Modern toilets are things of wonder. They make a very natural function easy to deal with and dispose of with modern plumbing and sewers. Most people in the UK are now hooked up to the sewage systems, and toilets have come a long way since those old, outdoor latrines that most gardens once housed.
From holes in the ground to a plank and a bucket, the nineteenth century saw the first flushing toilet to catch on. With the installation of sewer systems, this made the whole process cleaner and reduced disease.
This first type of loo is attributed to Thomas Crapper, but his invention only built on earlier ones dating way back to the 16th century.
Nowadays the design has been refined and pipe work is usually completely hidden either behind the wall or encased in an enclosed cistern.
Design of course is an evolving process so although the changes might not be major, they continue to refine our toilets.
Most expensive toilet
With these advancements people choose to make their toilets evermore exclusive. From a gold one costing around £5million to an automated ‘all singing, all dancing’ version at $6,500.
The latter is the Numi toilet made by Kohler and appears to be available only on the American continent. It does have a very sleek appearance and claims to be the finest in comfort and cleanliness and to be the most water efficient but would you pay $6,500 for it?
- Sensors that react to movement which means as you enter the room it raises the lid and lowers the seat (whichever is necessary)
- It warms the seat for you
- There is a floor warmer too; warm air blows out from vents at floor level to heat the floor and your feet
- It has an adjustable self-cleaning wand with differing pressures and temperatures to suit you and includes an air dryer
- An automatic deodoriser pulls air through a charcoal filter after use to keep your bathroom sweet smelling
- Its back illuminated panels can be set to different colours on different days and more
- It will play your favourite music via FM radio stations, podcasts or any device with Bluetooth
- It uses 20% less water than a standard toilet