"Kohler said the Numi toilet, which will soon go on sale for $6,390,
features minimalist design as well as a heated seat with adjustable
height and a charcoal-filter deodorizer, the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel reported Wednesday."
( Disclaimer -- Remote will not work at a distance of twenty feet,
consult your doctor)
Toto, the Japanese company, has been making WASHLET toilets and WASHLET
seats for existing toilets for 30 years. Other Japanese companies also make
them. They do the same thing as the Kohler Numi and most of them cost a lot
I have had one of these seats for about three years and dread leaving home
without it. It isn't a gimmick. I'm not the guy demonstrating this:
That was hilarious! But(t), the time that thingie is out and
cleansing doesn't seem adequate. I suspect with all those buttons,
you can adjust the time period, yes/no? The other question, if one
does not want to wait for the dryer function, then what. TP? Pull up
pants over dripping bum? Ewww....
The sprayer stays out until your press the STOP or DRYER button. He pushed
the STOP button right away but it was out of view.
If you don't use the dryer you use a little TP to soak up the water.
The majority of toilets in Japan are of this type. Of course, the Japanese
are noted for their cleanliness:
We became, for a few years, a Japanese partnership company. I never
went to Japan, but we had a lot of Japanese workers in our Silicon
Valley campus. One particularly gee-ross issue that came up more than
a few times were the Japanese workers who were unable to adapt to
regular US style, or non-squat, toilets. They didn't know how to sit
down, so stood up on the toilet seat rim and squatted over the bowl.
No problem if jes a normal bowel movement, but if they had the
green-apple shouts along with a ass fulla gas, they proceeded to hose
down the entire back wall of the stall with shower of crap, thereby
rendering the entire restroom unusable. This was unbelievably gross
and not a rare occurance. Worse, none of the sumbitches ever fessed
up and notified housekeeping, so it was the next poor slob to walk
into the restroom who hadda try and keep his lunch down and call in
I've used one of these seats for several years now. I seldom wait for the
dryer to finish but even a few seconds helps a lot. I still use a little TP,
but much less than before. That toilet hasn't gotten clogged (such as from
the TP) at all in the last few years.
Such installations are a far cry from the "conspicuous consumption"
horror that started this thread.
They are meant to cleanse, period, not to show off how much money you
Inexpensive add-ons "bidets" are also available, involving just a few
tubes and simple installation; not sure how well they work. Meantime
many use FLUSHABLE !!! wipes. The other kind will clog your toitie.
New house construction sometimes features urinals and bidets. Dunno
how much that raises the price, but I suspect not beyond the reach of
an owner thinking ahead to resale value, not to mention current
convenience and aesthetics.
This thread reminds me of the private toilet of the olde-tyme Sultan
that I saw in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. On a rail alongside the
squat toilet were hung a row of exquisite embroidered linen towels!
Mirabile dictu! (The guide didn't say whether the Sultan had to
wipe himself, or had somebody to do it.)
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