Your toilet seat is probably not a household item that you spend a lot of time thinking about, but it’s actually a pretty important and functional bathroom accessory. A toilet seat makes the bathroom more sanitary, as it helps prevent the contents of the toilet bowl from splashing onto the user or the floor. The toilet seat also gives you a higher, more comfortable, and warmer place to sit than on the low, cold, uncomfortable porcelain of the toilet itself when you have to go to the bathroom. And a toilet seat will almost always come included with a lid, which can be closed to reduce odors, prevent items from falling into the toilet bowl, and provide a more aesthetic look to the bathroom. Modern toilet seats can also come equipped with an array of features that, while not strictly necessary, you may find convenient and more pleasant, such as a heated seat or an attached night-light. Here are a few toilet seat options we recommend.
What Should You Consider in a Toilet Seat?
Here are a few things to think about before buying a toilet seat:
- Shape: There are two shapes that toilet seats come in: round and elongated/oval/oblong. Round seats are more common and are shorter and rounder (obviously), so they take up a bit less space. Some people find elongated toilet seats to be more comfortable, and they’re often a bit pricier. Otherwise, there isn’t much difference between the two beyond their size. A standard round toilet seat will measure 16.5 inches long, while a standard elongated one will be 18.5 inches. Before you buy a new toilet seat, be sure to measure your toilet bowl’s length to determine which shape will fit it. The good news is that many toilet seats are available in both shapes, so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a seat that you like and fits your toilet.
- Features: There are quite a few different features that you can look for in a toilet seat these days. Some will come with all the bells and whistles, while others will only have one or two. Night-light, bidet, soft-closing, quick-releasing, heated, deodorizing, and padded seats are all options you can find. Some of these features, like a heated or padded seat, are designed to increase your toilet’s comfort. Others, like a quick-release or bidet seat, will make it easier to clean. And other features simply add convenience, such as a soft close to prevent the lid from slamming shut or a night-light for using the bathroom when you’re half asleep. Think about what features you might find most useful, though note that the more features a toilet seat possesses, the more expensive it will generally be.
- Material: Wood and plastic are the two most common materials for making toilet seats. Wooden toilet seats are nice and durable, won’t get as cold, and are less prone to scratches. However, they tend to be more expensive and are harder to clean since some common cleaning supplies can damage wood. Plastic seats are more affordable, easy to clean and wipe down, and tend to hold up better in a moist environment. If you want a really durable toilet seat and don’t mind risking colder options, there are some stainless steel models on the market, though they are rarer. Ceramic toilet seats are also an option.
Most Color Options: BEMIS Elongated Toilet Seat
This all-around excellent toilet seat offers plenty of useful features and purchasing options, allowing you to better pick the custom option that best suits your bathroom. This wooden toilet seat comes in 13 different color options, and each shade is available in both elongated and round shapes. You can also have the option to buy an individual toilet seat or a pack of two to five of the color and shape, so no matter how many toilet seats in your home need replacing, this model has you covered. The wood is enameled to make it more resistant to chipping and scratching and to provide a high-gloss finish. You won’t be able to see the wood graining at all. Each toilet seat comes with two color-matched bumpers and a plastic hinge that locks and unlocks with one twist. It’s easy to remove for cleaning or replacement purposes. Use non-corrosive bolts and wing nuts to install.
Bemis 1500EC 146 Molded Wood Elongated Toilet Seat With Easy Clean & Change Hinge, Almond
A wooden toilet seat with a durable, glossy finish that provides plenty of color and quantity options.
Most Compatible: MAYFAIR Lannon Toilet Seat
Whether you own a toilet with a round or elongated bowl, this toilet seat will have no trouble fitting right onto it. Available in both shapes, this toilet seat will fit all standard toilets and just about any possible toilet brand you might possess. It also has a precision seat fit with front to back adjustability so you can fine-tune it to fit your toilet just right. The wooden materials are eco-friendly and finished with a high gloss enamel that increases durability in order to reduce the risk of chips and scratches. Not only is it easy to install, but this toilet seat installs and tightens from the top so that you don’t have to crouch or kneel on the hard, cold tile bathroom floor to attach it. As a bonus, the lid is anti-slamming. Just give it a quick tap, and it will close slowly and quietly to eliminate loud noises and the risk of pinching your fingers by mistake.
MAYFAIR 843SLOW 000 Lannon Toilet Seat will Slow Close and Never Loosen, ROUND, Durable Enameled Wood, White
A toilet seat available in both shapes that will fit most toilets, with front to back adjustability for an even better fit.
Best Heated: Brondell LumaWarm Heated Toilet Seat
On those nights where you wake up to use the bathroom and stumble in half asleep, sitting down on a cold toilet seat can be quite jarring and jolt you wide awake. If you want to avoid this particular experience or live in a chilly climate, this toilet seat is the perfect solution. It has three different heat settings to maintain the same temperature and level of comfort year-round. You can adjust the heat level at any time with one press of a button towards the back of the seat. The heated system is not the only useful feature that this ergonomically designed toilet seat comes with, either. It also comes equipped with an illuminating, cool blue nightlight so that you don’t have to turn the overhead light on if you need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. In addition, the seat and lid are slow-closing so that you don’t risk accidentally slamming the lid down and waking up the whole family. Installation is a simple process, not requiring any special tools or a plumber. It’s available in two different color choices and in round or elongated form.
Brondell LumaWarm Heated Nightlight Toilet Seat - Fits Elongated Toilets, White
A heated toilet seat with three temperature settings and several other useful features.
Most Durable: BATH ROYALE White Premium Toilet Seat
Since toilets in your home are used multiple times a day, it’s important that all their parts be as strong and durable as possible for long-lasting use. Fortunately, this toilet seat fits the bill perfectly. It’s made out of light but strong plastic that is non-absorbent, resistant to chemicals and stains, and won’t chip, peel, or fade over time. Since the plastic is light and relatively soft, it offers flexibility, meaning it will adjust to your body without cracking, breaking, or becoming deformed or warped. It’s also capable of withstanding up to 400 pounds of weight, comes with four seat bumpers that evenly distribute weight, and has stainless steel mounting hardware to hold the seat in place. In addition to the durability factor, this toilet seat quickly detaches with one touch to allow you more convenient access during cleaning to keep your toilet and bathroom more hygienic. It also has a soft, slow-close feature. All you have to do is tap it forward, and the seat or lid will slowly and quietly close itself. This toilet seat comes in both elongated and round form, with three light color options, and will fit most toilet brands, even those with non-standard mounting hole spacings.
Bath Royale BR620-00 Premium Round White Toilet Seat, Long Lasting, Stain and Scratch Resistant, 100% Polypropylene Toilet Seat Replacement with Slow Close
A durable toilet seat that can withstand up to 400 pounds and is resistant to cracking, breaking, deforming, peeling, and chipping.