The short answer: most of the Japanese toilets and toilet seats are between $300-$1700, depending on the build quality and number of features.
Our lifestyles have changed over the years. People used to be content with a simple home, functional furniture, and one car per family. Times have changed, and a regular home in the 21st Century is far removed from those of the past. Nowadays we expect luxury, opulence, cutting-edge technology and the best facilities for every member of the family. It’s only a matter of time before our bathrooms are upgraded on par with the rest of the house. Japanese-style toilets are one of the last pieces in the puzzle for luxury living, and although they are more expensive than a regular toilet, the financial outlay is well worth it. So how much do Japanese toilets cost?
How much are we prepared to pay for quality, comfort and convenience? We all know that better furnishings and fittings are designed to last longer and perform better, and we expect our spending to be rewarded by improved quality of life. A moderate one-off expense is good value if it results in long-term satisfaction, and Japanese-style toilets, often called washlets or bidets, are a classic example of value for money.
Surprisingly, Japanese toilets aren’t as expensive as you might think. Considering the huge array of functions and the advanced technology that the Japanese are famous for, these toilets are priced very favourably. In fact, Japanese toilet manufacturers are all vying for the market share of sales as the technology is taken up by western users, and there are great deals to be had. Millions of units have already been sold outside Japan, and manufacturers are even placing their toilets in public conveniences and restrooms, especially in the United States, so that potential customers can experience them first-hand.
The US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand are all markets that have been targeted by Japanese toilet manufacturers such as TOTO, Hyundai and Coway. Showrooms are beginning to pop up here and there, and traditional bathroom suppliers are adding Japanese toilets to their portfolio of products. At between $300-$1700 the price is right, and it’s only unfamiliarity and possibly a little embarrassment that is creating reluctance among consumers. Anyone who has experienced the superior posterior cleaning of a Japanese bidet toilet will confirm that the first use is a surprise, but by the second time it is a delightfully simple and effective way to achieve the best result.
Prices in Australia
Australian suppliers such as The Bidet Shop and australianbidet.com source the best TOTO, Hyundai and Coway systems, and shipping costs are very reasonable. For example, a Coway BA 15R Bidet costs as little as $590 plus $35 shipping. That’s luxury at the right price, and features include the choice of either small or elongated design, warm water stream in three width options, twin nozzle for men and ladies, heated seat and soft closing lid. An even less expensive option that operates without electricity and relies on regular household water pressure is the Coway BA 12. At $300 it’s a bargain, with functions that include twin hygienic nozzles. The only downside is that this model runs only cold water, which could in fact make it perfect for Australian’s living in northern tropical zones.
However, for most of us considering an upgrade to the Japanese bidet toilet system, it’s worth paying extra for the full range of luxurious functions. A top line Coway BA 11 Bidet is usually around $2,200, but on special you could pick one up for $1,690. Why such a price difference compared to cheaper models? Here are some of the features of a Coway BA 11 Bidet:
- remote open and close
- child friendly features
- warm water
- warm air dryer
- MP3 player and speaker
- self-closing lid
- 4 way valve system for precise water flow
- one-touch memory settings
- instant water heating – no waiting
- air plus water stream for up to 30% water savings
- self cleaning and sterilising
- remote control
- heated seat
Some potential customers are uncertain about installation of Japanese toilet systems. Others are reluctant to throw away their perfectly good western style toilet. These concerns don’t even need to exist, as the technology in a Japanese-style toilet is all contained in the seat. It’s simply a matter of replacing your present toilet seat with the new bidet seat. They are made to measure, and fit perfectly according to your present toilet dimensions. It’s true, you can go all out and purchase an attractive Japanese toilet bowl as well, but it’s not necessary.
The electrical components simply plug into a conveniently placed outlet in your bathroom. For added safety, it’s advisable to have a dedicated grounded electrical outlet installed by a professional electrician. This will cost extra, but it’s another permanent fixture that will add value to your home. Japanese toilet seats are extremely economical, with power used adding up to around $50 per year. This is a minimal expense compared to the cost of toilet paper, and the savings will be noticed all the way from your wallet to our woodlands, as forests are no longer felled just so we can inadequately wipe our behinds.