Wood vs. plastic toilet seat

With the inventiveness and innovations in modern toilet seat offerings, both wood and plastic seats are available in an array of designs. Both are functional and complementary to the toilet and overall bathroom decor. But the two materials do have differences.


Plastic seats are available in padded models for increased comfort. But also, plastic seats will be colder to sit on, not only in the winter, but also in the summer when the use of central air has made the room itself cool. Natural wood seats would be warmer, year-round.


Plastic seats are generally easier to clean with simple wipes, using a cleaning rag. However, plastic seats are more prone to exhibit scratches from cleaning. Wood seats are more susceptible to staining and discolouration from exposure to certain cleaning chemicals.


Padded plastic seats are more likely to crack and tear before a wood seat. However, a moulded plastic seat is more durable than a seat of painted composition wood. The paint on a wooden seat is prone to peeling, according to, while the colour on a plastic seat goes all the way through.


Plastic toilet seats come in a rainbow of colours, including clear, and are often feature lids with printed or moulded designs. Wooden seats are often painted white or ivory or finished to allow the wood grain to show through for a rustic, country look.

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Christopher John has been a freelance journalist since 2003. He has written for regional newspapers such as "The Metro Forum" and the "West Tennessee Examiner." John has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Memphis State University.