Jeremy Clarkson would say it’s all about what’s under the bonnet; and on the theme of toilets, beneath its innocuous-looking lid, Toto’s new loo boasts ‘Tornado Flush’ technology, generating a strong whirlpool of water suction that apparently takes no prisoners. ‘Press the button and stand well back’ – after, not before, of course.

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