The Squatty Potty Pooping Stool Review – Does it Work?

(This review is about how to poop better…  consider yourself forewarned!)

5 out of 5 leaves

5 out of 5 leaves

Feces, guano, manure, you know what I’m talking about: Poop!  We are all experts in our own way, as we all have done it every day of our whole lives.  Here in the west we use a toilet, sitting on it much as we would on any straight backed chair.  Our friends to the East like to squat.  The Squatty Potty foot stool offers us in the West, the best ideas of the East.  This little footstool gives your legs the lift you need to squat on your western style toilet.  According to the Squatty Potty manufacturers, squatting is the natural and proper way to go, and offers many health benefits (detailed below).  But does it work?  Does the Squatty Potty really improve your bathroom experience and overall health?

The Good

  • Better for you: The Squatty Potty people claim that squatting can help you avoid constipation, end hemorrhoids, prevent colon disease, help with pelvic floor issues, and aid in more effective elimination.
  • Saves Time: faster, easier bathroom trips, give you time to do more interesting things (this is good, unless you’re a busy mama and your bathroom time is your only alone time…)
  • Convenient: Easy to use, and with a nifty design that lets you store it under the toilet, but out of the way.

The Bad

  • Takes a little getting used to time.

My Experience

Did you know squatting is better? photo source

I first ran into “real” squatty potties on a high school trip to Japan.  We giggled amongst ourselves about the porcelain pits the Asians called toilets, and begged for a “Western Style” toilet any time we had to go.  I found the Asian style toilets difficult to use because like most western raised kids, I had lost the ability to do a flat foot squat for any amount of time.

Fast forward 15 years, and one of my favorite blogs, the Healthy Home Economist, gave a comprehensive review of the new Squatty Potty foot stool, with a great explanation of “Why Squatting Gets the Job Done Better”.  I was on board with the idea that squatting is the “natural” way to do your business, and thought it was definitely worth a try.  I requested and received The Squatty Potty Ecco for my birthday (along with one big eye roll from my husband…).

Right before ordering the pooping stool (hee hee!) my pregnant body had gone on a pooping strike.  For like two weeks.  Pretty much nothing.  It’s just one of those things that can happen when you are growing a new person, it seems.  Needless to say, things were a bit… um… difficult when my system started working properly again.  The squatty potty foot stool arrived just in time to help….

As I started using the squatty potty foot stool, the biggest thing I noticed is that my work in the bathroom became so easy.  Not that it was ever really hard before (most days)… I’m pretty good at pooping, if I do say so myself.  But when squatting, it seems that almost no effort is required.  Just squat, relax, and the rest happens naturally.  So totally naturally that I found myself leaving the bathroom with this strange smug feeling of satisfaction.

The other thing I noticed (big TMI warning) is that my little hemorrhoid buddy has disappeared.  It first showed up four years ago after I pushed out a 9 lb bundle of joy.  Then reappeared every time I used the bathroom.  My midwife informed me that this was just part of life and pregnancy, and to just “tuck it back in” after going.  Gross, right?  Well, since I began using the squatty potty foot stool, my little buddy has permanently retreated — haven’t seen it since.  Yay!

My husband tried it out a couple times and told me he doesn’t like it.  Mostly because “everything was up too high” (he’s very tall) and he just couldn’t relax.  My thought is that if he kept trying, and learned to relax he would like it too.  But there are just some things that you have to not push, and allow to stay private in a marriage…  He did note that it makes a nice place to rest his magazine while going, so all is not lost!

The only downside I’ve noticed while using the Squatty Potty is the feeling of tremendous pressure on my pelvic floor.  Mostly because I’m nine months pregnant.  I can feel the babe resting quite heavily on my cervix.  Knowing that squatting is a very natural birthing position, I have this fear of doing anything even close to pushing before it’s time.  Then again, perhaps the Squatty Potty stool will be very handy when the real time does come!

Overall, I really like the Squatty Potty footstool, and I definitely recommend it.  My body feels like it’s in a more comfortable, natural position, things happen easier, and my minor hemorrhoid has disappeared.  As to whether my colon is healthier is hard to say, but I’ve been feeling good in the bathroom with no more poop strikes to speak of.

If you’re interested in trying it out, there are several different models on Amazon – some with free shipping for Amazon Prime members.  Click on the photos below for more information (affiliate links).

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Have you ever tried the Squatty Potty, or just plain old squatting in the bathroom?  Are you brave enough to share your experience?

PS – You know I’m not a doctor, right? This information is based on my experience only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Your experience may vary. Please remember to speak with your healthcare professional about any medical concerns you have, and follow their recommended course of treatment. You can read additional fine print details here.

I was not asked to review this product by the manufacturer, or compensated for this review in any way. This is a personal recommendation for a product that I tried of my own volition.

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21 Responses to The Squatty Potty Pooping Stool Review – Does it Work?

