One of our most trusted and well-known brands, Toto offers a winning combination of quality and value that’s not always a given for every bidet seat on the market. Sleek design is also a hallmark of Toto’s bidet seats—in fact both of their Washlet S300e and S350s are only 4 inches high in the back, which make them the thinnest units available.
Both models feature an electrolyzed or “E-Water” system which disinfects the toilet bowl before and after each use. The ‘before’ rinse is also intended to moisten the bowl, preventing sticky situations that often arrive when you use the toilet. In this way, the toilet itself stays cleaner, you get cleaner, and everyone wins. Don’t forget that the S350 model features an automatic lifting and lowering of the lid upon your arrival/departure, and the seat can also be raised/lowered by remote, making the whole experience ultra-sanitary and, simply, quite fun! Technology so hands-free, it gives new meaning to the words "autonomous vehicle."
The History of the Toto Washlet
The Toto Washlet has a storied history. While the brand itself was established in 1917, Toto’s Washlet wasn’t released until 1980. The name came from a compressed version of the phrase let’s wash. The Washlet would eventually become Toto’s signature product, although the initial product only offered three functions: rear cleansing, a dryer, and a comfortable, heated seat.
By 1982, the Washlet had run into some controversy. The first Washlet commercial aired on television, and it shocked many viewers. How could this foreign item possibly provide a better clean than toilet paper? The misunderstanding owed largely to ignorance, though, and the Washlet went on to become a sensation in places like Japan.
By 1990, the Washlet had made its way to the U.S. The product took off and, by 2011, Toto had introduced technology like eWater + cleaning, which spray the toilet bowl with electrolyzed water to help it stay clean and sanitary. By 2016, Toto had sold more than 40 million Washlet units worldwide!
The Benefits of Washlets
There are many benefits to owning a washlet unit. In addition to being affordable and convenient, washlets also offer some serious health and cleanliness benefits. Here are a few of the things we love most about these products:
- Hassle-Free Installation. Washlets are easy to install and use. Instead of requiring you to purchase toilet paper or overhaul your plumbing, washlets just replace your existing toilet seat and use a stream of warm water to offer an ongoing clean.
- Hygienic Cleaning. Toto’s Washlets offer a hygienic cleaning experience. While toilet paper doesn’t clean entirely, and can even lead to infections, irritation, and complications, the Washlet reduces irritation, removes bacteria, and helps offer a soothing, spa-like experience. What’s more, the Washlet’s pre-mist function keeps the bowl clean and sanitary.
- Eco-Friendly Operation. While it may seem like the Washlet uses a huge amount of electricity, its impact on your home’s electric bill will be minimal. Washlets also cut down on your toilet paper use, meaning you get to save trees, cut down on waste, and reduce the number of harsh chemicals that make their way into our ecosystem.
Why Invest in a Toto Toilet Seat?
The toilet seat: it seems like a simple household necessity. Its purposes are straightforward, and it’s a sleek little device. With all of that in mind, there can’t possibly be that much variation from toilet seat to toilet seat, right?
With toilet seats, as with everything else in your home, some bottom-end models and models that will be much higher-quality and better-suited to your home. In this case, the Toto toilet seat is one of the latter.
Designed by a reputable bidet and bathroom products brand, Toto toilet seats are designed to last for years, look beautiful, and work well with the rest of your bathroom.
In 2015, the New York Times published a piece titled “The Cult of the Toto Toilet Seat.” While the title might seem overblown, at first, it’s not exaggerative. Toto is a brand that’s been around for a very long time, and it does indeed have a cult following.
Established in Japan 1917, Toto has gone through several inceptions to become the viral brand it is today. Specializing in a wide variety of products, from Washlets to hand dryers, Toto is possibly best known for its toilets and toilet accessories.
