Homes these days are more connected than ever. When I was growing up I could never have imagined that we would have speakers that take commands, doorbells with cameras, refrigerators that can actually make grocery lists for you, or ‘smart’ toilets that can remember your personal settings.
There is no doubt that a smart toilet is a luxurious investment. The best smart toilet is a worthwhile luxury investment that transforms bathroom usage from utilitarian (I mean, everyone poops) to a spa-like experience.
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What Is A Smart Toilet?
‘Smart toilet’ is a relatively new term and represents the next evolution in personal toilet care. With built-in smart technology, smart toilets are able to sense a person approaching to lift the lid, warm the seat to the perfect temperature, provide warm water spray washing, air drying, and automatic flushing. Now that’s smart!!
Soon enough we will all have smart toilets in our bathrooms, taking care of our every need.
Best Smart Toilet Features
Smart toilets have features that you won’t find on your run-of-the-mill toilet; this is what makes them both ‘smart’ and special. If you’re going to invest in a toilet like this, here are some features you should look for:
- Automatic Lid. A toilet that senses you are approaching and lifts the lid for you. To me, that is luxury, especially if it will close automatically when I leave also.
- Seat Warming. Most smart toilets have seat warming, but the smartest of the smart have multiple heat settings so the seat will warm to your specifications.
- Warm Water Wash. The bidet features of smart toilets may not be the coolest part (I think that goes to auto-lid lifting), but they are the most useful. A warm water spray of adjustable pressure is one of the best features.
- Air Dryer. An air dryer in your toilet almost eliminates the need for toilet paper. Talk about environmentally friendly!
- Auto-flushing. A convenient feature (especially if you have young children who constantly ‘forget’ to flush) – auto-flushing is a feature that you will wonder how you did without it.
- Night Light. No more bright bathroom lights in the middle of the night. Smart toilets outfitted with LED lighting offer a soft glow that will mean you hardly even have to wake up.
5 of the Best Smart Toilets
Smart toilets are definitely a luxury addition to any bathroom but, just like anything else, they are available in a range of price points and with a variety of features. Besides being comfortable, functional, and a design element, they also add value to your bathroom.
1. Kohler K-5401-PA-0 Intelligent Toilet – Bold, Minimalistic Design
Kohler is one of the leaders in bathroom fixtures in North America. They consistently produce great quality products and, with this entry into the smart toilet market, they are showing that introducing technology to the bathroom experience is just good business.
The bold, minimalistic design of this smart toilet simplifies its look for the modern bathroom but doesn’t skimp on the features that make it a great investment. It features all the functions you would expect from a bidet such as warm water wash, heated seat, and adjustable water pressure. Pump assisted flushing ensures powerful waste removal while also limiting the amount of water used per flush. Automated lid opening/closing, LED night lighting, and automated flushing makes the night-time bathroom trip a little easier too.
- Full bidet features; warm water spray, heated seat, adjustable water pressure
- Touchscreen remote
- Automatic flushing
- LED night lighting
- Automatic lid opening and closing
- Some reported installation difficulties
2. EPLO Smart One Piece Toilet – High Quality at an Affordable Price
This EPLO tankless smart toilet is a quality fixture at an affordable price. Offering completely hands-free operation, it is the ultimate in cleaning technology with minimal fuss.
The automatic flush is also a low flow flush using only the amount of water needed to flush waste away. It also has a manual button in case of power outages – the toilet will still be flushable. An electronic remote has a number of individual specific settings; meaning that you can customize your experience at the touch of a button. LED night-lighting means no more fumbling to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
- Auto open and close lid
- Foot sensor operated seat
- Automatic flushing
- LED night lighting
- 6 level heated seat
- Air deodorization
- UV Sterilization is not included
3. Toto Neorest Smart Toilet – A Full Service Smart Toilet
Japan is the birthplace of the modern, smart toilet; innovation that was largely developed by the Japanese company TOTO. This company knows what they’re doing when it comes to understanding what a smart toilet should be.
This is a full service, smart toilet. It senses you approaching and lifts the lid, the seat is warmed to the perfect temperature for a comfortable experience. When you’re ready, a quick push of a button on the remote control will start the washing function you choose; front or rear, pulsating or oscillating, warm or cool. Then a warm air dry and, finally, an automatic powerful flush to remove all waste quickly an easily. It is missing nothing.
Honestly, you should check out the reviews. People who are actually using this toilet can’t say enough good things!
- Hands free automatic flush
- Temperature controlled heated seat
- Warm water, aerated, cleansing spray
- Heated, soft-close, seat
- Ultra high efficiency jet flushing system
- Motion sensor is very sensitive
- Seat is easily scratched
4. EUROTOTO Super Smart Toilet – European Design and Innovation
Many smart toilets have an ‘automatic lid’ feature; the Eurototo goes one step further with an infrared sensor at the base of the toilet that will also lift the toilet seat when activated by a foot. This is a hygienic approach for men who normally must manually lift, and lower, the toilet seat.
