Oct. 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM ET
The New York Times just published an in-depth review of Kohler's Numi toilet, a $6,400 contraption that is basically a cross between a potty and a butler.
The toilet, which costs 81 times the amount of your standard Home Depot toilet, has a touch-screen remote that flushes, cleans and dries its user.
It also provides heat and music, and settings can be saved for each member of the family.
At first, we thought the Numi sounded like another unnecessary extravagance intended to make millionaires part with their money.
But reporter Sam Grobart convinced us otherwise. Having spent a month living with the device, he writes:
And one thing I learned is this: It is possible to acclimate to such luxury. Anyone who has ever owned a car with a backup camera or heated seats knows what this means. Features that initially seem unnecessary can become something you cannot do without, even in a bathroom.
We may see about getting one installed in the office.