American Standard Toilet History, Brands and Models

Everyone’s heard of American Standard, seeing this name on the sinks and toilets they use at home, and in the office. It’s one of the most well known manufacturers of toilets, and that name is respected in the industry.

American Standard is a North American manufacturer of plumbing supplies and toilets, and is owned by the Lixil Group. American Standard earned the title of “Brand Familiarity in Bathroom accessories” by Builder Magazine. Not only is American Standard one of the most well-known makers of toilet brands and models, but they offer fair prices for their toilets.
History of American Standard Toilets

The Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company was founded in 1875(1.). Many improvements were made in the early part of the 20th century by American Standard, including the design of the one part flush toilet. The American Radiator and Standard Sanitary Corporation was formed from a merger between two companies in 1929. In 2007, one half of the company went on to become Trane, while in 2008, the plumbing division became American Standard Brands.

In 2013, the Japanese company Lixil, with their own line of toilets in Japan, purchased American Standard brands.

Prices of American Standard Toilets

American Standard toilets can vary between $115 for a basic two piece Colony 12 inch model, to $450 for a Town Square concealed trapway and elongated toilet. Their Siphonic Dual Flush Elongated falls around $300. Prices of American Standard toilets for a one piece are slightly higher for the basic model. The Boulevard Siphonic Dual Flush Elongated with included seat is around $600. The more features you have, the greater the price. Special colors such as bone, or linen may command a higher price.
Why American Standard is the Most Popular Brand

American Standard offers moderately priced toilets for the consumer market. They take the design of their toilets seriously. Each toilet design must improve on the performance of a toilet, according to Gray Uhl, director of design for American Standard(2.). This is important, because most people use their toilets five or six times a day. The life of a toilet is expected to last thirty or forty years, and within that time frame, a person has the expectation that their toilet will work each time they use it.

This is why American Standard is not only a popular choice for the individual consumer, but for plumbers and contractors as well. American Standard has some great toilet features such as metal flush handles, fully glazed trapway, antibacterial surfaces, and large flush valves that make their prices great value for money. In contrast, cheaply made toilets may not flush correctly, be prone to chipping and cracking, or be difficult to clean.
Other toilet manufacturers are going to have to keep up with American Standard, as new toilet features are added to the list with each year’s new model releases. American Standard offers a well-known brand name with durable toilets that are built to last.

2015 Best One Piece Toilets here is our pick

one piece topIf you are reading this I am sure you are doing this because you are in the process of buying a toilet for your new home. The toilet is not a very mentionable item, but certainly an essential part of a human abode. The lowliest of all fittings, yet most unavoidable! Luckily it is a one-time investment for lifelong use. And for the same reason it is necessary that you do this investment very carefully.

The following paragraphs are an attempt to present to you a short list of some available choices. This is to save you your precious time and to simplify the decision for you. But before we go further, let us decide what the qualities of a good toilet are. In other words what should make you prefer one set to another? Below is a quick comparison for the one peice toilets.

Quick Comparison Guide for One Piece Toilets

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I write down below the detailed information to the various parameters in selection of the best one piece toilet but for now lets look at the candidates. Models advertised and available in the market are numerous enough to fill many large halls, but we will short list some for you so that you don’t have to waste your time (time is money). Yet this list carries sufficient variety met most tastes and preferences. So read on to know the models we have described below.

Individual One-Piece Toilet Reviews

TOTO MS854114S#01 Ultramax Elongated One Piece Toilet

TOTO MS854114S#01

As per the specifications on net the item a one piece, high profile (Bowl Rim Height 14-5/8-inch) elongated toilet weighing 89 pounds. It has a large flush valve of 3 inch dia which allows a quiet and yet powerful jet as claimed in the specifications. The material is vitreous China in white color. Water volume per flush is 1.6 gpf which is higher than the final recommendations of watersense. As mentioned in the toilet specifications it is really meant not for a home but for a commercial location. In such places a powerful and effective flush is more important than water economy.
One year limited warranty is offered. Customer reviews are 4.5 out of 5.

TOTO MS854114E#01 Eco Ultramax Elongated One Piece Toilet

TOTO MS854114E#01 Eco

It is also a sleek, high profile one piece toilet with a seat height of 15 inch and elongated shape weighing 93 pounds. The elongated shape is more convenient than the round shape. The list price is $718 but is available at a reduced price of $315. It has large 3 inch flush valve which allows the economical sized volume of 1.28 gallon per flush (4.8 liter per flush) meeting watersense specifications. The trap way is 2-1/8 inch wide, which is larger than usual, computer designed and fully glazed, for easy and effective flushing. The item carries a one year limited warranty. It has received a review score of 4.8 out of 5.

Toto MS970CEMFG#01 1.28-GPF/0.9-GPF Washlet with Integrated Toilet G500

Toto MS970CEMFG#01

With a list price of $3,000, you can imagine that this must be a luxury model. Indeed it is. Weighing at 112 pounds, with physical dimensions of 28.5 x 11.8 x 25.2 inches, the Toto MS970CEMFG#01 1.28-GPF/0.9-GPF Washlet with Integrated Toilet G500 is a really a luxury toilet with almost all that toilets can offer. First of all it is a dual flush design (named Dual-Max) by the manufacturer, with choices of 1.28 GPF or 0.9GPF. Obviously, the 0.9 GPF flush is recommended for liquid waste. The integral washlet has front and rear water washing with a choice of hot or cold water and adjustable temperature and pressure of the wash jets. It also has an automatic warm air drier and an automatic deodorizer. It comes with a remote control with an illuminated touch pad with memory to accommodate preferences of two users. Opening and closing of the lid are automatic, as is the flushing operation also. While the remote control will require batteries (not specified) the toilet set itself does not require batteries which means mains power must be connected to it somehow for the remotely operated and automatic units. Luckily the material is vitreous China which is an insulator and reduces the risk of an electric shock. The shape, of course is elongated which makes its use more comfortable. Also, it carries the watersense label.

The reviews are good but not all that unanimous. One customer who had already used a toilet with similar facilities was very frustrated. Her main complaint was that the automatic behavior was not consistent. Rather, it was random. My comments are that, it is possible to ignore a small percentage of adverse comments because she may have actually got a defective piece by chance. Production cannot always be made uniform. That is what warranty is for.

