02 May 2016

Some modern toilets are set at "comfort height"

The Kohler company has a rather informative webpage entitled "How to shop for toilets."  Among the features to be considered (size, shape, water usage, flush technology) when making a purchase is the height of the seat from the floor.
Comfort Height toilets, approximately 2 inches taller than traditional toilets, make sitting down and standing up easier. Toilets that measure between 17 and 19 inches in height from the floor to the top
of the seat are considered Comfort Height toilets, whereas traditional toilets measure below 17 inches in height.
A quick web search yields lots of threads discussing the pros and cons of these higher toilets.  The user's height and a variety of health considerations can come into play (short people may be uncomfortable if their feet do not rest flat on the floor; conversely elderly or physically weak persons may find it easier to rise from the "comfort height" seat.  A column at Slate notes that "bathroom posture" (sitting vs. squatting) may (or may not) have an effect on defecation and on the health of one's nether region.


  1. but they do as I understand it make it harder to do the actual job. Lower toilets put your legs more at a squat and make evacuating your bowel easier.

    If we actually put more emphasis on keeping our core fitness then we'd probably age better too ... :-)

    1. Or you could use a footstool.

      hehe foot stool hehe

    2. I have a pair of the comfort height toilets in my house they do the job just fine and they are less of a pain to get up off of.

    3. Hank, a footstool does not work as well as a Squatty Potty, which brings your feet and legs out to the sides of the toilet instead of the front, while the curved design keeps it in place instead of sliding all over the floor. (No, I'm not an employee of the company, just a happy customer.)

  2. i hope that your reader-inventors are not reading this. you know that they will develop a toilet that adjusts to comfortable height that is easy to sit down on and get up from, and, when you sit down, two foot rests will raise your feet to an appropriate height so you are in the ideal poop squatting pose.


  3. That is just American fat sloth talking. It is better to use squat toilets as far as your body is concerned, making you use your muscles, much as Muslim prayers are good moderate exercise and yoga. It is generally said to be better for your body in the long run to go down a bit deeper when you poop, since this is closer to the way mankind did it for the last hundred thousand years.

    The big one of course is toilet paper. Americans will be surprised to learn that the vast majority of the world still uses water to clean itself after this task. It is only the neo-Viking barbarians who are destroying the forests in order to wipe their own asses, and this will soon be over. In any case everyone should learn how to do this simple task, because it is so easy when you run out of paper, or find yourself in the woods: you simply take a soda bottle and fill it will tepid water. Use your right to pour and without a lot of tissue touching you guide the flow with your left hand as you slowly pour.

  4. Just after I finished writing about using water to clean ones's self I looked over at the pellet stove, and there spread across the top was a pile of little white cloth pieces cut from old dish towels and t-shirts and such. These are what my wife wipes with after peeing. They go in a container and all get washed periodically. They dry soon after use and just sit there harmlessly enough until they are washed. Visible through the back door window is a line of wash moving slowly in the breeze.


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