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I don't like it, but I'll keep it.
on 10 February 2014
I'm keeping this item rather than returning it, simply because there's nothing else out there on the market that offers this functionality. Croydex (a UK manufacturer) has discontinued its version of this type of seat. Probably because it was twice the price and couldn't shift them.
This seat has several shortcomings, the most important one being that it doesn't meet British Standards (BS1254). To be fair, it doesn't claim to, mainly because the manufacturer has probably realised that it doesn't stand a chance of meeting them because:
a) It warns that the plastic may discolour in sunlight (!)
b) the instructions also warn that It will crack if you stand on it (and so I assume if you sit on the closed lid also). The British Standard is tested against a standing load of 17 Stone by the way.
On a functional level, the soft-close is annoying as it resists when you raise the lid; to such an extent that you have to hold the lid up for more than 5 seconds or it just creeps shut. The hinge base is not in line with the underside of the lid, so the front of the seat is ~10mm off the pan - but it's okay because the plastic is so flimsy that it closes the gap when you apply any pressure - a convenient toddler finger-trap.....
I could go on. Don't expect much for £20.