TOTO MS604114CEFG#01 Ultramax II Het Double Cyclone Elongated One Piece Toilet with Sanagloss

TOTO MS604114CEFG#01 Ultramax II

Here is a watersense approved highly water efficient (1.28 Gpf / 4.8 Lpf) toilet weighing just 99 pounds with many endearing attributes at a very suitable price of $418.54 (reduced from the original $773). It is comfortable, with a universal height of 17-1/4-Inch for the seat with an elongated bowl. The flush mechanism is double cyclone (as explained above) and this makes for an effective but quiet flush each and every time. A very special feature is the SanaGloss extra smooth glazing and an ion barrier underneath which actively prevents waste particles attaching themselves to the bowl. It has none of the luxury frills associated with the Toto MS970CEMFG#01 1.28-GPF/0.9-GPF Washlet with Integrated Toilet G500, which is nearly seven times as costly. Yet it is a comfortable and effective toilet. Customer reviews are 4.6 out of 5 stars from a total of 156 reviews.

The Selection

Now this is the purpose for which I made you read all this stuff. You want to select the best of the one piece toilets out of the short list that I have provided for you. And here is where you must realize that there is no ‘best’ in the absolute sense. Things are bad, good, or best for you according to your preferences now. Tomorrow, your preferences may change, you financial priorities may change, and what is best today may become almost the worst tomorrow. Also, what is good for you may not be good for me, and vice versa? So let us start with this understanding and look at your requirements
Do you want just a comfortable self-cleaning toilet at an affordable cost or a luxurious but expensive piece? In the latter case Toto MS970CEMFG 1.28-GPF/0.9-GPF Washlet with Integrated Toilet G500, is for you. Spend the $7000, or look for a sale and buy this toilet with extra ordinary facilities in addition to the basic function. Also, be ready to spend some amount on electrical wiring to commission the built heater and motors etc. This will also add to your electricity bill. Good luck to you. Enjoy your automatic lid opener, the automatic deodorant, the automatically raising and lowering seat, the automatic flush, the front and back washing jets at the desired hot and cold temperature!

But if I were you I would like to be practical and I would not waste so much of my hard earned money for an essential need which can be comfortably fulfilled at a much lower cost. For this reason now we exclude the Toto MS970CEMFG#01 1.28-GPF/0.9-GPF Washlet with Integrated Toilet G500, Cotton and examine the others in the list. That leaves three alternatives. To decide among these we now look at these three examining them and comparing them in terms of the above characteristics.
We look at the TOTO MS854114S#01 Ultramax Elongated One Piece Toilet, Cotton White. It uses 1.6 gallons per flush, which is too high for the final watersense recommendations. The reason for this design appears to be that it is meant for use in commercial locations, where water economy is important, but one flush cleaning must be ensured. However, the other two models on our list are equally good in claiming complete flushing, particularly the 114CEFG the double cyclone model with special ion layer repulsion to the waste particles. Therefore, whether you want a toilet for your home or for installation in a commercial public environment, I would forego the water waster 114S which consumes 1.6 gallons per flush. It also happens to have the lowest review rating of all these three which is only 4.5

Now only two candidates are left in the competition, the 114E, and the 114CEF. Both use 1.26 gallons per flush as per the final watersense standards. And both claim an effective cleaning. Looking at the review rating the 114E seems to have an advantage being rated at 4.8 compared to 4.6 of the 114CEFG. Also, the 114E is nearly a hundred dollars cheaper. So the decision seems very clearly in favor 114E. But don’t run away to buy this one. Wait a moment.

TOTO MS604114CEFG#01 Ultramax IIAs a technical person, I will look slightly beyond that. The CEFG claims a special mechanism of cleaning dynamics which it calls double cyclone. This is actually a two jet operation giving the water a circular kinetic energy which is much more likely to interact with the waste particles and dislodge them finally sweeping them away through the large trap. In addition to this formation of a strong ion layer below the glaze, and extra smoothness of the glaze in the bowl avoid adhesion of the waste particles to the surface. I predict that the difference will be visible over a matter of years, when a fine shade difference will become visible between the 114E and 114CEFG (provided they are subjected to same use and same cleaning). Another minor difference: the CEFG has a special hinge design for the lid which avoids a seat bang. Hence, I will willingly pay an extra hundred dollars (slightly more if necessary) and buy myself a TOTO MS604114CEFG#01 Ultramax II Het Double Cyclone Elongated One Piece Toilet with Sanagloss toilet. Best of luck to you!

Various Parameters in Selecting Best One Piece

One is better than two!

You must have noticed that the heading speaks of one-piece toilets only. That is on purpose. Toilets have traditionally been made in two pieces: the bowl, and the (water) tank. These pieces are joined together during installation. Manufacturing a two piece toilet is easier, and costs less. . If cost is a consideration one may go for a two piece toilet out of the comparable choices. But note that additional hardware is required to install them together. Also installation is more complex. Improper installation may lead to water leaks, unsanitary conditions, and water wastage unless due care is taken. For these reasons one-piece toilets are preferred particularly for DIY jobs. Hence, we will confine our comparison to one-piece models although the discussion will be quite general and can help you applying the same to selecting a two piece model. Here are some of the parameters that must be understood and considered.

Water Volume

This is one of the two most important parameters one must consider when buying a flush toilet. You are going to flush it between 100,000 to 200,000 times in your life time. How much water are you going to literally send ‘down the drain? Assuming that the flush is set to 2 gpf (stands for gallons per flush) you will consume between 200,000 and 400,000 gallons in your life time. That is a very large volume of water. Approximately 30% of total water is used for flushing. Additional water is being consumed for bathing, washing, and other human needs.

Economy of water is an objective which cannot be overstressed. It is so important that apart from sensible people, humanists, planners and scientists, and all religions have not only advocated but stressed economy of water. This is particularly so in the Moslem religion where people were told “Don’t waste water even if you are sitting by a flowing river!”

It is because of this consideration that most developed countries with extensive resources have made regulations controlling the amount of water being consumed per flush. The US government Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has created a certain guidelines for use of household devices consuming water. Detailed guidelines are available at their website at

Hence, the most important criterion is economy of water which can be judged by the watersense label. This label can only be used by products which meet the watersense final specifications.

