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Not every toilet seat is suitable for your toilet. Some are easier to install, others have more functions. There are many different sizes and designs. However, the material is crucial for the quality and comfort of your toilet seat. So choose wisely.

There are many different types of toilet seat. They should be comfortable and match your personal preferences. It is also important to choose the right material and the correct size of toilet seat. In this article, we have compared the most popular toilet seats for you and highlighted the most helpful aspects.


  • The different designs allow you to give your toilet seat a personal touch
  • The most important purchase criterion is the material, which is crucial for comfort and durability
  • A soft-closing mechanism is a must for many people, so make sure you buy one. You can save a lot of money if you do without a soft-closing mechanism.

The Best Toilet Lid: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for toilet seats

In order to find the right toilet seat for your bathroom, we have worked out some criteria. These should make your decision easier.

The criteria for a safe purchase are:


Do you want your toilet seat to blend in with the bathroom? Pay attention to the colour indicated by the manufacturer. The colours on the pictures can be deceiving to the eye. There are many different designs from round to square, mostly white or made of wood. However, the functionality should be in the foreground. A white design is typical. This integrates well into most bathrooms. White can quickly become dirty, so the material plays a major role here.


The material depends entirely on your preferences. They differ only slightly in terms of stability. Plastics are cool most of the time and contribute little to comfort. Their strength lies in the variety of designs and the price-performance ratio. Wood, on the other hand, offers a high level of comfort and a warm seat. It is fully recyclable and therefore the most environmentally friendly.

Due to the soft material, wear marks appear more quickly here. For families with children, we therefore recommend plastic rather than wood. Be sure to check the material before buying.

Soft-closing mechanism

You want to avoid unintentional damage and loud noises? The soft-close mechanism closes the lid slowly and quietly. This is particularly important for families with small children.


Most toilet seats can withstand up to 150 kg. However, you should avoid sitting on top of the toilet seat. This often causes unintentional damage.

Frequently asked questions about toilet lids answered in detail

In this section we go into more detail on the topic of toilet seats and answer frequently asked questions. This will give you a deeper insight into the topic.

Does the landlord have to pay for the toilet seat?

The landlord does not have to pay for the toilet seat. This is usually the tenant's responsibility. You should read up on sites that focus on legal matters. That would go beyond the scope of this guide.


Unlike many coloured toilet lids, this white toilet lid has the advantage that it blends in perfectly with most bathrooms. (Image source: Cameron Smith/ Unsplash)

If there is already damage when you move in, you should mention it promptly. There is a good chance that you will be reimbursed for the costs. This much we can say in advance.

What should you consider when choosing the material for a toilet lid?

You have the choice between many different materials. To give you a better overview, we have summarised the most typical materials with the most important criteria in a table.

Type Comfort Ease of cleaning Durability Environmentally friendly
Thermoset Rather low Very simple Very high Low
Thermoplastic Low Simple High Low
Wood High Simple Sufficient High
MDF High Rather heavy Low High

As can be seen from the table, there are no clear advantages. Each material has its own merits. So it's up to you what you choose.

How much does a toilet seat cost?

The price is mainly determined by the design and the material. With many suppliers, you can also specify extra wishes, which will then increase the price.

Price range Available products
10€ - 20€ Simple-looking toilet seat without soft-closing mechanism
20€ - 40€ Plastic toilet seat with soft-closing mechanism
from 40€ High-quality wooden toilet seat with soft-closing mechanism

The cheapest toilet lids are around 10€ to 20€, they are mostly made of plastic and have no soft-closing mechanism. The middle price range is around 20€ to 40€. Toilet lids in this price range and above are usually equipped with an automatic soft-closing mechanism. From €40, there are high-quality models made of wood.

How do I measure a toilet lid?

Measure the distance from the front edge of the toilet to the centre of the drill holes, as the toilet seat is attached to the rear edge of the bowl. We recommend you use a folding rule, as a ruler is often too small. It is usually difficult to measure accurately with a tape measure, as you have to measure across the toilet bowl and therefore have no surface to rest on.


You should always weigh your preferences. There are no outstanding advantages among the different toilet seats. Pay particular attention to the material and the design so that it integrates well into your bathroom and is not too sensitive for your circumstances. Not to be neglected, however, is the soft-closing mechanism and the quick-release function for easy removal of the lid.

Toilet lids are only a small part of your bathroom. However, you should not neglect them. If you invest a little more money in the toilet lid, the quality and thus the durability will also increase. The different motifs also usually increase the price; it's all about your personal touch.

(Cover photo: HausPhotoMedia / Unsplash)