Notable exceptions below, toilets and luxury don’t typically go in the same sentence together. It’s not a wonder why when toilets are involved with the not-so-luxurious parts of our lives. However, it seems that as technology improves and as the desire for luxury increases, designers are finding ways to glamorize the toilet.
In Hong Kong, there’s a toilet covered in 24-carat solid gold that cost $5 million. Think that $5 million may be a lofty price for a loo? Well, consider the International Space Station’s toilet which features leg braces that hold astronauts in position and a special fan that sucks the waste into the septic tank; the grand total rings in at $19 million.
1) MiniLoo Toilet – $1,331
As its name suggests, the MiniLoo toilet by Neo-Metro is, well, mini, and being small in size means it’s perfect for small spaces. These miniature toilets use a European in-wall flushing mechanism and must be used with an in-wall tank flush and carrier system. They come in many finishes: stainless steel, gloss powder coat and matte powder coat. There have been some pretty eye-catching MiniLoos as well; some have come in fire-engine red and others in Barbie pink. This toilet flushes in at $1,331.
2) Ilbagnoalessi dOt toilet – $1,600
This toilet comes from Laufen’s (Bathroom Culture) Ilbagnoalessi dOt collection. It was designed by Dutch architect and designer Wiel Arets, and will appeal to those who favor angles and asymmetrical shapes, as well as those who appreciate a minimalistic and clean style. The wall-mounted Ilbagnoalessi dOt toilet can be all yours for $1,600.
3) Stefano Giovannoni Tech Toilet – $2,650
Designed by Stefano Giovannoni and part of Laufen’s Ilbagnoalessi One, this toilet, with its curvaceous appearance, could work in either one of two ways: femininely or futuristically. Either way, we can’t deny this toilet’s aesthetic appeal; could we possibly consider this toilet to be a modern piece of art? This sanitary ceramic toilet bowl comes in either white or dark grey and can be mounted on the wall for $1,950 or stood on the floor for $2,950.
4) INAX USA Toilet – $8,599.50
Here’s an INAX high-tech toilet that is ready for you. Literally. Its lid rises and its seat heats as you walk toward the toilet. As the lid opens, music plays from a sound card, and the deodorizer is turned on. After all this, there couldn’t possibly be more. Well, there is. When you’re done with your business and you walk away, the toilet flushes on its own. INAX’s human-ready toilets’ prices start at $5,686 and go up to $8,599.50.
5) Kohler’s Numi High-Tech Toilet: – $5,978
Kohler says that their most advanced toilet “marks a new standard of excellence in the bathroom.” The Numi Toilet’s design is modern and compact, but that does not hinder its functionality. It also provides features accommodating for the user’s comfortability, including motion-activated cover and seat, advanced bidet functionality, integrated air dryer, deodorizer, heated seat, foot warmer, illuminated panels and music. The controls for the Numi are touch screen and include a magnetic docking station, user presets, Numi flushing Technology and auxiliary controls. This toilet seems to have it all and can be in your bathroom for $5,978.
6) Neo-Metro’s Neo Comby – $5,938
Neo-Metro figured it out: we don’t want to walk all the way across the bathroom to wash our hands. So, they came up with the Neo Comby, which combines the toilet and the sink. You may be a little concerned about the water mixing, but don’t be. The Neo Comby uses separate water inlets. This toilet/sink combo also includes a towel rack and a small compartment for holding toilet paper. This space-saving toilet costs $5,938.
7) ToTo’s Miyabi Collection – $7,150
Focusing on the aesthetics of Japanese culture, ToTo created the Miyabi Collection in order to bring art and beauty into your bathroom. Designs meant to represent each season are painted on a white canvas: bamboo and plum for summer, the maple leaf for fall, the pine tree for winter and the plum tree for spring. ToTo also offers sinks that will match these beautiful Japanese-inspired toilets. Prices of the Miyabi Collection range from $3,455 up to $7,150.
8) Julien Bench Toilet – $11,475
Julien Inc. introduced its Bench Toilet, designed by Troy Adams, in 2007. It will change the way you look at toilets. Actually, it’ll change the way you don’t look at toilets. Those of you who’d prefer to keep your toilet tucked away, this is the toilet for you. The Bench Toilet’s sliding panel allows for the toilet to be concealed when not in use, and when the bench isn’t acting as a toilet, it’s acting as a powder room bench. This toilet serves as the perfect way to conceal your throne. This dual-serving toilet can be purchased for $11,475.
9) Isis (Swarovski) Toilet – $75,000
What screams luxury more than Swarovski crystals? Jemal Wright designed this crystal-studded toilet known as the Isis for those who demand a lifestyle of luxury in the most extreme degree — even in the bathroom. It comes in various sizes, shapes and colored stones. Want one of these, you’ll need to pull out the big bucks; the Isis costs a whopping $75,000.
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