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Seat warming, self-cleaning, automatic flushing and more!
While smart toilets, also referred to as shower toilets, have gained popularity in Japan and other markets abroad, "we're just now seeing the appetite in the U.S. blossom," says Rachel Rothman, the Good Housekeeping Institute's Head Engineer. Many models have a built-in bidet feature that is aimed at taking the place of toilet paper by providing a gentle cleansing spray. It takes some getting used to, but several of our GH experts who have made the switch swear by it. While smart toilets are a heftier investment than traditional toilets (they can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $7,000), they also come with a lot of other bells and whistles, including night lights, heated seats, deodorizers and more. Many smart toilets can also be a friendlier choice for the planet since they typically require less water per flush, and they help reduce the need for toilet paper and harsh cleaning chemicals.
At the Good Housekeeping Institute, our engineers and analysts test all sorts of products for your home ranging from smart luggage to smart bathroom scales. While we haven't tested each and every one of these smart toilets yet, we do have decades of experience testing toilets for performance and efficiency as well as noise. This roundup of the best smart toilets and toilet seats includes road-tested units, top-rated picks that impressed us with advanced smart features and reliable picks from brands with a proven track record in our evaluations.
While our experts haven't tested this particular model yet, in prior tests at the Good Housekeeping Institute we've found American Standard toilets to be abundant in useful and intuitive features and exceptional in quality, and we expect this toilet to deliver the same. Featuring a heated seat with five temperatures, adjustable water temperature, a warm air dryer, auto-flush and multiple nozzles for a unique cleansing experience, there's a lot to like.
We particularly appreciate that the toilet seat automatically opens and closes (that's right, no more leaving the toilet seat up!) and that there's a soft light to guide you in the middle of the night. There's also a convenient deodorizer to help clean the air in the bowl and keep things fresh. While it may not come cheap, this modern smart toilet is a worthy investment for those looking for advanced features and increased comfort. Our pros are a fan of the elongated shape, which means you have an oval-shaped design with several more inches for comfort and convenience and a more contemporary aesthetic.
• Shape: Elongated • Size: 14-3/4" x 25-1/16" x 20-9/16" • Gallons per flush: 0.92 GPF and 1.32 GPF
This smart toilet comes with a lot of the same great features as more expensive options in the market. Automatic flush, auto open and close, claimed air purification and a heated seat are just a few! Our experts like how you have multiple wash options to choose from (posterior wash, feminine wash, etc.) and the included touchscreen remote can be either hand-held or wall-mounted for ease of use.
Our home improvement pros advise taking close note of the specifications and the location of the angle valve on the toilet and access to a power supply to ensure a simple and effective setup.
• Shape: Elongated • Size: 28 x 16 x 23" • Gallons per flush: 1.0 GPF and 1.6 GPF (Average 1.28GPF)
If you want to upgrade your toilet without having to replace it entirely, opting for a smart toilet seat such as this one from Kohler is a great option. Suitable for most elongated toilets, this high-quality seat comes with a stainless steel UV light for automatic sanitizing along with other bidet features such as various spray settings, a heated seat and a drying system. Grace Wu, Textiles Products Reviews Analyst, tested this seat and agrees that it's "simple to use and intuitive" and likes being able to program a series of her favorite settings such as the temperature of the water, position, etc. under two user presets. Though it's comparable to other bidet seats in the market, this one is "sturdy, comfortable and looks sleeker than other models thanks to well-hidden circuits and wires."
• Shape: Elongated seat • Size: 17 1/8" x 18 1/4" • Gallons per flush: N/A
Duravit's SensoWash i Lite model is sleek, modern and can be hung on the wall to save space, designed by the renowned Philippe Starck. Unlike other toilets in the category, its features can be controlled via remote control or an app on your phone where you can program profile settings. In addition, this smart toilet offers automatic open and close, auto flushing, various washing settings, a heated seat, a warm dryer and more.
Rothman notes while wall-hung toilets are still relatively novel in the U.S. consumer market, the style has been around for decades and is notably great for urban dwellers or others tight on space.
• Shape: Elongated form with a rounded edge; pairs with Duravit's ME by Starck Wall Mounted and One-piece toilets • Size: 14 7/8" x 22 5/8" • Gallons per flush: 1.28 GPF
This compact smart toilet from Kohler will look minimalist in any bathroom. We love that it comes with a self-cleaning wand, dryer, adjustable temperature settings, hands-free opening/closing of the seat and an LED light that illuminates the bowl during the night. This WaterSense certified toilet uses only 1.28-gallons of water per flush, which is on par with most smart toilets featured.
