What's The Best Touchless Toilet?
3 Automatic Self Flushing Units Reviewed
Touchless toilets are very similar to regular toilets, but are fitted with advanced flushing systems that do not require you to come into contact with any surfaces in order to flush away waste. Toilets in general are a hotbed for germs and bacteria, so this touchless technology is a welcome addition, from a hygiene point of view.
Here, we’re going to be looking at the highest-rated self-flushing toilets available in the market today.
#1 Kohler K-6419-0 Cimarron
Bowl Type: Round
Water Use: 1.28 GPF
#2 American Standard 2795119.020 Round
Bowl Type: Round
Water Use: 1.28 GPF
Bowl Type: Elongated
Water Use: 1.28 GPF
Kohler have always been in the business of producing high-quality units. The design, the material used and the finish makes this a stylish, good-looking toilet. But what really sets this Kohler apart from the rest of the toilets is the technology and innovation that has gone into it.
The touchless module used in this model projects an electromagnetic field on the top of the bowl, which is able to sense the movement of your hand above the bowl and flushes automatically. It also uses a single gravity flush, which accentuate the force of gravity with a precision-engineered tank and bowl.
There are disadvantages to having self-flushing toilets however. They run on batteries, which constantly have to be replaced. Another big one is that they flush on their own sometimes, which is unnerving, wasteful and can cause damage/flooding.
American Standard are, again, one of the best in the business of making toilets. Their products have always been top quality, and this model especially is one of the nicest ones that American Standard have produced.
Its touchless flush activation uses a motion sensor that is able to detect a waving hand from about 2 inches above the toilet tank. The design is simple and minimalistic, which far from a bad thing.
It comes with a comfort height seat, making it easy for anyone to use and climb on and off of.
We have already mentioned how American Standard produce some of the best toilets available in the market. This model is very similar to its opposite number that we talked about above.
The only real difference between the two models lies in the shape of the bowl.
While the 2795119.020 has a round bowl designed for compactness, this model’s bowl is elongated. But other than that, the specifications are largely the same.
There are a number of benefits to having a touchless toilet.
- Convenience: Automatic, self-flushing toilets are easy to use. I mean, literally all you have to do is wave your hand, or in some cases, you do nothing at all and the toilet gets rid of the waste on its own.
- Hygiene: There is the obvious hygienic benefit from removing the touching element when using the bathroom. Bathroom surfaces, as we previously mentioned, are covered with germs and bacteria, and so reducing direct contact with surfaces will reduce your potential exposure to possibly harmful germs and bacteria. One other advantage of having self-flushing toilets is that they’ll bail you out if you have the tendency to forget to flush.
Water Conservation: Automatic flush toilets have an advantage over regular toilets in that they prevent multiple flushes in a short space of time. Instead of having to flush many times to make sure the waste has been removed, there is instead one powerful flush.
It’s all well and good wanting a touchless toilet, but you have to know what you’re looking for - and what to avoid.
Water Efficiency: A lot of the focus during the designing and manufacturing process of any toilet is on reducing the level of water consumption as much as possible. While most toilets try not to use 1.6 gallons per flush, more modern toilets are reducing this number to as little as 1.28 gallons per flush. The less water you consume, the better for the environment, not to mention the lower the water bill.
Brand Name: The brand name is definitely something you should look out for when making the kind of investment that may end up flooding your house if done shoddily. Well-known, trusted brands, like Kohler or American Standard, are much better options to invest in.
Bowl Shape/Height: Bowls traditionally come in one of two shapes; round or elongated. Different people prefer one over the other. If the area you’re installing the bathroom in is more limited, it is recommended that you go with the round bowl. If you prioritise comfort and can afford to have a lot of legroom, then the elongated bowl is the way to go. One more thing to consider is whether or not you want the bowl to be at comfort height, which is 2 inches higher than a regular toilet. Comfort height toilets make it easier for anyone with mobility issues to use the toilet.
Not everyone fully appreciates the convenience and hygienic improvements that come with the installation of an automatic, self-flushing toilet.
We recommend no product more than the Kohler K-6419-0 Cimarron. With its innovative technology and powerful single gravity flushing system, this unit is undoubtedly worth the investment.
Kohler, in general, are very reliable when it comes to making toilets, and this model definitely ticks all the boxes. It uses less water than its other counterparts in the market, uses an elongated bowl so is more comfortable to use than those with round bowls (there is also the option of having a comfort height bowl) and most importantly, it is much less expensive than the other two products listed in the article.
(If you are curious about other types of toilets check out this page)
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