Have you ever given a thought why toilets in Trains, planes and prisons are made up of Stainless steel? These toilets are hard but have greater life as commonly made toilets with porcelain cement or ceramic are subjected to breakages due to brittleness of porcelain. But since The Stainless steel is hard alloy (made up of 10-70% Chromium), it consumes more energy while manufacturing and is not a greener solution for the society. Further, Stainless steel is an alloy and in regions with conditions of extreme climate (i.e. Places where Temperature variation is very large) they will be difficult to use due to stainless steels thermal conductivity. The weight is lighter then the porcelain toilet thus it justifies its uses in Trains and Planes. Further, in prisons Stainless steel is hard to break and sharp weapons to make out these toilets are used.
The Stainless steel toilets are normally three to five times more expensive then ceramic or Porcelain toilets, their prices may vary from 300 USD to 1000USD.
The Stainless Steel are molded over a template and forged. The designs are standardized which provides economies of scale during manufacturing stage.
The material used in Stainless Steel is primarily Iron, and chromium. The content of chromium varies from 10% to 70%. Since, Chromium is a corrosion resistant element and hard it makes stainless steel rust resistant. This increases the life of the toilet.
a Stainless Steel toilet comes in one color and are difficult in sync with the home environment. Therefore, is more suitable for commercial public enterprises. However they can be painted from exterior but that will add to the cost of maintenance.
They are difficult to maintain as the cleaning agent used for cleaning are primarily manufactured for porcelain or ceramic toiletry. Thus, a toiletry made up of porcelain can be cleaned with dilute Hydrochloride acid; the same cannot be used for Stainless steel toiletry.
The Stainless steel toilets are used by selected buyers. Porcelain toilets can be locally produced but stainless steel toilets are to be produced at a manufacturing site which requires large investments. Also, the consumer being largely public enterprises the market structure offers high entry barriers for new entrants. The vendor selection process is standardized and bidding methods are usually deployed. The stainless steel toilets are rare to find in retail market, including large retailers.