Commodes come in different types, colors, shapes, and most importantly, heights. Yes, you read that right—we have various toilet height options to meet our needs, such as the elderly.
Standard toilets typically stand 14 to 15 inches high, but the tallest toilet for the elderly is 21 inches from the floor to the rim. We can get this from brands like Signature Hardware and Convenient Height Company, although Kohler has a 28.5-inch tall wall-mounted toilet.
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Purpose of Tall Toilets for the Elderly
While many of us have no problems sitting on and getting up a toilet, those with weakened bones and joints—especially in the hips, knees, and back—may find it a pain (literally). While there are toilet risers, not everyone prefers this option.
Hence, to promote equal opportunities to use commodes comfortably, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) made the 17 and 19-inch toilets possible. These are known as tall toilets for the disabled and for tall people who find it difficult to squat too low.
However, almost all the ADA toilets back then were 17 inches tall until these years when extra tall toilets were released by the following companies:
- Convenient Height Company 2016: 5” from floor to rim, 21.5” including the seat
- Signature Hardware 2018: 18” from floor to rim, 19” including the seat
- Signature Hardware 2019: 21” from floor to rim, 22” including the seat
Kohler also released its 19-inch toilet after these two brands. There was no specification on its seat height, but we can assume it to be an inch.
Things to Consider Before Choosing a Tall Toilet for the Elderly
Taller toilets for seniors come in different heights, so you have to determine how high you need your commode to be. We recommend choosing one that lets you place your feet flat on the ground so you would have no trouble with balance and getting on and off the commode.
However, also consider your height; a toilet that is too high may not be comfortable if you’re short. Mobility issues are also a factor in whether you need a taller toilet to be more comfortable.
Senior height toilets also come in elongated or round. Elongated commodes are deemed more comfortable for people with mobility issues, because of the wider space to seat.
On the other hand, round toilets save more bathroom space and may be more pleasing to others, appearance-wise.
A standard commode can have a 17 up to 21-inch toilet bowl height (22 inches including the seat). These are floor-mounted toilets that belong in the comfort height category.
However, we also have a wall-mounted toilet that can go as high as 28 inches such as the Kohler Veil K-6299.
Choosing between the two will depend on your preferences and weight; floor-mounted ones can carry 1000 pounds and wall-mounted ones, 500 pounds.
4. Water Efficiency
Almost all of the new models of toilets are water efficient, abiding by the 1.6 gpf (gallons per flush) in the plumbing standards. Some models can go as low as 1.28 gpf and even 0.8 gpf for flushing liquids.
Installation Costs of Tall Height Toilets
On average, we can expect toilet installation costs to be more than $250 up to $900. This does not include the cost of the toilet itself.
The price for installing a toilet will depend on the following factors:
- Area – The national cost of living and standard wages in a state or province may affect plumbing costs. For example, the hourly range can be between $65 to $125, which can still go higher for an emergency visit.
- Type of Toilet – The type of commode whether one-piece, two-piece, or wall-hung contributes to the installation costs because they affect the amount of work to be done.
- one-piece: $100 to $300
- two-piece: $200 to $300
- wall-mounted: $400 to $900
- Amount of Work Necessary – We also have to pay for the skill and amount of labor spent in a specific period. For example, an old toilet may have to be removed or other plumbing problems need to be addressed.
The need for a new plumbing system is also present if there were no previous bathrooms in the place of installation.
List of Tall Toilets for the Elderly
- $403.90 | $577.00 (list price)
One of the most reputable toilet brands, American Standard’s ADA-compliant toilet for an older person stands 17 inches tall including the seat. Cadet 3 FloWise is a round bowl with a gravity-fed and single flush that releases water at 1.28 gpf.
This model has an EverClean surface that makes it easier to clean and maintain. It also meets WaterSense criteria for its water efficiency.
- Water efficient
- Easy to clean
- Circulation pipes are protected from fungi because of the EverClean Surface
- White is the only available color
- There are other toilets with a dual flush that release the same amount of water per flush (1.28 gpf)
- A round toilet may not be comfortable for many
*the price may vary if the rough-in will be 10 or 14 inches
- 12-inch rough-in with auto flush – $2,837.00
- 12-inch rough-in without an auto flush – $2,681.00
Are you searching for a comfort height toilet with a bidet? Here is TOTO, a Japanese brand that has its collection of tall toilets, including the Drake, Eco Drak, and Aquia. The Aquia IV two-piece elongated toilet stands 17 inches tall and has an electronic bidet seat.
