Modern Bathroom Technology for Your Smart Home
With the development of smart appliances, everyday life has been transformed, with tasks being made shorter and easier to complete. Even your bathroom space should be considered in your home automation plans in order to ensure the space is relaxing and convenient to use on a daily basis. Some of the most exciting tech releases are designed for use in the bathroom with the aim to increase the connectivity, productivity and efficiency of your home.
Smart Sinks and Showers
As a space which is used multiple times a day by all members of the household, automated and personalised bathing routines can be achieved by using smart shower and sink technology. With state of the art technology, facial recognition can be used to personalise shower temperature, not only does this mean that you will always enter the shower at your preferred temperature, but it can also ensure children are protected from scalding themselves. Personalisation can be taken even further with oil diffusion and playlists available depending on your preferences. You will never want to leave the bathroom again!
Lighting control in your home has many advantages over conventional light switches and dimmers. Lighting scenes can be created depending on the ambiance of each room and these scenes can be changed at the touch of a button. This is particularly effective in rooms such as the bathroom, where a “relax” scene can be created- imagine relaxing in the bath with all lighting dimmed to your individual preference by pressing a button labelled “relax”. Switch between different scenes depending on time of the day and your preference, brighter lighting may be needed during your evening skincare routine, and dimmed lighting when you are finding your zen whilst soaking in the bath.
Reimagining our most-used, simple, everyday items, is what the smart technology industry does best and saving time and money is always at the centre of these developments. Despite the increasing popularity of smart lighting and smart homes, one of the most used daily items is often forgotten in the home automation process, the toilet.
The term “smart toilet” actually refers to the seat itself and if often a seat attachment. There is much variation from one model to another, but the general consensus is that the unlike some other smart gadgets, a smart toilet isn’t a gimmick — it can improve hygiene for the whole family.
The Benefits of a Smart Toilet
One of the most obvious benefits of a smart toilet, and something that’s shared with other smart devices, is convenience. Some models will flip the seat and lid automatically, reduce your toilet paper consumption by including a bidet wand, and flush the bowl for you. It may not sound like much, but it’s enough to save you precious seconds every time you go.
And of course, there’s the hygiene element. These toilets can offer greater cleanliness than conventional models. Using water spray after each toilet visit is more hygienic than simply using toilet paper to clean yourself. After all, if you got waste on another body part, you wouldn’t simply wipe it away with dry tissue paper.
Water efficiency is one area in which this toilet beats even the top-ranked Kohler Veil, at 1.0 and 0.8 GPF. The skirted design is accompanied by a SoftClose seat, meaning no more slams when you drop the seat or lid. The seat is heated too, so you won’t get any nasty shocks when visiting the bathroom on frosty mornings.
Everything about the Neorest 700H screams convenience, with automatic functions that are designed to keep your hands free. A proximity sensor automatically lifts the lid for you on approach, so there’s no need to risk transference of germs. This touch-free approach is also reflected in the flush function — it’s automated as well.
However, the proximity sensor can be somewhat of a hindrance rather than a help in smaller bathroom spaces. Whether you’re running a bath or brushing your teeth, you may find it triggering repeatedly when you aren’t using it. Additionally, the automatic function lifts both the lid and seat, so female users may want to think twice before buying!
- Hands-free automatic flush
- Temperature-controlled seat
- SoftClose seat prevents slams
- Proximity sensor can be annoying
- One function not female-friendly
The Kohler Numi 2.0 is a significant upgrade over the first iteration of the same product. It integrates the key feature of a smart gadget: a voice assistant. Equipped with Amazon Alexa, this toilet allows you to control its many functions using nothing but your voice — it’s super hygienic.
But you may not want to use the voice assistant, or you may be a Google Home household, which isn’t supported. In any case, you can choose to use a custom-built mobile application to control the toilet instead. And there’s integrated Bluetooth music functionality, turning your toilet into a functional speaker, too.
Kohler is a major player in the smart toilets arena — you only need to look at the Kohler Veil. But we simply couldn’t rank the Numi 2.0 any higher than fourth place owing to the lack of real customer feedback available on the internet. Though it’s clearly a strong product from a reliable brand, it just doesn’t have the same track record as our higher-ranked winners.
- Controlled with voice or app
- Equipped with Amazon Alexa
- Wireless Bluetooth music sync
- Lacks extensive customer feedback
- Doesn’t support other assistants
The Ove Decors Smart Toilet doesn’t feature the best GPF rating of all the toilets we’ve looked at. It uses 1.6 gallons per flush, and doesn’t offer a partial flush function. However, it makes up for this shortcoming in other areas of its design, including with the use of an eco-friendly mode.
The energy-saving setting makes sure that your water is only heated up when you sit down on the toilet. And you can adjust the pressure and temperature of the water jets to your own preference. This can be done via an included remote, or using controls that are mounted on the side of the system.
