Smart designs, hot tech and water-saving features are among today's top toilet trends.

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Q: We are planning to build our first new home and I am in charge of choosing the toilets. Can you please give me a little guidance on new toilet trends?

A: The new theme I have seen is to think green, smart and clean. With that in mind, here are my three basic toilet-buying tips on what to look for.

  1. Efficiency. A high-efficiency toilet (HET) flushes with less than 1.3 gallons of water per flush. New high-velocity flushing systems are available to deliver stronger flushes using less water. Look for a HET with a powerful flush, plus a good bowl rinse for best performance.
  2. Smart designs. Wall-hung toilets with concealed tanks can open up a little more bathroom space, while electronic toilets with built-in bidets can add class and comfort.
  3. Easy cleaning. Quick-release toilets seats, skirted trapways and touchless flushing can help you keep a tidy throne fit for a king.