Bath Trendspotting: Share your ideas to win an Outreach Faucet!


At the American Standard research and design center, we’re constantly keeping an eye on emerging trends in the kitchen and bath world in order to design products that fit the end user’s needs flawlessly. In the April issue of Professional Remodeler, Gray Uhl, American Standard’s Director of Design, spoke about the latest trends in bath remodeling. Among his observations was the increase in a need for products that work in existing spaces in response to the people staying in their homes longer and creating multi-generational living spaces.

This got our gears turning; what are some other trends that are emerging in bathroom interiors? We asked Gray to clue us in on  some of the hottest trends of 2012:

Now it’s your turn! Watch the video below to see how you can win an American Standard Outreach Faucet (our response to the need for a more versatile bathroom faucet) and maybe even see your product idea come to life!

For the chance to win the American Standard Outreach Faucet, leave a comment to this post with a product idea that isn’t available today that you’d love to own or with a style that you’d like to see us develop. Professor Toilet and his team will choose their favorite entry on Monday June 25, 2012 as the winner,  so hurry and enter before Sunday June 24, 5PM ET.

EDIT: Congratulations to Kay Thrasher who thought of a clever way to add more counter space with minimal effort.  She says, “I have a very small bathroom with limited space. I’d love a bathroom sink that had a cover or partial cover so I could have more counter space when not using the sink and remove it for full access when needed.” Congratulations Kay!

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todos los videos vistos son exelentes..este ultimo es genial…vamos profesor…espro otros..gracias adios


I’d love to have a faucet where I can pre-set the water to my ideal temperature, and be at the perfect temp every single time I turn it on!


I would love to have a bathroom faucet with a spigot that shoots a gentle stream of water up like a drinking fountain – great for brushing teeth and saves on cups!


I would love to have a single shower head that is similar to a pull down kitchen faucet, it would be easy to clean my children without having additional attachment and hose handing down.


It would be great if you started making toilets with bidet features built in, super for hygiene and health. The elderly population could really benefit from the extra cleaning as their abilities to perform them decline. I can see it as a big seller for the babyboomers or anyone with hemorrhoids.

Professor Toilet
June 14th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

All of American Standard’s single control (one handle) faucets have a feature called “temperature memory.” This is where the faucet can be turned on and off in exactly the same position so the next time the user wants to use the faucet, they can have it at the exact temperature position they chose last time. Hope this helps!

Professor Toilet
June 14th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

You might want to check out Procher’s electronic bidet seats- http://bit.ly/MTbVJZ. Not part of a toilet but an easy addition to an existing toilet. It has all of the functions and features of a bidet.


Ok, I’ll try again!

How about a tub that can set a timer for a daily bath (with a pre-set temp for kids, and another pre-set temp — maybe with bubbles!!– for mom!) that will send a reminder 5-10 minutes before to get the bath started (as well as know when to stop/where the fill line should be)? Parents can rally their kids to the tub, busy moms can get ready to relax after a long day, it’s two less things on everyone’s to do list (turning on/turning off the water), and no one will ever have to worry about tub overflow ever again. Reminders notices (there will be an app for that!) have to be activated/confirmed to get the water started, and another notice will be sent when it’s ready.


The new Outreach lavatory faucet is a great idea! I’d like to see it available as a tub fill too!


I would LOVE to see a toilet that self cleans! LOL. Our water is pretty rusty and those stains are really hard to get off. Maybe the inside of the toilet just needs to be a different color??? I don’t know, but we have a really hard time keeping rust stains out of the inside of the toilet.


On a new toilet bolts and a rpair flange should be with the toilet or at lest in the trucks mosy toilets are rplaced in older home’s


If a steam feature could be incorporated in the kitchen faucet to better clean crystal stemware, that would be a wonderful feature.


I lived in Europe for 12 years, with the military, and believe me I have experienced a variety of bathrooms and fixtures. Since I have lived in my current residence we have replaced 3 other popular toilets (commodes) with American Standard. Since that replacement we have no need for a toilet plunger as we have never had a stoppage. The commode tank mechanization was well though out, and I am sure with many trial and error before finally coming up with the current works. Even with the well though-out
I am sure that research continues. Keep up the good work.


