This page covers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about raised toilet seats for tall people. The first four sections describe the various ways to raise your toilet seat. The final section is on why you may or may not want to raise your toilet seat.
Raised Toilet Seat
The quickest way to raise your toilet seat is to put on a raised toilet seat. The simplest of these just looks like a big plastic doughnut. While this can do the trick, it might not offer some people the stability they require. For instance, the elderly may prefer a raised toilet seat with support rails. The second image below is a good option, with the support rails going all the way to the floor.
A more elegant solution is to raise your entire toilet via a toilet raiser, such as the Toilevator. The downside of this approach is that it is going to require either some plumbing know-how or a handyman. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure your toilet is compatible with the toilet raiser you select.
An even more elegant solution is to put in a tall toilet in the first place. Of course these will be significantly more expensive than the options mentioned so far. Also, you’ll be hard pressed to find a taller toilet than 17.5″. Though by combining some of the approaches mentioned so far, you could get a really high toilet seat.
Wall Mounted Toilet
The final approach potentially yields the tallest toilet. By using a wall mounted toilet, you can choose pretty much any height you want. Just keep in mind this could affect the resale value of your home.
To Raise or Not to Raise Your Toilet Seat
It would seem common sense that taller people would best be served by taller toilets. However, having a relatively low toilet seat might not be such a bad thing.
Consider for a moment that it is only since the mid sixteenth century that we have had flush toilets. Prior to that, our ancestors all defecated from a squat position, and that is what evolution optimized us for. You see, while we are standing, the anorectal angle (angle between anus and rectum) is at about 90 degrees thereby preventing unwanted bowel movements much like a pinched garden hose blocks water flow. While an x-ray study showed that squatting opens the anorectal angle up to about 126 degrees, making it easier to pass a bowel movement, a seated position only does so to about 100 degrees . Hence the squatted position leads to lower abdominal pressures, less swelling in the veins of the anus, and thereby lower risk of Hemorrhoids. A squatting position also has the added bonus of reducing pooping time by nearly a factor of three . However, maybe you like to read articles such as this one while on the can, and it would be a shame if you stopped here.
Carrying on, the above would suggest that relatively low toilets, though not as good as squatting, are better for tall people than a proportional height toilet would be, right?
Yes, but there is another issue to keep in mind, and that is that we are not as flexible as our ancestors were (and our neighbors in non-industrialized societies). This is due to our modern lifestyles of prolonged sitting and inactivity. Lack of ankle and hip joint flexibility in particular is a problem for squatting as we compensate with excessive flexion in the lumbar spine, elevating intervertebral disc pressure, particularly for that early morning poop when the discs are fully hydrated .
Because of this, it is the elderly, with there diminished flexibility and strength, for whom raised toilet solutions exist. When you consider a tall elderly person you will recognize there is a convincing argument for an even greater rise.
Raised toilet seats for tall people are also a bonus as it is easier for them to aim across the smaller chasm. Note that such clientele will also appreciate an elongated toilet for full accommodation while sitting.
As you can see, the decision to raise one’s toilet is not one to be taken lightly. If you do decide to proceed, there are four basic raised toilet seats for tall people options: place the toilet on a platform or toilevator, buy a taller toilet , use a toilet seat lift, or, and this last one has the greatest potential for you extremely tall people, position a wall mounted toilet at a height of your choosing.
 Influence of Body Position on Defecation in Humans
 Comparison of Straining During Defecation in Three Positions: Results and Implications for Human Health
Anyone out there tried one of these? I don’t mind my low toilet, but maybe when I get older…
Yes. The new height requirement for ADA is not high enough for me at 5″11
What method did you use, the toilevator?
Whenever I move into a new house I immediately replace all the toilets with the highest one I can find. When I broke my ankle I purchased a seat riser which really helped.
I did it in my new bathroom ….. about 4 inchs ….water and washand .
It does help especially if you have circulation problems.
Um, at the risk of over sharing, I have both. I taller toilet and a stool in front for feet. I almost threw my back out with the old one before we replaced it with a new Kohler.
That is awesome, must be quite the setup!
In our last home, the countertop in the bathroom was raised. And I miss it. The lower one is hard on my back.
All seats are better if they are raised. When I go to appointments I usually stand because the seating is way too low. Chair seat cushions usually hit my leg mid calf which makes it real hard to get up from so it’s easier to stand.
I bought one and I love it. Much easier on my back.
When I had a new toilet installed a few months ago, I went with the taller one (Glacier Bay about 17″ from Home Depot). It feels much more comfortable than the old shorter one, but I had to get used to the oval shape versus round previously. BTW, I am a little over 6’5″.
I just remodeled my bathrooms and put in tall toilets. Much easier for a bad back although my wife’s feet don’t reach the floor.
My roommate, too!
Try a squats potty for shorter people using “tall” toilets. It’s used to create a squatting position for “pooping “. It slides back to surround toilet bottom as storage. Basically out of the way for others.
Yep ADA toilets and raised countertops although this last fancier toilet my feet barely touched and I felt like I was sitting atop a skyscraper until I got used to it! I couldn’t believe it…then I flushed and it and Wow thot it was going to take me down! Lol. At 6’2″ my feet only dangle on rollercoasters…lol…this toilet has been a hoot but next time I am getting an inch shorter one as their must be a range of ADA heights. Lol Now I suppose we are all gonna share floor to bowl top or seat measurements to verify in the name of tall science! Haha
That is an interesting proposition! Mine is a sweet sixteen inches 🙂
From flr to bowl rim or flr to seat top? Actually may be interesting findings if we all measure!
Hey Erica – this post about tall toilets looks a bit dated – but can you please tell me what toliet you purchased ? Make and model ? Thanks so much
YES,,,, am using almost 17 inch…but it only 16 & 3/4 high…..LOVE the HT….. it makes me feel a lot BETTER…..
We have a standard toilet @14 1/2″ for comparison. Then one is 16 1/2″ and another is 17″
I’m the son of a plumber. I’ve installed a few. They work well for some of the elderly too because they don’t get stuck on the pot! Lol
I can think of worse places to get stuck 😉
Yep! That’s why I always use the wheelchair stall in public bathrooms. They’re usually a little taller, and I can actually get in and out while opening the door at the same time.
I say it’s a must have!
Home depot and lowes both sell the higher version. I have two in the house
boy this page has really gone down the toilet! lol….just a little joke.. 🙂
I’ve used the plastic inserts you set on the porcelain toilet bowl and they work but are not very comfortable. I’m planning on getting the Toilevator and seeing how that works. A new toilet for us tall folks (I’m 6’3″) is a little too expensive. Does anyone else besides me feel like being tall is a handicap in today’s world?
Definitely as we age things become a lot more challenging. Low toilet seats are a perfect case in point; we evolved to squat, so low toilet seats aren’t a big problem early on, but as we age and ail, tall people in particular have a really hard time getting low…