Houses come in all shapes and sizes. Some are big, some are small. When you say “come over to my place,” it might mean drop by my 600-square-foot very humble abode or join me for a dinner party in my 4,000 square-foot sprawling Victorian mansion. However, no matter where your home is or what it looks like (inside or out), most homes have one thing in common: a place to go to the loo….

Yep, a home isn’t really a home until there’s a place where the over-or-under argument can go down or somewhere you can go to unwind after too much Thai food (you know what I mean). But, just like foyers or living rooms or kitchens…all bathrooms were most certainly not made equal. And I’m not just talking about double vanities here people…I’m talking about the star of the show, the big kahuna, the iron throne…the toilet.

Yeah, you can get as fancy as you want, but at the end of the day, everyone wants a great place to go about his or her business. And if you’re thinking for one second that all toilets were created equal, I can tell you with the upmost of certainty that you are wrong. Some toilets are slow flushers (allowing time for panic when you’re just not sure stuff is going to go down the way it should). Some toilets never quite look pristine no matter how hard you go after them with bleach. Some toilets are accompanied by a curated collection of magazines, or a kitschy book to help you pass the time. Some have a little extra padding around the rim for a more plush experience. Some have good bathroom graffiti to read as you go. Some have a great view.

I guess what I’m saying is, when you’re browsing houses or looking for the next place to relieve yourself…know that the experience doesn’t have to be mundane or boring. The main (and necessary) attraction in the bathroom can be just as exciting as a walk-in shower or Jacuzzi tub, and the proof is in all of the bathrooms out there doin’ things just a little bit differently. Some examples of toilets that make answering nature’s call a little more appealing:

Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh, India: These toilets have a view so impressive that they’ve even been featured in books (albeit, somewhat quirky ones), such as Lonely Planet’s Toilets: A Spotters Guide.

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Toilet on the 58th Floor of The Shard, London: You’re truly never alone in a city like London…and maybe if that means views like this, that’s okay?

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Toilet in Safari Lodge, South Africa: Somewhere to enjoy the peace and quiet, stage fright be damned…

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Toilet at the University of California, Santa Barbara: This looks like a great spot to avoid lectures and browse Instagram. Just sayin’.

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Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel: Perhaps in some places, “room with a view” is out, and “loo with a view” is in.

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Toilet on the Cascade Range, Washington: Okay, I know this spot is missing some modern amenities like a place to wash up afterwards. But I’d settle for hand sanitizer if I could have this kind of serenity while I went about my business.

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Of course, views aren’t everything. There are also some envy-inducing bathrooms out there with lavish decor or a squatty potty for your maximum comfort. The point is, maybe it’s time make your #2 spot a #1 consideration…



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