High-Tech Toilets


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High-tech toilets


Your toilet is outdated. Modern, high-tech toilets with bidet features are beginning to catch on in America.

And with amenities like heated seats, automatic lid openers, night lights, in-bowl deodorizers, customizable cleansing jets of warm water, air dryers and more, these are not old-school European bidets.

“Once a new user has had the opportunity to try out a smart toilet, it is hard not to appreciate its many benefits,” said Jean-Jacques L’Henaff, vice president of design, LIXIL Americas, comprised of American Standard and DXV.

Worldwide, the Japanese company Toto is king of the market, with 40 million Washlet electric toilet seats sold, but they’re also available from manufacturers like Brondell (Swash), Bio Bidet, American Standard and Kohler. Basic models without heated water and air dryers are available for under $75, but Toto’s new top-of-the line Neorest 750H will set you back $10,200. At least you’ll save on toilet paper.

“Smart toilets are not only for the wealthy. Spa bathrooms featuring luxury fixtures that enhance personal cleanliness and relaxation are increasing in popularity across the country,” L’Henaff said. “Today’s smart toilets change the daily ritual of going to the bathroom into an opportunity for pampering and rejuvenation, and that experience is something that many homeowners at many income levels are choosing to invest in.”

What are they?

It’s hard to explain a high-tech electric toilet to someone who’s never used one.

“When you have a chance to test-drive it, it’s a product you want in your life. It’s a better, healthier, more dynamic experience,” said Bill Strang, president of operations and eCommerce, Toto USA.

These tech-centric toilet seats wash from the back (and for the ladies the front, too) with temperature-controlled water that doesn’t just rise you clean. It oscillates. It pulsates. It’s an experience.

There’s a growing trend of high-tech toilets in hotels, where companies can brand themselves as having something different. They appeal to millennials “who are all about experience,” Strang said. The better models also include cleaning technologies, which means whoever cleans the toilet will be doing it less often.

An electronic toilet seat will slightly increase your electric bill depending on the model by about $50 to $65 annually, according to the companies, but look at the big picture. Americans use 36.5 million rolls of toilet paper annually, and a huge amount of natural resources go into production and transportation of toilet paper. Bathroom bidets can save up to 15 million trees, according to Justin Thomas, editor of the website metaefficient.com.

“They drastically reduce the use of toilet paper – the production of which uses tons of natural resources. … While it may not directly lower your monthly utility usage, you’ll spend less money on toilet paper and help to save a lot of valuable resources in the process,” said Jon Pinson, spokesman for Brondell, maker of Swash bidet toilet seats.

Coming to America

Electric toilets are actually an American invention, developed by Arnold Cohen of Brooklyn, New York, in 1964 with the American Bidet Co. With Americans squeamish about discussing personal hygiene and an uncertainty with the oh-so-French bidet, Cohen found it difficult to advertise. The Japanese loved the electric bidet, though, and he licensed the product to Toto. Later, his patent expired.

Today, more than 70 percent of Japanese households have a Toto Washlet; more homes than own microwave ovens, according to the company. Electric toilets are most popular in Asia but also sell in the Middle East and South America, with fewer amenities.

You’re more likely to see one in Europe than in America, but things are changing. In the United States, they’re becoming more common on the east and west coasts and other big urban markets like Chicago, Strang said.

Electronic bidets are also gaining ground with certain segments of the population, Strang said. For women who have recently given birth, the warm-water action rinses and cleans but also relieves soreness or pain. For people with mobility or dexterity issues such as aging baby boomers, “they are an enabling technology,” Strang said.

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A Look at the Pros and Cons of Single and Double Basin Sinks

Bathroom sinks come in numerous shapes and sizes. In fact, when most people start a bathroom remodeling project, they are surprised to learn how many options they have when picking their sinks. As you consider choices like pedestal sinks, wall-mounted varieties, and under-mounted options, one of the most important picks you will make is between a single and double basin. Which one is right for your bathroom? Here is what you need to know.

