My daughter and I have had no major issues with this potty. She has been using it without any complaints and it seems to be pretty comfortable for her (judging by her singing and reading and taking forever while she's sitting on it! :-) I have had no issues with the potty cushion getting smelly or dirty, and we've had this thing for almost a year. After every use, I use a spray cleaner and hot water to wash it and it's perfectly clean and odor-free! As a step-stool, the potty is quite sturdy (I've even stood on it myself!) and my 2 yr old daughter loves standing on it to wash her hands. My only word of caution is to flip the cushion over so that the little urine guard "hump" is UP! I don't know about anyone else, but boys aren't the only ones who "spray". My daughter has had a few instances of urine shooting forward so I've found that the having the guard up helps.