Plumber: New toilets are loaded with high-tech features

Ed Del Grande
Tribune News Service

Dear Mr. Del Grande: Now that we are into the new year I’m looking to upgrade my toilet. But, I want the latest features available since it will probably be in my home as long as I’m here. Any ideas on going modern with my new toilet?

— Erin, Texas

Dear Erin: I just returned from a big toilet trade show, so I’m flowing with new information on this topic.

Smart toilets and accessories were all the rage, and I must agree that high-tech features seem to be the future for toilets. From touchless flushing to LED mood lighting, going to the bathroom is becoming an experience instead of a job.

With that said, relaxation, hygiene and water savings seem to be three key high-tech toilet categories to explore.

Other new features can include a heated toilet seat, built-in bidet, automatic flushing, self-cleaning functions, warm air blower, deodorization system, motion activated seat/lid open and close and even a remote control.

Bottom line: Electronic options are the future for toilets, so don’t be left behind.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit or write