America's Cleanest Restrooms

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We're not huge deal spotters here, but we just couldn't resist telling you about this penny-saving quick pick: You have less than seven hours* to bid on your own automated public toilet.

While the units cost the city of Seattle $1 million to install and maintain, you can apparently get one for as little as $89,000. So, what's included? These self-contained restrooms are complete with hand-washing and drying capabilities. Plus, automatic floor jets and disinfectants clean all surfaces after each use. The truth is, it may sounds like a bargain, but Seattle had to shutter the automated toilets because maintenance was so expensive.


If you're trying to scout out the best public toilets in the country, there's only one place to look: Check out the finalists for America's Best Restroom. Voting is open through the end of July. And in addition to bathrooms in hotels, restaurants, and a spa, two high-volume public restrooms have actually slipped their way in as finalists.

I don't remember New York City's Grand Central Terminal being a restroom destination, but apparently others do. The terminal's recently renovated bathrooms were noted for their "Bottocino marble walls, terrazzo seamless flooring, stainless steel doors, Stony Creek granite partitions and sustainable light fixtures."

Walcott's Iowa 80 Truck Stop is the other mass public bathroom to earn commendations. (The massive trucking rest area also features a laundromat, 24 showers, a dentist's office, and a barber shop.) As for the stalls themselves: an estimated 5000 people each day enjoy the restrooms' themed decorations and custom tiles.