Bath­room Spe­cial

The WC is chang­ing, not only in terms of looks and wa­ter sav­ing abil­ity but also the tech­nol­ogy be­hind it. Here’s a look at key toi­let trends.

India Today - - CONTENTS - COVER PHO­TO­GRAPH BY: SANKEERTH JONNADA PHO­TO­GRAPH COUR­TESY: CRAFTED SPA­CES, HYDERABAD

TOI­LET TALES

From top WC trends, fancy faucet tech­nol­ogy and lat­est tiles in the mar­ket to fig­ur­ing out if the mod­ern apart­ment still needs a tub, six dif­fer­ent types of show­er­heads to know be­fore you buy one, quick plumb­ing so­lu­tions and beau­ti­fully de­signed bath spa­ces—here's all you need to know about the most in­ti­mate space in your home

Gone are the days when all you needed to choose was whether you wanted a wall mounted WC or an in­de­pen­dent unit on the floor. To­day you also have to choose be­tween func­tion, form, style and the num­ber of high-tech fea­tures. So, here are the top trends from this space.

TOI­LETS BE­COME SMARTER

Just when we were wrap­ping our heads around the idea of the idiot box be­com­ing a smart TV, in­tel­li­gent toi­lets be­came all the rage. “The smart toi­lets in­clude au­to­mated func­tions for cleans­ing, dry­ing, per­fum­ing, ad­justable pres­sure, tem­per­a­ture con­trol, mas­sage func­tions, dryer func­tion along with power sav­ing tech­nol­ogy,” says KE Ran­ganathan, MD, Roca Bath­room Prod­ucts. A good ex­am­ple is Roca In-Wash In­spira, a smart toi­let with pres­ence sen­sor and the night LED light. You can use a re­mote con­trol to ac­ti­vate and ad­just the clean­ing and dry­ing func­tions. Equally high-tech is the Veil toi­let from Kohler. Per­sonal cleans­ing and an LED night light to hands-free open­ing and clos­ing—all the fea­tures are con­trolled via a touch­screen LCD re­mote con­trol. ViClean-I 100 from Villeroy & Boch can be op­er­ated by re­mote con­trol or a smart­phone app. It has sev­eral wa­ter spray func­tions.

RISE OF RIMLESS WCs

“A rimless toi­let is sig­nif­i­cantly eas­ier to clean and makes the toi­let more hy­gienic. It also pre­vents the toi­let from germ built-up, lime scal­ing and dirt de­po­si­tion,” says Ra­jeev Mit­tal, GM – PMG & Mar­ket­ing, John­son Bath­rooms, adding, “Rimless toi­lets use a di­rect flush tech­nique that shoots wa­ter around the bowl of the toi­let rather than dis­tribut­ing con­ven­tional box rim toi­lets. This washes the toi­let pan ef­fi­ciently and saves wa­ter.” Sev­eral rimless WCs from John­son Bath­rooms come with in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies such as 360° flush­ing that also saves wa­ter. Then there is the Du­raStyle, a rimless WC from Du­ravit. Wa­ter en­ters the bowl evenly and pow­er­fully so that the en­tire in­te­rior sur­face is fully rinsed dur­ing the flush­ing process.

POT SHOT Du­raStyle, a rimless, wall­mounted toi­let from Du­ravit (above); the 360 de­gree flush­ing sys­tem from John­son Bath­rooms saves wa­ter (left)

SIT ON IT ViClean-I 100, from Villeroy & Boch can be con­trolled via a smart­phone app (far left); In-Wash In­spira from Roca is a smart WC (left)

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