The 8 Best Potty Chairs to Buy in 2018

For an easier and cleaner transition

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Ah, potty training. It’s one of those milestone parenting rituals that’s a breeze for some, and more like a tornado of frustration and failures that threatens to wipe out any ounce of sanity for others. No matter which camp you find yourself in, a toddler potty chair is going to be the focal point of your world until success has been achieved.

Fortunately for you and the toddlers being potty trained, there are a ton of chairs out there today that make the job a little bit easier. They come in all...MORE shapes and sizes and with and without bells and whistles. Here are eight of our favorite potty chairs for toddlers.

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    Clean and simple is the name of this potty chair’s game. There aren’t any bells or whistles, but it’s sleek, comfortable and easy to clean. It has a high backrest, armrests for little arms and a splashguard, which parents say is especially useful when it comes to little boys. The whole thing is made of plastic, with no crevices, so wiping it down and disinfecting it is simple.

    It’s great for boys or girls, so you can use it for several different children. It’s also a much less obvious addition to...MORE a bathroom than some brighter, louder chairs, making it perfect for minimalists, those who like a simple, no-fuss aesthetic and kids who may be intimated by chairs that have a lot going on.

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    Just like mom and ​dad’s! This pint-size potty looks just like the real deal and paves the way for transitioning from potty training to full-on potty use. It features a handle that makes a realistic flushing noise when pushed and a seat that flips up and down. If you’ve got a little boy in training, there’s a clip-on splashguard to keep things neat. There's also a built-in compartment for wipes, so they’re easy to access when it comes to time to clean up.

    The bowl comes out, so you can clean...MORE it easily, and two AAA batteries are included, so you can get to work right away. It comes in white for a sleek look or pink, which may be perfect for little princesses.

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    This is a potty seat that you’ll likely use for years as it can be converted into three different tools as your child grows. It starts as a traditional potty chair with a removable bowl. It also features a special Nursery Fresh deodorizing disc from Arm & Hammer that uses baking soda to keep things clean and smelling fresh. (Refills are sold separately.)

    When they’re ready to move on to the big potty, there’s a removable top that can be used on a full-size toilet. The chair also converts into...MORE a step stool to make reaching the sink and washing hands easier. This award-winning potty chair works well for boys and girls and parents give it props for its versatility and ease of use.

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    For a royal twist on potty training, give her a throne of her own on which to learn. The princess potty chair is pretty in pink and purple and comes with a 4" x 6" photo frame, so it can be adorned with her majesty’s image. The frame is made of wood and plastic, and there’s a removable plastic bowl in the center.

    There’s also a removable lid over the bowl, so it can be used as a regular chair when potty training isn’t in session. The backrest features a crown, because, of course. If...MORE you’ve got a little prince, fear not, there’s also a blue version available, which is inscribed with, “His Majesty’s Royal Throne.” It’s also topped off with a crown.

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    If it’s bells and whistles you want, this is the potty seat for you. From music to lights, cheering noises and “twirling water” sounds, it’s all just a flush a way. When pee pee enters the potty, they’re rewarded with more of the same. This chair is all about making potty training fun, from the flushing lever to the bright smiley face on the backrest.

    The bowl is easy to remove for cleaning, there are handles on each side to help kids feel safe. There’s also a splash guard for little guys. The...MORE potty ring is removable too, so it can be used on a full-size toilet when they’re ready to move on. Three AA batteries (not included) are required to fuel all the fun.

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    All aboard! Get potty training on the fast track with this Thomas & Friends potty chair. Little fans will love having their favorite character along for the ride as they learn. Fun train sounds and music cheer them on and reward them as they succeed. A built-in splash guard and a removable bowl make keeping things tidy easy.

    The seat comes off for use on a full-size toilet, and it also converts into a step stool for handwashing or any other activity in which they need a boost. Three AA...MORE batteries fuel about 50 hours of activity and one set is included with the chair so you can get down to business right out of the box.

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    This potty chair is designed with comfort in mind. Unlike many potty chairs that are made of hard plastic, this one has a cushy, soft seat. It also features a built-in toilet paper holder, which holds a standard roll of toilet paper, to make wiping a breeze. There’s a built-in wipe holder as well.

    It also can be used a step stool, and the cushioned seat can be used atop a traditional toilet as well for easy transitioning. This bright green-and-white version is perfect for boys or girls and a pink...MORE version is available as well.

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    Have potty, will travel. Perfect for potty training on the go, this inflatable potty chair can be folded to pack in a suitcase, diaper bag or glove compartment. Then when the need arises, just blow it up, and you’ve got a potty. If you’ve ever felt trapped at home because you’re potty training a toddler, this seat gives you some freedom.

    Disposable plastic bags (20 are included) fit inside the bowl, and after they go, you just take them out and toss them for easy cleanup. Designed to hold kids up...MORE to 66 pounds, it’s great for use in a pinch even after potty training has been mastered or for camping, the beach or anywhere else restrooms may not be available. 

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