I've just returned from Japan and have been inspired by their amazing toile
ts that wash your nether regions!
I've searched on here and not found much recent but I'm wondering if anyone
has any thoughts or recent experience of fitting one here?
Toto Washlet seem to be the major name there. I looked in local shops there
and prices seemed to start at about £250 but here it looks like the m
inimum will be £1,000 up to £10,000!!!!
They are interesting and have been around for a good many years, indeed back
in the days of the Ideal Home Exhibitions, I can remember several companies
trying to get them established here. Probably quite crude in those days they
never seemed to catch on here.
Of course you can get bling for toilets, like cisterns that have lcd screens
with swimming fish or illuminated and heated/padded seats, etc, but these
are just gimmicks unless you are double jointed or spend ours on the loo.
I'm sure a mobile phone saving system might be popular.
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
It's the transport cost that kills importing sanitaryware into Europe
from the Far East, or at least it used to. Sanitaryware is cheaply
made in Eastern Europe, and transport costs are much less. And the
Japanese have an obsession about personal hygiene. So toilets with
bottom-washing sprays sell well over there.(When ceramic scissors
first came on the market, they sold like hot cakes in Japan to ladies
who trimmed their pubic hair. Apparently it's quite a common practice,
and the ceramic scissors were much sharper and regarded as more
hygienic than SS ones).
Tableware is different - you can get an awful lot of cups, saucers and
plates into a container, but not nearly so many toilets or lavatories
(hand basins to you!).
There are German ones which are pretty solid, Duravit Sensowash is the
one I fitted. They are well engineered and slightly bigger than the
Japanese ones (which are made to fit generallys smaller persons). But
A caveat with all spray bidets is that you can (for practical purposes)
only comply with the WRAS regs by giving it its own separate header
tank, at least 10m above the toilet in the case of the Sensowash.
PS The latest Sensowash claims to comply with the German water regs
without an external air gap, hence not needing a header tank. But I
can't find out how they claim to comply. And the UK regs imply that
for automatic building control approval they have got to be an
individually appproved type by the particular local water board (ok,
that's not what their called). If an individual plumber/BCO refused to
agree that it was compliant despite not being type-approved you could
take them the ECJ demanding equal treatment to the Germans, but Brexit
will close that avenue.
Some might think it simpler to dispense with Building Regs approval, but
don't tell anyone I did that.
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