Japanese Toilet Tech: Washlet & Warmlet Bliss Combo
This luxury potty has a lot more than just a flush lever.
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For a nation of people who greatly value comfort and life enhancers, it is surprising that something like the Washlet & Warmlet Bliss Combo toilet has not yet caught on in The United States. It is typically something you don’t learn about until you actually go potty here in Japan as the Japanese are not likely to say upon arrival at Narita airport: "Welcome to Japan, have you heard about our amazing toilets?" Two words for you: tush warmer.
Sounds gross? Well, try it before you knock it. Although, indeed, some gaijin (foreigners) are not fans. It is understandable to the unaccustomed toilet sitter here, since it can feel as though someone sat for far too long on the potty and warmed it up for you. But to the Japanese, the warming is as essential as the toilet itself. They are a nation of manipulating technology for their own comfort — in every aspect.
The warmlet heats up the toilet seat to any degree of warmth the sitter chooses. And it's not considered a luxury item — even the train station and shopping mall bathrooms have them. Yet, they are not a bargain. Some sell for the equivalent of about $1500 U.S. For that, you could buy about 7 basic Johns at Home Depot, with cash left over for toilet paper.
Is it worth the money, you ask? Most Japanese homes lack central heating (peculiar in a culture that so values comfort). With bathrooms nearly freezing in winter, the toochis-warmer is all the more important.
Now, what would a warmlet be without a washlet? Not only is your tush warmed up, it's also washed off. Luxury of the Roman gods. Granted, the Europeans were into this ages ago, but the classical bidet has nothing on the Japanese washlet.
You push a button and pow! So fresh and clean.