This model, of course, also has all the other features you would expect from a luxury smart toilet. A heated seat (that can be set to the desired temperature), warm water wash using dual nozzles for full cleaning, an oscillating dryer feature, and a soft night light to help with nighttime navigation.
It is a stylish, modern design featuring a tankless water system allowing its sleek lines to shine. A definite modern element for any bathroom decor.
- Extra Comfort – heated seats, warm water wash, and massage
- Self Cleaning and Deodorizing
- Automatic Lid and Seat Lifting
- Energy Saving Idle Mode
- Instant Water Heating
- Difficult to troubleshoot if something goes wrong
5. Trone Fountina Electronic Smart Toilet – A Bargain Bathroom Pick
This beautifully designed smart toilet is at the lower end of the price range (hence, the Bargain Bathroom pick!), but still has all the features you expect in a luxury smart toilet.
Featuring heated water, a warm toilet seat, massaging water action, and front and rear cleaning; it will fill a need in your bathroom that you didn’t even know you had!
- Affordable Price Point
- Sleek, Modern Design
- Heated Water for Washing
- Requires an adapter to fit customary US sized residential toilet water supply
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a Smart Toilet be flushed if the power is off?
Yes, a smart toilet can be flushed even if the power is off. Most smart toilets have a battery backup that will allow at least one flush without the power. If more flush is needed, or if the model you have does not have a battery backup, it is easy to flush the toilet when the power is out or you can use a bucket of water to manually flush it.
Do I need an electrical outlet near the toilet?
Yes. Smart toilets rely on electricity for the majority of their functions. While some may have a battery back up, the main functions are best powered by electricity. If there is no electrical outlet nearby, it is suggested that you hire an electrician to locate the wires and install an outlet; this allows for the sleekest design and ensures that everything works as it should.
Can my plumber install a Smart Toilet?
Absolutely. Installing a Smart Toilet is no different (from a plumbing perspective) than installing any other toilet. A plumber should easily be able to install one.
Can I install it myself?
If you can install a regular toilet then there is no reason why you can’t install a smart toilet. There are no special requirements – other than needing an electrical outlet to plug it in.
Does a Smart Toilet require any special care?
A little bit, yes. The regular toilet functions, of course, don’t require any special care. A regular cleaning routine will ensure that it stays fresh and clean. Be sure to use natural, environmentally friendly products that will be gentle on the surface of the toilet.
The bidet functions are what require special care. Many models are ‘self cleaning’; these auto-retract the nozzle and clean them at regular intervals. Those that aren’t self cleaning will require regular cleaning. This is simple enough though. Nozzles can often be removed for cleaning; a good soaking in a cleaning solution will clean, disinfect, and deodorize them ready for reinstallation.
Can I take my Smart Toilet with me when I move?
Technically, yes you can. It is possible to uninstall and move a smart toilet. You will, of course, have to replace it with a working toilet but yes, you can take your smart toilet with you. Be sure to clearly identify this as not being part of your home sale though; Smart Toilets are an attractive feature and future buyers should be aware that this piece of heaven will not be left behind.
How Much Is A Smart Toilet?
Smart toilets are definitely an investment; the ones we review here start at $1000 and run to more than $5000. They are a solid fixture that will be a feature in your bathroom; one that will stand up to repeated use for many years to come.
Most of the comfort features of smart toilets are in the bidet functions that they include. Another, more affordable, option is to replace your existing toilet seat with an electric bidet toilet seat. While not quite as ‘smart’ as these toilets, they offer all the bidet functions that smart toilets offer. Check out our reviews of the best electric bidet toilet seats and see for yourself.
Is a Smart Toilet worth it?
I guess there are a couple of ways to look at this question; from a money perspective, and from a personal comfort perspective.
Smart Toilets are definitely more expensive than a standard two-piece toilet. But they also have some features that will, ultimate, save money. The heated seat means that the bathroom thermostat can be set at a lower temperature; saving money on your energy bill. The low flow flushing system uses the least amount of water compared to standard toilets; saving money on your water bill. And the bidet function all but eliminates the need for toilet paper; saving money on your grocery/toiletries bill.
It is the personal comfort perspective where the value really is. Individually, any one of the oh-so-convenient features may not make a smart toilet ‘worth it’ – but when the lid auto-opens, the seat is heated perfectly, the washlet gently cleans (and dries!), the flush happens automatically, and the lid then auto-closes – then it is easy to see that a Smart Toilet is totally worth it!
How do I choose a Smart Toilet?
Just like making any decision, a list of ‘must have’ criteria will help you choose a Smart Toilet. A list of must-have, nice-to-have, and doesn’t-really-matter features will help you narrow down the options. Hopefully our list of the 5 best Smart Toilets will help you narrow it down.