Published at Thursday, November 02nd 2017. by Margarita Yelizaveta in Toilet Seat.
Of course the cost of smart toilets is a major hurdle for consumers. But most experts say the costs are going down fast. American Standard’s ActiClean unit shown here and in the previous image is under $500 which is in range of any other major appliance found in the home. “People spend a lot of money on a whirlpool tub” Allis says. “How often are they using that in comparison to using the toilet every day multiple times a day?”
The Numi features a night light a heated seat an integrated bidet with temperature-controlled water an air dryer a deodorizer (a fan pulls air from inside the bowl runs it through a charcoal filter and releases exhaust out the back of the unit) music (Champley has his set to classical) and feet warmers (yes warm air blows from under the toilet bowl onto your feet). And it even washes itself. All this is controlled from a touchpad screen.
For some American Standard models surface technology is fired directly into the chinaware to help resist dirt buildup and make the toilet easier to clean. The company also has cleaning systems built into toilets such as the ActiClean. A button independent of the flush releases a cleaning solution into the tank. “These are innovations to make a consumer’s life easier” Walsh says. “Nobody wants to worry about a dirty toilet”.
Strang says Toto has also developed technology that uses the flow from a toilet flush to spin a micro turbine that generates and stores electricity for the next flush. “If you’re off the grid you don’t need external power” he says.
For manufacturers of smart toilets the biggest hurdle seems to be getting people to try the product. Not an easy feat. “Think about how most of us grew up” Kohler’s Allis says. “When we are going through our toileting routine we use toilet paper. Smart toilets with bidets are something very different for the vast majority of the U.S. market. Once you use a product like this you don’t want to go back. But how do people get that exposure?”
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