Toilet seat buying guide

 

Toilet Seat Buying Guide


March 8, 2019
 

The humble toilet may not get the most attention in the house, but it is worth a little thought if you want the right finish for your bathroom. Whether your décor’s modern or traditional, there’s a toilet seat to suit, and there are several features you may want to keep an eye out for too.

There are different shapes, materials, colours and even ways of attaching toilet seats, so read on and find something that ticks the boxes for both style and practicality.

Toilet seat shapes

First things first – make sure you get the right shape of seat for your toilet, or choose the look you like most if you’re buying a whole new set.

The most common option, rounded seats are designed for traditionally shaped toilets with a round edge.

Round toilet seat

The most common option, rounded seats are designed for traditionally shaped toilets with a round edge.

D shaped toilet seats have straight parallel sides and a rounded edge, and are ideal for the more modern bathroom.

D shaped toilet seat

D shaped toilet seats have straight parallel sides and a rounded edge, and are ideal for the more modern bathroom.

Traditional or Modern

Whether you’re keeping your bathroom traditional or giving it a modern twist, we’ve got plenty of styles to offer.

Traditional round toilet seats have a timeless look, though if you’re after something more rustic, wooden toilet seats are a great choice. We sell these with oak, pine and a variety of other finishes. We offer classic white toilet seats, rustic models, tongue and groove designs for a beach-themed look, and even champagne or pink toilet seats to match coloured bathroom suites.

Traditional

Traditional round toilet seats have a timeless look, though if you’re after something more rustic, wooden toilet seats are a great choice. We sell these with oak, pine and a variety of other finishes. We offer classic white toilet seats, rustic models, tongue and groove designs for a beach-themed look, and even champagne or pink toilet seats to match coloured bathroom suites.

If you’re looking for a stylish black or grey toilet seat to make your bathroom look right on-trend, we’ve got some excellent options. And of course we have modern D-shaped designs to suit newer, contemporary toilets.

Modern

If you’re looking for a stylish black or grey toilet seat to make your bathroom look right on-trend, we’ve got some excellent options. And of course we have modern D-shaped designs to suit newer, contemporary toilets.

Material

Our toilet seats come in either plastic or wood, each with their own pros and cons.

Plastic toilet seats

  • Durable
  • Often feature soft-close technology
  • Great for modern bathrooms

Wooden toilet seats

  • Warmer finish, great for traditional bathrooms
  • More eco-friendly, especially if FSC/Rainforest Alliance certified

All of our Croydex Moulded Wood toilet seats are FSC (certified by the Forest Stewardship Council) for sustainability, and some of our designs are Rainforest Alliance certified. This means they meet rigorous standards for the conservation of natural resources and the rights and welfare of workers and local communities.

As for Bemis moulded wood seats, they’re coated in water-based paints which significantly reduces VOC emissions. The Bemis manufacturing family are also responsible for recycling more than 1.8 million kilograms of post-industrial wood shavings each month, minimising air pollution and helping to conserve forests.

 

Toilet seat features

When it comes to toilet seats, people’s biggest frustration if often that they can come loose over time and slide around. With our range of easy-to-install Sta-Tite and Flexi-Fit seats, this issue can be easily eliminated. These are just two of the features on offer – read about the rest below to make sure you’re well informed when deciding on which to buy.

STA-TITE

This patented technology from Bemis sees the lower section of the nut break off when the necessary tightness has been achieved during installation which ensures seats will not loosen over time. With clear instructions these are easy to install and it means never having to tighten your seat again. They also have a video for top fixing and bottom fixing toilet seats to help you with installation.

Flexi-Fix

The innovative grip-pad technology from Croydex and pioneering patented ‘V’ plate hinges provide maximum adjustment to fit the fixing holes of any standard toilet. This makes the seats easy to fix, suitable for a wide range of toilet pans and most importantly, completely secure.

Soft close toilet seat

With a soft close toilet seat you can be sure it will slowly and quietly close, eliminating slamming and trapped fingers, especially where small children have access.

Quick release toilet seat

This feature, which you’ll find on some Croydex models, allows the seat to be removed for easy cleaning.

Quick release non-button removal

Bemis' Push n’ Clean feature makes cleaning toilets easy – simply push the seat down to unlock and take it off. That way, you can access all areas for easy convenient cleaning. All Push n’Clean seats are slow-closing and feature a STA-TITE top fix hinge fixing system. Watch the video to see how it works. 

Anti-bacterial

Whether wooden or plastic, some of our toilet seats feature an anti-bacterial treatment, guaranteeing the surface will remain as good as new for years to come. This treatment protects against:

  • Odours
  • Staining
  • Mould
  • Mildew
  • E-Coli
  • Listeria
  • MRSA
  • Salmonella

Toilet seat installation

Fitting a toilet seat can be done in two different ways: top fixing or bottom fixing.

Top fixing toilet seats can make life much easier when there’s no access to the mounting holes at the bottom of the pan.

Top fixing toilet seat

Top fixing toilet seats can make life much easier when there’s no access to the mounting holes at the bottom of the pan.

Like with top-fixing models, attaching a toilet seat to the bottom of the bowl can be done easily, as shown here with this Bemis STA-TITE model.

Bottom fixing toilet seat

Like with top-fixing models, attaching a toilet seat to the bottom of the bowl can be done easily, as shown here with this Bemis STA-TITE model.

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