Best toilet seat: 10 stylish options for every loo

Replace your old one with the best toilet seat around for an instant bathroom refresh. These are the top buys – for comfort and style

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If you want to replace your current lacklustre seat with the best toilet seat around, then we can offer some good advice. You should be searching for comfortable and stylish options, to blend in with your bathroom decor. Not only that, but there are lots of factors to consider – including whether you want your new loo seat to be soft close, antibacterial, and how big you need it to be.

We're lifting the lid on the best options to buy online, because there's no need to head into store for this purchase. Whether you recently moved home and this is one of the first items on your to-buy list, or perhaps you're redecorating your entire bathroom and your toilet seat is bringing it all together? See our 20 favourite buys below.

When figuring out how to replace a toilet seat, there are quite a few things to consider –including the differences in materials, shapes and styles. Bear these things in mind as you peruse our list. And when you're done, take a look at our best home fragrance guide to find out the best option for your bathroom!


The best toilet seat picks for style and comfort

From snapping at the hinges to the seat cracking, there are lots of reason why it's often vital to replace your toilet seat. But if you're stumped over where to start, there's no need to fret as we have got your back(side) when it comes to choosing the best loo seat.

Once you have sorted your seat, check out our bathroom ideas feature for more inspiration, tips and advice.

Croydex Anti-Bacterial Toilet Seat with Soft Close Hinges Made From Resilient Polypropylene, White.


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1. Croydex Soft Close Antibacterial Toilet Seat

The best toilet seat you can buy

Specifications

Shape: Round
Size: 46.2 x 37.2 x 7 cm
Material: Polypropylene
Soft close: Yes
Colour: White
Antibacterial: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Features effective antibacterial treatment 
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Fits standard toilets with fixed holes from 115mm to 195mm
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Fixtures and fittings included
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Soft close hinges
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Inexpensive

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly is not as easy as advertised

With a unique antibacterial treatment, Croydex's toilet seat reduces germ accumulation and bacteria on the surface. It also has a practical soft close hinge, and claims to have easy assembly – though we found this isn't quite the case.

Soft close hinge
The practical soft close hinge stops the lid from slamming, which is ideal for ensuites when you don't want to disturb others in the middle of the night. 

Antibacterial
Croydex’s Hygiene ‘N’ Clean treatment is safe for people, pets and the environment, plus, it inhibits the development of bacteria, fungi and other unpleasant organisms. 

Adjustable assembly
With easily adjustable hinges included, the seat fits hole centres from 115mm to 195mm on all standard toilets.

Euroshowers White One Seat Soft Close Toilet Seat with Top Fix/Blind Hole Fittings and ONE Button Quick Release


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2. Euroshowers 86511 White D-Shape Soft Close Toilet Seat

The best D-shape toilet seat

Specifications

Shape: D-shaped
Size: 45.4 x 38 x 5.8 cm
Material: Duroplastic
Soft close: Yes
Colour: White
Antibacterial: No

Reasons to buy

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Made from strong duroplastic
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Soft closure
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Non-slip fittings
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Quick release cleaning
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Child-friendly

Reasons to avoid

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The seat must match your toilet's exact dimensions, otherwise it won’t sit securely on the loo

Designed for D-shape toilets, this soft-close, heavy-duty design by Euroshowers features quick-release hinges for easy cleaning, which is ideal for homes with kids.

Quick-release cleaning
If you're wondering how to clean a toilet, this toilet seat couldn't make it simpler. Press the stainless-steel button in the middle to release and lift off the seat for easy cleaning. 

High-quality design
Made from strong pressed Duroplastic, the seat has non slip bottom fittings which make it perfect for every type of toosh, which is why it's made it to our best loo seat guide.

Habitat Leaf Toilet Seat

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3. Habitat Leaf Toilet Seat

The best novelty toilet seat

Specifications

Size: W37.2cm x H45.5cm x L5.1cm
Material: Thermoplastic
Soft close: Yes
Colour: White/Green
Antibacterial: No

Reasons to buy

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Leaf print
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Not tacky
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Adjustable
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Soft-close seat 

Reasons to avoid

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Not antibacterial

Finding a novelty, patterned toilet seat that isn't tacky was a hard task to be dealt with – but that doesn't mean that we didn't do it. This one from Habitat is the opposite of plain and it's anything but tacky. It's decorated with a subtle yet effective leaf print and it's made from durable thermoplastic with stainless steel hinges. It's a simple way to add character to your bathroom, plus there's a matching shower curtain available too, if you want it.

Adjustable
Yes, this seat can fit all toilets. Talk about handy! It even has a one-touch button for easy removal of the seat so that you can clean every inch of your loo. 

Soft close
Stylish and functional, it even boasts a slow close function so as to not to wake up the kids – or to be a risk to tiny fingers.

Check out our Habitat discount codes to get the best price.

