Why is the toilet seat always cold?


It’s amazing how cold a toilet seat can get. And it’s also amazing how that part of the body, which is often quite well insulated, feels the cold so.

Whether or not a toilet seat feels cold depends largely on the temperature of the bathroom, and of the material from which the toilet seat is made.

Obviously, the temperature of the bathroom will have an effect because the toilet seat will – after momentarily being warmed by the previous user – be at the same temperature as the air around it.

However, the material that the toilet seat is made from will certainly make a difference too. Some materials conduct heat well, some are insulators. Insulators do not transport heat easily from place to place.

Have you ever seen a toilet seat made from stainless steel? Probably not. It is in some ways the perfect material because it is hard-wearing and easy to keep clean such as modern bidet toilet seats. However, it will extract the heat from your rear like sitting in a freezer! This is because stainless steel is an excellent conductor of heat which, for the purposes of making a toilet seat, we can see is not a good thing.

It turns out that hard materials tend to be better conductors of heat than soft materials. And even wood, which isn’t renowned for being much of a conductor of heat, does, in fact, conduct well enough to chill your rear when made into a toilet seat.

Even on a warm day, the toilet seat will be significantly lower in temperature than normal blood temperature. So it’s unusual not to feel any chilling effect at all, if only mildly.

The answer to the problem of cold toilet seats is to fit a cover. Don’t forget to change and wash it regularly or your toilet seat could harbor bacteria.