Drive Medical Steel Folding Portable Toilet & Commode
Last updated date: September 9, 2020
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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.
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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.
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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.