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I know you’re probably sitting there thinking…”I wonder what the latest design trends in toilets are these days?” or “How well do those low-flow; aka water-conserving; or better yet, those new high-efficiency toilets (HET’s) really work?”
Maybe you’re thinking…”I need a new toilet to replace the leaky, old, water-wasting, don’t wanna flush right, runs all night, cold & skinny seat, gotta push the handle down myself… toilet I’ve got now.
Lucky for you I just happen to have a few of the latest design trends and HET’s to show you that appeared at the 2007 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas recently.
I think you’ll be pleased with some of the latest toilet designs that are likely to cause a stir in the near future.
The catalyst behind many of the design trends and functions from this years’ KBIS were more contemporary and Asian-inspired designs, as well as improved toilet performance and water conservation.
Did you know that the average American uses 100 gallons of water per day. source
That’s a lot of water and it hardly seems possible, but the numbers don’t lie. I think back through a typical day for me and I can’t come up with 100 gallons, maybe 40-50 gallons, but then again it’s an average. They would have to figure in all of the industries that use water to produce the products we buy, as well.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come up with a new program to label water-efficient toilets with the WaterSense label for consumers as an easier way to know if they are purchasing a High Efficient Toilet. These HET’s perform as good as, if not better than, today’s conventional toilets while conserving water in the process. It’s a win-win for consumer and Mother Earth alike.
You won’t see the WaterSense label on toilets in stores until the latter part of 2007.
High-performance, water-efficient toilets
Here are some of the high efficiency toilets that use 20% less (or better) than the currently mandated 1.6 gpf toilets made today and even some of the dual-flush toilets that use as little as 40% less or 0.8 gpf:
Kohler has a great selection of high efficient toilets. Click on the Kohler HET link and select the gallons per flush models that you’re interested in.
Mansfield has a good selection of HET’s to suit your needs.
TOTOUSA has superior engineering so check them out.
There were even a couple of hide-away toilets appearing at the show that look like a bench. They are the Julien Bathroom Suite by Troy Adams (below left) and the City Life SmartBench by Villeroy & Boch (below right).
Other notable toilets from K/BIS
The Caroma Cube (below).
The TOTO Ryohan (below left) and Vitra’s Istanbul styled toilet and bidet (below right).
Sidenote: Big Rock Cabin looks like a nice getaway located in southern Ohio.
Stephani L. Miller, associate editor, CUSTOM HOME Magazine via BuilderOnline
A real world report and review of low flow, water-efficient toilets submitted by consumers and contractors alike from Terry Love with homeowner comments like this one:
“toto ultramax vs Kohler Cimarron
Terry, Purchased both one month ago and installed at the same time. No sweat for either though the one piece Toto was quicker. After a couple years of plunging some old ’93 model Kohler Wellworths something had to be done. Both work very well and we have had not even a suggestion of a plunger need. These toilets are deadly with solid waste, no “victory lap” around the bowl. You simply say “brown buddy you’re going down” and that’s that. Thanks for the helpful site. JH”
…see what I mean…real world!
There is also a (very handy) compiled list of toilet manufacturers with website addresses and phone numbers listed on the left.
Do you have any interest in manufacturers of composting toilets or electric-incinerating toilets? They’re listed on Terry Love’s toilet review site, too.
Are you installing a toilet on the ground floor or basement that is lower than the house sewer. You could use a sewage ejector pump system for your toilet installation. I don’t even want to know…
I started as a home-stalker… visiting brand new homes under construction in the neighborhoods near my house. That inspired me to write about home building and home renovation projects — chronicling homes during different phases of construction from a consumer's point-of-view. Basically, the tips you'll find in my articles are a collection of checklists for what I think should (and should not) go into building or remodeling a quality home.