Recent Bathroom Fixtures Articles

A splendid array of urinals at the Philharmonic. Photo: Eric the Fish/Flickr

The Peculiar History of the Toilet

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 13, 2014

Mention the unmentionable -- toilets and the, um, urgent function thereof -- to the average person and you’re likely to provoke a flushed face and a nervous giggle. Should you...

Is it a faucet, or is it a tap? Photo: Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr

Faucet, Tap, or Spigot?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 13, 2014

Back in 1937, the Gershwin brothers composed a cute and comic love song entitled “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” which poked gentle fun at the contrast between...

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Save Energy: Wrap Your Plumbing

Posted by Katie Marks | Dec 10, 2013

Feeling the cold this winter? So is your plumbing, and it, along with your water heater, has to work harder to compensate. But it doesn't have to be that way if you give it a helping...

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10 Mind-Blowing Baths

Posted by Katie Marks | Aug 21, 2013

A hot bath can be just the thing, right? Most of us have to settle for pretty basic models if we even have room for a bathtub at all, but we're allowed to dare to dream about remodeling...

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Options for Refinishing Your Bathtub

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 13, 2013

Depending on the material that your bathtub is made of, you might have the option to refinish it rather than replace it. If your bathtub is made of porcelain, cast iron, or fiberglass,...

How to Get a Ring Out of the Sink Drain

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 10, 2013

I woke up this morning at my sister's house in San Francisco. I flew here yesterday for a family reunion. I am used to my bathroom in Brooklyn, and I wasn't really mindful of what I...

If you are a teen who just stained your parents' bathroom with hairdye, use these tips to avoid getting grounded. (Photo: stacey_newman/

How to Clean Hair Dye Off a Sink

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 02, 2013

Hello out there, cupcakes. If you are reading this article, there is a good chance that it's because you dyed your hair in a bathroom that does not belong to you. Now you have to erase...

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Thrones vs. Thrones: Toilets Take On Chairs of Kings

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Apr 22, 2013

Guys, I hate to break it to you, but your neighbor's toilet might clean itself. It is this fact, released by the plumbing fixture manufacturer Toto last week, that brings me to make...