Baby Bjorn has long been a major player in the baby-potty market, and reviewers say the Baby Bjorn Potty Chair (*Est. $26) is a classic. Unlike some other potties, there are no lights, sounds or other flashy effects, and parents say that's just fine -- they like the simple, easy-to-clean design, stable base and wide range of color choices. The Baby Bjorn Potty Chair also features a high back and armrests, ideal for keeping beginners comfy. Some parents wish for a deeper bowl, especially to minimize the "splash factor" from boys. Others say the seat might be too narrow for bigger kids.
The Boon Potty Bench (*Est. $40) has emerged as another favorite of parents who want a more streamlined, minimalist potty. Though it has a higher price than most competitors, the potty doubles as a bench and stepstool that can hold up to 300 pounds. It also features roomy side storage compartments, which parents say are handy for squirreling away wipes, books or small toys to keep their kids occupied. But some reviewers say the potty has a small hole and nooks and crannies that make it trickier to clean, and others wish the splashguard was better able to contain boys' messes.
Budget-minded parents should take a close look at the popular Fisher-Price Froggy Potty (*Est. $12). The kid-friendly design can help entice reluctant toddlers, parents say, and the potty is easy to clean and carry from room to room. Parents of boys say the splashguard is a bit higher than it is on some other potties, helping to keep messes in their proper place. Reviewers have a couple of minor complaints: There are no color choices, and the base can skid on the floor. Some also say it may not be as comfortable for extended bathroom visits as some competing potties.