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Which Toilet Seat is Best for You?

Most toilet seats don’t have that big of a job to do–they open, they close and that’s about it. Yet, choosing the right one can have an influence on your experience every time you go to the bathroom. Choosing the right one may seem easy, but you may be surprised at just how varied your options are. This blog will break down all the information you need to know to make an informed buying decision the next time you need a new toilet seat.


There are two main types of toilet seats, round and elongated. For most people the choice between the two will be easy because you have to go with whatever fits your toilet. However, it’s still important to understand the difference between shapes to ensure that you get the best fit.

Elongated Toilet Seats: These types of seats feature an oval shape and are slightly longer than traditional round seats. This type of seat is considered to be more comfortable, but often costs a bit more. The average length of an elongated toilet seat measures at 18.5 inches.

Round Toilet Seats: Round toilet seats are shorter and rounder than elongated seats.  This is the most common type of seat on the market. Generally, a round toilet seat will cost less than its elongated cousin. Measuring at 16.5 inches, the round seat will also take up less space.


If you’re not sure by looking at your toilet which type of toilet seat you need, simply measure the length of it. The steps below walk you through how to measure the length of the toilet bowl.

  1.     Grab a tape measure
  2.     Locate the holes where the seat is bolted into the toilet
  3.     From these bolts, measure directly down the center to the front of the bowl

Below are the dimensions to help you determine whether you need an elongated or round toilet seat.

  •       Round Seats = 16.5 inches
  •       Elongated Seats = 18.5 inches


Toilet seats are made from a variety of materials, but there are two types that are the most common – wood and plastic.

  • Plastic Seats – This is easily the most common material you’ll come across when buying a new seat for your toilet. They are extremely affordable, very easy to clean, and are available in a wide variety of colors.
  • Wood Seats – These are often considered to be more comfortable, particularly during the long winter months when the toilet seat may be cold to the touch, but they do come with a higher price tag. Wooden toilet seats also have a very durable build that is less likely to be damaged or scratched. 

Of course, while plastic and wooden toilet seats are the most common types, there are other types of materials available. These include:

  • Ceramic
  • Stainless Steel
  • Vinyl
  • Brass

They all come with their own set of pros and cons, so it’s entirely up to what you feel is best for your home.  


Nobody wants to be forced to buy a new toilet seat soon after installing the last one. In most cases, spending a bit more now can mean getting a more durable seat that will last longer.

A wooden toilet seat is generally more durable than one made from plastic. Plus, you won’t have to deal with them getting scratched or cracking as quickly. However, don’t let this discourage you from a plastic toilet seat, as there are plenty of options available that are more durable than wood ever could be. And with it being installed within an environment that tends to have a lot of moisture, it may be the better choice.


If comfort isn’t your top priority, then you’re probably thinking about how much a toilet seat will cost. No matter how large or small your budget may be, you should have no problems finding something. The majority of consumers will be looking for a seat that is simple, functional and durable, all while remaining reasonably comfortable. Expect to pay more for toilet seats with features such as higher durability, luxury finishes and easy install designs. In general, paying a little bit more for a toilet seat can result in greater comfort and a longer life.  

Call Super Terry Today!

Your toilet seat may not play a huge role in how happy your life is, but it can make the time you spend in the bathroom more or less pleasant and that matters. However, if your toilet itself is giving you a headache, the best thing to do is call a professional! Give Terry’s Plumbing of Pittsburgh a call today so we can schedule your consultation.