Developed in Japan, the Toto Washlet is a new toilet mechanism that combines American comfort with European cleaning. Take this quiz to see what you know about this latest toilet design and how it may benefit both the environment and your health.
The bidet is a popular toilet accessory in Europe. Americans prefer to make do with just a flush toilet.
A Japanese company developed the Toto Washlet to combine the features of a bidet with a flush toilet.
The Toto Washlet combines a flush toilet with a bidet by fitting onto the seat of the flush toilet.
Prices of the Toto Washlet start around $800 and range up to $2,200.
The Toto Washlet fits onto most standard flush toilet seats. Before purchasing a Toto Washlet, make sure your existing toilet is compatible. If your prefer a matching set, the Toto Company also manufactures toilets.
As the price increases, additional features are included. The most simple C110 includes front and rear cleaning with water and temperature control, plus a heated seat. More expensive models include warm-air drying. plus other features.
The Toto Washlet has four different models. The most expensive model includes an air purifier.
The Toto Washlet provides a cleansing rinse from water jets and other optional features.
The Toto Washlet needs an electrical source to operate, including heating the water. An electrical outlet must be located within three feet of the toilet.
Plumbers are trained to install the Toto Washlet, but you may also try to follow the easy installation instructions.
The Toto Washlet eliminates the need to use toilet tissue and this saves on paper consumption.
Every year, Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet tissue. It takes about 15 million trees to make this amount of toilet tissue.
The Toto Washlet estimates it uses 1 gallon of water per day for a family, but the production of toilet tissue uses 473 billion gallons of water every year in America. It is possible that the Toto Washlet may save on water.
The Toto Washlet uses antimicrobial plastic and a silver ion coating on its self-cleaning nozzle.
The Toto Washlet cleans with warm water and water pressure, rather than toilet tissue. Some experts caution about bacteria build-up on the spray nozzle, but recent improvements in antimicrobial materials make this less of a concern.
The Toto Washlet is soothing for those with hemorrhoids, rashes and sensitive skin.
You may program the Toto Washlet to shut down after a predetermined length of time to save on energy use.
Excessive toilet tissue use is the cause of sewer pipe clogging.
While visiting brothels in France in wartime, many American soldiers discovered European bidets.
Bidet is the French word for pony, which is straddled to sit upon like the bidet.