Will the Washlet catch on where the bidet has failed in the US? We prefer the former for its innovative approach to personal hygiene.
When it comes to toilets, the Japanese company Toto gets the nod from architects and homeowners in the know. The Washlet, an innovative toilet seat, makes it possible to retrofit an existing toilet with the latest in Toto technology; as the name suggests, it includes the functionality of a bidet—and more. With an “integrated water cleansing system,” the Washlet comes in no less than five models, with a range of options that include air drying, an integrated air freshener, heated seat, and automated lid closure—all activated by convenient remote controls. The Washlet seat is is available in round or elongated sizes and fits most standard toilets.
Above: Toto toilets consistently get top marks for performance, quality, and technological innovation. The entry-level Washlet C110, shown atop a Toto wall-mounted toilet, offers warm-water washing and heated seat options. It is available as a round or elongated seat; $409.86 at Amazon.
Above: The newest addition to the Washlet series is the Toto Washlet B100, with similar features to the C110, but with a new hidden cord design; $440.43 at Home Click.
Above: The Toto Washlet S300, pictured here, includes warm air-drying, an air purifier, and a wireless remote control; $657.69 at Amazon. For the ne plus ultra of toilet seats, the Toto Washlet S400 (which only works with select Toto toilets) has auto-flush sensors and a lid that automatically opens and closes; $992.50 at Home Click.
Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose your bathroom toilet in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Bathroom Toilets.