Published at Monday, January 15th 2018. by Elvira Oria in Toilet Seat.
In the near future the biggest change you’ll see is cost. “I do think you will see price points continue to drop” Allis says. “Similar to any other technology or innovative product that starts to get broader acceptance and appeal. Think about flat-screen TVs and how we’ve seen those drop in price until the next technology comes out”.
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?”
In the end though Garg and Singh conclude that “both methods were perhaps developed and have survived for centuries of usage because of the dietary fiber habits of these populations. Therefore both methods are scientifically correct and suit the populations where they are being used”. Nevertheless the top toilet manufacturers recognize the divide and note that places such as China and Japan are adopting smart toilets much more quickly than in the U.S. Walsh from American Standard says the rate of adoption is going up in America though it’s far from where it is in Japan.
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 high-end toilet often makes more financial sense than in America where homes have multiple toilets.
Installation will become easier too. Systems such as ReadyLock from Kohler allow toilets to be installed without the need of additional drilling into the floor. “If you talk to plumbers there’s nothing they hate more than drilling into a marble floor” Allis says. “With our system there’s no secondary attachment point required”.
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