I replaced a toilet seat. At Home Depot they had a large selection of
various materials - wood, plastic and molded wood. The old one was a
molded wood seat that came with the house.
There seemed to be more molded wood models than any other. The paint
had worn off the old one in spots and it actually cracked which is
what finally prompted me to replace it. I went with a plastic model
with a "quiet close" hinge and a quick release feature which seems
like a really good idea for convenient, thorough cleaning of the
I went with plastic because it doesn't have paint to wear off and I'm
guessing won't break on the load bearing area like the old molded wood
one did and will hold up better over time.
What's the benefit of a molded wood seat? Some of them were pretty
expensive, so it doesn't seem to be just a "cheap" alternative.
Canadian stores sell wood seats, none apparently
moulded: they are of solid wood (spliced from about
4 sections), shaped by cutting tools. Today's stock is
much lighter in weight and more thinly varnished than
10 years ago. The "brass" fixtures are as flimsy as
10 years ago, allowing a service life of about 5 years.
Some users find wood seats more comfortable than plastic,
i.e. judge the extra comfort is worth $5 or $10 extra over 5 years.
Uh, my "junk" is located internally, safe from the ravages of vengeful
toilet seats. Unless you mean the junk I store on top of the toilet
tank, which, as long as gravity works, is still pretty safe unless I
knock it into the bowl, a not-unheard-of occurrence.
"As a rule, wood toilet seats are slightly more expensive than plastic
Generally speaking, wood seats are thicker, warmer to sit on, sturdier,
and more durable than plastic.
Plastic lids are less durable & likely to show scratches -- even from
soft sponges used when cleaning. They are also more likely to crack."
Sounds like a sales pitch from a wood seat manufacturer. I never found
wood seats to be very durable, and they are definitely harder to keep
clean. Once the finish degrades, they tend to go downhill quickly. This
house came with plastic seats, and aside from the mounting bolts being a
little too small in diameter so the seats need to be tightened every few
months, I've been quite happy with them for three years now. Previous
places I've lived, I could count on replacing the wood seats every 3-5
years when the finish started flaking off.
That's pretty much my experience. Every "wood" seat I've seen looks
"worn" in some fashion. The vinyl padded seats - our previous -
develop tears, and have seams to collect dirt before that.
I put on a solid white plastic seat about 6 years ago and it still
looks new. Never had to retighten it. Never noticed any difference
in heat either. It wasn't the cheapest seat they were selling at the
store, and cost only a few bucks less than a solid wood seat.
But it has solid hardware.
The only issue with it is the outer edge is flush with the bowl outer
edge, so you have to get a finger just right to lift it. It's all
mostly a matter of personal taste anyway.
One comment about toilet seats... even the fancy one that SWMBO picked
out for our bathroom, with chromed brass hinges, still had plain old
zinc plated steel screws to hold the hinges to the toilet seat. She, of
course, has watched me slowly build my '55 Stude's engine and
drivetrain, and knows that I insist on stainless whenever possible and
anti-seize is more popular in my garage than beer, so she insisted on
picking up stainless wood screws to put the seat together. Overkill,
maybe, but it is a nice touch to not have to see rust when you take your
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