Toilet Seats: Round vs. Elongated

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Toilet seats are based on the toilet's bowl type, which is either elongated or round. Elongated toilet bowls require a longer seat to accommodate them, while round bowls require a round seat.

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Age

Elongated toilet seats and bowls have become popular recently and are often seen in newer homes, while round seats and bowls are more common in older homes.

Size

Elongated seats offer more sitting room and more comfort than round seats; there is a larger surface area to sit on. Elongated seats are typically around 18 ½ inches long, while round seats are about 16 ½ inches long.

Space

Toilets with round bowls and seats are better for smaller bathrooms because they take up much less space than those with elongated bowls and seats.

Cleanliness

Elongated seats often improve the cleanliness of a bathroom, as they offer a larger space to use and there is less of a chance that waste will reach the seat.

Theme

When considering which type of toilet seat and bowl to go with in a bathroom, it is also necessary to consider the theme of the bathroom. Certain bathrooms look better with each style. When choosing, consider how the whole space ties together.

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