Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - High-tech toilets - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

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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 near the unspeakable – seem like chamber pots and outhouses: outdated and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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