Folding Commode

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Folding Commode

What is a Folding Commode?

A commode is a chair that is specially designed for personal hygiene for people with mobility issues. Going to the toilet is one of the biggest challenges that persons with mobility problems have to live with.

A folding commode is designed to fold such that it can be put away when not in use. Folding commodes are built to offer relief for individuals who have trouble using the toilet like everyone else. It is one of the ways to improve the quality of life for a person with compromised mobility.

A folding commode makes it possible for an individual to be responsible for personal hygiene and not have to rely on assistance all the time.

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Our Number 1, and best rated, folding commode

Aidapt Essex Adjustable Commode Chair Black

Why we rated this the best

  • A padded over-seat that can be removed for cleaning, which improves the hygiene of the commode chair
  • The chair is height adjustable with pegs at the feet that the user can set to different requirements
  • It has a 5-litre bucket with a separate lid that offers plenty of space for comfortable use, and it is easily removable
  • The seat and backrest are well padded with vinyl to enhance the comfort of the folding commode chair for the elderly

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This is rated our best value for money folding commode

Drive Folding Lightweight Commode

What you need to know

  • The lightweight design of the chair makes it easy to move from place to place, according to need
  • This Drive commode is not hard to fold, even with arthritic fingers and it takes up minimal storage space
  • When in use, the back section of the frame acts as a backrest and handled when the chair is folded
  • The backrest is made of plastic, but it has simple padding to make the chair comfortable for prolonged use

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The best of the rest

Folding lightweight commode chair

What you need to know

  • The chair comes with safety catches on each side of the metal frame to help keep the commode in place
  • Rather than slide out from the back, the pot is removable from the top by removing the seat, which is not awkward
  • Because most of the parts are plastic, this commode chair is extremely light
  • The design is sturdy and has great stability, accommodating a weight capacity of up to 120 Kgs

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Homecraft Bedroom Commode

What you need to know

  • The commode chair has a stylish design that blends in seamlessly with different interior decorator themes
  • It is a woven chair that is made like an armchair, which allows the user to rest comfortably
  • It comes with a vinyl seat, which is removable to provide access to the commode without any issue
  • Cleaning is simple because the woven surface can be wiped while the vinyl over-seat requires low maintenance

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Deluxe folding lightweight commode 

What you need to know

  • It has a stylish design with clean lines that allows the chair to blend into any decor
  • A sizeable, PVC backrest guarantees comfort for the user when leaning back, regardless of size
  • A cushioned seat over the commode makes this chair suitable for regular sitting requirements
  • At the bottom, the frame has a double cross brace design that gives the chair added stability

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Z-Tec Folding Steel Commode Chair

What you need to know

  • An extremely lightweight travel commode chair that is easy to move across rooms and set it up
  • It has a soft and webbed backrest that is comfortable to lean into when using the commode
  • Padded armrests ensure that the user is comfortable and safe when grabbing them for support
  • The steel frame is strong and smoothly polished to make it easier to clean the commode chair

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Days Deluxe Comfort Folding Commode

What you need to know

  • The seat and pan of this commode chair have secure lids for hygiene and comfortable use
  • Epoxy-coated steel is used to build the frame, which makes it less challenging to clean and maintain
  • The backrest and seat have padded upholstery to prevent joint pain during long periods of use
  • Setting up the foldable commode and putting it away takes only a few minutes and is simple even for arthritic hands

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Homecraft Folding Commode Chair

What you need to know

  • Aluminium frame provides a durable, good looking and lightweight commode that makes the chair easy to move around
  • A seat with height adjustability of 18″ to 22″, making the seat suitable for users of different heights
  • The sturdy surround frame doubles as bathroom support for the elderly, eliminating the need for a separate bar
  • The legs of the commode chair are padded with rubber, which increases the stability of the setup

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Aidapt Norfolk Adjustable Commode Chair

What you need to know

  • An adjustable pan rack allows the commode chair to accommodate pails of different capacities up to 20 litres
  • The seat is quickly detachable while the back is fixed but both are well padded for maximum comfort
  • It is light in construction, requiring little effort when setting it up or folding it away
  • The frame can adjust to different heights, giving the user flexibility to set it according to need

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How Does a Folding Commode Work?

The simplest way to look at a foldable commode is as toilet built inside a chair. It contains a frame that holds a bucket and a lid. All one has to do is sit on the chair and use it.

Once finished, the pail is removed to empty the contents. Some commodes have seats over the pails where the user can sit. The over-seat also helps to keep the chair discreet, especially if it has to be in view. Commodes have armrests or bars where the user can grab when transferring on and off the chair for safety.

A folding commode is easy to travel with because it can dismantle into portable pieces.

Who Would Use a Folding Commode?

Folding commodes are made for persons living with various mobility challenges. For individuals with painful joints or disabilities, walking to the toilet all the time can be torture. A folding commode eliminates the need to move too much or too far when one has to use the toilet.

The elderly, people recovering from surgery and individuals on wheelchairs have great use for foldable commodes.

How Much Does a Folding Commode Typically Cost?

Folding commode chairs come in simple designs, which is why they cost considerably less than other kinds. You can find a sturdy, light commode for as low as £30. High-end options are also available with some costing as much as £200.

Prices range depending on the features that the folding commode comes with. A chair with different height settings will cost more than a fixed height variety.

The material of the chair influences price in a big way. Plastic seats are cheaper than vinyl. A chair with an aluminium frame will cost more than a steel-framed commode.

Whether a folding commode chair for the elderly has an over-seat or not matters. A seat means more comfort for the user, and that raises the price.

Folding wheelchair commodes tend to be pricey because they offer several functionalities; as portable toilets and transportation.

What to Look Out for When Buying a Folding Commode


How far the commode is from the ground, how wide the seat is and the width between the frames are some of the critical measurements that determine the suitability of a folding commode. Check the measurements carefully to make certain they match the user.


Find out the safety features that a travel commode is equipped with before ordering. Anti-slip hand grips are common but not standard. Some commodes have support bars included to help the user get on and off the chair. How risk-prone the user is will help you decide which safety features are best.


The materials used affect the durability, strength and maintenance of the chair. Manufacturers favour aluminium and steel because they make light commodes. They are also highly durable. Plastic and vinyl are preferred for lids, seats and backrests because they are easy to clean.

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Rob Atherton

Rob Atherton

Rob writes and edits the content produced by the rest of the team. He has a degree in History from Leeds University and has producing, reviewing and editing the site since 2016

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