A typical hardware-store toilet costs a hundred bucks. A fancy upscale fixture costs maybe $500. But for lavatory connoisseurs, there’s a parallel-universe luxury market where the bathroom throne costs more than a widescreen plasma TV. A few years ago, the Toto Neorest 600 caused a stir with its silent flush technology, remote control, and $5,800 price tag. Now Wisconsin-based Kohler splashes back with its new $6,390 Numi. It’s the state of the crapper art.
- A 1.28-gallon flush for big jobs and a 0.6-gallon flush for number-ones, an industry low that uses 25 percent less water than standard dual-flush toilets. (Think of how much money you’ll save!)
- A motion-detector automatically opens the lid and can tell when you’re standing, which triggers a low-water flush.
- The retractable self-cleaning bidet wand is fully controllable. Use the toilet’s remote to aim the stream, adjust water pressure and temperature, and switch on the air dryer.
- The heated seat can be adjusted to your preferred temp, and you can direct ground-level vents to blow warm air at your bare tootsies if you forget slippers.
- The 15 x 26-inch bowl automatically cleans itself and has a charcoal air filter to eliminate off odors. Ambient lighting through translucent side panels helps set the mood.
- Plug in your MP3 player or switch on the FM radio using the touchscreen wireless remote. Then rock out (or drown out, um, sounds) with the 15-watt speakers built into the toilet’s behind.