Functionality is a priority in toilet design, but manufacturers are working hard to ensure that style keeps pace with advanced construction. And brands haven’t skimped when it comes to energy efficiency either. Here’s a rundown of what’s new.

Water Works

New models using 1 gallon per flush (gpf) or less have adopted the superlative “ultra high-efficiency toilet” (UHET). Toto recently introduced its second UHET, the Drake II 1G, with the maker’s Double Cyclone technology — jets positioned on either side of the bowl for powerful flushing action. The design helps the toilet remove waste more effectively, which the company says is often a challenge for high-efficiency toilets due to the reduced water volume. The Drake’s updated styling includes a bowl and concave rim coated with SanaGloss glaze that repels waste and bacteria for easier cleaning.

Icera also has a 1-gpf toilet available in late 2012. The Cadence One UHET is sister to the 1.28-gpf Cadence toilet that debuted in the fall. Both feature Icera’s unique Hyperion flushing technology that is 30% to 50% more efficient than other toilets, the company says. Sleek lines and smooth curves will appeal to homeowners and designers, as well as a fully skirted trapway, quiet flush, and soft-close seats.

Seated Style

From U.S. distributor Purificare, the Link product line from Ceramica Flaminia offers new and interesting finishes. Flaminia’s lava grey finish features a strong texture with the look of stone. New products in the collection include a “back-to-wall” style, designed similarly to the company’s popular wall-hung model.

Also bringing a modern edge to its more traditional designs, Villeroy & Boch’s Twist collection includes vanity and pedestal sinks, and siphonic toilets in space- and water-saving versions. In addition to a two-piece toilet with a round front and small footprint, the Twist collection includes a one-piece toilet in 1.6-gpf or 1.28-gpf models, both of which use jet technology for flushing performance. A fully skirted trapway keeps the look clean and contemporary in combination with elegant slim tanks.

—Lauren Hunter, senior editor, REMODELING.