Benefits of Using Toto Washlets
For many people from the US and Europe who have visited Japan, perhaps the technology they miss the most when they get back home is the Toto washlet. This is like the Ferrari of the toilet industry, except that in Japan they’re as common as Hondas or Toyotas. They’re a testament to the Japanese culture’s high regard for personal cleanliness and the people’s enthusiasm for new technology. Toto Washlets and its imitators are now inside more than ¾ of Japanese homes. Toto Washlets alone are in 60% of all Japanese homes.
It’s not surprising that people would appreciate this advanced Toto toilet. After all, Toto toilets are the number one brand in Japan. What’s surprising for many people is why the Toto washlet isn’t more popular in the rest of the world. For those who have had the guts to have it installed in their homes, their Toto toilets reviews have almost always been enthusiastically favorable.
So in order to understand why these things are so common in Japan and why the rest of the world needs to catch up and get with the program, here’s a list of benefits that people will simply love.
- No more ice cold toilet seats. Seriously, this alone may be enough to make the Toto toilet worth its weight in gold. How many of us have hated that ice cold feeling on our thighs and butts when we sit on the “throne”? In the winter, this can even put you off doing your business altogether.
With the Toto washlet, you can use the remote and adjust the temperature. You may want to experiment with this feature at first, but once you know what temperature is the best for you then you can set it at that temperature every time. The latest models can even remember all your settings, so you won’t have to keep on adjusting everything each time.
- You also get the bidet function. The problem with bidets for some people is that they’re a separate device, so they can make the bathroom cramped. But with the Toto toilets, the bidet function is built in. And you don’t even have to stand up to get to the controls—remember that you have a remote controller.
- With the bidet, you can reduce toilet paper use and help with the environment. Just in the US alone, people use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper each year. And that’s the equivalent of saying goodbye to 15 million trees each year, because obviously there’s no way you can recycle toilet paper.
Now of course some bidet naysayers counter that bidets add to the use of more water, but the truth of the matter is that the manufacture of toilet paper uses a lot more water than bidets use. The amount of toilet paper Americans use requires more than 473.5 billion gallons of water, and that’s not even mentioning 253,000 tons of chlorine for bleaching.
In other words, when we use the bidet function, we use about ⅛ of a gallon of water. Producing a single roll of toilet paper, on the other hand, requires the use of 37 gallons of water.
And toilet paper is also a public nuisance. It clogs pipes, and adds a considerable amount of load on sewer systems and water treatment plants.
Of course, some people will use toilet paper in conjunction with the bidet function. But it’s a pretty good bet that not all people will do so, and it’s possible that people will learn to really reduce their toilet paper use. Once they realize that it’s like a special type of shower, they may not use toilet paper at all afterwards. After all, do you wipe down your body with toilet paper after you’ve taken a shower?
- You end up cleaner than with just using dry toilet paper. Let’s say you’ve got grime and dirt on your hands. Let’s even say you’ve some fecal matter as well. Now would you wipe off with toilet paper and call it a success in cleanliness? Of course not. You use water and soap to clean up.
So why in the name of all that’s holy would you consider your bum clean just after a swipe of toilet paper? Even parents don’t do this with their babies. At the very least, they use moist wipes to clean their babies’ bums when they defecate. So why shouldn’t you do the same?
Seriously, if you value cleanliness and hygiene you’re going to love the Toto washlet. You even have the spray of water moving back and forth so you get full coverage. And there’s also a feature for women that lets them clean up front when they urinate.
- The water feels good too. It’s like a nice shower for your nether regions. The water is aerated and the water is nice and warm. You can adjust the temperature of the water, and you can also adjust the direction of the nozzle.
The feeling is quite soothing, and it feels good for those whose skin has become rough with excessive wiping, or if you have hemorrhoids or rashes. The bidet function can even relieve the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases and urinary tract infections.
- Lots of automated functions available. The list of hi-tech functions in a modern Toto washlet is incredible, at least from the American POV. These things are just common for regular Japanese folks.
These features include the self-cleaning function, so maintenance is hardly a problem. Women will love the self-closing seat. There’s a soap rinse for more effective cleaning. Automatic air drying is available, so you don’t need to wipe down with toilet paper or a towel. Many units offer automatic flushing. Some units even offer air deodorizer.
Now you may be concerned that all these features will consume a lot of energy, but that’s not true at all. In fact, it also features power saving modes as well.
The thing that will sell the Toto washlet is trying it out first. Pray that you work in a company that offers this type of toilet, and when you get home you’ll never be satisfied with your ordinary toilet ever again.