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Toto debuts a better bidet and a toilet that knows all your secrets

Washing and wellness redefined

Toto features the Washlet+ and Wellness Toilet at CES 2021 Credit: Toto

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Who knew the toilet paper crisis of 2020 would spark a cleaner bottom movement, and yet it has, as Americans finally wrap their minds around the benefits of the (in)famous bidet. Mainly: wash instead of wipe, no TP necessary.

The folks at Toto saw sales of its popular Washlet attachment skyrocket last year, and, in fact, have sold more than 50 million units worldwide since 1980. Toto's Washlet C200 earned the number three spot on our list of best bidet toilet seats and attachments when we tested them in late 2020.

For 2021, the Japanese company unveils the Washlet+, the newest version of its bidet seat, which seamlessly attaches to any Toto toilet, completely concealing cords and hose. It also works with a few other Toto technologies, like a pre-mist, before-you-go spray to the toilet bowl; a nano-technology glaze to seal and protect the porcelain from the gross stuff; and the conservation-friendly Tornado Flush System—a name that says it all.

But, it's an entirely different product that has bums abuzz this month, as Toto introduces the bath and plumbing industry's first-of-its-kind Wellness Toilet. Although exciting—and we'll tell you why—Toto says it will be another two years before the Wellness Toilet hits the market.

Like many appliances, gadgets, and products being announced at CES 2021, the Wellness Toilet has, believe it or not, smart capabilities. Sit on it, and the pot scans your skin and body, sensing your posture and overall wellbeing. Make a deposit, and the toilet scans that, too, then takes all the information it has gathered and sends feedback and recommendations to an app on your smartphone.

We're not sure what this feedback looks like, and Toto isn't ready to say, but we can imagine it providing a recipe for rice and bean salad when you're down on your fiber content.

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