We all do it, whenever we are sitting on the bog, we allow our minds to wonder, perhaps you use this time to make plans, think about the bills you owe, or flirt a little. All I know is that whenever you’re sitting on the toilet, you have to sit down and think of something…
To this effect, I have decided to steer your mind a little. Have you ever considered your favorite toilet at home or the office and wondered if there are other kinds of toilets?
What you’re using now, how does it differ from some other unit in another part of the world? Well then, wonder no more, join me on this journey of discovery where we learn the different kinds of toilets in existence today…
Before we discuss the different kinds of toilets in the world, we have to note that the cleanliness, plumbing process, hygiene, and sanitation system varies from one place to the next. Moreover, the shape and functions of these toilets differ from one region to the other.
Different Flush Directions In The North & Southern Hemisphere
Unlike many debates online, the direction of the swirling water in the toilet bowl is determined by the unit’s manufacturer than the world phenomena.
The misconception that the toilet water drains clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere or counterclockwise in the Nothern Hemisphere due to the Coriolis force impacted by the planet’s rotation only affects hurricanes and trade winds, not necessarily water in a toilet bowl.
When it boils down to the direction of the flush water drains, you should check to see whether the flush jet point to the right or left. Depending on the course, your flush water will drain either clockwise or anticlockwise. Now that this is out of the way let’s find out the different types of toilets across the globe today…
Continental Europe Toilets
Just like any other Western-style or American styled loos, European toilets are similar thanks to their standard porcelain system. One of the notable differences in these toilets is some European toilet units are built with a pull cord as opposed to a flush handle.
It’s interesting to note that the ‘bidet’ was a French invention dating back to the early 1600s and not a Japanese design, as we would probably believe. Bidet toilets are popular in many Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese homes.
Latin American Toilets
In this segment, we shall center the research in Latin and South American regions. The toilets in this region come with one flaw; they are not built to flush the toilet paper.
When you flush down, the toilet paper can cause clogs and other plumbing issues that can cause havoc in the megacities.
For this section, we shall focus on Indian toilets. From the earliest man, whenever we needed to go to the bathroom, we had to squat. Indians have kept this norm alive till date.
Moreover, this position is considered as the most hygienic as they use less toilet paper and water to clear their waste.
However, thanks to urbanization, Indian cities today have adapted western styled toilets with flush systems and toilet papers. You will mostly find the old-fashioned pit latrine toilets in the rural and slum areas.
The Sahara Region
In Africa, mostly in the sub-Sahara region, finding a proper toilet was a hustle in many countries; thankfully, due to westernization, many Africans are now accustomed to western-made toilets.
However, in many village settings, you will come across numerous pit latrines that have been dug out and structures built around them to act as a bathroom. These structures also help with sanitation issues.
We start with the Japanese Island; there are two kinds of toilets available in Japan, the first being the traditional old squat that is found mostly in public spaces. The second type of loo predominant on this island is the bidet that mimics the one seen in the western world.
However, in Japan, they assume another name “washlet,” and they come with these standard features; seat warmer, bidet washing, and deodorization. You will always find a washlet toilet system in every Japanese home.
In the Chinese region, the toilets are dug out pit latrines. A majority of the toilets in China are squat toilets and have proven to be perfect for the digestive system.
These loos are standard in the rural areas; however, in the cities, China has caught on to the western world and has now incorporated numerous kinds of flush toilets, both squat and sitting units.
The Flying Loo
Regardless of the location you currently harbor (land, air or seas), you will always have the urge to use the bathroom, for modern-day aircraft is a Teflon coated bowl is what you will find. The unit has a strong suction that uses high pressure to send the waste into the holding tank.
Space toilets are custom fit with a vacuum system that works with zero-gravity. The most complicated toilet system used to-date is the one fit in a submarine, it’s complexity is due to the high-pressure conditions submarines operate in.
Awkward Toilet Systems On The Planet
The Ecological Urinal Toilet: a toilet system that was developed as a solution for the people in Uganda who have to share toilets. In this unit, the system collects the urine in sanitary ways and converts the liquid into high-quality fertilizer.
The Toronto Toilet: the system installed in this unit resembles the one used in a charcoal barbecue unit.
The system is developed with a sand-filled and UV ray disinfection chamber that processes the liquid waste installed in the smolder chamber that carbonizes the solid waste in a flattened and dried material underneath a roller.
The toilet unit is easily maintained, repaired, and easy to sustain.
Loowatt Toilet: a sustainable toilet unit that has been created to transform waste into biofuel. The system comes fitted with a biodegradable lining that keeps the waste in a sealed and odor-free container.
The compressed matter creates a clean gas that is converted into a free steady energy source for cooking, heating water, lighting low light bulbs, etc.
Caltech Toilet: developed by the blokes at California Institute of Technology, this award-winning toilet is a self-cleaning, solar-powered, and eco-friendly unit that changes the liquid and solid waste into hydrogen and fertilizer.
The solar panel powers a pump that directs the water into the reservoir placed at the top of the toilet, which is then used for activities such as irrigation.
Different Toilet Designs
Western/European Water Closet: This type of toilet unit features a flushing tank attached and sold together with a seat and a cover.
The cover has to be closed during flushing and is made from either plastic or ceramic materials. With this type of system, a small amount of water is left trapped inside by the water seal.
Squatting Pan: these types of toilets have proven to be a better (healthier) option than the above system. There are usually referred to as Asian or Indian pans since they are more prominent in Asian countries.
They are a classic, cheaper, and safer toilet system, especially for multiple users.
Tornado Toilet Unit: A toilet design that does two jobs with a single flush. These are round-shaped toilets that not only clean in a single flush, but their system also makes the cleaning process much more manageable.
Water Efficient Toilets: These are units that save significant amounts of water with every flush. Modern units use 0.58 US gallons of water, which help in conservation.
One-Piece Toilet: the unit comes with a tank and body attached. The single bowl toilet is a popular design in many countries.
Rim-Free Loo: an accessible unit for wall hung toilet units that are either oval or round-shaped. The new modes are useful flushing and easy cleaning systems.
I know you have learned something you didn’t know about before reading the article. Retain this information and use it in a conversation, you know, with someone who wants to learn more about the toilet unit…