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.
Taking the two-piece look to the extreme retro chain-pull toilets with tanks set higher on the wall give a certain old-world charm to a room. A well-made high-tank toilet will function just as well as a “close-coupled” (standard) option so the choice comes down to
Two-piece toilets consisting of a separate tank and seat base are the more common option. The pieces are made to fit together but they’ll always have some sort of seam which can become a trouble spot for cleaning. Two-piece toilets have the advantage of being
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
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
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
Other areas of focus are on products that help bedridden people and disabled children use the restroom. But if you want to think further into the future a big area of excitement is in biometrics. The idea is that sensors in the toilet could analyze
The pairing has moved into more contemporary rooms too. Here’s a bathroom that combines some of the previously mentioned vintage touches with more modern ones like a chandelier shade a footless freestanding tub and gray accent paint. This transitional bath bridges traditional and modern with
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
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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