Geberit and the shower toilet
The start of a love affair
Geberit recognised the need for better hygiene and cleanliness early on and by 1978, it had already introduced the first Geberit toilet with a shower function. While people in Europe initially responded rather cautiously to the novelty of the shower toilet, in Japan it soon became a firmly established feature in every second household.
Geberit has continuously developed and refined the shower toilet over the past four decades, always with the aim of offering customers the highest standards of comfort, technology, design and quality. The Geberit AquaClean product range is now bringing this new standard of hygiene to European bathrooms too, for a completely new feeling of freshness and cleanliness.
Geberit and the shower toilet: the beginning of a love story
In 1978 , when Geberit launched the WC enhancement solution Geberella and the Geberit-O-Mat complete solution, the first Geberit WC with an integrated shower function – essentially a combination of a toilet and a bidet – the topic of personal hygiene was causing a real sensation all over the world. The Japanese, who are known for their high standards when it comes to cleanliness and personal hygiene, implemented what was then a novelty in their own domestic market at lightning speed. Just a few years later, the innovative toilets could be found in every second household there.
In Europe, however, it would still be some time before the intelligent shower toilets found their way into bathrooms and WCs. Geberit continued developing its shower principle and introduced further models under the Balena brand, including the first wall-hung integrated shower toilet, which could be combined with a modern prewall installation and concealed cistern to create a completely new design.
In 2009, the product range was completely redesigned and relaunched under the name of Geberit AquaClean . These products not only meet higher quality standards, but also set a new benchmark in personal hygiene.
Since 2013, the product line has continually been enhanced with design-oriented models. Geberit AquaClean Sela was the first and has proven to be very popular since being launched on the market. Geberit AquaClean Sela satisfies requirements for a sleek bathroom design and the desire for the feeling of freshness offered by Geberit AquaClean. This is also reflected in the product name: "Sela" is the name of the original source of the Inn river, which originates in the Engadine region in Switzerland.
Swiss mountain waters have also provided inspiration for the names of subsequent shower toilets in the AquaClean family – Mera and Tuma. Both shower toilets were designed by renowned industrial designer Christoph Behling. The Mera originates in the Upper Engadine and provides the perfect name for a masterpiece of design and revolutionary comfort technology which embodies the freshness and cleaning power of the water. Since it was showcased at ISH in March 2015, this new top model has marked Geberit AquaClean Mera out as the epitome of state-of-the-art WC design and technology. With the AquaClean Tuma model, Geberit launched a compact all-rounder for every home in 2017. As the shower toilet is available as complete solution or an enhancement solution, even small bathrooms can quickly and easily be transformed into an oasis of well-being.
In 2019, Geberit is set to add an elegant and stylish shower toilet to the AquaClean product family – the new AquaClean Sela which is also designed by Christoph Behling – and which will fit into almost any bathroom environment. The high-quality shower toilet has been enhanced with additional optimised functions and now offers an even greater sense of well-being.
Innovations: from a bathroom to an oasis of well-being.
From purist and elegant to comfortable and luxurious, the Geberit AquaClean product range offers the right model to satisfy almost every requirement and living environment. The spray functionality provides perfect cleanliness and an unparalleled feeling of freshness in every situation. A feeling of well-being that you simply have to experience for yourself!
Bathroom solutions from Geberit: Extra-special solutions for extra-special requirements
The Geberit Group has a global reach and is the market leader for sanitary products in Europe. As an integrated corporate group, Geberit has a very strong local presence in most European countries and can therefore offer unique added value for both sanitary technology and bathroom ceramics. It operates 29 production plants, six of which are located abroad. The Group's head office is situated in Rapperswil-Jona in Switzerland. Geberit brand products last a long time, are environmentally efficient and stand for innovative, smart and sustainable solutions.
Geberit and the environment: sustainability squared
Geberit creates long-lasting quality of life, thanks to innovative water management, extensive expertise and a consistent focus on sustainability – across all products, divisions and processes. We call this "sustainability squared".
Water is becoming increasingly scarce all over the world. With future generations in mind, it is therefore vital that we handle this essential resource carefully and efficiently. Geberit has always taken its responsibility seriously and aims to create long-lasting quality of life. This promise is realised through, for example, a prudent environmental strategy, durable products which save water throughout their life cycle, and our social commitment. This consistent focus on sustainability benefits everyone – the environment and society, customers and partners, and employees and shareholders.
Environmentally friendly thanks to ecodesign
By consistently applying the ecodesign testing criterion, Geberit is setting the standard in terms of development. This results in products which minimise water and energy consumption as well as reducing our overall environmental impact, and lay the foundations for sustainable building. We only produce, market and install products which meet strict sustainability criteria.
With our social aid projects, we aim to make a sustainable contribution towards enhancing quality of life – by helping to provide people in developing regions all over the world with better basic sanitary services and, therefore, with important foundations for life.
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