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.

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.

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