Toilet Seats – Know What You’re Sitting Part 3
So to wrap this series up we will take a look at some of the cool stuff that’s come out in the last ten years or so. Some of the toilet seats described below are pretty complex and give the discerning user a lot to mull over when picking the right seat………that didn’t sound right…when choosing the right toilet seat.
Padded Toilet Seat – I think anyone over the age of 30 has run into the infamouspadded toilet seat. It is a toilet seat that is usually covered in vinyl and has a ring of padding around the seat and a layer of padding on the cover.
I’m not a big fan of these seats, they aren’t very durable in a home with a fair amount of use and if the covering does crack the padding soaks up and water like a sponge and the seat ends up being a science experiment. So although pretty comfortable buy at your own risk.
Do you have a theme in your bath like sea shells? Do you have a kids bath with certain colors or characters like yellow ducks or sunflowers? Chances are you can find a custom seat to fill your needs.
These seats are made of clear or opaque acrylic resin and the material of your choice is baked into the resin “suspending” it and giving it a 3 dimensional look. So if you like pennies you can find a clear seat and cover with pennies baked in, if you love chili peppers you can find a seat for you.
There are a couple companies that are making opaque seats with LED lighting to give the seat a pleasant glow in the color of your choice. It gives a whole new meaning to the “golden throne”
Heated Seats – Heated toilet seats have been around for awhile but they have reallystarted to get some life in the last few years. It is a round front or elongated toilet seat that is the same shape and size as it’s non heated counter part but inside the plastic is a low voltage heating element that needs to be plugged into a nearby outlet.
Generally speaking the element is supposed to heat the seat around 25 degree Fahrenheit above room temperature and most manufacturers say the seat will not heat past 104 degrees. These are premium toilet seats with slow close hinges but they also carry a premium price. Heated seats usually started at around $250.00.
Washlet or Bidet Toilet Seat – OK last but not least we get to the washlet toilet seat. Picture yourself, it’s a cold winter morning you’re doing your thing with the newspaper open. There is no cold toilet seat its a cozy 100 degrees. You pick up the Nintendo game pad looking control device and it’s got a water symbol. What to do? What to do? So you press it and you receive a very pleasant surprise when a warm spray of water hits your behind. Well doesn’t that make things easier for the clean-up? You take a look at that fancy controller again and you see what appears to be a fan. Once again you go for it and are treated with a gentle breeze that blows your stuff dry.
This is no exaggeration, the Toto “Zoe” was the first smart washlet toilet seat and at one time was considered the most technologically advanced toilet seat in the world. These seats typically come heated, with a water supply for a bidet style spray, a drop down fan to dry “things” off. These premium seats are usually anti-microbial and will have slow close hinges.
In doing some research for this piece I ran across Kyle’s Sea Crafts. The owner Mr. Kyle McDonald was kind enough to give me a little info on his product. Kyle’s toilet seats are 100% hand made and each is as unique as a finger print. You can find plenty of clear acrylic seats with stuff in them but very few are made by hand. If you happen to visit his site www.seashelltoiletseats.com please note, these are just a fraction of the selection he provides. If you can think it chances are he can make it, so buy with confidence.