In Europe the bidet is a popular fixture in restroom facilities, unlike in the Americas where, owing to abundant pulp resources, toilet paper is widespread. There are good reasons for this, perhaps only truly appreciable to those who have enjoyed the bidet’s hygienic ways. It is the difference between a warm bath and scrubbing yourself clean with a dry towel. Owing to ever-so-cute and oh-so-soft-looking media iconography, Americans have come to imagine handfuls of wadded-up paper as an effective sanitation method. There is evidence that this might not be the case.
To negate the need for such discussion, toilet manufacturers have, after generations of the American standard, looked deeper into their products. What they’ve found should please the consumer as it could lead to the evolution of the bathroom. Greater hygiene in the head cannot but help to translate to the health of the hands and all they touch. We are perched on the edge of a new way of perceiving relief management.
To hasten our leap forward, companies like Kohler have rolled out new lines of robotic toilets. These are not for people of limited budgets as the price would negate being able to afford anything to put in them for most. But for those of adequate means and the desire to enhance their toilet-going experience, the Numi might be right up their alleys. At first blush, it defies tradition with its rectangular shape and none of those nicely rounded corners so popular for such situations. The Numi offers several appealing functions; for example, it washes and dries the user, relegating toilet paper to the guest bathrooms of history. For night relief, the Numi is lighted by LEDs – even in the bowl – and the seat is heated for maximum comfort. The lid takes care of the heavy lifting by being self-raising and closing based upon operator proximity. For upright applications, the Numi can be controlled by a foot-operated light sensor to open the lid and flush afterwards -- totally hands free. It will even serenade the user with musical selections. The Numi’s various functions are run via touch-screen controller that is a little bigger than an iPod. There is no shelf for the 3 seashells.
Numi has been in use for two years now and has been performing very well. All of its features are still functioning and my wife and I are still very happy with our purchase.
The light on the Numi allows me to use the toilet in the middle of the night without turning on the overhead lights...Numi is quieter.
Boasted a foot warmer, a heated seat that automatically goes up and down, a built-in music system and personalized bidet functionality.
Numi also includes a battery back that can support up to 100 flushes, so even in an extended power outage, the toilet will still function as normal.
The most striking feature of the Numi is what you don’t get: any visible levers or buttons. All the Numi controls are handled through a touch screen remote control
Users won’t even need to go to the trouble of choosing their own music - the toilet will play pre-programmed music or radio broadcasts.