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You have heard that the use of a urine bottle is caused by urinary incontinence, bladder weakness or restricted mobility? But you don't know what criteria and features you should look for when buying a urine bottle? Then after reading this article all your questions will be answered.

In our urine bottle test 2021 we will explain the most important reasons with studies why someone needs to use a urine bottle. You will also get a lot of useful information about the different types of urine bottles, all their advantages and disadvantages will be explained.

Summary

  • A urine bottle is a bottle that anyone can use to empty their bladder under any circumstances. Whether you're travelling, camping or just bedridden.
  • The most common materials a urine bottle can be made of are plastic, glass and stainless steel. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
  • In most cases, the use of a urine bottle is not based on personal choice, but is caused by an illness or condition, such as urinary incontinence, bladder weakness or mobility restrictions.

The Best Urine Bottle: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for urine bottles

In this section we show you which criteria you should pay special attention to when buying a urine bottle. Please note the following:

If you take these aspects into account when buying, you will certainly choose the urine bottle that is best suited to you.

Material

One of the most important aspects when buying is the material used. The three most common materials are plastic, glass and stainless steel.

Plastic models are the cheapest of the three materials and also have the best fracture toughness. However, they discolour easily so it is worth choosing a coloured model such as blue, green or red.

Glass urine bottles are easy to clean, but unlike plastic models, they are also much heavier.

The third most common raw material is stainless steel. These products are both durable and lightweight, but they are the most difficult to clean.

Capacity

Most urine bottles have a capacity of between 1 and 2 litres. However, it is worth choosing a model with a capacity of at least one and a half litres. It is better to have larger capacity because the average person produces 2 to 2.5 litres of urine per day.

There are models that come with a scale on the side. If you need to watch your daily amount of urine, you should choose such a model.

Important tip: If the urine bottle is used in the evening, you should choose a model with a larger capacity to prevent unpleasant situations in the evening.

Equipment

The features of a urine bottle can also be an important factor when buying. By features we mean whether the urine bottle comes with accessories such as lids.

Almost every model comes with a lid. Models made of plastic and glass have a lid so that they have an excellent leakage protection. The stainless steel models in most cases do not have a leakage protection, so you have to be careful with these.

There are also models with a handle or holder to make using the urine bottle even more hassle-free. These extra features do come at a premium, but if you need to use a urine bottle long-term, it may be worth investing more money.

Design

It also matters whether you want to use the urine bottle at home or on the go. There are big differences in the design of a urine bottle that can also be used on the go.

The main thing you should decide is whether you want to use the urine bottle at home or on the go.

Models that you can use on the go are usually foldable so that they take up less space. They are made entirely of plastic, so they are also durable.

Urine bottles equipped for your home can be made of plastic, stainless steel or glass. They often come with a handle or holder that you won't find on portable models.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about urine bottles answered in detail

We have compiled the most frequently asked questions that may arise when buying a urine bottle. In this section, we will answer these questions in a simple but informative way so that you can make the purchase decision without any problems.

What is a urine bottle?

A urine bottle is nothing but a bottle designed primarily for people with limited mobility, enabling anyone to easily get rid of their urine under any circumstances.

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Urinary incontinence or bladder weakness is not as rare as everyone thinks. About a quarter of women in Germany are affected by incontinence, while the figure for men is 10 percent (Image source: Giorgio Trovato/unsplash).

Patients can empty their bladder easily while sitting, lying or standing, thanks to the anatomically adapted bottles. Urine bottles are often used in hospitals, nursing homes and private households.

When and for whom is a urine bottle recommended?

Using a urine bottle is not a voluntary decision, it is rather a must. The reasons can be very different. Here we have collected the three most common reasons and explained why you need to use a urine bottle.

Because of urinary incontinence or bladder weaknesses

Urinary incontinence and bladder weakness are the most common reasons why someone needs to use a urine bottle. However, these conditions are not that rare as urinary incontinence is the most common chronic condition among women. (1)

According to a study from 2020, 10 million people in Germany are affected by incontinence, about 25 percent of women and 11 percent of men are incontinent in Germany. Bladder weaknesses affect the over-65s most frequently; about 18 percent of women and 9 percent of men suffer from bladder weaknesses. (1)

The prevalence of moderate and severe bladder weakness disorders in women is between 3% and 17%. This number is around 3% to 11% in men. With increasing age, this number increases. (2)

Severe incontinence increases rapidly between the ages of 70 and 80. Incontinence in men also increases with age, but severe incontinence in 70- to 80-year-old men is about half that in women. (2)

Two main types of urinary incontinence are known: Stress urinary incontinence, where urine leaks in association with physical exertion, and Urgent urinary incontinence, where urine leaks in association with a sudden compelling desire to void.

