Published at Wednesday, May 09th 2018. by Margarita Yelizaveta 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.
The standard height for a toilet seat is 17 inches one inch lower than the standard height for a chair seat. However most manufacturers also produce at least some of their models in a “comfort” height which is typically 19 inches. From a medical perspective lower toilet seats are recommended for typical users. However for those who have trouble getting into and out of a sitting position (such as the elderly or even simply the very tall) the comfort-height seat may be easier to use. If you don’t find standard toilets to be an issue ignore the comfort option and worry more about the distance your toilet sits from the wall.
Add-on units are even more affordable. Tushy’s bidet attachment shown here which affixes to any standard American toilet in less than 10 minutes costs $69. No plumbing or electrical are required. For a little more money you can get a Tushy that allows you to attach a hose to the hot water beneath your sink and have a warm-water bidet. It’s great for rental units in which you’re not allowed to make upgrades. There’s no air dryer so you still need to use a little toilet paper.
Clean white porcelain is by far the most common toilet choice. However most manufacturers offer a range of colors in at least some of their products. Typically pure white is the best bet for resale value as it will never go out of style. However it should be noted that “plain white” porcelain fixtures from different companies might not match one another. If your toilet sits next to a tub or porcelain-topped vanity it might be best to source the items from the same company or request a sample of one finish to compare with another when you’re out shopping. Noticeably different tones can look mismatched which can make a bathroom appear older or subtly messy.
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