The toilet: everyone has at least one in their home. You may not really pay much attention to this home product, but it is one of the most important products you use day-to-day. In its essential function, today’s modern toilets work in very similar ways to the very first toilet. However, in other ways, the toilet has come very far.
If you’re building a home, you’re probably spending a lot of time looking at countertop samples and potential carpet options rather than discussing toilets. Each choice you make is important, but make sure to take the time to see what’s out there. A high-tech toilet might sound like a strange investment, but it could be a great addition to your home. Here are some of the different ways today’s toilets have changed from the basic design.
They Light Up
How many times have you stumbled to the bathroom in the middle of the night only to be blinded when you flip on the light switch? Today’s toilets can include night lights built into them. The bowl glows with a soft LED light, making it much easier to see at night without turning on those bright overhead lights. Some of these toilets have a light sensor, so they only light up at night. Others have motion sensors that light up the toilet when you get close to it. This nightlight function can be incredibly useful for those who have very dark bathrooms or have awkward outlets that can’t accommodate standard nightlights.
They Warm the Seat for You
It can be a harsh shock to sit down on a cold toilet seat in the middle of winter. With seated heats, it makes cold mornings so much
more enjoyable. While you have to manually activate some seat warmers, others tie the heated seat into the motion sensor. The toilet begins warming up whenever you get near it just in case you need to make use of it. Some of the really high-tech and expensive models even include warmers near the foot of the toilet to warm your legs and feet!
You Sit at a More Comfortable Height
Older toilets are much lower to the ground than today’s models. Modern toilets tend to be at least a couple of inches taller, and sometimes offer extended sizes. These toilets are marked as being chair-height because they’re at least 17 inches off the ground, which is about the same height as a standard dining room chair. These toilets are also ADA-compliant, so they’re excellent for older individuals who may have trouble sitting down and standing up.
They Feature Built-in Bidets
Some modern toilets also offer a built-in bidet for cleaning. You no longer need to have space in your bathroom for a separate bidet. Instead, it’s already installed and you simply press a button to activate the bidet.
The Seats Softly Close
Do you often wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of someone dropping the toilet lid shut? Traditional toilets make a very loud noise if you don’t carefully close them. Fortunately, modern toilets now incorporate soft-close seats. When you let the lid or the seat down, the soft-close feature kicks it and stops it from slamming. Instead, the seat and lid slowly drop down, closing with a very soft click. This is a great option for light sleepers, or households with active children.
They Automatically Keep the Air Fresh
Another great option modern toilets offer is an integrated automatic deodorizer. When the toilet flushes, it automatically sprays a lovely fragrance into the air. Your bathroom will always remain smelling fresh with one of these toilets.
Take Advantage of No-Touch Flushing
Hate touching the toilet because of germs? A no-touch toilet flushes automatically when you wave your hand across the sensor. These toilets have been available in retail stores, event venues, and other locations for years, but now they’ve become affordable for home installation.
Save Water by Flushing Better
Older toilets used a lot of water. Today, toilets use water more efficiently, allowing you to cut down on the amount of water you use while still getting everything flushed down. Some toilets make use of cyclone flushing, while others actually pressurize the water. The water slams downward, pushing everything down with it. Some toilets even advertise that they can flush down a bucket of golf balls with only one flush while still using about half the amount of water traditional toilets did.
Of course, you don’t have to select which one of these features you want—you can have them all! You can have your contractor install a high-tech toilet that does everything listed above plus much more. Play music through the built-in Blu-tooth speakers, relax on the heated seat, flush everything down very quickly with little water, and much more. Plus, these toilets are all controlled through a wireless touchscreen remote! It’s an area of your home you might have never thought about making high-tech, but once you try one of these modern toilets, you’ll never go back.