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Toilets Seats

Choosing a new toilet seat is no longer a "one size fits all" decision. Recently, many new models of toilet seats with additional features have been introduced. If you are buying a new toilet or are replacing an existing toilet seat, consider the following:

  • There are two standardized toilet seat shapes, elongated and round. It is necessary to measure your bowl before buying a new seat. Elongated seats are 18 1/2 inches long; round seats are 16 1/2 inches.
  • Most toilet seats are made from either plastic or molded wood. Plastic has a shiny look that is easy to clean, and it lasts a long time. Since it can scratch, it is important not to use abrasive cleansers on plastic seats. Wooden seats are not as durable as plastic seats. Inexpensive wood seats will often crack.
  • Toilet seats made from a hybrid plastic are now available. Because the hybrid plastic is denser than regular plastic, this seat has more strength and will last longer.
  • It is important to consider the toilet seat mounting when buying a new seat. Inexpensive bolts and hinges will eventually cause the seat to become lose and wiggle. Metal mountings will rust and corrode. Plastic bolts and bolt heads need to be hard enough so that real pressure can be applied when mounting the seat to the toilet. The bolt head should have deep grooves and be hex shaped so that a socket driver can be used. Some newer toilet seat models have easy release hinges that allow the seat to be removed for convenient cleaning.

Additional features to look for include self-closing seats that shut automatically either by a gentle push or when the toilet is flushed. Temperature adjustable heated seats are also available, but these require an electrical connection.

Lastly, toilet seats are available in a wide range of colors. In most cases, choose a color that matches your toilet; however, some contrasting colors can add a new dimension to your bathroom design.

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