However, there is a mixed form, when both symptoms occur, then it is mixed urinary incontinence. (3)

A 2017 study found that rural women are actually at high risk of developing urinary incontinence. Majority of them did not seek treatment for urinary incontinence. Raising awareness about urinary incontinence can help improve quality of life. (4)

For those who suffer from such conditions, a urine bottle is necessary and highly recommended, as daily activities can quickly become uncomfortable without it.

Because of movement restrictions or mobility disabilities

When a person's mobility is limited, it is much more difficult to perform in all areas of life. Performing simple, everyday tasks changes drastically. For this reason, a urine bottle is almost indispensable for people with reduced mobility.

Urine bottles are primarily designed for those who cannot go to the toilet without assistance. Patients in a care bed, or who rely on wheelchairs, walkers or a rollator can especially take advantage of a urine bottle.

According to statistics from 2017, there are a total of 7.77 million severely disabled people in Germany, which is about 9.4% of the total population. Out of 7.77 million, 2.14 million are immobile severely disabled people and more than 96,000 are bedridden severely disabled people. (5)

As you can see here, out of more than 83 million Germans, about 2.3 million have some kind of severe disability that restricts them in free and easy movement.

In a 2017 study, an attempt was made to investigate the relationship between functional limitations related to mobility and urinary incontinence in older women. This study has a total of more than 1900 participants who were women between 75 and 85 years old. (6)

In this large number of older women who lived at home, there was a strong association between limitation of mobility and balance abilities and urinary incontinence. (6)

How much does a urine bottle cost?

The price of a urine bottle ranges from 8 to 20 euros. The price is primarily determined by the quality of the product. The better the material and the better the features of the urine bottle, the higher the price at which it is offered.

In addition, capacity can also influence the price of the product, because the higher its capacity, the more raw materials have to be used.

However, most urine bottles are available in multipack packages, in most cases 3 urine bottles are available in one package. This is a very affordable package as it is cheaper than buying just one urine bottle each time, plus you always have a spare urine bottle.

In the table below you can find the prices for urine bottles depending on the material:

Urine bottle material urine bottle price
Urine bottle made of plastic from about 3 to 15 euros
Urine bottle made of glass about 10 euros
Urine bottle made of stainless steel from about 30 to 70 euros

As you can see, urine bottles made of stainless steel are usually more expensive than versions made of plastic or glass. But they are also much more durable. However, if you don't need a urine bottle in the long term, it's better to choose a high-quality plastic model, which is already available for around 15 euros.

What types of urine bottles are there?

We also distinguish between different types of urine bottles. In this section, we will briefly introduce you to these different types and mention their advantages and disadvantages.

Urine bottle with lid

One of the most common versions of the urine bottle is the model with a lid. The main advantage of these models is that they are much safer because of the lid. By this we mean that the urine cannot leak out of the bottle.

Such models are especially recommended for use at night, when the urine in the bottle cannot be emptied in a short time.

A disadvantage of such models can be that removing the lid can even be problematic if someone suffers from sudden urine irritations. In this case, we do not recommend such products.

Advantages
  • the most common version
  • leak-proof
  • recommended for night use

Disadvantages
  • not recommended for someone with sudden urine irritation

We recommend a urine bottle with a lid for those who primarily want to use the product in the evening.

Urine bottle with handle

One of the biggest advantages of a urine bottle with a handle over other models is comfort. Thanks to the handle, it is easy and comfortable for everyone to use. In addition, there is a secure grip that further improves leakage protection.

A possible disadvantage of such models can be that if the handle is deformed, the urine in the bottle may start to leak.

Advantages
  • comfortable for women and men
  • provides a secure grip
  • good leakage protection

Disadvantages
  • the handle may become deformed and thus the urine may start to leak

A urine bottle with a handle is primarily recommended for those who want to increase the comfort and leakage protection of the urine bottle.

Urine bottle with holder

A urine bottle with a holder is most common in hospitals and nursing homes. This is because it is mainly used for inpatients who cannot leave the bed. However, they are also suitable for home use.

Their advantage is that they can easily attach the bottle to the bed frame. Bottle contents can therefore not escape from the bottle.

The disadvantage of such products is the higher price and that they can only and exclusively be used for people lying in bed.

Advantages
  • high safety
  • good leakage protection

Disadvantages
  • higher price
  • only suitable for people lying in bed

We can recommend a urine bottle with a holder for those who cannot leave the bed at all or only rarely.

How do I clean a urine bottle?

In this section we show you how and why you should clean a urine bottle. After some useful tips, we explain the cleaning process step by step.

A urine bottle should be cleaned regularly to avoid possible infections and unpleasant odours.

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When cleaning a urine bottle, you should pay a lot of attention to the cleaning agent. You should find the right one to kill all bacteria (Source: Kelly Sikkema / unsplash).

