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10 of the best potties for toilet training toddlers

Which potty could make toilet training less stressful and what features are important - our expert guide includes parents' feedback to help you make the best choice for your toddler

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Potties (portable toilets) help toddlers make the exciting step from using nappies to being toilet trained. They come in a surprising variety of styles and sizes, from standard potty seats to those that look like a throne or even ‘flush’.

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Potty training doesn’t have to be super stressful. Granted, it can mean a frustrated or confused toddler, a worried parent and lots of mess to clear up! But get the timing and tools right and things can go more smoothly, so we’ve chosen the best potties available on Amazon to help make it that bit easier.

What to look for when choosing a potty

How easy is it to clean? Some potties are easier to clean than others – and you’ll certainly be doing a lot of emptying and cleaning. Potties that have a removable insert can be emptied and cleaned more easily than most one-piece potties.

Practical or fun? A jazzy or entertaining potty can add a sense of play and joy to the whole experience, so they’re ideal for toddlers who are nervous about this new phase or possibly scared of toilets. Children love emulating their grown-ups so a miniature toilet with flush and lid can be a good option.

How portable is it? In the early days of potty training, you may be following your active toddler around the house with a potty for those urgent Mummy I need a wee moments, so consider how easy this would be. There are also specific travel potties, including foldable and lightweight ones, which are designed for when you’re out and about. However, some parents find they can simply cart a standard simple potty in the basket of their buggy.

How comfortable is it to sit on? Comfort can also play a key role in toilet training. Some toddlers don’t like to feel too exposed when sitting on a potty. In these cases, a potty with more of an armchair feel may work better.

How much do potties cost?

There’s a surprising variety and choice of potties with prices to match. You can get standard potties with simple features and no bells and whistles but you can also find easy-clean potties, fancy flushing potties, potties that look like thrones and even disposable potties.

Our list ranges from £2.50 to £45 but different products offer different advantages with a range of practical and innovative features.

When should you buy a potty?

The key thing is to take a gently-gently approach – don’t force your toddler if they don’t feel ready. The tell-tale signs that let you know your toddler is ready include:

  • Showing an awareness of when they are going to the toilet in their nappy
  • Staying dry during nap times
  • Going at least 2 hours in the day with a dry nappy
  • Complaining as soon as they have filled a nappy 

Try to avoid comparing your little one with their peers (we know it’s easy to do). Whatever you opt for, try not to put yourself and your toddler under any pressure – and if things don’t go well, don’t hesitate to call the whole thing off and wait a while to try again. There’s no rush – you might all surprise yourselves by how smoothly everything goes if you get the timing right.

There are also some fantastic tools that can help you keep the whole experience stress-free and fun. If your toddler responds well to incentives, you might want to choose a potty training rewards chart geared specifically towards potty training.

It is also worth looking at some of the thoughtful potty training story and picture books that can help you keep the conversation around ditching the nappies (and dealing with accidents) positive and worry free. Best of luck!

Here’s our pick of the 10 best potties tested by toddlers and parents…

1. Pourty Easy-to-Pour Potty, £9.99

– Best for easy emptying

Described as ‘the potty that pours’, the idea for the Easy-to-Pour Potty came when father-of-2 Jon Rathbone became frustrated with the messy business of emptying a standard potty. So he went on to design the ‘potty pouring spout’.

This award-winning design, with a handle at the front to pour the contents out the back, makes the Pourty super easy to empty without having to faff around with two separate pieces. Our reviewer loved this well thought out feature, adding “the Pourty Potty does exactly what it says on the tin – no fuss and no mess – for a very reasonable price”.

It’s also fantastic that it comes in a vibrant choice of colours to suit every preference, so if you want a simple yet user-friendly basic option, this is the one for you.

Read our full MadeForMums review of the Pourty Easy-to-Pour Potty

Available from: AmazonJohn Lewis and Über Kids

2. Potette Plus,  £16.99- £24.99 

– Best for versatility

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2020, Potty & toilet training product – Gold

The Potette Plus can be used as a standalone travel potty or a portable trainer seat, so it scores top marks for innovation. It can be used with its biodegradable disposable bags inserted to catch waste, or even without to make emergency pit stops in the park much easier.

It is very easy to carry around, as it folds flat – perfect to pop into a shopper or buggy basket. MFM tester Helen thought it was much handier than other travel potties she used, as it was smaller and much more comfortable for her toddler.

The judges at the MadeForMums Awards 2020 loved the Potette Plus’ longevity. Tester Melanie pointed out that even long after your little one is trained you can use it on those public toilet seats that you would rather not let them sit on. It’s fantastic that it can easily be used as a trainer seat too, so it remains useful for quite some time. Such flexibility in such a small and affordable package made it a worthy Gold winner.

Available from: AmazonBoots and John Lewis

3. Strata Deluxe Silver Lining Potty Chair, £11.99

– Best value potty chair

This affordable potty combines comfort with being very easy to clean. It has a practical removable insert that allows parents to empty contents smoothly, without any spilling.

Customers love the fact that its ‘chair’ design, with extra height and armrests, is more generous in size than a conventional potty, making it very comfortable for toddlers to sit on, and that it is “easy for emptying and cleaning”.

They also rate its simplicity and sturdiness, which makes this a very good value potty.

