Have you experienced the squatty potty? Which do you prefer?

Squatty Potty of the world - Indonesian squatty potty
@Amstardam (1348)
United States
July 5, 2007 2:13pm CST
I've been to several different countries and have seen the toilets of the world. Many countries have "squatty potty's." I'm not sure if that is the correct term but that is the only term I've heard them called. I've heard they're better for you in the long run, especially for woman and child bearing. They also strengthen up leg muscles and help control your muscles as well. Have you used both types of toilets, which do you prefer? Share your experiences!
6 responses
• United States
5 Jul 07
I have never seen those! Hahah, they look a little funny :) I thought by your title you meant porta-potty, which I haaate but the squatty potty doesn't look so bad. Especially for a public bathroom, since it looks like it's really low so it encourages squatting down instead of sitting on the toilet. So I've never tried these squatty potties but they don't look so bad, I would definitely use them!
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
5 Jul 07
It totally depends on which squatty you use! I have seen some pretty bad ones! Some villages all use the same one made out of stone sitting above a river. They keep them as clean as they can, but sometimes you just can't help it. But that goes for any bathroom whether it's a toilet or a hole in the ground. Some squatty's are very nice actually and in nice restaurants too. I would prefer a squatty over a porta-potty anyday! They called porta-potty's honey buckets here! Ewww!
• United States
5 Jul 07
A whole in the ground?!? I would pee and poo in my pants before I used any of those! I'm originally from a small island in the Caribbean (the Dominican Republic) and one of my aunts has a outside shed with a toilet that doesn't work. It's just a whole with a toilet on top and sometimes roaches crawl up! It freaks me out so much, so I always sneak in and use the neighbor's bathroom. LOL. So I would use the squatty like in your picture, not a random whole in the ground! Haha!
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
8 Jul 07
It's sad when a tree looks more appealing than an actual toilet huh? By the way, I love your dancing milk carton, it's so cute! :)
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
5 Jul 07
hi, amstardam...i experienced that for 26 years...obviously since i'm from indonesia! LOL...which one i prefer? sitting toilet is better. Do you realize also that toilet in Indonesia use water to clean up not the toilet paper? LOL...in my mom house, we have this sitting toilet with the hose, so you can squirt your butt and then dry it with toilet paper.
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• United States
5 Jul 07
Squirt your butt and then dry it with toilet paper? Rofl! I had no idea this was going on in other places I want to squirt my butt and pat dry too! Hahah. Just kidding! But it does sound fun... :D Lol.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
5 Jul 07
Yeah, the picture looks exactly like the one I used when I was in Indonesia. They had the "shower" next to the squatty with the bucket. You use the bucket to wash everything down and use the same bucket to scoop the water out and have a shower. Haha! I remember they had the hoses in Thailand! They had the sitting toilet and toilet paper too but everyone uses the sprayer! I had to use it to get rid of a bat that flew into the house one time. That was funny! In Kyrgyzstan they have toilet paper, but it's very harsh and thick. You can't flush it though. So you have a separate trash can just for used toilet paper!
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
5 Jul 07
that's sound crazy right, but my husband which is american now want to that with our toilets here in United states. He want to put that hose thing!!! he said it feel better washing it first with water, it feels really clean!LOL
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@diansinta (7551)
• Indonesia
7 Jul 07
this squatty potty in Indonesia we called it : wc jongkok. lol im easylly train my dog and my cat to used this kind of potty. than sitting potty. Very usefull.
@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
8 Jul 07
that's great! I never thought about training a cat and dog on a squatty potty what a great idea!
@smileonstar (4013)
• United States
5 Jul 07
that's what we use in my country, and I dont like that one(squatty potty's). well, i dont know what they mean by strengthen up leg muscles or something like that... I never believe that either. actually, we are poor and we dont really use the seat toilet that we are having in the america here. Do you have it works right? pull water in the toilet right?... hahhaa... Do you know why i said I dont like it? cuz i afraid someday I might miss step on it and then my leg will be stuck in that... omg, I dont know how you feel about that. When I was 15, I went to visit my grand mother who lives in Cambodia(they use squatty potty's toilet). I had to use the restroom, so I had to carry a bucket full of water with me. while I was pee, then I saw a rat came out from there and I jumped and screamed... I took off and I dont even go back to get my bucket either. hahaha... that was so scary.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
6 Jul 07
A rat?? Aggh! I don't blame you for running. I don't think I'd ever go back in there. I'd go find a bush before I'd go back in there. Ooh, I never thought about mistepping and getting a foot stuck in the toilet! That's a good point. Ha, I've heard stories of the toilet seat being up and people falling in, but not about a foot getting stuck. Haha! :)
@sj_chaudhry (1537)
• Canada
5 Jul 07
well i had use both kinda toilets and in my home country we hadsquatty potty's and at some grade it is good and some grade it is not... as for the epopel who had heavy body feel problem in sitting on it as it cause knees pain to them... it also increase pressure on bladder and rectum when you are full...
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
5 Jul 07
Ooh, I can understand how hard it would be for bigger people. Or also if you're having stomach issues. I think there are pros and cons to both.
@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
6 Jul 07
*LOL* Squatty potty! That's great! I'll have to remember that. I've never been anywhere that has these, but I've heard friends make mention of the 'toilet you have to squat over' so I'll have to bring up that term the next time someone mentions it.
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