The Ultimate Review Guide On The Best Toilet Seats For 2017

The Ultimate Guide To The Best Toilet Seat

A toilet seat is just a toilet seat right? Wrong!

You’re reading this article because either: your toilet did not come with a seat, your current toilet seat just ain’t holding up it’s weight, or you just want to spice things up.

No matter the reason, there’s more to choosing a toilet seat than you might expect. With advancements in technology, toilet seats today offer more options than ever before.

I will lead you to all the different possibilities of a toilet seat, and what makes a toilet seat considered the best toilet seat ever.

The 6 Best Toilet Seats

With so many toilet seats to choose from, it can be a nightmare in know which one to pick.

I sought out some of the best toilet seats out in the market that are worthy of a mention.

These seats are targeted towards your average household. If you are looking for high end toilet seats, I’ll save that for another post.

So, without further ado, here are my recommendations for the best toilet seat in 2017.

Product

Features

Details

Kohler Cachet Quiet-Close

  • Quiet-close - no more seat slams
  • Multiple color variants
  • Quick-release hinges - cleaning is made easier.

Seat Shape: Elongated

Material: Plastic

Features: Quiet-Close

Mayfair Molded Wood 

  • Fits both elongated and round toilet seats
  • Sturdy
  • Quiet-close technology
  • Quick-release hinges - Cleaning made easier

Seat Shape:  Both

Material: Wood

Features: Quiet-Close

Wooden Toilet Seat

Mayfair Natural Reflections Veener

  • Natural oak finishing
  • No tarnish metal chrome hinges
  • Sturdy
  • Fits both elongated and round toilet seats

Seat Shape: Both

Material: Wood

Features: Oak Finishing

Mayfair Seat with Built-in Child Potty Training Seat

  • Attachable child potty training seat
  • Soft-close technology
  • Fits both elongated and round toilet seats
  • Sturdy molded wood material

Seat Shape: Both

Material: Wood

Features: Potty Training

Kohler Ridgewood Molded Wood

  • Fits in just about any toilet
  • Molded-wood material
  • Good price

Seat Shape: Both

Material: Wood

Features: None

Bemis 7800TDG000 Plastic

  • Durable Plastic material - built to last
  • Seat fastening system never loosens
  • Price
  • Easy to install

Seat Shape: Elongated

Material: Plastic

Features: None

A masterpiece designed and manufactured with precision to fit in any elongated toilet. The seat is ergonomically contoured for optimum comfort and pleasure of the user, with the ability to fit both in two-piece and one-piece toilets.

Key innovative aspect of this bathroom seat include the quick-release technology that allows the seat to be removed for cleaning purposes.

The unique grip tight bumpers separately installed firmly hold the seat in place to avoid any shifting.

The Cachet seat has a quiet-close function that is engineered to slowly close following the slightest touch, thus eliminating lid slamming after use.

Made of frozen polypropylene, it resistant to stains, fade, and chipping among other degrading aspects that affect other low-quality toilet seats.

The seat is backed by a one year guarantee, an element that gives customers more assurance of the products they are purchasing.

What We Like:

  • Quiet-close technology - no more seat slams
  • Multiple color variants
  • Quick-release hinges without requiring any tools - cleaning is made easier.

What We Don't Like:

  • Material seems a little flimsy

The Mayfair Toilet Seat features “Whisper-Close” technology - it takes the whisper-close name literally.

When first installed, it took about a minute for both the lid and seat to lower completely.

When the seat lowered, you can barely hear each close - slamming and pinched fingers are a thing of the past. You will hear complete silence if you are outside the bathroom.

The change hinges allows the easy removal of the seat without the use of tools, simply by rotating both securing latches that cover the bolt heads. Removing of the seat allows for easy cleaning around the toilet.

It is made of molded wood with a high-gloss finishing that defies chipping and scratching. The sturdiness of the molded wood caused no flexing even with 230 pounds on it, perfect for accommodating the “larger” people.

The hinges are also very solid as it did not allow the seat to slide sideways as it can be seen with other lesser quality seats.

The product comes with a one year warranty.

What We Like:

  • Fits both elongated and round toilet seats
  • Very sturdy
  • Whisper-close technology
  • Change hinges allow easy removal of seat - Cleaning made easier

What We Don't Like:

  • Hard to install at first
Wooden Toilet Seat

One astounding feature is the natural oak finishing - perfect if you have oak wood finishes in the surrounding vicinity or if you’re just tired of the universal white toilet.

I admit that the difference the oak look gave really lifted the mood of the bathroom.

Due to how solid and sturdy the seat is, it can withstand constant banging of the seat that may be caused by young kids. This means the natural oak finishing can be maintained without splitting or cracking for a long time.

Besides the great looks and the exceptional quality, the seat is… uhh... comfortable! This means you can do what you gotta do comfortably and peacefully.

The seat can comfortably fit into both elongated and round toilet bowls of different manufacturers. It is important to take the exact measurement of your bowl to ensure you get a seat that perfectly fits into your toilet.

What We Like:

  • Natural oak finishing
  • No tarnish metal chrome hinges
  • Sturdy
  • Fits both elongated and round toilet seats

What We Don't Like:

  • Bumpers on the seat a little weak

Recommend for any household that is starting to build their army.

The main feature is the built-in child potty training seat. Following its dual usage, it can be used for adults and training children on hygienic ways of using a modern bathroom.

This genius out-of-the-box design is much safer than traditional removable potty seats as they do not fit snug on the toilet making it a dangerous hazard.

The seat secures by the use of a magnet into the recess in the molded wood cover, thus no need of adult intervention to manually insert the child’s potty seat each time.