Available from: Daisy Baby, Argos and Amazon

4. Ikea Lilla Children’s Potty, £2.50

– Best budget buy

Ikea is great for parenting bargain buys. If you’re not planning on using a potty long, before progressing to the big toilet, or you’re thinking about putting a potty in every room of the house (never a bad idea with distracted toddlers), you can’t argue with the price of this neon green, high-shine Ikea Lilla Children’s Potty.

Its key features are impressive for such a low-cost buy: it has a non-slip base and gently curved shape perfect for mini bottoms.

Ikea customers have deemed it “the perfect product” that combines comfort and ease of use. “This item is compact, portable and a great price,” raves one buyer, who has bought one for every floor in her house.

Available from: Ikea

5. Bumbo Step ‘n Potty, £45

– Best 3-in1 potty

Many parents know and love the Bumbo seat that helps their babies sit up for the first time, and this is the popular brand’s answer to potty training. It is a good quality design that cleverly combines a number of uses – you can use it as an easy-to-clean potty to start your kid off, and as your child the top detaches into a trainer seat for your adult toilet with the bottom turning into handy step by attaching the lid.

This will please those who love integrated design and a product that adapts to different scenarios. It is one of the more expensive options on the market, but should last a number of years.

It is no doubt one of the most comfortable products out there, with MFM testers loving the soft material and quality of the seat. They also loved the 3-in-1 design. Tester Tina pointed out that this meant “whichever way your child prefers to potty train you are covered, and it also makes the transition to big toilet easier”.

Available from: Kidly, Über Kids and Buggy Baby

6. Venture UK Pote Plus My First WC, £19.99

– Best value ‘flushing’ potty

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2020, Potty & toilet training product – Silver

This miniature toilet is a fantastic product to entice your child towards potty training. It is a cute version of an adult toilet, with a button that conjures a nice flushing sound – ideal for enticing stubborn toddlers.

If you have a toddler that needs a bit more privacy, it’s also very easy to move around the house. Best of all, it is very easy to clean, as it has a handy removable insert.

It is one of the most affordable toilet-alike potties on the market, which really impressed our testers and judges at the MadeForMums Awards 2020, who crowned it the Silver winner. MFM tester Ruth loved the design of the Pote Plus, praising its quality and practicality. “It’s a fun design for toddlers and practical for parents,” she says. “So a win both ways”

Available from: Venture UK and Babaloo

7. My Carry Potty, from £26.99

– Best travel potty

With 10 colourful designs to choose from, including a ladybird, cat, bee and penguin, the My Carry Potty looks less like a portable potty and more like a cute travel bag.

It’s the ideal product for when your toddler has to go ‘right now’ – wherever you are. It’s lightweight, leak-proof (if you can’t dispose of the contents right away) and has a handle for easy carrying. Our reviewer Sarah found that her 2-year-old daughter was thrilled to carry it around, and praised its sturdiness: “The plastic outer is very durable and can be dropped, kicked and knocked about without worrying.”

While it’s not the most compact of travel potties, and it’s one of the more expensive ones, it is small enough to fit into the basket of most buggies. Plus it’s particularly easy to use when you’re out and about as there’s no need for bags or liners. And the fact that it’s leakproof, thanks to a vacuum seal, scored highly with MFM parents.

Available from: My Carry PottyAmazon and Argos

8. BabyBjörn Smart Potty, £22.99

– Best non-slip potty

It’s not often that you get to call a potty stylish but this one fits the bill. Designed in cool pastel colours, the BabyBjörn Smart Potty size is light and compact, so it’s easy to carry from room to room or even pop in your buggy basket.

What we particularly like is the non-slip base, which prevents the potty slipping underneath impatient and active toddlers. With soft edges, a decent splash guard and a handle for easy pouring, it has all the essential features you need in a potty.

Made from BPA-free quality plastic, it’s also very quick to empty and clean, thanks to the removable insert and no nooks or corners for dirt to collect in.

Available from: BabyBjörnAmazon and Samuel Johnston

9. Fisher-Price My Potty Friend, £49.99 

– Best for toddler appeal

There’s nothing like an incentive to get potty training off to a good start and the Fisher-Price My Potty Friend will reward your child with a song every time they sit on it – a brilliant way to get bums on seats!

My Potty Friend is one of the more expensive options, but it offers quite a few extras that other products don’t. For example it has five encouraging phrases and two songs to entice kids. In addition, the design means the potty turns into a seat that clips onto a regular toilet, so it’s longer lasting and makes the transition to an adult toilet easier.

We love the fact that this is so toddler-friendly and that some potty-weary parents found that My Potty Friend instantly took away the hesitation and reluctance from toilet-averse children.

Available from: AmazonArgos and Very

10. Hippychick Tron Travel Potty, £2.99 (£8.99 for 3)

– Best compact potty

The Tron Travel Potty is a fantastic option for little ones who have almost nailed potty training and you’re taking those brave trips out without nappies. It’s a portable potty made from cardboard and folds up small enough to fit in your handbag, so definitely wins for convenience.

Even better, its innovative design allows you to ‘fold up’ the potty again when used, containing waste and odours, until you find a suitable bin for disposal. As an added bonus it uses a biodegradable pad which Hippychick says absorbs 250ml of liquid in 30 seconds, so you don’t have to worry about unnecessary waste.

And don’t worry if the cardboard base looks slightly flimsy: incredibly it’s designed to withstand up to 30kg – that’s approximately the weight of a 9 year old.

Available from: HippychickAmazon and PreciousLittleOne

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