Double Basin Sinks


Single-basin sinks are extremely common and are the norm in many homes and apartments for good reasons. They take up less space, are easy to clean, and are very functional. They are also suitable for all types of bathrooms, from powder rooms to master baths. They come in a number of different varieties, including high-style models such as pedestal and wall-mounted. They are easily incorporated into bathroom vanities.

For some people, single-basin sinks have drawbacks. For bathrooms that are shared, only one person can use the sink at a time. Heavy usage means that they need to be cleaned more frequently and that the parts are prone to breaking down from wear-and-tear, especially when they are in a bathroom shared by a large family. Sharing a single-basin sink with someone else also means living with his or her level of cleanliness or always cleaning up after that person so that the sink meets your standards.


For people who have complaints about single-basin sinks, double basins can be the ideal solution. A double basin sink lets two people share a bathroom without having to share a sink. They are also available in a wide variety of models and styles and can be incorporated into bathroom vanities. When they are included in a vanity, the double basin inevitably means a larger counter, which gives you more room to store your items.

Size is the main drawback with double basin sinks. They take up more space, so the bathroom must be an adequate size to contain them. Two basins also mean more surface area that needs to be cleaned.

Picking the Right Sink

The right sink choice may come down to the bathroom you are renovating. There is a little use for a double-basin sink in a powder room, and a single sink is also ideal for an en-suite single bedroom and any small bathroom. For master bedrooms and buddy bathrooms, however, double-basin sinks reign supreme.

Whatever kind of sink you envision for your bathroom remodeling project, you can be sure we will have the right fit. Browse for sink options on our website, where you will also see the full range of our selection of bathroom fixtures. You can also visit our blog for more advice on planning a bathroom remodel.

Must-Have Features for a Master Bathroom

If you are giving your master bathroom a facelift, functional design matters, but don’t skimp on the special features. After all, your master bathroom should be a place you can escape to and pamper yourself, so it should include features that feel luxurious to you, like a claw-foot bathtub or sleek bathroom fixtures. Give your master bathroom remodeling project a luxury flair with these must-have features.

Features for a Master Bathroom

Double Basin Sinks

No master bathroom is complete without double basin sinks. Having two basins gives you and a partner space to spread out and follow your own routines without having to wait for your turn or share with someone who has a different idea of “clean” than you. In a smaller master bathroom, you can get the sinks closer together, but if you have the space, separate them with a long counter that creates additional storage. For your countertop, choose a surface that is resistant to stains so that it will be easy to clean and will continue to look fresh for years.

Separate Shower and Tub

For many people, the master bathroom is a chance to move away from the shower-tub combo that is so common to a more unique set-up where they are kept separate. This has a functional purpose, in that someone can use the bath even if someone is in the shower, but it also gives you the opportunity to show off your style twice. For instance, you can opt for a glass door on your shower that displays your tiling and install a claw-foot tub that adds old-school charm. Having a separate tub also lets you have a deeper one than you would with a shower-tub combination.

Heated Floors

If you dread those first few steps onto the cold bathroom floor when you get up in the morning or when you get out of the shower, a heated floor could make your bathroom a lot more comfortable. Radiant heat flooring is eco-friendly and makes your bathroom inviting, even on the coldest of mornings. They can even make your entire bathroom feel warmer on those days when there is a chill in the air but it’s not quite cold enough to run your heating.

Whatever your vision of the perfect master bathroom is, we have the tools to make it a reality. Visit our website and browse our huge selection of bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, faucets, and much more. For more design inspiration and tips on bathroom remodeling projects, bookmark our blog.

Tips for Designing a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

When you are designing a kid-friendly bathroom, you can focus on fun features, like colorful walls, funky bathroom faucets, and stand-out bathroom vanities. However, it is important to remember that bathrooms can also be filled with potential dangers for kids, so the space has to be safe. Likewise, as your children grow, you will want to design a bathroom that grows with them. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you plan your child’s new bathroom.

