The Toto Washlet is something I've seen floating around the internet for a few years now. A robotic toilet seat that will clean your rear, you say? Sounds kind of crazy.
I just returned from the Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki
; their newly renovated tower has a Toto Washlet S300
in each room. Clearly, I felt compelled to give it a test drive.
Essentially, the Washlet is a toilet seat, but with quite a few additional features. It connects both to an electrical outlet and to the water hose that feeds the toilet. Assuming there is already an electrical outlet near the toilet, any dude should be able to install this baby himself.
So, getting down to business
The Washlet does what it claims. You sit down on the (heated) seat, do your business, and press one of the "cleansing" buttons on the remote panel. A mechanical arm extends from the base of the seat and hoses you down with a steam of heated water. Using the remote, you can set the location, temperature, and pressure of said water stream. Additionally, there are oscillating and pulsing modes for the water stream; my girlfriend joked that this seems a bit less business and more pleasure. Once you're done cleansing, you press the dry button and a stream of warm air blows between your cheeks.
I've seen a number of people confused about what actually touches you, acting as it they were going to be violated by some robot probe. I can confirm, only water touches your body.
The side effects
We see two potential side effects of having a Toto Washlet in your pad: One, strangers and guests might feel compelled to give their butt a bath in your house. This is definitely a potential negative. On the upside, any ladies that might be hanging around your place will have the cleanest bums in town!
The Washlet S300 has a MSRP of $1,364, a pretty hefty price tag. Luckily, Amazon.com has them at a highly discounted $734.99
. I haven't ordered one for my house yet, but I am definitely considering it.