Caroma Water & Space-Saving Toilet with Integrated Hand Basin
When I first saw this toilet by Caroma, with its integrated hand basin, I was astonished by the simplicity of the idea. Why did it take more than a century to come up with something like this? I still can't decide if I find it brilliant or silly, but it's certainly original. What's also certain is that it saves you both water and space.
Some have to live with a very small bathroom where your knees almost touch the opposite wall or the door while you're on the toilet. That small that fixing a hand basin to a wall will almost force you to crawl underneath it to reach the toilet. Others have no sink in their bathrooms and have to sort out the plumbing work to install one. Sounds familiar? Then a solution such as this Caroma Profile might be for you. The hand basin is simply located on top of the tank. While it might not be the easiest position to wash your hands, at least it's not taking up an inch of extra space, and you no longer need to go to the kitchen or elsewhere to wash your hands.
What's more, since it doesn't require an extra water supply or a drain of its own, it doesn't need extra plumbing to install it.
Last but not least, it also saves you a lot of water, since the water that you use to wash your hands simply flows into the tank, being used a second time for the next toilet flush.
Have a look at the YouTube video to see how it works.
It's an Australian product, which makes sense given the droughts that they've had there the last few years. It's not a completely new invention, though – toilets like this have been common in Japan for years. Still, it can only be a good thing to reuse and export the idea.
- Toilet with hand basin on top of the tank
- Saves space in your bathroom
- Saves water by reusing your hand-wash water for the next toilet flush
- Install a sink in your bathroom without plumbing.
You'll probably have to look out for a soap that doesn't make the water look foamy when using the toilet afterwards, but this shouldn't be too difficult.
Another supplier of similar toilets is Royal Flush – also an Australian company, apparently.
There's a video on the Royal Flush website showing how it works.
And if you're on a tight budget, but more able with your hands, you might consider a do-it-yourself approach as described on Instructables.
Last, but not least, after publishing this article one of our readers pointed us to this retrofit toilet water-saving solution from SinkPositive.
Where to buy
You can check the availability of the Caroma Profile on the Caroma website or other websites for the respective manufacturers and countries.
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