What is a High-Tech Toilet?
Posted by William Heinselman on
Talking about the features of your toilet isn’t normal dinner conversation (and if it is, well…). That isn’t the case though if you own a high-tech toilet. What’s so great about them? The better question is, what isn’t?
It might not be a Tesla, but a high-tech toilet comes pretty close! These “super toilets” are available in a range of prices and styles and are designed for comfort, cleanliness, and convenience to help improve your private bathroom time. Not only that, but these newer models come with the EPA WaterSense label to help your toilet use less water, maintain superior performance, and lower your monthly water bill. With all the modern features being added to toilet designs, it’s safe to say these super toilets are giving average toilets a run for their money.
So, now that your curiosity is piqued, let’s take a look at some of the most popular and innovative features you should look for when shopping for a high-tech toilet.
#1 Built-In Night Lights
No more stumbling in the dark or turning on the bright bathroom light at 2 a.m! Several high-tech toilets come with built-in night lights that glow up the inside the bowl, allowing you to find your way in the bathroom without turning on every light along the way. Some toilets will even let you change the light color!
#2 Integrated Bidets
If you haven’t heard of a bidet before, then you’ve been living under the wrong toilet bowl. First made popular with European and Japanese toilet designs, this personal hygiene tool lets out a light stream of water that leaves you refreshed and cleaner than if you just used toilet paper. Added features found in some bidet toilet seats include:
- Adjustable water temperature
- Adjustable water pressure
- Heated seat
- Self-cleaning nozzles
- A heated air dryer
#3 Bluetooth Speakers
Yes, you read that right: Bluetooth speakers (as if you needed another reason to sit on the toilet scrolling through your phone). Some high-tech toilets come featured with Bluetooth, like the Kohler Numi. This toilet’s receiver reads the Bluetooth signal from your smartphone or iPad and lets you stream music directly to your phone. It also has an SD card slot that allows you to set up a bathroom playlist, and even program a personalized greeting for guests using your bathroom. After all, who doesn’t want a friendly toilet playing rainforest soundtracks?
#4 Touch-Screen Remote
Virtually all high-tech toilets come with a remote control that allows you to operate the toilet’s features and adjust them to your liking. You may not be able to turn on the TV from the bathroom just yet, but you can adjust your Bluetooth music and operate the bidet features, like the seat warmer. The remote is especially helpful for those with limited mobility.
#5 Dual-Flush Action
Dual-flush toilets have been used by Europeans for a few decades, but it’s a wonder no one else has been using them as long! Dual-flush toilets use two separate valves with their own flush speeds (partial speed for liquids, full speed for solids). These toilets minimize the risk of clogs compared to standard toilets and use 68% less water than low-flow toilets, which helps generate savings over time.
High-tech toilet use is quickly gaining speed, but not everyone can afford to live like the Jetsons. Prices can range from $400 to $8,000. There’s even one toilet, the Neorest 750h, that costs $10,000! However, if you feel your budget can fit the bill, some popular high-tech toilet brands include:
- American Standard
If you’ve recently purchased a high-tech toilet and are ready to have your bathroom enter the 21st century, let the plumbing experts at Express Sewer and Drain help with the installation process! Our toilet replacement services are performed by fully-licensed and insured plumbers at an affordable rate. Contact us for more information about our wide range of plumbing services for your residential, commercial, and municipal plumbing needs.
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