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XP's guide to buying the right toilet seat

XP's guide to buying the right toilet seat

An often-overlooked part of any bathroom is the humble toilet seat. It might not be the most glamorous part of your home decor, but you’ll almost certainly spend a lot of time sitting on it, so make sure you get the decision right!

If you’re planning a bathroom refit, or you’re just in the market to replace a toilet seat that’s seen better days, let our quick-and-easy guide put you on the right track.

All shapes and sizes…

While it can seem confusing at first, there are really just two main domestic toilet seat shapes here in the UK - those with a rounded front, and those with a more elongated front, corresponding with the two main toilet bowl shapes.

When replacing your toilet seat at home, make sure you’re picking the right kind for your toilet bowl by measuring from the hinge bolt to the front of the seat. Round-fronted seats measure around 16 inches; elongated seats around 18.5 inches.

Bells and whistles

Technology is everywhere these days, and even the humble toilet seat now comes with fancy features!

Of course, you can still buy a simple, no-frills seat - but if you’re the kind of person who likes gadgets, you might like to consider some of these:

  • soft-close toilet seats: increasingly popular, soft-close toilet seats have a sprung mechanism so they close quietly and automatically after a gentle nudge from you. Great if you share a home with a serial toilet-seat slammer. But they can be damaged by forcing the mechanism closed, so be sure to explain to the kids how the new seat works!

  • quick-remove toilet seats: these seats detach and re-attach with no hassle, so might be for you if you like to give everything a thorough clean.

  • deodorising toilet seats: we probably don’t need to explain… Depending on the brand, these can offer anything from a carbon filter to a built-in fan and scents.

  • lighted toilet seats: featuring an in-built light, for those middle-of-the-night calls of nature!

Got other questions about your bathroom? Or any other aspect of your home’s plumbing, electrics, gas, heating or drains?

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