Kohler unveiled a $7,000 toilet called the Numi 2.0 at CES in Las Vegas this week. (Kohler)
LAS VEGAS — Despite the robots, virtual reality video games and a helicopter that looked like something straight out of the movie “Avatar,” at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show manufacturing firm Kohler still managed to capture the attention of convention-goers with none other than a toilet.
For the hefty tag of $7,000, the Amazon Alexa-enabled Numi 2.0 toilet plays music, automatically opens, closes and flushes and can “clean yourself in a way people aren’t typically used to,” said Kohler Marketing Manager Nicole Allis.
Kohler unveiled the upgraded version of their previous Numi model this week at CES, which also features a heated seat as well as ambient lighting to “set the mood.”
“The bathroom is a hardworking space,” Allis said. “People typically start and end their day there, and we know people want additional conveniences.”
Allis said some people want to streamline their bathroom experience – get in and out – but others want their lavatory to have a spa-like ambiance.
“So, having Alexa to be able to control the lighting, sound and music and create that spa-like experience they’re looking for in the bathroom,” she said, “is something we hear from our customers.”
In addition to the toilet, Kohler also showcased a smart bathtub, which can automatically fill with water to the desired depth as well as temperature, along with a mirror that’s equipped with Amazon and Google.
To turn your bathroom into a technological hub, the toilet, mirror and bathtub altogether will cost about $13,000.
Even with the steep price, Allis said Kohler has seen “a lot of interest.”