If you're considering upgrading your bog-standard bathroom toilet to a luxury electric model, this is the guide for you. Here, we'll explain the benefits, features, costs and considerations associated with a smart toilet, giving you plenty to think about before you replace your existing toilet with an advanced model.
The majority of regular UK toilets work by manually flushing water into the bowl in order to push waste out of the toilet. Smart toilets replace this traditional process with a range of advanced features - some of these will be familiar, while others are unique to high-end models.
A smart toilet typically includes:
The features found in a smart bidet toilet seat are designed to deliver maximum comfort, convenience and hygiene for the user.
At Sauben, we felt like replacing the entire bowl was a bit... drastic. We wanted to give homeowners the ability to upgrade their toilet without needing to rip the existing toilet out, causing as little disruption as possible.
So, our design team produced a range of advanced smart toilet seats instead. With a smart toilet seat, you can enjoy the unrivalled comfort of a Japanese-style, state-of-the-art toilet by simply fitting it to your existing bowl.
Our smart toilet seats offer all the same features as a full-size model but are simpler to install and more cost-effective, transforming UK bathrooms one home at a time.
In this guide, we may refer to both smart toilets and smart toilet seats interchangeably, as the features both models offer are often the same. Of course, where differences exist (for example, with price), we will explain each separately.
Japanese-style toilet seats came into existence around 1980 with 'the Washlet', essentially a western-style toilet with a built-in bidet function. From there, Japanese-style toilet seats grew in popularity exponentially and began to include an ever-growing number of features.
The smart toilets and toilet seats on the market in the UK are a natural progression of this pioneering technology, incorporating many of the ingenious features of their Japanese counterparts. They are not technically the same, but offer the same unparalleled bathroom experience.
Whether you're looking for an accessible way for yourself or somebody you love to go to the toilet, or you simply want to replace your outdated toilet paper habit, a smart toilet seat may be the perfect solution. Here's why:
Along with the list of benefits above, a bidet toilet seat offers a few other advantages, too. These include:
So if you want to enjoy the luxurious feel of a smart toilet without spending a fortune on an upgrade, then a bidet toilet seat could be the ideal option for you.
Replacing an entire toilet isn't cheap, but thanks to advances in technology, a quality smart toilet isn't out of reach for most homeowners.
As the features for both don't vary much, this makes smart toilet seats better value for money overall.
You should remember that replacing your toilet comes at a cost, no matter whether you're opting for a smart model or not:
A smart toilet seat will simply fit onto your existing model, which you can often do yourself by following the instructions provided.
However, as the smart toilet or toilet seat is electric, you should have a power outlet (plug) nearby so that the unit can be plugged in. If you don't have a power outlet nearby, an electrician will need to install one before the toilet can be used. This could cost between £75-£100.
The majority of smart toilets will require little electricity to operate.
For a family of three using one of our smart toilet seats three times each per day, the seat will consume roughly 15kwh per month. Based on the current energy price cap set by the UK government, this gives us a running cost of around £5 per month.
Whether you're looking for a more hygienic experience or enhanced comfort, a smart toilet or smart toilet seat could be the perfect solution. Especially if you want to upgrade your bathroom without breaking the bank.
Smart toilet seats are easy to install and maintain, while also offering a wide range of features that will keep your bathroom feeling clean and fresh - all at an affordable price. So if you're looking for a way to upgrade your bathroom without spending a fortune, then a bidet toilet seat may be the perfect option for you.
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