Top 10 reasons you should be buying a new toilet seat

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Do you still have the toilet seat that came with the house you’re living in? Is it uncomfortable to sit on? Does it have signs of wear and tear? Are you expecting or have small children? If so, you’ll need to know how to assess whether or not you need to buy a new toilet seat. Keep reading for the best tips on what to look for when buying a new toilet seat for your home.

When to know it’s time for an upgrade?

When you’ve sat down on something hundreds or thousands of times, it’s easy to go butt blind. Butt blindness happens when your bottom is so used to sitting down on a toilet seat, that it gets used to or is oblivious to its unpleasant qualities. If you’ve gone butt blind, we’ve come up with ways to help you determine if you need to purchase a new bathroom toilet seat.

Here are 10 ways you can assess if you need to upgrade your toilet seat.

  1. Cracks and splitting. Have you ever tried to sit on a seat that had cracks and even splitting? Didn’t it just look awful? A tell tale sign of a throwaway toilet seat is age. If you take a look and see small cracks or feel them pinching you — throw it away! There are more germs clinging to the inside of the cracks than you realize.
  2. Splintering. When we typically get a splinter on a finger it’s terribly irritating and painful. Now, try to imagine that feeling on your bottom. Splinters can be a thin or thickened piece of wood that juts out into the toilet user’s skin. Sometimes they can be very difficult to remove without a magnifying glass and doctor’s tools. Don’t let delicate bottoms sit on a splintered toilet seat.
  3. Fading of color. If you have a colorful commode, you’ll know that over time they are supposed to maintain most of their color. However, this is not typically the case. Typically, toilets are cleaned improperly and this causes the color to decrease. You may see some color on the surface, but what’s underneath it is the small plastic and color particles that are also being worn down. To keep your new toilet seat from fading, learn how to properly clean it.
  4. Scratches. If you see a fading toilet seat, you’ll probably see scratches. These scratches are caused by hundreds or thousands of toilet uses over time, abrasive surfaces like scrubbing sponges rubbing against it, or chemicals breaking down the plastic or wood particles of the toilet seat. Scratches on a toilet seat are a disgusting breeding ground for bacteria and their spawn, even if you clean frequently.
  5. Wobbling. Have you ever sat down on a toilet seat and slid to the left, right, front, or back? If so, you know that it can be both annoying and dangerous. The potential for an accident here is high. You, a child, or an elderly visitor could fall off or into the toilet if the hinges aren’t working correctly and break. Get a toilet seat with stay-put toilet seat hinges that are guaranteed to stay in place when you sit down.
  6. Gross. Are you looking at a grimy or unsanitary surface? Is it embarrassing to look at? Have you tried cleaning it and it still won’t get any cleaner? Now’s the time to choose to upgrade to a fresh toilet seat or get off the pot.
  7. Painful or uncomfortable. Do you have back problems, sciatica, hip and leg health problems? Are you pregnant? Are you overweight or tall? These are personal indicators that you may need to get rid of your old toilet seat and need to install a new type of seat. Bathroom users with health concerns should buy toilet seats that help them feel comfortable, relaxed, and can help them get on and off the toilet easily. That’s why there are thickened toilet seats, cushioned toilet seats, reinforced toilet seats with strong hinges, and warming ones that help alleviate and take the pressure off your body. There are also elongated toilet seats for more room, comfort, and better personal hygiene.
  8. Hard. You may have a hard wooden or plastic seat that makes your trip to the bathroom feel like you’re sitting in an outhouse. Soften your everyday routine with a cushioned or ergonomic plastic toilet seat.
  9. Sweaty. If you live in a hotter climate or experience extreme temperature changes, then you’ll need a toilet seat that won’t make you feel sweaty. Wood and plastic toilet seats, and toilet seats with padding can make you sweat because they hold onto body heat. If sweat is a concern for you, try getting a bidet. A bidet will keep you clean and fresh after each use.
  10. Loud or creaky. If you’ve got an old toilet seat and lid that creaks, closes quickly, and slams shut, then it’s time to buy a new one. Get more time out of baby’s nap time, get more restful sleep, and prevent heavy handed children and adults from slamming the toilet seat. Purchase a slow, quiet, or soft-close toilet seat, you won’t regret it.

Where to buy a toilet seat

You can buy a toilet seat at any local hardware store, on an online marketplace such as Amazon, Etsy, and toilet seat manufacturer’s websites.

Cost of buying a new toilet seat

If you search toilet seat prices on Google, you’ll find that prices will vary dramatically. Depending on what you want, you can buy a toilet seat for a mere .64 cents, to a price of $20 all the way up to the thousands. You’ll have to do some cross checking between websites to find the best deals for your needs and specifications.

The benefits of purchasing a fresh toilet seat

  • Better image and experience presented to others
  • Better personal hygiene for you, your family, and friends
  • Comfort levels increase and toileting becomes enjoyable
  • Cleanliness and sanitation to keep everyone healthy
  • Improved environmental noise
  • Health benefits outweigh the cost of purchase
  • You’ll be able to find one in your price range
  • Get peace of mind and feel safer
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