WORLD'S BEST TOILET SEAT
What does a toilet seat need? A seat? natch. Hinges? of course. A lid? Well, actually, we weren’t sure. What is a toilet lid for? What is its base function? (we realize it converts your toilet seat into a...normal seat. But if you go to the bathroom just to sit down on something, maybe the product you really need is a chair)
Our initial list:
Keep water from splashing out.
Use the toilet as a seat.
Keep little kids/animals from falling in.
Germs...? One the one hand, a toilet seat is lid is a part of a toilet seat you are obliged to grab with your hand. On the other hand, it does cover over the toilet bowl itself.
So: do we need lids to keep germs out? or are they just an extra surface for more germs to rest on?
This seems to be an ongoing debate: people from both sides take to the internet to argue for and against the effectiveness of lids. Some hospitals have taken to removing toilet lids entirely to avoid any potential cross contamination of patients through handling them.
But, researchers at Leeds University have concluded that the benefits of having a lid greatly outway the risks. Although handling a lid is not great, not having a lid is even worse. When a toilet is flushed without a lid, droplets, many of which are germ filled, become aerosolized and can spread around the bathroom. Lids contain the spray.
It seems our lid design objectives are clear.
We now know that lids are absolutely necessary for cleanliness, but also realize that they can sometimes not be the most germ free. So, the lid must be as easily cleanable as possible. What if we made the lid removable? What materials work best? Are some lid/hinge geometries inherently less germ-accumulating? More development coming your way soon.
Germaphobes we hope you can soon rest easy.