While the Institute pros are long-time fans of Kohler toilets in general, they did note that the available instructions they were able to find weren't as helpful as others for installation purposes.
• Shape: Elongated or Compact Elongated • Size: 25 x 22 x 32’’ • Gallons per flush: 1.28 GPF
If you're looking for the biggest savings on your water bill, this smart toilet beats the others by a mile by using at most 1.0-gallons of water per flush! Such high efficiency will cost you, but this luxurious smart toilet offers other delightful features such as multiple customizable cleansing options, adjustable temperatures, two user memory settings, an easy to access wall-mounted remote and automatic open and close of the seat as well as flushing.
Rothman has tested dozens of toilets in just the past two years (and countless more in the decade-plus preceding), and while she hasn't yet tested this model feels confident recommending this Neorest as the brand constantly tops the Institute tests and has time and time again proven its durability and high-quality flushing capabilities.
Shape: Elongated Size: 17-5/18” x 31-7/16” x 20-3/4” Gallons per flush: 0.8 GPF and 1.0 GPF
At the Good Housekeeping Institute's Media & Tech lab, engineers and analysts have been testing smart home devices since their onset. While we haven't tested all of the smart toilets featured, our lab has conducted comprehensive categorical tests and one-off reviews of toilets from Kohler, Toto and American Standard. We've looked at similar, albeit less sophisticated units, which have consistently performed and delivered in our tests. To select the best smart toilets, Media & Tech Reviews Analyst Olivia Lipski collaborated closely with Head Engineer Rachel Rothman to evaluate each toilet's price, features and style.
The Good Housekeeping Institute's Chief Technologist and head engineer Rachel Rothman explains that "there are varying levels of what constitutes 'smart.' For traditional smart home products it usually means the device is connected, but in the sphere of smart toilets it's more akin to offering advanced features." Sometimes these come as an add-on, sometimes they're embedded in the toilet itself. But ultimately Rothman defines a smart toilet as "any toilet that integrates technology to make it more capable and/or interactive (either with the user or with features)."
Smart toilets offer a variety of advanced features that you won't find with a traditional toilet. According to Rothman, common features include "automatic flushing, bidet functionality, seat warming and self-cleaning." Some smart toilets also offer sanitary features like hands-free flushing or toilet lid closing, aesthetic features like music or lighting and more sustainably-minded features like the ability to auto-detect the flush needed as a means to save water with each flush.
On average, you can expect to spend at least $1,000 for a high-quality smart toilet. Rothman shares that "smart toilet pricing varies considerably depending upon the build quality of the toilet and special features," and some can even cost several thousand. One major advantage of a smart toilet is that bidet cleansing features reduce the need for toilet paper use, saving you a few extra bucks a month (that's right, you'll never run out of toilet paper ever again!).
Smart toilets are also oftentimes more water-efficient by requiring less water per flush than a standard toilet. Some even have a dual flush feature so you'll never use more water than you need per flush. Though it may not seem like a big deal, using less water will end up saving you money on your monthly water bill, and it's better for the environment. Lastly, some smart toilets come with self-sanitizing features, meaning that you don't have to clean your toilet bowl quite as frequently (though you'll unfortunately still have to clean it).
The major downsides of smart toilets are that "they do usually require more money upfront and typically require different repair and maintenance expertise, which could end up costing you more in the long run," according to Rothman. Another big difference between smart toilets and traditional models is that they need to be plugged in. “If you don’t already have an electrical outlet behind the toilet, you’ll need to pay an electrician a few hundred dollars to put one in,” says Dan DiClerico, Director of Home Improvement & Outdoors at the Good Housekeeping Institute.
Media & Tech Reviews Analyst Olivia Lipski oversees product testing and covers everything from connected devices to appliances, health, home and fitness. With a B.A. from George Washington University and a Master’s in communications from Sciences Po Paris, Olivia has several years of experience writing about tech and trends. She continues to stay on top of the industry’s latest innovations and helps readers make better buying decisions by testing and reviewing the best gadgets to hit the market.
Rachel Rothman, Chief Technologist and head engineer, has a B.S.E. in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics with a mathematics minor from the University of Pennsylvania and has been at GH for 14 years. She leads efforts for the constant evolution of GH’s technical and testing protocols, responding both to market drivers and growth opportunities. She has led toilet testing for the Institute for the past decade, having flushed thousands of golf balls, Kool-Aid mixtures, tissues and more down hundreds of toilets. Once she even had the good fortune to test with Property Brother Drew Scott! Plus, she has three little toddlers at home who have tried their best to clog toilets being road-tested in her home!