It's World Toilet Day; Got $6,400 for a smart commode?
Saturday is the 10th annual World Toilet Day, as decreed by the World Toilet Organization in Singapore.
Despite the silly name, the organization serves a serious purpose: It was formed in 2001 to raise awareness of the 2.6 billion people worldwide who do not have access to proper sanitation.
Think about that the next time you flush.
And here's another thing to think about: The 1%, or .01% or .0000001% of people who have access to the world's most expensive, glamorous and tricked out toilets.
Take Kohler's top of the line Numi, for example, which retails for $6,400. This toilet comes with so many features that it has its own touch screen remote control to operate them all.
Enjoy the integrated retractable air dyer. Is the air around the commode not fresh enough? Turn on the charcoal filtered air deodorizer. The toilet also offers heated seats, a foot warmer, motion-activated lid and seat, and built-in speakers.
And...when the lights go out, its LED lights turn on, so it also functions as a night light.
Duravit's Sensowash Toilet Seat also comes with a remote control. This seat allows users to adjust not just the water temperature, and seat temperature, but also the air temperature.
It even allows you to store user profiles so everything will be just to your liking when you sit down.
And we'd be remiss to leave out Toto's Washlet 400, which offers users a hands-free flush experience and an intriguing massage feature.
But the most expensive toilet we've ever seen marketed was part of Toto's Miyabi collection, which came out in 2009.The highest-priced toilet in the line retailed for $12,000.
It doesn't come with any special high-tech features, though. Instead, the price was driven by a golden plum-and-bamboo design painted with 24-karat gold to evoke a golden summer day.
-- Deborah Netburn
Image: The Kohler Numi toilet on display at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in April 2011 in Las Vegas. Credit: Isaac Brekken / For The Times.