I am not sure why some people have given this potty bad reviews--my only guess is because they have boys and that's why they find it messy. My daughter has tried 3 potties and this is the only one she will use. I'm buying a second one of these for in the car. I have no trouble cleaning it out after each use, I have never had to clean more than the bowl that she pees in.
My only complaint would be that the lid to the potty, the little storage on the back and the toilet paper holder are really just distractions--I removed the lid and the lid to the storage container and it is much better. My daughter used to fixate on those lids and play with them to the point where she didn't want to sit on the potty, but now that they are gone she loves the potty. The seat is soft and comfortable and it's a bonus you can use it as a transition to using a big toilet.
I bought this a couple weeks ago for my almost 3 yr old daughter. I had had trouble finding a potty seat that would fit her; they were all too small! And my girl was afraid of using any sort of seat that sat on the toilet; the toilet itself intimidates her. My daughter fits perfectly on this seat. She is comfortable, and has had no spills (she's only started to really use it, not just sit on it, the last few days). She even emptied the bucket into the toilet herself! I'm so glad I found this seat. My daughter is actually eager to use it; she sit down and go, then just sit for another 20 minutes so she can go again!
I got this seat for my daughter and she loves it! The first time I put her on it she pooped and peed instantly. I love the way the seat is designed how it looks similar to a real toilet and how soft the seat is. I found this seat very easy to clean. I was reading many reviews about how pee was all over the place and people hated it. I personaly never had a problem with any mess, the pee went right down into the bucket and thats it! I love the handles on the sides give extra security and support if my daughter needs it. This is a best bye! If you have a boy and you are having a problem with pee going every where it is to be exspected that they make a mess they dont have much control and no matter what seat you bye there will be a mess.