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Toilet Seat Types

While it may appear to be a simple, one-size-fits-all product, there are several types of toilet seats available today. Each has its advantages and drawbacks; knowing what they are can help you choose a new seat that will work best for your needs.

  • Round Seats
    These are your basic toilet seats, ones that appear in many bathrooms. They are relatively inexpensive, but donít offer much in the way of style or comfort.

  • Elongated Seats
    Elongated toilet seats have a bit more room and are often found in master bathrooms. These too are rather utilitarian, but are a cost-efficient choice for the budget shopper.

  • Raised Seats
    If you have difficulty standing up from a sitting position, a raised seat is an excellent option. Some even feature hand rails for extra help in sitting or standing. However the seats may be uncomfortable for those who donít need the help.

  • Padded Seats
    To make your toilet experience more comfortable, consider a padded toilet seat. They are available in both round and elongated versions, so they will fit just about any toilet. The downside is that they tend to be less durable than wood or plastic seats and may require more frequent replacement.

  • Slow Closing Seats
    These seats have special hinges that force the lid to close slowly, eliminating the possibility of injury from a slamming toilet seat lid. A simple, soft push will get a slow closing seat on its way to a quiet landing in the closed position.
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