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Best Toilet Seat

Best Toilet SeatIf you’re planning a bathroom makeover without the hassle and expense of a complete remodel, one of the simplest ways to give it a fresh new look is to replace accessories and fixtures that are worn or have seen heavy use. And along with items such as your faucets, shower head and towel rail, one item that can help transform the appearance of your bathroom or powder room is a new and best toilet seat.

The best toilet seat for your bathroom is likely to be one which matches existing color schemes and decor as well the model of toilet you have. While visiting an online catalog or local showroom will give you plenty of design ideas, here are some tips & reviews to help you make a choice that’s practical as well as pleasing.

Are all toilet seats the same size?

If you have an oval shaped toilet bowl, its likely that you will need the sturdiest toilet seat to fit it. It should be fairly obvious whether your toilet is round or elongated but if you need to check, all you have to do is measure the bowl from back to front, starting at the area where the cushioned toilet seat hinge bolts are normally attached. If your toilet measures about 18 1/2 inches, its an elongated model. Round toilets normally measure about 16 1/2 inches from back to front.

 

Top 10 Toilet Seat Comparison

 

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Brand
Model
Features
Best Price
Mayfair 183SLOWA 000/1883SLOWA 000 NextStep Adult Toilet Seat with Built-in Child Potty Training Seat, Elongated, White
Mayfair
Mayfair NextStep Adult Toilet Seat with Built-in Child Potty Training Seat
Built-In Potty Seat secures magnetically in cover when not in use
Whisper Close -slowly and quietly closes with a tap eliminating slamming and pinched fingers
Easy Clean & Change - seat removes for easy cleaning and replacement
STA-TITE Seat Fastening System - Never loosens
Fits all manufacturers’ elongated bowls in the US and Canada
Durable Molded Wood - Superior high-gloss finish resists chipping and scratching
KOHLER K-4647-0 Stonewood Molded-Wood with Color-Matched Plastic Hinges Elongated Toilet Seat, White
KOHLER
KOHLER Stonewood Molded-Wood with Color-Matched Plastic Hinges Elongated Toilet Seat
Color-matched plastic hinges.
Compression-molded wood provides a look and feel that cannot be achieved with other seat materials.
Versatile design that complements the design lines of many toilets
Designed to fit one and two-piece toilets
Mayfair 48SLOWA 000/848SLOWA 000 Slow-Close Molded Wood Toilet Seat featuring Whisper-Close, Easy Clean & Change Hinges and STA-TITE Seat Fastening System, Round, White
Mayfair
Mayfair Slow-Close Molded Wood Toilet Seat featuring Whisper-Close, Easy Clean & Change Hinges and STA-TITE Seat Fastening System
Easy Clean & Change hinge allows for removal of seat for easy cleaning and replacement
Whisper-Close - Slowly and quietly closes with a tap, eliminating slamming and pinched fingers
STA-TITE Seat Fastening System Never Loosens and installs with ease
Durable molded wood with a high-gloss finish that resists chipping and scratching
Fits all manufacturers' round bowls in the US and Canada
Made in the USA with environmentally friendly materials and processes
KOHLER K-4636-0 Cachet Quiet-Close with Grip-Tight Bumpers Elongated Toilet Seat, White
KOHLER
KOHLER Cachet Quiet-Close with Grip-Tight Bumpers Elongated Toilet Seat
Quiet-Close(TM) lid closes slowly and quietly without slamming.
Grip-Tight bumpers add stability and prevent shifting.
Quick-Release(TM) hinges allow seat to be unlatched from toilet for easy removal and convenient cleaning; no tools required.
Quick-Attach(R) hardware for fast and secure installation.
Color-matched plastic hinges.
Toto SS114 01 SoftClose Elongated Toilet Seat Cover, Cotton White
Toto
Toto SoftClose Elongated Toilet Seat Cover
Imported
SoftClose action reduces injury and eliminates "Toilet Seat Slam"
Molded bumpers
Comfortable ergonomic design
Solid High-Impact, High Gloss Polypropylene
Length 18-1/2-Inch, Width 14-Inch, Height 1-1/2-Inch
Bemis 500EC000 Molded Wood Round Toilet Seat With Easy Clean and Change Hinge, White
Bemis
Bemis Molded Wood Round Toilet Seat With Easy Clean and Change Hinge
Easy, clean and change - twist hinges to remove seat for easy cleaning and replacement; bolts remain on toilet
Durable molded wood - superior high-gloss finish resists chipping and scratching
Easy to clean - use a soft damp cloth with a mild detergent avoiding abrasive cleaners and brushes
Easy, clean and change - twist hinges to remove seat for easy cleaning and replacement; bolts remain on toilet.
Durable molded wood - superior high-gloss finish resists chipping and scratching.
Easy to clean - use a soft damp cloth with a mild detergent avoiding abrasive cleaners and brushes.
Simple installation
Standard round-front toilet seat
Bemis 7800TDG000 Plastic Toilet Seat,  Elongated, White
Bemis
Bemis Plastic Toilet Seat
STA-TITE Seat Fastening System Never Loosens and installs with ease
Durable plastic toilet seat
Heavy-duty commercial grade design
Fits all manufacturers' elongated bowls in the US and Canada
STA-TITE Seat Fastening System Never Loosens and installs with ease
Durable plastic toilet seat
Heavy-duty commercial grade design
Fits all manufacturers’ elongated bowls in the US and Canada
Bath Royale Premium Elongated Toilet Seat with Cover, White - Slow Close, Quick Release for Easy Cleaning. Fits All Elongated (Oval) Toilets
Bath Royale
Bath Royale Premium Elongated Toilet Seat with Cover
Fits all toilet brands including Kohler, American Standard, Toto, Crane, Eljer, Gerber, etc.
Be sure to order a “Round” or “Elongated” seat based on your toilet bowl measurements
Better than painted wood or cheap padded seats, Bath Royale seats are made of top quality polypropylene (plastic), which is stronger
The seat is a solid color throughout and will not chip, peel or fade
Helps keep your bathroom smelling fresh and clean
Soft Close (seat & cover) prevents loud slamming, cracked toilets and pinched fingers
KOHLER K-4695-0 Ridgewood Molded-Wood with Color-Matched Plastic Hinges Round-front Toilet Seat, White
KOHLER
KOHLER Ridgewood Molded-Wood with Color-Matched Plastic Hinges Round-front Toilet Seat
Color-matched plastic hinges.
Compression-molded wood provides a look and feel that cannot be achieved with other seat materials.
Made of compression molded wood which provides a look and feel that cannot be achieved with other seat materials
Designed to fit one and two-piece bowls
Round-closed front seat
Bath Royale Premium Round Toilet Seat with Cover, White - Soft Close, Quick Release for Easy Cleaning. Fits All Manufacturers’ Round Toilets
Bath Royale
Bath Royale Premium Round Toilet Seat with Cover
Fits all toilet brands including Kohler, American Standard, Toto, Crane, Eljer, Gerber, etc.
Instantly improve any bathroom. This replacement toilet seat is an upgrade and matches most bathroom décors and interior design styles
It’s easier to keep clean because it is non-absorbent, chemical and stain-resistant.
The seat is a solid color throughout and will not chip, peel or fade.
SureFoot bumpers evenly distribute weight. Tested to 400 pounds, the seat and cover will flex, but not crack, break or permanently deform.
1-Touch Quick Release enables you to instantly remove the seat and easily clean the nasty area between the seat mounting posts where urine, grime and odor-causing germs collect.
Ideal for kids, older adults, individuals with disabilities or lower back pain, because the user does not have to bend or stoop to lower the seat.
Slow close helps remind men/boys to raise and lower the seat because it’s so easy!