AQUALONA Soft Close Toilet seat in Black


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4. AQUALONA Soft Close Seat, Black

The best black toilet seat

Specifications

Shape: Curved
Size: 45 x 36 x 5cm
Material: Duroplast plastic
Soft close: Yes
Colour: Black
Antibacterial: No

Reasons to buy

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Soft close technology
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Quick release cleaning
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Strong Duroplast material
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Fits most loos
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Easy installation

Reasons to avoid

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Not antibacterial
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Reported to scratch easily

A soft close toilet seat with a quick-release button, Aqualona’s black toilet seat has a ceramic appearance and is made from heavy-duty Duroplast that can be easily cleaned.  With 360-degree adjustable rotation hinges on top and bottom, plus, secure rubber-based hinges, the seat will sit firmly in place once installed.

Soft-close design
There will be no more slamming with Aqualona’s toilet seat thanks to its soft-close technology.

Easy clean
With a simple one-button hinge release, the seat is easily removed for quick cleaning. 

Universal design
The Duroplast toilet seat fits most types of toilet bowls and the rust-resistant stainless-steel hinges ensure a perfect fit.

Euroshowers White One Seat Soft Close Toilet Seat


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5. Euroshowers White One Seat Soft Close Toilet Seat

The best soft close toilet seat

Specifications

Shape: Oval
Size: 18.3 x 15.3 x 6.2 cm
Material: Duroplast
Soft close: Yes
Colour: White
Antibacterial: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Soft close
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Antibacterial
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Top and bottom fittings
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No slip bottom fittings
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Quick fit
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One button release

Reasons to avoid

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Bit more pricey

With a heavier-weighted, stainless-steel barrel, Euroshower’s universal ONE seat is made of strong Duroplast. Named for its simple one-button release system for easy cleaning, it also has an additional antibacterial coating and soft-close function – making it our best toilet seat pick if that function is important to you.

Tough and durable
Made of heavyweight stainless steel barrel and strong pressed Duroplastic, you’ll be hard-pressed to break this with your booty. 

Standard fit
Fitting most loos, the Euroshower universal ONE seat features top and bottom standard fittings.

Dunelm Marble Effect MDF Toilet Seat

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6. Dunelm Marble Effect MDF Toilet Seat

The best marble toilet seat

Specifications

Size: W37cm x L43cm x D4cm
Material: MDF
Soft close: No
Colour: White
Antibacterial: No

Reasons to buy

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Budget-friendly
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Looks great
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Stainless steel hinges

Reasons to avoid

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Not antibacterial
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Not soft close

If you're more bothered about looks rather than functions, then this marble option from Dunelm will suit your bathroom – and your budget. It's made from MDF and wrapped with a marble print.

Stainless steel hinges
For durability purposes, this toilet seat has rust-proof hinges that are made from strong stainless steel. This ought to keep it doing its job even if you're using it 10 plus times a day. 

Weight
This toilet seat comes in at 3kg, so it's pretty heavy. With this in mind, it's probably best for bathrooms that aren't frequented by children. 

Mass Dynamic Soft Close Quick Release Toilet Seat with hinges


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7. Mass Dynamic Soft Close Quick Release Toilet Seat

The best quick release toilet seat

Specifications

Size: L46cm x W37cm x D4.8 cm
Material: UF (Urea-Formaldehyde)
Soft close: Yes
Colour: White
Antibacterial: No

Reasons to buy

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Dual fixing for firm fastening
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Easy to install in even awkward spaces
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Versatile to fit most standard loos

Reasons to avoid

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The plastic used may not be as durable as the description 

With dual fixing included, adjustable 360-degree hinges and made in affordable, Urea-Formaldehyde, Mass Dynamic’s soft close toilet seat fits the majority of standard size toilets. 

Ease of installation                                                                                                                              This seat includes a bottom – and more importantly – top fixing, which is particularly useful when access is unavailable to the toilet pan.

Quiet closure
The seat’s soft-closing hinges allow for controlled and quiet closure which makes it perfect for a family bathroom.

AQUALONA Wooden and Lightweight Loo Seat

 

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8. AQUALONA Wooden and Lightweight Loo Seat

The best wooden toilet seat

Specifications

Size: L45cm x W36cm x D5cm
Material: MDF
Soft close: Not clear
Colour: Oak Effect
Antibacterial: No

Reasons to buy

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Supports 150kg weight
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Durable and strong
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Universal design
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Easy installation

Reasons to avoid

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May scratch and the underside’s plastic stoppers may need eventual replacing

If you want a wooden loo seat, this one is durable, hardwearing and very easy to fit. At an affordable price, it is a nice change from plastic white seats and will bring a new look to your bathroom in no time.

UV lacquered wooden seat
Lacquered with a long-lasting, touch UV finish, the seat is easily wiped clean. 

