Drive Medical Steel Folding Portable Toilet & Commode

Last updated date: September 9, 2020

DWYM Score
9.4

Drive Medical Steel Folding Portable Toilet & Commode

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Overall Take

This toilet from Drive Medical opens and folds neatly for easy storage and transportation. It weighs about 6 pounds and comes with a 7.5-quart commode bucket with carry handle, cover and splash shield. In our analysis of 59 expert reviews, the Drive Medical Drive Medical Steel Folding Portable Toilet & Commode placed 1st when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 9, 2020:
Checkout The Best Portable Toilet for a detailed review of all the top portable toilets.

Expert Summarized Score
9.5
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
5,698 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The legs are height adjustable, allowing you to customize the height to meet your needs.
- Trendy Reviewed
Folds up to a compact size for hassle-free traveling
- Elderly Care Systems
Comes complete with 7.5 qt commode bucket with carry handle, cover and splash shield
- Aging in Place
It can accommodate a person weighing up to 350 pounds while the seat width is 13.5 inches and depth is 15 inches.
- Top 5 Reviews
The seat and lid is made of durable plastic and snaps on for easy installation.
- Uplifting Mobility
It embraces a 7.5 quarts commode bucket that includes a carry handle, cover as well as a splash shield. This ensures you can easily carry the contents from the bedside to the actual toilet without any problems.
- Mobility With Love
Since this commode chair is foldable, it makes a great choice for a small room and for traveling.
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The seat can be adjusted up to six inches, allowing for the right setting. This means that it can be customized to a large degree for the person using it.
- Best Composting Toilets
What experts didn't like
Some wish that it could have a wider height adjustment range
- Trendy Reviewed
It is best suited for slim people
- Elderly Care Systems
No tissue holder
- Aging in Place
Smaller than expected
- Uplifting Mobility
The chair might wobble a bit.
- Mobility With Love
Despite the weight capacity listed at 350 pounds, the 18” width limits the size of the person who can use this commode. A person of above-average weight may have difficulty fitting into the chair.
- Best Composting Toilets

From The Manufacturer

The Drive Medical Folding Steel Bedside Commode features snap buttons which easily open for setup and fold flat for convenient storage and transportation. The durable plastic snap on seat and grey powder coated lid, featuring steel welded construction, increase strength and durability. For added comfort and safety, plastic arms, a 7.5 qt. commode bucket with carry handle, cover and splash shield are also included.

Overall Product Rankings

Drive Medical Steel Folding Portable Toilet & Commode
1. Drive Medical Steel Folding Portable Toilet & Commode
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 8
Camco Portable Toilet Bucket With Seat
2. Camco Portable Toilet Bucket With Seat
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 8
Basicwise Portable Travel Toilet
3. Basicwise Portable Travel Toilet
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 8
BLIKA Stainless Steel Folding Commode & Portable Toilet
4. BLIKA Stainless Steel Folding Commode & Portable Toilet
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
Dometic 301097606 Full Size Seat Portable Toilet
5. Dometic 301097606 Full Size Seat Portable Toilet
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 9
VINGLI Flushing Portable Camping Toilet
6. VINGLI Flushing Portable Camping Toilet
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On Portable Toilets

Outhouse. Latrine. Potty. John. Commode. There are seemingly endless synonyms for the toilet — the universally utilized piece of hardware used for the disposal of human waste.

Having a bathroom with a flushing toilet nearby when you need to go is the definition of convenience, but that may not always be the case, particularly if you’re traveling or in an area without running water when nature calls.

Luckily, there is a variety of portable toilets to satisfy your needs and budget. Whether you’re looking for a private portable toilet for bedside convenience, a van life adventure or an off-the-grid cabin, the options are wide-ranging. These toilets can also be used for natural emergencies, construction sites or to support those with incontinence issues.

The most basic bucket toilet is a canister fitted with a toilet seat and lid (you can even DIY your own) that you line with a plastic bag and empty when necessary (when it is full or starts to smell).

There are many gussied-up versions of the bucket model, which come with features like full-size toilet seats, integrated toilet paper holders and removable waste pails with lids. Meanwhile, there are lightweight portable toilets that fold flat when not in use for easy storage in small spaces, like a home closet or trunk of the car. These resemble a toilet seat on legs, and some require you to purchase your own waste pail.

Portable toilets with flush technology, which are often more of an investment, sport a two-compartment design with separate tanks for water and waste. These models, typically powered by pumps, allow users to flush and rinse the toilet bowl with the touch of a button. Sanitization chemicals can also be added to liquify the waste, and tank level indicators help users know when it’s time to empty.

Toilets with flush features are typically heavier than ones without. Basic foldable toilets weigh roughly between 2 and 7 pounds, while flush toilets can clock in at 10 to 30 pounds. The heavier construction of flush models makes them more popular for use in RVs.

Whether you choose a portable toilet with all of the bells and whistles or the most basic model, all of these products have the same purpose: To help you and your loved ones take care of business in the most comfortable, hygienic manner possible.

DWYM Fun Fact

  • American entrepreneur George Harding, co-founder of PolyJohn Enterprises Corporation, secured the first patent for a polyethylene plastic portable restroom in the 1960s. It was described as a portable toilet cabana that would be made out of plastic instead of wood or metal. Harding sold his invention throughout the U.S. and Canada by towing two toilet units across the countries on a trailer behind his car. PolyJohn still manufactures portable restrooms, as well as bathroom accessories, hand sanitizer stations, trailers and more.
  • “Everyone Poops” by Tarō Gomi, a book for children up to 3 years old, was originally published in Japanese in 1977. It showcases how creatures throughout the animal world deal with the realities of digestion. The book continues to bring joy to potty-training tots (and their parents) to this day.

The Portable Toilet Buying Guide

  • One thing to keep in mind when shopping for a portable toilet is the tank capacity, which can range from 1 to 9 gallons. The larger the tank, the less frequently the toilet will have to be emptied. If you plan to use it while traveling, consider how many individuals will use the device. Prepare to empty it more frequently if you have multiple users in your group.
  • Most portable toilets can support weights between 250 and 440 pounds.
  • Only one person can use the portable toilet at a time.
  • Keep your portable toilet out of direct sunlight and store it in a cool, dry place.
  • Sprinkle a layer of kitty litter on the bottom of the lined pail of your bucket toilet to soak up odors and promote absorption. You can also use wood stove fuel pellets. Do not sprinkle kitty litter or wooden pellets in a portable flush toilet.
  • Use your portable toilet on level ground, avoiding rocky areas and slopes.
  • Stock up on commode liners or waste bags. If you don’t use them, be prepared for a messier clean-up.
  • Always dispose of your waste properly at appropriate dumpsites to minimize the spread of disease (and to ensure you don’t ruin someone else’s day).
  • Be prepared to sanitize your hands after using a portable toilet (and after emptying and cleaning the device).
  • Mist your portable toilet with a disinfectant spray like Lysol to kill germs and keep it fresh.