Offering a selection of rimless toilets, urinals, and bidets, Toto has become synonymous with hygiene, quality, and tech-dense creations. If those things aren’t enough to convince you that Toto is a brand worth considering, here are a few additional reasons to invest in a Toto toilet seat:
Toto Offers an Extended Warranty
Toto offers a selection of warranties on their products, ranging from a one-year limited warranty to a three-year limited warranty and even a lifetime limited warranty.
While the type of warranty you’ll get with their products depends, in large part, on the actual product you purchase, you can always trust that Toto’s warranties will cover your new toilet seat, and any parts or maintenance it may need. What’s more, Toto has an extensive history of being a very dedicated company and catering to its customers at all costs. If you need help from the brand, they’ll be there to offer it.
Toto’s Seats Combine High-Tech Features for a Truly Customized Experience
Anyone who has ever used a Toto toilet seat will tell you that sitting on a standard commode feels a bit barbaric. And this makes sense when you consider that Toto’s products offer heated seats, air dryers, LED nightlights, soft-close seats and lids, and more.
While these features are standard in most bidet toilet seats currently on the market, Toto has a reputation for putting out uniquely high-quality products. This means they last longer, feel better and look nicer than their competition. These are all features people are willing to pay for, and features you’ll fall head over heels for once you use them.
Toto’s Products are Versatile
Again, there’s no single type of Toto toilet seat.
Instead, Toto offers models in various shapes, sizes, colors, models, and features. When you work with this brand’s products, you’re virtually guaranteed to find something that works for your space. Regardless of whether you've got a standard round toilet or an elongated commode, Toto carries something that will work for you.
Their washlets and toilets are also available in several colors, well beyond the traditional white or biscuit varieties.
The Toto Toilet Seat is Good for Your Health
Not only do Toto toilet seats keep your bum clean and your bathroom sexy, but they also offer some serious health benefits.
All bidets offer a series of health benefits, including decreased irritation, lower levels of bacteria, and reduced discomfort. According to Dr. Alan Kamrava, a California-based colorectal surgeon, “People who use bidets are much less likely to have issues with rashes and discomfort and irritation.”
If you suffer from hemorrhoids, scar tissue from a procedure like an episiotomy, or sensitive skin, a bidet can be particularly beneficial. Because washing with a bidet is gentler and cleaner than cleaning yourself with toilet paper, it can make your entire bathroom experience much more hygienic and enjoyable.
The Toto Toilet Seat is Good for the Environment
When you install a bidet toilet seat, you do the environment a massive favor. Right now, it takes about 37 gallons of water to produce a single roll of toilet paper, and the average American uses about 57 squares of toilet paper a day, and about 50 pounds of toilet paper annually.
Installing a bidet has some substantial effects on this usage.
In addition to cutting down on your toilet paper use, Toto toilet seats also use a minimal amount of water, which allows your home to decrease its eco-footprint across the board. In fact, installing a bidet toilet seat can cut down on your need for toilet paper entirely - unless you want to use a bit to dry off.
If you’re concerned about the impact the heating features of a Toto toilet seat will have on your electric bill, don’t be. Most modern bidet toilet seats have eco-friendly features built in, which prevents them from making a massive impact on your electric bill and keeps your home’s expenses low.
Get a Toto Toilet Seat, Change Your Life
If it seems impossible that a toilet seat could change your life, think again.
The Toto toilet seat is truly a thing of beauty and installing one in your household is a great way to overhaul your bathrooms and make the experience of sitting on the porcelain throne that much more appealing. Designed to last for years, appeal to consumers at a variety of price points, and make the home a more sanitary and comfortable environment, the Toto toilet seat is an intelligent little device that will deliver a huge amount of bang for its buck.
If you’re looking for a Toto toilet seat, but aren’t sure which one is right for you, contact Bidet Genius. We’re happy to walk you through our selection and help you find the one that’s right for you.
The Case for Washlets
Synonymous with “quality,” washlets are some of the best models on the market today. Designed to offer a convenient, streamlined experience for new and experienced bidet users alike, washlets integrate into your existing bathroom, save resources, and help you enjoy a more comprehensive clean.