Firm fixing
All fittings are included to hold the seat firmly in place and tested to support a weight up to 150kg.

Fits most loos
Crafted from hard-wearing and durable moulded wood, the seat fits most standard elongated toilet bowls. 

Argos Home Tongue and Groove Style Toilet Seat

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9. Argos Home Tongue and Groove Style Toilet Seat

The best modern toilet seat

Specifications

Size: L45cm x W37.5cm x D5.3cm
Material: MDF
Soft close: Yes
Colour: White or Grey
Antibacterial: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Tongue and groove style
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2 colours
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Antibacterial and adjustable
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Budget-friendly

This modern option is perfect for those who don't want a plain toilet seat – but also don't want anything too striking so as to distract eyes from the rest of their bathroom decor. 

Two colours
Choose from white or grey with this tongue in groove design – to suit your bathroom style. It'll provide a simple bathroom refresh on a budget, that's for sure. Plus, it's chip-resistant and its stainless steel hinges are rust-resistant.

Antibacterial and adjustable
With ticks all around from us in both the design department and in terms of functionality, this toilet seat is both antibacterial and adjustable to fit all toilets. It's made from moulded MDF and although simple, it's still different from your average plastic toilet seat.

Sanilo Soft Close Toilet Seat decorated with wooden tree design

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10. Sanilo Rustic Soft Close Toilet Seat

The best rustic toilet seat

Specifications

Size: L47cm x W37.7cm
Material: Wood
Soft close: No
Colour: Brown
Antibacterial: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Antibacterial coating
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Range of patterns
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Wood construction
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Simple to fit

Reasons to avoid

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Not soft close

This D-shaped toilet seat is beautifully designed and wrapped with a rustic-looking tree print. It's perfect for rustic or boho bathrooms – and for people who aren't fans of plain white toilet seats.

Wood construction
Made from high-quality wood so as to last for years of use, this seat comes in plenty more patterns than this. It also has an antibacterial coating for your benefit.

Easy to fit
This toilet seat – our choice for the best toilet seat for rustic bathrooms – can be used on a range of standard toilets, in a range of sizes. It's also simple to fit so won't take up too much of your time, and the fitting materials come included.


What to consider when buying a new toilet seat

There are several things to consider when deciding on the best toilet seat for your bathroom, and knowing your D-shaped loo seats from your soft-close, or your standard finish from your antibacterial coating, will put you in good stead for when you actually go to spend a penny.

Here’s the lowdown on what to look for in (arguably) the most used – but most underrated – bathroom product. 

Seat shape
Unless you are replacing your entire loo, – in which case you should check out our how to choose a toilet guide – you’ll need to make sure that the seat you're buying has the same shape as your existing bowl; this can either be round or elongated. Elongated toilet seats won’t fit on a round loo at all, yet a rounded seat will fit on an elongated toilet – but it may look ridiculous. So make sure you are buying the right fit for your WC’s shape.

Hinge quality
Make sure you look at the finer details when choosing a new loo seat; hinges that are inexpensive are usually made of plastic and can snap easily, so they will need to be replaced sooner than expected; whereas some metal hinges have more points of contact which prevent the toilet seat from flexing. The better the hinge, the better the quality and likeliness that your toilet seat will stand the test of time.

Materials 
Usually, the first thing you’ll need to make a decision on is the material: wood, plastic or something a little more hardcore. There are pros and cons to each of these materials.

Know your measurements
One very critical thing to take into account is what size of toilet seat you need, especially if the bowl is elongated as they vary in measurement.

Types of seat fittings
There are two types of toilet seat fixings; top fixing toilet seats feed two bolts into the loo pan and are tightened at the top, whereas bottom fixings are fed through the top and tightened underneath, usually with wing nuts.

Most modern toilets come with top fixing installation as they are easier to fit and remove. You may find, however, that you’ll be limited on what to opt for, dependent on the toilet seat type you prefer or the fixings you are replacing on your current seat.

What is the strongest toilet seat material?

Inexpensive plastic can be a lot more durable but can break easily, whereas wood is more expensive but won’t crack as easily. There are high end variations on the market, but be prepared to pay a premium price tag for the privilege.

Jenny McFarlane
Jenny McFarlane

Jenny is Senior Digital Editor and joined the team in January 2021. She also works on the homes brands' video show, on the Future Homes Network (opens in new tab), which is packed full of ideas to help you make the most of your own home and garden. Since getting on the property market with her first apartment and then more recently a house, her passion for interior design and gardening has taken on a new lease of life. Jenny's currently on the lookout for a doer-upper to put her stamp on. She loves collecting and salvaging unique items (much to her other half's despair) but sniffing out stylish home bargains is her one true love. When she has a spare minute, she loves to do a spot of crafting, having studied textiles at Uni – although she hardly gets the chance with a toddler who keeps her permanently on her toes.

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