That said, the remote leaves something to be desired, using an outdated and clunky design that doesn’t fit with the “smart” image. Our only other complaint is about the installation, which can be done by yourself, but not without some difficulty. The instructions are fairly limited, and poking around online won’t yield any more information than you get in the box.
- Features eco-friendly mode
- Backlit bowl and controls
- Pressure and temperature control
- Not the best GPF rating
- Outdated, clunky remote design
- Poor installation instructions
We’re fans of any smart toilet that chooses to discreetly hide away the controls on a remote or wall-mounted LCD. And the T-0008 does just that, using a remote that sits in a convenient holder, which you can attach to the wall. The hoses aren’t so well hidden, but they don’t protrude so much as to be an eyesore.
Cleaning toilets can be a pesky task, but the quick-release feature built into this seat makes the job far easier. And you shouldn’t need to clean the internal components often, since the nozzle is stainless steel. There’s also an energy-saving sensor that turns the toilet on or off as required, keeping your energy costs down.
But it’s through comparisons to our top smart toilets that the WoodBridge T-0008 loses some points. The pressure generated by the built-in water jets is weaker than the leading Toto smart toilets, and the seat is narrower. What’s more, the flush button isn’t featured on the remote, so you’ll have to flush manually — not very “smart.”
- Quick-release system for seat
- Discreet control system
- Energy-saving “On/Off” sensor
- Less pressure than the Toto
- Seat feels narrower and smaller
- Flush function not on remote
The Bio Bidet is another example of a low-price alternative to a full smart toilet system. Installation of a smart seat is a straightforward affair, so this is a good choice if you want to avoid a costly plumber visit. You can self-install the seat onto the toilet in your home, and then decide if you like it enough to install a full system down the line.
Unlike toilets that include a wireless, detached remote, the Bio Bidet controls are attached to the side of the seat. As a result, they are both easily accessible and impossible to misplace around the house. Unfortunately, the toilet hoses are equally visible, something that detracts from the appearance of the system.
Many customers report that they would have appreciated a stronger air drying function, as it can take multiple uses to get completely dry. In terms of other negatives, we can only put our finger on one. The pressure settings for the jets are forgotten each time you use the seat, so you’ll need to reset them.
- Can be self-installed
- Easily accessible controls
- No risk of losing the remote
- Dryer function could be stronger
- Hoses remain visible
- “Forgets” pressure settings
The S300-EW is another example of a seat upgrade that can slot onto an existing, traditional toilet. As such, it’s far cheaper than a full system complete with a bowl and tank. It also means that you don’t have to mess around with electrical wiring or complicated plumbing.
When it comes to cleaning, the bidet attachment makes things simple and straightforward thanks to the quick release on the seat. By comparison, the seat and hinges on a traditional toilet can easily allow germs to hide out of reach.
You do sacrifice some luxury when choosing this cheaper option — it’s clearly not as attractive as the leading smart toilets. Plus, the warm water supply will only provide around a minute’s worth of water, unlike plumbed-in alternatives with unlimited supply. You may also dislike the toilet seat opening, which is smaller than the average opening.
- Fits on existing toilets
- Wireless remote
- Quick-release seat for cleaning
- Less attractive design
- Smaller than average opening
- Warm water is limited
If you’re all about convenience, then the Euroto toilet is probably your idea of the perfect toilet system. Everything is automated, from the self-lifting lid to the automatic flush when you’re finished. There’s a remote included for fine-tuning things like water, seat, and dryer temperature, as well as water pressure.
Another innovative feature in the Euroto is the tankless heating system, which will never run out of warm water. Plus, the integrated deodorizer draws in air and passes it through an ionized carbon filter, which helps to eliminate odors.
You’ll pay for all these top-of-the-line features, though: This is definitely one of the pricier options on our list. And the self-lifting seat can get annoying in smaller bathrooms, as it often opens when you pass by.
- Lots of automation
- Built-in night light switch
- Relatively large profile
- Self-lifting seat can be annoying
For the environmentally conscious, this is one of the better smart toilets that you can get. The GPF rating beats even our ranking winner, the Kohler Veil, in terms of water saved compared to conventional toilet models.
Speaking of eco-friendly functions, the toilet features a smart sensor seat that can detect when a user is seated. This is used to activate or deactivate features like seat heating and water sprays. A unique feature of this toilet is the inclusion of an LCD display, which shows essential usage information.
Unlike many regular and smart toilets, this system comes in a square design that may not suit your preference. And the square seat tends to provide a smaller bowl opening, which can be uncomfortable for larger users. You may also find cleaning tricky because of the unusual shape and the number of complex parts, including the LCD and controls.
- Relatively low GPF rating
- Automatic shutdown feature
- Built-in LED status indicator
- Can be tricky to clean
- Small toilet bowl opening
- Square design won’t suit all
What do smart toilets do?
Whether it’s simply time to replace your existing toilet or you’re redecorating the whole bathroom, a smart toilet is a smart choice. They’re not only a really cool addition to your smart home — they’re also convenient, hygienic, and often more economical.
