Published at Sunday, April 15th 2018. by Orianne Tiphanie 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”.
Guy says the amperage needed for a smart toilet is very low and having an electrician run an outlet near the toilet is pretty straightforward and easy. In the worst case scenario you can install a wire along the wall with a casing over it. He does warn that the all-inclusive smart toilet models require power to flush the toilet. So if the power goes out your toilet won’t work.
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.
Another behind-the-scenes or at least inside-the-wall thing to consider is whether your toilet’s flushing mechanism will be gravity-based or pressure-assisted. Pressure-assisted toilets enhance the natural water flow caused by gravity for a stronger flush that leaves a cleaner bowl. Again the composition of your wall position of the toilet relative to the main water supply and other factors will affect whether you can install a pressure-assisted system so you may want to have the wall opened before making your purchase.
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”.
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