Smart toilets are the nuts and bolts of all smart jokes, but they may be the solution to hygiene, environmental and accessibility issues. In fact, smart toilets may be more useful than the smart light bulbs or connected doorbells that we're obsessed with.
First: What is a smart toilet?
Toilets are very simple. You have a tank and a bowl. When you flush the toilet, water from the tank gets into the bowl, and gravity forces the contents to disappear in a tube. That's all there is to do.
Because toilets are so simple, almost everything that goes beyond the function of draining water into a bowl can be called a "smart toilet." I would say smart toilets must have some of the following features:
- Robust built-in bidets : All intelligent toilets have a built-in bidet (butt shower). These bidets are often equipped with temperature and pressure controls, and some even have a butt dryer, so you do not need a towel.
- Automated Systems : Smart toilets are usually a bit automated. Some open or rinse themselves, while others are self-cleaning, self-deodorizing or overflow protected.
- Funny Features : You've probably heard that smart toilets at night have cheek-warming toilet seats, lights and built-in speakers. You're right.
Note that we did not mention smartphones. There are many smart IoT toilets in the world today, but most smart toilets are based on a control panel and not on an app (or a smart assistant). This is mainly because you need to sit on a toilet to use it and there is no reason to complicate things with Wi-Fi connectivity or remote controls.
Now you know what a smart toilet is, but what makes it so special? Why would someone want a magic bidet or a warming seat? How is an intelligent toilet more useful than a smart light bulb?
They make hygiene easier for everyone
Unlike other smart bathroom products serve as more than just luxury items. They have the potential to improve your hygiene and most of the potential lies in the technically robust bidets that come with smart toilets.
Bidets are basically showers for your butt. They clean your butt better than toilet paper and do not cause wipe-related problems like itchy butts and hemorrhoids. Bidets are also more environmentally friendly and cheaper than toilet paper or baby towels. Unlike baby towels, bidets do not smell like preschool.
But why do these smart toilets have such robust bidets? Why do you have adjustable water pressure, temperature control and hair dryer? If you are hygienic, you can also make it comfortable. This is how we deal with our other hygiene problems – after all, it is easy to adjust the temperature in our shower.
Bidets are also great for accessibility. It's easier to spray your butt than to wipe it off, especially if you're elderly or physically disabled. The "luxury" features you see in smart toilets, such as the butt blow-drying, can help people maintain their independence.
Most "luxury" smart toilet functions are for a reason.
Okay, but smart toilets are more than just bidets – do people really need warming toilet seats, self-cleaning bowls, or musical toilets?
Oddly enough, the answer is yes, Japan, the world's leading manufacturer of toilet technology, is in favor of disposal As it turns out, most of the smart toilet features are designed to meet the specific needs of Japanese society.
Japan has the world's largest elderly population, and about 33% of the Japanese population is over 60 years old probably say where this leads to Self-cleaning toilet seats, self-cleaning bowls and other "unnecessary" toilet features are helping the aging population of Japan.
Then there is the topic of work. An aging population leads to a reduction in staff. Automated toilets with self-cleaning, deodorization and overflow protection capabilities can reduce the need for janitorial work, which relieves the burden on Japanese companies.
We will not theorize why there is every last smart toilet function we use. I just make the point that they exist for a reason. While a thermal seat may not be useful for you, it may be helpful for someone who does not have central heating in their home. And while you might love the idea of a toilet playing music to cover up the sound of your, er, bathroom noise, another person might just want to turn on the faucet instead.
They are more efficient than ordinary toilets (Sometimes)
TOTO, a Japanese bathroom company, is the pioneer of smart toilets. The company's innovation began in the 1980s when it discovered how to integrate bidets into toilets. In the 1990s, TOTO invented toilets that are resistant to ring marks. Now the company sells restrooms that use only a gallon of water or less per flush. That's about half a gallon less than most HE toilets.
Okay, half a gallon is not a big difference. In the US, you only pay about one cent for every gallon of toilet water you consume (consume ≠ intake). But these things add up over time. In addition to reduced water consumption, intelligent toilets sometimes have built-in leak sensors and overflow protection that helps prevent nasty and expensive accidents.
And we can not forget toilet paper. Every American uses about 30 rolls of toilet paper a year, and that's not so good for the environment, your wallet or your pipes. Smart toilets with their sturdy bidets can reduce or eliminate your toilet paper usage.
It should be noted that smart toilets consume some power to power lights, speakers and motors. In addition, about 18% of your electricity bill is for domestic hot water, and the hours you spend with the heated bidet of your smart toilet will only contribute to this bill.
Where do you buy a Smart Toilet?
Smart toilets make more sense than smart lights, intelligent plugs and smart displays. They are not just luxury items. In fact, hygiene is fun, exciting and easier.
Yes, you are an adult and do not have to "have fun" cleaning your butt. The thing is, we live in a time when Forbes article on is published, whether you should wash your legs or not . We need to get serious hygienic progress, and we can start from the bottom as well. Instead of dropping hundreds on decadent doorbells, we have to pinch our pennies, tighten our intestines, and buy a lavish toilet.
You can buy a smart toilet from just about every major retailer. Amazon sells smart toilets, Home Depot sells smart toilets, and toilet manufacturers like TOTO have their own websites. We recommend looking for a smart toilet with basic, reliable features that do not require maintenance (more engines mean more problems). It may also be advisable to dispense with toilets with Wi-Fi connection, as the app support can be discontinued at any time.
Oh, there is also a cheaper, easier option. Before smart toilets became their own thing, TOTO (the Japanese toilet company) had great success selling so-called WASHLET. This is the precursor to intelligent toilets and offers many features that you would expect from a smart toilet (thermal seat, adjustable bidet, deodorizing mist etc.).
You can still buy a WASHLET There are some similar products on the market, like the Bio Bidet BB-600 and the Bio Bidet BB-2000. These devices are not as sturdy as smart toilets, but much more luxurious than your current toilet seat (or the basic bidets you can attach to your toilet seat).