What’s a Smart Toilet?
Many people in America have never heard of smart toilets. However, in Japan, it’s a different story. In the early 1980s, electric bidets and smart toilets were introduced and became very popular in Japan. Despite their success in Japan, smart toilets never became as popular in the U.S.
What Are Smart Toilets?
Smart toilets today have many different amenities including a heated toilet seat, an electronic bidet, deodorizer, an air dryer and they use less water. All these features are controlled using buttons connected to the toilet or by a wireless remote. Yes, you heard that right, a remote. Since their invention, they’ve undergone many innovations with many new additional features.
Popularity of Smart Toilets in Japan
Since their invention in the early 1980s, smart toilets have been very popular in Japan. A recent study showed that smart toilets can be found in about 81% of Japanese households. These toilets aren’t only found in homes, smart toilets can be found in just about any public restroom throughout Japan. Although they’ve shown to be very popular in Japan, it’s not the same in other countries.
Why Aren’t There Any in America?
Many of the companies that sell these smart toilets in Japan, have been less successful in the U.S. Companies such as Toto, who manufacture smart toilets, have struggled selling in the American market. There is little demand for smart toilets in the American market due to skepticism and inability to change ingrained habits. I guess some people really don’t want to change the way they go to the bathroom. However, even though the demand is low, they are still available and can be purchased in the U.S online and in some stores.
Are Smart Toilets Worth It?
Smart toilets have increased in popularity in recent years and their popularity in Japan shows that there’s a potential for them to gain popularity in the U.S. Smart toilets have been shown be hygienically superior to the standard Western toilet style and also have shown some health benefits. But hygiene and health benefits aside, smart toilets make for a much more interesting trip to the bathroom.
If you have a new toilet you need to install, call a professional plumber today!