Tackling nasty odors in the toilet has always been a difficult task. Though there are many products that claim to eliminate the stench, none seem to work as good as advertised. Now premium bathroom fittings and fixtures maker Kohler has come up with an interesting product that promises to tackle and eliminate the foul stink right near its source.
With its new PureFresh line of toilet seats, Kohler Co. is tackling malodorous bathroom air at the toilet seat itself. The Wisconsin company, which claims to be dedicated to “gracious living,” has introduced a solution to a less-than-graceful, and occasionally embarrassing, social situation.
The PureFresh seat wafts away the foul odors that so often accompany toilet use, replacing them with “a light, clean scent,” claims the company. Moreover, you do not have to push a button to activate the mechanism — just sit down, suggests the company.
The PureFresh appears to be an air-filter that starts immediately after a person sits on the “throne.” A series of “air-purifying” and deodorizing events are set in motion, which are run by battery, reported Digital Trends. A fan starts sucking air from the bowl and pushes it through a carbon filter.
The basic PureFresh toilet seat offers to eliminate the odors, but an optional “scent pack” that the company urges you buy allows the now-deodorized air to be infused with “pleasant aromas.” Once the air leaves the carbon filter, it is wafted over this scent pack, which includes choices like “Garden Waterfall,” “Avocado Spa,” and “Soft and Fresh Laundry.”
The scented air is then released into the atmosphere, allowing the toilet seat to actually freshen up the place instead of stinking it, reported Architecture and Design.
Speaking about the innovation, Jerry Bougher, the firm’s marketing manager for toilet seats said, “We did a lot of research, and one of the attributes we got out of it was people were looking for some way to, you know — deodorize. Obviously, you’re in the bathroom. You’re sitting on a toilet seat. We all kind of have a tendency to know what’s going on at that point.”
Though the technical aspects like battery life and filter endurance could be tested in-house, Kohler still needed to conduct field tests to judge the efficacy of the entire system. Smells are quite subjective — what smells bad to some might not be that offensive to others. Moreover, some noses are more sensitive than others, some bathrooms are bigger than others, and some situations are more challenging than others, said Bougher.
But the PureFresh has worked wonders in almost all situations, he claims. Costing $120, the Kohler PureFresh toilet seat is quite expensive as compared to conventional products, but the company has taken a right step in tackling an ages-old problem by attacking it right at the source.
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