US EPI department estimates that an average house hold in USA can save approximately 13000 gallons per year by simply replacing the old inefficient toilets with water economizing toilet models carrying the WaterSense label. That amounts to $ 110 every year, and $2200 over a 20 year life of the toilet! So we repeat that by this they could save more than $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilets. This saving is sufficient, even at current rates, to buy three or four good toilets. An interesting figure at the website is that if all old inefficient toilets in the US were replaced with watersense labeled models the US could annually save the amount of water overflowing Niagra Falls in 12 days. What a saving!

Flushing Mechanisms

Single Flush1.6GPF: This is the old watersense standard now being replaced by the 1.28 GPF standard. This amount of water must be able to remove 350 gm of solid waste completely.

Single Flush1.28GPF: 1.28 GPF is equivalent 4.8 liters per flush (4.8 lpf). This is the new watersense standard being adopted by US. Many states encourage the adoption of this standard by allowing rebates or discounts on purchase of toilets with carrying the label of watersense compliance to new standards.

Dual Flush: Dual flush level is another scheme for economizing wastage of water in the toilet. A smaller amount of water is sufficient for cleaning liquid waste (urine, e.g.), than for cleaning the solid excreta of a normal human being. So, a short flush can be used for liquid waste and a full flush for solid waste as necessary. With adults, it is liquid waste which has to be flushed more often. Thus a dual flush mechanism is expected to be an effective economy measure. EPI have also issued standards for dual flush toilets which relate the average of water flushed in two large and one small flush to the 1.6GPF standard. Small flush is suitable for disposal of liquid waste, while the larger flush necessary for solid waste of at least 350 gm.

Pressure Assisted Flush: In the interest of perfect cleaning some toilet designs use water flush assisted by air pressure. While it may give a good cleaning, it will cause turbulence in the bowl and may spill some needle-tip droplets onto the user’s body. Also it is very noisy.

Toto Flushing Mechanisms

  • The Emax Flush Mechanism
    This mechanism by Toto actually corresponds to the 1.28 GPF (4.8 LPF) single flush system coupled with large than usual diameters for the flush valve and trap.
  • The Gmax Flush Mechnism
    This one corresponds to the 1.6 GPF (6LPF) flush again with larger than usual sizes for the flush valve and the trap.
  • The Dual-max Flush Mechnism
    This one corresponds to the dual flush mechanism again with larger than usual sizes for the flush valve and the trap.
  • Double Cyclone System
    This is really a water inlet system applied by Toto in some models. Two water jets, rather than two holes allow a circulatory motion of water into the bowl for better cleaning. The circular motion tends to slide the waste particles off the surface of the bowl more effectively.

Effective Cleaning

The main purpose of a toilet is essential hygiene. Hygiene demands that the toilet be completely and effectively flushed after use by even a large sized human. There is no advantage in saving a little water if cleaning is not instant and complete. In fact, the purpose of the toilet is lost. It is expected that 350 gram of solid waste must be flushed completely and totally in a single flush of 1.28gallon. The risk in this parameter is trace amounts left sticking to the bowl. Over time they will cause pollution and bad smell, apart from un-esthetic scenes, and possibly, a slow discoloration..

Effectiveness of cleaning is influenced by the hydrodynamic design of the bowl and water injection. A circulating motion of water within the bowl is generated to make cleaning more effective. Also some toilets release pressurized water, while others rely on gravity force.

The quality of the glaze in terms of smoothness and planeness avoids residues sticking to the surface.

Apart from the surface finish some manufacturers are providing for layers of ions under the glaze to actively repel the matter.

Trap Size

Trap size has an important effect on the flush dynamics. A larger trap will allow faster flows with greater kinetic energy, and hence, a better loosening effect. Also, it will avoid any semisolid matter sticking and blocking the flush. The disadvantage is that in a house with very young kids who just learned to walk there is every possibility of your jewelry going ‘down the drain’

Flush Sound

The sound of flushing water is music to the ears of those waiting outside a public toilet. However, in a private toilet one does not really want to give a gun salute on successful evacuation. The toilet should a low noise one.

Seat Thump

The cover and the seat are lifted for cleaning. Once they are lowered, they fall with a thump. Some designs avoid this through artificial friction in the hinge.


If you can save about 20% on the cost, that is not bad. Some states allow a rebate on purchase of a water efficient toilet and you should check the state rules and whether the rebate applies to the model you are thinking of.


Of course a young person has little time to waste in the toilet, and would like to rush back to active life. But there are sick and old people. Old and sick people may have to sit for longish periods. And maybe you get old in the same house. And of course, you may have heard of one or two in your acquaintances who carry newspapers and novels to the toilet. For the sake of all these people, and also generally, the toilet must be comfortable to sit on. The height of the seat is quite important, and models are available with adjustable seat. An important design factor is the elongation. An elongated bowl should be generally more comfortable to sit on when trying to empty your bowels. You will find that most of the favorite models these days are elongated.


This factor is not very significant, but if the bathroom is generally clean and bright, the toilet should also match, at least in color and shade. During the design of the toilet structure, producing smooth contours on the outer surface does not really cost much. Colors and glaze finish are added in the manufacture process and will generally not cost much. It is a different matter that a good looking design will fetch a more than proportional price.


Price is mentioned last, but certainly it is a very important consideration. Often it will be a limiting factor due to budget constraints. I suggest you give due consideration to cost. Out of toilets of equal merit we should buy the cheapest one. And do not go for frills which are available ‘for just a few extra dollars’. Pay only for your real needs and preferences.

What is the Best Toilet for the Money?

With overwhelming models of toilets in the market today, choosing the best one for your budget may seem not an easy task, especially when you want to make sure that you choose only the best models among others. As a buyer, there are several important things you need to consider when buying a toilet for the money.

An excellent toilet is not only good when it comes to its style and appearance, but it must, on top of everything, perform well. Otherwise, you would be investing your money to a poor quality one that is not suited to your needs. It is also important to know that technology on today’s toilet is impressive, and often the cost of such toilet models reflects with the whistles and bells. However, you should not always have to break on your budget to get a superior model of toilet.

There are different toilets to choose from on the market. But there are the only three brands of toilets you need to consider especially when you want get the best model for your money.

TOTO CST744SGThe first toilet you can choose for your home is Toto Drake elongated 1.6gpf dual piece toilet. Toto is an industry leader when it comes to manufacturing top models of toilets in the market.

