Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021 @ 2:09 pm.

Let us wax rhapsodic for a moment about the wonder that is a heated toilet seat. If you haven't experienced this yourself, you are missing out one of life's simple pleasures. To find the best bets, we tested out seats ourselves. Then we asked our parent readers for their favorites. Here are the ones we recommend.

FYI: We've been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don't take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!


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Best Heated Seat With Nightlight

Soft close, blue night light
We love this seat—super easy to install and four heat settings. Yes, it fits most toilets . . . although we wish the cord was longer. A great gift idea.
$127.39

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Best Heated Seat With Nightlight: Brondell LumaWarm Heated Nightlight Toilet Seat

Let us sing the praises of a heated toilet seat.

Here at the home ranch in Colorado, winters can be long and hard. A heated toilet seat is one of those purchases that are life-changing!

Yes, they cost more than a standard toilet seat . . . but that upcharge pays for itself time and time again in comfort! Trust us, you’ll try this and wonder how you lived before.

Even if you live in a warm climate, a heated seat on the low setting takes the chill out of an air-conditioned bathroom.

After trying several toilet seat, we think the best option for most folks is the Brondell LumaWarm. We’ve had one here at the office for 20 years and it is still going strong.

Before we discuss the Brondell, we should point out an obvious requirement for a heated toilet seat: an electrical outlet. And since it is in the bathroom, a GFI circuit (also called GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupter outlet) may be required by code depending on where you live.

Since most toilets don’t have electrical outlets installed nearby, this could be a consideration in the total cost if you need to add one.

Here’s why we love the Brondell LumaWarm:

What We Liked

• Four heat settings. We use the lowest setting for summer and then crank it for a cold Colorado winter! Amazing!

• Sturdy.

• Soft close.

• Easy to install.

• Includes night light—yes, a cool blue light that amazes cats.

• Fits most toilets.

• Well made. As we mentioned above, we’ve had a Brondell for 20 years and still works.

What Needs Work

• Not everyone likes the night light.

• No energy savings mode.

• Need a GFI electrical outlet to plug it in.

• Can be hard to clean.

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Best Easy-to-Clean

Dual night lights and 3 heat settings
This tried and true brand impresses with its thoughtful design touches: easy on/off hinges for cleaning, concealed cord and quiet close. Yes, there is a Bluetooth-enabled app for scheduling, but it is hit or miss in design.
$174.39

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Best Easy-to-Clean: KOHLER K10349-0 PureWarmth Heated Toilet Seat

We do love the Brondell seat, but it does have one drawback: it isn’t that easy to clean. 

If this is an important issue (think teenage boys), then the Kohler K10349-0 might be a good choice—that’s because it has quick-release hinges that allow it to be removed for cleaning. 

Here’s more:

What We Liked

 Easy to install with included tools.

• Easy to clean, thanks to quick release hinges for easy on/off.

• Very warm!

• Two nightlights: one that illuminates the bowl and another that works when the lid is down.

• Bluetooth-enabled app lets you change settings remotely.

• Concealed cord.

• Soft close lid.

What Needs Work

• App works better in theory than reality. We see more than one user complain the app is not easy to set up. And why can’t you set a separate schedule for the weekend?

• Buttons could be easier to press.

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Best Easy-to-Work Controls

Easy to install
This well-made set has three heat settings, LED night light and easy-to-press controls. And yes, there is a soft close. Also nice: quick release for cleaning.
$131.07

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Best Easy-to-Work Controls: BEMIS Radiance Heated Night Light Toilet Seat with Slow Close

When we tried out various heated toilet seats, one feature we noticed missing on many brands were easy-to-press controls. You’d think this would be a no-brainer, but alas, many heated toilet seats have tiny buttons that can be hard to press. 

For the best easy-to-work controls, we thought BEMIS was tops—yes, these buttons are super easy to press. We liked this seat’s overall design and the price is easy on the wallet.

What We Liked

• 3 heat levels.

• Built-in LED night light.

• Simple to install.

• Easy access to control buttons.

• Quick remove/replace for cleaning.

• Fastening system keeps it from moving around.

What Needs Work

• Uneven heating? We didn’t find this in our test, but we do see some users said the seat didn’t heat evenly (that is, there were cool spots).

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Best Round Heated Toilet Seat

Like a warm hug on a cold night
If you have a small bathroom, a round toilet may be the right solution—and this heated seat fits round toilets. Four heat settings and a night light make it most useful!
$139.00

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Best Round Heated Toilet Seat: Brondell LumaWarm Heated Nightlight Toilet Seat

Yes, most heated toilet seats come in elongated size. But what if you have a round toilet? 

Brondell, the first recommended seat in this article, also comes in a round version. Since the pros and cons are the same, we’ll repeat them below:

What We Liked

• Four heat settings. We use the lowest setting for summer and then crank it for a cold Colorado winter! Amazing!

• Sturdy.

• Soft close.

• Easy to install.

• Includes night light—yes, a cool blue light that amazes cats.

• Fits most toilets.

• Well made. As we mentioned above, we’ve had a Brondell for 20 years and still works.

What Needs Work

• Not everyone likes the night light.

• No energy savings mode.

• Need a GFCI electrical outlet to plug it in.

• Can be hard to clean.

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