A squatty potty is a stool that allows you to elevate your feet while you're sitting on the toilet. This "helps your body get into the proper pooping position for effortless and happy pooping," says Vanessa Méndez, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist and internist based in Miami, Florida.
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Using a squatty potty can prevent straining, pushing and prolonged sitting on the toilet, she adds — all of which can be bad news for your butt.
To make shopping easier, we asked Dr. Méndez to help us narrow down the best bathroom stools out there right now.
The Best Bathroom Stools
- Best Overall: Squatty Potty Original Toilet Stool in Bamboo Flip ($29.99, Amazon)
- Runner-Up: BIILM Squatty Toilet Stool ($87.98, Amazon)
- Best Portable: Travel Porta Squatty ($29.99, SquattyPotty.com)
- Best for Small Spaces: Oslo Bamboo Folding Toilet Stool ($39.99, SquattyPotty.com)
- Most Stylish: Tushy Ottoman ($59, HelloTushy.com)
How We Chose
For this roundup, we spoke with Dr. Méndez for her input on what to look for in a bathroom stool and chose the best ones based on the following attributes:
- Ease of use
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1. Squatty Potty Original Toilet Stool in Bamboo Flip
2. BIILM Squatty Toilet Stool
3. Travel Porta Squatty
4. Oslo Bamboo Folding Toilet Stool
5. Tushy Ottoman
What to Know Before You Buy a Bathroom Stool
1. How to Tell if You Need One
Dr. Méndez recommends a squatty potty or toilet stool if you have to strain to have a bowel movement, have constipation, have hemorrhoids or have any type of pelvic floor conditions like prolapse.
2. When to Use
You can use a bathroom stool as much as you'd like. In fact, Dr. Méndez recommends it every time you sit on the toilet.
That's because "it prevents straining and allows for a smoother passage of the stool," she says. "The squatty potty helps prevent the development of hemorrhoids and the worsening of prolapse and other pelvic floor disorders."
When looking for a squatty potty, it's important to consider one that's between 7 and 9 inches off the ground, says Dr. Méndez. This position prevents straining and "increases the rectal canal angle, allowing the rectum to open up more for easier passage of stool without straining."
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