Kohler Is Manufacturing a Solar-Powered Toilet With The Gates Foundation

Globally, about 2.5 billion people don't have access to basic sanitation facilities. One of the biggest initiatives to improve this statistic comes from the Gates Foundation, which sponsors an annual challenge to reinvent the toilet. Now big-time bathroom manufacturer Kohler is making one of the winning ideas a… » 11/20/14 12:42pm 11/20/14 12:42pm

Behold the Internet's Favorite Bathroom

Remember a few months ago, when we talked about the bathroom supply company on a quest to find America's best restroom—a dubious honor—by polling the internet? Well, today they announced the winner, and somewhat ironically, it recreates nature around those who are answering calls of nature. » 11/19/14 10:00am 11/19/14 10:00am

The Bedpan Whisperer

How many bedpans is too many? 10? 50? Try 250. That's about how many bedpans and items of bedpan memorabilia Eric Eakin has collected thus far. "I have bedpan greeting cards, bedpan poems, bedpan jewelry, and bedpan salt-and-pepper shakers," he says. Eakin's also got plenty of vintage and antique bedpans, each one… » 11/14/14 1:22pm 11/14/14 1:22pm

The Evolution of Potty Training Tech

At some point between the terrible twos and terrifying threes, most of us embarked on a pilgrimage to the great ceramic bowl in the sky. It was a long journey, which left in its wake frustrated parents, soiled sheets, and tiny mounds of ill-timed poop. But over time, with practice and patience, we collectively… » 9/17/14 5:15pm 9/17/14 5:15pm

What Happens When You Flush

The flushing toilet is a remarkable piece of technology which keeps our cities sanitary. But what happens when you say goodbye to your creations and flush the thing? » 9/05/14 4:50am 9/05/14 4:50am

A Replacement Seat That Easily Turns a Toilet Into a Bidet

If that cushy, three-ply toilet paper seems too luxurious and pricey for you, but the cheaper stuff is an unpleasant experience, here's a cheap and easy upgrade from Kohler that turns your regular toilet into one of those fancy derriere-hosing bidets. » 8/29/14 9:50am 8/29/14 9:50am

How to Choose a Public Toilet Using Math

Go to any large-scale outdoor event, like a music festival, and you'll be confronted by an array of public toilets—but some may not really be fit to use by the time you get to them. Here's how to ensure you get the best spot to relieve yourself, using math. » 6/26/14 7:20am 6/26/14 7:20am

Ikea Knows All About Your City's Weird Sex Habits and Toilet Time

In a way, what you do in the privacy of your own home is literally Ikea's business. So it's no surprise that the Swedish company spends a ton of time and money studying how people live. What is surprising, though, is what its latest study found out. Including the fact that you're not the only one who reads their phone… » 6/04/14 2:00pm 6/04/14 2:00pm

The Brilliant, Plunger-Free Way South Korea Unclogs Toilets

As far as necessary tasks go, unclogging toilets is without question one of the most unpleasant. Which is why South Korea's fully sealed, minimal-contact alternative is a stroke of genius. » 6/02/14 3:40pm 6/02/14 3:40pm

Kohler's New Kit Makes Your Toilet Hands-Free For $100

Self-flushing toilets are nothing new—you can find them in plenty of public restrooms—but they've never quite made it into the home successfully. Now, Kohler has an affordable, high-tech solution which means you'll never have to touch your home toilet again. » 5/06/14 4:30am 5/06/14 4:30am

Your Behavior In This Toilet Is Being Recorded For Analysis

Attendees at a Human-Computer Interaction conference in Toronto earlier this week found toilets that claimed to analyze each "deposit" and post it online. Don't like that idea? Then go somewhere else. » 5/02/14 12:00pm 5/02/14 12:00pm

A Map of Who Doesn't Have Indoor Plumbing in the United States

Did you know that 1.6 million Americans don't have complete indoor plumbing? The American Community Survey published on Tuesday that says that nearly 630,000 occupied homes in the United States lack complete plumbing facilities*, and The Washington Post whipped it into a handy interactive map. How's your home state… » 4/23/14 6:40pm 4/23/14 6:40pm

These Solar-Thermal Toilets Are Carbon-Sequestering Charcoal Factories

More than a quarter of all people—some 2.5 billion humans—still lack access to basic sanitation services. But thanks to this revolutionary solar-powered toilet, even the most remote throws of civilization will be granted both a safe place to poop and a means of turning their business into brown gold. » 3/16/14 4:00pm 3/16/14 4:00pm

Awesome Decals Turn Your Toilet Bowl Into a Deadly Sarlacc Pit

Let's face it: After earning you lavish praise at age two, successfully making a bowel movement in the toilet has probably started to lose some of its appeal. Fortunately for you, the Sarlacc Toilet is here to put the excitement back into your (semi-)daily act of defecation. » 3/10/14 1:20pm 3/10/14 1:20pm

This Public Toilet Turns Pee Into Street Trees

Public toilets are notorious for unsavory behavior and even more unsavory smells. The PPlanter is both a public toilet and a planter, composting the pee it collects to nourish pots of bamboo. And it's apparently odor-free. » 2/25/14 10:00am 2/25/14 10:00am

Toilet Seats Should Have Come With Built-In Nightlights From Day One

Outside of cartoonish decals there hasn't been much innovation in the toilet seat industry for a few decades. So it's nice to see Kohler finally bringing something new to the table (err, toilet). A built-in LED nightlight means you'll never have to squint your way through an overnight bathroom break again. » 2/07/14 10:20am 2/07/14 10:20am

This Fake Poop Is Helping Designers Test the Toilet of the Future

Toilet tech is no longer the oft-overlooked subject it once was, and much of that is thanks to the Gates Foundation, which has made helping the 3.5 billion people lacking access to clean toilets one of its main missions. But how does one test the durability of potential cost-effective commodes? By using fake poop, of… » 11/19/13 1:20pm 11/19/13 1:20pm

Exploding Toilet Sends Brooklyn Man to the Hospital

Bad things often happen in mysterious, inexplicable ways. Michel Pierre of Brooklyn experienced this first hand this week when he pulled the handle of his toilet, and the whole thing exploded in his face. The blast knocked him out and sent him to the hospital where he got 30 stitches. » 10/10/13 3:15pm 10/10/13 3:15pm

A Fully Flushable Toilet That Comes To You

Though it's designed for use in hospitals and other medical facilities where a patient's mobility is limited, Toro's new movable Bedside Flushable Toilet also seems like the perfect way to never miss the game or your favorite TV show. » 9/20/13 8:49am 9/20/13 8:49am

What Happens to Your Poop After You Flush It?

Though we may think we pump out roses when it's go time on the ivory throne, nobody in their right mind would actually want to keep those roses around. So flush them away and down the magical toilet they go! But where do they go? To the vague destination of the sewers. And then where? To the ocean? To the city… » 8/01/13 10:30pm 8/01/13 10:30pm