Published at Tuesday, May 08th 2018. by Elvira Oria in Toilet Seat.
When smart toilets with these features originally came out plumber Dave Guy and his co-workers thought they were the “silliest things in the world” he says. Then a toilet company gave him one for free and encouraged him to try it out in his own home which he did. Now he has three. “They’re definitely a benefit in more ways than one” he says. “Music and heat they’re a little overkill though”.
Shane Allis director of sanitary product marketing at Kohler says the integrated bidet function is something the company had in its Numi model six or seven years ago and is now becoming common in newer less-expensive lines a trend he expects to continue in the next few years. Allis says lighting and integrated bidet functions are the fastest-growing features.
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.
The other roadblock is outlets. Smart toilets need electricity and most bathrooms don’t come with an outlet near the toilet. “The single biggest angst that consumers have about smart toilets is ‘How am I going to plug this in?’” Strang says. Toto encourages builders and homeowners to put outlets near toilets when building a home or remodeling a home even if you’re not installing a smart toilet now. You or a future homebuyer might want to have a smart toilet someday. And the cost is relatively inexpensive if you’re already renovating.
Jean-Jacques L’Henaff vice president of design at American Standard continues to push for simpler surfaces that make the toilet easier to clean. Rather than the exposed trapways on traditional toilets (think of that tube-like protrusion below the bowl) newer models have smooth-surface skirts that leave fewer lines and seams and expressions to clean and also hide some of the working parts of the toilet. “We want you to see as little as possible” L’Henaff says.
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