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Technology plays a significant role in almost everything we do—and designing our homes is no exception. While high-tech products are rapidly making their way through every space, the bathroom especially benefits from growing advancements. Smart toilets have become a staple in modern baths – thanks to their luxurious amenities and hygienic elements. This guide will walk you through the benefits, common features, and even proper maintenance to make sure you get the most out of your smart toilet.
What Is A Smart Toilet?
A smart toilet is a technologically advanced toilet that can interact with its user and surroundings. While features vary depending on the specific smart toilet, they are highly regarded as a great option for those who want to conserve water and indulge in the finer things—like a heated seat or an automatic flush. Smart toilets were originally popularized in Japan but are quickly making waves stateside.
What Does a Smart Toilet Do?
Unlike traditional toilets, smart toilets create an intuitive experience. Controlled by either a remote or motion-sense technology, a range of customizable and automatic features deliver a modern sense of luxury from look to feel to functionality. Whether your bathroom goals include sustainability, optimal hygiene, accessibility, efficiency, or all the above, the user is at the core of a smart toilet’s design.
Smart toilets sense water levels and adjust to only use the appropriate amount that is necessary to flush. While standard models today typically use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, smart toilets can adjust to use as little as 0.6 gallons of water per flush. This ultimately cuts down on usage, saves you money on your water bill—and helps the environment.
Thanks to bidet functionality, smart toilets are considered hygienic and luxurious. By using water, you get a better clean than if you just use toilet paper alone. Additionally, they often come with automatic flushing and lid-opening sensors, making them a largely hands-free fixture. This helps cut down on the spread of bacteria.
While bidet functions are beneficial to everyone, they can make a huge difference for the elderly and people with disabilities. Smart toilets’ hygienic spray and drying technologies eliminate the need for toilet paper and can help people avoid putting their bodies in uncomfortable positions. Additionally, settings can adjust to fit desired water pressure and temperature, depending on the user’s needs.
Because they are often tankless, smart toilets save space and are an excellent option for small bathrooms or powder rooms.
With high-tech function comes a high-tech look. These bathroom fixtures are undoubtedly modern in design and instantly give any space a sleek and minimalistic feel.
Features range based on the specific model. However, different variations of the following perks are present on most smart toilets:
Another bonus of smart toilets is that they are self-cleaning. These convenient fixtures will either use UV light to keep things sanitary or use a dual-siphonic flushing technique to ensure no residual waste is left behind.
While their ability to clean themselves is impressive, you should still expect to perform routine care and maintenance on your toilet, especially on the outer surface and bidet nozzle. To clean ceramic surfaces, we recommend using a damp cloth or soft brush.
For plastic parts, make sure you avoid any harsh cleaners that could cause damage. As for the nozzle, most of these toilets will have a button that allows it to be extended while you are off the seat. Once the nozzle is extended, a soft toothbrush will easily clean the part.