a younger child because it's small and low to the ground. It also has a deep basin, which makes carrying the contents down the hall to the bathroom much less risky, especially since my daughter often insists on 'helping' with this process. But I found it very difficult to lift out the removable seat reducer. You have to really yank at it, and I was worried about snapping the plastic in the process." - Alissa H.

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    Safety 1st Talkin' Tunes Potty

    Record your own inspiring message to help your tot become a potty training pro.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love the attached handle, which makes a flushing sound, plays celebratory music, and repeats an encouraging parent-recorded motivation. Parents will love the 3-in-1 versatility, snap-shut lid, and ability to record and change the congratulatory quote.

    Potty Problem: The rewarding song and message are connected to the flush handle and do not actually play when a child has just used the potty successfully.

    Parent Feedback: "What more does a 2-year-old girl want than everything being pink -- even the potty! My daughter thrives on praise, and she couldn't wait to hear what the surprise message was when she got to 'flush' the potty. I found myself changing the message two to three times a week, but it was easy enough to do and worth it for the motivation." - Courtney G.

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    Munchkin Arm & Hammer 3-in-1 Potty Seat

    Whether used as a potty chair, removable trainer seat, or sturdy step stool, this compact potty eliminates odors with an integrated, deodorizing disk.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love the built-in wipes dispenser that makes them feel grown-up. Parents will love the disposable, deodorizing Arm & Hammer disk that stops the stink (especially in poorly-ventilated bathrooms), the gender-neutral color scheme, and the built-in flushable wipes that help develop proper hygiene habits.

    Potty Problem: The odd size of the wipes holder means you're stuck buying Arm & Hammer wipes, which are pricey and have a distinct scent. ($5.70/36 wipes)

    Parent Feedback: "I like this potty because it has a simple design and will blend more with my bathroom's d?cor. I also like that it has a lid (you can never teach little boys too early to close the lid) and that it could grow with us by moving to the regular toilet via the step stool and seat reducer." - Korie C.

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    Fisher-Price Royal Stepstool Potty

    Give your little prince or princess a royal seat to do their business on.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love the four encouraging reward tunes that play when they use the potty. Parents will love the 3-in-1 versatility and big smiles the reward music will bring.

    Potty Problem: The hard plastic seat isn't comfy to sit on for long periods. Also, you have to clean and dry the bowl after each use: If the sensor is already wet, it won't play the reward music for the next time.

    Parent Feedback: "This potty was a very versatile chair for both of my children. My 2-year-old son loved that the chair would sing him a song when he went potty - a great motivator. My 5-year-old daughter loved to use the step stool when she brushed her teeth. Now, if only I could get my son to stop taking off the lid and playing with it!" - Jamie B.

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    The First Years Cars 2 Rev And Go Potty System

    Help your tot race towards the potty training finish line with a little help from Lightning McQueen.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love the vivid colors, Lightning McQueen's smile cheering them on, and the engine-revving pretend flusher. Parents will love how much kids love it.

    Potty Problem: The splash guard is almost nonexistent and the design of the pot makes leaks a very real and frequent possibility. Because the pot is yellow, it's tricky to see when your child has had success.

    Parent Feedback: "My son loves the Cars theme, and the noise-making shifter was very exciting for him. However, the shifter was so exciting that it was a bit distracting from the task at hand. Still, it did get him interested in the potty, which was a step in the right direction. I also liked that that the seat could easily transfer to a real toilet when he's ready, but the 'pee-pee-shield' on the foam insert is not high enough and this led to frequent wall wipe-downs." - Allie M.

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    Jahgoo 3-in-1 Potty

    This convenient 3-in-1 potty doesn't have the bells and whistles that would make it an eyesore in your bathroom.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love to personalize the potty with stickers. Parents will love the sleek, modern design and the versatility as a seat reducer and stool.

    Potty Problem: The seat is high (8.5") and unpadded. The child sits on the lip of the removable pot, which can be uncomfortable for long sitters, and the seat and base of the potty don't stay connected, making it tricky to pick-up as a unit.

    Parent Feedback: "The all-inclusive set is great for the transition from a small potty seat to the regular toilet. The pot is very easy for a little one to remove and carry, allowing for personal responsibility. But the removable seat shifted around and wasn't steady on a regular toilet. The stool is also the base of the potty, which you can't handwash without taking the whole potty apart." - Ashley P.

