Originating in 15th century France, the bidet is a plumbing fixture for personal cleansing that uses a stream of water rather than toilet paper to clean the body. The bidet’s popularity grew during the 1700’s and is considered a must for most homes across Asia and Europe today.

In Japan, it is estimated that well over 80 percent of Japanese households have a bidet toilet installed. These bidet toilets are commonly called Washlets, a brand name of TOTO Ltd. (the world’s largest bidet-seat manufacturer), and they include many advanced features rarely seen outside of Asia. Most Americans, however, have never seen a bidet at all. Those who have seen or experienced one, generally did so in an upscale hotel.



The majority of Americans, until recently, have never thought to install one in their own home. Indeed, The United States seems to be the last industrialized country still cleaning like the dark ages. TOTO introduced the Washlet to the U.S. market in 1989.

The modern bidet is an electronic seat that sits on a standard toilet and converts it to a complete sanitation system often with more features than a free-standing bidet. The Washlet itself was even invented by an American who saw that the U.S. had a need for a more hygienic way of cleaning up after one’s daily business on “the throne.”

The Washlet’s design allows for a quick and compact conversion of one’s existing toilet that can be done in about 15 minutes, without changing the existing plumbing. As Washlets grow in popularity throughout the world, the U.S. is finally starting to take notice of the usefulness and ease of cleaning with a Washlet. Tired of plunging the toilet due to someone in the family flushing too much toilet paper? Use a Washlet.


For those living with extended family and needing a way to keep their older family members independent in the one room everyone wishes to remain independent, a Washlet is a godsend. Its ability to gently cleanse without abrasion makes it beneficial to all. For those suffering from hemorrhoids, women who have recently given birth, those who simply want the cleaner sanitary approach or someone looking at that next step of conservation, a Washlet will surely keep you clean and happy.

The average Washlet’s energy consumption is less than that of a 40w lightbulb, and will most likely save its energy cost in toilet paper alone. TOTO has been manufacturing high-tech Washlets for almost 35 years, and for this reason, is known as the premier Washlet manufacturer today for The United States.

For those in Hawaii looking to maximize one’s cleanliness, or those who wish to make better use of the time spent on the toilet, visit The Bathroom Store at 667 Puuloa Road. It has been TOTO’s premier Washlet distributor over the past 20 years. Purchase any Washlet in the month of June from The Bathroom Store and get a huge discount, while supplies last.

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