Why Don't People Have Urinals in Their Homes?

That’s what Mark Leibowitz, one of our readers, wants to know:

“Public men’s rooms have a mix of urinals and toilets, but private homes only have toilets. At first I thought it was simply a matter of space, but even when there’s room for a second installation the second choice is always a bidet rather than a urinal. Urinals use less water than toilets. I don’t imagine they’d be particularly expensive. My best thought was that it would have to take a lot of saved water to pay for a toilet, but I’m not sure that’s the real explanation. Crazy topic I realize, but … any thoughts?”

Well, aside from the fact that girls and women can’t use the urinal — at least not as it’s intended — my first guess is that men are typically not involved in designing a house or planning a renovation as women are.

Also, there’s this: whereas some toilets are quite beautiful, most urinals — even Marcel Duchamp’s — are pretty ugly. These urinals are perhaps more attractive, but I don’t know if I’m ready to spend $7,000 on a urinal.

It would be different, of course, if the Department of Defense was footing the bill, or Dennis Kozlowski.

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  1. speed says:

    Turn the question around: Why do public toilets HAVE urinals? What is their benefit to a restaurant or airport and why isn’t that benefit important in the home?

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  2. speed says:

    Turn the question around: Why do public toilets HAVE urinals? What is their benefit to a restaurant or airport and why isn’t that benefit important in the home?

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  3. lantzilla says:

    In Sweden, I saw a combo toilet, like this one:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lantzilla/255400899/

    Unfortunately, it required instructions:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lantzilla/255401016/

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  4. lantzilla says:

    In Sweden, I saw a combo toilet, like this one:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lantzilla/255400899/

    Unfortunately, it required instructions:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lantzilla/255401016/

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  5. prosa says:

    Women might object to the sight of a urinal?

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  6. prosa says:

    Women might object to the sight of a urinal?

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  7. John S. says:

    No electric hand dryers either.

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  8. John S. says:

    No electric hand dryers either.

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