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This photo from TOTO shows a NEOREST 750H high-tech toilet.
Toto’s top-of-the-line toilet, a tankless wonder with all the gizmos,
comes out this fall priced at around $10,000.
NEW YORK – Every so often a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the
status quo somewhat, well, primitive.
First came covered sewers, then indoor plumbing and flush toilets. Now, one bathroom
at a time, another major shift in toilet hygiene is quietly underway. A new generation of
toilets may one day make toilet paper – and the need to put one’s hands anywhere
near the unspeakable – seem like chamber pots and outhouses: outdated and
somewhat messy throwbacks reserved for camping trips.
Unlike traditional toilets, the high-tech version washes from behind and – if desired –
in front with water. Better models allow for temperature, direction and pressure control,
and have retractable spritzing wands and automatic driers as well. The best feature
warm seats, automatic motion sensors to raise the lid, buttons to raise the seat,
nightlights, self-cleaning mechanisms, music to mask unpleasant sounds, deodorizer
spritzers and other conveniences.
“Paper just distributes the problem,” said Lenora Campos, a spokeswoman for
Georgia-based Toto USA. Toto, the Japanese company that pioneered the modern
electronic toilet seat, has sold 34 million of them globally. “We wash most things with
water and wouldn’t dream of wiping a dish or anything else with a piece of paper and
calling it clean. So why should personal hygiene be any different?”
Toto began marketing the Washlet in Japan in 1980. Now 74 percent of Japanese
households have toilets of the high-tech persuasion, making them more common
there than home computers.
The concept of electronic toilets that cleanse with water – widely known as bidet
toilets or Washlets – has spread internationally over time, and dozens of companies
around the world, including Inax, Brondell and Kohler, are producing them.
Although most popular in Asia, basic versions are becoming standard in much
of the Middle East and South America, where cleansing with water has long been
preferred to paper. They are finally becoming more popular in Europe, where
“boudoir paper” was introduced in the 19th century, and in equally
paper-centric North America. They have been a long time coming.
In the United States, “bidets were always seen as European, and an oddity
of the French,” said Rose George, author of “The Big Necessity: The
Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters” (Metropolitan Books, 2008).
In addition to general squeamishness about discussing the way we clean
ourselves, some in the U.S. worried about the high-tech toilets’ requirement
that a grounded electrical outlet be nearby, or thought the early control panels
made the toilets look clumsy.
That said, the predecessor to modern high-tech toilets was actually invented
in the United States, by Arnold Cohen
by Katherine Ross
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