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Janice Anne Costa

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Best Lavatory Seats & Best Toilet Seat

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If your spouse spends so much time in the “throne room”, you're thinking of investing in an eject button, you might want to skip this article. If, on the other hand, you'd like to make your bathroom more comfortable and inviting, read on.

While the toilet may not be the first thing you think of when glamorizing your bath, with the newest advances in technology, comfort, and style, the best seat in the house could very well be in your bathroom. That's because the latest, greatest toilet seats are padded, heated, lighted, and scented, and feature everything from self-closing properties to padded arm rests and back rests to bidet action. You can even find seats with a built-in candle holder, drink holder or ashtray.

Here's a look at some of the most luxurious and innovative toilet seats on the market today.

The best lavatory seats feature the latest advances in technology, comfort and style. Make the best toilet seat the most important spot in the home to make it the true throne room.

Best Toilet Seats by Janice Anne Costa

The Best You Can Get

  • Herbeau Dagobert Wooden Toilet Throne

    Janice says: If you want a toilet that's made for King - literally - check out the Herbeau Dagobert Wooden Toilet Throne. At $10k, it's definitely not in the “cheap seats” category, but when it comes to luxury, it's as close to a real throne as you can get without marrying into royalty. Built from the wood of a massive ash tree, the eighth century French design boasts a majestic presence, including arm rests, and an inscribed high profile seat back.

    • Hand painted accessories including candle holder, ashtray, and a bell to ring when you finish
    • A musical chime that rings when you raise the lid
    • Measures 63 ¾” H x 25 1/2” W
  • Kohler C-3 Toilet Seat with Bidet Functionality

    Janice says: Kohler's C-3 toilet seat with bidet functionality uses the soothing impact of water as a hygienic alternative to toilet paper. The seat features two separate water nozzles that spray warm, aerated water, as well as a user sensor and side arm controls. The lighted bowl is a clever amenity, eliminating the need to turn the light on at night.

    • Anti-microbial plastic construction
    • Heated seat with three different temperature settings
    • Energy-save mode that reduces energy consumption when not in use
  • TOTO - Washlet

    Janice says: They say technology is making everything smarter, and your toilet seat is no exception. In fact, the TOTO Washlet S400 is designed to be intuitive, with sensor-activated, hands-free auto flush, sensor-activated automatic open/close lid, and more. The bidet action includes gentle aerated warm water with a massage feature and warm air drying with variable temperature control.

    • Heated seat with temperature control
    • Wireless remote control with large LCD panel
    • Automatic air purifier
  • Brondell Swash Ecoseat

    Janice says: Brondell Swash Ecoseat is designed to save trees by eliminating the need for toilet paper. Indeed, the dual-wand seat with integrated bidet and adjustable water pressure can save a family of four over $125 a year in toilet paper consumption, according to the company. Equally important, this eco-friendly seat is comfortable, hygienic, easy to use and easy to install.

    • Battery operated, with push button controls
    • Fits nearly 98% of all existing toilets
  • Bemis Purité Personal Cleansing Spa

    Janice says: The Purité Personal Cleansing Spa from Bemis is a great product for anyone suffering from reduced mobility or other medical conditions that create discomfort when using the toilet. Many doctors recommend hydrocleansing (bidet-like features) to relieve sensitive tissues and improve hygiene, and this personal spa is designed to create a custom hydrocleansing experience, with two independently operated spa nozzles, three temperature settings, and five water pressure settings.

    • Molded plastic seat with DuraGuard anti-microbial protection
    • Slow-close hinge on both seat and lid
    • Space saving seat to fit into powder rooms and small baths

You will be happy with any of these

  • The Considerate Seat: Self-Closing Toilet Seat

    Janice says: Finally - a solution to the age old dispute about who left the toilet seat up! This self-closing toilet seat with HydraGlide automatically and noiselessly lowers the toilet seat, making it a great compromise for men who can't remember to lower the seat, and the women who love them. The seat is padded for added comfort, and features an adjustable closing time.

    • Soft padded white vinyl construction
    • Design that fits all round-front, standard toilet bowls
  • Brondell Breeza Deodorizing Toilet Seat

    Janice says: For those who dream of having a bathroom that always smells fresh and clean, the Brondell Breeza Deodorizing Toilet Seat features a four-stage deodorizing system that captures odors at the source and then purifies air with a carbon filter, and an aromatherapy vent. The body-activated smart sensor is powered by two D batteries, while anti-microbial components help to keep the seat sanitary.

    • Ergonomic design
    • Gentle-close seat and lid
  • Bemis Alesio

    Janice says: If style is your passion, The Alesio toilet from Bemis offers plenty of aesthetic appeal. Crafted in Italy, the seat features sleek European styling and a contoured shape that works well in nearly any bath. The seat's patented Coralink construction makes it exceptionally durable and easy to clean, and offers a porcelain-like feel that adds to its design appeal.

    • Scratch- and fade-resistant material that's also fire retardant
    • Unique hinge system that provides a seamless connection without visible fasteners
  • InstiMist Heated Toilet Seat

    Janice says: This heated toilet seat with built-in bidet features boasts electronic temperature and water pressure controls in an ergonomic control panel. And the price makes this a more affordable luxury than many similar products.

    • Heated seat and two heated water bidet streams
    • Automatic shut-off
    • 10% discount for handicapped buyers
  • Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer

    Janice says: If you're afraid your son or daughter might be the first child ever to go to their high school graduation in diapers, this toilet seat is for you! It's sleek and seamless (read: easy to clean), made of softly molded plastic with no cracks or crevices that might pinch delicate bottoms, doesn't slide or slip on the seat, and comes in a variety of fun colors.

    • An adjustable dial that adapts to all types of toilet seats
    • An angled splashguard to help keep the bathroom clean
    • An arched handle located behind the raised back of the seat for hanging the seat next to the toilet when not in use

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