Kid Friendly Bathroom

Think About Counter Height

If you’re designing a bathroom for a younger child, you will want him or her to be able to easily access the countertop. You can opt for a vanity and sink area that is a few inches shorter than the standard height to make it a better fit for your child. Alternatively, consider a bathroom vanity that has a pullout step under the bottom drawer that can give your child a boost. The benefit of having a pullout step is that you don’t have to deal with the inconvenience of having a stool in the bathroom all the time, and you can simply push the step in for good when your child grows and no longer needs it.

Consider a Double Basin Sink

Even if you only have one child now, including a double basin lets you easily make the bathroom shareable if your family grows. Double basin sinks are also ideal for when your child has a friend spend the night. Although you may think that you can’t find a double basin sink that will work if your bathroom is small, they actually come in a variety of sizes to fit most spaces.

Focus on Safety

There is a range of options you can use to make the bathroom safer for your child. When choosing tiles, be sure to choose a material that is not slippery when wet, such as tiles with textured surfaces. Large tiles are safest and are also the easiest to clean. When you choose a tub, make sure it is easy to get in and out of. Tubs with graduated steps in the basin are especially good for young children. Add a handlebar in the shower for balance. A handheld showerhead will also make it easier for children to rinse their hair without slipping.

With our vast selection of bathroom accessories, it’s easy to build a bathroom that meets your child’s needs now and that will grow with him or her in the future. Explore all of our bathroom fixtures on our website, and don’t forget to check out our blog for more great ideas for bathroom designs you’re sure to love.

Getting Your Bathroom Remodel Rolling

Developing Your Budget

Budgeting is one of the most important and challenging aspects of bathroom remodeling. Some homeowners opt to start with a maximum amount they’re willing to spend, then work backward by dividing this budget into areas such as the bath, the shower, the vanity, and the hardware. Alternatively, you can start by taking a look at the areas on which you’d like to focus most, such as upgrading your shower or replacing an outdated vanity. Once you’ve taken these costs into consideration, you’ll get an idea of the minimum cost of your bathroom remodel, and you can then work upward if you’d like to make additional changes. When developing your remodeling budget, it’s helpful to talk to both bathroom contractors and the staff at your bathroom showroom to get an idea of your options and the ways you can cut or shuffle costs if you’re concerned with the numbers. Finally, don’t forget to budget for unforeseen situations, such as addressing hidden water damage or additional days of labor if the project runs slightly over the estimated timeline.

Developing Your Timeline

Bathroom remodeling can take anywhere from a few days to a few months, depending on the complexity of the remodeling project you want to undertake. Updating your fixtures and faucets without changing the basic layout of your bathroom may only take a short time, but completely replacing your shower, tub, and vanity will require significantly more time to complete. Only a bathroom contractor can give you an idea of the true time requirements needed to complete your remodel, which will depend on factors such as whether additional plumbing or electrical work is needed and the availability of the materials you want to install. One of the smartest ways to start a bathroom remodel is by developing your final design and ordering all the materials, fixtures, and other items you want installed. Waiting to start the demolition and remodeling process until all of your ordered items have arrived will reduce delays associated with waiting for the materials needed to proceed. You should also consider adding at least a few extra days to your timeline for unexpected issues, which may arise before or after work begins.

Are you just getting started on your Pompano Beach bathroom remodeling project? Stopping by our bathroom showroom is the best way to take an up-close look at today’s best bathroom faucets, fixtures, vanities, tubs, showers, and more. We’ll take the time to help you develop a smart remodeling plan that makes use of the best finishes, appliances, and styles for the result you want from your investment. You can check us out online for more ideas and inspiration, as well as a look through our extensive inventory of bathroom accessories, fixtures, and features. We also encourage you to click through our monthly blog for more tips to get you started.

Modern Bathroom Trends to Follow

A Fabulous Focal Point

Room design often centers around a focal point, which draws the eye and creates an anchor for the décor throughout the rest of the space. Carrying this idea into the bathroom allows you to select and show off your favorite feature, such as your bathroom vanity, your freestanding tub, or your shower surround. Even if you aren’t sure which particular bathroom feature you want to highlight, you can easily create a feature wall with a different color of paint or a standout piece of art. Once you’ve chosen your focal point, drawing from its design will help you select the colors, finishes, and style of the features you install in the rest of the room for a coherent and appealing final result.

