Product Review: The Original Squatty Potty

Most of the time what I review is relatively predictable. Not in a bad way, it’s just that an adult product reviewer is typically going to review just that: adult products.

But sometimes I like to branch out in to other products, especially when self-love, body-positivity, and personal care and well-being are embodied in the product.

And thus I found myself the proud owner of a Squatty Potty.

The Original Squatty Potty

With a playful name that manages to tell you pretty much everything you need to know, the Squatty Potty is a plastic stool which is designed to help you with your own stools (i.e. your bowel movements).

The theory behind Squatty Potty is based in the natural behavior of humans—which was to squat whenever we needed to use the toilet. A lot of people still do this and children will often instinctively do so. This is because of the placement of the colon when squatting.

The Squatty Potty in situ.

The colon is pretty much the most important part of the body when it comes to removing waste from the body, and the section where the colon blends in to the rectum is perfectly designed to be free and relaxed when the body is in a 35 degree angled squatting position.

Now, you won’t see me knocking the toilet—over the years I’ve had a pretty good relationship with it (and have even hugged on a few regrettably drunken occasions)—but toilets primarily have sanitation and waste control in mind.

Again, this is fantastic. Thumbs up for hygiene. But the current toilet design does not fully factor in the optimal posture that humans need when going to the loo. Actually they put us at a 90 degree angle, which is pretty damned far from the mark. So far that it often leaves the passage of our colon to our rectum blocked by a sling-like muscle called the puborectalis muscle which essentially chokes the rectum when angled incorrectly.

Toilets try their best, bless them, but they miss the mark in one key way.

That’s right—we’ve all been shitting the wrong way for years.

This is where Squatty Potty comes in.

When it comes to toilets we’re pretty much on to a winner, so Squatty Potty doesn’t presume to change this design. Besides, the sheer effort and cost involved in such an endeavor would be mind-boggling.

But, your colon health is Squatty Potty’s main concern and so they’ve instead devised a wonderfully simple (and rather affordable) device which simply helps elevate your legs in order to realign the angle of your body to that of a squat. In doing so it brings your body back to that 35 degree angle—releasing any choke on your rectum and allowing your colon to comfortably go about its business.

What the Squatty Potty does.

Sounds great, right? It’s even better when you see it in action.

No, no. Not like that. But I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t mention the ingenious advert that first drew me to the Squatty Potty.

It involves a unicorn. Rainbow ice cream. And a Squatty Potty. And, well, you just have to watch it…

No, no. Not like that. But I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t mention the ingenious advert that first drew me to the Squatty Potty.

It involves a unicorn. Rainbow ice cream. And a Squatty Potty. And, well, you just have to watch it…

AMAZING!

It’s just so quirky, and fabulous, and utterly, unashamedly British in its tongue-in-cheek wit and humour (though I think I’ll avoid rainbow ice cream from now on).

Like the Monty Python, Horrible History, Carry On geek that I am, I lapped up the idea of the Squatty Potty and became set on owning one. On a more personal note I have struggled with irritable bowel syndrome throughout my life in various forms and, although veganism has greatly helped alleviate this, there are still times where my weak muscles struggle down there.

So owning the Squatty Potty was like a dream come true for me.

When the Squatty Potty arrived it was well-packaged and came with all the information I needed. The Squatty Potty is designed to be slid underneath the toilet seat and then get pulled out after you have sat down. It’s then that you can prop your legs up and get to business before then sliding it back out of the way and moving on with your day.

This sounds pretty complicated when described but it’s actually pretty effortless. Most of the time the Squatty Potty sits innocuously in place and is easily brought out to serve its purpose. The only issue I could see is if someone had back issues, or disliked leaning towards one side, in which case legs can still be used to shuffle it in to place, though this is a bit trickier at first.

Just pull it out when needed and get to (easy) work.

The Squatty Potty guides you on how to sit in place with outlined footprints which tells you where you place your feet. And, having used the Squatty Potty as intended for close to a month now, I am amazed by its results.

