We just came back from Dwell on Design and checked out some of this year's newest in sustainable furniture and home setups. To our surprise, we spent a lot of time looking at bathrooms and beautifully designed toilets that looked sleek enough to sit in a living room. Here are our favorite high tech toilets we browsed over the weekend.
We were quite taken away with Kohler's display featuring their newest toilet, Numi - designed to look so good it could to be mistaken for a modern piece of furniture. The best part about Numi was the amount of tech it packs with a touch screen remote that reminded us of an iPod touch.
So what does this beautiful porcelain box of a toilet do? First off, it is hands-off. You can use the remote to lift the lid, or rely on the motion sensors that will lift the lid as you enter the bathroom. Like the toilets we've experienced before in Japan, the Numi has a bidet and you can also use the toilet to play music, warm your seat and even your feet. However, the Numi goes once step further in both physical and visual aesthetics with illuminating panels, a deodorizer and an integrated air dryer. How's that for the ultimate toilet experience?
Toto also put on a good show with their Neorest Toilet, a tankless one-piece toilet integrated with a Washlet seat (a combination hands-free flush technology with an automatic open and close lid). The Neorest is equipped with a cyclone flushing system, one of Toto's new technologies that cleans the entire bowl per flush with no refill sound or waiting time.
The Neorest also has the bidet features of front and rear warm water washing, an automatic dryer and deodorizer. Because it is tankless and just one piece, it's an ideal toilet for homes with smaller spaces.