I’d love a tall sink faucet that my grandchildren could drink from without difficulty. And I love the idea expressed above for pre-set temperature controls! What a great idea! I like very hot water but I worry about those grandchildren burning themselves.


A faucet (bath and kitchen) with an indicator oshowing what temperature water will come out immediately after turning it on. I have burned my hands many times when I turned on a faucet that was just used to wash something with hot water.


I have a very small bathroom with limited space. I’d love a bathroom sink that had a cover or partial cover so I could have more counter space when not using the sink and remove it for full access when needed.


Professor Toilet,
I’d like to see a wall mounted waterfall faucet with drain/drain pan in a 36″, 42″, + 48″ width. The waterfall faucet would be roughly 8″ wide. The entire sink countertop would slope downward to the drain pan.


My idea is for kitchen faucet design. It would be great if a basket or swing of some sort for holding and drying the kitchen sponge could be incorporated in the design of the faucet. I’ve thought of two different options, it could either hang from the neck or spout of the faucet or be incorporated into the control lever (like a bird wing shape which conceals the sponge holder behind a sculptural lever and maybe even drips out into the sink).


A bathroom faucet which is switchable between standard/sensor (for shaving and brushing teeth)/ touch activated.

Vicki Bowenschulte
June 19th, 2012 at 11:39 am

Dear Professor,

I’d love to see a shower/tub combo that has a mini urinal built in for those guys that just have to let it fly while showering.


As the “mom” of quite a few furry kiddos of my own, as well as foster babies, I can tell you that the Outreach Lav faucet will be a minor miracle for giving small puppies baths in the sink (my cat, too, but I doubt she would thank you for it)!

However, I have to say that one of the few complaints I have about bathing my babies in the tub is the lack of a pressure spray setting on the handshower. The conventional settings just don’t seem to spray hard enough to get all of the suds out of the dog fur. I think a handshower with a spray setting that has a higher pressure output would be perfect–a simple innovation that you could incorporate into any number of your lines.


I would like to see a kitchen faucet with a semi rigid spout to allow for easily filling large containers pots, not a hose type.


I have two things I’d like to see incorporated into your toilets:

1) a device that regulates the water into the tank that does not get clogged and require regular replacement over time (or can easily be flushed out to avoid replacing it).

2) a simple flush lever like I saw in Finland–you lift the knob in the centre of the tank lid, and it empties the tank into the bowl. It seems to me that this would prove more reliable than current lever and chain mechanisms, and that the flapper ball would be replaced by the plunger this system uses to seal the bottom of the tank–flapper balls never last, so a harder rubber seal that simply goes up and down with this vertical style of plunger would work well and outlast the annoying flapper ball we have now.


It would be great to have a lav faucet with a pull out spray faucet like a kitchen spray but with a nice traditional style for the bathroom. People really like to wash there hair in the sink and want a faucet that looks nice too. It would have to have a little button on it underneith that you could change to a spray vs. stream.
Another nice idea would be a waterfall tubspout and matching faucet. It would not have to be a open channel but a closed sleek waterfall flat stream. People are also into technology and would it be cool to have a shower that your i phone sits in that controls the water and you can listen to music at the same time and you could also start your shower from where ever you are in the house.


I would love to have in my bathroom a toilet seat that would automatically adjust it’s height for the person standing in front it. for example: a child that is 48 inches high wouldn not find it easy to reach a seat that is seventeen inches high. In the same way a person the 6′ tall would not feel to comfortable on some seats 14″ high. Give it a good go!


A loving arms toilet – a device which would help a person with physical problems lower their self on the toilet and then help them raise their self up. something which would not be to fast which might be under the arms – like a hug from the back or front of the person.


