Thanks to technological advancements, many home appliances and devices on the market today are equipped with some form of smart technology.
These advancements have found their way to bathrooms, as now even plumbing-connected fixtures like toilets are getting techy. Most “smart toilets” are bathroom upgrades that offer convenience, cost savings, and higher energy efficiency. Some of them also provide ergonomic benefits and improved comfort to the user.
But are they here to stay? Are they a fad or should you buy one?
This guide to smart toilets will answer these questions and more to help you make an informed decision and determine whether or not you should invest in one!
A smart toilet is a toilet with built-in smart technology, which allows users to control them using a remote or even their voice in some cases.
Like their standard counterparts, smart toilets can also be customized to include things like a heated seat, a bidet with controllable water pressure, automatic flushing, or, even, the ability to play music while you’re doing your business.
Although the kind of features you’ll get will depend on the brand and the kind of toilet you buy, the best smart toilets will come integrated with all the specifications you need for a hygienic and comfortable experience.
Many smart toilets include features such as:
The bottom line is that smart toilets can be upgraded or customized to cater to your exact needs. There’s really no end to smart toilet features!
While the advantages to you as the user will depend on the features you choose—as in whether or not you choose a bidet toilet or heated seats—what you will find is that most smart toilets generally provide these benefits.
One of the benefits of having a smart toilet is that it can help conserve water by sensing how much water you need to flush. A basic toilet uses around 1.6 gallons per flush, whereas a smart toilet uses as little as 0.6 gallons per flush.
Those extra gallons will make a big difference when it comes to how much water you’re using and how much you’re paying for, too. It can also help you avoid common plumbing problems, such as toilet leaking from too much water pressure.
Smart toilets also help the environment by cutting down the amount of toilet paper needed. While some people do prefer having a stash of toilet paper around to pat themselves dry after using a bidet, many smart toilets have built-in warm air dryer features. This makes smart toilets a great investment for homes that are more environmentally conscious.
Smart toilets with automatic flush features allow you to go about your business without having to worry about germs being transferred from one user to another. Some models are even capable of cleaning themselves after being used. This is also a great option if the user is forgetful and doesn’t flush when they should (i.e. young children).
Moreover, many smart toilets have built-in sensors that open and close the toilet lid automatically. This lets the user avoid touching the toilet lid each time they use the bathroom to further reduce the spread of germs.
The best smart toilets are also much more accessible, making them great options for the elderly and those with mobility issues.
They often come with a remote control, which can be beneficial for those who may struggle to reach around and pull the regular handle. Others also provide a night light that could help guide the user towards the toilet in the dark.
Of course, as you’d probably expect, some of the other features they offer like a heated seat or a warm air dryer do wonders to improve the user experience. Anyone who has sat on a cold toilet in the winter sure knows the feeling!
Smart toilets are often smaller than traditional toilets, and you can even move the cistern and have the required buttons mounted on the wall if you have limited bathroom space. This makes replacing the toilet easier as well.
Many smart toilets are also designed to look more modern, meaning they look slick and classy, making your bathroom look fresh and clean.
The price of a smart toilet will depend on several factors, such as the brand, type, model, and specifications. That said, smart toilets range from anywhere between a couple of hundred dollars to over $1,000. The most luxurious smart toilet could set you back upwards of $3,000.
You’ll also need to consider the cost of professional installation as well as additional fees for any extra features you’d like added.
There’s no doubt the best smart toilets can be a great addition to any bathroom, whether you’re young, have children, or are an older person. No matter who you are though, what’s important is that you get yours installed properly to avoid issues.
That’s when you call 1st Rooter. We’ve provided exceptional quality plumbing services to residents in Burlington, Hamilton, and Oakville for over 25 years. We’ve certainly seen and installed our fair share of smart toilets—yours can be next!
Give us a call to learn more about our services!