Are Remote Flush Systems a Thing in the Modern Toilet?



Remote control flush systems have grown in popularity in recent years. This relatively new technology gives your bathroom a modern touch with your style.

When you think of "remote control," most people think about their televisions, stereo systems, or even their garage door opener. Yet, when it comes to remote flush controls, it's not really referring to a handheld controller. (Although, being able to flush the toilet from the other room while someone else is using it would be kind of amusing).

So, what do they mean when they say "remote control flush systems?" Are these systems really a thing in the modern toilet? The answer might surprise you.

Key Takeaways:

  • Remote control flushing systems allow users to install flush plates within six feet of the toilet, providing much-needed flexibility when installing flush plates. 
  • Modern toilets date back to 2800 BCE. Yet, it was Sir John Harington who described the first flushing toilet in 1596. Remote flushing systems, however, are new to the market. 
  • Industry leader Geberit offers four flush buttons to choose from Type 01, Type 10, Type 70, and the Rectangle model. 

What Are Remote Flushing Systems?

These remote systems are what they sound like exactly, allowing users to flush the toilet remotely after use. That doesn't mean you have a remote, like the one for your television, that allows you to flush the toilet from across the room. 

It simply refers to the location of the flush plate. You install these controls on any wall within six feet (5.5 ft) of the commode, providing much-needed flexibility when installing flush plates. 

The History and the Future of the Flush

Historians date modern toilets back to roughly 2800 BCE. Yet, Sir John Harington – godson of Queen Elizabeth I – described the first flushing toilet in 1596 in his palace transcripts. 

Image of the first flushing toilet

There is even more debate about the history of the modern toilet when many history buffs argue that Alexander Cummings invented the first functional flushing toilet because his s-shaped pipe design kept foul smells from the plumbing system from filling the "water closet" (what the English called their out-houses).

While many argue over the first flushing toilets' history, one fact remains unrefuted. Remote control flushing systems are toilet features of the future people get to enjoy today. Some system patents are still pending. That's how new some of this technology is.

4 Leading Remote Flush Systems   

Flush actuators and remote flush buttons offer flexibility. You can place them anywhere within five and a half feet of the in-wall system, allowing you to enjoy convenience, comfort, and improving accessibility no matter the layout of your bathroom. 

When shopping for flush plates, consider purchasing from industry-leading plumbing and sanitary products manufacturers to ensure you get the best available. 

Experts recommend the ones highlighted in this article. You will only find these ultra-small remote flush buttons in the Geberit line of flush actuators:

1. Type 01  

Pair this remote flush button with the Geberit Sigma or Omega series in-wall toilet systems. Position this flush actuator to meet accessibility requirements for public installations, or set the fixture to your personal preferences. 

If you are installing these plates for commercial or public use, the Type 01 features raised buttons to meet ADA-compliant installation standards. Its stylish design is perfect for either commercial or residential applications.

Additional features include:

  • Single- and Dual-flush
  • Actuation force <5 pounds of force (lbf)
  • ADA-compliant options available
  • Concealed or furniture installation
  • Finish: White and chrome
  • Includes mounting hardware and pneumatic hose

This video will walk you through the installation process of the Geberit Remote Flush Type 01 concealed cistern system. For more installation how-to guides, check out the Geberit Know-How for the Pros page. 

2. Type 10 

The design of the Type 10 remote button is striking and comes with a smooth, polished surface with chrome accents for a modern look perfect for any 21st-century bathroom. This model offers dual-flush capabilities allowing users to conserve water by using only the amount necessary for waste removal. 

Additional features include:

  • Dual-flush
  • Actuation force <5 lbf
  • Concealed or furniture installation
  • Finish: Black, white, and chrome
  • Includes mounting hardware and pneumatic hose

3. Type 70   

The Type 70 remote button from Geberit features hydraulic-assisted rocker switch actuation for easy flushing. They are also ADA-compliant, easy to use and clean, and feature stainless steel or glass finishes for a sleek and stylish look, creating a luxurious accent to your bathroom. 

Additional features include:

  • Dual flush
  • Actuation force <5 lbf
  • Concealed installation for 2x6 or 2x4 systems
  • Five color options
  • Finish: Glass and brushed stainless steel
  • Includes mounting hardware and pneumatic hose

4. Rectangle    

This bold, pneumatic flush button gives you the flexibility to position this actuator within a 5.5-foot radius from the toilet to accommodate the bathroom's layout, meet ADA compliance regulations, and provide users with a comfortable, convenient way to flush the toilet. Geberit manufactures this model's rectangular buttons from durable die-cast zinc or durable plastic and features dual-flush capability.

Additional features include:

  • Dual flush
  • Actuation force <5 lbf
  • ADA-compliant options available
  • Compatible with 2x6 in-wall systems
  • Finish: Polished or matte chrome and black
  • Includes mounting hardware and pneumatic hose

Image of the Geberit Rectangle Remote Flush Button

Geberit: A Trusted Name in Remote Control Flush Systems  

Geberit is a trusted name in sanitary plumbing products and concealed cistern systems, and we are proud to bring you our line of remote control flush systems. Our flush plates are stylish, with smooth and quiet functions. 

Our dual-flush plates feature easy-to-navigate operations so that anyone approaching the system knows how to use it immediately. The best part about this intuitive remote flush system is that it can save thousands of gallons of water every year.

Every flush plate serves another essential purpose. Under the flush plate, you will reveal the working components of the in-wall system. 

Easily reach the fill and flush valve to perform repairs and routine maintenance without needing any tools! Yet, rest assured, you won't have to spend much time on these practically maintenance-free systems. 

Are you ready to have the bathroom of the future? Contact us today to learn more about our remote control flush systems.