It’s likely you’ve decided to take a look at this page because you’ve opted to buy a toilet that doesn’t have a seat included. It could also be that you’re just looking to replace the seat on your existing toilet with something more comfortable, or you need something that will accommodate children that have reached the age where they now use the “big” toilet.
Whatever the reason might be, I think this section is important anyway. After all, what’s a toilet review website without a section on the best toilet seats?
As you read down, you might be surprised at how much choice you actually have when it comes to this part of your toilet.
The 5 Best Toilet Seats
In the following few words I’m going to give you a selection of some of my favorites, and they all have their own benefits. So fingers crossed you’ll find something you like.
Best Budget Toilet Seat
The Bemis 500EC Round Wood Toilet Seat will easily fit any budget and can be found at some incredible prices. What’s best about this toilet seat is how simple it is to fit to your toilet. It has twist hinges and bolts that remain on the bowl when the seat is removed. Not only does this make it an easy job to install; removing it to be cleaned is a snap!
You will also find the Bemis seat in an array of colors that will suit any décor, and if that wasn’t enough the wood it’s made from is durable and won’t stain. Simply wipe it with a damp cloth and some light detergent and you’re done!
Best Soft Close
There are many things that can irritate me about a toilet, but one of the most annoying is that darn slam when you drop the seat. I’m sure you’ll agree with me on this one especially when it happens in the middle of the night. This is why I decided to include the TOTO SS114-11 Transitional SoftClose Elongated Toilet Seat. Actually, if you’re looking for a seat that will fit a round toilet this seat is available in that shape too.
This seat has been designed using special hinges that will slowly lower both the seat and the lid, which eliminates that annoying slam, and also makes it safer for children. It comes in five different colors and is made from highly durable polypropylene. Of course, you will pay a little more for this model but it’s worth it for the “no slam” technology.
Best Budget Soft Close
I just had to include the Mayfair 148E2 000 Slow-Close Molded Wood Toilet Seat in this section of my website, and I’ve headed it as the best budget soft close for a reason!
If you’ve got young kids, having a soft close toilet seat is essential, not just because this technology stops little fingers from being trapped but it also eliminates loud noises that can make you jump when the seat slams.
Considering the price of this model, you get loads for your money. It’s easy to install and comes with “snap” type hinges so cleaning is a breeze. Because there are no bolts, you won’t have an issue with the seat becoming loose either. The wood this seat is made from is high gloss and resists chipping or scratches (another essential with kids about the home)!
Best Child/Adult Toilet Seat
I actually have the Mayfair 83EC 000 NextStep installed in my home and I have to say, it’s been a God send!
First of all, you get both the adult and child seat in one model which means no more messing around with additional smaller seats that can be a nuisance. The child part to this seat fits magnetically over the adult size one. This makes it much safer than seats that fit over your toilet separately. The adult seat is made from durable molded wood, and the potty seat is made from solid plastic. As you no doubt know, accidents will happen so plastic is the perfect answer.
What you should know though, is this model will only fit over a round shaped toilet but it’s been designed to fit pretty much all brands of this type.
Best Heated Toilet Seat
I’m sure our ancestors would be a little shocked to think we would want heated toilet seats, but I think this is the best invention ever! The Brondell L60-EW LumaWarm is an elongated toilet seat which comes in an elegant white or biscuit color that will fit into just about any bathroom décor. It has 3 separate temperature levels, and Brondell has kindly included a gentle blue LED nightlight (for those of you that find it hard to see the toilet when it’s dark). This model is perfect for people who tend to feel the cold.
It will fit with all brands of elongated toilets and the lid and seat have a gentle closing system so you won’t get a heart attack by dropping it. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced heated toilet seat, in my humble opinion this is the best!