If you are seeking to buy a new toilet or replace an old one, shape is one factor that will determine your decision. Elongated shapes have gained decent popularity in the recent past.
Elongated toilets are toilets that have an oval-shaped toilet bowl that stretches a couple of inches into the front of the restroom. This toilet design gives a modern look to bathrooms in both residential and commercial buildings.
Read on to find out what an elongated toilet seat is, the dimensions, why you would want it, the disadvantages, and a review of the best models plus accessories such as seats, covers as well as risers.
What is an Elongated Toilet Seat/Bowl?
An elongated toilet has an egg-shaped bowl that makes the front side of the toilet longer and roomy. These types of toilets have a similar toilet seat and cover to adequately cover the elliptical shape of the toilet
The egg shape provides more surface area than standard round toilets. The additional surface area makes it easier for aged individuals and those with disabilities to rest their upper thighs on the seat, allowing a more even distribution of weight.
The added support also makes standing much easier not only for people with special needs but also for healthy people.
Elongated Toilet Dimensions (size)
About, 18.5 inches is how long an elongated toilet seat is. This is a measurement got by measuring from the center of the seat mounting holes in the bowl to the front outside edge of the bowl.
In terms of width, an elongated toilet seat measures about 14 inches but can go up to 15 inches. To get this dimension, simply use a tape measure to measure across the widest part of your toilet bowl, from the outside wedge to the other outside wedge.
Most elongated toilet seats especially in the US have a bolt spread measurement of 5.5 inches. This is the distance between the 2 toilet seat mounting bolt holes on the toilet bowl. This measurement can go up to 6.5 inches for other countries
Elongated toilet dimensions from the wall can be up to 31 inches. This is the measurement from the finished wall behind the toilet to the front of the bowl.
There are several compact elongated toilets to cater to small or limited bathroom spaces, but they equally have an oval shape. A two-piece elongated toilet would, however, be taller than a one.
Why Would I want an Elongated Toilet Bowl?
Besides the design which tends to attract a lot of people, you would possibly want an elongated because of the following
If you have a spacious bathroom.
If you a have some cash to spend on a toilet design that is comfortable and modern
Elongated models are the perfect fit if your house has only huge persons or adults, especially tall men. They are more comfortable and the bowl shape provides more room.
In addition to room, men also appreciate the sloped angle inside the bowl that helps prevent splashback. Without the constant touching of the seat ring or under the rim, one can reduce the spread of infectious diseases.
If you want a design that has hand space either at the front or back
At the same time, you may not need an elongated toilet seat if you have small kids and limited washroom space.
Let’s have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of having an elongated toilet.
- They are easier to clean – with an elongate front, the front end is more exposed due to a bigger bowl. This way, your cleaning agents can easily penetrate that area including your brushes. It will be tough for stains to accumulate.
- It offers more surface area for genital areas. Most especially for men, the extra space in front will allow then to seat comfortably without worrying about their parts touching the toilet’s rim or the edge of the seat.
- It offers more space for huge or heavyweight individuals. Those with wide hips are likely to feel unsupported or unbalanced while seated on an ordinary seat. With the elongated, however, it offers a bigger seat, so you don’t feel like your falling off. This also helps you relax as you go on with your business.
- These toilets can be manufactured with many water and environmentally friendly features. From from powerful flushing system to different aqua technologies. All in an effort to save water and prevent clogs and backups.
- They cost more than the rounded toilets. This is mostly because of the added features such as a stylish designs, pristine decor, etc.
- Despite the fact that compact elongated are available, most regular elongated toilets cannot be a good fit for most bathroom designs.
Best Elongated Toilets + Seats (Compact and Regular)
Following are some of the best elongated toilets and seats. This includes the top compact, standard, chair height, smart, two-piece and one-piece elongated toilets.
SANIFLO Sanicompact Elongated Toilet
The Sanicompact is a self-contained dual-flush toilet system used to install a half bathroom up to 9 feet below the sewer line, or even up to 120 feet away from a soil stack.It is designed for residential use only.
The standard dual flush version uses 1.28 gpf or 1 gpf and uses less water than any regular toilet but with the same efficiency.
It is easy to install, clean and most users love its quietness and softness.
Galba Small Elongated One Piece Toilet.
Another compact option for small spaces is the Galba small toilet. This is a short tiny mini commode water closet specifically designed for compact bathrooms.
