The Boon Potty Bench is a good choice for parents who want to extend the life of their kids' potty. It converts to a bench or stepstool that can hold an adult, which reviewers love. Side compartments are handy for holding toilet paper, wipes, books or toys, parents say. But some say the small hole and flexible splashguard mean more messes, especially for boys. The potty is also one of the priciest available.
Container on the small side. Most reviewers say the Boon Potty Bench is easy for their children to use, but some say the hole is too small to catch everything. Some parents of boys say the flexible, removable splashguard doesn't prevent male messes. While users like being able to pull out the bottom drawer and dump it after their children use the potty, some say there are a lot of nooks and crannies that make cleaning more difficult. The wide seat makes it a good pick for bigger kids, parents say.
Plenty of useful storage. The Boon Potty Bench earns a lot of praise for its storage -- there is a compartment for toilet paper or wipes on one side, and one for books, toys or other supplies on the other. Reviewers also love that it converts to a bench or stool that can hold up to 300 pounds. The wide base makes the potty hard to tip, parents say, though one reviewer says it can still slide because the bottom lacks rubber grips. The potty comes in blue or green and is made of BPA-, phthalate- and PVC-free plastic.
Review Credibility: Excellent The Boon Potty Bench is a runner up in the Baby Center.com product awards. Editors praise the Boon for its sleek design and side compartments, which allow parents to stash books, toys or other treasures. However, they note the potty might be a better choice for girls because of a small splashguard.
Review: Potty Training Chairs & More, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Michelle Horton names the Boon Potty Bench Babble's pick for best looking potty, and she says it has several other pros: storage compartments, a roomy seat and functionality as a sturdy stool. However, the potty requires some concentration from boys to contain messes, and the opening isn't as large as it is on most other potties, she says. There is more to clean with the seat, but the pullout drawer makes messes easy to dump, she adds.
Review: Babble Best Picks: Training Potties, Michelle Horton, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Boon Potty Bench receives 4 out of 5 stars in more than 50 reviews on Amazon.com. Reviewers like the side compartments, and they say the potty is big enough to accommodate older kids. They also like the ability to use the potty as a bench or stool, and they say the wide base makes it hard to tip. However, some say the opening is too small and there are lots of nooks and crannies to clean. The splashguard doesn't contain boys' pee, others add, and one reviewer complains that the bottom lacks rubber to prevent skidding.
Review: Boon Potty Bench, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Heather Corley praises the Boon Potty Bench for its modern looks, built-in storage and bench or stool options. She also likes the flexible splashguard and pullout drawer, which make messes easy to dump. Her short review does not note any cons or compare the potty to other specific models.
Review: 8 Great Potty Chairs for Toddlers, Heather Corley, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good Alina Soler praises the Boon Potty Bench for its handy side compartments, including a toilet-paper holder, and its ability to convert to a sturdy stool or bench. The short review does not compare potties or note any cons.
Review: Best Potty Training Products, Alina Soler, Not dated
6. Apartment Therapy.com
Review Credibility: Good ApartmentTherapy.com's Elisabeth Wilborn praises the Boon Potty Bench as "the most elegant option if you're trying to impress company," saying it is sleek and converts to a stool. The short review does not touch on other features or mention cons. It also does not compare potties.
Review: Potty Talk: 10 Best Potties, Elisabeth Wilborn, Oct. 24, 2011
Review Credibility: Good Leah Rocketto names the Boon Potty Bench as the best potty for storage, saying it's great for staying organized, with drawers for wipes, books or toys and toilet paper. The very short review does not note any cons or compare the potty to others.
Review: 10 Best Potties, Leah Rocketto, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good Brooklyn Presta likes the storage on the Boon Potty Bench, including a toilet-paper holder, and its ability to convert to a sturdy stool or bench. The short review does not compare potties or note any cons.
Review: Creative Potty-Training Gear, Brooklyn Presta, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good BabyGizmo.com offers an overview of major types of potties, including important features. It also lists five editor's choice picks, including the Boon Potty Bench, but it does not review the potties or compare them to other models.
Review: Potty Training, Editors of BabyGizmo.com, Not dated