This toilet’s flushing technology is Dynamax Tornado Flush which cleans the bowl at 360°, ensuring no waste is left. It has a dual flush with 1.0 and 0.8 gpf and a quieter flushing sound.
In terms of maintenance, this model has the CEFIONTECT ceramic glaze that prevents fungi from sticking to the material. Another notable feature is its remote control capability.
- WaterSense and CALGreen approved
- Full of modern technology features
- Comes with a bidet seat
- Dual flushing
- Can be very expensive, especially when other features are added
- Cotton is the only available color
- White – $417.79 | $557.05 (list price)
- Biscuit – $520.69 | $694.25 (list price)
- Black – $588.72 | $784.95 (list price)
Kohler also recognized the need for higher toilets for the elderly, so they made the “Highline” collection. The photo is the Highline K-25224-96 which is 19 inches tall with an elongated-shaped bowl.
This model has a single flush at 1.28 gpf and has Class Five flushing technology for a stronger and quicker delivery of the waste down the drain. Its water efficiency also meets the EPA WaterSense criteria and the California Energy Commission (CEC).
- Water efficient
- Strong flushing technology that flushes the waste out swiftly
- Available in three colors
- Can be quite expensive compared with other brands offering more at the same price bracket
- Only has a single-flushing system
20 Inches and Above
- additional $149.00 for the bidet
Convenient Height Company was one of the first brands to create a tall toilet, with their Extra-Tall version at 21.5 inches including the seat. This model is elongated and is compatible with most bidet seats of the same shape as well.
It has a dual-flushing system; if you pull the 3.5-inch lever up, it releases 0.8 gpf or the eco flush. If you push it down, that’s the full flush with 1.28 gpf. With a high-elevation trapway, we can flush out the waste with ease too.
- WaterSense labeled
- Tall but compact for space-saving purposes
- Compatible with bidet seats
- SlowCase toilet cover to avoid slamming
- Pearl white is the only available color
- without seat – $389.00
- additional $50.00 for the standard seat
This Bradenton model of Signature Hardware is the highest toilet available at 21 inches without the seat, and 22 inches with the latter included. It has a chrome hardware finish and is compatible with the Brookdale bidet seat.
Bradenton goes with an eco-clean and dual flush at 0.8 and 1.28 gpf. If a bidet seat is installed, the spray nozzle is also water-saving because of its multiple holes and adjustable water volume.
- WaterSense approved
- California Energy Commission (CEC) listed
- Massachusetts accepted
- Compatible with a bidet seat
- The toilet seat has to be purchased separately
- White is the only available color
- White – $491.25 | $655.00 (list price)
- Black – $734.40 | $979.20 (list price)
- the flush actuator plate and in-wall tank and carrier system plus should be bought separately
Since Kohler Veil is wall-mounted, it can be as high as 28 inches. It can be considered one of the tallest toilet seat heights unless we are only referring to standard commodes. When it comes to water, the Veil has a dual flush at 1.6 gpf and is compatible with a C3 bidet seat.
This ADA-compliant toilet comes with the Reveal Quiet-Close seat by Kohler as well, which is easy to install and clean, and it prevents slamming.
- WaterSense approved
- Adjustable height
- Compatible with a bidet
- Comes in two color choices
- Can be expensive since the parts for complete installation are sold separately
- Wall-mounted toilets can only hold up to 500 pounds
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What Is the Tallest Height for a Toilet?
The highest toilet height for floor-mounted commodes is 22 inches with the seat included. Only the Signature Hardware brand has a toilet this tall, particularly their Bradenton line.
Tall Toilets and Raised Toilets: What Is the Difference?
Tall or comfort height toilets are commonly manufactured to be higher than the standard height which is 15 inches.
On the other hand, raised toilets are standard-height toilets—14 to 15 inches tall—that use separate equipment called “raised toilet seats” on top of the actual manufactured seat.
They are both created to provide comfort and accessibility to people with mobility issues such as the elderly, physically disabled, people with weakened bones and joints, and tall individuals.
Read more: Standard height vs comfort height toilet: which is better?
Commodes should be accessible and comfortable to everyone, especially those with mobility issues. Hence, adjustments to the standard toilet heights were made, and the tallest toilet for the elderly is 21 inches from the floor up to the rim (22 inches including the seat).
Some of the brands that we can get an ADA-approved 17 to 19-inch tall toilet include American Standard, TOTO, and Kohler. If we’re looking for extra-tall ones that go as high as 21 inches, we have Convenient Height Company, Signature Hardware, and Kohler as well.