The Galba comes with a self-cleaning glazed surface that would not scratch, rust, fade, or discolor
It features a dual siphonic flush, cUPC, MaP flush score of 300 and a slow-closing nesting toilet seat Like the the sanicompact, it is to install, and clean.
Other top standard-sized and chair height 2-piece and 1-piece toilets include;
American Standard Cadet Elongated Pressure Assisted Two Piece Toilet
This comes with a fully glazed 2-1/8″ trapway and an ever clean surface that prevents the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew.
It features a chrome metal trip lever with a pressure assisted siphon jet action; working pressure range of between 25 psi to 80 psi
DeerValley DV-1F026 Dual Flush Elongated Standard 1PC Toilet
This is a standard one-piece ADA-height toilet that comes with a sleek design ideal for modern design bathrooms. The elongated one-piece and skirted design make cleaning and maintenance easy.
Highly efficient dual flush toilet that lets you to proactively conserve water by selecting 0.8 GPF light waste or higher(1.28gpf) for tougher jobs
Comes with fully glazed surfaces, super-quiet and yet powerful flush with no clogs.
Still more options from popular brands include;
- Kohler K-3819-0 Memoirs 2PC Elongated Toilet
- TOTO CST244EF#01 Entrada Two-Piece Elongated Toilet
- WOODBRIDGE B–0980S Smart Bidet Toilet Elongated One Piece
Elongated Toilet Seats & Covers
If you want to replace your old or malfunctioned elongated toilet seat, there are a couple of options that are mostly made from wood or plastic. The best seats are easy to clean, install, remove and of the right dimensions. Following are our top recommendations.
Kohler Elongated Toilet Seat (K-4636-0 Cachet)
While there are many elongated seat designs from Kohler, the K-4636-0 Cachet is the most reviewed and rated. It features a universal design that can fit most elongated toilets. It is easy to install, remove and clean.
This toilet seat combines subtle styling and innovative technology. Unique Grip-Tight rubber bumpers hold the seat firmly in place and prevent shifting.
It is a soft-close seat that features innovative technology which prevents the seat from slamming and simplifies both cleaning and installation.
It comes in 7 different colors including white, black, almond, biscuit, cashmere, ice gray and sandbar.
Bemis Elongated Toilet Seat with Cover
Ideal for residential use, this seat is made from molded-wood construction with a superior high gloss finish that resists chipping and scratching to provide enduring use.
This is seat comes in a variety of colors and it fits all popular elongated toilet brands including Kohler, American Standard, TOTO
Elongated Wood Toilet Seat- Angel Shield
There several wooden toilet seat brands in the market but Angel Shield natural wood elongated toilet seat seems to stand out. It has decent reviews and ratings. Like the other seats above, it is easy clean, install and remove and it fits most common toilet brands especially in USA.
- Quick-release hinges for quick removal/installation for replacement or cleaning.
- Soft-close- seat closes slowly and quietly, without slamming or pinching fingers.
- A toilet seat cover and a toilet seat lifter
- Come in different colors including black, dark brown and wood.
Further Reading: Plastic vs Wood Toilet Seats
Elongated Toilet Risers
If already own or intending to get an elongated toilet, there are seat risers that can help in modifying it to suit your needs. A good recommendation is the Essential Medical Supply Elevated Toilet Seat with Padded Arms.
Further Reading: How to Raise a Toilet
What kind of Plunger for Elongated Toilet?
The best plunger for elongated toilet bowl is the one with the beehive type of toilet plunger. The beehive shape, easily compresses to create a good seal allowing you to unclog your toilet with minimal effort.
One of the best beehive plunger is Korky’s Beehive Max. It is a heavy-duty plunger designed to fit old & new HET toilet bowls. It is made of durable rubber that doesn’t mark up your toilet bowl. The t-handle provides an optimum grip.
Are all Elongated Toilet Seats the same Size/Universal?
Not all elongated toilet seat are universal or come in the same size. While some elongated fits most toilet seat, some are designed for specific bowl sizes and brands. Be sure to have the correct measurements before getting a new seat for replacement
Can I put an Elongated Seat on a Round Toilet?
No. You cannot replace an elongated toilet seat with a round seat because the shape and measurements will not match.
Further Reading: Elongated vs Round Toilets Bowls