That was our top criteria for selecting the best toilet seat.
If you want to cut to the chase, the Mayfair’s slow-close toilet seat scored high marks in all categories and is our top pick. This toilet seat is easy to clean and the hinges make removing the seat, if necessary, very simple.
Toilet Seat Comparison
|16.80 x 14.40 x 2.30||23.00 x 19.00 x 4.00||14.80 x 19.40 x 3.00||14.12 x 18.87 x 2.59||16.10 x 14.00 x 2.00||14.80 x 22.00 x 3.00||18.50 x 14.00 x 1.50||14.12 x 18.87 x 2.18||16.90 x 14.40 x 2.20||20.00 x 16.00 x 21.00|
Toilet Seat Buying Guide
Things to Consider
There are several things you will want to consider when you are deciding on which toilet seat to get for your bathroom. These factors will help you narrow down your choices and ultimately help you choose the toilet seat that will last you a long time. Take the time to do some research now and you won’t be replacing your toilet seat every few months.
- Materials –One of the first things that you will want to consider is the materials that the toilet seat is made from. In general, toilet seats are made from either wood or plastic, although there are other materials as well for higher end toilet seats. Plastic can be a lot more durable and there is no worry of the wood breaking down, cracking or splintering. Wood has a tendency to cost more than the plastic seats but this will depend on the quality of the wood. In addition to the two basic materials of wood and plastic, there are toilet seats that are made of solid wood, like oak. Wood seats can be light or dark oak and if you don’t mind what you pay for it, there can be even more expensive wood. The bottom line is that if you don’t mind paying a premium price, you can get a toilet seat in almost any type of material you want.
- Hinge Quality – Hinges are a big deal when it comes to the quality of your toilet seat. Inexpensive and cheap hinges can snap easily and have to be replaced on a regular basis. Many toilet seats use plastic hinges that have two points of contact making them prone to snapping in two when the seat flexes. Another problem is the lid section of the seat can constantly be slamming down onto the seat because the hinges are not designed to slowly lower the lid or prevent it from slamming down. This can be a real problem, especially for younger ones using the bathroom. The more expensive toilet seats have pneumatically controlled hinges that allow the sections to meet with any damage being incurred. Some seats have metal hinges and 4 points of contact which prevent the flexing that toilet seats can do with less contact points. The better quality toilet seat you can afford to get the longer it will last and the better it will be.
- Toilet Seat Shape – The shape of a toilet seat is another factor that you will want to consider. Unless you are replacing the entire toilet, you are going to have to get the same shape toilet seat of the existing toilet, either round or elongated. Elongated toilet seats will not fit on a round toilet at all. The round seats WILL fit on an elongated toilet but they will look completely silly. Always match the shape of the toilet seat to the shape of the toilet that you have.
- Extra Features – There are a few different extras that toilet seats can have. One popular feature is a heated seat. Heated toilet seats can be great in the wintertime when the temperatures are so cold in bathrooms. There needs to be a grounded electrical outlet located close by the toilet so it can be plugged in. Another feature is the padded seat. Some people really like these seats due to the fact that they are more comfortable, but many worry about the sanitation factor. If a cushioned toilet seat gets torn, it needs to be replaced immediately due to the germs and bacteria that can get inside the cushioning where the tear is. Many people choose decorative toilet seats that match the décor in their bathrooms or that simply have a unique design they like. There are a lot of choices out there if you want to take the time to look for the more unusual toilet seats.
- Know Your Measurements –Make sure that you know what size toilet seat you need. If you have a round toilet it is easy to replace the seat with another round toilet seat. If your bowl is elongated, make sure you measure the seat so you know how long of a seat to get.
Replacing Your Toilet Seat
Below we’ve outlined the steps you need to follow to replace the toilet seat in your bathroom. Make sure that you have chosen the right toilet seat, using the information we’ve provided for you and that you have the needed tool which is a wrench. Your toilet seat will come with nuts, bolts, and hinges. You may need a flathead or Philips screwdriver also. Take a look at your toilet seat hardware to determine whether you need a screwdriver or not.
Steps to Follow –
- Clean the bowl, rim and current toilet seat.
- Remove the plastic caps if they are still present and covering the bolts.
- Find the bolts at the back of the seat and use your wrench to loosen the nuts that hold the bolts in place.
- Take the bolts out after the nuts are removed and take the old toilet seat and lid off.
- Take the new toilet seat and align the holes on the toilet seat with the holes on the bowl itself. Put the bolts in the holes and close the seat and lid.
- Thread new nuts that come with your new toilet hardware onto the new bolts. Tighten the nuts with the wrench.
There are so many different toilet seats on the market today that choosing one can be a real challenge if you don’t know anything about them. With the right information, choosing a new toilet seat becomes a simple task that you won’t have to worry about at all. Having a good quality toilet seat not only makes your bathroom look nicer, it is much nicer for those using that bathroom as well.
There are many different materials, styles, patterns and colors available for buyers to choose from. The only thing you are limited by is the shape of the toilet seat, which will need to match the current shape of the toilet bowl. As long as you take the different factors into consideration that we have listed, you will not end up with a cheap toilet seat that you will have to replace in a few months.
Taking the time to look at the different styles and ensuring that the choices you make have the different important features we outlined above will guarantee that you purchase a toilet seat that will last, even with heavy traffic bathrooms.
The right information can give a buyer the confidence to make a decision based on the information they have learned. No one wants to waste time or money. The purpose of this buyer’s guide is to save buyers both.
- Mayfair – https://www.bemismfg.com/bathroom-products/mayfair/
- KOHLER – http://www.us.kohler.com/us/
- American Standard – http://www.americanstandard-us.com/