Drake is one of best models of toilet produced by ToTo.

This toilet model comes with effective G-Max flushing system, its cutting edge flushing technology provides quite flush with effective commercial grade flush.

For only $300.00, you can now have one of the best brands of ToTo, without wasting your money for nothing.

American-Standard-2034.014.020-Champion-4Another famous name to quality and best toilet on the market which most homeowners consider is the American Standard, Champion-4 toilet. This toilet brand is said to be perfect to use especially for household of boys. The Champion -4 toilet brand has the industry widest two 3/8 and four inch flush valve.

American standard gave such toilet name for good and you can only for its reasonable price without flushing your money down the brand of toilet.

The last out of the best three top toilets on the market for your money is no other than Kohler Cimarron. As you know, this is the brand of toilet which can get only in a more expensive price compared to the two toilet brands mention.

But, although it is the least expensive, it gives quality performance for many household for many years.

The Cimarron is awarded the water sense approved labelling since it is an excellent 1.28gpf best toilet. Conserving on water without having a problem to its performance, Kohler has its flushing system which provides a forceful and quick flush for everyday using.

Looking for Best Toilet for the Money? Then considering those mentioned brands can be a great help for you to choose to which one can give you quality performance that you really deserve.

Those three mentioned toilets are some of the best toilets for your money!

9 Best Toilet Seats 2017

You must have been looking for a seat replacement. Slamming at night are really a headache. Constant slamming breaks down the wallet. We love to have a product that’s easy to install, clean, closes very quietly and last long. Here are the list of seats that are comfortable, affordable yet are of good quality.

Top Rated Toilet Seats

ModelStars our of 5Color
4.1cotton white
4.0cotton white

With so many brands, types, and models in the market today, it is indeed quite difficult to choose which one to buy. Worry no more! If you are reading this article, we will help you decide through our picks when it comes to the best seats available right now.

Soft Close

Toto SS114#01 Traditional SoftClose

Here is the top pick when it comes to a soft close toilet seat. This is our top choice in the “slam-free” category. Soft close toilet has become a popular choice as a toilet accessory as such; several manufacturers of toilet and bathroom accessories are constantly improving their product line up. So it’s quite impossible to end up owning a bad item. However, there is always that one product that you should be aware of.

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Toto SS114#01 is made of strong and high-impact plastic material and is designed to minimize injuries and to eliminate disturbing sounds of slam. As a soft close toilet, it utilizes the SoftClose hinge system which allows the toilet seat to lower down gently, smoothly, and quietly. It includes top mounting tightening bolts with your purchase to guarantee that users can install it easily and very quickly. It comes with a cover and will fit conventional or elongated toilet bowls. It is available in white and measures 18.5 x 14 x 1.5 inches which fits most toilet bowls in the market.

Why this is the Best Soft Close ?

With a price of $39.50 (in most stores), there are several things that separates this soft close item from those that cost only $29.00 and lesser. For one, it has a molded bumper design to help users sit on it very comfortably even for an extended period of time. It is molded inwards; thus, it gives a grip to your behind and provides total support while users sit on it. You are assured that there is no balancing motion when sitting on this soft close toilet. It also has a larger opening than other similar units such as the Toto SS154#01. The molded bumper helps cleaning the toilet seat very easy. It is one of the very few models which can really claim of having an ergonomic design. It is crafted with polypropylene which is a very high grade kind of plastic, guaranteed to last longer. The inward mold is just right compared with Kohler which is too inward and creates a “drowning” feeling when you sit.

What are the Downsides? What to do about it?

There are reported wobbling in this . It could be possibly be because the user did not install the hinges very securely like what other users recommended in order to avoid a wobbling syndrome. It does not close automatically as you have to tap it first. This is just a minor issue because sooner or later, users will make it a habit to tap it first in the same manner that they make it a habit to pull down the lever when flushing the toilet.

What Users Are Saying

It has satisfied several hundreds of users already with 57% of them giving it perfect rating of five stars and with more than 700 users rating it. This  generated an average rating of 4.2 stars out of five stars. Truly, it did not disappoint many buyers.

Elongated Shape

TOTO SS154#01 Traditional SoftClose

For many, elongated toilet seat is more comfortable than round ones and would prefer to equip their toilet bowls with elongated toilet set also. The first question that users will be interested to know is how this model is different from the TotoSS114#01. Looking closely at the photographs, you will notice that the Toto SS154#01 has edging or lining on the cover while the SS114#01 model doesn’t. Second, the closure mechanism and mounting bracket are more exposed on SS104 unit and enclosed in the SS154#01 model.

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Say goodbye to annoying sounds of “toilet slam” with this. It is also manufactured using very sturdy, high grade, and high impact resistant plastic, guaranteed to survive prolonged use as well as wear and tear. The item and its cover is embedded with built-in SoftClose hinge and mounting system too which ensures gentle, smooth, and quiet lowering down. Like the other Toto soft close toilet models, the SS154#01 is also engineered with the highest standard quality in terms of design; thus, it has tightening mounting bolts for above the bowl and complications free installation. It also comes with a cover and the whole seat and lid is resistant to cleaning solutions and chemicals. This ensures that you have a hygienic toilet seat at all times. With measurements of 18.6 x 14.4 x 3.5 inches, taller users will not have difficulty sitting on it as the product is thicker so it adds height for the knee and the feet to be comfortable when one seats on it.

Why we pick this?

The feature of this is that it finally gets rid of accidental slamming and banging. So users will no longer get annoyed with the disturbing and irritating sound this creates. In terms of appearance, the edging or lining on the cover gives it a luxurious appeal. This elongated soft close toilet will survive harsh chemicals and strong cleaning solutions; thus, deep cleaning it poses no additional problems for cleaning and hygiene.

What are the Drawbacks? What to do about it?

The mold is just too inward and will create some discomfort by just merely looking at it so how much more when one sits on it, especially for longer period of time like reading several chapters of pocketbook? If this is the case, it is wise to do reading and other time consuming habits out of the toilet.

What Users are Saying About this Product

It has already gathered 82 reviewers and around 61 percent of them find the “noiseless” sound of this when it lowers down to the toilet an amazing feature; thus, they gave this product a perfect rating of 5 stars. In general, users gave this soft close toilet from Toto an average rating of 4.3 stars which means that aside from the fact that it has no annoying slamming sounds, users think that the whole design and quality of this product is nearly perfect.

