Thursday, October 16, 2014

My nomination for the stupidest product of 2014

kohler no touch

“The KOHLER touchless toilet is the no-touch flush for your home. Just hold your hand over the tank sensor to activate the flush. No handle to touch means fewer germs to pick up or leave behind.”

The flush handle is probably the cleanest thing you’ll touch on a toilet. What about (if you’re a guy who is socially responsible) using your bare hand to raise and lower the seat? Where’s the power assist for that process?

And, of course, there’s the potentially problematic business with the toilet paper.

This is on a par with 2010’s moronic Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System that dispensed a squirt of soap when you waved your hand under the spout.

Why does it matter if there are germs on the conventional pump, since they’re about to be washed off of your hands anyway? And people who wash/sanitize their hands frequently probably have fewer bacteria on their hands to begin with, making the conventional pump marginally cleaner than most surfaces you touch during the day – like money or door handles.

No wonder people in the Third World think we’re insane when it comes to germs.

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