As the most significant development in the product category since the invention of the flush toilet in the 19th century, Ideal Standard's AquaBlade® uses exclusive and patented technology that provides superior flushing, even at low water volumes.
AquaBlade technology sets new standards in toilet design and optimum flush performance - the smooth, gently curved surface with no overhanging rim means it is much more hygienic and easier to clean. It is also quieter in flush and has an all-round smarter design.
AquaBlade technology outperforms all existing toilets in terms of hygiene. Traditional box-rimmed toilets leave a significant area - approximately 20% - of the bowl unwashed, particularly at the back of the bowl. The AquaBlade channel is positioned close to the top of the bowl so that 100% of the surface area beneath is cleaned every time.
With AquaBlade technology, the optimised water pressure and smooth curves of the bowl flush bacteria away with no unhygienic splashing. The bowls are also very easy to clean, with no overhanging rim to hide potentially dirty areas, saving cleaning time.
In comparison with many traditional flushes, AquaBlade is much quieter. Ideal Standard's scientific comparisons have been made against exact like-for-like toilet bowls, one with the new revolutionary AquaBlade flush and one with a traditional flush. The results show a 25% reduction in noise, enhancing the comfort of guests.
AquaBlade also exhibits more effective and efficient use of water compared with standard flushes.
Technology is expected to function perfectly when it is combined with elegant and unobtrusive design, coupled with tangible functional benefits. Only then do you truly have a product that can be described as having a smarter design.
AquaBlade has won multiple awards in recognition of its design and advanced technology. This includes the 2016 Best Bathroom Product (UK) category of the prestigious Housebuilder Awards, as well as the Gold Award for Innovation in Sustainability in the UK Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards in 2015. AquaBlade has also scooped the Red Dot Design Award, an accolade that is an internationally recognised quality label for excellent design; an International AIT Award for Best in Interior and Architecture; an iF Design Award, one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world that attracts more than 2,000 product entries from around 37 countries every year; and a Build It Award, organised in association with BuildStore UK to celebrate all aspects of self-build and renovation that brings together architects, manufacturers and key industry figures. The German Design Council, one of the world's leading competence centres for communication and brand management in the field of design, has also bestowed a German Design Award upon Ideal Standard's AquaBlade technology.
Bernhard Franken of Franken Architects took a closer look and was very impressed by the simple clean lines and discreet flushing channel.
The practical advantages are evident. The all-round integral channel means that practically the entire bowl is flushed. In addition to the visual aspect, this considerably reduces the need for cleaning.
The cascading water runs down evenly at a sufficient pressure to wash everything away quietly and without splashing.
The AquaBlade channel is practically invisible, which makes it incredibly elegant and a great advance on its competitors.
AquaBlade technology now features in a wide range of toilet styles, including Ideal Standard's Concept Air, Sottini Vara and Sottini Santorini.