Soft Close Round Shape

TOTO SS113#01 Transitional SoftClose Round

There are two reasons why people choose round toilets; either to save on space or save money. Generally, round toilets are cheaper probably because of its size which tends to utilize lesser amount of materials to manufacture. So those households with limited toilet and bathroom space are not ideal for elongated toilet as it is more extended in shape than rounded ones; thus, it takes up more space. Either way, one should complement it with a toilet seat that is devoid of annoying noise when it is accidentally slammed or slams on its own.

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Toto SS113-01 completes the triumvirate on the soft close toilet. The SS14#01 is Toto’s answer for the traditional and basic seat, the SS154#01 is the soft close elongated item, and this model is their soft close round model. This soft close toilet is packed with similar features found in the other two models such as manufactured using only high grade and impact resistant plastic. It is built with SoftClose hinge system too which reduces toilet slam noise. Tap on it and it lowers slowly, gently, and quietly. Tap the cover and it will perform the same function similarly. Users will find the mounting system very convenient during installation as it is top mounted, easy to place, and locks the cover to the toilet bowl.

The reason?

It really reduces the noise “slam” created when it is accidentally slammed or slams on its own. It also provides solutions many users want other than eliminating slamming situations such as top mounted installation where you do not need to lie down on the floor to insert the hinges and knobs to lock the seat on the toilet bowl. As it is rigidly molded, it stays in place and will not wobble or wiggle while users sit on it even for an extended period of time. It is also a great relief to find that this is cleaner and chemical friendly so deep cleaning it to ward off germs and microbes will not damage the soft close toilet.

What are the Downsides? What to do about it?

There are some minor issues to contend with this product. First, there are reports that this Toto Soft Close toilet can break easily or will develop cracks later. This is very alarming as cracks can be a living quarter of harmful bacteria, virus, and other microbes. But, nowhere in the reports state how it was broken easily. In addition to breakage, some users found that it wobbles after prolonged use. It is recommended to check the hinges from time to time to see if it is securely lock. Some people are worried as wood absorbs moisture and moisture inhibits bacteria, mold, and growth of other microbes. The trick here is to clean the surface after every use if you are paranoid with this health issue.

User Reviews

The reported flaws in the product can be considered minor and exceptional issues as this soft close toilet from Toto generated an average rating of 4.1 stars from 723 users and of which around more than half of them rated it perfectly with 5 stars.

Wooden Seat

We have enumerated five models as our  picks for wooden model. This kind is a perfect alternative if one finds plastic as too boring and want more style inside your toilet.

Comfort Seats C1B1E-17BN Designer Solid Wood Seat with PVD Brushed Nickel Hinges, Elongated, Oak

Part of the reasons why customers prefer wooden are good design, durability as it is corrosion free, and appearance. This premium item is made of solid wood built with brush nickel hinges. It has the usual closed front and includes a cover. It also meets customers’ requirements of easy to install feature and it comes with self-aligning mechanisms. It’s ideal for those who have impeccable taste and want stylish design when it comes to toilet and bathroom accessories. Customers will be delighted to know that a selection of wood is handpicked and not randomly selected so users will be confident that they have a durable wooden toilet seat. The hinge system is PVD coated with nickel; thus, it is corrosion free and will last longer.

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Why this is the top Wooden ?

Customers will find this very safe since it is coated with anti-microbial properties to prevent the growth of odour causing bacteria and germs anywhere in this product. It has a close front cover to prevent slamming and for child safety as well. The manufacturer assures its easy installation feature as users will only need a screwdriver to install this . For most people, wood is stronger than plastic. All the more, it is durable due to its PVD nickel coating which guarantees that this toilet seat is corrosion free. The surface is multi-coated, guaranteed to achieve a beautiful finish and will not absorb water once you clean it. Users will find no difficulty cleaning this . It is also slam free as you only need to tap and it will slowly lower down to close the toilet. It is built with alignment mechanisms; thus, no worries on tilting and sliding it.

What are the Drawbacks? What to do about it?

Despite its slowly closing features, this is not at all slam free. This is a minor issue as one needs to check the installation process and find out if it was done correctly; it might be too loose, causing the slamming syndrome.

What Users Are Saying

It seems that the alignment and slamming issues did not deter most customers of this as it generated an average rating of 4.4 stars from 132 users and in fact, around 63 percent of them grade this product as perfect with 5 stars rating.

KOHLER K-4694-0 Ridgewood Molded-Wood Elongated Toilet Seat

Consistency is very important to some customers. This is why they will only buy a wooden model if it has features that will not look odd on their existing toilet bowls. This from Kohler is just perfect for individuals who has this requirement in mind.

Why This Wooden Toilet?

Many customers are not so keen with product specifications and if they cannot decide whether to choose one or a two-piece toilet, surely this wooden seat will fit the bill. This was designed to complement both one-piece and two-piece toilet and is constructed conventionally so that it will complement the usual toilet bowls most households use. This is designed with durability and comfort in mind which are two factors most customers are looking for when it comes to seats. It is durable due to its compression mold design and at the same time features a subtle style and elegance to the toilet. This also makes it comfortable as it fits traditional toilets most households own.

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Why this is the perfect Wooden?

The wooded part will not look like a separate object on top of your toilet with its matching polypropylene hinges that matches the color of the existing toilet and provides secure attachment of the seat to the toilet. It is ideal for customers who require more than a beautiful design but are also very keen on attractive finish and durability. The ergonomic designed provides premium comfort especially for those individuals who love to be mentally productive while sitting on the toilet. Like any other Kohler products, it has the same quality of combining aesthetics and functionality; thus, it not a problem if it is going to be installed on either a one-piece or two piece toilet. It boosts of looks and feel that other materials cannot provide. With the lid cover covering the whole seat, it does provide a very clean looking product at all times.

What are the Downsides? What to do about it?

Based on an honest assessment after using the product, some buyers find the fact that this lowers gently as a questionable factor. Yes, initially it lowers slowly, but towards the middle part, it lowers fast and then slams on the toilet bowl. A tightening of the hinges will solve the problem but will continue to do so once the same problem occurs. At the onset, it feels cold to sit on it but it will warm up after several minutes of sitting on it. This is normal especially if you use it in the morning where it has accustomed to the room temperature prior to your use.

