Is a Smart Toilet Seat for You?

Have you noticed how so many things in our homes these days are now gaining the word “smart” in front of them?  Smart phones, smart televisions, smart thermostats, smart home, and now we can add TOILET SEAT to that list.  Yes, the smart toilet seat is a real thing these days.

You may be wondering, what exactly does a smart toilet seat do?  And, is it really necessary?

Many of these smart toilets contain bidet capabilities.  Bidets use water to clean you after you go to the bathroom.  They have been common for years in many European countries and Japan and have typically existed as a secondary fixture that was not connected to the toilet.  In Japan, toilets have started including the bidet as part of the toilet.  Known as washlets, these toilet seats, “…promote good hygiene, shooting a stream of water right in the parts that need it. If you have a disability or know someone who does, these washlets can be a relief” (Faveable).  You may not think the bidet feature is important, but  it can definitely come in handy for some.

Other than cleanliness, smart toilets offer a lot of other great features.  Whether or not you find them necessary, is up to you and your family!  Some of these features include:

  • Playing music
  • Playing sounds to cover up any sounds that may be happening in the bathroom
  • Heated seats
  • Nightlight
  • Automatic flushing
  • Overflow protection-“It stops you from flushing if the toilet is clogged, which keeps water levels in the bowl low” (CNET).

So, you’ve upgraded to a smart phone, you’ve upgraded to a smart thermostat, you’ve connected your home’s lighting and alarm systems to your phone and thermostat, are you ready to take the plunge and upgrade your toilet seat as well?  If you aren’t quite sure if your bathroom needs smart capabilities just yet, remember there are still toilet options that can help you to save money and water without being “smart.”  For more information about our residential plumbing services, contact Flame!





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