Kings of the Commode: America’s Best Public Restrooms

The new king of restrooms has been crowned, and this year New Braunfels’ Buc-ee’s flushed out the rest of the competition.

The Texas convenience store was voted as number one from 10 finalists in Cintas’ 11th annual America’s Best Restroom Contest.  The restroom supply company started this contest in 2002 to recognize and honor American businesses that place hygiene and style at the top of their priority list. Businesses that get nominated for this contest range from restaurants, hotels, concert venues, football stadiums, night clubs and museums.

So what made Buc-ee’s stand out from the crowd? Not only do customers who have visited the restroom say it’s exceptionally clean, but it also boasts an impressive 83 stalls, so waiting in line isn’t an issue. Kelly R., a Houston resident who submitted Buc-ee’s during nominations said “The restroom facilities are amazing…they are spacious, uber clean and there are plenty for everyone… I have even changed clothes there without worrying about yuckiness.”

As for Beaver Aplin, the owner of the 68,000-square-foot service stop, he hopes this recognition brings in more business. He said “We invite everyone to stop in to try out our award winning restrooms,” and humorously added, “Maybe Buc-ee’s will be our city’s new claim to fame, the ‘Taj Ma-Stall’ of Texas … a tourist attraction in and of itself.”

Past winners have included Field Museum in Chicago, The Fountain on Locust in St. Louis, and Fort Smith’s Regional Airport in Nashville, Tennessee.

Check out the slideshow above for this year’s top 5 best public restrooms in America and tell us what you think of them.