Many toilet companies employ well-trained scientists in various fields that you’ve probably never heard of — tribology coefficient of friction anyone? For example toilet manufacturer Toto employs 1.500 engineers across a range of sciences to study human behavior and create new products and technologies. So
Designer Champley has this experience rather often. He’s got the Kohler Numi in his home a gift from the company Champley says. (Toilet companies will often give high-end toilets to designers and sellers in hopes that they will become converts and help spread the word
You tap that illuminated area of floor with your foot and the ring rises. After you use the toilet and walk away a sensor detects that you’ve left and flushes and closes the ring and lid. The toilet can even tell if you were sitting
One-piece toilets tend to be a little more high-end and expensive although prices and quality vary widely as with two-piece toilets. This style is seamless providing a modern look and one less place for soil and germs to hide. It’s worth noting that one-piece toilets
Other units such as the Toto Washlet shown here which you can add on to almost any standard toilet come with a remote control so you can adjust the spray angle to hit you just right. You can also adjust the temperature of the water
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
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
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
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
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
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