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Squatty Potty Review: Why a Toilet Stool Is Worth It (for Some People): Reviews by Wirecutter


Our pick

Squatty Potty Slim Teak

Why we love it: The Squatty Potty Slim Teak works well and is easier than other toilet stools to maintain, and it’s one of the few designs out there that are downright attractive. It’s one of the more expensive models in Squatty Potty’s line, but we believe the price is justified—not only will this model look more chic in your bathroom than any of its plastic counterparts, but it’s also simpler to clean, and its slender profile makes it easier to tuck away when not in use. The stool’s rounded edges make it easier to wipe down than other models with tighter corners or crevices. When we sprayed the Slim Teak with fake pee, the mock urine came off more easily (even after it had dried some) than with competitors’ surfaces. Dust that settled on this darker-hued, plywood stool wasn’t as obvious as on white plastic models. The wood feels better as well, noted Wirecutter editor Winnie Yang, who owns both a teak model and a plastic model: “[The teak model] is less … plasticky. And also less sticky.”

At 7 inches tall, we found the Squatty Potty Slim Teak to offer a more comfortable height than taller competitors. Overall, the Slim Teak looks like a shrunken modern coffee table, save for an etched logo that includes a small portrait of a person poised to do their business (which we don’t love).

The Slim Teak stool in place in front of a wall-mounted toilet. It's a wood-grain stool with gently curved angles.
The Slim Teak’s svelte profile looks attractive and easily tucks away under the toilet for storage. Photo: Michael Hession

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The wooden Squatty Potty has grooves on top, which add grip but can be tricky to deep clean. We found them easy to get at with a wet paper towel, but you might have to take a cotton swab to them now and then. Even so, this model might not be the best choice if you have a household member who is especially prone to “misses” near the toilet.

Although the Slim Teak is by far the most attractive toilet stool overall, we don’t like its prominently etched logo, which includes an icon of someone on the toilet. For an otherwise attractive object, the logo seems out of place.

Finally, we like this stool’s narrow profile, but people with larger feet may find the platform too small; in that case, we suggest our also-great pick.

Also great

Step and Go

Why you might prefer it: If our pick is unavailable, if you want to pay less money, or if you would prefer a wider and more stable surface for your feet (due to size or flexibility issues), we found that the plastic Step and Go was able to do the job for less money than any other model we looked at. Like the Slim Teak, it has a flat platform, which we found more comfortable than the slightly angled platform of other stools. We like that this model is off white, so dust is less visible than on pure-white plastic stools such as the Squatty Potty Classic (a brighter-white, curvier competitor). The Step and Go also passed our faux-pee cleaning test just as well as stools that cost more.

The Step and Go, a plastic stool that looks much like a child's step-stool.
The Step and Go toilet stool (pictured) is a less-expensive model similar to the Squatty Potty Classic. Note how much more space it takes up compared with the Slim Teak above. Photo: Michael Hession

Where it falls short: Although significantly more affordable, the Step and Go looks the part—it isn’t nearly as attractive as the Squatty Potty Slim Teak, and it takes up more floor space in front of the toilet. In our tests, cleaning fake pee from its surface was more time-intensive than with our top pick. It also has more corners to navigate when you’re wiping it down, including ridges at the base, which are prone to collecting dust.

Additionally, the top of the Step and Go has two textured foot-shaped areas, which our testers found unattractive. Grip-enhancing elements are a common, if unnecessary, feature of toilet stools. “I really don’t think my feet would slip off while I am sitting in one place,” one tester commented.



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