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​Why a smart toilet is a must-have in your new home

Jenna Meade, freelance lifestyle writer

As we transition into a new decade, smart home technology is becoming more and more common with every new build. We love this new trend at Metricon - it means less messy cords for a cleaner finish and more features to offer you so that we can deliver a personalised home based on your needs. Whether you want to monitor your secuirty system remotely or open your blinds from the warmth of your bed, there are plenty of upgrades available when you build with Metricon. We have smart technology for almost every room in your home - even the bathroom.

Bathrooms are often overlooked when it comes to planning and building your smart home. But while intelligent toilet tech is not necessarily a must-have on your interior wishlist, improving your bathroom's IQ can have a big impact on the overall efficiency of your home. A smart toilet is not only a greener option when compared with traditional loos, but it could also help you save water - reducing your general household running costs, as well as your environmental footprint. Their in-built hygiene features also leave your derriere delightfully polished, which means your squares per flush ratio is likely going to see an improvement. No more panicking when you're on the toilet seat and realise you've gotten to the end of your toilet paper roll.

The humble toilet is leading the lavatory intelligence revolution, evolving from a mundane essential to a smart and savvy centrepiece. With remote control capabilities, soft-close, heated seat, massaging wash, LED night light, no cistern, and even a retractable self-cleaning nozzle, smart toilets - such as the Spanish-designed Roca In-Wash Inspira, available exclusively through Reece - are flush with fabulous and efficient functionality. Reece bathroom marketing leader Daniela Santilli says often there’s a catalyst event, such as a trip overseas to Bali or Japan, that introduces Australians to a smart toilet. But if you haven’t tried one yet, she says there’s no need to be intimidated.

“Sometimes it’s the not knowing what to expect that can make people feel uncomfortable,” she explains. “But those who have tried a smart toilet for the first time often say they experienced an ‘aha moment’ and wondered why they hadn’t experienced it sooner.”

To keep you up to date with the latest smart toilet technology, Daniela talks us through the benefits of choosing a clever water closet, as well as how a smart toilet might help you save water and reduce your environmental impact.

Six ways a smart toilet could change your life

Contact-free cleaning

Forget harsh chemicals and scrubbing brushes - the Inspira makes keeping your toilet clean easy, boasting a range of self-cleaning features that are both effective and efficient. With removable and retractable, auto-cleaning nozzles, this smart toilet is taking potty hygiene to the next level, setting a new standard of sparkling bathroom bliss.

Improved hygiene

The smart toilet system begins with a built-in bidet that will leave no dirt behind on your, er, behind. Being completely contactless - they don't even have flush buttons - it ensures the highest standard of hygiene is achieved at every visit. “The everyday experience is hygienic and refreshing,” Daniela explains. “The washing and drying functions definitely improve the quality of one’s cleaning in the bathroom over a standard toilet suite.” You don't need to worry either - you can adjust bidet toilet seat's water pressure and water temperature to suit your personal preference.

Personalised, remote-controlled settings

As well as looking sleek, smart toilet designs are even more attractive because you can personalise your preferences from the remote control. Take the Roca In-Wash Inspira smart toilet, for example, where you can wash both front and back with water - heated or cooled to your desired temperature - and opt for a massage from the oscillating water jet. Press for a drying function to finish off with a gentle flow of warm air from an air dryer. This makes the smart toilet completely hands-free.

Night light

Designers have thought ahead for when those middle-of-the-night loo runs hit. You don't have to worry about asking Google Home or Amazon Alexa to turn the lights on and wake you from your slumber. A clever LED night light on the toilet guides your way, allowing you to stay in your sleepy state.

Environmentally friendly

Updating your bathroom with a smart toilet will not only update its comfort and style stakes, but it may also save you from flushing away money. Older toilets are less environmentally friendly, with a higher water consumption with each flush. Smart toilets also have the advantage of using less toilet paper, saving more of Mother Nature’s precious resources.

Modern design

Traditionally, toilets haven't been known for their design aesthetic. In Australia, they've looked the same for years now. But when it comes to pretty potties, this one is a beauty. Bulky toilet bowls are a thing of the past, with the Roca's minimalist design ensuring you will be sitting pretty. But this is not at the expense of functionality, with its sturdy, soft-close seat promising plenty of cheeky comforts. It's sleek, seamless aesthetic lends itself to both classic and contemporary interior styles, with the smart toilet seamlessly integrating into any bathroom.

Take a look closer look at the Roca In-Wash Inspira.

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You can come and look at our smart toilet range in our Studio M showrooms. While you're there, you can also get plenty of inspo regarding other bathroom trends including freestanding baths, shower heads, counter basins, tapware and more. Our Studio M team can walk you through common FAQs and talk to you about smart toilet features.