2017 is the 100th anniversary of TOTO LTD and with 40 million of their famous WASHLET units supplied.
Founder, Kazuchika Okura, had a vision in 1912, before the concept of public sewage systems was widespread in Japan. He established a ceramic sanitary ware laboratory to develop healthier and cleaner living spaces and established Toyo Toki K.K. (now TOTO LTD.) in 1917.
Through a century rich with innovation, TOTO changed the perception of what a bathroom can be — and how it can be used. Japan’s rich artistic heritage in pottery and porcelain is alive in every TOTO product.
TOTO Motto created in 1962:
Take pride in your work and strive to do your best.
Quality and Uniformity | Service and Trust | Cooperation and Prosperity
I lived in Tokyo a decade ago and even then I was amazed and flabbergasted by the things my TOTO Washlet toilets could do. I could have been even more impressed by the things I did not know about as the instructions were in Japanese! Imagine what I could have done if my comprehension had been better?
It took a little getting used to but the washer jet could be adjusted for position, water pressure and temperature. The warm air dryer was “interesting” and the heated seats a boon for cold winter nights. Being Japanese, you don’t have to touch your TOTO toilet; it’s all automated and adjusted by a remote control.
The smart thing detects your approach and opens the lid and/or seat automatically. For ladies, that seems a simple decision for the artificial intelligence but how did it know whether to leave the seat down or up depending on what gents were planning to do? It got it right every time…..
Some fancier models could measure your weight and body fat percentage with seat sensors. Others could even record an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG) and detect glucose in your urine!
But seriously, what does the $10,200 TOTO Neorest® 750H Luxury Toilet offer?
Neorest® 750H Dual Flush Toilet (1.0 & 0.8 GPF) with Actilight™
This is one Smart Toilet with lots of Apps!
The Neorest 750H with Actilight™ technology is the ‘Mercedes Benz’ of the toilet world. It has no solid gold fittings nor is it diamond-encrusted but it is truly a revolutionary innovation at the peak of luxury.
This intelligent toilet uses an integrated UV light and a special glaze to break down dirt and grime in the bowl, and rinses it clean with ewater+.
Other features like a heated seat, deodorizer and warm water sprays lets the Neorest 750H deliver a sense of relaxation in the most comforting and refreshing ways possible. Trust me – the water jet oscillates and pulsates…..
This is truly Luxury from the Bottom Up.
Actilight removes visible and invisible waste with UV light and a photocatalytic coating.
CeFiONtect™ ceramic glaze creates an extraordinarily smooth surface that helps keep the bowl cleaner for longer.
eWater+: Electrolyzed water, a technologically advanced process that transforms water into a safe and powerful compound, keeps the toilet bowl clean after every flush.
Tornado Flush features two powerful nozzles that create a centrifugal, cyclonic rinsing action which reduces waste buildup and keeps the bowl cleaner. Using only 1.28 gallons per flush, this high-efficiency system is more effective in one flush than most toilets are with multiple flushes.
1.0 GPF Gravity: This new line of toilets uses TOTO’s gravity-based Double Cyclone technology, offering a balanced and ultra-efficient 1.0 gallons per flush.
ADA Compliant: Serves people of every age and capability, without additional adaptation or specialization, and so can be enjoyed by everyone, always optimized for the best experience.
Universal Height: Takes into account people of all ages and abilities, so that everyone’s bathroom experience is elegant and accessible every time.
Having experienced various generations of electronic TOTO toilets during my life in Japan, I can attest to their convenience and reliability.
You don’t realise how easy it makes your life until you move to a house without TOTO products. Then, you spend time standing in front of your manual toilet wondering why it just sits there not reacting to you! 🙂
A $10,000 potty? Well worth it for rich bums!
- Tornado Flush™ siphon jet flushing system, ultra-high efficiency.
- Actilight™ UV light cleaning system built in lid
- CeFiONtect™ ceramic glaze – a highly smoothed surface for easier cleaning
- Dual Flush function (1.0GPF/3.8LPF and 0.8GPF/3.0LPF)
- Universal Height
- Washlet® with three wash modes (front, rear, soft)
- Oscillating and Pulsing comfort washing
- Auto lid open/close, auto flush
- Automatic air purifying system
- Adjustable heated seat
- Adjustable spray position
- Programmable energy saver system
- Back-up manual flush
- eWater+® – mists the bowl with electrolyzed water, reducing the need for harsh cleaning chemicals.
- Multifunctional remote control
- ADA compliant
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).