Considering the time you spend in the toilet at your home, it makes sense to not only have a good toilet seat but also a comfortable one. Comfort can be viewed from different perspectives, warmth is one of them. Heated seats increase comfort by enhancing blood flow while relaxing your muscles. Beyond that, heated toilet seats can also improve the value of your home, especially when you want to sell, lease or rent it out.
Like any other bathroom accessories, heated toilet seats come in many styles, designs, brands, and prices. Most of these seats rely on electricity while others can be battery-operated. Some come attached with bidet and nightlights while others are merely standard seats. The following is a review of the best-heated toilet seats with tips and ideas on the features to look for when shopping.
Brondell LumaWarm Heated Toilet Seat with Light
At the top of our list is the elegant Brondell LumaWarm Heated Toilet Seat. It’s available both for rounded and elongated bowls with both options having the same great features.
Besides having one of the best heating we tried out on toilets (neither too hot or too cold), it comes with a night light that’s blue in color and gentle to the eyes. With this light in place, you don’t need to turn on your bathroom lights when using the loo at night. Simply follow it and you’ll be good.
Another great feature this toilet seat has is the slow close one which prevents the toilet seat cover from slamming on the bowl after use. The slamming can get quite irritating besides damaging the parts of the toilet.
In addition to these great features, it’s also one of the easiest to install and use. Within 10 minutes, you’ll be using the toilet seat as the installation process is very simple with only a screwdriver being used.
- Simple and easy installation doesn’t require any special skills and takes a short time.
- Night light feature prevents sleep interruption as you don’t need to turn on the lights to use the loo.
- Slow close feature prevents slamming and damage to the toilet.
- Simple and easy to use.
- 4 temperature settings allow you choose the right warmth.
- Can take up to 15 minutes to heat up.
With toilet seats, you don’t need many bells and whistles to use it. You just need it to work and that’s what this toilet seat does. We do wish it heated up faster and had a sleep mode to save on power. All in all, it doesn’t use up any significant amounts of power hence a great option.
Toto Heated Toilet Seat and Bidet(Washlet C200)
Available in cotton white and Sedona beige, the Toto Washlet C200 is one of the most advanced toilet seats on the market.
It delivers the features it has with lots of ease thus eliminating the intimidation we noted in other types of toilet seats. You get a great way to control the temperature of the toilet seat besides running other features.
This toilet seat is packed with features including the SoftClose one for the seat and lid, a dryer, deodorizer, premist and a warm water reservoir.
This is an all-in-one unit that delivers warmth on the seat and rinses your bottom before drying you up after you’ve taken care of your business. In our trials, it worked very well hence the high praise.
- SoftClose feature for the lid and seat prevents slamming to cause noise and damage.
- Remote control makes it easy to use the features without a struggle.
- The temperature control on the heated seat enables choosing the right temperature for yourself.
- Cleans you after using it reducing on the time and money spent in the toilet. You wont need toilet paper which is a good thing for the environment.
- The premist feature prevents the sticking of waste to the sides of the toilet. It’s thus easier to clean in general.
- Air deodorizer neutralizes the odors in the bathroom.
- Warm air dryer after cleaning.
- Has a slight learning curve.
Although you’ll need to learn your way around the toilet, the features are the very best once you get a hang of it.
BioBidet Ultimate BB600
Also available in a round or elongated shape for matching toilet bowls, the BioBidet Ultimate BB600 packs a long list of impressive features which earned it this position.
It has a set of buttons on the right side where you can easily reach and adjust the heat, posterior wash and other features.
It has a dual nozzle system which is perfect for having a clean bottom once done using it. It’s also very easy to use with the kids.
This toilet seat can easily win the title of the smartest toilet seat given the smart features it comes with. For example, it has an adjustable heat system, adjustable water use, and a slow-closing lid which prevents damage and slamming noises in the home.
The impressive Energy Save Mode reduces the amount of electricity you need to use on a daily basis by shutting it off when not used for a while.
- Easy installation procedure saves time and doesn’t require an expert.
- Kid friendly as it can be used with kids without any risks.
- Dual nozzles are better at cleaning the posterior than single nozzles.
- Many adjustments for temperature, water and other features.
- Slow-closing lid prevents damage and noise in the home.
- Energy Save Mode helps reduce electricity use.
- Better cleaning through the pulsating massage technology.
- 2-year limited warranty for peace of mind.
- Plastic parts may not last especially with lots of users.
We think the dual nozzles perform one of the best cleaning acts we tried out. While we lamented at the plastic parts, they do last for long especially when it comes to normal family use.
UltraTouch Heated Standard Toilet Seat
If all you want is a reliable toilet seat without many additions, the UltraTouch Heated Toilet Seat is among the very best.
It offers a heated toilet seat and not much else with the focus being on those who want a traditional heated toilet seat. You can power up this seat with a rechargeable lithium battery or portable power station that has enough wattage.
