Swedish Toilets – Why They Rule!

Once upon a time, we were designing a green-built home and I blogged on it. I read a few old posts and couldn’t stop laughing at one post where we were adamant about getting Swedish toilets.

I think the following story sums up why Swedish toilets are superior to American ones in design (and why my Swedish husband insisted we get 3 of them for our home). It’s a hilarious, yet honest take on poorly designed American/North American toilets and another example where the Swedish way is better!

By the way, if you’re easily sickened, please don’t read :-).

Anonymous post on a message board (only corrected spelling):
“I have apparently used low-flow toilets here in Sweden all my life. I
have no problem with them. They have the water level lower so that the
flushing water gets higher speed when falling down.

So then I went to the US for a trip and found that not only do you pull
carpets into the bathroom and around the toilet (EWW!), the toilets
themselves are totally stupid! They hold a gallon of water in a bowl so
close to your ass that you have to hold your penis while taking a shit
so that it won’t hang down into the water! Then when you flush, the
toilet pours another two gallons of water slowly into the bowl so that
you get to watch your turds carousel around and around for half a minute
before exiting the drainpipe. That is just plain silly!

Our low-flow/high-speed toilets go SLURP! and all the crap is gone and the porcelain is washed clean from the aggressive burst of water in five
seconds. And we use less water too.”

We found these Swedish toilets here in the U.S.:

Mainly, they are superior because they have a much larger pipe and use very little water. My husband says that they NEVER need to be plunged. In fact, he has never even used a plunger before in Sweden! Not only that, it’s eco-friendly because you’re saving that precious resource and getting much better performance as well. I’m sold.

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5 Comments on “Swedish Toilets – Why They Rule!”

  1. Claes Holmquist
    September 16, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    A reason American designed toilets (think American Standard), which is what we have been living with in Canada until only a few years ago, have a large water volume is that it was thought that all fecal matters would then be (hopefully) submerged and not smell while you are sitting on the can. As we all know, the stay on the toilet is not usually without accompanying gaseous emissions, which are of greater importance than the odors emanating from the bowl. I amazes me, that a “nation of invention” like the US could get this design so wrong, and stick with it for so long.

    • September 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Oh yes, Claes, I hear ya! Americans/Canadians can be so backward on a lot of things, for example, people still write checks in the U.S. and in Toronto, the civil engineering is so infuriating! Have you ever been in the elevators on TTC? It’s so poorly designed, it makes me scream sometimes. I feel sorry for handicapped people who have to navigate through Toronto’s buildings – which are a lot newer than buildings in Europe. But anyways, I digress.,,,

  2. sue grant
    March 6, 2017 at 2:11 am #

    I totally agree with you, I have had 4 Ifo toilets since the early 90’s. Problem is I need replacement parts and I cant find what I need. Can anyone help with a flush gasket?

  3. Jacob Buksbaum
    February 22, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    anywhere I can get the Ifo Cera wall hung toilet in Canada? We need about 25-35 for a resort we own in the Caribbean. I know they are not available in the USA, are they available in Canada?

    • February 25, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

      I think they moved out of the U.S. Try contacting the Swedish IFO office. They do speak English ūüôā You may have to do an import if you can’t find a distributor here. However, you’ll have to fly in a Swedish person to do your maintenance. Good luck!

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