Should You Buy a High-Tech Toilet?

June 30, 2014

L.A. Master Plumbers can install any kind of toilet you can find.

High Tech ToiletIf you’re looking to replace your toilet, either as part of a redesign or due to serious damage to the tank or bowl, you might want to consider taking advantage of some of the latest toilet technology currently on the market.

Low Flow Toilets

Nowadays, any new toilet you buy will be low flow compared to the 3.5-gallon-per-flush models you can find in homes built before the 1990s. However, within this category you can choose from the standard 1.6 gallon flush toilet or one with a dual flush functionality that allows you to choose between a 0.8 or a 1.6 gallon flush.

If you are interested in low flow toilets for an older home, it’s a good idea to get a plumber’s opinion before you buy. A plumber can check out your pipe slope and make sure that the reduced volume of water from a low flow toilet will still be able to carry waste away properly. If the pipe is too steep or too flat, you may need to have the pipe slope adjusted or choose a toilet with a pressure-assisted flush that can force waste down the pipes better.

Touchless Toilets

Toilets that use a seeing eye sensor to decide when to flush are common in public restrooms. Now, they are also available for the home. The main advantage of this type of toilet is that it helps to make bathrooms more sanitary by limiting the number of things people touch between using the toilet and washing their hands.

You don’t necessarily have to buy a brand new toilet in order to take advantage of touchless technology. In addition to its touchless toilet, Kohler also sells a kit that can be used to turn your standard toilet into a touchless one. The main downsides include the occasional accidental flush and the fact that the sensor uses batteries that need to be replaced once a year.

Smart Toilets

After enjoying huge success in Japan, “smart” toilets with tons of electronic features have been becoming more and more popular here in the States. Features range from the practical to the outright absurd, but if you want to create a truly pampering bathroom experience this sort of toilet is a must. Kohler’s “Numi” smart toilet offers dual flush capability and touchless flushing along with an integrated bidet and dryer, a heated seat, a foot warmer, 7 colors of ambient light, and built-in speakers. This toilet has a remote and Bluetooth connectivity. With a $6,000 price tag, smart toilets are definitely a luxury item.

No matter what type of toilet you choose and how many bells and whistles it has, you can rely on L.A. Master Plumbers to provide expert installation that will enable it to provide decades of reliable performance.