The latest innovations in spa bathroom fixtures and technologies offer strong designs that complement each other. One-piece toilets are very contemporary and decorative. It’s elegant designs would complement equally elegantly designed vessel or pedestal sinks, deep-soaking bathtubs, and sensor touch sink faucets for any 21st century Spa bathroom, as an example. Whether an elegant, low profile one- piece toilet such as TOTO’s Willingham One-Piece Toilet, or a comfort-height profile such as Caroma’s Caravelle Comfort-Height Toilet, or a space-saving profile such as TOTO’s Aquia Wall-Hung Toilet & In-Wall Tank System, high-efficiency performance lives up to a standard far beyond the older systems of the 1980’s and 1990’s that used double the amount of water to flush toilets. Around 1995, concerns about water conservation prompted federal law to mandate that new toilets must use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, less than half of the 3.5 gallons per flush that was standard in the 1980’s. What emerged after early performance problems in the mechanics of flushing and cleaning toilet bowls with less water were several high-efficiency toilet technologies that actually did perform well and conserved water. For example, dual-flush technology is a high-efficiency technology that conserves water by separating the gallons of water consumed per flush for solid and liquid waste. Water consumption for solid waste is 1.6 gallons per flush while water consumption for liquid waste 0.8 gallons per flush, equating to half that of solid waste. Another high-efficiency technology conserved water by creating a fast flush by exerting water force with the assistance of pressurized air with each flush for flushing and cleaning toilet bowls. TOTO’s Willingham One-Piece Toilet uses a fast flush technology. WaterSense toilets are an enhanced high-efficiency technology that uses at least 20% less water than mandated 1.6-gallons per flush toilets without sacrificing flushing and cleaning performance such as Kohler’s San Raphael Toilet line. Toilet technologies and designs have come a long way since the 1980’s. Whether choosing dual-flush, pressurized air-assisted or WaterSense technologies, much less water is used to handle waste more efficiently.
Toilet designs have advanced in the last 30 years, as well. One-piece toilet designs add elegance to bathrooms and can either include a washlet seat or washlets can be purchased as an add-on. Toto’s Neorest 600 looks sleek for any spa bathroom and comes integrated with a washlet seat. Some toilet seats have advanced to become a self-contained spa experience. For example, TOTO’s S300 Washlet Seat features front and rear warm water washing, an automatic air dryer and a built-in air purifying deodorizer system. Additionally, it offers automatic operation where the lid opens, closes and toilet flushes when a sensor is activated.