We do a lot of research into toilets and their varying features. While they may not be as universally known as the likes of Kohler, Toto, American Standard, we still believe the Icera brand has a lot to offer potential buyers. Their products typically come with contemporary bowl and tank shapes, which can often become that missing piece of interior hardware required to modernize peoples bathrooms.
We have chosen a few of our favorites below and taken a closer look at the spec sheet of each and how each may benefit you.
|Icera Julian C-2320||1.28||84%|
|Icera Riose C-6200||1.28||83%|
When we look into the inner workings of the C-2320 unit, it ticks a lot of the boxes used in our rating criteria. Despite not being as well known in the industry in our opinion, they have still produced a model which meets ADA, and WaterSense criteria, whilst achieving a strong flush rate as measured on the MaP scale.
The bowl has an elongated shape which is 16-1/2 inches tall enabling it to be labelled as chair height, also known as comfort height. This allows people with problems in their joints, such as the elderly to easily access the toilet without putting too much strain on their bodies.
The GPF rate of 1.28 will also play a part in cutting down on the large quantities of water used each year in your bathroom. This can mean that your utility bills are reduced, and will also help preserve water over time. The more people that do this, the better it is for the environment.
Despite being what's categorized as low flow, it still manages to achieve a high score on the MaP flush test. On a scale of 0 to 1000 grams where 350 grams is the average, this achieves an impressive 800 grams. This is an early iondicator of strong flushing performance. Combined with the built in microglaze on the bowls surface, you get a good formula for keeping the bowl free of bacteria and waste for longer.
Sharing some similar qualities as the Julian, the Riose offers great flush performance, comfort, and a beautiful exterior in one package. There are plenty of positives to take away from the spec sheet.
Once more, we have a high MaP score, with the C-6200 getting a 1000 grams rating, which is the top end of the scale and signifies that it's able to handle a higher quantity of waste.
A common misconception when it comes to performanbce is you need to utilize more water for a more powerful flush. This isn't the case with modern, innovative, mechanisms. In fact, the Riose uses just 1.28 gallons of water.
It's chair height for comfort and easier access, measuring 16-1/2" from base to rim, and it's elongated with a 9 by 7 inch water spot to keep the bad smells low in the bowl.
It features a 2-1/8" trapway, a 3" flush valve, and it measures 28-3/4" by 17-1/2" by 28".
Overall, we think this could be a suitable upgrade for your home. It conserves water better than 3.5 GPF and 1.6 GPF models, is built with people with disabilities in mind, and it has an aesthetics design too.
They have been around since 1995 according to their website, and have built up their reputation in that time, offering full suite collections that are beautiful visually and also use low amounts of water.
Do you know your current rough in size? - An essential part of your research should be knowing about the various measurements and dimensions required for your toilet to fit correctly. This includes knowing what your rough in is. Now, most of you currently reading will likely require a 12" model. However, this is not a guarentee as with some older builds you may want a 14" or 10". There are options available for making a twelve inch model fit into both of these, namely the UniFit, but you're quite limited in choice if you choose this route.
We've put together a short guide showing readers how to do this, without over complicating things. You can find this guide here.
Larger water spot can be better - Sometimes, the simplest things are the features we overlook. This can include how the water surface area plays a role in keeping odors down for longer periods of time, keeping your bathroom smelling fresh for the next user. However, if you have this in your list of priorities, make sure you take time to have a closer look at the rim to water level too. You don't want something too close to the rim as splashing will become problematic.
Maintenance - There are a number of things you can take into account which will make maintenance tasks like cleaning simpler and less time consuming. This first is a quick release toilet seat. This will enable you to get into those areas that would be quite difficult to reach without such a feature quickly.
You can also make sure the exterior of the bowl you pick is skirted around the edges, essentially hiding the trapway from view. This will mean there are lest bends and turns in the piping to wipe down.
Type of mounting - We briefly covered hanging toilets earlier in this article. If you're someone who has a compact bathroom, these may be a better option than floor mounted ones.
Alternative brands - We've all heard about the big players on the market like Toto, but there are also several other top quality manufacturers out there that we suggest looking at before you make a final decision. These include Swiss Madison, Woodbridge, Gerber, Delta, and Niagara.
What are consumers saying? - You can often see all the tell tale signs of a poor quality product through consumer reports and reviews online. That's why you should scan through individual comments from people who have purchased the product for any issues. This method is a great way to catch a product of poor quality, before you waste your money on it.
We think a Icera toilet could be a great addition for someoneone searching for a stylish upgrade for their old model. We find that their designs move away from the typical themes and offer something new and unique. As always, make sure you understand the various measurements and costs involved with such upgrades, and be sure to read the considerations section above before you come to any decision.