Best Toilet Seat

I’m sure you’ll agree that a toilet seat must be the right shape, size, and provide a comfortable seat.

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.

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Top 10 Toilet Seats

RankPictureSeatMaterialStyle
1
Mayfair
Molded WoodRound
2
American Standard
Solid PlasticElongated
3
KOHLER
Molded WoodRound
4
Mayfair 148
Molded WoodElongated
5
Bemis
Molded WoodRound
6
KOHLER 46940
Molded WoodElongated
7
Toto
PolypropyleneElongated
8
Mayfair
Molded WoodElongated
9
Mayfair 83
Molded WoodRound
10
Bemis 1500
Molded WoodElongated

1. Mayfair 48E2 000 Slow-Close Molded Wood

Best Overall Toilet Seat

5/5 Product Rating
Mayfair is a well known name in toilets and toilet seats. This slow closing seat has many features that make it a good choice for any bathroom.

Features include Easy Clean and Change twist hinges, color matched bumpers and hinges and is durable and made from molded wood that has a super glossy finish that resists chipping and scratching. The twist hinges make it easy to remove the seat when it needs to be cleaned or replaced.

This round toilet seat fits all manufacturers’ round bowls and features the STA-TITE seat fastening system that prevents the seat from loosening up over time.

It is made in the USA with materials and processes that are environmentally friendly. The whisper close hinge slowly closes the lid and eliminates the annoying banging or pinched fingers from the seat slamming down unexpectedly.

If you’re looking to replace your toilet seat, this is a great and simply designed choice that will work great. This seat is available in white, biscuit/linen and bone and you can choose from round or elongated. Remember to match the toilet seat size to the size of your toilet bowl. An elongated toilet seat will not work on a round toilet bowl.

2. American Standard 5325.010.020 Champion Slow Close Elongated

Best Overall Toilet Seat – Runner Up

4.8/5 Product Rating
American Standard is probably one of the most popular names in toilets. The streamlined, quiet design makes it a great addition to your bathroom.

The solid plastic construction is durable and easy to keep sanitized and clean. It has a slow close feature, unique easy lift off feature for cleaning and fits any standard or elongated toilet.

American Standard is the toilet of choice for hotels, airports, stadiums and other places of business and is the toilet found in as many as 3 out of 5 homes in America. You will certainly improve the look and function of your toilet with this American Standard model.

The All plastic, American Standard toilet seat is available in either round or elongated shapes and is offered in White, Linen, and Bone. Some places may offer black which used to be a regular color offering but it is not as readily available anymore. The easy lift-off hinges make it easy to change the seat or clean it and you won’t need any tools either.

3. Kohler K-4695-0 Ridgewood Round-Front

Best Budget Toilet Seat

4.6/5 Product Rating
The Ridgewood round front toilet seat from KOHLER has simple style that complements a variety of toilet designs and bathroom décor. It is made of compression molded wood that has a solid look and feel.

This toilet seat is simply designed and fits most round one and two piece toilet bowls. The durability and finish are complemented by the ergonomically designed seat that offers the user plenty of comfort.

The color matched polypropylene hinges provide a secure attachment of the seat to the toilet bowl. It may have to be tightened up periodically if it loosens up on its own.

This type of toilet seat is not super long lasting but it is perfect for a bathroom that isn’t used a lot, such as a guest bathroom. This simple and stylish toilet seat is available in either elongated or round and comes in white, biscuit and almond to easily match your sink and tub. KOHLER offers a one year limited warranty on this toilet seat.

Toilet Seat Comparison


Mayfair
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American
Standard
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KOHLER
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Mayfair 148
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Bemis
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KOHLER
46940
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Toto
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Mayfair
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Mayfair 83
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Bemis
1500
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ColorWhite
/ Bone
/ Linen
White
/ Bone
/ Linen
/ Brown
White
/ Biscuit
/ Almond
White

/ Bone

/ Linen

11 ColorsWhite

/ Biscuit

/ Almond

5 ColorsWhite

/ Bone

/ Linen

White

/ Bone

/ Linen

9 Colors
StyleRoundElongatedRoundElongatedRoundElongatedElongatedElongatedRoundElongated
MaterialMolded
Wood
Solid
Plastic
Molded

Wood

Molded
Wood
Molded
Wood
Molded
Wood
PolypropyleneMolded
Wood
Molded
Wood
Molded
Wood
Dimensions
(Inches)
16.80 x 14.40 x 2.3023.00 x 19.00 x 4.0014.80 x 19.40 x 3.0014.12 x 18.87 x 2.5916.10 x 14.00 x 2.0014.80 x 22.00 x 3.0018.50 x 14.00 x 1.5014.12 x 18.87 x 2.1816.90 x 14.40 x 2.2020.00 x 16.00 x 21.00
Warranty
(Years)
1Limited
Lifetime
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Toilet Seat Buying Guide

Toilet Seat Reviews

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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

Conclusion

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.

Resources

  1. Mayfair – https://www.bemismfg.com/bathroom-products/mayfair/
  2. KOHLER – http://www.us.kohler.com/us/
  3. American Standard – http://www.americanstandard-us.com/