A Monochrome Color Scheme

Monochrome color schemes are a timeless and elegant choice for any home bathroom. Choosing tile, cabinetry, and other features within the same color family will make your bathroom look more luxurious and ensure it will retain its value over time, regardless of the number of years you plan to remain in your home. Monochrome color schemes are also much more versatile than you might think—a single basic color scheme allows you to easily, quickly, and cheaply change up the style and feel of your bathroom via your bathroom accessories. Choosing new towels or artwork can instantly transform the atmosphere of your bathroom without requiring you to undertake a second remodel.

A Versatile Lighting Solution

Light plays a vital role in any room of your home, including the bathroom. Modern bathrooms make use of the concept of layering light, combining natural and artificial light sources to create a room that has depth, warmth, and appeal. Installing your shower or tub near a natural light source can make bathing more comfortable and appealing, while ensuring that your bathroom has ample and appropriate task lighting will create an ideal environment for grooming or applying makeup before a big night out. Installing lighting on dimmers and creating personalized lighting schemes is another modern trend that will help you get more from your bathroom. Adding low-voltage lighting to corners and niches will create a brighter bathroom that invites you to step inside, while also imbuing this space with a relaxing atmosphere designed to help you unwind after a long day of work or family responsibilities.

A great bathroom starts with a great showroom. We are proud to offer some of today’s hottest fixtures, faucets, vanities, tubs, showers, and more to help you create a modern bathroom that will add value to your home in the years to come. You’re invited to visit us on the web or stop by our Pompano Beach showroom location to get started on your bathroom remodeling project with the help of our knowledgeable showroom staff. If you’d like to find out more about the latest bathroom design trends and must-add options, please check out our bathroom blog archive.

Should All Your Bathroom Finishes Match?

Basic Rules for Choosing Bathroom Finishes

The finishes you choose for your faucets, fixtures, and hardware will play a significant role in the final look of your bathroom. Brighter finishes, such as chrome, reflect light and can open up a space to make it feel larger and airier. Darker finishes, such as oil-rubbed or brushed metals, imbue your bathroom with an Old World atmosphere and a luxurious, expensive feel. When choosing your bathroom finishes, look to the color and style of the other elements in your bathroom. Brighter hardware on a darker bathroom vanity can create a playful contrast, while dark-on-dark choices further underscore the elegance and luxury of your bathroom space. Installing the same finishes throughout your bathroom will create a cohesive look that will help the room feel finished and complete when you step through the door.

Tips for Breaking the Bathroom Finish Rules

While installing bathroom faucets and fixtures with the same finish throughout your bathroom may seem like the simplest solution, it is not always the best one. Homeowners often prefer a mixture of metals in the bathroom for personal or aesthetic reasons. Alternatively, you may have difficulty finding the hardware and faucets you like all within the same family of finishes. Although many interior designers do say it’s more difficult to mix and match finishes in the bathroom than the kitchen, it’s not impossible and is often quite fun for homeowners to find the perfect mix of metals and finishes for their bathroom renovation. One of the simplest ways to easily mix metals in the bathroom is to choose faucets, fixtures, and hardware with the same style, even if they feature different finishes. The similarity of style will tie these pieces together to overcome any difference in color and finish for a room that still feels complete. If you prefer an eclectic or collected look, mixing fixture styles and finishes will help you easily achieve this aesthetic. While this look thrives on highlighting your unique combination of styles and preferences, it’s still best to keep your choices down to two or three different metals to prevent the room from feeling haphazard, rather than intentional.