What’s great is that it’s easy for the young one’s to pull down the seat, encouraging independence.

With the slow close feature, safety is ensured when using it independently.

What is more, when one no longer needs the potty portion of the seat, it can be removed from the hinge permanently. Great if you are sick of your kid hogging your precious toilet.

It's an easy to clean due to the advanced high gloss finishing on it making it waterproof, and resistant to scratching and chipping.

What We Like:

  • Attachable child potty training seat
  • Soft-close technology
  • Fits both elongated and round toilet seats
  • Sturdy molded wood material

What We Don't Like:

  • Soft-close seat wears out after months of use

The main feature of the seat is that it can fit in just about any toilet.

We all know the biggest tragedy is when the seat doesn't match the color of its toilet. The designers really outdone themselves with this as not only is it comfortable, and able to fit most toilets in terms of color, size and shape, but also able to buy at an affordable price.

What’s best is that the toilet you are installing doesn’t even have to be Kohler as it can installed in any brand if you get your measurements right.

It is designed and produced to fit into both one-piece and two-piece toilets.

The design is heavy and solid giving long lasting durability compared to traditional plastic seats.

Apart from it being well constructed, it is… umm… comfortable!

Enjoy countless hours scrolling through your phone while you do your business without your backside taking a beating.

The seat further allows for an easy and simple ease of installation. You can literally install it in one minute with only a phillips screwdriver. Don’t worry if you don’t have a screwdriver, you can even use a quarter. The hinges allows for a safe and sound attachment between the toilet bowl and the seat giving it a firm connection.

What We Like:

  • Fits in just about any toilet
  • Molded-wood material
  • Good price

What We Don't Like:

  • May stain after wear from cleaning products

The Bemis plastic seat features high-quality plastic that is built to last

Unlike traditional plastic seats that often last a couple of months before they get cracked or broken, this seat is built to last.

There is nothing fancy about this toilet seat. Nothing gimmicky like slow-close design or quick release hinges. Just good old seat slamming plastic action.

If you are just looking for something plain and simple, and not made of cheap flimsy plastic, then you found it.

The installation is a breeze and will stay firm over time due to the screw/nut combination that shears off when it’s tight enough.

It is strong enough to support a small army and will not budge an inch at all. It will stay firm since the day of installation, meaning no need for readjustments or retightening - just the way every guy likes it, nice, tight, and long lasting...

It will not stain at all unlike wooden toilet seats. Cleaning is a breeze and easy to maintain. What’s great about the design is that the screws are molded into the plastic hinges, allowing no buildups of gunk.

Another factor that makes this product great, is that it’s.... comfortable! A word of caution - sitting on this for hours on end may result in lots of blood circulation to the legs and running out things to read.

What We Like:

  • Durable Plastic material - built to last
  • Seat fastening system never loosens
  • Price
  • Easy to install

What We Don't Like:

  • No soft-close technology

The Best Toilet Seat Ever - How do I pick?

What toilet seat do you need first:

  • Do you have a elongated-shaped toilet or a round-shaped toilet?
  • Measure the current seat from the hinge bolt to the front of the seat will give you a good indication of whether it's round or elongated.

Picking the right toilet seat color is a very important step. It creates the mood of your bathroom. You can pick a plastic toilet seat that has more versatility in colors or a wooden seat to give your bathroom a more elegant sleek look.

The great debate. Let me first say, there is no right or wrong answer. It all comes down to personal preference.

Wood toilet seats (also known as molded wood)

  • Generally sturdier and more durable than plastic toilet seats
  • More comfortable and “warmer”, at first touch
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    Easily chipped and peeled
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    Susceptible to stains and loud bangs when closed
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    Heavier than plastic

Plastic toilet seats 

  • Stain-resistant
  • Easy to clean
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    Greater range of different colors
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    More versatile, meaning they can be modified with special features. E.g soft-close, quick removal, etc

I think we can all agree the most important aspect of what makes a toilet seat the best toilet seat ever is... comfort! Because… well... that’s what they’re made for.

This is the make or break in whether you want to spend countless hours scrolling through your phone or whether you just want to do your business and get out.

The moment you lay your ass on that seat is the moment it should feel like heaven’s kiss is gracing its presence on your butt.

Seat Features

As mentioned before, with the advancement in today’s technology, toilet seat’s have specific add ons to accommodate your needs.

Some of these include:

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Soft-Close Toilet Seat

These types of seat eliminate annoying seat slams and lid slams by closing slowly and quietly.

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Quick Removal Toilet Seat

These allow the seat to be removed completely to allow for easy cleaning.

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Quick Install Toilet Seat

The toilet seat bumpers allow the seat to be installed quickly and easily.

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Secure Fit Toilet Seat

Rubber bumpers at the bottom of the toilet seat eliminates slipping and sliding of the seat by gripping onto the toilet bowl

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Cleansing Toilet Seat

These seats offer a personal bidet function which cleans your backside by shooting pressurized water. An alternative to your standard toilet paper.

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Deodorizing Toilet Seat

These seats include a carbon filter that eliminates those death gripping bathroom odors. Perfect for a large household.

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Lighted Toilet Seat

These seats feature a nightlight component. Great for anyone that goes to the bathroom often at night as it helps guide you in the dark and is gentle on the eyes.

Final Thoughts

You’re going to be spending a majority of your life on the toilet so might as well make it an enjoyable ride by getting the best toilet seat possible.

If​ you enjoy this, you should also check out our guide on The Best Toilets for 2017

Good luck. Be clean. Stay white.​