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Some History About Topseat

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Being behind many of the innovations for your toilet seats for more than one decade, we’d like to introduce ourselves and the innovations we bring to your bathroom.

Did you know:

1. In 2003, Topseat was the first manufacturer to produce bamboo toilet seats in industrialized production. After more than one decade, bamboo toilet seats perfected by Topseat are still very popular and sold worldwide under Topseat brand and other OEM brands.

2. In 2004, Topseat improved multi-layer coating process for wooden core toilet seats, creating a flawless high gloss finish similar to that used on many automobiles, thus providing answers to the specific needs of ceramic manufacturers.

3. In 2007, Topseat devised the TinyHiney Potty toilet seat with magnetic closure feature that secures the baby seat into the lid. With that feature, the TinyHiney Potty seat was a great success. This feature was then adopted by other manufacturers.

4. In 2008, Topseat created 3D toilet seat which became a great success in the international market.

5. In 2011, Topseat invented Art of Acryl toilet seat, wooden toilet seat with high gloss acrylic layer on top and decorative picture under the acrylic layer. With its enhanced visual depth and clarity, the Art of Acryl toilet seat changed everything about toilet seats in the international market, especially in Germany.

6. Also In 2011, Topseat invented Glaxitz, wooden toilet seat with acrylic layer on top in pure white, pure black and other plain colors

7. In 2012, Topseat devised Vario Scenario toilet seats featuring multiple flips of 3D images changing side by side.

8. In 2012, Topseat was the first manufacturer to produce, in industrialized production, a wooden toilet seat with a metal plate on top featuring embossing and relief effect.

9. In 2013, Topseat invented 3D Chrome toilet seat, giving images a metallic background and allowing metallic highlights to be built into the artwork.

Topseat is continuously developing new and innovative designs. Stay tuned for exciting new toilet seat designs to come.

By Topseat USA

 

How Are Toilet Seats Made?

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Toilet seats are made using a variety of materials and methods. Most of our toilet seats, here at Topseat, are constructed using the most comfortable and durable methods – MDF a type of molded wood, and one product line using environmentally friendly Bamboo. The following is a breakdown of the processes and materials used by Topseat as well as those used by other manufacturers of toilet seats:

  • Molded Wood – Wood flour mixed with a thermosetting resin and compression molded to a specific shape and size.  This allows for contouring of all surfaces.  The seat is then painted and assembled with hinges.  Pros – has weight and often people equate quality with weight.  When properly made can last 5-7 years under normal home use.  Wood has a low heat transfer efficiency so the seat feels “warmer” than other materials.
  • Bamboo – Eco friendly materials – We are developing a molded bamboo powder toilet seat which is very similar with molded wood in working process but with powder from bamboo scraps which is considered a environmentally friendly material because bamboo is not wood but fast growing giant grass.  Molded bamboo powder is an alternative in green concept. The bamboo powder comes from machining scrap generated when making bamboo flooring.
  • MDF – This is a form of molded wood made by cutting and machining flat boards into toilet seat profiles.  All surfaces are then contoured for comfortable seating. Parts are then sanded, painted and assembled.  Pros – All the pros of molded wood. Cons – more restrictive design options
  • ABS Plastic Injection Molded – There are some overseas producers using ABS.  While these seats have a beautiful surface ABS does not have good chemical resistance which causes the seat to shift color within 1 year and often break due to environmental stress within the first 5 years.
  • PP Plastic Injection Molded – Most thermoplastic seats are made from PP (polypropylene).  The material has good gloss and has a high chemical resistance which makes it a prime material for commercial use.  To make the seat the plastic is melted, injected into a cool mold where it assumes the shape and profile of the mold.  Hinges can be assembled at the factory or by the final user depending on the design of the seat.  Higher heat transfer efficiency makes the seat feel cooler than molded wood or MDF seats. Pros – Strong, flexible (not brittle), chemically resistant. Cons – scratches easily so aesthetics of the surface can degrade more quickly but the color of the scratch reveals the same color within the scratch.  Feels cool to the touch.
  • Duraplast Compression Molded – Duraplast is a term that became popular about 10 or so years ago.  The actual material is a UF resin filled with pigment and finely ground fillers.  Because this UF resin is much more sophisticated that the UF resins used in molded wood there typically is no residual formaldehyde in the part.  I believe duraplast became popular as a marketing name when there were concerns by consumers about Urea-Formaldehyde resins.  Urea – Formaldehyde sounds “dangerous, unhealthy” in some people’s minds.  The color is molded through so if the part is scratched it shows the same color below like PP, however, unlike PP is is highly scratch resistant.  UF has good chemical resistance but is brittle with less flexibility that PP or even molded wood. Pros – can be molded into shapes and contours similar to PP, good chemical resistance and color stability when properly formulated.  Cons – brittle which means additional packaging is required just to get the part to the purchaser in one piece. Feels cold to the touch due to higher heat transfer efficiency.
  • Bidet Seats – Also known as washlet seats.  Almost all are made from PP (polypropylene) but assembled with additional electric elements that operate the wash and heating functions.  Extremely popular in Japan and S. Korea, also popular in Muslim prominent countries.  This type of seat has struggled to make inroads into the US market.
  • Soft Seats – Most are made by sealing a pp core and open cell foam pad within an envelope of flexible vinyl.  While once thought of as comfortable specialty seats they now generally occupy the OPP area.  Pros – comfort. Cons – low quality, premature functional failures (split / cut vinyl, cracked / broken cores, degraded foam pad).  Primarily made in China.
  • Solid wood – The original way of making toilet seats. Lumber is cut into slats and glued together to make a board. The board is machined to the shape of the ring and cover. These are then stained and varnished then assembled. Most solid wood seats are now made overseas. Pros – low heat transfer and natural look. Cons – strength, scratching and poor gluing processes.
  • Veneer Seats – Developed over the past 15 years veneer seats are a cost effective alternative to solid wood and environment friendly. A core of wood waste particle is molded to shape and a thin veneer of real wood is molded to the surface using veneer rather than solid wood. This means fewer trees are cut to make veneer seats compared to solid wood seats. After molding the part is sanded, stained and varnished before assembly. Pros – low heat transfer and natural look. Cons – some limits on part design

By Topseat USA

 

 

Realtree® 3D Camo Toilet Seats

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TOPSEAT® International, Inc., setting Top Standards for Toilet Seats, proudly announces its line of licensed Realtree® camo toilet seats.
Realtree® is the creator and marketer of the world’s most versatile camo patterns. No matter where you hunt or enjoy the outdoors, there’s no better way to blend in with your surroundings than by wearing Realtree camo. For more information, see www.realtree.com

Camo Toilet Seat

The AP™ camo toilet seat pattern includes overlapping limbs and hazy background elements for an incredible 3D effect. It features light, gray, neutral base colors that melt into rocky and open terrain. The natural elements include mixed pine and hardwoods that match most forests everywhere.

ABOUT Realtree

Realtree employs more than 80 people in Columbus, Georgia, and also has operations in Europe. From its first licensee in 1986, the Realtree business has grown to include more than 1,500 licensees.

ABOUT TOPSEAT

TOPSEAT® is an established, internationally-renowned manufacturer of high-quality toilet seats, including Magic Motion, 3D Chrome, TinyHiney Potty, Vario Scenario, Native Impression, Realtree Camo Series, 3D Series and Uni Color.

For more information, see www.topseatusa.com or call us: 1-800-852-1238