Optional Seat Features
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If you don't have the space or the budget for a toilet and a bidet, consider a toilet seat with bidet features, such as the one shown below.
It might be a stretch to call a toilet seat “exciting,” but today’s toilets offer more than a cold, white seat. Some more notable features include:
• Bidet Features: Most bathrooms in the U.S. don’t have bidets, and for anyone remodeling a bathroom, there might not even be room to add one. Luckily, if you crave bidet features but don’t have enough space for one, there are toilet seats that double as a bidet. These toilet seats usually have an electronically controlled bidet feature, a cleaning nozzle that looks a little like a water pick, which retracts into the back of the seat when not in use.
A bidet seat with cleaning nozzle.
• Warming Seats: For those that can’t stand sitting on a cold toilet seat, there are plenty of seats today that allow you to control their temperature. These seats usually come with an electrical cord that, when plugged in, powers the toilet seat’s heat.
• Raised Seats: A raised toilet seat can make sitting more comfortable for people with hip and leg problems. You can find toilets with bowls that sit higher than usual (16 inches or above) before a seat is even added, but you can also purchase toilet seats that allow you to sit higher than normal. A raised toilet seat may also come equipped with sidebars to make getting up from the seat easier.
• Child Seats: While you can purchase entire toilets that are made for children, it might not be the wisest investment since children will outgrow them in a few years. But a children’s toilet seat, a small seat that can be placed over an existing seat, is an easy and affordable solution for creating a kid-friendly toilet.
• Extra-Wide Seats: Designed for people whose body frame calls for extra support and space, these seats are usually over 16-inches wide, compared to more standard seats that are around 14-inches wide. These seats can usually support extra weight, and are often raised, making them suitable for people with hip and leg problems.
• Soothing Noises: This is a rare feature, but some toilets are equipped to play programmed sounds or the digital music files of your choice, allowing users to mask any unpleasant sounds.