It doesn’t look or feel fancy but it has an assuring feel to it thanks to the high-quality materials it’s built with.
It comes with a 6-foot power cord which is long enough for most homes. The toilet seat also relies on a 12-volt thermal circuit which enables it to provide up to 25°C of heat above the prevailing room temperature.
The cover and the seat are both lined with antimicrobial material which prevents the accumulation of germs with toilet use. We still think washing it is the best way to keep it clean, however.
- High quality materials for longevity.
- The 6-foot power cord is long enough for most homes.
- Simple and user-friendly.
- Adjusts the heat to about 25 degrees above the room temperature.
- The antimicrobial film helps keep germs at bay.
- The cover may become discolored with time.
- Lacks advanced features that other heated bidet seats have
An interesting aspect about this toilet seat is that it’s listed as being dishwasher safe. We’re not really sure if you clean your toilet seat in the dishwasher but it’s still an interesting point to note.
Brondell S1000-EW Swash 1000 Advanced Bidet Elongated Heated Toilet Seat
The Brondell s1000-EW seat is available in both round and elongated designs both with great features.
It comes with a pair of stainless steel adjustable nozzles which provide the highest level of hygiene and will last for as long as you want.
The silver nanotechnology used on the nozzles sterilizes the nozzles making it easy to keep the toilet safe from germs.
What we loved about this heated toilet seat is the fact that it has a ceramic core with instant heating. This means that you can enjoy the warm seat of the toilet and warm water wash afterward without having to wait or waste power in the process.
After a warm water wash, you get dried by the warm water wash. You also get a warm air dryer for convenience. The deodorizer then eliminates any odors in the toilet after you’re done using it.
- Remote controlled use for convenience.
- Available for round and elongated toilet bowls.
- The dual nozzles provide better cleaning than toilet seats with a single nozzle.
- The constant heating capability helps save time and money.
- Has an aerated wash spray with three width adjustments for the best washing.
- The air from the warm air dryer is a bit weak.
This heated toilet seat is all you’ll need in your bathroom thanks to its high level of reliability.
Bemis Radiance Plastic Toilet Seat, H1900NL 000
One of the easiest heated toilet seats to use on the market is the Bemis Radiance H190000NL 000. It has a warming seat with 3 settings to get just the right level of heat for your use.
The toilet seat also comes with a soft blue-colored LED light to illuminate the interior of your bathroom eliminating the need to turn on the lights each time you need to use the toilet at night. Owing to the fact it comes with a basic design, similar to that of UltraTouch standard seat, you can also plug it into a rechargeable battery.
To prevent pinched ends and noises, there is an anti-slamming feature that slowly closes the lid once you tap on it. if you worry about the wiggle common in most toilet seats, there is the STA-TITE fastening system which allows you to further tighten the lid once it’s loose.
The same system makes it very easy to install it onto your toilet seat. When installing it, you get the benefit of the Seat Fit system which makes it easy to get the perfect fit and alignment.
- Easy to use and install.
- The blue LED light saves power and doesn’t disturb your sleep.
- The STA-TITE, Super Grip Bumpers and Precision Seat Fit make the seat both easy to use and eliminate wiggling when in use.
- Can be too hot if not set right.
This is an easy choice if you need a good heated toilet seat without too many bells and whistles.
Choosing any one or a few of the options above will give you the right user experience with heated toilet seats. The one you choose will depend on your personal needs and preferences.
KOHLER Elongated Heated Bidet Toilet Seat
This list cannot be complete without one of the most reputable toilet manufacturers, Kohler. The C3 455, is designed to leave you feeling a cleaner kind of clean. If you know, you definitely get it. It comes with customizable presets that personalize your experience. Everything is controlled with a remote for unrivaled comfort and convenience.
One feature that stands out is the automatic deodorization with a carbon filter that controls odors on your toilet.
Other features include
- Adjustable water temperature and water pressure.
- Oscillating and pulsating spray options.
- Warm-air drying system with adjustable air speed and temperature.
- LED lighting illuminates the bowl to serve as a nightlight
- Stainless steel wand with automatic UV-light self-sanitization
- Sleek, handheld remote control with two programmable user presets.
- Hybrid heater provides continuously heated water for consistent comfort.
SmartBidet SB-1000 Electronic Elongated Heated Bidet Toilet Seat
The SB-1000 is an easy-to-install remote-controlled heated bidet seat that comes with multi-wash functions with a self-cleaning nozzle & oscillation.
Its features include;
- 5-level adjustable water pressure
- 3-level adjustable water temperature
- 5-level nozzle positions
- Warm air dryer, adjustable to 5 levels
- Energy saving mode
- Soft closing lid and seat
The features and aspects to consider when shopping for a heated toilet seat include:
Ease of installation
First, the toilet seat needs to be easy to install once you buy it. This is one of the most important aspects you should look into. You do not want unnecessary additional installation fees. All the options on our list are very easy to install and will take about 10 minutes and they’re ready to use. This remains true whether you go for rounded or elongated options.
