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
As mentioned earlier infrastructure support helps proliferate the technology. Walsh says most new construction in Japan includes outlets near the toilet location which makes installing a high-tech toilet easier. Plus in Japan many units are small and have only one bathroom. So splurging on a
The latter category is one that raises eyebrows. Imagine this: It’s the middle of the night and you have to go to the bathroom. As you approach the toilet which is lighted by night light panels music that you preselected begins playing the lid rises
The base of the toilet is another area to consider not just for style reasons but for maintenance as well. The more complex the base of your toilet the more nooks and crannies to attract soil and possibly mold. This can be avoided with thorough
While you see a lot more black toilets on the market you’ll continue to see the classic white color reign supreme especially since the high-tech toilets feel more at home in modern spaces where white is the predominant color. Also the sterile look of white
Toto’s Washlet toilet for example has a sensor that recognizes when you’re coming and sprays a quick spritz of water to the sides of the bowl to make it wet and improve lubricity. This isn’t guesswork. Toto spent time studying the tribology coefficient of friction
Toto also has a feature that electrolyzes the water to help sanitize it before it even enters the bowl. Potable water flows over anodized cathodes that electrolyze the water and pull out sodium and chlorine. Then that water gets sprayed into the bowl 45 seconds
Kohler’s PureTide shown here is a manual bidet seat without the need for electricity. It operates just on water pressure alone. So if your power goes out you’re still good. The water isn’t heated so “people need to get a little accustomed to that” Allis
The flush of water in most toilets comes from 30 to 60 holes beneath the rim of the bowl. Often this area can build up with grunginess from waste and minerals left behind by the trickle of water. In new designs from Toto the multihole
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
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