The public restroom is not a place worth celebrating, generally speaking. It is a place of absolute necessity, awkward small talk, and worst case scenarios come true. Cintas, a company that specializes in—what else?—bathroom supplies, is dead set on changing that perception. Which is why it sponsors a contest to find the best restrooms in America.

This year marks the 13th edition of the contest, which is run in both the US and Canada, and seems like a genius way to market a company that would otherwise never come across the average consumer's radar. Last year's winner, as NPR reported, was a theater in Minneapolis. This year, ten other bathrooms are nominated for the award, which you can vote for here, if you've got a horse in this race. Everybody poops. But not everyone poops in style.

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Trail Restroom in Austin, Texas

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Plums Café in Costa Mesa, California

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Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Bowl Plaza in Lucas, Kansa

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The Grove in Los Angeles, California

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Check out the other nominees here.