What are the benefits of using a Japanese toilet?
Japanese toilets are often more comfortable, more hygienic and more energy efficient than Western toilets. The newest Japanese toilet models have antibacterial toilet seats that can warm up the entire bathroom at a pre-set time, oscillate water pressure to better clean you and absorb odours after you leave the seat.
These toilets are also helpful for people with restricted mobility. A motion-sensor lid that automatically opens when approached means that you don’t need to bend down to lift the lid yourself. The same also applies for flushing. Restricted mobility can also make twisting to clean yourself difficult. In this case, a Japanese toilet’s bidet function comes in handy.
Not requiring toilet paper also helps people with piles, fissures, haemorrhoids and other medical issues, not to mention saving you dollars at the supermarket.
Are Japanese toilets more hygienic than Western toilets?
Generally, Japanese toilets are the most hygienic option for your bathroom.
Japanese toilets often use a special non-stick coating that helps to prevent stains and debris. Their bowls are also usually rimless, making it difficult for germs to hide. Some brands have their toilets spray electrolysed water onto the bowl after every flush, like Toto’s ewater+. This is a slightly acidic water that effectively kills bacteria. They can also use a zirconium coating combined with ultraviolet light for a similar effect.
The most modern Japanese toilets also use catalytic converters and other technology to fight nasty odours.
Are Japanese toilets popular in Australia?
Luxury five-star hotels in Australia were the first to begin installing Japanese toilet seats in their rooms to impress their guests. W Melbourne, Crown Towers Sydney and the Park Hyatt Sydney were among the upscale hotels to include Japanese toilets in their rooms.
But during the COVID-19 pandemic, when hygiene came to the forefront of our nation’s awareness, Japanese-style toilets even started being installed in domestic Australian bathrooms. More than 2,000 Toto toilets were sold in Australia in 2020.
Toto remains the most popular electronic toilet manufacturer in Australia thanks to its brand recognition and enduring quality, but it does face some competition from brands like Roca and Kohler. In 2018, the Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association standardised the pictograms on toilet controls, which makes going to the toilet on different brands much simpler.