Just recently replaced my bathroom and chose a toilet from a brochure - a
(Although this web-page shows the Igloo - I did not buy the product from
What I didn't realise was that many modern toilets, mainly those designed
abroad (the Igloo is Italian), have stupidly designed bowls on the inside.
Most UK toilets have a decent sized water trap, located to the rear of the
bowl, with a vertical drop of the porcelain down into the water.
The Igloo has a very small water trap, located in the centre of the bowl,
with a virtual 'shelf' all the way around it.. Without going into
(unpleasant!) detail, it's almost impossible to use the loo without always
having to clean it with a loo brush afterwards - and then doing a second
Had I known the loo was designed in this way there is no way that I would
have ordered it but neither my retailer, nor the importer, show any
sympathy. "That's the way it's designed - and it complies with European
standards" is their response!
Anyone thinking of replacing a toilet would be well advised not to choose
from a brochure - but see the loo 'in the flesh' and examine the interior of
the bowl prior to ordering!
The image linked does not show the inside of the toilet. If it is like the
ones we used to have in Germany (admittedly over 30 years ago) then the
'shelf' (so I was told at the time) was to allow you to inspect your
droppings for worms before they vanished around the bend. I'm not sure where
the worms were supposed to come from - probably less than clean water
supplies. Even then it may have been a design that was a throwback to
earlier times. I was never keen on them - especially after a curry... :-(
You knew you had had a good clearout if your head hit the ceiling... ;-)
If memory serves (it often doesn't nowadays) then the toilets in Germany at
that time did not have cistern flush, but were flushed by direct mains
pressure operated by a lever. This meant you could flush as much or as
little as needed. Obviously a cistern flush limits the amount of water
available to deal with any heavy loads. I doubt that system would be legal
in this country for fear of contamination of the water supply.
That's correct, i lived in germany between 1983 and 1990,
the 'poo shelf' in the bogs was there to inspect your droppings, and also to
enable easy sample taking for the yearly medicle checkups the germans have,
they go for prevention rather than cure there.
the flush was a big bore plack pupe to the bowl, and a chromed lever at the
top, lookeld like a nose, press it and you get a hell of a pressure to
totaly flush the bog, and as you say, you hold it for as long as is needed
only problem with that was when the water had been off for pipe repairs in
the street, the first person to flush the bog after the supply was resotred,
got an explosion as the air went thru the valve, often blowing the pipe out
the bog connection, which if you didnt realise you got very wet when the
water came through :)
i was amazed when i went back to germany recently to find that style of bog
has almost dissapeered, using cisterns now,
It sounds like the current style is a hybrid. The traditional German
(continental?) pan fitted with a cistern. Neither of which is really suited
to the other. Which may explain the OP's problem with cleaning.
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