20 May 2014

Useful or not: touchless flush for home toilets

Touchless toilet flush: useful or not?

I just received a product pitch as a potential hack: a kit that adds a touchless flush sensor to home toilets. You wave your hand in front of the sensor and the toilet flushes. No touching handles.

Part of me thinks this could be a fine hack, but another part of me thinks hmmmmm.

Useful or not? I'm asking for your honest opinion here. Should I review the touchless toilet flush kit for Parent Hacks?

I've started a "Useful or not?" Pinterest board for products that skirt the line between helpful and clutter. It's not always obvious, and the answers are different for everyone.

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I can't see why this would be useful. It's not that hard to flush a toilet! And I'm not that paranoid about germs, especially at home.

Not useful. Just another overly-complex gadget that will break down.

Probably not useful, unless you are really worried about germs and it has high reliability. My experience with auto-flushing toilets in public restrooms has left me less than impressed.

I actually would not put this in my home because my boys would argue they didn't have to wash their hands because they didn't touch the toilet. This would make more work for me in the long run.

Probably more trouble than its worth, but am intrigued if it would encourage my kids to actually flush the toilet!

Not useful - my young kids would be fascinated by this new "toy" and I'm sure the water bill would speak to their fascination!

It would cut down on the transfer of germs to the next person on the handle. However, the person not touching the flusher still needs to wash after touching the seat and wiping. And germs get transferred to the faucet handle anyway, so what does this save?

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