New designs take bathroom hygiene seriously


New trends include toilets, bidets and touchless finishes that help keep toilets cleaner

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You’ve heard of touchless faucets for the home, but what about touchless toilets?

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These days, with an ever-present pandemic and spreading germs, it’s no longer just about disinfectant wipes or sprays to keep your bathroom clean.

COVID-19 has heightened Canadians’ awareness of the importance of personal hygiene more than ever, and American Standard has taken hygiene vigilance to new levels, said Ryan DeBoer, head of bathroom sales. western trade show for LIXIL Canada, whose brands include American Standard, Grohe and DXV.

DeBoer points to a new generation of touchless toilets – with consumer feedback improving how the touchless sensor is activated to eliminate inadvertent activation of the flush mechanism – as well as other self-cleaning advancements to minimize the spread of germs.

“Touchless restrooms are really starting to gain popularity and not just because of COVID-19,” DeBoer said, noting that the dirtiest part of the restroom might not be where you think. “The dirtiest part of a toilet is the trigger lever. Typically, you flush the toilet and then wash your hands.

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American Standard touchless toilets work with a remote control, in the shape of a hockey puck, whose hand wave sensor detects the wave in order to activate the flush. The remote can be placed up to three feet from the toilet, and DeBoer said a remote control option adds a nominal surcharge of about $50 on American Standard’s Cadet and Studio lines of toilets.

But the need for cleanliness does not stop there.

Most American Standard toilets are finished with EverClean varnish, which inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew on the surface, which cause stains and odors, DeBoer said. Then there’s the VorMax collection, also from American Standard, which features patented technology that delivers a powerful stream of water that scrubs the entire surface of the bowl from top to bottom, including hard-to-reach places.

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DeBoer also talks about the CleanCurve Rim design, which eliminates hard-to-reach surfaces where dirt and buildup tend to hide.

Who knew that a toilet isn’t just a toilet anymore?

Meanwhile, apparently a handheld shower sprayer isn’t just a sprayer, either. DeBoer talks about American Standard’s Spectra Filtered 4-Spray Handheld Shower Rail System, which he claims reduces chlorine levels in the shower by at least 50%, helping to achieve softer skin and hair and more hydrated. It uses an activated carbon filter.

Taking cleaning to a different level, there’s the bidet. This one from LIXIL’s DXV line, the AT200 LS SpaLet bidet combines luxury design and performance, and enhanced features harness advances in technology to keep the user and the bathroom clean.

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This SpaLet model allows the user to feel fresh out of the shower while keeping the bathroom smelling fresh, with air circulation, room freshening deodorizer and air shield deodorizer. ‘air. A soft nightlight illuminates the seat and bowl, creating a glow that guides you through the night, DeBoer said.

“I really think if people were aware of the products we have to offer, people would be more likely to replace what they have in their homes,” DeBoer said, adding that when it comes to bathroom accessories bath, owners usually don’t replace them unless they need to.

What it costs

If you’re looking to add some of LIXIL’s hygienic products to your bathroom, expect the costs to be as follows:

  • Toilets can start at $180 for a basic model and go up to $1,000. American Standard’s Cadet and Studio ranges range from $350 to $550, with remote control features adding another $50 to the price.
  • Expect to spend $500 on a toilet from the VorMax collection, which features the Clean Curve Rim design.
  • Bidets start at around $3,500 and reach $5,500 for fully equipped units. DXV’s AT200 LS SpaLet costs $4,800.
  • The 4-jet hand shower system with Spectra filter from American Standard sells for $275.

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