The Squatty Potty makes going to the toilet easy, fluid, and just all around more relaxing. That’s a pretty odd thing to say about something like going to the loo, but it really does feel more natural and the results speak for themselves.

Sometimes I forget to use the Squatty Potty and the difference is noticeable. Not so much that I would call its absence overly detrimental for me, but enough to hinder the ease of my bowel movement. If ever I do struggle propping my feet up on the Squatty Potty almost immediately eliminates any issues I’ve been having, and makes me thank the makers of the Squatty Potty with a silent whisper in my mind.

I can only imagine how much of a difference this would make for someone with more issues with constipation. If I can notice a massive difference (and I didn’t even think I had many colon issues at all) then someone who is usually struggling every time they go to the loo could theoretically benefit massively from the Squatty Potty.

Of course, I cannot speak of this with total confidence myself, but the testimonial page for this product looks to be a promising indicator.

In terms of downsides the biggest one I can objectively consider is the height of the stool—which is necessary but may hinder anyone who struggles with lifting their legs. Not everyone is capable of getting in to the squat position that the Squatty Potty facilitates, no matter how biologically natural it may be for humans in general.

On a more subjective note some people (especially younger individuals) might feel a sense of shame or embarrassment at the rather obvious and somewhat clinical design of the Squatty Potty. There’s no missing or mistaking this item when a guest visits, and some people may feel like certain undesirable assumptions are being made about them.

To this I say “Poo to that!”

Society puts too many expectations on us; judgements run rife and there are far too many notions of how we should and shouldn’t act at certain stages in our life and what we should or shouldn’t be struggling with. For Brits there is also a sense of national reservation and shame when it comes to personal matters that should be challenged—it hinders help towards mental health and physical health, and any hesitance that you feel towards people seeing the Squatty Potty likely plays in to these toxic societal quirks.

If you want or need a Squatty Potty then you get one, and damned to what others think! If anyone protests then show them the unicorn video. I wonder how long it will be after that until they’re Squatty Potty converts themselves.

Final Thoughts

The Original Squatty Potty costs £27.00, which is a very small price to pay for potentially life long colon health—though, I have to admit, I’ve hesitated to spend it myself so many times.

In the end I was fortunate enough to be offered a Squatty Potty for review, but having now tried it I kind of want to go back in time, shake past Emmeline and shout “What are you waiting for!?” a tad over dramatically.

This product is affordable, durable, and damned effective. It’s the kind of beneficial item that you don’t full appreciate until you’ve tried one yourself but once you have everything changes and things just come together so much more fluidly (apologies for the mental image there).

I highly recommend the Squatty Potty (and its eco counterpart, which I love the look of) and feel like everyone should at least give this health assister a try. Aside from your stool, what have you got to lose?

*Insert unicorn here*

Recommend to:

People who struggle with IBS, constipation, pelvic weakness, etc.

People who want a closer connection to their body.

People who value natural motions and spinal health.

Do Not Recommend to:

People who want an eco version (here ya go).

People with relevant mobility concerns.

People with societal hang-ups (challenge them, overcome them, then get a Squatty Potty).

The Squatty Potty was provided to me by Squatty Potty in exchange for an honest review.

  • twenty_fifth_night

    I’m so glad that you reviewed this! I, too, have IBS and it was great to hear that you had better results from using the Squatty Potty. I’ve never heard of it before, and now I’m wondering how to get my hands on one in Canada…

  • Archie

    For any judgemental guest, simply deny them the use of your toilet. Then watch how they change their tune as their sphincter tightens, trying to hold back the inevitable. The sphincter always wins out.

  • Keith

    Thanks for the review. Yes, the squatty potty is awesome and it’s not just for people with health issues. It’s for everyone.
    For any New Zealand based readers our site offers squatty potties delivered to the door. Happy to answer any questions also
    https://squatstool.co.nz/