Our Pompano Beach showroom is here to help you find exactly the right bathroom accessories, fixtures, and features for your home. We carry popular quality brand names such as Alno, Inc., California Faucets, Axor, Barclay, and THG Paris. If you’d like to find out more about our selection of kitchen and bathroom hardware and accessories, please stop by our website to browse our inventory or take a look at our gallery of past projects. You can also keep reading our blog for more bathroom renovation and decorating tips to get you started and keep you inspired during your bathroom remodeling project.

Important Considerations When Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

The Type of Bathroom

The type of bathroom you’re remodeling should influence its ultimate floor plan and design. A powder room will feature a very different final look than a master bathroom, so it’s important to take the function of the bathroom into account before you start choosing fixtures, finishes, and appliances. Powder rooms are typically functional bathrooms that receive frequent everyday use; they also require only a toilet and sink to get this job done, especially if space is limited. By contrast, a guest or master bathroom should include a bathing area in addition to the toilet and sink. Master bathrooms also tend to feature larger bathroom vanities to provide both storage and counter space for daily grooming.

The Number of Occupants

The number of people likely to use a bathroom on a given day should also affect its design. Creating a bathroom layout that provides sufficient storage and space for the occupants who need it will ensure your remodeled bathroom is comfortable and convenient throughout the years. When designing a bathroom to serve several children or guests, for example, you may want to consider installing double sinks and a larger vanity to accommodate added storage and multiple occupants at the same time. By contrast, if you’re simply redesigning a powder room that will only serve a single occupant, you can instead focus on saving space by installing a pedestal sink or a smaller, less ornate bathroom vanity. Master bathrooms in particular are often designed with multiple occupants in mind; separating the toilet inside a water closet and designing a large, walk-in shower that can accommodate two is one of the best ways to ensure your master bathroom is not only comfortable for you, but appealing for future buyers as well.

The Style of Your Home

Bathrooms can benefit from a design that reflects the preferences found throughout the rest of your home. Creating a bathroom that meshes with the design of your living spaces will help to bring this room into step with your home as a whole. Carrying the aesthetic of your home into your bathroom ensures that this space feels like a coherent part of a bigger picture, rather than a disjointed afterthought. Even if you want to try out a bathroom design that differs from the style throughout the majority of your home, consider bringing in colors, textures, or patterns from your other living spaces to tie these rooms together in a subtle way.

If you’re ready to get started on your bathroom remodeling project in Pompano Beach, our experienced staff can help you choose the features, fixtures, and accessories that will work best in your new space. We carry everything from bathroom vanities, mirrors, and accessories to showers, tubs, and lighting. Please take a look through our website to find out more about us and the products we carry, or scroll through the rest of our blog archive for more tips, ideas, design guidance and renovating news.

How to Make Your New Bathroom Easier to Clean

Once your bathroom remodel is complete, it’s important to care for this space properly to keep your fixtures and finishes looking their best. Good maintenance and cleaning will reduce wear and tear to prevent premature replacement, while also maintaining the value of your investment. However, time spent cleaning your bathroom is time you aren’t able to spend on leisure or other important activities. Building ease of maintenance into your bathroom remodel will reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning without sacrificing your goal of a sparkling bathroom.

Install Good Ventilation

Over time, moisture and humidity can take their toll on your bathroom’s finishes and fixtures, leading to warping, discoloration, and mold or mildew growth. One of the best ways to make your bathroom easier to clean and prevent many of the problems associated with high humidity is to install a good exhaust fan. Ventilation keeps your bathroom fresh and moisture-free by helping to draw in fresh air during and after a shower or bath. However, an aging fan may no longer provide sufficient ventilation for your bathroom; additionally, older models are often quite noisy, which makes them inconvenient or undesirable to use. Installing a new exhaust fan with quieter operation will ensure that your fan is both comfortable to use and capable of removing moisture effectively to protect your bathroom over the long term.

Provide Plenty of Storage

Storage is the key to efficient organization and less clutter. By reducing clutter in the bathroom, you’ll be able to clean surfaces much faster without the need to move or rearrange items as you clean. Limiting the number of items that remain on your counters regularly can even reduce the amount of dust that accumulates in this room to further speed your cleaning efforts. Finally, keeping your counters, floors, and other areas clear can also minimize the risk of scrapes, scuffs, and stains from toiletries or other items that might require deeper, more focused cleaning to address.