On a basic level, most smart toilets include a bidet wand and air drying. Some toilets will also feature an automatic flush function.
More expensive or feature-rich models will build on these basics with additional functionality. A heated seat is appealing on those cold winter mornings when the bathroom is anything but warm. And LED night lights make visiting the bathroom in the dead of night much easier, without waking up the family.
Do smart toilets use less water?
If you invest in a smart toilet, then you’re likely going to see savings on your water bill. Some of these devices can actually sense how much water is needed, flushing with a suitable amount — but not too much. Some of the most efficient use just 0.6 GPF (gallons per flush), while a standard toilet can easily use up to 1.6 GPF or thereabouts.
Even for smart toilets that don’t have such sensor technology, there are other water-saving options. On many smart toilets, you can select a partial or full flush, depending on how much water you want to use.
But when it comes down to eco-friendliness, it’s not all about your toilet’s water consumption. All of that smart functionality needs power — meaning that smart toilets require electricity. Not only does this reduce the environmental benefit, but it’s inconvenient if you don’t have a free outlet in the bathroom already.
Can I control my smart toilet with my voice?
If you have an existing smart home setup with a voice assistant, then you probably control everything through speech. So it’s natural that you’d want to integrate any new smart tech into the system in the same way. The good news is that you can get a smart toilet that uses voice-activated features.
However, the bad news is that not all smart toilets have built-in support for a voice assistant. And those that do have such integration tend to be at the higher end of the price spectrum. Take the Kohler Numi 2.0 for example — it supports the popular Alexa assistant, but it’s also a very expensive purchase.
Thankfully, you don’t necessarily need a voice assistant to make the most of a smart toilet. Most models have at least some degree of automation without voice assistant integration. For example, self-opening seats and lids, automatic flushing, and automated night lights are all frequently seen in both budget and higher-end smart toilets.
Do smart toilets use electricity?
Like any smart device, smart toilets do need electricity to utilize automated functions like heating and spraying. Power can be provided to your smart toilet in one of 2 different ways: batteries or electricity from a wall socket. The choice isn’t normally yours — some products simply use batteries, whereas others use an outlet.
That means you’re going to need to look at your facilities before you pull the trigger on a purchase. Choose a battery-powered toilet if you don’t have a socket in your bathroom and don’t want to change anything. The last thing you want is to order a toilet with a power cord and then find out you have nowhere to plug it in.
That said, by employing a professional electrician, you could install a new outlet in your bathroom with relative ease. If you choose to add a new outlet, be sure to consult somebody who knows what they’re doing. And consider your bathroom layout so that there’s no risk of the power socket being doused with water.
What are the best smart toilets?
After hours of research and analysis, we’ve determined that the best smart toilets are the 10 that we’ve listed above. But to further narrow these down and help you make a final selection, we’ve picked our top 3. These are the best budget, most intelligent, and best overall smart toilets, based on real customer feedback and reviews.
For the best budget toilet, look to the Toto Washlet, a seat-only upgrade that you can fit onto an existing toilet bowl. It’ll shave thousands off your upfront costs, but you’ll still get many of the convenient features of more expensive smart toilet systems.
At the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got the most intelligent toilet, the Kohler Numi 2.0. With a vast range of functionality from a reliable, respected brand, this is our go-to recommendation for those who want the most cutting-edge tech on the market.
And finally, there’s the best overall toilet, the Kohler Veil. It doesn’t come cheap, but it’s got very few negative qualities to speak of. It’s efficient, has one of the most attractive designs, and comes with a wall-mounted LCD remote that just works. In short, this is as good as it gets when it comes to the best smart toilets.
So you’re interested in joining the smart home revolution. We’ve put together a list of recommendations that represent some of the most popular smart tech on the market.
- Amazon Echo (2nd Generation): Amazon Alexa is one of the most well-known and widely supported voice assistants around. If you’re considering the Kohler Numi 2.0 smart toilet, then it makes sense to pick up the Amazon Echo assistant, too.
- Fitbit Aria 2: Your bathroom can be smart in other ways. Use this immensely popular smart body scale to sync your readings directly to your smartphone for a detailed breakdown of your health progress.
- Philips Hue White and Color Starter Kit: Smart lights aren’t just convenient — they’re also a great way to boost your home security when away. And the Philips Hue line is often touted as some of the best smart light bulbs around.
- eufy Boost IQ RoboVac 11S: Who hasn’t wished for a vacuum that could take care of the cleaning on its own? Like smart toilets, these products don’t come cheap, but they’re worth it for the time saved.
- TP-LINK HS100 Kasa Smart Plug: With a smart plug, even “dumb” devices can be introduced to your smart home setup. Simply plug them in and connect to the integrated application to control the device from your smartphone.
Chris Barry lives in Dorset, England with his wife. When he’s not writing product reviews, Chris can usually be found furiously writing and editing his first novel, or watching horror movies.
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