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Amongst the many wonderful things our country has to offer, one of my personal favorites is the toilets. You might think I'm kidding, but I wouldn't kid about a thing like that. (This is serious stuff.)

If you've traveled around the world, you've likely noticed that a lot countries just don't have the "American-style" toilets that we have. They're often short, small, noisy, and have a small water-spot that requires using the toilet brush after every use. With July 4th just around the corner, I thought I'd celebrate the American Water Spot!

I guess the rest of the world is used to a Flush and Brush* (*trademark pending). And maybe a 2nd or 3rd "cleaning" flush. This is actually due to how most European and Asian bowls work: they don't use siphon-jet flushing technology, but rather use wash-down technology. Just like we used to. Back in 1930 or so...

And you know I'm not usually one to express a strong opinion (ahem), but wash-down "technology" just doesn't work very well.

With sincere apologies to our more squeamish readers, there's no polite way to explain this. The wash-down water spot tends to be a lot smaller (about 5"x4" rather than a 9"x8" siphon-jet water spot) because of the necessary design of the bowl. It's more difficult to hit a 5"x4" target, than a 9"x8" target Ð and when you "miss the target," you might have to use a brush to clean up around the target.

To make cleanliness an even bigger challenge, the wash-down flush doesn't clean the bowl as well because there's no dedicated "rinse water" (it's all flush water) and wash-downs also tend to have a measurably lower MaP score than the siphon-jet counterparts. If those three criteria are important to your client ("stay cleaner," "clean better," and "more powerful"), I would recommend a siphon-jet toilet.

So why am I talking about this now? I'm so glad you asked. It just so happens that GROHE is introducing their new china plumbing fixtures line up. And you guessed it: while the style offers that gorgeous GROHE European minimalist look, all of the models (including single and dual-flush toilets) borrowed the American-sized 4-times-larger water spot and powerful siphon-jet flushing system from American Standard.

Another borrowed technology (that also happens to keep the toilet bowl cleaner) is American Standard's super-smooth glazing. GROHE calls this glazing Infinabright™(Say it out loud. Pretend that youÕre Buzz Lightyear; "Infinabright andÊ Beyond!" Good.)

But there's even more. These new GROHE toilets are rated at 1000g MaP score - unheard of in a dual flush toilet that uses an average of 1.1 gallons-per-flush. (I know I've never heard of it before!) Read more about these fantastic toilets below:

All of these technologies are combined to make the cleanest, most powerful, and very stylish toilets available in the market. Save the bathroom brushing for your teeth, not your toilet.

Thanks, Tom S

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