The Toilets of Tomorrow

High-tech appliances, gadgets, and gizmos are steadily marching into all corners of our lives. So it only makes sense that advanced technology would insinuate itself into our… bathrooms? Yup. For years, toilet-flushers in Japan have enjoyed commodes with heated seats, auto-cleaning functions, and even white-noise machines. Now smart toilet tech is finally reaching our shores. Click through to find out what the toilets of tomorrow are going to look like and how they’re going to operate. Indeed, someday your children might ask, "You mean the toilet didn’t always stream music?"

Clean Machine

Toto Neorest Toilet

Sure, it costs $6,500 but the Toto's Neorest would certainly save homeowners on cleaning costs. That's because the toilet uses electrolyzed water (a fluid that cleans about as effectively as household bleach). Additional highlights include a heated seat, air deodorizer, and water-saving dual-flush system.

Groovy Numi

Kohler Numi Toilet

Kohler's most advanced toilet, the compact and streamlined Numi boasts an array of features to meet the needs you never knew you had. For instance, the heated seat lifts when it detects motion and closes automatically when you leave the room. Jets clean your most private areas, and built-in blowers get them dry. In addition to warmers for your feet, there's also a charcoal filter that removes unpleasant odors from the air. Oh, and it's equipped with a speaker that plays music you've saved, or it streams tunes from your smartphone (or any Bluetooth-enabled device). Why sit anywhere else?

Future Loo

Future Loo

Though it's short on the bells and whistles that distinguish other toilets of tomorrow, the Neo Metro MiniLoo certainly looks like it belongs in the year 2076. Besides its spaceship-appropriate looks, the main draw of the model is that it actually mounts to the wall, saving valuable floor space in a small bathroom.

No-Touch Flush

Kohler Touchless Toilet Flush System

If you love the high-tech features of tomorrow's toilets but not their price tags, why not trick out your existing commode with something like the Kohler Touchless Toilet Flush System? This sensor works with nearly all standard toilets and can be installed in under 20 minutes. At $100, it's a small price to pay for the supreme luxury of being able to flush the toilet with a mere wave of your hand.

Smart Business

Ove New Waves Smart Toilet

For the most part, technologically advanced toilets still cost a pretty penny, but on the more affordable end there's the Ove New Waves Smart Toilet (you can get it at Costco for $1,600). The bidet feature is programmable, meaning you can choose up to five jet streams. Plus, there's heated seating, a soft-close lid, and—helpfully—an LED night light.

Fresh Air Plus

Fresh Air Plus Toilet Seat

Another potentially easy upgrade for your standard toilet would be the Fresh Air Plus toilet seat. Though still on the horizon—its designers are currently raising funds on Kickstarter—the product promises to eliminate unpleasant odors for about $180.

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