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Ask any child from the age of zero to ten what their favorite activity is and bath time, in most cases, will be somewhere towards the bottom of the list (right next to eating broccoli and going to the dentist). If you’re a parent, you do everything to try to change this, from adding in the infamous floating rubber ducky to bubbles, yet bathing will always be another “chore” that leaves them kicking and screaming. Enter the Welle Household, however, and it’s like you’ve entered an alternate dimension; not only are the Welle children willing to step foot into the bath but they come running (yes, RUNNING) when it’s bath time. In their home, bath time for the kids is fun time and a place to let their imaginations run wild.
For all you curious parents – what exactly is the Welle’s “secret” antidote to the boring bath? Earlier this year, they installed an award-winning American Standard FunBath right over their existing tub. Miranda (mom) chose the Firetruck bath because of the universality of the design for both boys and girls. The four Welle children, whose ages range from 8 years old to 8 months old, get uncommon bragging rights – they get to bathe in a firetruck at home! With three design variations; a Pretty Princess Castle, a Fierce Firetruck and a Customizable Flat Panel version, there’s a Funbath to fit any kid’s tastes.
Since installation, Miranda has been touting the FunBath as the conversation piece in her home; it boasts good looks, reduces the dreaded back strain and was a breeze to install. With a fierce red finish the Firetruck FunBath, which the Welles’ coordinated bath décor around, is nearly impossible to pass without notice. A young visitor was even recently inspired to take a bath after seeing the Fierce Firetruck at the home. And you’ll never stoop to bathe your toddler again. With an elevated frame, the child is seated at a comfortable level so you’re not straining to reach. The FunBath’s acrylic body fits right over any standard 60-inch bathtub, so installation (and uninstalling) is a snap.
After almost a year of use, what’s the verdict? Miranda says “My favorite features of the FunBath are the sprayer so I can rinse the soap out of the kids’ hair easier and the fact that I don’t have to bend over any more to help with bath time. I even bathe our newborn in the Firetruck! I never even brought the baby bathtub out of the basement this time. It’s so convenient to just stand and wash him up in our Funbath that there is no need for the baby tub. And I really like the seat that is at the back of the Firetruck. It was perfect when our 22 month old was a few months younger. He could sit there and enjoy a bath with his siblings and wouldn’t have the water getting too high on him. It’s great that the tub is shallower than a normal bath tub. It doesn’t take as much water to give the kids a bath either!”
Learn more – watch the FunBath video above and click here to view more Safe & Accessible products.
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!
November 19th is World Toilet Day, which is naturally one of the Professor’s favorite holidays. Today NPR is helping to raise awareness about the lack of access to sanitation around the world by devoting a portion of this week’s Science Friday show to World Toilet Day. Guests will include Jim McHale, vice president of engineering at American Standard as well as several experts on global sanitation issues and civil engineering.
Catch the entire Science Friday episode from 2-4 pm. The World Toilet Day feature will start at 3 o’clock.
Follow the link above to find out what stations in your area will be broadcasting the show, or to listen online. In the meantime, check out the great toilet videos that are already posted on the website. And check back soon for the Professor’s recap on the show.
The growing “aging in place” segment of the remodeling industry has caught the Professor’s interest before, and now that the wise folks at Consumers Digest have weighed in on the current offerings of walk-in baths, it seemed like the perfect time to revisit the subject. Three different walk-in tubs from American Standard received recognition for their innovative features and the lifetime warranty protecting the door seal on every tub.
Wondering about the benefits of having a walk-in bath at home? Watch the video below.
It’s true that toilets are the Professor’s main obsession, but a good multi-function shower is hard to beat. Gripping a hand shower to change the spray pattern can be frustrating experience, however, which is why the Professor has been so impressed by American Standard’s new Monoglide hand shower, that features a unique, non-slip sliding button to change the spray. Watch the video below to see how it works.
The Professor isn’t much of a television junkie, but when segments featuring high performance, water-saving plumbing fixtures are airing, it’s a different story. Plumbing manufacturer American Standard recently produced a few short videos for the Profile Series of quality educational programming that focused on the company’s commitment to conserving water without sacrificing style or performance.
The one-minute segment posted above aired on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC last week but if you missed it – or, like the Professor, you’d rather watch the full-length director’s cut – you can view the more detailed and interesting eight-minute version below.
Congratulations to the Profile Series and American Standard for a job well done. The availability of high-performing water-saving faucets, showerheads, and toilets is a message that still needs to get out there, and the Professor believes that well-made television segments like this one are a great way to reach consumers.
Switching out an outdated faucet can do wonders to perk up your bathroom, but there are other great reasons to upgrade to a stylish new model – like conserving fresh water resources, for instance. Many of the most attractive faucets on the market right now are WaterSense certified. Watch the video below for more info, or start shopping for water-saving faucets now!
Upgrading to a whirlpool tub is a great way to bring the relaxing spa experience home with you. The Professor is especially impressed by the EcoSilent whirlpool from American Standard, which is much quieter than a standard whirlpool and uses 45% less energy.
If you’ve ever had to try and cajole a small child into the tub, you know that bath time typically isn’t fun time for anyone. Bending down over the tub can strain a parent’s back, and no matter how many toys and bubbles you bring to the tub, kids still hate having to bathe. The FunBath, a smart new innovation from American Standard, promises to change all that. The bath conversion kit – that comes in designs like a princess castle and a fire truck – fits over an existing standard 60-inch bathtub to make bath time safer, more comfortable and even uses less water.
The minimalist Glance Collection by JADO offers perfect form matched with flawless function to offer a luxurious and appealing shower experience. The video below shows the multiple functions of this elegant shower system.