Published On: Fri, Dec 27th, 2019

Most Expensive Toilets in the World

As Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek once pointed out, the differences between German toilets and French toilets is the perfect representation behind their cultural and ideological differences. In Germany, the stool remains to be seen on a platform before flushing, whilst in France, it instantly disappears. 

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Even Hegel once pointed out that this was down to different existential attitudes, where the Germans were labeled as conservative reflective thoroughness, who inspect the stool for evidence of illness, and France’s revolutionary hastiness. On the other hand, English toilets are somewhere in the middle where water sits at the bottom, representing utilitarian pragmatism.

It then comes as little surprise that Japanese toilets are among the most extravagant in the world. Their technological prowess shines through, even through the most private and crudest of tools. 

It would be considered as unlikely that you will come across a toilet in Japan that doesn’t have hygiene washing, deodorization as well as even seat warming. It’d also be considered a bit strange to go in without specific toilet slippers in most private homes, as Japan like to demarcate clean areas from unclean areas (inside compared to the outside and bathroom).

The Toto, which is the name for the westernised and modern toilet of Japan, has become famous around the world. Around 72% of households in Japan have this toilet, which is one of the most high-tech in the world. 

The toilet has a hands-free gadget, with a heated seat and cleaning water jet. The toilet also demarcates clean from unclean for you, with its automated toilet lid going after use. 

The Toto is actually one of the largest plumbing manufacturers in the world, with over 20,000 employees and huge sales numbers to the Japanese. Despite this, it actually operates and sells plumbing facilities in over 15 countries.

Hong Kong have perhaps the most famous of all toilet, as a $30 million+ bathroom that is 24 carat gold sits inside the Hang Fung Gold Technology showroom. Coated in gems, it’s not just the toilet but the bathroom as a whole that receives the gold finish. 

Jeweler Lam Sai-wing was behind the idea of the bathroom, who was inspired by Russian communist leader Lenin, who once claimed that the most appropriate thing to do with gold was to build toilets out of the metal.

Swarovski have also jumped on the high-end toilet idea, by producing a $75,000 Chrome-plated toilet. The toilet is dominated by crystals, and the result was actually rather spectacular. 

You would have thought that the thing was made for an art gallery like the Hang Fung one, but no, they are commercially up for sale. It’s certainly one way to ensure you clean it regularly, but it’s still difficult to believe anyone has ever bought and regularly uses it.

Of course, we can’t list expensive toilets without mentioning the International Space Station toilet, which is valued at an eye watering $19 million. The toilet was built by Russians for the 2008 space station, featuring a lot of extras, as you can imagine. 

The toilet is completely factored for an astronaut, and goes as far to even have a filter good enough to extract water cleanly from the waste.

Within America and most of the West, toilets are seen as very unimportant. In fact, most toilets cost around $50 or less. 

Hygiene is of course generally respected and desired, but functionality is limited and completely not expected. They’re one of the least respected items in a home, as you’ll often see $1 million dollar homes having factory standard toilets.

It’s for this reason that many people attempt to fix their toilet themselves. It’s not actually that difficult in most circumstances to fix our own toilets. The fact that functionality is extremely limited may actually help in this regard. 

With the aid of Youtube or a blog article, you can pretty much fix most issues. There are some scenarios where you’ll want to get a tradesman in, but it’d be silly not to try it yourself first. Toilet installation, on the other hand, should always be left to a professional.

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