Now we’re not saying this has anything to do with the Covid19 inspired run on toilet paper; the trend to more sustainable toilets and bathrooms is already well developed.
Alexa, can you flush my toilet? As bizarre as that question sounds, the future of sustainable homes may lie in smart bathrooms, at least in part.
A recent report from Adroit Market Research projects that eco-friendly measures will become a significant factor in smart bathroom manufacturing and sales. Between 2019 and 2025, the global market for smart bathrooms is forecasted to rise in accordance with consumer desire for energy and water conservation as a primary driver.
Smart bathroom technology has been around since the 1980s in Japan, utilising water to clean and eliminate the need for toilet paper waste. Now the technology is gaining traction as newer, more efficient models emerge in the global market.
Luxury appliances are making huge strides in delivering new smart technology to provide a high-end experience with applications to improve performance.
Kohler unveiled its latest smart toilet model, the Numi 2.0, which earned recognition at the 2020 CES Innovation Awards for smart home technology. One of the most water-efficient models of its kind, the Numi 2.0 comes equipped with integrated speakers and Amazon’s Alexa to play music, control personalised settings such as power efficiency and enable hands free hygienic practices.
Artificial intelligence is also making its way into showers. Google Assistant, Siri and Alexa in U by Moen can help users set up their own personal preferences to monitor shower duration and water use and even pause your shower completely to prevent unnecessary waste.
While many of the latest technologies are limited in their reach, Australian companies are offering their own alternatives for consumers seeking both luxury and efficiency. Roca Australia is set to release its second smart toilet model, the wall hung In-Wash Inspira, to conserve space as well as resources.
Interest in smart toilets has also accelerated in light of the coronavirus as toilet paper rolls are wiped from store shelves and consumers search for hygienic options.
Australians have shown interest in using technology to better understand and modify their practices. Research by Sydney Water found that 59 per cent of consumers were interested in using digital meters to measure and adjust their household water use.
For those who cannot afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars outfitting their bathrooms with the latest tech, there are still many Australian companies offering environmentally friendly appliances.
While a normal dual flush model uses 4.5L for a normal flush and 3L for a half, Saniflo’s sanicompact cuts all the way down to 3L and 1.8L, earning it a 6 star WELS rating, the highest one available. Caroma also offers its profile 5 toilet with an integrated basin so that water can flow from basin to bowl for secondary use.