2021 UPDATE: Pastel colored sinks and toilets NO LONGER AVAILABLE from either Peerless or Gerber. (It seems that Peerless closed down completely in Dec. 2020; Gerber nixed its colors a few years earlier.) Stay tuned, though, the former distributor for Peerless is looking for another option for pastel colored potties and sinks — fingers crossed.
Here is the original story from 2014 that updated the Gerber situation at that point in time and also discussed Peerless a bit. I will keep the story up for historical purposes:
Today — an update on the colors and styles of retro color toilets available from Gerber and Peerless. The Gerber has been a favorite — but reader Heidi tipped us to a few recent changes to their line up — which led us to this update on the options to procure potties in retro pastels — including pink, light blue, harvest gold, beige, bone and gray — and in round or elongated bowl styles.
I asked my PR contact for Gerber, who confirmed Heidi’s tip. Gerber PR wrote:
We retired a few of our colors this year including Almond, Spanish Gold, Regal Blue and Citron Yellow. We do still offer White, Biscuit, Bone, Bahama Pink, Jamaican Beige, Silver and Dawn Blue.
We replaced the Bahama Pink round front Viper toilet with a Compact Elongated Viper toilet HE-21-519-21. This has the added comfort of an elongated toilet, but it still fits in a round front space. Bahama Pink, Jamaican Beige, Silver and Dawn Blue are all now only available in the Compact Elongated Viper.
Many of those colors were part of the Gerber line for 20+ years. We discontinued Almond, Spanish Gold, Regal Blue and Citron Yellow due to decreasing demand, and at the moment we are not planning to add any new colors to the line.
While it is sad that there will no longer be a colorful round bowl option from Gerber, and that four great retro style colors are no more, I found the Bahama Pink Compact Elongated bowl toilet to be a perfect choice for my built-from-scratch pink bathroom. I used this Gerber model in my retro pink master bathroom — and I love it. Space is not so much of an issue in my master bathroom, but the Gerber compact elongated bowl toilet does measure 2.625″ less in length — from wall to bowl front — than my previous “standard” elongated bowl toilet. The profile shot of the toilet looks more streamlined than before too — as shown above. I like it.
I found my Bahama Pink compact elongated bowl Gerber at Decor Island, so I suggested that Heidi try calling them in the hopes they might still have a few round bowl Regal Blue and Bahama pink toilets left in their warehouse.
Wendy took my advice and replied:
Thanks, Kate! Joe at Decor Island is checking around for me. He said that the Regal Blue will be really difficult and that I may only be able to get the Bahama Pink in an elongated bowl. We really like the rounded front look, but may have to go with the elongated. I am currently calling around to various plumbing supply houses to see if they have any left in either color in the rounded front. I’ll let you know what I learn. Thanks so much!
Then a happy Heidi emailed again few hours later saying:
Just wanted to share my success: Joe from Decor Island found the toilets I need for my house. He found two round front Viper Gerber toilets — one in the Regal Blue (in Canada) and the other in Bahama Pink (in Jersey)! If I weren’t already married, I might have to propose to Joe! 🙂 Toilets should be here in a couple weeks. Whew!
Whew indeed, Heidi. Thanks so much for the tip and we’re so glad you were able to acquire the potties you pined for.
Looking for pastel toilets and sinks: Check both Peerless and Gerber