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I thought I'd resurrect this thread to report back on my experience.
I've tried wee wee pads (washable and disposable), the Porch Potty, and the Pup Head. What others warned me was true - the artificial turf starts to reek, even if you wash it often.
But I finally hit on a solution that I'm happy with - it's the Piddle Place. It's an indoor potty option that's different in 2 ways.
First, it doesn't use artificial turf - instead it uses a product similar to what Tom described in his thread on choosing a color for his potty system. It's made from PVC and has no backing to absorb urine (and odor).
Second, the urine doesn't drain down to pads. Instead, it drains down to a built-in reservoir to which you add an enzyme treatment, preventing smell. You drain this reservoir about once per week, using a built-in valve to pour it easily into your toilet. (The valve is my one complaint with the design - it projects out from one of the corners, making it irresistible to puppy chewers.)
I ordered a 2nd pad of the same material, which I'm using over the re-purposed grate from my Pup Head system in my walk-in shower. Sheldon gets a small piece of freeze-dried liver every time he pees or poops there, so he caught on quickly.
So far, I'm really happy with these solutions. I had meant the Piddle Place for temporary use in housebreaking only, but I'm happy enough with it, I may keep it as a permanent solution.
Thought I'd report on my experiences in case anyone else is looking for long-term indoor potty options.