What Users are Saying

It has satisfied nearly 600 customers as of this review time and they are so happy with this Kohler wooden toilet seat; they gave it an average rating of 4.5 stars. Nearly two-thirds of the reviewers discovered that they made the right purchase and ended up rating this product with 5 stars.

Bemis 1500EC000 Molded Wood Elongated Toilet Seat With Easy Clean and Change Hinge, White

Cleaning the toilet is another area where many customers are very sensitive with. They want that the whole is removed easily so that they can clean it thoroughly and once done, they can easily install it back to where it belongs. This is from Bemis fit this requirement.


We have to understand that many customers are price sensitive and only want to spend money on products that offer most value for them. It helps if the product has a very affordable price tag and carries features wanted by regular customers. First, the price is between the low to mid-price range. It also has a very easy installation system that it takes longer time to remove the old toilet seat than replacing it with this. To attach , just slide down the bolt through the hole and tighten it underneath . The two-lock hinge system ensures that it will stay in place, and with just one quick twist; the hinges will loosen and makes it  easy to remove to clean it very thoroughly. Using a molded wood construction and finish with high gloss elements, you have a sturdy and very glossy. The high gloss finish helps avoid chipping or scratching the unit.

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Behind the pick…

It is quite a surprise to discover that when you open the box, you will not find any instruction manual on installation. It only proves one thing, installation is not as cumbersome as you think and any normal individual will figure out how to attach this Bemis toilet seat to the toilet bowl. Now, the hinge and screw installation eliminates a wiggling syndrome in the long run. Just look underneath and tighten the screw to eliminate the wiggling motion. Cleaning is less complicated and bacteria and other harmful microbes will not grow in between spaces as the seat can be removed quickly. You can also deep clean it thoroughly and once done, just slide through the bolt and screw to tighten.

What are the Drawbacks? What to do about it?

It’s not exactly real wood but a compression of sawdust and the construction is an issue for some users. It is important for these people to be reminded that it is manufactured with molded wood to create a lightweight wooden seat in order to avoid toilet slam which will be a frequent occurrence if it is made of handpicked wood which makes it very heavy; thus, the slam syndrome.

What Users Are Saying

Over 620 users were impressed with the easy clean and remove feature of this wooden toilet from Bemis and with that, they gave this product an average rating of 4.4 stars and nearly 70% of the users gave it excellent rating of 5 stars.

Mayfair 148E2 000 Slow-Close Molded Wood Toilet Seat 

There is always that notion that toilet bowls should be complemented with toilet seats of the same brand. This is to ensure that the toilet, whether it is wooden or plastic will really fit the toilet bowl. However, this should not be the rule of thumb as different manufacturers have produced models that complement other toilet brands such as this Mayfair seat. As a word of caution, you need to measure your existing toilet bowl and see to it that the distance between the hinge post and the size of the toilet bowl matches with this model.

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This comes with a soft close mode; in that case it gently lowers to the toilet without causing toilet slam and its accompanying annoying noise. Users will find Lift-Off Hinges very convenient as it will ensure that they can uninstall the seat to clean it thoroughly or if it needs replacement. Another interesting feature to highlight is that it is finished with high gloss element and guarantees to prevent scratching and chipping of the toilet due to wear and tear consequences after prolonged use. It is designed to fit all types of elongated toilet bowls regardless of brand. It includes a simple design hinge to ensure secure attachment instead of guaranteeing flashy looks in the toilet. Tap  and it lowers gently; thus, children are safe and even adults as it will not pinch their fingers due to slamming syndrome most common toilets have. As it is made of natural wood, it will not easily break or crack; hence, you have a slam free toilet for a very long period of time.

Learn why we pick it…

First, it has a tag price that is just within the range of other similar products like the Toto Traditional Soft Close Toilet and Kohler Wooden Toilet Seat. Second, it is just one of few models among wooden or even in the soft close category which has an easy lid off hinge system for easy replacement or cleaning.

What are the Downsides? What to do about it?

Future customers will have to take note that while it is indeed very easy to remove it when you want to clean it thoroughly; however, you need to make a push for the bolt to be removed. For some, this is an issue but it is just normal especially if you haven’t attempted to remove it months after using.

What Users Are Saying

Around 644 customers did not regret buying this as it is indeed slam free, it is also easy to remove, features a very pretty appearance, solid enough to not easily break or accumulate scratches, and among other things. This garnered an average rating of 4.4 stars with 72 percent of the raters giving it full thumbs up with 5 stars rating.

Black Seat

Bathrooms and toilets do not need to be all white. Break the monotony and dare to be different by installing a black toilet seat in your toilet bowl.

Comfort Seats C1B4E2-90 Deluxe Molded Wood


Black is an elegant color and this is the reason why some people want this color in any toilet and bath accessories. it doesn’t have to be in boring brown or the obvious oak and cedar finish. Black is also a good color imprint for wooden toilet seats not only with plastic and other molded materials; giving household owners free invitation for guests to use the toilet as visitors will be impressed with the enhanced appearance of the toilet. Comfort Molded Wood Elongated Toilet Seat in Black, like most wooden model is also enhanced with multi-coat finish; giving it a glossy and shiny appearance on top of providing the desired durability as the gloss finish prevents it from acquiring scratches and chips. Heavily chrome plated hinge and installation system further enhances its corrosion free element, giving all the more reasons that this indeed a durable. It is self-aligning; thus, it eliminates the wiggle and wobbly syndrome commonly found in conventional. The whole item looks good indeed that it will still look elegant even if it has no cover.

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One of the most interesting feedbacks this product received is that a 200 pound male find this black model very comfortable to use. This is a great impression, further proving manufacturer’s commitment to make this product a combination of both elegance and durability. It is even more wonderful for users with Obsessive Compulsion Disorder as it is resistant to relatively stronger cleaning solutions; thus, sanitizing and deep cleaning it is not a problem regardless of frequency of cleaning. However, it is still wise to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation of cleaning it using only warm soapy water in order to preserve the gloss finish.
This is also more stable compared with conventional soft close in general as it has four ring bumpers in the hinge system. Complemented with self-alignment mechanism, you have a wiggle and wobble stylish product.

What are the Drawbacks? What to do about it?

