Sunday, October 28, 2007

Flush with Power


Pardon my pun, but we have the crappiest toilet in the new place, a Titon 1.6 gallon model, which does not do the job. While the idea of a low-flush toilet sounds environmentally good on toilet paper, in practical matters, many of these poorly designed toilets waste water instead of saving it.

Saturday morning, husband asked me if I wanted to go look at toilets and sinks over at Lowe’s and off we set. Although we were tempted by American Standard’s Champion toilet, claiming you can flush a bucket of golf balls down it, we ended up buying Kohler’s Cimarron model. Could it be because our new toilet bears the name of an Edna Ferber novel and movie, Cimarron, I doubt it. I had looked at Terry Love’s Web site before shopping and came across a reference to Maximum Performance Map Testing, the quintessential toilet-rating source. Veritec Consulting, a Canadian company, has found that soybean paste stuffed into condoms simulates the stuff we love to flush away. They make these sausage-like links of mock poop from imported Japanese soybean paste and that's what they use to test toilet performance. And voila!

Maybe they should use a bucket of golf balls.

13 comments:

Lorelei said...

One of the reasons we bought a 30-yr-old house was because we knew it was full of old fashioned, mighty, toilet flushing machines. When we re-did our bathroom I made sure everyone knew to re-do with the old toilet as the central theme. Everything was replaced except for the toilet.

They just don't make them like they used to.

Marion said...

Lorelei's right.

We have a low-flush toilet in the new part of the house, and a monster toilet in the old bathroom. I much prefer the old...it is far superior in its flushing abilities.

It would be good to have a toilet that flushes well, yet saves water. Will you keep us updated, Sheila? lol

Sheila said...

lorelei,
I now understand why when we bought our former house the reason the toilets were so old. It only takes experience with the new to think that keeping the old ones repaired is wiser.

Marion,
I'll give my verdict once the plumber gets it installed.

Jay Croft said...

I've heard that you can buy 'real' toilets in Canada and smuggle them into the USA.

Miss Trashahassee said...

Hilarious!

Sheila said...

Black market toilets, Jay? That's funny.

Jay Croft said...

Here's a link--

Jay Croft said...

http://watercrunch.blogspot.com/2007/08/starting-this-summer-products-that-save.html

Sorry--it didn't come through the first time.

Sheila said...

jay, that's a good site. Who would have thought you have to think so hard about buying a toilet? The last one we bought was our Christmas toilet several years ago and we just went with what the plumber suggested and that ordeal was over $500.

Jay Croft said...

A toilet for Christmas? That's not very sentimental, although it's practical.

Sheila said...

Let me elaborate a bit. A few days before Christmas the toilet needed replacing and thus the new one became our "Christmas toilet." I'm practical but never at the expense of sentiment.

Sandy Carlson said...

I'll spend some time today wondering who thought of stuffing condoms with soy paste. Had to be a guy.

Sheila said...

Sandy,
I thought that was a rather creative use of condoms. Yep, had to be a guy.