Toilets, or water closets as they were first called, have been steadily improving since their general acceptance in the mid 1800’s. By the 1940’s the toilet had taken on the general look and function that we’re all familiar with.

By the end of the 20th century, the “jet flush” toilet had become more popular in higher-end homes. The pressurized flush allowed toilets to use less water and clean themselves more effectively. Some of the new options in toilets include bidet seats, urinals, dual flush toilets and greywater reuse systems.

Bidet seats are just that; a seat that you can attach to your existing toilet that has a water spray system, heated seat, and even warm air drying with various temperature settings. This idea takes luxury, comfort and hygene to a new level.

Urinals are also becoming a popular addition to residenital bathrooms. Even if you only have one in the master suite, the purchase of the urinal could save thousands of dollars in therapy expenses. Toto even has a urinal that has an electronic eye sensor so even when little guys forget to flush, it isn’t a problem. Fortunately, the design is much more attractive than their commercial counterparts. And they are more water conserving than a traditional toilet using only 1 gallon per flush. Shown here, the Toto Lloyd™ Urinal with Electronic Flush Valve available at Lankford’s Bath and Hardware.


Dual flush toilets have been popular in Europe for years and now they’re starting to make an appearance in the US. With a dual-flush toilet, you can choose how much water to use with each flush; less water for liquid waste and more water for solid waste. The only issue with dual flush toilets is the potential problem of having to flush twice if once isn’t enough. For this reason, if you can find a power assisted toilet instead of a gravity flush dual flush toilet, you’ll probably have better results.


An exciting option for people who are particularly water conservation conscious is AQUS™; a recycling device that reuses filtered water from your shower or sink to flush your toilets instead of using fresh, potable water. This system can either be installed in new construction or retrofitted for existing toilets. This system works with your existing plumbing system so if there isn’t any stored recycled water, you can still flush your toilet with fresh water. For more information on this system, got to