How Level Sensors Work In Smart Toilets

by Emily on November 20, 2017

in Articles

Are you thinking about getting a Smart toilet for your home? There’s a long list of things this type of toilet can do for you that your conventional, or analogue, toilet cannot. Learn how these high-tech toilets work and what they can do for you. Also, look at a comparison between Smart toilets and conventional toilets found in most homes today.

The Features of Smart Toilets

You may know a little about Smart toilets, but you may not be aware of all the things they can do for you and the other members of your household. Here are some of the features that make Smart toilets a standout in today’s bathrooms.

The Automatic Flush

Smart toilets flush automatically. The toilet has a built-in sensor that tracks the user’s movement. If you move away from the toilet, it flushes. You don’t ever have to touch a handle where germs and bacteria may be present. This feature is especially helpful in a household where people forget to flush.

Automatic Cleaning

Smart toilets are ceramic just like conventional toilets, but the material contains
Zirconium. Zirconium prevents the buildup of mineral deposits that can make a toilet bowl look dirty. Plus, Smart toilets have ultraviolet lights designed to kill bacteria and maintain the cleanliness of the bowl.

Overflow Protection

There is a level sensor for liquids in Smart toilets that prevent these commodes from overflowing. When the water level in the toilet reaches a particular level, the sensor kicks in and doesn’t allow the toilet to flush. The level sensor for liquids is monitoring the water level in a Smart toilet 24/7. Consequently, a clog can be removed minus the mess and cleanup caused by an overflowing toilet.

Less Water Per Flush

The amount of water used per flush in a Smart toilet is less than that used in a conventional toilet. This results in savings on your monthly water bill. Plus, you are conserving water with every flush.

A Tank Leak Monitor

There is a pressure transducer in Smart toilets designed to detect leaks in the tank that can affect the performance of the toilet. Due to the constant monitoring of the pressure transducer, you are alerted of a leak right away so you can address it before serious damage is done.

Health Monitoring Functions

A Smart toilet can help to monitor your health by conducting a urine analysis each time you go. This data travels to your doctor via a special app on your phone letting him or her know of any potential problems. This could be a lifesaver for people who are diabetics and need to monitor their blood sugar in order to stay healthy.

Other features available with Smart toilets:

Disadvantages of Smart Toilets

  • A heated seat
  • A foot warmer
  • Automatic deodorizer
  • A slow closing lid
  • MP3 capability
  • A bidet wash
  • An air dryer
  • A remote control
  • A nightlight

The Initial Cost

Though there are many advantages to owning a Smart toilet, there are a few disadvantages as well. For one, a Smart toilet is more expensive to purchase than a conventional model. But, you may decide you’re willing to pay more for a Smart toilet just to enjoy its many features.

The Cost of Electricity

A Smart toilet uses electricity to provide all of its features and services. So, there may be a bit of a jump in your electric bill when you have a Smart toilet. Alternatively, a conventional toilet doesn’t run on electricity.

Loss of Privacy

A Smart toilet can be connected to a phone app that sends health data to your doctor such as your blood sugar level, BMI, weight, your urine temperature and more. This information is traveling over the Internet, which means there’s the potential it could be seen by people who don’t have your permission to view it. A conventional toilet keeps all that information secret. In fact, it doesn’t even measure it!

Technical Issues

A toilet that automatically flushes, self-cleans and has a lid that lowers on its own is a useful thing to have in a household. But, the fact that a Smart toilet is a technological device means it can malfunction like any other piece of technology. Of course, a conventional toilet can malfunction, but it’s not running on a computer program. So sometimes it can be fixed with a little jiggle of the handle.

Teaching Young Kids Good Hygiene

Today, a child who grows up using nothing, but a Smart toilet doesn’t have to touch the handle to flush or even learn how to clean the toilet bowl. Though not touching the handle reduces the chance of picking up germs, it’s still necessary for people to wash their hands after using the facilities. Some kids and adults may skip the hand washing thinking their hands are clean because they didn’t touch the toilet handle. This can result in the spread of germs and, for young kids, the development of bad habits. A conventional toilet must be flushed manually which means kids can better understand the importance of washing their hands. Plus, they get to learn how to clean a toilet to prevent it from taking on bacteria and odor.

Lastly, getting a Smart toilet or staying with the conventional model comes down to personal preference. Though the Smart toilet has a lot of conveniences to offer people today, the conventional toilet has been effectively serving its purpose for centuries.


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Steve Joe November 20, 2017 at 12:16

Hello. Such a great on sensors. These devices definitely improves on hygiene in rest rooms due to reduction of touch. cheers

Happy Hiller January 11, 2021 at 15:33

Thank you for your definitive explanation!

Fannie W June 23, 2021 at 09:54

Great blog but who has plug ins behind their toilets? and is there a way to install and outlet there? its pretty much the only drawback from buying this in my case.


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