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open front toilet seats = Why? What purpose do they serve?
January 6, 2015
9:55 pm
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jeremy webb
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Here are my 2 cents. First, please let me say I am not being racist or off-color in anyway. I am just answering with what came to my mind first.

 

  • Maybe it's a Japanese thing. I have honestly seen more of these in Japan than anywhere else. No offense meant.
  • The sanitation aspect is important. I am a guy ... with guy anatomy... Sometimes, if I sit down on a toilet with a smaller bowl, my.... anatomy actually hits into the inside of the toilet bowl. It's absolutely disgusting. So I've gotten in the habit of "holding my junk" up while I take care of business.

I know that answer is a toilet bowl versus toilet seat issue, but who knows, maybe it's connected somehow.

December 2, 2014
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Alfred Steele, rest his soul, was a pretty sharp plumbing guy. I'd say that is as good a reason as any.

I would have open front seats on the elongated bowl WCs at my house BUT my wife won't go for it. Seems like it would be easier for all parties concerned. It makes one wonder why they even sell closed front elongated bowl seats....

December 1, 2014
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christine gries
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An excerpt from Engineered Plumbing Design; Second Edition; Alfred Steele, PE; 1982

The open front toilet seat was first designed for use by women. It was found that due to female biological construction, they tended to soil the front of a closed front toilet seat. The excellent sanitary characteristics of the open front soon recommended its general use for all public toilets, male as well as female.

September 12, 2012
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One real possibility for the original design of the open front toilet seat is an increase in sanitation for the user. When people sit on the toilet, the open area is the area closest to the genitals. The open space keeps the genitals from easily making contact with the seat where disease is most likely to be spread. While there is no information saying that this is the certain reason, it seems to make more sense than the others

Read more: Purpose of Open Front Toilet Seats | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_77819.....z26HxMbEU4

 

Don't know if it is true but at least it makes sense

September 12, 2012
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paul mcginnis
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The plumbing code requires elongated bowls.

September 11, 2012
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dennis nolan
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Can anyone explain why the toilet seat in a public restroom has to have an open front?  What is the reason for the open front toilet seat?  Does anyone have any code hearing text on this matter?