This is how you should clean a urine bottle:

  1. The first and most important step is to empty the urine bottle. Inside the household, we recommend only and exclusively the toilet, not the drain. If you are outdoors, please choose a place where your fellow human beings will not be disturbed.
  2. The second step is to flush the urine bottle with hot water at least 2-3 times. It is important that the water is hot, as this will kill as many germs as possible.
  3. You should get an appropriate hygiene cleaner so that you can clean the urine bottle thoroughly. In a bowl, mix the cleaner and hot water. You will also need a brush to help you clean the inside of the bottle. You should scrub the inside of the bottle thoroughly.
  4. Afterwards, the bottle should be rinsed thoroughly and left to dry. If the urine bottle will be used again soon after cleaning, drying is not essential. However, if you want to store the bottle, be sure to dry it before putting it away.

Cleaning a urine bottle is not a very complicated task, you just need the right cleaning agent. As you can see, a urine bottle can be cleaned in just 4 steps, so the process itself takes no more than 15 to 20 minutes.

What are the alternatives to urine bottles?

If for some reason you don't want to or can't use a urine bottle, don't worry. In this section we will show you some alternatives to replace the urine bottle.

Alternative short description
Disposable urinal A disposable urine bottle is similar to a traditional urine bottle. The difference is that a disposable urine bottle can only be used once. The material of these products is cardboard or a 100 per cent compostable material. After use, the bottle should be emptied as soon as possible, as the cardboard will soften after a short time. After emptying, you can throw these products into residual waste or on the compost heap.
Bedpan A bedpan can also provide an alternative if you cannot or do not want to use a urine bottle. The material of a bedpan is stainless steel, which makes the product very durable. The bedpan is placed under the person's bottom. When using it, make sure that nothing should go astray.
Diaper If using a urine bottle or bedpan is not possible, the last alternative is a nappy. For some, wearing nappies can be uncomfortable and or psychologically stressful, so it should be the last resort.

As the table shows, there are some alternatives to replace a urine bottle, but each alternative has its advantages and disadvantages. With this in mind, it is worth choosing the one that is most appropriate for the person.

Image source: Kotsri / 123rf

References (6)

1. Insenio: Inkontinenz Zahlen und Fakten – Infografik
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2. Nitti, V W. “The prevalence of urinary incontinence.” Reviews in urology vol. 3 Suppl 1,Suppl 1 (2001): S2-6.
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3. Aoki Y, Brown HW, Brubaker L, Cornu JN, Daly JO, Cartwright R. Urinary incontinence in women [published correction appears in Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2017 Nov 16;3:17097]. Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2017;3:17042. Published 2017 Jul 6. doi:10.1038/nrdp.2017.42
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4. Biswas B, Bhattacharyya A, Dasgupta A, Karmakar A, Mallick N, Sembiah S. Urinary Incontinence, Its Risk Factors, and Quality of Life: A Study among Women Aged 50 Years and above in a Rural Health Facility of West Bengal. J Midlife Health. 2017;8(3):130-136. doi:10.4103/jmh.JMH_62_17
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5. Statista: Anteil schwerbehinderter Menschen in Deutschland nach Art der Behinderung 2017(Häufigkeitsverteilung)
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6. Fritel X, Lachal L, Cassou B, Fauconnier A, Dargent-Molina P. Mobility impairment is associated with urge but not stress urinary incontinence in community-dwelling older women: results from the Ossébo study. BJOG. 2013 Nov;120(12):1566-72. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.12316. Epub 2013 Jun 10. PMID: 23750706.
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Statistische Studie
Insenio: Inkontinenz Zahlen und Fakten – Infografik
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Klinische Studie
Nitti, V W. “The prevalence of urinary incontinence.” Reviews in urology vol. 3 Suppl 1,Suppl 1 (2001): S2-6.
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Klinische Studie
Aoki Y, Brown HW, Brubaker L, Cornu JN, Daly JO, Cartwright R. Urinary incontinence in women [published correction appears in Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2017 Nov 16;3:17097]. Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2017;3:17042. Published 2017 Jul 6. doi:10.1038/nrdp.2017.42
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Klinische Studie
Biswas B, Bhattacharyya A, Dasgupta A, Karmakar A, Mallick N, Sembiah S. Urinary Incontinence, Its Risk Factors, and Quality of Life: A Study among Women Aged 50 Years and above in a Rural Health Facility of West Bengal. J Midlife Health. 2017;8(3):130-136. doi:10.4103/jmh.JMH_62_17
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Statistik
Statista: Anteil schwerbehinderter Menschen in Deutschland nach Art der Behinderung 2017(Häufigkeitsverteilung)
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Klinische Studie
Fritel X, Lachal L, Cassou B, Fauconnier A, Dargent-Molina P. Mobility impairment is associated with urge but not stress urinary incontinence in community-dwelling older women: results from the Ossébo study. BJOG. 2013 Nov;120(12):1566-72. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.12316. Epub 2013 Jun 10. PMID: 23750706.
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