Slow close toilet seat hinges
You can solve more problems than you think by installing a slow or self closing toilet seat. These seats with their nifty toilet seat hinges will most likely be in everyone’s bathrooms someday. If you haven’t upgraded already, then you’ll want to read about a few reasons how they can make your life easier.
What is a slow close toilet seat?
A slow close toilet seat, if you don’t know, is basically one that closes on its own as soon as the user starts to push it down. Even just a light tap can get it going. After a few seconds, everything comes to rest like a small feather landing on the floor. Designed with special toilet seat hinges, these seats lower very slowly and make virtually no sound when they come to their closed position.
Why use a such a special toilet seat hinge?
- The benefits of a slow close toilet seat are numerous. The biggest of course is that you’ll never have a seat slam down again with a soft close toilet seat. Kids or adults not paying attention can let go of the seat without the consequences of a loud noise when the seat hits the stool. This not only alleviates being startled, but it helps those who may be sleeping, such as in the middle of the night.
- Additionally, a seat that can’t slam closed is a safer one. This is especially true for little ones with tiny hands and fingers, not to mention, a pet who likes to drink from the bowl!
- Slow close toilet seats are more sanitary too. It’s true there is a little less touching and handling of the seat to get it closed, so fewer just “dirtied” hands grabbing the lid; but what’s better is that many models come with removable toilet seat hinges. Sometimes referred to as “lift-off” toilet seat hings, this design allows you to clean more easily around the toilet seat hinge area. We all know how difficult that is!
- Believe it or not, consumers are saying family members are more apt to actually close the lid after installing a slow close toilet seat. Maybe it’s because it’s just easier and way more convenient? It is less work, indeed. Or perhaps because it’s just so cool in concept. Anyone, who’s dealt with standard seats for years, loves the novelty of a slow close seat. The coolness factor alone might just end a lot of marital arguments too!
- What’s more is that the hinges aren’t your ordinary toilet seat hinge, beyond the ability they perform to close your toilet seat slowly. Most of these products are built a little better than your average toilet seat. In other words, the hinges are of higher quality, thus more durable and will last a longer time. Get a quality model, and you can use it for many many years. The toilet seat hinges themselves are built not to become loose, even after tightening down–a sure sign of a low-grade toilet seat; hinges that make the seat shift around. Sound familiar?
Get one of these!
When you go to buy a slow close toilet seat you’ll hear a lot of people say they spent about $50-60 on one. Sounds a bit steep for a seat, lid and some toilet seat hinges, doesn’t it? You can get lower-quality plastic types for less, but the verdict is in that these just don’t last or feel that great. A bit too flimsy.
Fortunately, Amazon offers a couple of options at a great price (see right). Made by Mayfair, they come in traditional and elongated sizes. They are made of wood with a multi-coat enamel finish. They come with the lift-off toilet seat hinge feature, so you can keep these guys a lot more clean.
Sold by Bemis, these two great models are just a couple of popular examples. They also make soft and decorative models as well, which are also sold by Amazon.
For around $30, you can probably afford to get a slow close toilet seat in each of your bathrooms. Not so bad, when you consider you not only get a new, quality seat, but one that’s quiet and won’t pinch fingers. And who knows, when you have guests over, you’ll have a fun little conversation topic with those that haven’t yet seen these cool slow close toilet seats.