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PostSubject: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Sun May 21, 2017 8:34 pm

I hesitate to call these things bidets, because when I hear the word bidet I think of these:

But there is a class of product, particularly popular in Japan, called a "bidet toilet seat" or a Washlet or a FreshSpa that shoots water at your bottom:

I have a basic model FreshSpa -- no electricity, just shoots cold water at your bum -- and it is, as one might imagine, bracing.  

But they make 'em that are much fancier, with heated water, heated seat, aerated water, blow dryer, auto-open/auto-close, lights, deodorizing, bowl premisting(?), etc.  Mine (similar to the above) was only about $60 but the fancy ones can go for up to a couple thousand bucks!

These really do make you feel cleaner than toilet paper alone, and particularly now that we're going to be on septic, cuts down considerably on paper use.  I've just about got Mrs NoCo talked into one -- mid-level, heated water, but nothing else -- her best friend has one and loves it -- for the new house.  We had the electrician stick a GFCI right next to the bowl just in case.  The manufacturer her friend recommends, TOTO (sounds like a band!) make about a dozen models, so it's hard to choose.  But I can't see spending over about $400.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Mon May 22, 2017 5:03 pm

Only twenty bucks and doesn't require electricity.

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PostSubject: Re: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Mon May 22, 2017 6:09 pm

Takes two people though. I'm not that old yet.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Tue May 23, 2017 11:37 am

Yes, it does take two or more people. But I'm sure there may be advantages.
At any rate, it has to be better than the Sears catalog in an outhouse.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Tue May 23, 2017 4:52 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Tue May 23, 2017 5:52 pm

I've got to ask. If you have a mechanism that squirts water on your ass, does it also have a setting to dry it off or do you have to walk around with a wet butt all day?

I like gadgets as much as the next guy, but there is a point where I just have to walk away shaking my head.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Tue May 23, 2017 6:30 pm

Shaking your head (the one on top of your shoulders) won't dry you off.  You need to use a (small) wad of TP for that.

The higher price models come with a blow dryer, but (butt) online reviews at Amazon indicate that it doesn't work well enough to obviate the need for TP.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Tue May 23, 2017 6:44 pm

I just read the installation manual (looks fairly easy) and the user manual (40 pages, holy crap).

  • has a switch on the seat so nothing works until you sit down on it
  • temperature control - water
  • temperature control - seat
  • force control, water
  • aim control, water
  • different buttons for "rear cleanse" or "front cleanse" (ladies only)
  • temperature setback (seat + hot water tank) for your choice of either 6 hrs/day or 9 hrs/day of least usage, based on previous ten days activity
  • all parts removable and separatable for easy cleaning


They also recommend that you unplug it during lightning storms (!)
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PostSubject: Re: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Thu May 25, 2017 7:30 pm

The joke's on me. After I installed it and plumbed it and plugged it in, everything works -- except the cleaning wand. No water-on-the-bottom, the critical bit. Water just dribbles out all around the wand, like it's blocked or something.

That must be why I got it for $100 off, it must be a warranty return as defective.

I contacted the mfr, there's a 1-yr warranty, sent them my bill-of-sale and S/N but didn't hear today what they plan to do for me. Hopefully a warranty swap.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Fri May 26, 2017 2:25 pm

All that and it doesn't work? Well, ain't that some shit! Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Fri May 26, 2017 8:13 pm

It's a bummer, for sure.


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PostSubject: Re: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:49 pm

Replacement arrived under warranty last night, was installed today, works like a champ. The GENTLE and WARM water on your exit port is much more pleasant than the firehose effect of my old unit.

Defective unit will be returned to the factory tomorrow. I guess the $100 I saved has just about been used up in inconvenience and aggravation.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleansing Toilet Seats   Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:44 am

NPR delivered a short story about TOTO this morning. Apparently in Japan the toilets usually play the sound of a waterfall, to mask the sounds of excretion.
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/06/16/526005547/watch-what-makes-japan-no-1-in-toilet-technology
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