There are cases when this black toilet slams unless of course you need to control it by the hand. One thing to remember when choosing this product is that the manufacturer did not single out that this model has a soft close mechanism.

What Users Are Saying

Embraced by 118 users as favourable and gave it an average rating of 4.7 stars. This high excellent mark could be attributed to the fact that over two thirds of the reviewers said it excellent by giving it 5 stars.

Comfort Seats C1B3R3-90 Deluxe Plastic Contemporary Toilet Seat, Round, Black

Black is a versatile color and regardless of material used, the product still looks good in this color. It is not surprising that many household owners especially the young and modern ones will opt for this to create a stylish atmosphere inside their toilet and bath.
It is one of the strongest and durable item in the market as it is manufactured with salient features like similar products out there. It is also ergonomically designed for added comfort on top of a bumpers design with inward molds for additional strength and durability. Users will also find its installation very easy to perform as it only needs a screwdriver to tighten hinges which are also corrosion free. People with issues due to health reasons will find it comforting to know that this product is manufactured with a strong plastic material for those households with installed rounded toilet bowls.

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To solve balance and fit issues, the manufacturer designed this black toilet with adjustable hinges; thus, users will not experience wiggling and wobbling movement when sitting on this toilet seat. Product inspection revealed that it is molded with Ultra-Violet Protection technology to protect the toilet from discoloration after prolonged usage. It is made of plastic, therefore, it augurs well with porcelain made toilet bowls as attested by some users. When it comes to cleaning, it only needs warm soapy water so your hands are protected from cleaning solutions with harsh ingredients. It also has a closed front cover which gives additional comfort when sitting on it.

What are the Downsides? What to do about it?

Some users find the hinge loosening after every use. However, upon thorough checking, the possible reason for this syndrome is that the hinges were not tightened so well. Some users were most likely afraid to twist it tightly for fear of damaging the toilet seat as it is made of plastic. There are also customers who bought this toilet seat and reported that it shows early signs of wear and tear like the size of the seat were perceived to have shrunk. Checking on the design of the product, you can tell that this is quite thinner in terms of size and it creates an impression that it has shrunk especially if it replaced a thicker old model.

What Users Are Saying

More than 190 users were satisfied with black plastic toilet seat and this toilet accessory from Comfort Seat. 60 percent of the reviewers agreed that this is indeed the better black seat in the market today as they gave this toilet a perfect rating of five stars.

Are Toilet Seats Necessary?

Come to think of it, if this is indeed necessary, how come some toilet bowls do not come with toilet seats? The answer is of course very elementary, this is to allow customers to choose their own style, color, and type of toilet seat in order to enhance their bathroom. Whether you buy a wooden or plastic, elongated or round, or for one or two-piece toilet, toilet seats are necessary for health and sanitary reasons. While for households, toilet use are limited to family members; however, there are few instances when other people visit your homes and use the toilet and you want to ensure that your guests will not acquire germs and bacteria from your toilet; thus, the rationale for toilet seat.

What Makes A Good Toilet Seat?

As you have read in this article, there are several great picks when it comes to the perfect loo seat. So, your concern now is to know what makes a good toilet seat. The answers are very simple. First, you have to determine the shape of your existing toilet bowl. Second, what characteristics or features you want to have: soft close toilet seat or conventional , plastic or wooden, with fancy design or not, and other considerations. Third, check usage of the toilet seat. Are there children? Are your family members large in number and in size? How many toilets are there in the house? These are some of the questions to arrive at when it comes to characteristics of a good toilet seat.

A good toilet seat must be durable and will stand frequency and impact of use; thus, thick are good for large families. Definitely, a soft close toilet is preferred regardless of whether you have children at home or not. It should be easy to install and can be removed easily so you can clean it as often as you want to make it more hygienic. It should also stay in place so as not to create discomfort when using it and be distracted with the wiggle and wobble it creates when nuts and bolts are loosened or it doesn’t align well with the existing toilet. Of course, it should be affordable and fortunately, the market right now on toilet seat is loaded with very reasonably priced models.

People do not only use the bathroom to relieve themselves but also to spend some quiet time reading their favorite book, sit on the toilet genuflecting, or just to relax while seated when they have the luxury of time to do so. With these intentions, it is but right to own a sturdy items that is comfortable and functional at the same time.

Let our top picks for the best toilet seats this year 2017 help you decide which type to purchase (Soft Close, Elongated, Round, Wooden, Black) and what brand or model.

Top 5 Soft Close Toilet Seats

It is indeed frustrating when you hear toilet seats slammed whether after use or when it just happens on its own. Not only does the noise affect people but the noise that the loo seat slammed creates will make you have an assumption that the item is broken and needs replacement and that is additional expense. And with that, you might probably be in need of ideas on the best soft close seats in the market today. Here is the list for your reference.

Top 5 List:
Toto SS114#01 Traditional
Mayfair 148E2 000 Slow-Close Molded Wood
Mayfair 48E2 000
KOHLER K-4636-0 Cachet
TOTO SS154#01 Traditional


Toto SS114Toto SS114#01 Traditional SoftClose
This   is a very popular brand on bathroom fixtures, is one of the superior products of its kind in the market today. Like any other bathroom products, Toto has elevated simple bathroom items into luxurious products for all types of bathrooms.

It is made of solid, high impact, and glossy polypropylene. As such, it is designed to survive harsh chemical ingredients present in several cleaning solutions formulated to clean  seats. This model number SS114#01 is designed to be installed above the bowl using mounting bolts; hence, it provides easy installation advantage.

It has a mechanism which gently lowers it when closing; thus, you avoid slam.
With a very comfortable ergonomic design, you don’t feel numbness after using it.
It has molded bumpers to keep the top secure and provide durability to it.
Made of solid, high impact, and very glossy polypropylene; thus, it is designed to withstand shock and undue damages.
Resistant to cleaning solutions that has harsh chemical ingredients.

