America's Best Bathrooms 2021

Public restroom or toilet with women signs on brick wall decorate by vintage style in department store

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Every year, the Cintas bathroom supply company holds a contest to find America’s Best Restroom that showcases the best public restrooms in the U.S. One lucky winner will receive $2,500 in Cintas products and services. Ten finalists are selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. The finalist that receives the most votes from the public will be crowned America’s Best Restroom. Voting runs through August 20th. Here are the ten finalists:

1. Core24 Gym Ladies Room, Greenville, SC: There is plenty of counter space for guests to freshen up after a workout session. It also features a swing.

2. Fancy Flush, Santa Rosa, CA: Inspired by tiny home cottages with composite stone, board and batten siding, boxwood hedges, hand-painted faux wood doors, and wrought iron fixtures. It has air conditioning, heat, ambient music, adjustable color and dimmable lighting.

3. JFK Airport’s Terminal 4 restroom, New York, NY: A spacious 900-square-foot bathroom features teal back-painted glass with graphics of iconic landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge.

4. Nan Thai, Atlanta, GA: This restroom features candles and rock-filled sinks that set a peaceful, relaxing tone.

5. Planet Word, Washington, D.C.: The walls are plastered with bathroom euphemisms in different languages, like “Where is the bathroom” in Swahili and Latvian.

6. Pump House, Kannapolis, NC: The Pump House facility is surrounded by water fountains, lit by a rainbow of colors, urban swings, public art sculptures, murals, a putting green, entertainment stages, and fun inspirational quotes from children’s books. Vibrant outdoor furniture creates a great hang out spot with numerous businesses, restaurants, and a brewery just a few steps away.

7. Steamboat Springs public restroom, Steamboat Springs, CO: Located in downtown, the two-pitch roof is butterfly-style, and the façade features multiple material types, steel cladding, board form concrete walls and glass blocks. The facility is heated year-round, which is nice for a bathroom in the Rocky Mountains.

8. The Fed Community, Clarkston, MI: Features unexpected colors, patterns and texture, the restrooms are bright and airy. They also feature affirmations to make patrons feel good.

9. Two Cities Pizza, Mason, OH: You’ll find authentic subway handles above the sinks and sounds of station stops playing over the speakers. 

10. William S. Craycraft Park, Mission Viejo, CA: Has a tiled front alcove with exterior drinking fountains and water bottle fillers. This large well-ventilated, multiple-occupant restroom design includes: 10 toilets, two urinals, and six sinks that will accommodate up to 540 users per hour.

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