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Toilet Seat Buying Guide

What Is a Toilet Seat?

Kohler K-4689-95 You may not even notice, but you use a Toilet Seat several times every day. They are essential to your everyday routine. Good toilet seats can set your mind and ease and give your body comfort, while bad ones can be stiff and not enjoyable. Because they are used so often and come in so many different types and styles, don't you think you owe your body a favor by spending a little extra time trying to find the perfect one for you?

What Toilet Seat is Right for Me?

1700SC-301 First you have to decide whether you need a elongated or round toilet seat. Elongated toilet seats are usually around 18 to 19 inches long. Round toilet seats are around 16 inches long. This measurement is taken from the center of where the hinge holes are, to the front center of the bowl. Normally the distance between the hinge holes is around 5-1/2 inches.

Round or Elongated Toilet Bowl Round toilet seats are generally used most for residential installations, as they are good for smaller confined spaces. Elongated toilet seats are normally used more in commercial applications as they tend to be more sanitary by providing extra space in the front of the toilet seat.

The most important factor for whether you get a round or elongated toilet seat is your toilet. If you have a round toilet you can only get a round seat, if you have an elongated toilet, you can only get an elongated seat. If you try to get a different toilet seat then your toilet will allow, problems can ensue with the connection and usability.

Types of Toilet Seats

Toilet seats come in a wide variety of styles and materials. The three main types of material used are plastic, wood, and polypropylene.

Plastic Toilet Seats - Plastic toilet seats come in many different colors and types. Plastic toilet seats are the most widely used toilets seat as they are very durable and usually more cost effective. They also have the added benift of not giving you splinters like the wood toilet seats can.
Wood Toilet Seats - Wood toilets are designed to be more study then their plastic brothern. These toilet seats are made from compressed wood and some people find them more comfortable. They also are more easy to paint if you decide you need a different color.
Polypropylene Toilet Seats - Polypropylene toilet seats are becoming more popular do to the fact that they are sturdier then the regular plastic toilet seat. Also, polypropylene doesn't soak up water, making it ideal for use as a toilet seat where it is constantly subject to moisture. Polypropylene toilet seats are very easy to add dyes to, allowing it to be available in a large range of colors.

Specialty Toilet Seats

There are also some specialty toilet seats available for more niche markets. Support Arm Toilet Seats work well for elderly customers, customers with physical ailments, or anyone who needs a little help getting off of their toilet seat. There are also Padded Toilet Seats and Heated Toilet Seats. Padded provide extra cushion for customers not normally located on a regular toilet seats, while heated seats are plugged directly into a grounded outlet and provide a warm seat especially good for cold climates.

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