Check your bathroom size for fit as this one is measured at 18.5 inches in terms of length, 14 inches for width, and 1.5 inches depth.
Delivers slam free toilet seat; thus, users avoid being annoyed or shocked with slamming noises.
Very easy to install; no need to hire other people to do it for you.
There is a bit of a problem with the hinge; it tends to loosen after a few uses.
Many users were disappointed to discover that their purchase was not as sturdy.
Customer Reviews
There are at least 680 users who reviewed this product and gave it an average rating of 4 stars and 58% of reviewers gave it 5 stars rating such as;
One user proudly proclaimed that this is perfect so far for her.
Another was happy to discover that his purchase was just as good as it was advertised.
Over-all Impression
As a whole, this delivers what it promises when it comes to reducing slam. Some users may just need to check how they use the product to ascertain the real reason why it failed for them. They might think that it will still remain gentle when it closes despite using force to close it down.

Mayfair 148E2 000Mayfair 148E2 000 Molded Wood

Whisper – Close hinge mechanism; thus, it moves slowly and quietly when it closes.
This has easy clean and change hinge mechanism so that it will be easy to remove and clean the seat or when it is time to be replaced.
It is made of durable molded wood set in high gloss finish so it will survive chipping and scratching over time and period.
Fits rounded or elongated toilet bowls from different manufacturers.
Maid in America and only produced with environment friendly processes and materials.
Equipped with STA-TITE mechanism; hence, remains in place and no loosening of the fastening system.

To get a perfect fit with your bowl made by other manufacturers, check the measurement first as this product measures 18.9 inches for its length, 14.1 inches for the width, and 2.6 inches for its depth.
No need to replace existing  bowls just to enjoy this easy clean.
Easy to install  and can be detached easily if you want to perform deep cleaning and needs to be removed to do so.
Produces minimal noise when it closes after you use it.
Tap mechanism to close it; thus, no slamming motions produced.
Needs extra push if you want to remove it.
It takes 15 seconds to close; for some this might be time consuming.
User Reviews
This product was rated high among more than 600 users who reviewed the product. 72% of them gave it a 5 star rating; thus, this slow close gathered an average rating of 4.4 stars. Here’s what some 5 star raters said about this product;
One buyer said that the closing it is very clever for the manufacturer to think of an easy removal system in order to clean this very well.
Another exclaimed that she just love the silence this product gives when it closes after it is used.
Over-All Impression
The manufacturer was not really pulling its customer’s legs when it said that this product produces whisper like sound when it closes.

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This product offers the same benefits similar to its other products such as easy to remove and complications free cleaning. As it is made of wood, it offers reliability, stability and durability.

Includes whisper close hinge mechanism that it closes slowly and very quietly.
You only need to tap it to close.
Built with stress-free clean and change hinge mechanism to make it easy for you to remove it for cleaning or replacing.
Durably molded and made of wood and finished with gloss finish; thus, you have a seat that can resist scratching and chipping off.
Fits different bowls from different manufacturers.
Made in the U.S.A. and only uses environmentally friendly materials and processes.

To enjoy amazing benefits of this product, check your own bathroom measurements first as this product is measured at 16.9 x 14.4 x 2.3 inches.
Even if you make slamming motions, it will still close very gently.
Great, especially during the night as it is noise free; thus, you do not annoy and disturb people who sleep lightly and wake up easily by just hearing little noises.
Reliable to give whisper like sound when you close it and durable at the same time as even if you slam it, it will still close very slow, gently, and quietly.
Can be installed without asking help from a handyman.
Produces squeaky noise during first few uses.
It may not chip or scratch off easily but some users reported discoloration after months of using it.
User Reviews
This product rated was high. 75% of reviewers gave it a 5 stars rating with an average rating of 4.5 stars coming from more than 500 reviewers. Here are some statements coming from five star raters;
One user said that this product was great and was installed easily by her husband despite his lack of skills.
Another buyer was appreciative and that he stated that this was great value for money.
Over-all Impression
KOHLER K-4636-0KOHLER K-4636-0 Cachet Quiet-Close with Grip-Tight Bumpers 

This  is specifically designed to fit a majority of elongated seats available in the market. This product features both innovative technology and subtle styling when you want distinctiveness with regards to seats.

Here are the several features you will like in this toilet seat from Kohler:
It is built with Unique Grip-tight bumpers to hold the item very firmly in place and avoid wobbling or shifting while you use it.
With Q3 advantage feature in order to prevent the it from slamming and as a mechanism for easy installation and cleaning.
Fits either one or two piece.
Ergonomically designed to provide greater comfort and fit

This product measures 14.2 x 18.6 inches.
Very easy to clean as you do not need to have extensive skills in terms of fixing and installing bathroom gadgets, fixtures, and accessories
Stain resistant as it is made of high solid polypropylene material.
More hygienic as it offers little body contact between the skin and the item.

Reportedly uncomfortable as it has a funnel like design that users feel that they are inserted inside the bowl.
User Reviews
This was rated relatively high from more than 300 reviewers as it garnered an average of 3.8 stars. Some of the significant reviews from 5 star raters are:
One user did not regret buying this model as it has a great design.
Another buyer reported that he did not feel the reported uncomfortable feeling while sitting on this.
Over-all impression
This is a good product; however, the manufacturer should take into considerations the feedback provided by the reviewers to make this product even more great for potential users.

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This product utilizes Toto’s latest innovation in smart technology. Another alternative slow close model that is still loaded with the usual features Toto is known for. Here’s another product that rids slam syndrome. Here are features that users find very nice for this specific model:
mechanism that gets rid of slam consequence after every use.
Ergonomically designed to offer maximum comfort for users and molded bumpers to get rid of instability while using or sitting.
Made of high gloss and solid-high impact polypropylene to ensure durability in the long run.
Chemical and cleaning agents resistant; thus, it will not be subjected to damage when you use cleaning solutions with harsh ingredients and chemicals.

This product measures 18.6 in terms of length, 14.4 in terms of width, and 3.5 inches in terms of depth.
Built with the usual features products are popular with.
Easy to install and clean with no need for an extra hand for help.
Has a good fit so you will not feel uncomfortable during prolonged usage of this.
Some users still find the angled inwards; thus, it is uncomfortable for them to sit on it for an extended period of time. One solution to this is to adjust habits.
User Reviews
Despite the fact that this product only has few reviewers and users, it is still able to garner an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 stars. Some interesting comments from five star raters are:
One said that he found the installation easy to complete even without the help of installation tools.
Another said that his purchase was a great complement to his Toto Clayton.
Over-all impressions
This product did not disappoint as it provides the same comfort similar.

With this list, we do hope that you will find the best soft toilet seats for your toilet bowl today.