matching colors for the faucet assembly to match the vanity top


I would like an odor and Bacteria Shield.
My idea is a toilet seat with ventilation
+Design a new toilet seat with a hose (air pipe or channel) on the bottom side of the seat.
+Features of the hose (air pipe or channel):
–The hose will have many punctures to absorb and remove odor.
–The hose will also have a small lever to close all the absorbing punctures during cleaning.
+Process: Installation of the hose can take place in three options
–Option 1: The hose will run from the toilet seat to the nearest wall and behind the sheetrock to the existing ventilation fan.
–Option 2: The hose will run from the toilet seat to newly created ventilation (if one does not already exist) which will run outside the bathroom.
–Option 3: Already exists in the market, http://www.jonevac.com/, which creates a disinfectant box to be located near the toilet seat.
–As the user turns on the ventilation switch, the order will be absorbed via the hose’s punctures and removed via the ventilation system.
–Odorless bathroom.
–Decreased bacterial distribution via distant ceiling ventilation.
–At the user’s convenience, the punctures are easily closed via the lever in order to avoid blocking of the punctures from any spray or powdery chemicals used to clean above and below the toilet seat.
–Water will not affect the system as the flushing water will not run on the toilet seat.
–Installation can be done to existing ventilation system with same electrical usage.
–The product can be marketable to new and existing homes.
–The toilet seat can be universal and may be sold across different brands on the commercial and residential ends.


I would like an odor and Bacteria Shield.
My idea is a a self disinfectant toilet.

Concept (1): Add a self dispensing disinfector container inside the toilet tank or make it part of a new flushing system.
+With each flush, the disinfectant (i.e. Clorox) will be dispensed into the water tank and as the user flushes, the water dispensed will have the disinfectant which will decrease the toilet’s bacterial accumulation or built up.
–Also, an option maybe provided to the owner’s preference to set the disinfectant to be dispensed after the water is flushed, setting it to disinfect at the next flushing.
–A dial placed inside the disinfectant container will be set by default to dispense the disinfectant with each flush but the user/owner will also have the ability to select other frequencies.
—Minimal bacterial built up on the inner walls of the toilet
—Fresh smelling toilets
—Decreased cleaning and brushing required
—Consumer Psychology of product cleanness
—No extra electrical requirements
—This solution can be implemented to all of our brands/universal
—If AS comes up with their own disinfectant; the company can profit from reoccurring sales of the disinfectant.

Concept (2): Add a small container within the toilet tank to hold a round disinfectant tablet (i.e. swimming pool chlorinator tablets).
–With each flush, the small container and the tank will fill up with the regular amount of water required specific to this tank.
–At flushing, the concentrated solution from the small pipe will empty into the water tank which will then run to the toilet seat’s wall decreasing the toilet’s bacterial accumulation or built up.


I’d like to have a faucet with two spouts, so that my children could wash their hands/brush their teeth at the same time…without fighting!


Back in the 70’s American Standard had a faucet called the ultra font that the water came out similar to a water bubbler. Why not bring back this product. I had one in my master bath and really liked it. you did not need a glass when brushing. I thought it was a great idea.


I would like aneasy way to convert a shower into the ultimate shower experience. First, there should be instant hot water, so we do not have to wait for the water to get hot. Then, like the new drain, a way to convert your existing shower into a shower massage, recycling the water, so you do not have a huge water bill while enjoying the tharapy of the massaging water. You could have a tank attached to the drain, so there will be enough water, and this to will go through the instant hot, so that you have hot water for the entire experience.


A shower faucet with the option to dispense shampoo, conditioner, and/or bodywash along with the water.


I would love to have a steam setting on my bathroom faucet, so I can steam clean my face.


I would like to see an automatic (or child/elderly user friendly) step stool that comes out from the base of a sink stand for the child to get up and brush teeth etc…then retracts automatically when the child/elderly person steps down


Hello Professor,Most bath tubs need caulking often, if the shoulders of bath tubs are slopped upwards in an angle then water won’t stand on the shoulders and caulking won’t get rotten so often.
2 when installing toilets often people over tighten the nuts of tank or bottom of toilet instead of the nuts there should be preset latches, similar to storage boxes that don’t need wrenches.Thank you


i like the sensors for the faucets that detect when hands are there & turn on the water, however something needs to be invented to adjust the hot and cool water so you can make it hotter when needed and cooler when you want.


I would make a body bar. Like a body spray, the bar could be mounted on angles or just up and down. The bar could be tilted so the holes allows the water to angle adjustment. I would also make it variable 2 function spray adjusts from conventional spray, to massage spray.


Thank you to all of you who contributed your brilliant ideas! We’ve got a very inventive group here. Our winning comment is from Kay Thrasher who wrote, “I have a very small bathroom with limited space. I’d love a bathroom sink that had a cover or partial cover so I could have more counter space when not using the sink and remove it for full access when needed.”

Congratulations Kay! We hope you love your Outreach Faucet!

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