When is a toilet much more than just a toilet? Does it matter if a toilet is full of fancy technological features or not? Don’t you just want a toilet that does the job and nothing more? In the future you may not have a choice, as the wave of high-tech toilets that were originally made popular in Japan are coming over here.
I’ve covered hi-tech toilets over on the Plumbworld blog before, but I figured that one in particular deserves a mention for my illustrious readers here. This is the Kohler Numi, a toilet that is more than the average porcelain throne we’ve all come to be extremely intimate with. Unfortunately you probably won’t be having one in your bathroom anytime soon – unless you’re willing to pay a cool £3,900 for the pleasure of it anyway!
However, it’s not like your slapping down the cash simply for a designer toilet that doesn’t do anything different from a £50 toilet, you’re getting a raft of features that will make you never want to go back to your run of the mill WC. For instance, a self-cleaning wand that slides neatly out into the bowl gives you multiple options for spray patterns, water pressure and temperature. An integrated air dryer helps you finish off, while chilly toilet seats will be a thing of the past with the luxury of a heated seat – and if that’s not enough then the floor-level vents will keep your feet warm! As you can see, Kohler has the users comfort very much in mind.
It’s a stylish little number, but it’s made even more of a style statement through the integration of illuminated panels that will provide a brilliant glow in the darkness of your bathroom. Moreover, you may end up singing along to your favourite tunes on the toilet with the integration of FM radio and the ability to plug in your MP3 player. I’m not sure you really need that from a toilet, but each to their own I suppose.
Whether you actually need all these features or not it does raise the interesting question about if toilets of the future will all be like this. It’s not the first toilet to launch over here either, as while Boundary Bathrooms may not sell the Kohler Numi just yet we do have something similar.
The Geberit Aquaclean offers a raft of similar features to the Numi, although it remains a little cheaper at £2,270.28. Still, we’re well aware that this kind of toilet is still well out of the price range of the average joe who’s simply looking for a standard toilet, but in the future the price may have fallen drastically and the features we think are a little ‘over the top’ these days may very well be the norm.
If you’d like to know more about our predictions for the future of bathrooms take a look at this detailed blog post.