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When it comes to sink/urinal combos, the Tandem is Number 1

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July 12, 2013

A row of Tandems, in all their dual-purpose glory

A row of Tandems, in all their dual-purpose glory

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Ladies, I know this may come as a huge surprise to some of you, but ... a lot of guys don’t wash their hands after finishing their business in a public bathroom. It’s true. In order to give such characters less of an excuse for not washing after peeing, a Latvian company known as Stand is now offering a combination sink and urinal. Appropriately enough, it’s called the Tandem.

Looking at the wall-mounted device, one could be forgiven for thinking that it’s designed to let today’s busy multi-taskers get two things done at once ... but that wouldn’t make sense, not in this case. Instead, the idea is that users will have a sink right there in front of them when they’ve finished widdling. That way, they can’t “forget” to wash their hands, as they might do while making the long trek from a conventional urinal to a separate sink.

On the more practical side, the Tandem saves water by reusing the hand-washing water to rinse out the urinal. Presumably it could also allow bathrooms to be more compact and less expensive to build, as it replaces two appliances with one, and thus requires half as much plumbing to be installed.

The Tandem was created by designer Kaspar Jursons. According to a report on PSFK, it’s currently being manufactured on a small scale, is priced at US$590 per unit, and has already found buyers in Norway, Germany, Russia, Poland, and Latvia.

Source: Stand via PSFK

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
16 Comments

Great idea because it's more important to wash hands before touching willie than after. Women don't have to touch and that's why they are exempt from this invention.

Threesixty
13th July, 2013 @ 02:31 am PDT

Isn't there a chance that tall guys can become confused and .... Well, you know.

Samuel Doyle
13th July, 2013 @ 07:34 am PDT

I have a feeling some men will still forget to wash their hands after using the urinal.

There will be still be a need for the sink in the men room since not every guy goes in to urinate some need to have a bowel movement.

I do think it could increase the number of men who wash their hands after usage.

BigGoofyGuy
13th July, 2013 @ 04:57 pm PDT

The only problem with this is that every urinal would also need a soap dispenser. Guys aren't going to zip up, step away for soap then return to wash.

BigWarpGuy,

There's no reason guys who do #2 can't still use one of these just to wash hands. Other than maybe having to wait for one to free up.

Gadgeteer
14th July, 2013 @ 06:44 am PDT

stupid design. I wouldn't use the sink. Need to give the appearance of two separate units, not curve one into the other.

kraftzion
14th July, 2013 @ 09:20 am PDT

The reason so many men fail to wash their hands after peeing, is the more adept of us can whop it in and whop it out untouched by human hand........sorry, that's the other business....whop it out and whop it in is more accurate, using clothing to expose one's penis, and letting it hang on it's own. A quick shake of the zipper enclosure to dispense of the remaining drops and it slides back into it's resting place. No more than 2 shakes is allowed otherwise urinal companions would think you're wanking.

BundyGil
14th July, 2013 @ 07:21 pm PDT

Good idea! Why not put a shoe shiner down below, then it can take us as long as it does for women and we can suffer the same ridiculous waits that they do? The whole point is that while we're washing our hands, someone else is peeing. Two devices means quicker turnaround. As not all men wash, we don't have to wait for the sink and if the dryer is busy, we dry our hands on our pants.

I'm convinced that this thing was designed by one who pees sitting down...

Marcus Carr
15th July, 2013 @ 12:18 am PDT

I can P without doing it all over my hands. :-p

Podzak
15th July, 2013 @ 02:22 am PDT

How hygienic would it be to urinate and wash one's hands in the same unit? How do you prevent spray from contaminating the sink?

I don't think this will change the attitudes of non handwashers. It will still be too much effort for them to wash their hands after urinating, or worse, doing a 'number two'.

One problem in the UK is that far more often than not, there will be ample sinks provided (many with empty soap dispensers) but far fewer electric hand dryers- many of which won't start until the user has discovered where on the underside the sensor is before the damn thing starts working, and smaller facilities often have such feeble dryers that they are a waste of time anyway. When in a rush this means that many users have to wipe their hands on their trousers rather than queueing or holding up those behind.

bergamot69
15th July, 2013 @ 04:32 am PDT

I would never wash my hands in one of these things. For some reason when men approach a public urinal their aim seems to go. I cannot even count the number of times I've seen dried urine on top of the urinal, much less under it. That's not in a bar or a gas station that's in office buildings including the executive washroom.

VirtualGathis
15th July, 2013 @ 04:52 am PDT

Concerning directing the jet, some urinals have a fly motif on the porcelain, to aid aiming. In fact it should be a bee as the Latin name for the bee is Apis.

anobium
15th July, 2013 @ 09:51 am PDT

You would have to remember to zip up before washing your hands or you would be zipping with wet hands and getting water all over the front of your pants. I wouldn't invest in this device.

jeffrey
15th July, 2013 @ 11:35 am PDT

Why not have this in the toilet cubicle? So you can wash your hands directly after "cleaning up" and returning your pants to its proper place. :-)

Aloysius
15th July, 2013 @ 08:00 pm PDT

It would be very embarassing not to wash when the sink is right in front of you. I just think that this is a wonderful idea and design. One that will make a big difference in male hygiene.

Jacob Wadsworth
26th July, 2013 @ 01:31 am PDT

I can think of two alternative designs. One design has a tap fitted on a normal urinal (no separate sink). The second design only has a basin (who hasn't peed in a sink?) In the first design the tap could dispense soap and water, first of all, and then clean water afterwards. the soapy water would help to sanitise the bowl of the urinal.

For drying the hands, there is the Dyson blade dryer. This is quick and effective, and doesn't use hot air, as far as I'm aware.

windykites1
30th July, 2013 @ 07:32 am PDT

At home I use my regular sink as a urinal, but I don't do this in public places or if guests can see me doing it at their houses.

The fact that guys don't wash their hands after holding their dong or wiping their fecal hole really grosses me out. What is wrong with people?

However, people are squeamish about the sink urinal idea, are just silly when you consider the facts:

1. Flushing the sink after urinating in it uses far less water than any toilet bowl or urinal, unless it's waterless

2. Your water bill will decrease

3. It's more environmentally friendly.

4. It's more sanitary. After you urinate, you wash your hands. So a soap water solution covers the sink basin

5. When you urinate in a toilet if you are male, the water splashes out of the bowel in tiny droplets onto your pants legs or bare legs. "Lovely" . The same thing happens if you are using a urinal. Droplets splash back out

If that's not gross, I don't know what is. This doesn't happen when urinating in a sink because of the shape of the sink and the fact you can aim directly for the drain pipe.

Write Zilla
22nd May, 2014 @ 02:20 am PDT
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