Does the seat matter? Benefits of a comfortable toilet seat
Yes, absolutely. The design and quality of the seat you choose really matters. For instance, given the variety of toilet seat shapes, sizes, colors and finishes available, you have the choice of matching one with your bathroom style and add to its aesthetics.
Apart from aesthetics, you also need to consider the comfort factor of the seat. You can choose from varieties that are padded, heated, or raised and select one that meets your requirements.
Putting those factors aside, the next consideration for a good toilet seat is the ease of cleaning. Choose a design that is easy to clean to maintain your health and hygiene.
How to install a toilet seat?
The process is fairly simple involving a few basic steps. Start off by removing the nuts located on either side of the seat at the point it attaches to the toilet bowl. Removing the nuts will let you lift the seat off the toilet.
Replace the old seat with the new by positioning it to align the holes on the new seat with those on the toilet. Place bolts in position, and close the lid and seat. Screw in new nuts onto the bolts and tighten. Your new toilet seat is now installed.
Daily cleaning will ensure that your white toilet seat stays white all the time. Start off with the toilet lid by wiping the top and inside clean. Then move to the seat by lifting and paying attention to its underside.
The underside of the toilet seat is the area most prone to collecting urine stains and other unpleasant odors. Use a mild hand soap and water with a sponge to wipe the area clean. Also, make sure to thoroughly clean the hinge area along with the surface. For a weekly deep clean, detach the seat from the unit and disinfect thoroughly.
Features to consider while buying the toilet seat
Many toilet seats offer more handy features than initially meet the eye. In fact, you may not even know you need them until you find out what they can do for you. The basics are all given here along with some of the more specialized features.
Your toilet seat shape will need to match the shape of your toilet bowl for a comfortable and snug fit. It will either be round or elongated. To make sure that you’re getting the right size, measure your current seat from the hinge bolt to the front of the seat. Somу of the modern toilets have different shapes of bowls, for example, a square one, so the seat must be custom made.
You get more flexibility in choosing the toilet seat material as compared to the shape, which is basically restricted to the shape of the toilet bowl. For material options, however, you can choose from plastic seats, with thermoset, thermoplastic and resin options. The other way to go is with wooden seats which are available in MDF (medium density fibreboard), molded or compressed wood varieties, and natural or solid wood toilet seats.
Hinges are an important consideration as their durability will factor into their effectiveness. Regular plastic hinges are more prone to snapping whenever you flex the seat. At the same time, such hinges are not meant to stop the lid from slamming down as the seat will land loudly every time someone puts the lid down.
If you want the quiet factor, then you can invest in a seat that comes with slow closing hinges to prevent the noise.
Heated toilet seats are engineered to provide comfort paired with warmth. The comfort factor comes from the seat’s ability to yield relief from muscle discomfort and aches. Heat therapy is well established for its relaxing properties by treating pain and muscle soreness. Plus, if you suffer from arthritis or other similar conditions, you will find relief when using such a toilet seat.
The warmth adds to the comfort factor in the cold season as opposed to sitting on a cold and uninviting toilet seat. The two best heating toilet seats are the Bemis Radiance H1900NL 000 and TOTO SW554-11 Washlet S300.
Generally speaking, plastic toilet seats are easier to clean than the wooden varieties. Plastic surfaces are easier to wipe down with a greater number of cleaning materials. On the other hand, you have to be careful about the products you use on wood or they may become stained or damaged easily.
One thing to make cleaning easier is to look for a quick release set option. This version allows you to release the toilet seat from the main structure for convenient cleaning and then attach it back when you’re done.
It is important to invest in durability so that the toilet seat you use won’t wiggle around when you sit on it. A durable model not only contributes to the comfort factor it will also increase the overall performance and lifespan of the toilet seat.
Wooden seats, like Mayfair 30CHSLB 000 are typically considered more durable than their plastic counterparts, but some high-end brands offer extremely durable plastic options as well.
If noise is something that bothers you, then look for a toilet seat with a soft closing feature, like the TOTO SS154#01 or the Brondell L60-EW LumaWarm toilet seats. This can either be hinges that close slowly or padding on the seat which prevents the lid from making that loud slamming noise.
You can also look for toilet seats that come with special features for added convenience and comfort. Some of these include a nightlight feature that enables you to locate the toilet without the hassle of turning on other lights. Another feature is deodorizing where the seat is designed to eliminate the not so pleasant odors in the bathroom.
Toilet seats also come with added features of wireless remote controls, LCD panels, and adjustable water temperature and volume options. Some advanced models will give you warm air drying and heated seats feature different temperature settings. The Bath Royale Premium Family Toilet Seat conveniently packs many of these features in it.
Quality brands will back their products with a warranty. So look for a toilet seat that comes with a one or two year warranty. We have many brands on our list here that offer this feature with choices from the KOHLER K-4636-0, the Mayfair 30CHSLB 000 and the TOTO SS154#01 models all backed by a limited one-year warranty. The Bath Royale Premium Family Toilet Seat comes with a two-year warranty.