We bought our first seat from the high street and until we bought the Munchkin seat, hadn't reliased how inferior the high street one is. This one has handles so your child can support himself without holding on to the toilet rim or seat [i.e. more hygenic]. It can be washed easily and doesn't have any crevices or parts were 'muck' can accumualte. It has a little notch in the front so little boys can aim better when sat down. It has two tiny legs so it can stand so be put away and stored easily, unlike the other one which slides and falls all over the place.