Until a few months ago, I had never used a bidet of any kind. Surprising really as I've been in the bathroom industry for ten years and travelled to Europe and Asia enough to entertain the thought. I've certainly had my chances, but not so much the inclination.
In Europe, the bidet is a shallow, open pan that has a tap (bidet mixer or tap set) and is usually positioned next to the toilet. After using the toilet in the usual manner, they allow you to clean your private parts more hygienically. I won't go into detail, but there are a few reasons why you might want to do this.
The Toto Washlet is a much more sophisticated version of this concept.
At the Toto showroom in Melbourne, I had the opportunity to initiate myself and satisfy my curiosity. When I approached the toilet in the ladies' room, the lid automatically opened and a gentle mist of water was pre-sprayed into the pan. The seat was warm and comfortable and, although I proceeded with some trepidation, it was easy to operate and the overall experience refreshing.
In Australia, bidets are not the norm. But with the introduction of bidets and electronic bidet seats to the Australian market in recent years, that is starting to change.
Washlets are arguably the most well-known and advanced electric toilet seat in the world. They are made by Japanese company Toto and the term 'Washlet' is a registered trademark of Toto. While fairly standard in Japan, Washlets are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world.
We have several Washlet models available in Australia and their features vary accordingly. At their most basic, they have a nozzle (or wand) located at the back, underside of the seat. The wand is concealed behind a small flap until the user selects to use it via a control panel. There are usually three or four water spray patterns for cleansing depending on the model. The control panel is either at the side of the seat or can be wall-mounted separately, again depending on the model.
Other features include: air dryer, seat warmer, control for the water pressure and temperature, and self-cleaning nozzle. More advanced Washlets also offer an automated lid, electrolysed antibacterial water, a light function and personalised settings.
But Toto toilets extend beyond the Washlet. Some of the pans are rimless and have a Tornado flush system (three high-pressure water jets that generate a vortex of water). Very impressive.
As a highly advanced system for hygiene and comfort, it's no surprise that the Toto Washlets are sometimes called 'super toilets'. And now that they are approved for the Australian market and on display in our showroom, you won't have to travel far to experience one.