Toilet seats get chilly in cooler climates, but there's an easy way to keep from freezing your tush! A toilet seat cover is inexpensive and takes just a minute to install.

That Freezing Cold Toilet Seat

If you’re living aboard in a non-tropical place in the winter, your tush may be rebelling at that cold, cold toilet seat. I’ve heard complaints from friends as far south as Tampa on some of these chilly mornings.

Just the other day, I got this note from Laura Miller, a reader:

Our head is freezing! Even with the boat heated the toilet seat is miserable. We bought these and my husband and I are now loving our boat again!!!!

Toilet seats get chilly in cooler climates, but there's an easy way to keep from freezing your tush! A toilet seat cover is inexpensive and takes just a minute to install.What did she buy? A soft and warm toilet seat cover. Don’t be put off by some of the reviews that say it’s a little small — most boat toilet seats are a little smaller than those for homes and are virtually never the large elongated ones. (Obviously, these won’t work if your toilet has a molded-in seat, such as our Nature’s Head.)

The toilet seat cover comes in a 3- or 6-pack on Amazon and is washable:

The material is stretchy to fit various seat shapes. Laura says to be sure to take a look at the installation pictures from Amazon (below) as it’s not totally intuitive and instructions are not included.

Toilet seats get chilly in cooler climates, but there's an easy way to keep from freezing your tush! A toilet seat cover is inexpensive and takes just a minute to install.

Toilet seats get chilly in cooler climates, but there's an easy way to keep from freezing your tush! A toilet seat cover is inexpensive and takes just a minute to install.

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29 Comments
  • Gayle Fox
    Posted at 03 January 2018 Reply

    The pain is real lol. Thank you sweetness for this remedy

  • Angie Morales
    Posted at 03 January 2018 Reply

    We live in PNW and yes the toilet seat is super cold, but I pass on this. Just another thing to wash. The seat can be a wake up ha ha.

  • Klaus von Horsten
    Posted at 03 January 2018 Reply

    why then do you keep the seat outside, next to the main???

  • Kelly Jones
    Posted at 03 January 2018 Reply

    Gross lol

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 03 January 2018 Reply

      It doesn’t get any “dirtier” than your toilet seat . . . and that isn’t dirty, is it?

  • Hanuman Novak
    Posted at 03 January 2018 Reply

    I cannot help but think that a ceramic seat with a heating element would be better than this, and definitely easier to keep clean.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 03 January 2018 Reply

      Not many boats have the power for a heated seat 🙂 And it really doesn’t get “dirty” — no more so than the toilet seat itself, which you would otherwise be sitting on.

    • Hanuman Novak
      Posted at 04 January 2018 Reply

      Having been in the Navy, I can attest to the wonderful waking up power of a very cold toilet seat (stainless steel at that) on ship. I need to remember the context of the application as well, I’ve been land-bound too long.

  • Lucy Claiborne
    Posted at 03 January 2018 Reply

    We are wintering in Florida, but the trek down the ICW was cold and right now we are freezing! I literally dread the cold toilet seat. Carolyn, you are amazing 🙂

  • Donna Chiappini
    Posted at 03 January 2018 Reply

    I literally froze my tush off this last weekend and each time I screamed when I sat down and said something had be made to fix this. LOL So here it is!!! THANK YOU!!!

  • Liz Adams
    Posted at 03 January 2018 Reply

    That’s decadent!

  • Kathy Belanger-Barber
    Posted at 04 January 2018 Reply

    We have a lamp in our head it keeps the head tolerable

  • Mike Merriman
    Posted at 04 January 2018 Reply

    The only thing worse than a cold toilet seat is a warm toilet seat

  • MaryBeth Lambert
    Posted at 04 January 2018 Reply

    I just don’t think the cool toilet seat is that big of deal.

  • Dave Skolnick (S/V Auspicious)
    Posted at 04 January 2018 Reply

    I don’t think those concerned with cleanliness are worried about the top. It’s splashback on the bottom that leads to very regular washing. Just not okay as a solution for me.

    Putting an Espar heat outlet in the head pointed at the seat is lovely.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 04 January 2018 Reply

      I get that, but I don’t notice splashback on the bottom of the seat when cleaning the toilet, period. So I don’t think it would be a problem.

  • Laura Miller
    Posted at 09 January 2018 Reply

    Hi y’all,
    I too had concerns about the “cleanliness “ of a cloth cover and in a house I have never had one of these. But both my husband and I served in the military (26 for me, 16 for him) and we have decided no more cold/suffering!!! If it means one more thing in the wash, so be it – there are 3 in a pack. Besides our toilet has 3 little “feet” that keep the cover from resting directly on the rim, so really, unless you have IBS, you are not likely to get a lot of splash back or filth on it – in our experience.

    But we also have a generator, AC, a HWH and a microwave, so perhaps we are not the best couple to take advice from?

    • Donna Chiappini
      Posted at 09 January 2018 Reply

      I ordered mine and will be using this weekend. Just one more thing to wash. And your right “no more cold/suffering”. lol

  • Florian Wolf
    Posted at 10 January 2018 Reply

    Well – can someone please design an “ice-cooled” toilet seat for the tropics in Far North Queensland ? Even in winter it is b.f. hot here, anything “plush” is covered in mildew within weeks (and that cannot be good for the butt, eh ?).

    • E.H. Gustafson
      Posted at 10 January 2018 Reply

      Styrofoam would likely work for keeping cool down-under as well. And again, easy to keep clean.

  • E.H. Gustafson
    Posted at 10 January 2018 Reply

    The cure for our land-locked outhouse in not-always-balmy Maine is a styrofoam ring. Perfect size and much easier to clean at anchor, splashback and all. An old throw ring will work or one can be crafted out of a re-purposed cooler. Warm as toast!

  • Jackie Bartz
    Posted at 12 January 2018 Reply

    We used a similar cover on the seat at home for years.
    And, at our cabin in northern Wisconsin, my Mom and I used to just have Dady go use the outhouse first to warm up the seat. That worked too!!!

  • Donna Chiappini
    Posted at 15 January 2018 Reply

    I had to post. This seat cover is the bomb. No more screaming in the middle of the night too. Highly recommend and easy to install. Thanks for telling me about it.

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