  1. Carol says:

    I was reading about how squatting was better than sitting when pooping just last week. It was interesting to read that Asian countries that traditionally squatted have a higher rate of constipation and haemorrhoids these days because there are more westernised sitting toilets in public places now. (I think it might have been on Dr Mercola’s website)
    I haven’t bought a squatty potty but have found that trying to get myself into more of a squatting position rather than sitting has helped. I recommended squatting to my husband since he suffers terribly from haemorrhoids (he’d be mortified to know I just told the world that, but what he doesn’t know won’t kill him), but he still hasn’t tried it.
    What is it with husbands and their resistance to helping themselves?!

    • Victoria says:

      The squatting totally makes sense when you think about it, right? I’m sure western “sit” style toilets are a relatively new invention in the timeline of mankind. Surely most everyone has always squatted. And our bodies are designed to best accommodate this position.

      Husbands… that’s another thing entirely 😉

  2. Carol says:

    And you’re 9 months already?! That flew by! I hope you have an enjoyable labour and trouble-free birthing experience. I know some people say that labour isn’t enjoyable, but I think it’s an amazing experience and feel pretty privileged to have been able to do it five times.

    • Victoria says:

      Thanks Carol! After the last babe flew out of me in 90 min start to finish, I’m hoping for a slightly more relaxed experience this time… Truly though, I feel very privileged to be able to birth 100% naturally at home (more to come another day about that!)

  3. Rachel says:

    While I think squatting while defecating is a great idea, I don’t think its necessary to buy an $80 stool (stool HAHAHA! Sorry…). I am pretty sure you can do the same thing with just a regular step stool. I have tried using a step stool before because I had read it makes things easier (unlike you I am not always a good pooper) and it is kind of surprising the difference it makes.

    • Angela says:

      I agree, while pregnant the third time (and dealing with pregnancy constipation issues) I put one foot on the toddlers potty, and one on the step stool for the sink. You can arrange them as needed around the toilet, and are items I already had in my bathroom.
      Matching collapsible step stools like this would work great too. much cheaper than a single purpose stool.

  4. Terri Babin says:

    How interesting, while I’ve never heard of “squatting” being helpful or beneficial, I have been using my nursing stool in the bathroom for years!


  5. Mrs H says:

    When I saw your pin on Pinterest, I at first though it was some sort of Pinterest joke – but now that I read it, I’m all intrigued!!! This is the most hilarious awesome post ever.

  6. Hannah says:

    I totally believe this would be a good thing! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids! I hope you will come link up with us again this week!!

  7. Bill Miller says:

    In India And Thailand Toilets Are What Westerners Would Call A Hole In The Ground. It Is A Cermic Device With Pads For Ones Feet And A 9″ Hole In Between. They Are 4″ Tall. You Squat To Use Them. This Potty Device Simulates The Use Of An Eastern Toilet.

  8. Meg says:

    If you’re ever curious/bored/have the time, you should look up “birthing bricks.”

    I have a quote from a website about Women in the Ancient World:

    “It would appear that women delivered their babies while kneeling or squatting, either on birthing bricks or directly on the ground.”

    So i guess it would stand to reason that squatting is also a natural position for child birth.

  9. LindaMac says:

    After reading about the benefit of squatting for complete evacuation in one of Bernard Jensen’s books, I tried using a footstool to mimic the squat position. I noticed a big difference (no pun intended) twice and was convinced that squatting is the correct way. Now I’m going to order the squatty potty, because the footstool (hmm–I just recognized something about this word) is not so convenient and it’s hard to get into the position safely and easily. What a revelation! I hope my husband will use it, as he frequently has toilet issues, but I wouldn’t be surprised if, like the other women who have posted, if he never even tries to use it. 😀

  10. JessicaV says:

    My friend!!! I love that you did this review and very much (in a not weird way) enjoyed reading of your experience with the squatty stool! This is something I have considered purchasing for a while now. I might just have to give it a try now 🙂 xoxo

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  13. LHunley says:

    If the Mordernized Toilet, was not invented we would all be properly getting rid of waste, out of our bodies. Every sense the creation of Humans. We should be Squatting, we that don’t live in Countries that properly go to get rid of the waste in our bodies. Other Countries use what is called ” Squat Toilets” or have a “Whole in the floor” those Countries, in some places that have not become Modernized. Are doing things correctly. I suggest to get the “Squatty Potty”

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  16. Garry says:

    I am curious if the squat reduces the amount of TP required for “cleanup”? No other creature on the planet uses toilet paper. The bear asked the rabbit; “does poop stick to your fur when you go to the bathroom”? The rabbit replies ” Why, no” The bear says “Cool”, picks up the rabbit and wipes his butt with the poor creature!

  17. Jack Squat says:

    I learned about squatting while in Vietnam back in 1969. Our base was fairly modernized compared to others and imagine my surprise when opening a stall door and seeing mama-san or papa-san staring back at me while squatting on top of the toilet seat. Can’t remember if there were locks on the doors (probably not), and you couldn’t tell if the stall was occupied since you couldn’t see their feet. Tried it years later, allthough not actually squatting on the seat but used a small step stool to raise my legs a bit. Been doing it ever since. I think it helps, works for me.
    PS You don’t need to purchase anything, cripe, you can even use a cinderblock.

  18. Lynne says:

    I suspect, if your husband is tall, that his knees are already about waist-high (look at your photo) as he sits, so the Squatty is a bit of overkill for him.