As a country, the United States doesn’t take its toilets and toilet seats all that serious. True, the functionality and the practicality of our sanitary products are first-rate, but bells and whistles are not something that’s important to us (Yankee practicality, I guess). Now, Japan and Europe–different story. Take the new line of multi-function toilet seats/bidets from German manufacturer Duravit. The new SensoWash line offers heating capability, a variety of wash settings, illumination, and power actuated lid and seat that open at the touch of a button. In addition, the seat comes with rear, front and oscillating washes that are differentiated for men and women; a nozzle with adjustable positioning and jet strength; and individual adjustments of water, air and seat temperature. To top things off, it comes with a wireless metallic cube remote control—just in case. At a cost of about $1,900, the seat is a fraction of the cost of an entire new luxury toilet, which will set you a back a cool $7,500. www.duravit.com.
Anyone familiar with Kohler knows that the Wisconsin-based company is often ahead of other brands as far as technology and design are concerned. When it comes to overwrought and decadent toilets, however, the company is playing catch up with Japanese brands TOTO and Inax. Still, Kohler’s recent introduction of the Numi toilet ups the ante. No ordinary toilet, Numi makes your commode look like a latrine. The unit has a built-in bidet and deodorizer, a lid that opens and closes automatically, built-in music system; heated seat and foot warmer; and an LCD touch-screen remote control (of course) in case you want to feel like you’re playing X-box in the John. It offers two flushing options: 1.28 gallons of water or .6. The question remains: Do you need a toilet that costs $6,400? www.kohler.com.