Mount Your Fixtures on the Wall

During a remodel, installing wall-mounted toilets, sinks, and vanities is a step toward less bathroom cleaning over time. Wall-mounted fixtures make cleaning your bathroom’s floor much easier; mounting fixtures on the wall also makes it simpler to spot leaks or other issues, rather than allowing signs of a problem to hide beneath furniture or fixtures that sit closer to the floor. If you prefer vanities or storage cabinets with legs, opt for choices with longer, thinner legs if possible to make viewing and reaching the space under these features easier. When there are few or no obstacles blocking the floor, sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming your bathroom becomes much less time-consuming, allowing you to spend less time in general focused on your bathroom and more on the other important tasks on your schedule.

Building your bathroom for aesthetics and cleanliness is easy with the right products. We are proud to offer some of today’s most popular vanity, shower, and tub designs, allowing you to select exactly the features you want in your new Pompano Beach bathroom. If you’d like to learn more about us or take a look at some of our products and brand names, please stop by our website, where you’ll also find store information and directions to our bathroom showroom. You can also scroll through our blog archive for more great bathroom remodeling information and inspiration.

Should You Choose a Bath Screen?

Many smaller home bathrooms don’t have the space for a separate bathtub and shower enclosure. Fortunately, you can still enjoy the option to both shower and soak in a smaller bathroom by combining the shower and the bathtub into a single unit. However, finishing this space off with a shower curtain isn’t your only option—today, bath screens have risen to meet this challenge by offering a clean, modern look to any tub-and-shower combination piece. Bath screens consist of one or more panels of glass that help to contain water during showering to for safety and convenience. If you’re considering updating or improving the look of your bathroom, adding a bath screen could be the perfect simple solution to transform this space into a modern and luxurious room.

A Clear View

Bath screens are typically made from clear or frosted glass. They may incorporate one or more panels and can be installed with or without a frame, depending on the model you choose. A bath screen can offer a clear view through your bathroom, allowing you to see all the way to the shower surround. Even if you prefer a frosted screen, you’ll still receive light from behind the screen. This has the effect of opening up your bathroom space, making it feel larger, airier, and more welcoming. By contrast, a shower curtain closes off the tub and shower, eliminating this extra space from view, which can have the effect of making your bathroom appear smaller or more cramped. Many homeowners opt for bath screens because they simply open up the space for a bathroom that feels much larger.

A Layout Consideration

When deciding between a bath screen or other shower enclosure option, it’s important to consider the amount of space in your bathroom and the way in which the room is laid out. Most bath screens pivot or fold to allow easy access to the tub and shower. Thus, it’s important to make sure your bathroom can accommodate this motion, rather than risking chipping the screen’s glass or the tile behind it. Swiveling panels are great for larger bathrooms or rooms with layouts that can accommodate this range of motion. Smaller bathrooms may work better with a folding screen, which doesn’t require as much space beside the tub. Bath screens are available with grab bars and towel bars as well; if you’re short on space, these features can provide added storage and style all in one package.

A Functional Consideration

Glass bath screens are available in varying thicknesses, lengths, and shapes. The type of screen that is best for your bathroom will depend on a few factors, such as the height of your showerhead, the water pressure you prefer, and the size of your tub. Showerheads that are mounted at a significant height or provide varying pressures can benefit from thicker bath screens that extend at least half the length of the tub. This allows the screen to fully contain any water and splashing associated with bathing. By contrast, a simple rain showerhead or a smaller tub-and-shower feature may only need a smaller, shorter screen to sufficiently contain any moisture.

Bath screens are growing in popularity because of their beauty, their elegance, and their ease of use. You can explore our selection of bath screens, shower enclosures, and shower surrounds on our comprehensive website, as well as check out our design inspiration page and project gallery. If you’re looking for more bathroom remodeling ideas and options, please check out our monthly blog.