A brutally honest and exceptionally helpful review of the Kohler 4734 “Rutledge” elongated toilet seat with Grip-Tight™ bumpers, Quiet-Close™ release hinges, and Quick-Attach™ hardware (white)

  1. The toilet seat must not slam. The world solved this problem decades ago, and there are regressions for which I will not stand.
  2. The toilet seat must not wiggle, shift, scoot. Modern fastening technologies give me confidence that under no circumstances am I personally in physical danger from the shifting of a toilet seat, but I do believe that absence of any instance of what one may call “terror” during a toilet session is a basic human right.
  3. The toilet seat — and mind, this one is new to me—must not squeak. My most recent toilet seat developed an annoying tendency to announce its objections that came in conflict with my admittedly tightly-wound sense of shame and its associated requirement that I always be seen as someone who simply does not need to use a toilet, and never has. Because I don’t, and I haven’t.
  4. Being a family man of reasonable means, I generally look at necessity of replacement as opportunity for upgrade. And while I do not often sit on a closed toilet, when I do I would like to relax with some faith that its lid will not snap in half under me. Being overly concerned about sturdy material and construction quality in this day and age is an expensive and exhausting fool’s game, but I decided that this was a stretch goal I would throw a few extra dollars toward, should the opportunity present itself. This is, after all, an area where I claim a stake in some level of hardiness (see points 1, 2, and 3 above).
Kohler 4734 “Rutledge” elongated toilet seat with Grip-Tight™ bumpers, Quiet-Close™ release hinges, and Quick-Attach™ hardware (white)
Kohler 4734 “Rutledge” elongated toilet seat with Grip-Tight™ bumpers, Quiet-Close™ release hinges, and Quick-Attach™ hardware (white)

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