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    Jahgoo Potty

    For tiny tots and limited-room loos, this minimalist potty provides just the basics.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love being able to sit down on it by themselves. Parents will love the compact size and easy-to-clean pot.

    Potty Problem: There isn't any padding or splash guard, the plastic feels flimsy, and the two pieces don't always stay locked together.

    Parent Feedback: "I like the look of the potty; it's nice and small, so it can go pretty much everywhere. But it was so small that my son barely fit on it and would pee right out of it. The removable reservoir was hard to snap into place and then unsnap for cleaning." - Nicole W.

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    Prince Lionheart weePOD Basix

    Simple and compact, the soft, cushiony ring provides a comfortable seat for training time.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love the ample padding and dual suction cups for a secure, wiggle-free seat. Parents will love the compact design, modern gray color, tall splash guard, and one-piece design that makes cleaning a breeze.

    Potty Problem: It doesn't have handles, which helps some kids feel more comfortable and provides a sanitary way to get the seat on and off.

    Parent Feedback: "The soft seat allows for a more comfortable and stress-free adjustment to the toilet, especially when the child needs some extra time to finish. The seat is seamless to the toilet and stays put, so any over-spray makes it into the toilet no matter what, keeping my toilet a lot drier and cleaner! But since the built in pee-shield is rather high, it's more difficult for the child to make it off the toilet unassisted." - Ashley P.

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    The First Years Disney Princess Magical Sounds Potty Seat

    Pink, purple, flowers and castles -- the perfect potty seat for your little princess.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love the princess motif and magical chimes button. Parents will love the compact design and snap-out cushion for easy cleaning.

    Potty Problem: Additional "magical sounds" or encouraging words from a Disney princess would be nice.

    Parent Feedback: "My girls love princesses, and they greatly enjoy the 'magical sounds' button. But since there is only one sound, I grew weary of it pretty quickly. The plastic frame and seat cushion seem unnecessarily large and bulky. This might make them more comfortable but also more cumbersome to store." - Susan A.

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    Primo 4-in-1 Soft Seat Trainer

    No bells or whistles on this 4-in-1, but its sturdy, simple design gets the job done.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love the included stickers and handles for added support. Parents will love the versatility of an all-in-one and its ability to blend into the bathroom

    Potty Problem: Minus the stickers, you might want to look elsewhere if your child needs more rah-rah. Also the splash guard might not be tall enough for some.

    Parent Feedback: "I liked the wide, comfy seat as well as the built-in 'spray deflector' for my son. The ability to use it as a stand-alone potty, a seat reducer, a stool or a travel potty offers lots of versatility for a pretty good price. We have a small bathroom and I love that I could use the same device for potty training and as a stool." - Suzy M.

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    Primo Freedom Trainer

    Updated to fit "comfort" or standard height toilets, the built-in step stool on this seat reducer helps your little one be independent in the loo.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love the independence of going potty by themselves. Parents will love the lightweight and fold-flat design plus the lack of clean-up.

    Potty Problem: The plastic feels flimsy, and it can be tricky for tots to turn around on the tiny steps.

    Parent Feedback: "My son is a climber and was so excited to climb the ladder of his new Primo potty! It was so much easier to allow him to climb up and down rather than pick him up and down the potty all day! I do wish that the seat and ladder were a bit sturdier, but overall, a great, fun, and motivating potty." - Kristin D.

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    The Little Looster

    The unique U-shaped design gives little legs a lift without getting in your way.

    Potty Praise: Kids will love the wide support that eases fears and builds confidence. Parents will love that the stool doesn't impede their ability to use the toilet themselves.

    Potty Problem: It's a big hunk of plastic that can overwhelm a small bathroom, and the U-shape can't easily be repurposed as a stool elsewhere in the house.

    Parent Feedback: "The Little Looster booster step is a wonderful potty training tool for my 2-year-old son. This is the first stool I've found that's tall enough for my son to climb on and that supports his feet while he uses the grown-up potty. My husband liked that he did not have to move the stool out of the way to use the toilet when standing (though I needed to move it when I used the toilet). The surface is very easy to clean and stays clean." - Larissa N.

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