How do you fit a toilet seat?

Having established that the elongated size is right for you, you have a variety of choices in terms of materials and finishes. The main choice in replacement toilet seats is usually between wood or plastic. To a certain extent, this is an aesthetic choice that comes down to personal preference. Many people like the warmer sensation of wood against the skin, and feel that the elegance of the grain and the rich color of the finish complement their bathroom design.

But wood isn’t always the first choice of material for toilet seats, especially when its important to match the color of existing plumbing fixtures. Many people choose white fittings for their bathroom and while its possible to get a wooden toilet seat that’s painted white, its more likely that you’ll find a wider range of choices in plastic seats. Many bathroom suites come in colors other than white, of course, and you’ll find a plastic toilet seat to match almost any shade.

Modern seats are built to withstand long, regular use and a range of normal weights so there’s not much difference to worry about whether a wooden or plastic seat will be stronger. Wood seats are normally manufactured from a composite that gives added durability, and most producers have a range of premium plastic seats that also offer good resistance. Some people reported that plastic tends to scratch more easily than wood. Maybe that’s just because the scratches show more easily on plastic but nevertheless, its probably a good idea not to use abrasive cleaning materials on any kind of padded toilet seat for fear of damaging the finish.

Elongated toilet seats of all kinds are available from companies such as Bemis, American Standard or Kohler that have custom features for special needs or preferences. Raised toilet seats can be very helpful for those with impaired mobility or people who are recovering from surgery or an illness, and you can also find models incorporating arms and other features for the disabled. Another feature that’s useful for families with young children is a seat with a built-in potty to aid with toddler toilet training. Customers may also be interested in options such as a heated seat or a padded surface for greater comfort.

How do you replace the best toilet seat?

Worried about the most comfortable toilet seat slamming shut? Check out the slow closing hinge that’s available on some models and for easy maintenance, look for those seats with a quick release mechanism that lets you clean around the hinge area without having to dig dirt out of crevices.

Whatever your preference or requirements, you’ll find the best toilet seat to fit your needs.