Everyone Poops: Innovation in Smart Toilet Design

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My grandsons have a book called Everyone Poops, a hilarious cartoon like story  to help them understand the most normal bodily function of every living creature.

 It’s difficult to discuss toilets without first acknowledging what they’re used for - toilets get rid of our waste so we can live in a relatively sanitary world.   Adequate sewage systems and water treatment facilities that remove waste from our homes, process it and return clean water back to us are a hallmark of a developed society.  

Innovation and technology is constantly improving and expanding toilet design and functionality to use less water, be more comfortable and, yes, even pamper us.  Night lights, seat warmers and temperature-controlled bidets are here — and that’s just the beginning!

On my recent trip to Japan, I was obsessed with these toilets:  Just imagine, it's the middle of the night and you have to go to the bathroom.  As you approach the toilet, lit by a night light, music that you preselected begins to play, the lid rises and you sit down to a warm seat.  You do your business and no toilet paper necessary - every unit has a bidet function that has adjustable pressure to clean you from front to back and right to left - and blow dry you as well!  When you rise, a sensor detects what you have left and the flush function adjusts the amount of water required so that not a trace is left in the bowl.  

And believe me, these toilets are not limited to the finest of hotels.  Every train station and restaurant in Japan has them, and best of all-should you make any noise while you are doing your business in a public place  - there's a modesty button which plays music or makes flushing sounds so that your concentration is not interrupted and you are spared public embarrassment when you leave your stall!!!

The top of the line Numi, made by Kohler, has all of these features.  It plays classical music and with its remote control you can pre-program it to adjust the spray pressure and angle as well as the temperature of the water.  For about $6000, this baby does everything except make coffee!

The Toto Washlet a seat that attaches to your bowl is available for a lot less.  It begins at about $350 and toes up to $800 and may include night light, built in air deodorizing system , warm air dryer and seat warmer, depending on the model you choose.

The toilets do require power to work so, if there is an outage, se la vie!  But, you won't be staying at home for long under those conditions, so not to worry.

Classic white is probably the most popular color for these units but they are coming out in black as well.  All I can say is that I did not buy a single souvenir in Japan because nothing intrigued me as much as these smart toilets.  So civilized and so pampering, I'm looking forward to never again having  to lug toilet paper home from the grocery store. 


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Comments (49)

Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Very interesting....price would have to come down significantly for me to justify it...but then I haven't had the pleasure of using one like you have. 

Apr 09, 2017 11:51 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

The pricw will definitely come down Nathan Gesner and Sharon Tara - honestly, there are less expensive versions out today! You won't be sorry.

Gotta love you Michael Jacobs - you leave me speechless!  And I would love to play a game of scrabble with Michael, wouldn't you Ron and Alexandra Seigel ? He is quite the wordsmith!


Apr 09, 2017 12:00 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Good afternoon Carol Williams and Sharon Lee - yes no toilet paper, totally hands free!

Hey there Mick Michaud and MaryKay Shumway, Door County - there may be a lot of material here, and trust me it won't be wasted on anyone!!! Did you have such a toilet MaryKay?

Apr 09, 2017 12:02 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I could really appreciate that self-cleaning function.

Apr 09, 2017 12:08 PM
Joanna Cohlan

The self cleaning function is operational for both the bowl and those private parts Marte Cliff 

Apr 09, 2017 05:44 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Interesting how different tushies worldwide do their business. From holes in the ground to butt warming, music playing, automatic cleaning luxuries. 

Apr 10, 2017 03:31 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

OMG that is intriguing.  I've heard about these.  Glad to hear they have less expensive options now.  I wonder what happens if your pets wander into the bathroom. 

My cats are crazy...they go there all the time so that they can jump in the bathtub and roll around.  And, they even like the water (I know, crazy for cats) and one of them jumps in while the tub fills up.  He jumps out when it gets 3 inches high.  they are fun to watch as this is so unusual.

Apr 10, 2017 04:52 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

I would keep the bathroom door closed Debbie Gartner if I had cats like yours!

Yes that is true Kat Palmiotti - in Japan they have Eastern toilets which are squatting toilets - great for Geishas and they have these high end wonders even in public places-they are often referred to as western toilets.  But in hotels, this is what is standard.


Apr 10, 2017 05:01 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Joanna, I've seen and used these beauties and wanted one in my home ever since, however, not about to drop a few thousand dollars yet. 

Apr 10, 2017 12:55 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

No worries Beth Atalay the price is coming down and there are definitely TOTO washlets that can be added to your existing toilets to do some of the things that a full blown smart toilet can do!

Apr 10, 2017 08:43 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

My son went to Japan and raved over the toilets, so can understand your fascination. I think there are many good options out of what you wrote that would be interesting to many.

Apr 11, 2017 04:26 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Joanna, it's pretty cool to get so excited about excrement! Not too easy to fit one of those toilets into your suitcase, but you DID save moola on trashy trinkets.

This is quite the concept. I, for one, would love a warm seat. Of course we constantly have power outages, but also have a Generac that gears right up as soon as the power goes out. When that bathroom remodel happens (someday), this may have to be on the Must Have list. 

Apr 14, 2017 10:40 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

I am so glad that you understand Nick & Trudy Vandekar - btw, did you know the Kohn family? I used to visit my friend Amy Kohn in Devon PA when in graduate school!

Good morning Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate if I should be so lucky to sell my house I am definitely putting one of these on the must have list at least a facsimile thereof!

Apr 17, 2017 05:12 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

You didn't put your lovely place on the market?? I was just thinking about it the other day and how you have it decorated. So beautifully done and the setting is quietly elegant. 

Apr 17, 2017 08:56 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

This may be a true option for my next toilet. !! 

Apr 19, 2017 07:41 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Love this one, Joanna. My son talked about this discovery at length at a mini family reunion we had last month. He was on a ski trip in Japan and told us several hilarious stories about his toilet mishaps. Lol. He did finally get the hang of it. ;) 

Apr 22, 2017 11:11 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Good morning birthday girl! We are on themarket but not selling quickly!!!

Great idea Sheri Sperry - MCNE® so let's compare notes!

Definitely conversation worthy Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - now it's quite okay to have a potty mouth!

Apr 23, 2017 05:35 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Joanna Cohlan - we have it at our condo. A Japanese one like your first picture. Raises the seat, warms, bidet, flushes automatically.

Very convenient, but it is a problem for me.

There are other toilets in the world, and I now have difficult time remembering that I need to flush. I fot used to get up and go, and it flushes... but when not at home, it becomes a problem... :)

Apr 27, 2017 10:10 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Oh no Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL everyone should have such problems!! So, why botgher to leave this fabulous condo????

Apr 28, 2017 05:37 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

WOW, technology has come a long way since the outhouse

May 01, 2017 06:45 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Joanna Cohlan what an incredible plumbing fixture.... a toilet and bidet in one unit.... not to mention the other features.... I'll wait for the prices to drop to under $1,000...

May 08, 2017 04:01 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Good morning Rebecca Gaujot and Barbara Todaro - it may be a while but I am sure the price will drop - meanwhile, summer is coming so the seats will be warmed by the sun!

May 09, 2017 05:02 AM