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Adelaide Cube 270 Round Front Plus. Photo courtesy of Caroma.

I love my toilet!

 
Americans make me angry. Well, not all Americans and not all the time. But we (notice I'm including myself) are so slow to adapt and accept new technology, even when we know it's for the best.

When I lived in Australia, I met my first HET, or high-efficiency toilet. Used in most countries around the world and mandated in Australia (where I lived for two years) and New Zealand (where my hubby hails) since 1992, an HET uses 20 percent less water than a standard 1.6-gallon toilet. HETs are becoming more popular in America but are not the norm. Not only are they good for the environment but they're good for your water bill.

I recently finished painting our downstairs bathroom (more on that story to come) and installed a Caroma Adelaide Cube Toilet. An HET, it's a dual-flush toilet, which I know I'm going to have to explain to my family when they come to visit, but the practicality of a dual-flush is worth the explanation. Caroma boasts that the Adelaide Cube is "virtually unblockable," and so far, so good! It is WaterSense approved, too. Lastly, I love the contemporary look of it, especially because it fits in well with our existing dual white sinks and standard shower. Who knew you could fall in love with a toilet?



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Thank you!

11/05/2008 10:06 AM ecoTransitions

Thank you Tracy for submitting your post. I too don't understand why it is taking so long for Americans to adapt water/ energy and therefore energy savings widely available worldwide. Caroma, an Australian company has invented the Dual Flush system in the 80's and set the standard in high efficiency dual flush toilets. Caroma is a worldwide leader of innovative bathroom products, including sinks and high efficiency dual flush toilets and have more WaterSense-approved toilets than any manufacturer. To see why they work so well, please visit http://www.youtube.com/ecotransitions or my blog http://pottygirl.wordpress.com/

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Problem with my Caroma Sydney

03/16/2009 01:14 PM amyenns

I am not as lucky as you are. I brought my Caroma Sydney last month and I got nothing but problem. With every flush the water will splash up everywhere on the seat and cover. When there is a number 2, there are number 2 droplets on the seat, very disgusting.

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amyenns Problems with Caroma toilet

05/07/2009 08:08 PM ecoTransitions

I am very sorry to hear about your problems - this is not a common issue. I would check if it is installed correctly. Otherwise I would get a replacement from your Supplier, as you do have a warranty on it.

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Splash up

10/16/2010 12:37 AM purpledog

I also have the same problem with too much splash up. I purchased the Sydney Smart.Is there any way to adjust the wash down pressure?

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It looks Petite

11/05/2008 10:40 AM Handyman

Did you have to adjust the opening or add an offset flange to make this fit on the current drain pipe.

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offset connector

11/05/2008 03:50 PM ecoTransitions

Caroma offers semi-skirted models that work with a 12" rough-in or skirted models (like the one Traci installed, the Adelaide) that work with a 10 or 12" rough-in and come with an offset connector.

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Environmental Toilets

11/05/2008 01:06 PM 697295a

There are many technologies out there that Americans are discovering, but the sad news, is that some of these technologies (like Tracy said) has already been around for decades, in other countries.

Are we just so focused on wasting money and energy that we can't see the technologies in front of us???

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just because

11/05/2008 05:31 PM demtimjen

When I visited UC Santa Barbara a couple years back, all the dorm rooms used the HET toilet, which I thought was pretty amazing.

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HET toilet

11/08/2008 10:46 AM bucofblu

Can you explain the double flush you speak of?

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dual flush

11/10/2008 08:13 AM Prankstur

A dual flush toilet has two buttons for flushing, a half flush and full flush. The half flush, for liquid, uses 0.8 gallons per flush. The full flush, for solids, uses 1.28-1.6 gallons per flush depending on the model. Using the 1.6/0.8 dual flush technology can reduce water usage by 40% compared with traditional toilets that use 2.9 gallons in a single flush and by more 76% if using a 3.5gpf toilet.

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You sound like your full of it!

11/12/2008 02:39 PM fantasyisland

Tracy, I'm appalled that you insult us americans. You think your better in some way than some one else just because you got some stinking fancy toilet to sit on? Your ego sounds to big!

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Response to insult

11/13/2008 03:52 PM

Americans are very slow to adapt to new technologies--partly because we have a large population and partly because we are stubbon people (for better or for worse). I'm the last person to think I'm better than anyone else--I just think I have a better toilet and am more open to technological changes than some others. I appreciate a good exchange of ideas but will pass on exchanging insults.

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An Even Better Caroma

11/15/2008 06:37 PM scolley

Available from Caroma to Australians is a dual flush with a wash basin on the top of the toilet tank. As soon as you flush this toilet, note the goose-neck that comes out of the top where the fresh incoming water that fills the tank first falls into a small basin on the tank lid. In that way, when you flush the toilet, you don't need to wash your hands in the sink. You wash your hands over the toilet tank. Toto offers a similar toilet for other markets, but as of yet, neither is exporting these improved models to the American market. This is despite honors given to Caroma last month by Popular Mechanics magazine (look up "Top 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets of the Year" on the PM website). Isn't America ready for this toilet innovation?

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Caroma's Australia Website

11/15/2008 06:43 PM scolley

Here's the link to the Caroma Profile with Integrated Wash Basin found on their Australian website, but not on the Caroma USA website: www.caroma.com.au/products/index_profile.html

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Caroma Profile Smart

12/15/2008 06:02 AM ecoTransitions

The model with the integrated sink should be available in the US in Spring 2009.

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