The Japanese have officially been dethroned in the commode competition. Kohler (American) has raised the lid on prices, design and functionality with their new Numi (or K-3900-0 model if you need to order) for $6390. Toto’s (Japanese) tired old Neorest 600 ($5k-ish) was by all standards a luxury purchase along the likes of sports cars, yachts and vacation homes in Tuscany. But for better bragging rights, spend a bit more for the newer upgrade. Tours of your home will never be the same.
I jest a bit. As a designer it is sometimes hard to suggest a $5k toilet (plus perhaps another $1-2k installation). Though, I did have one client request it. But they made a wiser choice in the end. It can be difficult to see how the bathroom experience can be enhanced by an iPad like touch screen remote (with magnetic docking station!) that controls your toilet’s personality. But what I do appreciate about these products is that they push the envelope of design. And in this case, it brings design to the mundane. It is products like these which introduce leading edge design and technology that eventually trickles down into more affordable offerings.
The same has happened with autos, the space program, consumer electronics and modern medicine. Someone has to fund the expensive stuff and eventually everyone benefits. And though many won’t budget for this particular item, we can certainly appreciate the effort that went into its design.
BTW – the user manual is 43 pages – so at least you’ll have something handy to read.