If you're searching for the perfect potty and bewildered by the options available, here's a toddler-on-the-street review of several current models. Want to know if yours is on the list, and if so, how it rates? Keep reading to find out.
Slate contributor Tom Bartlett and his wife brought four different potties into their home, and then kept track of which ones their three-year-old son used most often and which were easiest for him to operate. At the end of the experiment, they gave each model a score of up to 10 points in each of the following categories: kid friendliness, cleanup, design, and value.
The lowest score went to the Fisher Price Cheer for Me potty:
"The chirpy, over-the-top patter is transparently insincere. It's the same psychotically ebullient tone that certain adults adopt when in the presence of someone else's child—"What's YOUR name?!?" and so on."
And the winner? We were not surprised to learn that the highest score went to the Baby Björn potty:
"This is hands down, no-kidding-around the best potty chair I've ever seen. It's not as spectacular as Jack Potty, nor as nifty as the Boon, but the design is simple and elegant. It's lightweight, stable, super easy to clean, and the splash-guard is built-in and doubles as a handle for the reservoir. Emptying is a dream... There's no lid to get in the way, no batteries to go dead, no lights or buzzers. My son approves of the Björn, too, and insists on having it next to his bed. Also: cheap! Nineteen bucks. Honestly, just get this one."
Read the full review — which includes a couple of scores that surprised even us — here.
Related: Roundup: Potty Chairs