The amount of heat that makes the user comfortable varies as people respond differently to temperature. The toilet seat should have a way to adjust the temperature for each user with most having three basic settings namely low, medium and high. Other seats allow users to set their own temperature.
Others have automatic temperature adjustments which can be some degrees above the room temperature. We found out that both types of temperature control methods are sufficient, although the ones with user adjustments are better.
Your Bathroom/Toilet Design
Some bathrooms have wall sockets while others do not. If you do not have a wall socket near your toilet, the included power cord should be long enough to reach the wall socket.
Toilet Bowl Shape & Size
Bowl shapes range from elongated, round, and even square. Sizes vary as well. To avoid wobbling and unstable seats look for a design that matches your existing toilet bowl shape and size.
While a majority of the heated toilet seats come in plastic, the quality will depend on the type of plastic used. The best plastic is the hard plastic that gives you confidence. For bidet seats, stainless-steel nozzles are some of the best. Besides that, look for any additions such as antimicrobial covers or properties for the best user experience.
The cost for a heated toilet is can be assessed in terms of the purchase and maintenance. The purchase cost will depend on the quality of materials and the features included. For this one, the more the features and the more vital they are, the more you’re going to pay.
The cost of maintenance refers to any repairs you’ll be making in case of failure, and the amount of electricity the seat requires. The good news is that the options on our list use very little electricity with some of them even having power-saving modes which shut off the toilet seat to reduce the use of power.
The following are more additional features to look for.
Heated seats can be controlled via a remote or a side panel attached to the wall or somewhere on the toilet seat.
For seats with loads of features, a wireless remote is the best option. Side panels and touch buttons can be a good option, especially for standard seats that do not come with a lot of features.
These additional lights help a lot in improving your sight at night. A nightlight projects a gentle glow onto the toilet’s tank so that you can easily see the toilet area when entering the bathroom. When you lift the lid, you see the light illuminating the bowl for improved sight.
If you have kids or other adults who simply slam the toilet seat when closing it, you know it can get really annoying each time it happens.
Besides that, it damages the toilet seat and with time it can lead to the need for repairs. The solution lies in getting a toilet seat with gentle lid closing mechanism. All of the options we chose on have this feature as it makes the user experience far much better.
Water and Air Streams
For the heated toilet seat with bidets, look for the best quality in terms of the streams of water and air in the toilet.
The quality and number of nozzles used should be a priority for the user. Besides that, check if they have self-cleaning capabilities which clean the toilet before and after each use.
The air streams are very important for these types of toilets as they determine how good the toilet seat is in drying up the user after use, and how much it keeps odors away.
Other extra features include a deodorizer to reduce unpleasant smells, etc. How important most of these features are to the user experience is subjective hence, the decision over them is subjective as well.
With the aspects above, you are bound to make the right decision in picking the right heated toilet seat.
Benefits of a Heated Toilet Seat
With a heated toilet seat, you enjoy the following benefits:
Ease of Installation and Use
Heated toilet seats are meant to only add the features you need while keeping their use simple and convenient. This means their installation and use are both easy. In fact, you won’t experience any delays and changes in the toilet use routine apart from the heating and washing part.
Relief from Arthritis and Its Effects
If you or someone else you know has arthritis, you probably know that the use of joints leads to pain and general discomfort. You probably also know that heat and warmth, in general, are recommended to reduce this discomfort.
Among the most recommended items for arthritis patients are heated toilet seats and those that reduce motion in general. A heated toilet seat that has cleaning capabilities helps reduce the time taken to bend, get up, clean it and so on.
Eases Muscle Tension
Those with any conditions inhibiting normal toilet sessions will benefit from heated toilet seats as the warmth helps relax the muscles such that you can have an easy session on the toilet. Besides that, heated toilet seats are just easier to use than their unheated alternatives.
Low Electricity Use
Heated toilet seats are very cheap to run as they use an almost insignificant amount of electricity even when they’re always on. You may not even notice any change in the monthly electricity bill when you install heated toilet seats in your home.
As seen here, heated toilet seats have many benefits whether you have a health condition or not. For the most part, a heated toilet seat is meant to eliminate the cold shock from using a cold toilet seat at night or during cold weather.
There are other options to keep the toilet seat warm including using a wooden toilet seat and covering the seat with cushioning materials.
How do Heated Toilets Seats Work?
A heated toilet seat works by using resistance coils to heat the seat of the toilet by some degrees. The resistance coils will be connected to a source of power with most coils using two resistance coils on either side of the toilet bowl.
How much energy does a heated toilet seat use?
On average, a heated toilet seat uses about $0.12 of power per day and $45.73 per year.