High-efficiency toilets can reduce your water bills and also have some nice available features.

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Q: We have a large family with many visitors. Our downstairs bathroom gets a lot of traffic and it’s time to install a new toilet. We want to keep the bathroom as clean as possible and we’re wondering if they make hands-free toilets for home use like they have in public bathrooms?

A: First, I suggest you look into installing a high-efficiency toilet to help reduce your water bill.

Quality high-efficiency residential toilets also have some nice available features. One of the new options is a touchless flushing system. These toilets have a battery-operated no-touch sensor mounted inside the toilet tank. All you have to do is hold your hand over the top of the toilet lid to activate the flush.

Hands-free toilets are easy to operate, but you may have to remind new users you have a touchless toilet.

Other features you may want on your new toilet include comfort height — the toilet is a little higher — and an anti-slam seat, giving your bathroom all the quiet comforts of home.

 

Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to eadelg@cs.com.