SitOrSquat: Restroom Finder App Review

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Sometimes you just need to find a bathroom fast! Luckily modern technology has made the process much easier. Apps have come available that allow you to use your smartphone or other mobile device to quickly find a nearby public restroom.

The SitOrSquat: Restroom Finder app is one such app - and its free! The app is available through the App Store or through Google Play.

The app takes advantage of the large online database of public toilet locations on the website

I had originally posted a review of this app in its first iteration. However, it now appears that the app (and the site) have been taken over by Proctor & Gamble's Charmin. 

One downside of this takeover is that the app requires you to "log in" with either your Facebook or Twitter account to use many of its features. This log-in includes giving permission for there to be communication between these social media sites and Charmin. If you try to register online, you will be required to link to your Facebook account to proceed any further. I was not willing to make these connections and so this review is based only on the basic functionality afforded without logging in.

How SitOrSquat Works

The app is super-easy to use as basically is nothing more than a map with pins to indicate bathrooms that are close to your location.

The pins each hold a picture of a roll of toilet paper (Charmin, remember?) in either green or red.

A green roll indicates a restroom that is considered to be clean enough to "Sit" on, while a red marker indicates that the restroom is not as clean as you would like, hence you will need to  "Squat."

Once you click on the location, you will be given a link for directions. If you are logged in, you can look at photos of the bathroom if they are available.

Being logged in also allows you to add a bathroom, upload photos and/ or rate a bathroom.

Additional SitOrSquat Features

The app allows you to filter for the following things:

  • Free access
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Baby changing table availability
  • "Sits" only

SitOrSquat: Bathroom Finder

Interestingly, the App Store on my iPhone revealed an alternative option, named the SitOrSquat Bathroom Finder. This was also sponsored by Charmin. However, once I downloaded it to my phone, I could not get it to work at all. Makes me wonder if Charmin just published or overtook this second app so as to snag the name, but this is pure speculation on my part.

Is This App for You?

It is a shame that this new iteration of the app comes with such restrictions. If you are a comfortable with the log-in requirements than you might find this app to be very helpful for finding a restroom quickly. 

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