Toto expands touchless bathroom tech and debuts a health-analyzing toilet at CES 2021


The Toto Wellness Toilet is a concept that analyzes your waste.


This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.

Toto is a staple in the bathroom fixture market, and this year at CES the company highlighted new models of touchless technology, as well as the concept of a wellness toilet that analyzes your, ahem, output. 

Wellness toilet

Let’s be clear, this toilet is anticipated to come to market “in the next several years” according to Toto, but the concept is intriguing even today. It’s definitely in development and probably not a far-fetched concept, now that smart toilets and health trackers are commonplace at tech events.

The Wellness Toilet is a Toto concept that senses and analyzes the user’s “body and key outputs” to provide recommendations on ways to improve their health. In a connected app, you’d be able to view your stats, and see those improvement recommendations. Toto gives the example of a recommendation to add more salmon to your diet.  


Toto is working on a wellness toilet that analyzes human skin and waste with each use. 


Toto also points to the unique combination of skin sensing (yes, butts) and human waste as the toilet’s advantage in the wellness landscape. If you’ve ever provided samples at your doctor’s office, you know there’s a wealth of information just waiting to be gleaned from fecal matter.

There aren’t many more specifics on the tech, data privacy or app security Toto is planning for the Wellness Toilet, but kudos to the nearly century-old company for such a forward-looking concept.


Toto Washlet adds improvements for 2021.


More touchless toilet tech

Kohler recently announced an expansion of its touchless toilet and faucet line, keen on helping people avoid germs as much as possible. Toto came to CES with a similar goal, announcing more touchless products. Unlike the Wellness Toilet, these are products available this year. 

Toto’s Washlet bidet and seat combination goes back to the 1980s, when it first came to market. Now, the company sells millions of units each year and just announced two new models of the Washlet and Washlet Plus. 


Toto’s redesigned Washlets and Washlet Plus systems clean more thoroughly and look better.


This year, the company is upgrading its entry-level Washlet C2 and slightly fancier Washlet C5 models. The two new units have a sleeker design and are easier to clean. Both models will also have what Toto calls EWater Plus, a system that cleans the bidet wand inside and out before and after each use. 

Both new Washlets can come as Washlet Plus models, meaning they connect to a Toto toilet and make use of Toto’s other cleaning technologies like premist, in which the bowl’s interior is sprayed with a fine mist of water to reduce mold and mildew’s ability to stick,

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Kohler’s CES 2021 bathroom designs include touchless toilets and a $16,000 tub

This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.

CES 2021 kicks off as a virtual event on Monday, but some companies are already offering a peek at their brand-new products. Kohler is ringing in 2021 with a host of new smart kitchen and bath products ranging from a smart water monitor to a $16,000 tub. 

We’ve seen smart toilets and voice-controlled faucets from the established manufacturer in years past, and this year the focus lands squarely on relaxing and home and keeping our hands free from germ-ridden surfaces as much as possible. 



Stillness Bath

If you’d rather buy a bathtub than a used car, Kohler’s stillness bath might be right up your alley. This square tub combines light, fog and aromatherapy to create a spa-like experience at home. 

The bath is based on the practice of Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Water fills from the bottom of the bath and overflows into a Hinoki wood moat. The tub is surrounded by lighting, but that’s not all. You can also choose to envelop the surface of your bath with a fog and add essential oils for aromatherapy. 

The Stillness Bath will be available this year in configurations ranging from $6,198 to $15,998 fully loaded. 



Touchless Bathroom Faucet

If there’s anything a global pandemic taught us, it’s that touching stuff is not the best for personal hygiene, especially in the bathroom. Kohler released the Sensate touchless kitchen faucet in 2019, and this new bathroom-focused model offers the same hands-free interaction. Two styles will be available, one with built-in sensing in the faucet itself and another with a button beside the faucet. 

Pricing isn’t available yet, but Kohler says we should see the touchless bathroom faucet come to market by the end of 2021.



Innate Intelligent Toilet

This intelligent toilet doesn’t technically have any smart home integrations, but it is pretty jam packed with extra features at a lower (but still expensive) price than the company’s previous intelligent toilets. Innate includes a heated seat, auto opening and closing, a remote, as well as a personal bidet function. Kohler also says you can install the toilet yourself thanks to its DIY-friendly ReadyLock design.

The Innate Intelligent Toilet will be available this summer with an MSRP of $3,100. 



Touchless Toilet

Kohler is adding more touchless toilets to its portfolio for 2021, bringing us two new styles costing $600 and $1,000. A sensor in the flush lever of the toilet flushes with the wave of your hand. A built-in LED light can be customized through the Kohler app. Both of these toilets are slated for release in March of this year. I’ve never been so excited about a touchless bathroom as I am after living through 2020.



Kohler-Phyn Smart Water Monitor

Perhaps the most affordable and

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